Design vs Dev

Design vs Dev
By Design vs Dev
About this podcast
A podcast about web development from the different perspectives of designers and developers. We help developers be better at design, and designers be better at development.

Design vs Dev is brought to you by The Agile League, a web development agency based in Atlanta, GA specializing in Ruby on Rails, web design, and Ember.js
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Latest episodes
March 20, 2017
Today’s topic: Drew is joined by Ajay Karwal to discuss moving and maintaining a site from a content management system to a static site generator. About our guest host: Ajay Karwal is a UI/front-end developer from Wokingham, UK. Ajay has been a front-end designer and developer for over 13 years, specializing in writing clean and maintainable user interfaces. Ajay is also host of the new podcast inspect.fm. You can find him on twitter @ajaykarwal and his website at www.ajaykarwal.com Some points that come up in the conversation: Drew’s drink: Lakeside Corn Whiskey Ajay’s drink: Whyte & Mackay For a more in depth look at Ajay’s experience transitioning from a CMS, check out his blog post Switching from a CMS to Jekyll. Umbraco – a headless CMS which Ajay used to use for his portfolio site. Static site generators require no LAMP stack, no database, generates pure html/css/js and can be hosted anywhere. At time of recording there are 455 SSGs out there so there’s no shortage of options. Some good resources for finding a static site generator that work for you are: http://www.staticgen.com https://staticsitegenerators.net Popular SSGs: Hugo – written in go, uses markdown Jekyll – rails gem, uses markdown/liquid Hexo – uses node.js and type of markdown Middleman – rails, uses haml   Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
Jan. 23, 2017
Today’s Topic: Drew is joined by Dave Doran to discuss how writing and design can work together to form good UX.  Dave Doran is a Senior Business Strategy Manager at OneUpWeb. He’s a reformed poet-turned marketer, working in the (primarily) digital space for an agency in Traverse City, Michigan. Some points that come up in the conversation: 3 most important Google SEO factors: Content Links RankBrain The Power of Words, an example of how good copy can change an interaction. OceanMist, a great example of how becoming an expert in a topic lets you lead SEO. Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
Jan. 9, 2017
Today’s Topic: Drew and Micah discuss side projects again, this time focusing on WrenchMode, a small rails / Heroku maintenance web application aimed at helping the developer community. They discuss why they decided on this particular project and their success with the beta version of the app.    Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
Nov. 7, 2016
Today’s Topic: Drew and John discuss Professional Legitimacy in their respective fields of design and development. Software development has more of a real world impact today than ever before. From clowd infrastructures to self driving cars, do you trust a self trained designer/developer creating a potential life saving or life threatening decision on your software? Some points that come up in the conversation: When are you considered a true professional Open Source projects as a way to gain legitimacy. Staying up to date with tools, practices, and techniques Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
Sept. 26, 2016
Today’s Topic: Drew is joined again by professional photographer Matt Graves to discuss why we as designers and developers should take more time to think about and value custom photography in our web products.  Matt Graves iscolorado based freelance photographer, specializing in food and beverage, particularly craft beer. You can find his work at mgravesphoto.com Some points that come up in the conversation: Buying the best photography equipment for your budget including lenses, camera body, tripod, and lighting. Which camera lens to use when. White balancing and lighting your photograph. What’s involved in a photoshoot. Beers consumed during the recording of this podcast: Flanders Style Sour Ale – Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales NOMADer WEISSE – Evil Twin Brewing Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale Links discussed: B&H Photo Adorama Paul C. Buff, INC. Color Munki Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
Aug. 10, 2016
Today’s Topic: Drew is joined by professional photographer Matt Graves to discuss why we as designers and developers should take more time to think about and value custom photography in our web products.  Matt Graves iscolorado based freelance photographer, specializing in food and beverage, particularly craft beer. You can find his work at mgravesphoto.com Some points that come up in the conversation: Realizing images have value and understanding how it’s taken for granted. Photography is often your client’s first visual impression on their customer and strategies to make it a non-luxury item. Value factors and usage to determine price point. What’s involved in a photoshoot. Beers consumed during the recording of this podcast: Faro Lambic – Lindemans Trappis Ale – Orval Fiel Al Estilo – Avery Brewing Co. Links discussed: Fotoquote Blinkbid Hindsight Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
July 19, 2016
Today’s Topic: John and Drew talk about the state of writing on the web and how it’s changing communication. Some random things that come up in the conversation: New intro music by Jonn Standing desks and matching shelves Paranormal teen fiction Garth Marenghi   Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
April 25, 2016
Today’s Topic: Static site generators. What are they, why they’re great, and when to use them. Overview WordPress and other CMSs can be a sledgehammer and a lot of times your project just needs a regular ol’ hammer. Static site generators have been with us for a long time, but are on the rise in popularity for simplicity and ease of use. Today, Micah and Drew discuss their thoughts on static site generators, what type of projects fit well with this technology, and recommend trying out Middleman. Middleman Jekyll Octopress Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
March 14, 2016
Today’s Topic: AdBlockers. In the wake of Wired blocking blockers, let’s discuss if this is a good move for the industry as a whole. Overview Using AdBlockers doesn’t kill a site, publishers can still focus on native advertising, sponsored posts, paywalls, donation, etc. There’s a definite cry from big publishers how your browsing is hurting them. I personally found Wired’s advertising obtrusive, flashing videos that pop in midway through content, moving content while I’m reading, etc. It makes reading their site unbearable for me without blockers. This is not a problem for you as a user to solve, but one for the publishers to solve and adapt to.  The Good: Ad revenue can be a big source of income for small shops. Allows for a small / passive income and repurposing/packaging of blog content. Help pay for a higher quality, professional product.  The Bad: Most ads are intrusive, poorly designed, and don’t fit into a typical page flow. Ads can make a pages elements move as they load at different times. Ads increase mobile load times. Ads are tracking the hell out of you. Privacy shouldn’t be given away for free.  Design Considerations: Grid layout: incorporate an ad or sponsor to sit seamlessly in product or blog lineup. Hardcode a space for ads so no resizing / doesn’t break content flow. Breaks analytics, accurate capture of userdata Forces focus on good SEO to get client noticed. Can’t buy your way to the top. Blockers Ghostery – hides you from ads, but can enable Ghostrank, which collects anonymous data about how you use it, sells it to advertisers. uBlock – allows for malware lists and sites to be blocked.   Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
Feb. 29, 2016
Today’s Topic: The Elixir programming language, and the Phoenix web framework. Overview The cutting edge of web technology is constantly moving forward. It’s impossible to stay up to date on everything, and it can be overwhelming. Today, we give you a quick intro to the Elixir programming language and the corresponding MVC web framework, Phoenix. Spend a half hour with us and learn what it is and why you should (or shouldn’t) care. Questions discussed: What is Elixir? What is Phoenix? What is parallel programming? Why does Ruby/Rails suck at it? Why is Elixir better? What are Websockets? What cool opportunities do they open up, and why does Rails suck at them? How does a line at the bank work? Has Micah even been to a bank? Subscribe! If you’re not already a subscriber, make sure to add Design vs Dev to your podcast client. You can easily subscribe in either iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Stitcher Radio References Elixir – The official page for the language. It’s tough to describe everything it does on one page, which is why I highly recommend… Elixir: Getting Started – The official howto, which covers all the things that make Elixir great. It’s very long and detailed, but very useful if you want to actually learn the language. The Phoenix Framework – An MVC web framework for Elixir, very similar to Ruby on Rails. Websockets – A quick overview of what they are and what they do.