The Web Platform
March 7–8, 2016: Training
March 8–10, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Design for nondesigners

Tracy Osborn (DreamFactory)
11:15am–11:45am Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Average rating: ****.
(4.45, 22 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should be familiar with how websites generally work and know very basic HTML and CSS.


Not everyone can hire a professional designer for their websites and web apps, but we all still want our interfaces to be attractive and easy to use. However, when you try to learn a bit of design from design resources, you jump straight into concepts like the golden ratio and proper typographic terms, which, to be frank, are unnecessary if you’re just looking to improve your website’s look and feel.

Tracy Osborn discusses the quickest ways to improve your website, covering both user experience and visual design with easy-to-understand-and-utilize principles that anyone can use to enhance their design skills. You’ll leave with a clearer idea of design best practices. When you apply these principles, who knows? You might become the next designer + developer unicorn.

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Tracy Osborn


Tracy Osborn is a designer, developer, and entrepre-nerd living in California’s Bay Area. She’s a part of the developer relations team at DreamFactory, the author of Hello Web App, and creator of WeddingLovely. She’s also an avid outdoorswoman and would love to go on a hike with you.