For designers that might not of heard of it, what is JQuery?
In your opinion why is JQuery relevant to designers?
For those considering your workshop at The Future of Web Deisgn New York, what kind of things will you be covering?
I’ll give a quick overview of the jQuery library, and then we’ll look at some practical ways to progressively enhance web sites for better user experiences. I’ll show some techniques for using jQuery to fill in the gaps where CSS, or at least some browsers’ handling of CSS, falls short. We’ll discuss how to put animations to good use and how to avoid their abuse. And we’ll examine a few cool plugins and see how to take advantage of their power and flexibility.
There are a number of really useful plugins available for JQuery. What are the must haves for every designer?
It depends on the needs of the site and often the demands of the client as well. One that I find myself using quite a bit is the Cycle Plugin by Mike Alsup. At its most basic, it’s a slideshow widget that shows images one at a time with a nice transition effect between them. But the plugin is incredibly powerful and gives you the ability to do all sorts of things not just with images but with written content too. It’s particularly nice where a lot of information needs to fit in a small space.
I’ve also begun using the jQuery UI plugin suite quite a bit lately. It makes creating rich user interaction such as drag and drop really easy. Its components are great, too; I’ve used the dialog, tabs, and datepicker in a number of projects.
What do you think is the Future of Web Design?
You mean other than a really cool conference, right? I’m afraid I’d end up looking like an idiot if I tried to predict the future of any technology. In some ways I suppose the future is going to look all too familiar until we can get rid of the albatross of certain legacy browsers. Still, it’s exciting to see what’s going on right now with the newer, better browsers, and I’m hopeful that some of the cutting edge stuff will take root and see more widespread adoption.