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Laura Elizabeth and Paweł Lewtak at Laracon EU 2017

Posted on Wednesday 28 Jun 2017

Laura Elizabeth Debugging Design: 5 simple design principles to make your UI "not look terrible". "I can code pretty much anything, but when it comes to designing the front end, it's like I hit a brick wall.". Does that sound familiar? Many developers struggle with design. Maybe you know good design when you see it but you have no idea how to replicate it. Or perhaps you think design is reserved for the elusive 'creative folk'. But a nice, visually appealing design can do wonders for your product or website. It doesn't have to be award-winning or an 'at an angle on an iMac getting tons of faves on Dribbble' masterpiece. But a smart, consistent design based on solid principles will take your designs to the next level. I'm not going to teach you how to be a 'design ninja' but you'll walk away with 5 rock-solid principles that you can apply to every bit of front end work you do. If you follow the simple exercises your designs WILL improve. They'll be usable, clean and structured. In this talk, you'll learn: 1. A repeatable process that you can use for creating any colour palette 2. Choosing the right fonts 3. Making sense of hierarchy 4. Coming up with decent layouts 5. How to make your designs look 'polished' You're going to walk away with a solid understanding of design principles that will not only help you in your day to day work but it will also help you and any designers you work with see eye-to-eye.

Paweł Lewtak Improve your developer's toolset For PHP development we mainly focus on IDE, browser and maybe a bit of command line. I want to focus on command line tools which seem to be a bit forgotten these days. Let me show a few tools I'm using on daily basis and how they helped me become more productive. I'll prove it's possible to start up a new environment from scratch that feels like $HOME. Finally I want to convince you how important it is to constantly challenge yourself and your tools, how useful is a custom toolbox tailored to you.

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