8th Light Redesigns SCNA Website for Mobile-Friendliness and Fluid Design

SCNA is a conference for software professionals interested in improving their craft, their community, and themselves.

Overview

8th Light started the Software Craftsmanship of North America (SCNA) conference in 2009 to fraternize with fellow software craftsmen and raise awareness about the growing software craftsmanship movement. Conference attendance has grown annually and attracted some of the most well-known speakers and thought leaders in the Agile community.

Anticipating a mobile-oriented audience and having been to many technological conferences themselves, developers and designers at 8th Light wanted to differentiate the SCNA 2013 website through the use of responsive, mobile-friendly design.

"I wanted the website to shine craftsmanship. I wanted it be an example of responsive design and what 8th Light could do."

— Angelique Martin, Chief Financial Officer at 8th Light

Challenges

8th Light's experienced team tackled the building of the site with techniques borrowed from the "8th Light style" of design—a strategy encompassing aspects of user experience and stylistic choices.

Sites designed according to the "8th Light style" are simplistic and clean, with an emphasis on ease-of-use for their users. Flashiness and excess are discarded in favor of pragmatic functionality. Stylistically, these sites use clean fonts and typographies.

Though they're admirable principles, it is sometimes a struggle for teams to bring these goals to life while balancing the needs of stakeholders. Challenges faced by the team include:

Chief among these challenges was delivering detailed and verbose information about the speakers, events, sponsors, and venue without cruft.

"It's easy to add too much."

— Adam Kaplan, UX Craftsman at 8th Light

Results

Designers worked hard to keep the site as simple as possible while conveying the necessary themes of the conference. What resulted from the team's efforts was a sleek, menu-centric site that scaled flawlessly. Other benefits included:

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