Summary of How Giant Websites Design for You (and a Billion Others, Too)

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Designers dedicated countless hours to revamping Facebook’s Like button. This seemingly trivial feature is “one of the single most viewed design elements ever created.” Thus, getting the aesthetic right was crucial. Margaret Gould Stewart, a web design expert, imparts several lessons about large-scale Internet design and shares anecdotal lessons from her jobs at YouTube and Facebook. She delivers her lecture with humor and aplomb. getAbstract believes her insights will benefit everyone planning to expand their Internet presence.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What problems designers may experience when developing a website for a global user base,
  • How even a tiny design element can have a huge impact on the world’s most popular websites, and
  • What lessons web designer Margaret Gould Stewart learned during her tenures at YouTube and Google.
 

About the Speaker

Margaret Gould Stewart is a user design expert who has managed teams at YouTube and Facebook.

 

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Internet giants painstakingly pore over every design detail on their websites, which must be scalable at an almost inconceivable level: Google processes more than a billion search queries daily; YouTube receives more than 100 hours of video content each minute; and Facebook handles the “photos, messages...

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