JupyterLab Extensions
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JupyterLab Extensions

JupyterLab Extensions

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Published: August 10, 2018 0 0 137
By: Alena Mueller, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Category: Graphic Design
Hashtags: #Design #GraphicDesign #Typography #UI_UX

For the first months of my internship during spring quarter, I was assigned readings and exercises to broaden my design vocabulary. I learned how to make personas to better connect with the people I'm designing for, conduct user testing, and even code in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Then during the summer, I collaborated with two software engineers to improve JupyterLab through extensions. We made it easy for people change keyboards shortcuts, reimagined how Git is used in-app, and improved how machine learning is visualized. For each of these projects, the biggest challenge was showing so much information while keeping the user's interactions as simple as possible.
I also got the chance to work with other design interns. We built a logo for one of the sister projects Jupyter works with, IPython. We had to carefully select the font and have a reason behind every pixel. Later in the summer, we made the hero graphic for our JupyterCon booth, as well as posters for a poster session at the convention. The 10ft hero image was so big that Illustrator couldn't render the the drop shadows properly, and we had to do some quick thinking to make sure we got the designs we wanted. I also got to help update jupyter.org as the convention got closer.
At the international convention for JupyterCon users, I participated in the poster session to talk about my work one-on-one, networked at Project Jupyter's booth, attended talks, and conducted user testing.
If you'd like to see the extensions in action, uses the following links and click the pink "launch binder" button in the ReadMe:
https://github.com/jupyterlab/jupyterlab-shortcutui
https://github.com/jupyterlab/jupyterlab-git
https://github.com/jupytercalpoly/plyto