For our first in a series of Q&A posts with our ImageCon 2018 speakers, we spoke with Ryan Cooke, a Software Engineer and Android Developer at Pinterest, a site that serves up billions of images everyday. In the following post he discusses why improving mobile images was important for improving the user experience and offers advice on building a mobile-first site.
Great images and video engage users. And great content can be the difference between success and failure. As a developer, you probably spend not an insignificant amount of time creating, manipulating and optimizing your media to ensure a powerful user experience. The path to engaging content is much more than resizing and formatting. The journey requires good insights and strong data to drive decisions about user consumption. We launched ImageCon for developers and creators like you. Our aim is to host a day where we can come together on all things digital media and learn from other innovative developers and creators who will share their tips, tricks and tools for managing images, video and other forms of media.
You might have read some tutorials or articles explaining the importance of images and how to optimize them to deliver a great experience to your users. But does this work really translate into wins for your company? In this talk, you see real-world examples of the positive impact that image optimizations can have on metrics that your bosses and clients care about. You will walk away from this talk with compelling data and useful tools to help you get buy-in and support for this important user experience work at your company.
It took nearly four years, four proposed standards, the formation of a community group, and a funding campaign to pay for development, but we finally got what we've been clamoring for—a solution for responsive images baked into browsers. Now the hard work begins.