Louise van der Bijl

Louise van der Bijl

Pure UI

Cape Town, South Africa

I am an User Interface and Experience specialist. I found my passion in design and code, mostly in Microsoft Business Applications, WordPress and mobile applications. I believe in connecting the dots between usability, functionality and imagination.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • User Experience
  • User Experience Design
  • Frontend
  • Web Design
  • Web Development

Stop Being So Dramatic

Mental Health is maturing beyond the “woke” and “misconceptions” to the “hard truth and actual facts”.

How can you manage stress, mental health, and professionalism in your work environment? We will deep dive into the facts and fiction about mental health in the workplace, and how you can better handle situations, with your company, your community and yourself.

Learn from trained professionals and other technology specialists and their experiences and see how you can succeed and further your career and personal growth in a pressured environment. Learn real-life tactics to manage triggers, stress, personality conflicts, and difficult situations.

There is always a reason, there is never an excuse - especially when it comes to you and your growth as a person and a professional.

Building a site from idea to live in 45mins

Getting your site up and live shouldn't always be a long drawn out process - especially if it is a POC or campaigned based. This is where WordPress makes things easier. I will take a idea from the audience and live build the site, from start to deployment, Showing what the best routes are, what plugins make your life easier, how to get responsive working and focusing on security and accessibility. I will also demo whats happening in the Microsoft Design space as a WordPress alternative to get a site out there quicker.

Terms of Engagement: The Golden Rules

The user interface (UI) is a critical part of any software product. When it’s done well, users don’t even notice it. When it’s done badly, users don't come back. UX principles represent concepts that guide interface designs and accessibility. Including them from the start provides both developers and designers with a solid foundation. Join the treasure hunt across 4 pre-developed sites to show "the good, the bad and the ugly" of UX in action.

Usability versus Performance : What Matters in Web?

Users appreciate pages being usable and interactive soon after they're visually ready. User Interface interactions impact the performance of a web page, and the latency of such can lead to “Rage Clicking”, and the loss of interest. Time to Interactive (TTI) can have a high correlation with overall conversion rate. Where is the balance, and what can we do to increase the usability without impacting web performance? Louise will explore the metrics and measuring tools around web performance and how optimizing user-centric metrics can improve your overall User Experience.

Taking a closer look at Microsoft Office UI Fabric

Office UI Fabric is the front-end framework for building experiences for Office and Office 365. We will be exploring the robust collection of responsive, mobile-first components that help you to create seamless Office like web experiences by using the Office Design Language. We will explore all the elements and uses of Office UI Fabric and how to bring it together using Angular.

Responsive Web Done Responsibly

Responsive design is no longer a "nice to have" but a requirement. With the need of context-sensitive design for websites growing, its important to bring both the form and functionality of web technologies to the user. Louise will be high lighting the most common mistakes in responsive web design, and the coding of responsive web sites. We will work through guidelines for images, HTML5, CSS3, front end languages like JQuery (BootStrap) as well as using tools like Office Fabric and Font Awesome

Microsoft Ignite The Tour: Johannesburg

Microsoft Ignite | The Tour | Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre
Microsoft Ignite is an annual conference for developers and IT professionals hosted by Microsoft. It has taken place in several locations around the world. South Africa had 1500 attendees.

My Session was BRK2533
Community Meetup: How to Build Great Applications
Description Whether you’re interested in building native cross platform mobile applications with Xamarin forms, exploring the latest developments in C# 8 and .Net Core 3, or learning about responsive web design, there’ll be something for you in this fast-paced session composed of 3 lightning talks. This is the Microsoft Ignite | The Tour edition of @JHBMSDUG user group, so attending would also be a great way to start getting acquainted with the local Microsoft Developer community.

The latest in Native X-Platform Mobile Development with Xamarin Forms (20 min) done b y Dustyn Lightfoot
Responsive Web done Responsibly (20 min) done by Louise van der Bijl
What's Next for .NET Developers (20 min) done by Matthew Leibowitz

January 2019 Johannesburg, South Africa

Microsoft Developers User Group

Taking a close look at Microsoft Office UI Fabric.

Fabric React is the front-end framework for building experiences for Office and Office 365. We will be exploring the robust collection of responsive, mobile-first components that help you to create web experiences by using the Office Design Language.

September 2018 Cape Town, South Africa

Louise van der Bijl

Pure UI

Cape Town, South Africa

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