Announcing the first speakers for Web Directions Design

We’re excited to be able to announce the first speakers we have lined up for our brand-​new conference, Design, in Melbourne in April. We’d already sold over 10% of the tickets before announcing any of the speakers, with an intimate setting, don’t wait too long to register, and if … Read more »

Web Directions Events in 2018

We started out with a single event, Web Directions, back in 2006. Over the intervening 12 years, we’ve branched out to different countries at times (and who knows maybe will again!) and added more focussed singe track events like Code in 2012 to our major event (now Web Directions SummitRead more »

Shape the Future or be Shaped by it

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  • November 3, 2017
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We tend to think of change as arriving suddenly, largely fully formed. The iPhone in 2007, Donald Trump in 2016. But, in reality, all change — whether social, cultural, political or technological — emerges over years or even decades, slowly at first, then gathering momentum, then seemingly inevitable.

Video of the Week: Mavo: HTML Re-​imagined for the Era of Web Apps — Lea Verou

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  • November 3, 2017
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At Web Directions, we like launching things at our conferences. At Code this year, Lea Verou gave one of the first deep dives into Mavo, a new way of creating web applications using HTML and CSS.

Video Ristretto: Sharpen Up Your Text with The Power of Three — Mandy Michael

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  • November 1, 2017
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In a world where JS and SVG are taking over, it’s easy to forget the power of CSS. Luckily there are three powerful CSS items, each with a specific use, whose strengths are enhanced when used together. This is Mandy Michael’s short but powerful talk from Respond 17.

Video of the Week: The Web In Motion — Rachel Nabors

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  • October 27, 2017
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At Respond 17, Rachel Nabors looked at how animation helps people interact with touch screens and how those same principles apply to the web.

Put aside 50 minutes for a great talk.

Video Ristretto: Removing Everything and Having a Crap UI — Warwick Cox

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  • October 25, 2017
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It’s hard not to like someone who happily tells us that his company’s core value statement came from a slogan on a stubby holder at his wedding. Or whose major app idea came from his teenage daughter. Or who rattles through his 20 minute talk in 15 minutes.

What is the point of going to a conference?

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  • October 24, 2017
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I actually remember when we ran our first conferences, around 2004, people asking in particular why anyone would come to a conference about the web, since they were all online and learning and connecting.”

Video of the Week: Styling Hillary: A Design System for All Americans — Mina Markham

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  • October 20, 2017
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Mina Markham created the Pantsuit pattern library for the Hillary For America US presidential campaign in 2016. She spoke in detail about the experience — technical, professional and personal — at Respond 17.

Video Ristretto: Building a ubiquitous design language with components — Michael Taranto

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  • October 18, 2017
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At Respond 17, Michael Taranto from SEEK gave a compelling talk that focused on how components might be a way of ensuring that designers and engineers use the same effective design language.

The Bots are Coming

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  • October 17, 2017
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If you run a design agency in Australia, it’s not unlikely you’ve started thinking about how to use chat interfaces, conversational UIs and bots in your approaches to customer service for your clients. Summit 17 could be just what your team needs to understand the issues across the design and … Read more »

Video of the Week: Adventures in Conversational Commerce — Elizabeth Allen

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  • October 13, 2017
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Give yourself a 40 minute break to take in Elizabeth Allen at Respond 17, talking about the potential benefits and pitfalls of conversational commerce.

Without doubt, we will all soon be dealing with online bots. This is a great introduction to some of the key issues for designers.

Video Ristretto: Checkout UX — Vitaly Friedman

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  • October 11, 2017
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Web Directions events are full of surprises, including this bonus talk from Respond 17 international keynote Vitaly Friedman.

In half an hour, the Smashing Magazine head honcho explores his own work with an ecommerce client to improve their checkout user experience.

On the Inevitability of Revolutions

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  • September 29, 2017
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John Allsopp considers the revolutions he’s seen, how they seem inevitable now (though maybe not at the time), and what’s the next revolution we can expect that will later seem inevitable. Remember Gopher?

Google’s AMP Roadshow is Coming to Sydney

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  • September 25, 2017
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Earlier this year we worked with Google to host a Sydney edition of their Progressive Web Apps Roadshow. They loved being here so much that they’re back with the related, once again free, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) roadshow in Sydney, on October 13th.

Take … Read more »