Design ’18: The Wrap

For a first time event, the engagement, the energy, dare I say it “the vibe” were amazing, the quality of the presentations, from experienced international speakers, through to first time local speakers was as good as it gets.

Design ’18 Spotlight Series: #3 Design at Scale

Over the last few weeks we’ve been putting the spotlight on various areas of focus at our Design conference in Melbourne (it’s on next week, but there are still places left, so if you work in Design, don’t miss this!)

Design at Scale

We’ve looked at the intersection of AI … Read more »

Design ’18 Spotlight #2: Spotlight on inclusive design

we’re counting down to Design ’18, our upcoming conference on April 11 and 12 on all things digital product and service design with an overview of the current trends in design and how we’re covering them at the conference. In this second spotlight we’re focussing on inclusive design.

Design ’18 Spotlight series #1: Spotlight on AI

The machines are coming. Are they coming to make our lives better? Or to take our jobs? These are questions on everyone’s minds, and we’re addressing in detail at our Design ’18 Conference, in Melbourne April 11 and 12.

  • Darla Sharpe is a Voice UI Designer at Google … Read more »

    Video of the Week: Chris Messina–Lessons from the death of the PC

    Long time Web Industry thinker (and doer) Chris Messina opened Web Directions Summit in 2017. Watch as he draws lessons from the death of the PC.

    Announcing our new conference, Design Leaders

    If you are a senior designer, leading and managing design in your organisation, or looking to move into these roles, you’ll know that they involve a range of capabilities you may not have necessarily honed as you developed your skills as a designer.

    Recognising this, we’ve created a brand new event, … Read more »

    Allsopp’s Cables and Fables

    Each week we publish a weekly newsletter.
    From time time I publish a longer article, which someone at some point on Twitter (I’ve sadly forgotten who) referred to as Allsopp’s Fables, which I liked so much I adopted.

    But most week’s I typically collect and connect some of the things … Read more »

    Announcing the program for Web Directions Design

    Over the last decade or more here at Web Directions we’ve started our fair share of new events. But that mixture of excitement and apprehension (with my kids we call this being ‘anxited’) never fades. You put everything into creating the best possible lineup, and then hope others agree!

    So, today … Read more »

    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

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    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.