Shape the Future or be Shaped by it

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

Summit 17 — the Final Speaker and the Full Schedule

It’s all happening at Summit 17 — we have our final speaker (the inimitable Jina Anne), we’ve locked in the conference schedule, and we’re zeroing in on the close of our Super Early Bird (seriously good deals with hundreds of dollars off). Don’t miss this.

Summit 17 — Lo, the Product & Design Track

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To complement the already announced Engineering Track of our Summit 17 conference, here are the details of the Product & Design Track — a pretty stunning program, you will agree.

(NB We do still have one more speaker to announce on Monday).