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Code 15 Video–Current best practice in front end ops with Alex Sexton

In this video from the recent sold out Web Directions Code conference, Alex Sexton, inventor of the term “front end ops” brings us up to speed with the current best practice in front end performance.

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We want you to speak at Web Directions 2015

Since 2004, Web Directions has brought together leading Web developers and Front
end Engineers, designers and digital and product experts of all kinds to help our attendees keep up to date with the latest techniques and technologies.

And now we’re looking for the next great presenter to share their knowledge of, … Read more »

Announcing Web Directions 2015

Ok, we really need to dust off this blog. And indeed we’re working on that. But in the meantime, we’re really excited to announce our flagship event for the year, Web Directions 2015.

Once again, Web Directions features two tracks–one focussed on Web and Front End Engineering, and one focussed … Read more »

A Dao of Web Design at 15

What in many ways is a lifetime ago, 15 years as it happens, I wrote (or more accurately A List Apart published) A Dao of Web Design. The anniversary would have come and gone had not Val Head email me to remind me (after the original person who … Read more »

Socialising and (not just) alcohol at Web Industry events

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  • March 9, 2015
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Certainly in Australia and in my experience in other English speaking countries, and I’d hazard a guess in many countries of European tradition, we tend to socialise with alcohol. Whether it’s purely social, or a professional event after work hours, alcohol is expected, and of course by most, if consumed, … Read more »

60FPS is the new Image Replacement Technique

I always hated image replacement techniques. Not that I didn’t appreciate the cleverness of FIR, SiFR and the myriad other hacks folks developed to deliver text as images in an accessible way, so that we could use any fonts and typographical effects on our Web pages (at least sparingly).

But it … Read more »

All tomorrow’s Jetpacks

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  • February 9, 2015
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I wrote this back in April 2012, when Google Glass was first announced. I wasn’t convinced at all, and the short film they released at that time to explain the Glass experience was a big part of why. I found this piece again by accident recently, and realised it’s ... Read more »

Weekend Reading–January 31 2015

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  • February 6, 2015
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The links

This week we’ll take a break from our traditional structure of separating out links for designer sand developers, and we’ll focus on a single theme. And there’s a quiz at the end that we’ll have a prize for.

Pattern Matching

In 1977 Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein published … Read more »

Video: Genevieve Bell–Being Human in a Digital World

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  • February 3, 2015
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In the first of what will be a new ongoing feature, we're excited to have Genevieve Bell's Keynote from Web Directions 2014, fully subtitled (with the transcript below as well.)

Each week we plan to feature one or maybe even more past videos, subtitled and with transcripts, from our back … Read more »

Weekend Reading: December 12th, 2014

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  • January 30, 2015
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Something new. We’ll now post our weekend reading newsletters the week after they go out via email as a post. So if you want them fresh, with the chance at giveaways, quizzes and more, why not signup now? It’s just once a week, and very high signal-​​to-​​noise.

Big ideas

Art … Read more »

Reanimating computing’s past, with the Web

Web Directions more or less started as a software company. Well, it was a different company, but the first thing Maxine and I worked on together was software. Some of it (sort of) still works on today’s Mac OS and Windows. But the first software I wrote, … Read more »

Introducing the second Respond conference

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  • January 14, 2015
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Last year, in a whirlwind, we pulled together our first Respond conference, focussing on the broad challenges of contemporary Web design. It brought together one of our most diverse crowds, including many Art and Creative Directors, and many more strategic types than we expected. We designed the day as something … Read more »

How Desktop Publishing created the Web

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  • November 24, 2014
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Karen Mcgrane’s recent Beyond Tellerand presentation, Content in a Zombie Apocalpypse talks about the impact of laser printing on the rise (and nature) of the Web. She observes

Arguably, the laser printer is the most important component of the entire personal computing revolution. Demand for laser printers, demand … Read more »

Web Directions Sideshows

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  • October 21, 2014
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Next week is the week of the 10th Web Directions (as the more astute may have noticed, we’ve dropped the ‘South’ part of the name, it’s just Web Directions now). Traditionally, lots of events for Web folks happen that week, some organised by us, many by others.

So much so, a … Read more »

Stepping back from Web Directions

Goodbyes are hard. I even need to avert my gaze when I walk through that departure gate at the international airport, where all the sad goodbyes take place, lest my eyes water. But they are also some of the few opportunities we get in life to really acknowledge the things … Read more »