Transform 16: Beyond the UX Tipping Point, Jared Spool

Friday sees the end of the Early Bird discount for the first Web Directions conference of the year, Transform 2017 in Canberra on 29-30 March. Which is a great time to revisit the closing keynote address from last year’s Transform. Jared Spool certainly knows how to deliver a talk. … Read more »

Not My Digital Detox

It seems that the number one New Year’s resolution this year  (as covered in mainstream media, at least) was the “digital detox”.

Then there was the digital detox backlash (“say ‘digital detox’ one more time …”).

And in various podcasts I’ve listened to of late (more on podcasts shortly), really intelligent, successful … Read more »

We Wish We Could Read Your Mind

But we can’t.

And, on reflection, perhaps that’s not a bad thing.

Nevertheless, if we’re to continue to not just provide you with valuable events, news and conferences, but to keep doing it better every year, we need to know what best suits your needs and preferences.

And so, the survey.

This survey … Read more »

Call For Proposals to Speak at Respond 2017 Opens

Web Directions has opened a Call For Proposals from people interested in speaking at Respond 2017.

Respond is our Front End Design Conference, taking place in Sydney (4-5 May), Melbourne (8-9 May) and this year also in Brisbane (12 May).

We’re accepting proposals for 20 minute talks up til 1 March, so … Read more »

Five Reasons to Join Us at Transform 17

You might have already scanned what’s in store at Transform 17, but I just want to highlight five great reasons why you should join us this year.

 

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Release Your Inner Conference Speaker

You know it. You’ve felt it.

You go to conferences, workshops, meetups, events of all kinds where people get up and talk and give you insights into their work – and your own – that you’d never get from anywhere else.

And you can’t help thinking to yourself, “I could do that. … Read more »

Transform 16: Transforming Government Communication and Content, Dan Hon

As we approach the first Web Directions conference of the year, Transform 2017 in Canberra on 29-30 March, we’re going to remind you of the talks from the first Transform conference in 2016. These extracts are taken from Wrap, the free digital magazine we publish after every conference … Read more »

Weekend Reading Links

Things I’ve Been Reading
A fortnightly collection of links to online articles, news and resources of interest to people working on the web.
Automating Visual Testing
At Web Directions events we frequently cover testing and a key to this is, of course, automation (see also Atul Gawande‘s Checklist Manifesto, which we mentioned in a … Read more »

Transform 16: Redesigning the Citizen Experience, Dana Chisnell

As we approach the first Web Directions conference of the year, Transform 2017 in Canberra on 29-30 March, we’re going to remind you of the talks from the first Transform conference in 2016. These extracts are taken from Wrap magazine, the free digital magazine we publish after every … Read more »

Jobs to be done, and the Pebble Watch

Pebble Watches

The work of Geoffrey Moore and his chasm theory is less well known now than it was a decade ago, although terms he coined or popularised like ‘early adopter’ and ‘early majority’ continue to find widespread use. But, if anything, Moore’s work … Read more »

Transform 2017 – The Launch

Last year, Web Directions held our first full conference focused on improving how government provides information and services, Transform. This tapped into discussions across the globe around digital transformation: drawing on the opportunities provided by emerging technologies to change for the better the way governments communicate with their citizens…. Read more »

2016 in Review

Let’s face it. For many, 2016 hasn’t been the best year ever: the loss of several beloved cultural icons, currents of political decision-making that didn’t feel like steps forward, pessimistic news on the climate change front …

But it’s well known that cultivating a mindset of gratitude is overwhelmingly positive and … Read more »

Video of the Week: Aubrey Blanche–Scaling Walls: The Barriers to Female Representation and How Atlassian is Eliminating Them

There’s little doubt technology has a diversity challenge. There’s a lot of conversation about why that might be – although less about what we might do about it, particularly in terms of specific action.

Aubrey Blanche from Atlassian spends her life thinking about this, and developing programs and practices to address … Read more »

Opening thoughts for Direction 16

Direction ’16 took place the day after the US election. I wasn’t alone in being more than a little despondent with the result, and in particular several of our speakers were from the US and were significantly affected by the outcome. My sense is that the vast majority of our … Read more »

Maciej Cegłowski video from Direction 16: Who Will Command The Robot Armies?

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Well, Direction 16 is done and dusted, and the relative quiet here the last couple of weeks is testament to just how much effort goes into running conferences (though planning 2017 has also taken considerable time).

Last year at Web Directions, Maciej Cegłowski’s “The Website Obesity Crisis” caused quite a stir, … Read more »