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

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).

Summit 17 – Behold, the Engineering Track

We’ve so far announced eight Summit speakers, all important figures of international stature. We still have a detail or two to finalise in the Product / Design Track, but we can’t stand to wait any longer, so today we’re going to share with you the full program for the Engineering Track … Read more »

A Progressive Web Approach to a Networked Economy

Pre-industrial economies did not favour large scale, oligopolistic or monopolistic economic structures (power structures are an entirely different matter).

The rise of industrial, hand in hand with what we now call “Capitalist” economies (the word is an invention of the 19th Century) economies saw the rise of oligopolies – think of … Read more »

Video of the Week: WebVR – Building and Browsing Cyberspace – Mark Pesce

What better way to warm up for our new VR / AR conference in November than 50 minutes with Mark Pesce describing the evolution and implications of WebVR technology? Our Video of the Week comes from Direction 16 and points to Reality 17.

Say Hello to Culture 17 and Reality 17

Summit 17 just got bigger.

Web Directions Summit 2017 is already a two-day, two-track, multiple international keynote, cream of the local crop, can’t miss conference extravaganza for Australian devs, designers and anyone working in web or digital.

We made it bigger.

The Law of Least Power and Defunct StackOverflow Answers

Answer after answer on StackOverflow to questions about basic DOM APIs and common patterns would lead to the response “Well, in jQuery, you …”. And, of course, the questions end up being closed off at some point by moderators.

The thing is, a few years ago, jQuery was such a ubiquitous … Read more »