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A deep and rich meditation on many things, Dan argues that designing an internet of things that’s for humans means understanding what the empathy gap is. It’s the gap in understanding between an organization and its audience. This session is the story of how, whilst a more connected world means more things, we should remember to design those things, products and services to understand us. We're incredibly excited to have Dan return to Australia for Transform, our Government Digital Service Delivery focussed event in Canberra in May 2016. Watch this presentation, and if you work in or with Government at any level, you should come and hear him speak at Transform. Like to watch and read more like this? Then jump on our once a week mailing list where we round up the week's best reading and watching on all things Web. And you'll get a complimentary digital copy of our brand new magazine, Scroll.
" ["post_title"]=> string(55) "Video of the Week: Dan Hon–An Internet for Humans Too" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(18) "video-week-dan-hon" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-04-15 13:56:08" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-15 03:56:08" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6319" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [1]=> object(WP_Post)#209 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6314) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-04-07 07:00:24" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-06 21:00:24" ["post_content"]=> string(5021) "tldr; we've relaunched Scroll Magazine, featuring profiles and interviews, indepth articles, and more. Read on for more details, or get yourself a digital copy of our first edition now. I came to the Web in its early days somewhat by accident. I was developing a hypertext system, Palimpsest (yes, ironically, a competitor of the Web, in a sense), and the Web it seemed, for all its shortcomings as hypertext, represented a new way for software publishers to distribute their applications, compared to the traditional model of packaged software sold in stores. So we built a site, with screen shots and feature lists, provided our software for download, and then wondered how on earth we could get people to find it. We hit on an approach which is now known as content marketing, providing great resources to help people find and work with what was excitingly called ‘etext’ back in the early 90s. Of course, to build our site we needed to learn HTML, and later CSS, and along that journey we realised that there weren’t particularly good tools for working with CSS, then still in its earliest days, nor much to help you learn, deal with browser quirks, and otherwise master Web development. And so I built one of the earliest CSS editors, Style Master, and in keeping with our marketing strategy, a whole raft of online courses and resources, which led to my involvement in the early Web Standards Project “CSS Samurai”, and to the original css-discuss mailing list, which we helped start with Eric Meyer, among other initiatives to help people become better web designers. Hero-Image_#ccccc A few years later, again largely without a lot of long term thinking, we founded what became Web Directions, an event that predates - and provided a blueprint for - almost all the conferences for Web designers and developers around the world. At Web Directions, we’ve often featured speakers right at the beginning of their careers who have gone on to become among our industry’s most highly respected experts, and have seen the launch of incredibly influential ideas like OOCSS (Web Directions North 2009) and “The New Aesthetic” (Web Directions South 2012). I don’t list these in many ways happy accidents to blow our trumpet here at Web Directions but, among other things, to point out there is no master plan; rather, a series of inspirations that, to be honest, we often didn’t realise the value of and on more than one occasion abandoned before the idea had the opportunity to really come to fruition. One of the ideas we abandoned that perhaps we should have stuck with a little longer at is (either literally or figuratively) in your hands right now: Scroll. The thinking behind Scroll was, and is, akin to how we think about everything we do at Web Directions. How can we do what we do differently, better? What are we doing ritualistically, simply because we’ve always done it like this, or because it’s always been done this way? Scroll started by us asking ourselves, “What is the point of a program at an event?” The bios you read are all online (and in an age of ubiquitous mobile much more readily accessible there than on paper). The session descriptions are, as well. All the relevant information about the event is on the attendee’s lanyard, or just a link away on their phone. So why are we going to the effort and expense of designing something essentially useless? Something that wastes trees? But what if we could create something of real and lasting value? That captured the ideas that are at the heart of our event, and let people learn more about the speakers they’ve seen and their thinking? Something that can be shared with colleagues and peers, and which would also take some of the value of an event out far beyond the audience in the room? That’s our ambition with Scroll. We’ve interviewed some of our amazing speakers and tried to get behind their thinking, to their motivations and inspirations. And we’ve tapped some of the speakers to share some of their ideas and techniques more deeply in print, just for this magazine. As I write this, Ricky Onsman, who has literally been to more of our events than anyone, and who has recently - to our great good fortune - come on board as editor for Scroll and all of the content at Web Directions, is ridiculously hard at work racing to complete this first (or third) edition, and so I’m waiting, excited, though a little anxiously, to see how it turns out. But we’re definitely going to stick the course this time, and there’ll be editions of Scroll associated with all our major upcoming events. I hope you enjoy it. Let us know what you think!" 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But to set the scene, here's where we stood a year ago, when Simon Elvery navigated the map of responsive imagery in early 2015. Interested in more like this? Our Respond Web Design conference is coming up in Sydney and Melbourne in April. Or just jump on our mailing list, a once a week roundup of great resources from us and around the Web.
" ["post_title"]=> string(78) "Video of the Week: Simon Elvery–Navigating the new map of responsive imagery" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(61) "video-week-simon-elvery-navigating-new-map-responsive-imagery" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-04-01 15:27:01" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-04-01 05:27:01" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6313" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#207 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6309) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-03-30 15:04:48" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-03-30 05:04:48" ["post_content"]=> string(4988) "In the leadup to our Responsive Web Design focussed event, Respond, in Sydney and Melbourne in April 2016, and as part of a special new project we'll be announcing at the conference, we've been speaking with some of our speakers, and getting to know them a little better. This week, Ethan Marcotte, our opening keynote speaker. Places are still available, so don't miss this very rare chance to see Ethan, and a dozen other amazing speakers in Sydney and Melbourne. ethan Q Describe your family. I'm in my late thirties, and I'm the oldest of five children. My family's from Northern Vermont, a fairly rural corner of the United States. I’m married to an incredible person who works for a large software company, but who has more interests than I can keep track of – knitting, writing, reading, cooking, and running– and generally keeps me inspired. No family to speak of, save for our impossibly surly murdercat. Q What book has changed your life in some way? A Stewart Brand’s How Buildings Learn was once described to me as “a book that has nothing to do with web design, yet has everything to do with web design.” And I think that’s true. (What’s more, it’s just a lovely read.) Q What formal qualifications do you have? How did you end up doing web work? A I studied English literature in college, and spent most of my last undergraduate year writing a stultifyingly dull essay about Milton’s use of allegory in three of his major poems. (I wrote that sentence and I fell asleep halfway through: my apologies.) I nearly cobbled together enough credits for a dual major in music, but figured I was unemployable enough with my literature degree, so. I kid! But: I got into web design almost as a lark, getting my hands on a copy of Photoshop at college. From there, I eventually stumbled into learning HTML by view source, and started copying/pasting my way through my first tiny web projects. When it came time to leave school, I was feeling a bit burned out on my studies, and didn’t exactly relish the idea of committing to advanced degrees. An advisor suggested I find another job for a year or two –“put the books away until you miss them,” she said–so I decided to try my hand at working as a web designer. So I suppose I’m more than a decade into “taking some time off before graduate school.” Q Describe what you do. What’s your job? Is presenting at web conferences part of that job? A I’m an independent designer, based just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I coined the term responsive design a few years ago, which has really shaped my practice of late: I’m asked to speak about the topic at conferences, work on responsive redesigns, and consult with clients on their responsive projects. I also co-host a podcast with Karen McGrane about responsive redesigns, and we also offer workshops to help companies prepare for the ways responsive might change their organization. Oh, and sometimes I write books, too. Q Do you give much thought to the title you apply to yourself? Does it matter? A I don’t think I’ve ever had a title that fits what I do. Titles are, I think, primarily for the people you work with (or for). Which doesn’t mean they’re not valuable! But at least for me, they’re rarely a part of the conversation with clients. Q Describe the first time you gave a presentation on a web topic. A The very first talk I gave was for a small gathering of designers and developers at Harvard, where I was working at the time. I was terrified! Also, I’m pretty sure most of my talk was incoherent, if not plain wrong. Q In The Graduate, Mr McGuire has just one word to say to aimless college graduate Benjamin Braddock: “Plastics”. What one word would you give to today’s prospective web professional? A Empathy. The word’s probably in danger of being overused, but it’s one of the more useful parts of my design practice. At every turn of a design process, I try to remind myself to consider how a website should change if, say, someone’s using older hardware, or if they’re on a slower connection. We web designers and developers need to step out of their own contexts, biases, and assumptions, and empathy’s one of the best ways to design universal, inclusive experiences for a properly World Wide Web." 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I discovered two things about him that sort of made me want to hate him (in the nicest possible way)
  1. he knows more about front end performance than you might imagine anyone can
  2. he lived a year in the French Alps and skis like a demon
But the third thing I learned is he is a warm, lovely, intelligent person. So I felt bad for hating him for being such a good skier ;-) I already knew his work well, and at the time he was at The Guardian, a newspaper it so happened I'd read since even before I lived in the UK 25 years ago (as an aside, it's no surprise to me that one of the few traditional newspapers succeeding in the current climate where traditional media is struggling to stay relevant and frankly liquid is a regional newspaper that started thinking internationally long before the Web, with daily European editions for decades, and a Weekly International edition thousands upon thousands subscribed to and eagerly awaited weekly). I also read the Guardian religiously online since it started, and the one thing I felt I had to bring up with Patrick when we started chatting went something like this: "Patrick, The Guardian loads too quickly." What could I possibly mean by this? Well, time and again I'd load the Guardian's page, on my mobile, and it seemed almost instantaneous. So I simply assumed it was loading a cached version, and reloaded. This is something that despite every time the page being the correct one I have done instinctively for years. And Patrick, as one of the key people involved with the Guardian's Front End Engineering, was in no small way responsible for this. I asked him on the spot to come speak in Australia, and he fortunately agreed, and this presentation is the result. So, trust me, no matter how quickly your page loads, if you follow some of the advice Patrick has, your page will load more quickly. It's not just for the engineering team either, pass this one around, then take his advice, and make faster loading pages next week at work. Interested in more like this? Our Respond Web Design conference is coming up in Sydney and Melbourne in April. Or just jump on our mailing list, a once a week roundup of great resources from us and around the Web.
" ["post_title"]=> string(56) "Video of the Week: Patrick Hamann, Embracing the Network" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(43) "video-week-patrick-hamann-embracing-network" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-03-24 10:13:48" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-03-24 00:13:48" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6300" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [5]=> object(WP_Post)#205 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6299) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-03-24 09:18:10" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-03-23 23:18:10" ["post_content"]=> string(4134) "Regular readers will know that here in Australia, and around the World, the way in which Government services are delivered is undergoing a revolutionary change. "Digital by default", user-centred not technology-driven (in the words of Leisa Reichelt, Head of Service Design at the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), "GOV.AU is not a technology project"), Governments are trying to (and in fairness succeeding in) doing things differently. But there's an elephant in the room. Procurement, which for those who don't deal with Governments commercially, is "the act of acquiring, buying goods, services or works from an external source, often via a tendering or bid process". And the reason why many really smart, talented individuals with skills and knowledge Governments really need to do things better don't work with Governments is the complexity and effort associated with procurement. Luckily, smart people in Government also realise this is a challenge, and the World leader in Government service delivery transformation (which really is a mouthful) the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) developed a digital marketplace, to make it much less complex and time consuming for
all public sector organisations ... to find people and technology for digital projects
including
people to work on digital projects, eg technical architects and web designers
OK, that's the UK, what about here in Australia? Well, today in addition to releasing an alpha of GOV.AU DTO also announced Australia's own Digital Marketplace. While it's not there yet it's clear where things are headed, and it is, if the UK experience is any indication, a significant improvement, and also a real opportunity for individual professionals, and smaller agencies looking to work with Government here in Australia. But what about today? Well, there's a real opportunity right now to potentially work with the DTO at all levels of Government. The DTO has a request for Tender open for locations all over Australia:
to establish a panel of Digital Service Professionals. The DTO has identified nine service categories required to support the work of the DTO:
  • Product Management;
  • Business Analysis;
  • Delivery Management and Agile Coaching;
  • User Research;
  • Service Design and Interaction Design;
  • Technical Architecture, Development, Ethical Hacking, and Web Operations;
  • Performance and Web Analytics;
  • Inclusive Design and Accessibility; and
  • Digital Transformation Advisors.
But it closes April 4th at 2pm Canberra time. Personally, I'm as baffled by the process of tendering as just about anyone who doesn't do it regularly, so if you're thinking "awesome, but this is too complex and I'm too busy…" well, hopefully we might be able to help you a bit. We happen to know folks who do do this sort of thing regularly, and have roped one of them in to help you do it too. All you need to do is free up a couple of hours on the evening of Thursday March 31, that's next Wednesday, from 6pm at our Surry Hills office (if you're not Sydney based, or can't make it we'll see what we can do to help). We'll walk you though the process, and demystify the terms, and what you have to do. It's free, so if you are keen, even if you're not in Sydney or can't make it, just fill in this form, and we'll either see you there, or find some way to help demystify this all a bit, and get the best chance to get on this panel. Honestly, don't miss the chance." ["post_title"]=> string(47) "An extraordinary chance to work with Government" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(36) "extraordinary-chance-work-government" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-03-24 12:20:28" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-03-24 02:20:28" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6299" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } [6]=> object(WP_Post)#204 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6294) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-03-23 11:25:34" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-03-23 01:25:34" ["post_content"]=> string(3093) "As we ramp up for Respond, our Web Design focussed conference, taking place in Sydney and Melbourne next month (we've still got some tickets, and really significant savings for freelancers and those who work at Not for Profit organisations) we'll be giving you a little insight into some of our speakers. First up, Sara Soueidan has in the last couple of years really made a name for herself focussing particularly, but not exclusively on SVG. At Respond she'll be talking about the combination of SVG and CSS, and how together these make for incredibly powerful expressive design tools, but we also wanted to learn a little more about what makes Sara tick. Among other things we asked her to describe the first time she gave a presentation on a web topic. sarah Sooueidan speaking at Respond
Oh, that was a fantastically scary time!! It was so exciting but also so intimidating that I had a moment on stage where I forgot the particular word that I wanted to say and ended up with a thought in my head that said "What are you doing here?! Just get off the stage and go sit back at the table". Ha ha. It was the first time I ever spoke in English continuously for more than 30 minutes, so it wasn't easy and I forgot quite a lot of words on stage, but one of them was the worst, so the idea crossed my mind that I should just walk off. But then I remembered a tip my friend Bruce Lawson gave me via Twitter right before I got on stage: 'Just breathe. And keep going.' So I literally did that: I took a deep breath, rephrased what I was going to say and just kept going. By the time I got to the last section I couldn't believe it, so I ended up saying ìI can't believe I got to the last section' ... out loud ... to the audience! After the talk, I felt absolutely nothing. It was like I hadn't even given a talk. You know how you feel numb after a dentist's visit and only start feeling the pain after the pain-killer effect goes away? Thatís exactly how I felt. For about an hour, I felt like I hadn't even been on stage at all. It was the fantastic feedback I got from the super nice attendees after the talk that sort of 'woke me up' from my trance, and that's when I realised I must have done a fairly good job. I hated watching myself speak and said I'd never speak again after watching the video because I was too embarrassed. But, well, you get over it after a while, and the excitement of being on stage sucked me back in just four months after the first talk, and I've kept going ever since.
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  • Ethan Marcotte will cover design patterns, processes and practices for the responsive age
  • Jen Simmons will look in depth at the new CSS layout technologies like Flexbox, Grid, Shapes, Multicolumn and Viewport Units to create amazing page layouts
  • Sara Soueidan, one of  the world's leading SVG experts will show how the combination of SVG and CSS brings extraordinary design capabilities to every browser.
  • Karen McGrane will show how adaptive content supports targeting content to device type—and why that’s rarely necessary
  • Rachel Ilan Simpson on how we can design for security without sacrificing usability. I honestly think this session by itself makes it worth attending
  • Russ Weakley will show us how to make our shiny new Web applications accessible 
  • In an intensive in-depth session we look at a tale of two redesigns. While Fairfax have completely redesigned and rebuilt their flagship publications, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (both in beta), online retailers Kogan went the other way, incrementally redesigning from a split mdot/desktop arrangement to a responsive solution. We hear from designers on each project on what they learned, and how it went. I feel this will be one of the most valuable sessions we've ever had at any of our events.
  • HTTP2 isn't coming, it's here. Web Directions has just switched over. Peter Wilson will look at why and how to transition, and how to keep performance up as you do. Another vital session. 

Then there are our focused sessions, where in 20 minutes we really dig deeply into a topic of importance.

  • Michael Mifsud will look at CSS Variables. No, not the ones you're probably familiar with from Sass or other preprocessors, but CSS Variables in the browser.
  • Jessica Edwards creates mobile interactive advertisements day in day out, and needs to create the most engaging, high performance, low bandwidth experiences possible. Learn how she does it with a range of new CSS features like Filters, Blend modes and Gradients that you can use. Today.  
  • You might be surprised at how adaptive typography can be to the user's screen size and resolution these days, if you use the right units. Learn all about responsive type from Craig Sharkie
  • Images still present one the most significant performance challenge for any site, indeed the responsive landscape only makes the challenges of delivering images more difficult. But the element is here to save us. Learn how from Matthew Kairys.
  • And by no means least, the legendary Kevin Yank uncovers some of CSS best-kept secrets, with a range of selectors you may not know even exist, as well as a glimpse into the future.
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tl;dr

If you work in or with Governments of all levels on service delivery, our new conference, Transform, in Canberra on May 19th, is designed to help you more deeply understand delivering user centred Government digital services.

Why Transform?

When we started what became Web Directions back in 2004, many of the attendees of our early conferences worked in or with Government, reflecting the enthusiasm Governments around the world showed for this then still far from mainstream technology for better (and less expensively) serving the needs of their citizens.

But a piece or two of the puzzle was missing. First, access to the Web was still largely restricted to the workplace, schools, and libraries, while a home computer with internet access was still a relative rarity, and any connection speed above 56Kbps anywhere even more so. So many of those who engage most with Government were less likely to have the capacity to do so, making a trip to the relevant Government office, as difficult as that might be, or a phone call, still far more accessible than using a Government service online.

The second key challenge to the adoption of online Government services was that our understanding of how to create usable services online was far more nascent than it is today.

In the intervening decade or so, the first of these challenges has been for the most part addressed, with internet widely adopted at home, and inexpensive mobile and tablet devices, coupled with the dramatic fall in prices for more traditional computers meaning accessing online government services is far more convenient, and far more widely possible.

In many ways though we've only begun to address the second part of the equation, creating user centred government digital services, but this is definitely being done.

In 2011 the UK Government started a stealth mode project, alpha.gov to radically change how Governments deliver services–to be "digital by default", user centred, and driven by user research and design. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has become the Gold Standard for similar projects around the World, like the US Digital Service, and Australia's own Digital Transformation Office, which is closely modelled on the extremely successful GDS, and indeed populated by many of its most experienced practitioners and leaders.

The GDS sought to not only do Government better, but document, codify and share how others can do so as well. In essence they've sought open source Government publishing processes, and code at Github that others can freely share and reuse what they've learned and experimented with.

And they've had tremendous success, by any measure, including

  • GOV.UK is the 25th most visited site in the UK, with 12 million unique visitors a week.
  • The UK Government states that GOV.UK saves the Government £60M a year

So successful has it been that a Conservative UK Government with a very cost conscious approach to Government spending increased its funding to the organisation.

At Web Directions, we've been watching this whole arena closely for some time, indeed since the earliest days of the GDS, a project dubbed alpha.gov. At @media, the conference we ran in the UK a few years back, one of the designers from that project, Paul Annett, spoke about the project and the novel approaches they were taking. Sadly, back then we didn't video conference presentations.

And we've long been thinking about a conference focussing on this issue and in the light of the establishment of the Australian Government's Digital Transformation Office, we felt the time was right to create such an event, focussing on the new approaches to exploring, researching, designing and delivering user centered Government. For many months we've been talking to and consulting with folks who've been doing this, about what they'd like to see, what they feel is important for people to understand right now, which all fed into our brand new event, Transform.

Transform is a single day conference featuring Dana Chisnell from the US Digital Service, Dan Hon from Code for America, a number of people from Australia's Digital Transformation Office, and former GDS expert now working at the DTO Leisa Reichelt, all alongside legendary User Experience expert Jared Spool. Our aim is to help Australian decision makers and practitioners in Government Digital Service Delivery, whether in Government at Local, State or Federal levels, or working with Governments of all levels.

Keen to come? We've made Transform as affordable as possible, at $599 until April 8th, with $100 off for people working in Local Governments, and independent professionals who contract to Government.

We also have a more hands-on workshop with the US Digital Service's Dana Chisnell, and User Experience legend Jared Spool on May 18th, again just $599 if you book by next April 8th or register for both by next Friday for just $999.

We're excited to be bringing together such an amazing lineup, on an incredibly important subject area, and hope to see you there.

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We've discovered new patterns and approaches, and even the underlying technologies like HTML and CSS have adapted to fit the needs of an ever increasing array of devices and form factors, with the image element, srcset attribute, tweaks to media queries and more. As with much in our field, keeping up is nearly a full time job (and as we say about our conferences, "why not make it our job to help you keep up?") So this week's video of the week, from founder and editor of the highly, and rightly, popular Smashing Magazine, Vitaly Friedman, will get you up to speed with the latest in Responsive design techniques. Trust me, this will be one of the best value hours you'll spend in a long time. If you like this, and are anywhere near Australia, then our Respond conference, in Sydney and Melbourne in early April 2016 has got you covered. Two amazing days of world leading experts, including the guy who coined the term Responsive Web design, Ethan Marcotte. 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A great companion to Maciej Cegłowski's wildly popular Website Obesity Crisis from Web Directions 2015, I really recommend you get everyone responsible for your Website together to watch both these presentations, whatever their department, title or role. Find these valuable? They're just a taste of what you can expect at Respond 2016 in Sydney and Melbourne in April. Respond this year features the person who literally invented Responsive Web Design, Ethan Marcotte, and a host of the world's leading experts, curated and presented by people who really know what is going on in the World of Web design, if we do say so ourselves. Need to improve the performance and engagement of your sites? Want to keep up with developments in Web design? Need to get others in your organisation to understand where the Web is headed? Then you really should think about coming to Respond!" 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Video of the Week: Dan Hon–An Internet for Humans Too

One of our most popular presentations at any event ever was Dan Hon’s “An Internet for Humans Too” at Web Directions 2014. A deep and rich meditation on many things, Dan argues that designing an internet of things that’s for humans means understanding what the empathy gap is. It’s the … Read more »

(Re)introducing Scroll Magazine

tldr; we’ve relaunched Scroll Magazine, featuring profiles and interviews, indepth articles, and more. Read on for more details, or get yourself a digital copy of our first edition now.

I came to the Web in its early days somewhat by accident.

I was developing a hypertext system, Palimpsest (yes, … Read more »

Video of the Week: Simon Elvery–Navigating the new map of responsive imagery

At Respond (next week in Sydney, and the following week in Melbourne), we’ve got a great in-depth session on the element, and the current state of play with responsive images. But to set the scene, here’s where we stood a year ago, when Simon Elvery navigated the map … Read more »

Respond Speaker Insight: The inimitable Ethan Marcotte

In the leadup to our Responsive Web Design focussed event, Respond, in Sydney and Melbourne in April 2016, and as part of a special new project we’ll be announcing at the conference, we’ve been speaking with some of our speakers, and getting to know them a little better.

This week, … Read more »

Video of the Week: Patrick Hamann, Embracing the Network

I first met Patrick Hamann when we both spoke at Smashing Conference Whistler. I discovered two things about him that sort of made me want to hate him (in the nicest possible way)

  • he knows more about front end performance than you might imagine anyone can
  • he lived a year in … Read more »
  • An extraordinary chance to work with Government

    Regular readers will know that here in Australia, and around the World, the way in which Government services are delivered is undergoing a revolutionary change. “Digital by default”, user-centred not technology-driven (in the words of Leisa Reichelt, Head of Service Design at the Digital Transformation Office (DTO), “GOV.AU … Read more »

    Respond Speaker insight: Sara Soueidan

    As we ramp up for Respond, our Web Design focussed conference, taking place in Sydney and Melbourne next month (we’ve still got some tickets, and really significant savings for freelancers and those who work at Not for Profit organisations) we’ll be giving you a little insight into some of … Read more »

    A tale of Two Redesigns: Respond 16 session focus

    As we lead into our Web design focussed event, Respond 16 (still time to grab a ticket at a great price, now coming to both Sydney and Melbourne), let’s take a look at some of the sessions attendees can look forward to…. Read more »

    Respond ’16, the full, amazing lineup

    Earlier this week we announced the complete lineup for our Web design focussed conference Respond, featuring a truly stellar lineup you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in the World, fresh from such events as An Event Apart, and Smashing Conference, as well as wonderful locals, some who’ve spoken all over the … Read more »

    Rachel Nabors–The State of the Animation

    At Web Directions, we’ve long been excited about animation on the Web, particularly animated user interfaces and experiences. We’ve featured a significant number of presentations on the topic, including two stellar ones in 2015, at Web Directions Code and at Web Directions itself.

    Today we feature one of those, by the … Read more »

    Introducing our newest conference, Transform

    tl;dr

    If you work in or with Governments of all levels on service delivery, our new conference, Transform, in Canberra on May 19th, is designed to help you more deeply understand delivering user centred Government digital services.

    Why Transform?

    When we started what became Web Directions back in 2004, many of … Read more »

    Tom Loosemore–Enough lipstick on pigs: Building new foundations for a 21st century state

    Tom Loosemore, the closing Keynote speaker at Web Directions 2015 (so officially the last ever speaker at an event called Web Directions–no, we’re not going away, we’ve just refreshed and rebooted things),  thoroughly engaged and inspired our audience, with his presentation on how a nation bold enough to … Read more »

    Daniel Burka–Design Sprints

    At Web Directions 2015 we had the rare privilege of hearing from Daniel Burka, talking about the Design Sprint process and methodology that they have development at GV (formerly Google Ventures), where Daniel is now a Design Partner (GV is Google’s venture investment arm, and like other Venture Capital funds, … Read more »

    Vitaly Friedman–Real Life Responsive Web Development

    If we look back to the early days of Responsive Web Design, we’d probably be amazed at just how far we’ve come in a little over 5 years.

    We’ve discovered new patterns and approaches, and even the underlying technologies like HTML and CSS have adapted to fit the needs of … Read more »

    Yesenia Perez–Design Decisions Through the Lens of Performance

    This week’s feature video comes from our Respond conference last year (Respond 2016 is a couple of months off yet, with early bird pricing still available), a fantastic presentation from Yesenia Perez-Cruz (who since then has been turning up speaking all over the world!) on how the decisions designers … Read more »