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Traditionally, lots of events for Web folks happen that week, some organised by us, many by others. So much so, a while back we created the concept of "Australian Web Week" as an umbrella for these events, but for one reason or another, it never quite 'stuck'. Luckily, the events continued. But as there really are just so many things happening next week, we wanted to create one place where you could find out what was happening, and easily sign up for events that interested you. Enter Web Directions 'sideshows'. There's over a dozen great events, including What great week to be involved in the Web in Sydney. So even if you're not going to Web Directions (though a few tickets are left for what will be our best ever show) make sure you get along to some of the other great things happening next week!" 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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 that are important. So, here goes!

This next Web Directions, in just a couple of weeks time, will be my last in a hands-on capacity. It's been an amazing and rewarding ten year journey, and I'm so proud of all the things that we have contributed to in that time, in particular

  • those who have been inspired by our events to start businesses, form partnerships, change careers
  • so many speakers who have risen to the occasion of their first big presentation, on the Web Directions stage
  • the hundreds of hours of videos and podcasts we have been able to share with a worldwide audience, not just those who can come along to our events
  • our efforts to create events for people who work on the web that are inclusive, welcoming, inspirational and fun

I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to every one of the several hundred speakers who have given their time so generously, as well as to everyone who has ever supported us by attending our events, because without the enthusiasm of those two forces coming together, Web Directions would be a much more humble affair.

But the biggest thank you of all needs to go to my business partner through all these years, John Allsopp, whose passion for all things Web, and for the Australian Web industry in particular, knows no bounds and cannot be resisted. John's tireless work, and endless font of new ideas, is something unique and I really do believe we all owe him a debt of gratitude. It's so reassuring to know that a business I have put so much of myself into will be in the hands of a good shepherd like John.

What's next? Well, in the short term, a genuine stepping back is on the cards. I have this strong feeling that there may in fact be viable life far from the Web and the screen and would like to find out if this is in fact the case. Stay tuned, I'm sure I'll be reporting back from the wilderness soon :)

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bukk.it

Ethan Marcotte's treasure trove of animated gifs. Invaluable for efficient work communication.

css

Intersteller

I'm a big Christopher Nolan fan and really hoping this is as awesome as it looks.

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No doubt about it, we've got an amazing collection of interesting and talented people on the Web Directions 2014 program! I got to thinking how they'd stumble upon some pretty interesting things in their travels around the Web, so I got in touch and asked "What's caught your eye this week?" Jonathon Colman, Content Strategist at Facebook, gets us off to a great start with his "Seven Things". Jonathon will be sharing his thoughts on "Building better products with content strategy" in the Product Track at Web Directions 2014, and judging by the following reading and watching list, it'll be a session not to miss!

Onboarding Teardowns

You've seen teardowns of the latest phone or other gadget, but what about virtual teardowns of software interfaces? This site delightfully dissects new user experiences and examines what makes them work (or fail!).

onboarding

Interface Writing: Code for Humans

My friend Nicole Fenton wrote a lovely piece on the challenges of writing for interfaces. These are problems I grapple with every day—it's hard (but fun!) to make things clear for 1B+ people all over the world. Here's a video of her presenting on the same topic.

Hanx Writer

Tom Hanks released an app. And it's a typewriter. And it's fun!

hanx

Turn Any YouTube Video Into A GIF By Just Adding “GIF” To The URL

This. Changes. EVERYTHING.

Designing E.T.’s Experience: Interview with UX Week Speaker Doug Vakoch of SETI Institute

I'm a sci-fi nut. And a hard-core "Doctor Who" fan (new series just started—squeee!). I did a talk recently about the communication challenges of SETI, so an interview with an actual SETI scientist that links together communications with technology with the capital-U "Unknown" really turns my crank.

seti

Why I Design at Facebook

My colleague Julie Zhuo talks about why she designs at Facebook, tells a story about Facebook's very first designer, and the traits that make designers successful.

julie-zhou

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

This is an older (2012) resource that I just stumbled on. A lot of us talk about empathy as if it were a meme or fad. This article by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley discusses the behaviours you need to practice to actually become more empathetic to the people around you. Fascinating and useful!

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  • Enticing the recently departed long time Creative Director of Twitter, Douglas Bowman back to our shores. Douglas spoke at our first ever conference, when he was a well known Web designer, having recently helped ignite the Web standards revolution with his redesign of the Wired website. His career trajectory, Visual Lead at Google, and then Creative Director at Twitter, in many ways follows the trajectory of the Web over the last decade, from a static text heavy medium, to a platform for delivering rich, engaging, sophisticated experiences and applications.
  • Being able to lure the Senior Director of Business Engineering at PayPal, Bill Scott to our shores. Bill's vital role at a company that demonstrates the importance of the Web as a platform reinforces how mission critical Web engineering has become for delivering business services.
But in truth, there are 24 extraordinary, world-leading speakers, working in the near future, each one of whom we're extremely proud and excited to bring to you. All you have to do is clear two days of your time in late October. This year too, we've experimented a little with pricing. We're still offering the same amazing two days of speakers, fully catered, with world class coffee, and parties, for the same price it's been for years. But we're offering some additional benefits for those with a little more budget to spend. It's all explained at the conference site, but do drop us a line if you have any questions at all. If you've been to a Web Directions event before, you know we're passionate, independent supporters of the Web and all it can do. We promise you all this and more. If you've not been to one of our events before, leave your pre-conception as to what a conference is like, and what it can do for you, at the door. We promise something special, that might even transform your life. Check out all the details, at our rather spiffing conference site, and see you in October!" ["post_title"]=> string(19) "Web Directions 2014" ["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(25) "web-directions-south-2014" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2014-06-26 11:06:50" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2014-06-26 01:06:50" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(36) "http://www.webdirections.org/?p=5792" ["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" } [7]=> object(WP_Post)#331 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(5740) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2014-05-07 12:41:04" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2014-05-07 02:41:04" ["post_content"]=> string(5587) "The Web, and what we can do with it has come a long way since the first conference we were involved with back in 2004. Each event we do represents a sort of milestone, and hopefully reflects the sorts of challenges, opportunities and concerns we face as we design and develop for the Web. That's certainly the aim as we put each program together. In 2004, Web Essentials (that's what the event was called back then) featured no JavaScript. The term "Ajax", had not been invented, jQuery was still more than a year away from public release, Firefox was still in beta. And 10 years later? Well, the program for Web Directions Code, which took place last week in Melbourne hopefully captures a lot of that. JavaScript as an increasingly high performance, sophisticated modern language. Device APIs that allow us to create ever more sophisticated experiences on all kinds of devices barely dreamt of in 2004, including Robots. If you were there, you'll hopefully agree with us it was inspiring, exciting, challenging, and highly educational. If you weren't, well, the next best thing are the slides and other resources available online that we'll list below, and the upcoming videos (to hear about them, first, why not sign up to our low noise, high signal, once a week mail out of all things awesome about the Web)

Slides and other resources from Web Directions Code 2014

Raquel Vélez's You Can Do What With Math Now? was an awesomely inspirational start to the show, looking at what we can do with JavaScript, Mathematics, canvas and robots. Ryan Seddon showed us how Web Components are the Future of Web Development. Fiona Chan took us on a 15 minute deep dive into The Declarative Power of CSS Selectors. Rob Manson of BuildAR let us in on The Easy Way to Create Augmented Web Experiences. Andrew Fisher took us on a Device API Safari. You can check out the code from his examples here. Allen Wirfs-Brock showed how ECMAScript 6 is a Better JavaScript for the Ambient Web Era. On the Friday morning, Alex Feyerke inspired us all to take a look at the Offline First approach. Rod Vagg exhorted us to Embrace the Asynchronous. Ben Birch showed us some of the new native data structures available in modern JavaScript. Mark Dalgleish continued the JavaScript thread on Friday morning and taught us all about Taking JavaScript out of Context. You might also want to check out a tutorial on this from Axel Rauschmeyer that just came out. Then we took a veer towards security and Mark Nottingham let us in on What's Happening in TLS (that's what the cool kids call HTTPS). Paul Theriault continued that theme with Taking Front-end Security Seriously. Damon Oehlman showed us how Streaming the Web is not what we think. Alex Mackey told us to Harden Up Our Ajax! Lastly, Tantek Çelik inspired us all by closing out the show with The Once and Future IndieWeb. Here's the Dan Gillmor article Tantek mentioned, and here's where you can get started building your own little corner of the IndieWeb.

Missed out?

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Was great to wrap up another What Do You Know roadshow last Thursday night in our home town of Sydney, with what turned out to be an incredibly diverse and entertaining collection of presentations, covering off everything web from knitting to Brunch.io. Let's see what it was all about! And while you do that, brighten up your Monday by tuning into our playlist from the night:

WDYK April 2014 by Maxinesherrin on Mixcloud

Christopher Hunt (@huntchr) got things off to a fine start with a new approach to building applications, The Reactive Manifesto.

Regular Expressions - can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em. Elle Meredith did a terrific job, as always of explaining Regular Expressions With Ruby.

Imad Sader was next, showing us how to integrate SVG support in our build scripts.

Then Rose Matthews (@rose_matthews) took the stage to telling us all about the different types of great UX people and how to NOT keep them on your team.

Arnaud Bieri introduced us to Brunch - and that's not the "not quite breakfast, not quite brunch, but it comes with a slice of cantalope" variety! No, we're talking Brunch.io, the ultra-fast HTML5 build tool.

Leading us into the half-time break was Shane Weddell (@shaneweddell) of SilverStripe, who shared with us the secret of how they have built a very successful business in the open source space, by doing the opposite of conventional wisdom.

Straight after the break we took one of those wild segues for which What Do You Know is famous: Kris Howard (@web_goddess) showed us how knitting really is code in a great presentation that I'm sure will have inspired many of us to dig out the needles and yarn, I know it worked for me!

Next up Simon Swain (@simon_swain) told us to sharpen our pitchforks for 5 minutes of heresy, a motivational presentation for any developer, make sure you read the transcript.

Long time Web Directions friend Ben Buchanan - he first spoke for us in 2006, yikes! - was up next. Half of the next thing was some more motivational words for developers, on how to keep learning. Here's those two Ueli Steck videos he mentioned - The Swiss Machine and A New Vision.

Now I must admit I was a little concerned when I set up Simon Rodwell's (@s_roddeh) laptop on the stage and noticed he had 56 slides, for a 5 minute presentation! I don't know how he did it, but So crypto, very currency, how website was all done in maybe 7 minutes, and we all felt a lot smarter about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by the end of it!

And that about wrapped it up, not just for Sydney, but for the whole What Do You Know Fall 2014 season. We hope you made it along, we hope you had a good time, and we hope to see you at Web Directions Code in just a few weeks now!

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There's something about the Melbourne What Do You Know that "just works". I think it's maybe something about the venue, which has a slick AV setup, and is perfect for a reasonable sized crowd to be able to be there and see the presentations, while still feeling like a pub type atmosphere. This Wednesday was no exception, with everything running "smooth as", and eleven great presentations shared with a rowdy but good natured crowd.

We also had some great music in the breaks, if I do say so myself!

WDYK April 2014 by Maxinesherrin on Mixcloud

We kicked off the evening with longtime Web Directions mate Matt Allen (@mattallen), who has recently moved to Melbourne to open the local office Lookahead, the good guys in the recruitment biz. Matt taught us something we can all learn from: that awkward job interview.

Next we had Tammy Butow (@tammybutow), organiser of the recent SheHacks Melbourne and absolute champion for getting more women involved in tech events. Tammy asked what's your favourite thing online?

Peter Wilson (@pwcc) talked about "Deciding to be wrong". He's written a great blog post about it: to avoid stagnation, you need to reconsider your standard practices and the code they produce.

Next up in true What Do You Know style we took a sharp turn with Beth Skurrie (@bethesque), teaching us how to use Pacts and throw away our integration tests.

And then Mario Visic (@mariovisic) showed us the why and how of building a faster web.

Taking us into the break was Shane Weddell (@shaneweddell), who told us the SilverStripe story, also known as "how to build a successful business by doing the opposite of what everyone tells you to do". Which was convenient enough, because next up we had a quick break for refreshments with drinks and food courtesy of SilverStripe.

Straight up after the break we had @basarat who gave us 5 reasons to start using TypeScript. You might also want to check out Playground (the tool he used to do the demo), the TypeScript source, and if you really want to get into it, here's the language specification. Get going!

Bikeshedding and the Vicious Feedback Cycle was the intriguing title of Drew Schrauf's (@drewschrauf) presentation. He had some great thoughts on better managing relations with your clients.

Alex Mackey (@alexjmackey) was on next, here's the code and slides from his presentation, Just Add WebGL.

Design by Community - it's not design by committee! Damir Kotoric (@damirkotoric) did a great job of telling us what it really is, all in just 5 minutes.

Then we closed out the night with Lars Klint (@larsklint), a true passionate user, telling us 5 things we didn't know Windows Phone could do. Well done Lars, you get a lot of real iPhone fans at any Web Directions event, I thought it was pretty brave of you to get up there and share your passion!

And that wrapped it up for another awesome Melbourne What Do You Know. Thanks for coming along if you were there on the night, and hope you can make it next time if you weren't!

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WDYK April 2014 by Maxinesherrin on Mixcloud

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Thanks so much to everyone who braved the elements and came along to the biggest Brisbane What Do You Know so far! Last Thursday was a great night with eleven lightning presentations on anything and everything web, from Sproute to narcissism, and now we are well and truly pumped for Web Directions Code in Melbourne in May.

Things kicked off from 6pm with drinks and nibbles courtesy of our most excellent sponsors, SilverStripe. A couple of people asked me about the music on the night - it was the playlist from Web Directions South last year, which you can listen to anytime right here.

First cab off the rank on the night was Andy Fitzsimon (@AndyFitz), who introduced us to the idea of generative design and showed how it is being used at places like Redhat. This is a trend to watch for sure! Andy's slides are here.

Sarah Bock's (@bock_sarah) presentation on Narcissism and the Web seemed to strike a chord with a lot of the audience. Sarah has been good enough to write a blog post based on her preso - it certainly is a fascinating subject, and one we need to be aware of as not just participants in the Web, but also its creators.

Next, Jilly Magee (@chinkystickens) showed us how Data is the real king (and yes, content is data!). As well as her slides, Jilly has also shared a write up of her presentation.

Louis Stowasser (@louisstow) then took us through a live coding demo, using Sproute to re-create Hacker News. You can dive deeper into Sproute here, and here is a tutorial that does something similar to what Louis covered in his demo.

Then we had Katie Miller (@codemiller) who told us all about Beer in the Cloud with Node.js and OpenShift. Here's the app she built, and here's its source code.

Leading into the break we had Shane Weddell (@shaneweddell), who told us the SilverStripe story, also known as "how to build a successful business by doing the opposite of what everyone tells you to do". Which was convenient enough, because next up we had a quick break for refreshments with drinks and food courtesy of SilverStripe.

After the break Luke Brooker (@lukebrooker) continued the beer theme of the night with an interesting and inspirational presentation called Craft as in Beer. Check out the slides, as well as a write up of the presentation for some insights into how Luke approaches web design and development as a craft. Oh and here's the documentary he spoke about, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, it's well worth the watch!

Next up we had Ash Kyd (@AshKyd) who talked about the world of maps post-Google. If you're looking to do cool stuff with maps, make sure you check out his write-up.

Ben Cull (@benjii22) showed us The State of Payments in Australia, and I'd have to say, compared to a few years ago, things are looking pretty good. Check out his preso for an overview of some of the more interesting options around out there these days.

Anna Gerber (@AnnaGerber) then showed us the ins and outs of building an open web of things - here are her slides if you want to follow up on this exciting new area.

Then to finish off the night Brandon Sheppard (@BrandonSheppard) showed us how to optimise for ecommerce.

It was a fun night! Hope you were able to make it along, and hope to see you next time we're in your town!

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If you work in tech the news of the day isn't the reintroduction of dames and knights here in Australia, though that is certainly good for a quick giggle. No, words on everyone's lips this morning have been "Oculus Rift" and "Facebook" and "end of the world as we know it". For your edification in case you have in fact been hard at work all morning ...

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It was lovely to receive an email from an old "friend of Web Directions" the other day, Donal O Duibhir. If you've been to our events you may remember Donal as that guy who was absolutely passionate about networks of all kinds, and in particular about the wifi network at the event, which he always managed with great professionalism, diligence and care. Sometimes in trying circumstances! Anyways, Donal has fled our shores for greener pastures, at least for now. And I mean greener pastures quite literally: in his new life he's thrown himself into something else he's always been passionate about, sustainability and permaculture.

The really exciting thing though is that he's combining all his passions into his latest venture, Podomere, where he's on a mission to bring permaculture to the world of I.T. I was lucky enough to get him to share a few thoughts with me.

Maxine: So tell me Donal, in 25 words or less :), what exactly is this latest venture, Podomere?

Donal: Podomere is synthesising permaculture's design thinking and ethics within I.T. We build networks yet our focus is that of earth care, people care, and fair share.

Maxine: Podomere's strapline is 'scale the edge' and 'permaculture for I.T'. Do you want to explain what that might look like?

Donal: Scaling the edge is about 'edge thinking' and the 'edge effect' which maximises edges and interactions. The richer, more diverse, productive, and innovative environments are normally found at the connecting edges of two or more ecosystems. Today we find ourselves playing in multi-disciplinary environments where it's not just about packets and web apps but everything above and below! It's also about increasing the service edge from a technical perspective by allowing our clients and customers to scale their networks and web presence organically rather than requiring forklift upgrades or large punctuated jumps in CAPEX or OPEX. We have templated wired and wireless 'cloud managed' pod architectures and assembled service providers that can distribute content globally while staying as lean, green, and environmentally friendly as possible!

Donal in full offgrid mode when he was studying permaculture at The Channon in northern NSW.

Maxine: Tell us more about the GreenQloud story - how did you connect up with them? And have you had to do some amazing site visits in their beautiful homeland? What was that like?

Donal: Personally I've been performing network architecture, data centre, and information security roles in large multinationals like Cisco, Ericsson, and ABN AMRO since 2000 where well run global networks and systems demand a very high level of security, instrumentation, and management yet continue to consume vast amounts of dirty power. When I started Podomere in mid-2013 after having completed a Permaculture Design Certificate under the tutelage of Geoff Lawton, I set about searching for a way to build our new assets and services on an infrastructure provider with deeply green fundamentals. We also sought a great privacy and data sovereignty stance, positioning for low latency access to EU and US markets, and predictable energy costs (which translate to consistent and lower pricing for compute and storage over time). During my search I found GreenQloud in Iceland and set about testing them out. Subsequently we have joined their Startup Program and are now part of their Ambassador program too! They're growing quickly and we've been in frequent contact with all levels of their organisation. We do have an open invitation to visit them and tour their data centres. Albeit I'm currently in Europe, I've yet to lock in a date to visit the wonderful team in Reykjavík‎, but it'll happen this year and I'll report back on our blog For the moment we're trying to generate more awareness and gather feedback about what a sustainable digital supply chain might look like here.

Maxine: What are you focussing on at the moment?

Donal: Albeit we integrate systems while doing micro-consulting, we're focussing on how we can get better at telling our own story and finding our niche. We really want to reach social enterprises, SME's, B-Corporations, and any other 'greenfields' socially conscious organisations to help empower them to go green from the ground up whilst being more secure. We're working on a mixture of both free and paid digital recipes for organisations including D.I.Y. pod kits with accompanying designs so they can build our pods for themselves without relying on expensive system integrators. Finally we'd really like to see the philosophy and ethos of the FLOSS(Free/Libre/Open Source Software) movement take hold within network design and system integration communities of practice. We'll be releasing free design patterns soon!

Maxine: And where do you see this going? Tell us your wildest dreams! :)

Donal: Perhaps as somewhat of a pragmatic optimist I see an ongoing journey for humanity as we build a complex synthetic 'overlay' network only to subsequently realise fully the extent of the existing and underlying natural network that binds and connects us all. My dream is for a new generation of kids who will in the future somehow be born with an aggregate and long term societal memory (akin to the Bene Gesserit reverend mothers in Frank Herbert's Dune!). Within the confines of mortality I believe this future race will have a chance to establish peace utilising their new found empathy, oneness, and altruism.‎ Other than that I'd love to live on a houseboat like Alan Watts and produce all my own energy and food!

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Web Directions Sideshows

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 »

Announcing digi-​​gili

Diversity, and the place and role of under represented people in our industry has, sadly, yet again been front and centre in online conversations recently.

At Web Directions, having completely messed this issue up with our very first conference 10 years ago (yep, no women speakers), we’ve since worked hard to … Read more »

Counting down to Web Directions ’14: Today’s classic video

Web Directions 2014, our 10th anniversary edition, is less than a month away. With the best lineup ever, a brand new venue, along with some amazing partners– bringing you the World’s Best Conference Coffee (courtesy of Sample Coffee Company, our coffee of choice here at Web Directions), a … Read more »

Jonny Mack — Seven Things That Caught My Eye This Week

Some new work music, the trailer for the upcoming Christopher Nolan movie, and a treasure trove of animated gifs. Just some of the 7 things that caught the eye of Jonny Mack this week. Jonny is a product designer at Google, who we are very much looking forward to hosting … Read more »

Jonathon Colman — Seven Things That Caught My Eye This Week

No doubt about it, we’ve got an amazing collection of interesting and talented people on the Web Directions 2014 program! I got to thinking how they’d stumble upon some pretty interesting things in their travels around the Web, so I got in touch and asked … Read more »

Web Directions 2014

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Late last week we took the wraps off our 10th Anniversary conference, Web Directions South, taking place October 30 and 31, at the brand new location of the Seymour Centre, located in the heart of one of Sydney’s most vibrant, creative, and definitely up and coming areas, Chippendale … Read more »

Code ’14 Wrapup

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The Web, and what we can do with it has come a long way since the first conference we were involved with back in 2004. Each event we do represents a sort of milestone, and hopefully reflects the sorts of challenges, opportunities and concerns we face as we design and … Read more »

What Do You Know Sydney — The Season Finale!

Was great to wrap up another What Do You Know roadshow last Thursday night in our home town of Sydney, with what turned out to be an incredibly diverse and entertaining collection of presentations, covering off everything web from knitting to Brunch​.io. Let’s see what it was all about! And … Read more »

What Do You Know Melbourne, April 2014 — Wrap-​​up

There’s something about the Melbourne What Do You Know that “just works”. I think it’s maybe something about the venue, which has a slick AV setup, and is perfect for a reasonable sized crowd to be able to be there and see the presentations, while still feeling like a pub … Read more »

The music of What Do You Know — April 2014

We’ve just wrapped up another series of our What Do You Know nights, this time taking the show to Brisbane, Melbourne and … Read more »

Australia’s Digital Agencies

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One real pleasure of doing what we do is to see so much of the excellent work Australia’s Web Industry does. Often ground breaking, entertaining, engaging, beautiful, inspiring. And one of our missions here at Web Directions, is to champion great work being done here in Australia. It’s a big … Read more »

What Do You Know Brisbane — Wrap-​​up

Thanks so much to everyone who braved the elements and came along to the biggest Brisbane What Do You Know so far! Last Thursday was a great night with eleven lightning presentations on anything and everything web, from Sproute to narcissism, and now we are well and truly pumped for … Read more »

Facebook acquires Oculus Rift — The Tweets

If you work in tech the news of the day isn’t the reintroduction of dames and knights here in Australia, though that is certainly good for a quick giggle. No, words on everyone’s lips this morning have been “Oculus Rift” and “Facebook” and “end of the world as we know … Read more »

Can this web we love be sustainable too?

It was lovely to receive an email from an old “friend of Web Directions” the other day, Donal O Duibhir. If you’ve been to our events you may remember Donal as that guy who was absolutely passionate about networks of all kinds, and in particular about the wifi network … Read more »