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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 audience felt similarly. In response, I spent a few minutes talking about the philosophy behind this year's program, which I hadn't originally intended to (I typically hope that the underlying themes emerge throughout the event, rather than making them overt). My basic point was simple. We who work on the Web, and more broadly in technology, are very fortunate. We're well paid, and get the chance to pick the work we do, and who we work for. Many of our contemporaries, indeed most people in the world aren't nearly so fortunate. I see this privilege also as a responsibility. To choose what we do with this opportunity wisely. To do better.   Like to watch and read more like this? Be the first to score invitations to our events? 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" ["post_title"]=> string(33) "Opening thoughts for Direction 16" ["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(29) "opening-thoughts-direction-16" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-25 14:48:46" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-25 03:48:46" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6678" ["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)#221 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6668) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-22 13:43:06" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-22 02:43:06" ["post_content"]=> string(2627) "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, and the video has been watched hundreds of thousands of times since. We were very privileged to have Maciej back for Direction 16, and his presentation did not disappoint. Addressing the challenge of AI, autonomous vehicles (of all kinds), robots and much more, he asks, "What role do we have to play in all this?" A question definitely worth asking. Please enjoy the closing keynote from Direction, and we'll be back November 9 and 10 2017 with more like this.   Like to watch and read more like this? Be the first to score invitations to our events? 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(78) "Maciej Cegłowski video from Direction 16: Who Will Command The Robot Armies?" ["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) "maciej-ceglowski-video-direction-16-will-command-robot-armies" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-23 15:51:14" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-23 04:51:14" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6668" ["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" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#220 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6665) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-07 11:53:29" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-07 00:53:29" ["post_content"]=> string(4064) "With Direction 16 starting in just couple of days, we wanted to point out a couple of the related events that always pop up around Web Directions events. We do what we can to foster, house and support local meetups, community groups and professional development opportunities for people in the web and digital industry. In this case, we'd like to draw attention to two events that might be of particular interest, not only to Direction 16 attendees but just as much to anyone in Sydney who's interested in the Web and digital.

In Conversation with Josh Clark

6pm-8pm Wednesday 9 November 2016 Camperdown NSW The Sydney Local Chapter of Interaction Design Association (IxDA) hosts one of the leading minds in Web and Interaction Design, 'Designing for Touch' author - and Direction 16 keynote speaker - Josh Clark. This interactive Q&A session chaired by Katja Forbes, local leader for IxDA Sydney, will explore hot topics related to designing for mobile. Mobile is taking the centre stage where smartphones have become the primary device for nearly all of us. A growing number of organisations now see most web visits come from mobile devices. How to make sure your mobile experience reflects that? What’s next for mobile interfaces? What does jogging and designing for mobile have in common? Find out all this and much more! The Q&A session will be proceeded by drinks and canapes hosted by Sydney University's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. Registration is $15 and open until 5pm Wedenesday via Eventbrite.  

Sydney Web Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup - World Usability Day

7pm-9pm Thursday 10 November 10 2016 The University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Wilkinson Building, Camperdown 2006 With World Usability Day and Web Directions falling on the same day, we couldn't let the chance go by to have a fun-filled event to bring the accessibility, UX and digital inclusion communities together! Join us on November 10 for a mega-meetup, where we'll have a number of presentations on digital inclusion and why it matters. You'll also have the chance to meet plenty of new faces (and hopefully see some familiar ones too!)

Speakers:

Patima Tantiprasut - Empathy, design, shoes and more Director & Studio Manager for Bam Creative in Perth, co-founder of Mixin conference and AWIA Committee member, Patima is a vibrant, engaging speaker. In this talk, she'll be exploring inclusive design, why it matters and how even the smallest details, from colours, to font treatments to even language, can make a huge difference to individuals. Adem Cifcioglu - Putting users first - The new Coles Online Web Developer, A11y Bytes organiser, co-founder Intopia consultancy and well-known speaker, Adem is one of Australia's leading digital accessibility experts. In this presentation, Adem will walk through the process of revamping the shopping giant online to make it user-centred and accessible, from design to development to user testing to production. This is a free event sponsored by Intopia. Please register via Eventbrite - spaces are limited." ["post_title"]=> string(27) "Direction 16 Related Events" ["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(27) "direction-16-related-events" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-07 11:53:29" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-07 00:53:29" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6665" ["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)#219 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6661) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-04 12:18:20" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-04 01:18:20" ["post_content"]=> string(2781) "Erin MooreWhen Erin Moore gave her talk at Web Directions in 2014, she was Senior UX Designer at Twitter. She has since moved on, but many of the insights she delivered came from her work with the social media giant. Her topic was time, that concept that measures our personal lives, dominates our working lives and seems sometimes to enslave us. It's not a particularly technical talk, but cuts to the heart of how we do what we do, why we do it, and - inevitably - how we could manage our time better. As such, it's a great lead-up to next week's Direction 16 conference.

 

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" ["post_title"]=> string(51) "Video of the Week: Erin Moore - Convenient Fictions" ["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(41) "video-week-erin-moore-convenient-fictions" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-04 12:18:20" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-04 01:18:20" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6661" ["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" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#218 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6652) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 14:46:51" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 03:46:51" ["post_content"]=> string(5600) "Scroll MagazineHere is the third and final set of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. These are only snippets - to see the full answers, come to Direction 16, where all conference and workshop attendees get a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations). Scroll will also be available for digital download post-conference. Today's question: Do you see yourself as more of an artist or a scientist? Mark Pesce (Inventor, VRML): I see myself as a problem-solver. Having an engineer’s education and temperament, I do occasionally get an eye to creating an artistic work, and then approach it with a bizarre mixture of pragmatism and intuition. Caroline Sinders (Machine Learning Designer, Buzzfeed): I guess I’m much more of a scientist now, but it’s really hard me to shake the fact that I started my career off in art, and I tend to approach everything as a photojournalist, as a photographer. Pasquale D'Silva (Product Designer, Hype): 99% Artist, 1% other. Computers have always been a means to an end. The less I’m aware of the fact that I’m using technology, the deeper the flow state I can get into. Jacob Bijani (Product Designer/Engineer, Tumblr): Of the two, definitely more of a scientist. I did go to art school, but I've always enjoyed the technical side of making things more. I really enjoy seeing something I've built come together and take life. Jenn Bane (Community Director, Cards agains Humanity): Hmm... neither. I’m not an artist, I’m not a scientist. I do think of myself as a writer now. It’s part of my identity and my brain is wired for storytelling. Jonathan Shariat (Product Designer): You must be a scientist in your approach to understand problems, possible solutions, and your users’ needs. You also need to be an artist by putting a little of yourself into your work and making it pleasing to use. Anna Pickard (Editorial Director, Slack): Artist, I guess, if I have to pick between the two. But artist more in the sense of craftsperson - I write as if I’m putting something together with my hands, moulding it, hacking things off, adding things on, making whatever it is function the way I want it to function. Matt Griffin (Film Maker & Designer): I see myself as a craftsperson. Which has elements of both, I suppose. Art is largely for expression of the self, design is for solving problems. Aubrey Blanche (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian): I definitely see myself as more of a scientist. I'm always joking that I'm a 'recovering academic', but anyone on my team can tell you it's true. Andy Clarke (Designer & Art Director): For me, working on the web isn’t about problem solving, as it is for many people. My fascination is with how we can use the web as a creative medium to tell a story, communicate an idea or maybe sell a product. That’s something that the fine artist in me still loves to do for our clients. Josh Clark (IxD, Big Medium): It’d have to be science. I’m a systems guy. I like to figure out what makes things tick, what makes people tick. I’ve always been excited about studying and creating systems that help to empower and enable, to amplify what folks can do.   directionad

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" ["post_title"]=> string(36) "One Question, Many Answers: Part III" ["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(34) "one-question-many-answers-part-iii" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 14:49:17" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-03 03:49:17" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6652" ["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)#217 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6645) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 12:31:26" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 01:31:26" ["post_content"]=> string(2663) "Ben BuchananOur video ristretto this week comes to us from one of those people who hooked up with us from even before our Web Directions days, and has been a key supporter even as his own career has blossomed. He's now Front End Lead at Ansarada, and at Code he gave a great talk about the importance of versioning. Take a look and then, if you haven't already, come on over and register for Direction 16.

 

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" ["post_title"]=> string(51) "Video Ristretto: Ben Buchanan - The SemVer Talk 1.0" ["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(44) "video-ristretto-ben-buchanan-semver-talk-1-0" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 12:32:08" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-11-02 01:32:08" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6645" ["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)#216 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6640) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-11-01 10:31:23" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-31 23:31:23" ["post_content"]=> string(4411) "One of the benefits of organising events like Code, Respond, Transform and - in just over a week - Direction is the events that other people organise around the conference that add value and depth to their whole experience. SilverStripe is a major sponsor of Web Directions and has supported our events for the past six years. This year, they’re running a community conference alongside Direction 16, the inaugural StripeCon APAC. The best news is Direction ticket holders can attend this event for FREE. Come along to learn:
  • * How digital transformation and open source go hand in hand
  • * Pragmatic insights into successful digital transformation projects
  • * What the future holds for large-scale digital projects
Among the highlights, you'll hear from Bene Anderson, Service Delivery Manager, All-of-govt online products & Paul Murray, All-of-govt ICT Capability Manager, NZ Department of Internal Affairs on Overcoming common challenges facing public sector digital projects. Paul and Bene manage services that support New Zealand Government organisations to deliver better online experiences. Their presentation will focus on challenges that Government organisations face, and how the Common Web Platform and Open Source are making it easier to meet those challenges. Colin Westacott, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Ephox Cognitive will profile this advanced new editing environment that combines the power of the world's most advanced editor with the power of cognitive computing. Ephox Cognitive will significantly help content creators and authors to easily build complete, accurate and current content by presenting them in real time with relevant and in context content that already exists either from internal or external sources - textual or rich media. Users will have automatic access to a huge store of content and be able to copy, reference or drag and drop video into their new content really easily. In other sessions, you'll also hear from folks at Little Giant, Wolf Interactive, Internetrix and, of course, SilverStripe on digital transformation, multi-region synchronisation, the UX and UI of multi-site setups, and user engagement beyond direct interaction. There will also be a hugely relevant workshop run by Sanicki Lawyers, called Legal issues for Creative Businesses in the Digital Age.  It provides an introduction to legal issues for those working in new media, design and technology, game development, graphic and web designers and web-based startups. It touches on issues concerning copyright ownership, the use of authoring programs, and the need for those in the creative space to have appropriate contracts in place with employees, independent contractors or unpaid volunteers. It also provides a basic introduction to protecting intellectual property including branding and brand protection, Trade Marks, the use of music, terms of trade agreements, privacy issues, end-user licencing and business structures. (NB Sanicki Lawyers, a law firm specialising in the creative industries, is offering free 15 minute, 1-on-1 legal advice sessions for conference delegates for the duration of Direction 16 to answer any business or legal queries you may have. To arrange your free consultation, contact Darren at darren@sanickilawyers.com.au or 0412 723 725.) It will be an amazing day, without a doubt, and a great intro to the Direction 16 conference. StripeCon APAC Details When: Wed 9 November 2016 Where: Australian Technology Park, Sydney Who should attend: digital leaders and developers. In the evening, join us for the official kickoff of Direction 16 at the Australian movie premiere of “What comes next is the Future”, sponsored by StripeCon APAC. Tickets are free for Web Directions ticket holders by using the code direction16. Register for StripeCon APAC now." ["post_title"]=> string(42) "Direction 16 Partner Event: StripeCon APAC" ["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(41) "direction-16-partner-event-stripecon-apac" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-11-01 10:31:23" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-31 23:31:23" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6640" ["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)#215 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6636) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-28 08:15:45" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-27 21:15:45" ["post_content"]=> string(2489) "Cap WatkinsOur long form Video of the Week this week is of Cap Watkins delivering his Web Directions 15 keynote, "Design Everything". This is really appropriate in light of our upcoming Direction 16 conference, where these kinds of ideas, philosophies and their practical application all come to the fore. Cap is a wonderfully engaging speaker, and some of the points he makes might sneak up on you. And then, you might feel inspired to sign up for Direction 16 - it's going to be an amazing few days. Like to watch and read more like this? Be the first to score invitations to our events? 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(50) "Video of the Week: Cap Watkins - Design Everything" ["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(40) "video-week-cap-watkins-design-everything" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-28 08:15:45" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-27 21:15:45" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6636" ["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" } [8]=> object(WP_Post)#214 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6632) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 12:04:34" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 01:04:34" ["post_content"]=> string(2780) "Simon SwainThis week's video ristretto come from just a few months ago at our Code conference in Sydney and Melbourne. If you've seen any of Simon Swain's presentations at our events, you'll know he comes up with some pretty breathtaking stuff. Rats of the Maze is no different - although it may be different to anything you've seen before. As you watch, remember this is all running live in the browser. Can anything at Direction 16 top that? Well, yes. Probably. See for yourself!. Come and join us as we bring the future to the present. directionad

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" ["post_title"]=> string(47) "Video Ristretto: Simon Swain - Rats of the Maze" ["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(37) "video-ristretto-simon-swain-rats-maze" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 12:05:35" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-26 01:05:35" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6632" ["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" } [9]=> object(WP_Post)#213 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6629) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-25 10:59:08" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 23:59:08" ["post_content"]=> string(6582) "Time for the second in our series of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. All conference and workshop attendees get a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations) while it will also be available for digital download post-conference. Today's question: What is something "forgotten" you'd like to see make a comeback? Mark Pesce (Inventor, VRML): Mindfulness. Caroline Sinders (Machine Learning Designer, Buzzfeed): Probably the usage of buses. I know that sounds strange, but let me explain. There’s all this talk right now of self-driving cares and how they’re going to revolutionise the way we travel, and I kind of wish we would create better bus systems. Self-driving cars allow only for one to four people to fit within them, but buses can allow for many more. It would be great bring that back and focus on that more. Pasquale D'Silva (Product Designer, Hype): Classical animation, back in the theaters. Disney / Pixar has been steering the community into some wonderful pockets of storytelling, and visual development… but it’s becoming much of the same. 2d takes just as long as computer generated films to produce today. You can do things in 2d, that you could never do in 3d. You have an opportunity to defy physics, simulation and geometry. I think this reasoning has been forgotten, and it’s a shame. Jacob Bijani (Product Designer/Engineer, Tumblr): RSS feeds. Really, the whole idea of an open web. Being able to make an "API mashup" that cobbled together some features you wanted was pretty awesome. I think it inspired a lot of great ideas. Now everything is so closed and protected, and with how iOS is built it's basically impossible to customize apps like you could with browser extensions. Jenn Bane (Community Director, Cards agains Humanity): All the drive-in theaters in my area are closed – do those still exist at all? I want to go to a drive-in, let’s bring those back. Watching a movie outside sounds so peaceful. Or maybe it’s terrible. I genuinely don’t know and want to try it! Jonathan Shariat (Product Designer): The Flash intro. Ha ha. But seriously, I miss some of the real creative experiences during the time Flash was around. Some were quirky, others were sublime or beautiful, I loved the diversity of it all. Today, we see less diversity in the experiences on the web. I hope we can start seeing people take more risks and create some real memorable experiences. Anna Pickard (Editorial Director, Slack): People being themselves on the internet. OK - well, that’s unfair. The world is full of people being themselves on the internet. But I do miss an unfiltered, more open (and in many ways more vulnerable) internet, an internet where people were unafraid of presenting themselves honestly and openly. Matt Griffin (Film Maker & Designer): Inline styles. Just kidding, they’re already making a comeback. Batten down the hatches, friends. Aubrey Blanche (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian): I'd be down with "please" and "thank you." As we rely more on machines to do things for us, we've lost the value of politeness to a certain extent. I'd love a world in which the Amazon Alexa I have at home would refuse to turn on my TV unless I asked politely. Not necessarily because it's crucial for me to be nice to my appliances, but because everything we do is constantly re-wiring our brain into new habits. Andy Clarke (Designer & Art Director): Recently I’ve developed an obsession for boutique publishing, in particular independent magazines such as Elliot Jay Stocks’ ‘Lagom.’ Somehow the variety of magazine layouts combined with the feel of a printed magazine makes the format incredibly satisfying. While we focus on making compelling digital products and websites, we mustn’t forget that print can be equally compelling. I’d love to see more digital creatives make printed work. Josh Clark (IxD, Big Medium): Wow, the beaming feature of the Palm Pilot. Remember that? If you wanted to share contact info or set up a meeting with someone right next to you, you just pointed your Palm Pilots at each other, and it was done. That’s so hard to do now! We fumble with our phones, scramble with apps, and then finally just email or text the other person. We’re clumsy now, but the Palm was elegant: just point, beam, done.   directionad

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" ["post_title"]=> string(35) "One Question, Many Answers: Part II" ["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(33) "one-question-many-answers-part-ii" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-25 10:59:08" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 23:59:08" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6629" ["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" } [10]=> object(WP_Post)#212 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6626) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 13:16:57" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 02:16:57" ["post_content"]=> string(7819) "Those of you who have seen the Scroll Magazine we produced for our Code 16 conference (and if you haven't, you should) will have noticed that we published a list of all our speakers and their topics at previous Code conferences. That resulted in a list of 80+ presentations and a bit of a who's who of web coding, programming, engineering over the preceding five years. We've reproduced the list below. Now, when it came to Direction 16, we had to decide how we would handle this idea, if at all. Long story short, we decided we would do it, so the Direction 16 edition of Scroll has a pretty amazing list of over 300 presentations from 2006 to 2015, but this time sorted in alphabetical order of speaker name so it's easy to see who has addressed the conference more than once. As a point of curiosity, there's just one speaker who has given five talks at Web Directions during that period. Care to guess? In any case, have a browse of our previous Code speakers below and make sure you get a copy of the Direction 16 edition of Scroll - all conference and workshop attendees receive a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations) while it will also be available for digital download post-conference.   Speaker Name (Year) Topic Alex Russell (2015) What comes next for the Web Platform? Rachel Nabors (2015) State of the Animation Alex Sexton (2015) Current best practice in front end ops Clark Pan (2015) ES6 Symbols, what they are and how to use them Ben Teese (2015) A Deep-Dive into ES6 Promises James Hunter (2015) Async and await Alex Mackey (2015) JavaScript numbers Andy Sharman (2015) Classing up ES6 Jess Telford (2015) Scope Chains & Closures Kassandra Perch (2015) Stop the Fanaticism - using the right tools for the job Mark Nottingham (2015) What does HTTP/2 mean for Front End Engineers? Mark Dalgleish (2015) Dawn of the Progressive Single Page App Elijah Manor (2015) Eliminate JavaScript Code Smells Domenic Denicola (2015) Async Frontiers in JavaScript Chris Roberts (2015) Getting offline with the Service Worker Simon Knox (2015) Crossing the Streams Jonathon Creenaune (2015) Back to the future with Web Components Rhiana Heath (2015) Pop-up Accessibility Warwick Cox (2015) Console dot Simon Swain (2015) Canvas Cold War Raquel Vélez (2014) You can do what with math now? Alex Feyerke (2014) Offline First: faster, more robust and more fun (web) pages Ryan Seddon (2014) Web Components: the future of web dev Rod Vagg (2014) Embrace the asynchronous Fiona Chan (2014) The declarative power of CSS selectors Ben Birch (2014) When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail Ben Schwarz (2014) CSS Variables Mark Dalgleish (2014) Taking JavaScript out of context Rob Manson (2014) The Augmented Web is now a reality Damon Oehlman (2014) Streaming the Web (it’s not what you think) Barbara Bermes (2014) A publisher’s take on controlling 3rd party scripts Paul Theriault (2014) Taking front-end security seriously Jared Wyles (2014) On readable code Mark Nottingham (2014) What’s happening in TLS (transport layer security)? Andrew Fisher (2014) A Device API Safari Alex Mackey (2014) Harden up for ajax! Allen Wirfs-Brock (2014) ECMAScript 6: A Better JavaScript for the Ambient Web Era Tantek Çelik (2014) The once and future IndieWeb Dmitry Baranovskiy (2014) You Don’t Know SVG Angus Croll (2013) The politics of JavaScript Jeremy Ashkenas (2013) Taking JavaScript seriously with backbone.js Alex Danilo (2013) Create impact with CSS Filters Julio Cesar Ody (2013) What’s ECMAScript 6 good for? Glen Maddern (2013) JavaScript’s slightly stricter mode Nicole Sullivan (2013) The Top 5 performance shenanigans of CSS preprocessors Tony Milne (2013) Making and keeping promises in JavaScript Cameron McCormack (2013) File > Open: An introduction to the File API Silvia Pfeiffer (2013) HTML5 multi-party video conferencing Elle Meredith (2013) Source Maps for Debugging Jared Wyles (2013) See the tries for the trees Garann Means (2013) HTML, CSS and the Client-Side App Michael Mahemoff (2013) What every web developer should know about REST Mark Nottingham (2013) HTTP/2.0: WTF? Ryan Seddon (2013) Ghost in the Shadow DOM Troy Hunt (2013) Essential security practices for protecting your modern web services Marc Fasel (2013) Put on your asynchronous hat and node Alex Mackey (2013) Typescript and terminators Aaron Powell (2013) IndexedDB, A database in our browser Andrew Fisher (2013) The wonderful-amazing-orientation-motion-sensormatic machine Chris Ward (2013) Test, tweak and debug your mobile web apps with ease Steven Wittens (2013) Making things with maths Faruk Ates (2012) The Web’s Third Decade Divya Manian (2012) Designing in the browser John Allsopp (2012) Getting off(line): appcache, localStorage and more for faster apps that work offline Dave Johnson (2012) Device APIs-closing the gap between native and web Damon Oehlman (2012) HTML5 Messaging Silvia Pfeiffer (2012) Implementing Video Conferencing in HTML5 Max Wheeler (2012) Drag and Drop and give me twenty Anson Parker (2012) The HTML5 History API: PushState or bust! Tammy Butow (2012) Fantastic forms for mobile web Andrew Fisher (2012) Getting all touchy feely with the mobile web Rob Hawkes (2012) HTML5 technologies and game development Jed Schmidt (2012) NPM: Node’s Personal Manservant Dmitry Baranovskiy (2012) JavaScript: enter the dragon Anette Bergo (2012) Truthiness, falsiness and other JavaScript gotchas Ryan Seddon (2012) Debugging secrets for the lazy developer Jared Wyles (2012) Removing the dad from your browser Mark Dalgleish (2012) Getting Closure Tony Milne (2012) Party like it’s 1999, write JavaScript like it’s (2012)! Tim Oxley (2012) Clientside templates for reactive UI Damon Oehlman (2012) The mainevent: Beyond event listeners Dave Johnson (2012) Building Native Mobile Apps with PhoneGap and HTML5" ["post_title"]=> string(39) "Idea of the Week: Web Directions Alumni" ["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(31) "idea-week-web-directions-alumni" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 13:16:57" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-24 02:16:57" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6626" ["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" } [11]=> object(WP_Post)#211 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6618) ["post_author"]=> string(2) "18" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-21 10:30:18" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-20 23:30:18" ["post_content"]=> string(2588) "Since this is in my hands this week while John Allsopp takes a bit of family time, I'm taking the opportunity to "rescreen" a talk of John's from Web Directions 2012. Not only is everything he talks about still relevant, it relates directly to what Direction 16 is about. Now with that in your mind, take a look at the schedule for Direction 16, then register and come and join us for what will be an extraordinary couple of days. John Allsopp Direction 16

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" ["post_title"]=> string(79) "Video of the Week: John Allsopp - What We Talk About When We Talk About The Web" ["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(37) "video-week-john-allsopp-talk-talk-web" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-20 23:32:06" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-20 12:32:06" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6618" ["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" } [12]=> object(WP_Post)#210 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6608) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-19 10:30:06" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-18 23:30:06" ["post_content"]=> string(2670) "Kai BrachOur short video this week is Kai Brach's talk from WD15. Kai went from being a web designer to publisher, editor and art director of independent print-only magazine Offscreen. He's well placed to describe how the internet has enabled a new generation of indie makers in various lines of business. And if that makes you wonder what Direction 16 has in store, step right this way. It's full of incredible insights for digital product designers, owners and managers. directionad

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" ["post_title"]=> string(49) "Video Ristretto: Kai Brach - The New Age of Indie" ["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(39) "video-ristretto-kai-brach-new-age-indie" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-10-20 00:43:19" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-19 13:43:19" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=6608" ["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" } [13]=> object(WP_Post)#209 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(6603) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-10-18 10:15:33" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-10-17 23:15:33" ["post_content"]=> string(8973) "As you know, we now publish a print and digital magazine to accompany our conferences, called Scroll. The Direction 16 edition of Scroll features, as did its predecessors, a series of interviews where conference speakers answer an identical set of questions. To help whet your appetite for the magazine and the conference, we're going to publish some edited excerpts from the interviews in coming weeks. First up, we asked each of our participating speakers the following question: What's one thing you thought we would have had by now? Mark Pesce (Inventor, VRML): Nanotechnology. I was around when the original principles were being dreamed up by K. Eric Drexler – he was getting his Masters at MIT when I was doing my undergraduate research. The concepts in ‘Engines of Creation’ are still some distance away, because the more we’ve learned about the nanoscale, the more we’ve learned how little we know about the nanoscale. I hope we’ll see it soon, but it looks like we’re learning more from biology than materials science – right now. Caroline Sinders (Machine Learning Designer, Buzzfeed): One thing I think is really fascinating is that for a long time technology and encryption have really helped protect the web innocence, so that we didn’t need legislation protecting the web. What I mean by that is that technology was evolving and moving so quickly that we didn’t actually need to have jurisdiction or legal rights centred around the web to define safety and an open web and secure spaces. So, one thing I would have thought we’d have by now, given in the last couple of years the ways in which the web is being regulated in different countries, is a generalised bill of rights for the web, and I’m surprised that this hasn’t come up in places like the United Nations. Pasquale D'Silva (Product Designer, Hype): Visual tools that generate useful code… There’s hundreds of these new prototyping tools on the market now, which all do more or less the same thing, yet none of them render any useful output, besides the prototype. Don’t get me wrong, the prototype is immensely useful, but why not go all the way? I spend too much time pairing with engineers to re-implement my prototypes. Jacob Bijani (Product Designer/Engineer, Tumblr): More digital forms. I'm still surprised how often I have to fill out hand-written forms, then give it to someone who just types it back into a computer. It's very counter-productive, we both have computers that are already connected to each other. Jenn Bane (Community Director, Cards agains Humanity): By now, I thought we would’ve had a more established dialogue about mental health in the workplace. I don’t know of many people who feel comfortable telling their boss, “My brain is attacking me today, I need to work from home.” Or, “I’m an introvert, I need to take a sick day to replenish and so I can be at my best.” Or, “I need to take Wednesday mornings off so I can go to therapy.” I’m incredibly fortunate that I work in a place where this dialogue is unfolding, and frankly, I just got lucky. I didn’t do anything special in my career to be granted this luxury--and it is a luxury. It shouldn’t be. I wish everyone had more of an opportunity to take care of themselves. Jonathan Shariat (Product Designer): Better design in Government and healthcare services. These are two major areas that provide critical services for people and yet are plagued with confusing designs that hurt people. Medical devices where one wrong tap can kill a patient, vital government services like providing food to those who can’t afford it but are too confusing to use. It pains me to think about the harm that is caused each day by services like these and how much potential for good is waiting to be tapped into. We need to use technology to serve our needs, not be another layer between what we need. Anna Pickard (Editorial Director, Slack): A better understanding that technology is made by humans, and needs all kinds of humans working on one end in order to be able to work for all kinds of other humans at the other. The technology is making things better, more easy to access, more easy to get around, and to make people’s experience better, but - I don’t know, it just amuses me that people think Siri comes up with things to say all by itself. Oh, also hair that can automatically change colour. And teleportation. And the ability to converse civilly on the internet. Matt Griffin (Film Maker & Designer): The one thing I thought we’d have by now on the web? Stable video conferencing with an intuitive UI. That seems to be the hardest problem in computer science, as far as I can tell. That and ubiquitous wifi are two things that seem essential to modern life, yet are still terribly lacking. Aside from those two things, I’m generally in awe of progress on the web. Sort of like with the postal service – I’m constantly amazed that any package or letter ever arrives at its destination – the web continues to amaze me with its relentless, shambling tenacity. Aubrey Blanche (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian): Besides the flying cars from The Jetsons? I'm extremely excited about the possibilities for artificial intelligence and machine learning to disrupt bias and inequity. We're not there yet, but there are a lot of people – from technologists to journalists – highlighting the way machines can reflect or interrupt errors in human judgment. We know human judgement is prone to a wide variety of cognitive biases, from a preference for people like ourselves (in-group bias) to difficulty assessing the talent of people from minority groups (performance bias). I'm excited to see the day we use machines not just to automate tasks, but to help us be the best versions of ourselves. Andy Clarke (Designer & Art Director): Invisibility. Do you remember how, as a child, you thought that if you couldn’t see someone, that they couldn’t see you standing behind the curtains or with your bottom sticking out from under a table? In the mid-seventies, I loved the ‘Invisible Man’ TV series starring David McCallum as Dr. Daniel Westin, a scientist who invents a ‘molecular disintegrator’ that he uses to turn himself invisible. Like every boy with a watch in 1976, I wished that it would help me toggle my invisibility. I still wish that my Apple Watch would do that too. Josh Clark (IxD, Big Medium): I’m constantly delighted by what we do have. But I’d sure be happy to see someone invent a physical search engine. You know, to search for: “my keys,” “the remote control,” “my wallet.” And I’d be happy to see teleportation come along, too. I mean, I’d visit Australia all the time.   directionad

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  • being able to keep ahead of the curve,
  • not wasting precious time on approaches, technologies, and strategies that might have a lot of hype, but don't really deliver.
  • uncovering "hacks", ideas, and approaches that deliver big results fast for your company, organisation or clients
and not least of all, in energising and inspiring, not just through amazing presentations, but throughout the whole event. As you probably know, we've made a few changes in how we run our events for 2016, and we're incredibly excited about the single track, "all keynote" style of the program, which so many people had been asking for. So why not take a look at the amazing array of sessions we have planned? directionad

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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?

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 »

Direction 16 Related Events

With Direction 16 starting in just couple of days, we wanted to point out a couple of the related events that always pop up around Web Directions events. We do what we can to foster, house and support local meetups, community groups and professional development opportunities for people in … Read more »

Video of the Week: Erin Moore – Convenient Fictions

Erin MooreWhen Erin Moore gave her talk at Web Directions in 2014, she was Senior UX Designer at Twitter. She has since moved on, but many of the insights she delivered came from her work with the social media giant. Her … Read more »

One Question, Many Answers: Part III

Scroll MagazineHere is the third and final set of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. These are only snippets – to see the full answers, come to Direction 16, where all conference and … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Ben Buchanan – The SemVer Talk 1.0

Ben BuchananOur video ristretto this week comes to us from one of those people who hooked up with us from even before our Web Directions days, and has been a key supporter even as his own career has blossomed. He’s now … Read more »

Direction 16 Partner Event: StripeCon APAC

One of the benefits of organising events like Code, Respond, Transform and – in just over a week – Direction is the events that other people organise around the conference that add value and depth to their whole experience.

SilverStripe is a major sponsor of Web Directions and has supported our … Read more »

Video of the Week: Cap Watkins – Design Everything

Cap WatkinsOur long form Video of the Week this week is of Cap Watkins delivering his Web Directions 15 keynote, “Design Everything”. This is really appropriate in light of our upcoming Direction 16 conference, where these kinds of ideas, philosophies and … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Simon Swain – Rats of the Maze

Simon SwainThis week’s video ristretto come from just a few months ago at our Code conference in Sydney and Melbourne. If you’ve seen any of Simon Swain’s presentations at our events, you’ll know he comes up with some pretty breathtaking … Read more »

One Question, Many Answers: Part II

Time for the second in our series of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. All conference and workshop attendees get a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations) while it will also be … Read more »

Idea of the Week: Web Directions Alumni

Those of you who have seen the Scroll Magazine we produced for our Code 16 conference (and if you haven’t, you should) will have noticed that we published a list of all our speakers and their topics at previous Code conferences.

That resulted in a list of 80+ presentations … Read more »

Video of the Week: John Allsopp – What We Talk About When We Talk About The Web

Since this is in my hands this week while John Allsopp takes a bit of family time, I’m taking the opportunity to “rescreen” a talk of John’s from Web Directions 2012.

Not only is everything he talks about still relevant, it relates directly to what Direction 16 is about. … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Kai Brach – The New Age of Indie

Kai BrachOur short video this week is Kai Brach’s talk from WD15. Kai went from being a web designer to publisher, editor and art director of independent print-only magazine Offscreen. He’s well placed to describe how the internet has enabled a … Read more »

One Question, Many Answers: Part I

As you know, we now publish a print and digital magazine to accompany our conferences, called Scroll. The Direction 16 edition of Scroll features, as did its predecessors, a series of interviews where conference speakers answer an identical set of questions.

To help whet your appetite for the … Read more »

Idea of the Week: Keeping Up

How do you keep up to date in our constantly changing industry? Here’s some of the things I do, often on a daily basis, just to stay on top of what’s happening, as part of the process of developing the program for our conferences like the upcoming Direction (just on a … Read more »