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Video of the Week–Denise Jacobs: Hacking the Creative Brain

I first met Denise Jacobs in 2005, at SxSW (back then it was much smaller, no one talked about Startups, and everyone seemed to go. Now it’s 10 times bigger, and no one goes–a paradox I can’t quite work out).

Over the years I followed her career, as an increasingly respected … Read more »

Develop your speaking skills with us

Last year in the leadup to both our Code and Web Directions conference we ran speaker workshops for potential speakers.

After the success of these, and based on all kinds of great feedback, this year we’ve decided to run the program a little differently.

Firstly, unlike last year, the workshops aren’t … Read more »

Responsive Video of the Week–Scott Jehl: Responsible Responsive Design

As we gear up for this year’s Respond conferences (now in two cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and two days each, Respond is our annual Web Design focussed conference), we’re showcasing some of the fantsastic Web design focussed presentations from past events.

In this opening keynote from Respond 2015, from the … Read more »

Asynchronous Frontiers in JavaScript–Domenic Denicola, Code 2015

Our Front End Engineering and JavaScript focussed conference, Code, has been taking place in Melbourne since 2012, and last year’s event featured some amazing presentations, including Alex Russell kicking off the “progressive apps” revolution, the video of which we featured here a few months back.

Another of our favourites was … Read more »

The Website Obesity Crisis

If there was a theme which guided my thinking about the focus of Web Directions, and the Web, in 2015, it was “performance is everyone’s problem” (I captured some of my thoughts for The Fetch earlier this year as well). At all our events, Respond (for Web designers), Code … Read more »

Web Directions in 2016

2015 has been a time of transition for Web Directions, as you might well know if you’ve attended one of our events in the last 12 months. As we announced a little over a year ago, our co-founder Maxine Sherrin, stepped back from the day-to-day of the company, … Read more »

Respond 2016, featuring Ethan Marcotte, now two days, and two cities!

Back in 2014, we tried something new, a “popup” conference. A single day, focussing on the challenges of Responsive Web Design, called “Respond”.

I pitched the idea to Maxine on November 30th, we launched it on December 15th, and it was held on February 5th. Despite the short lead time, … Read more »

Video Ristretto–Warwick Cox: Console API

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If you’re really old, like me, you’ll remember the alert() method of JavaScript debugging. The arrival of the console (correct me if I’m wrong but with Firebug if I’m not mistaken) made life a lot easier.

But while it’s still not standardised, it is widely available in modern browsers. And … Read more »

Wednesday video ristretto: Alex Mackey–Numbers in JavaScript

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In this week’s ‘video ristretto’ where we bring you a concentrated dose of JavaScript numbers. If you’ve been baffled about how floating point numbers work in JavaScript, or why it has no integers, Alex Mackey will leave you with a much better understanding about how numbers work, and why .1 … Read more »

Wednesday Video ristretto: Simon Swain–Canvas Cold War

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Welcome to our first video ‘ristretto’, where each Wednesday lunchtime (Australian Eastern Time) we’ll be showcasing one of the great shorter, super concentrated presentations from our conferences. First up is an amazing presentation from our recent Code 15 conference from Simon Swain. Simon gives us a history of computer … Read more »

What’s Next for the Web Platform? Progressive Apps: Alex Russell

The Web has come a long way from the document focussed hypertext network it began life as. Almost from its beginning, developers have been pushing its capabilities, often in ingenious if not entirely safe ways.

In recent times, standards bodies and browser developers have … Read more »

Code 15 Video–Current best practice in front end ops with Alex Sexton

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In this video from the recent sold out Web Directions Code conference, Alex Sexton, inventor of the term “front end ops” brings us up to speed with the current best practice in front end performance.

Want to hear about more great … Read more »

We want you to speak at Web Directions 2015

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Since 2004, Web Directions has brought together leading Web developers and Front
end Engineers, designers and digital and product experts of all kinds to help our attendees keep up to date with the latest techniques and technologies.

And now we’re looking for the next great presenter to share their knowledge of, … Read more »

Announcing Web Directions 2015

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Ok, we really need to dust off this blog. And indeed we’re working on that. But in the meantime, we’re really excited to announce our flagship event for the year, Web Directions 2015.

Once again, Web Directions features two tracks–one focussed on Web and Front End Engineering, and one focussed … Read more »

A Dao of Web Design at 15

What in many ways is a lifetime ago, 15 years as it happens, I wrote (or more accurately A List Apart published) A Dao of Web Design. The anniversary would have come and gone had not Val Head email me to remind me (after the original person who … Read more »