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Last week we held our newest conference Design, in Melbourne a city we love visiting and holding conferences in. For a first time event, the engagement, the energy, dare I say it "the vibe" were amazing, the quality of the presentations, from experienced international speakers, through to first time local speakers was as good as it gets. Actually, there wasn't just one but two brand new conferences, as we also ran our symposium-style Design Leaders, modelled after our successful Code Leaders conference, and focussed on the challenges facing more senior design professionals, managers and leaders. We wrote in recent weeks about a number of the themes that had emerged in the content, specifically, the way in which AI and design intersect, and the opportunities and challenges this poses, on inclusive design, and on scaling design. But whether you made it along or not, there's a huge amount of value from the event to be had, though speakers notes, slides, and perhaps most of all, Ben Buchanan's now legendary "Big Stonkin' Post". Ben has been doing these incredibly rich detailed writeups of our conferences since 2007. I have literally never seen more detailed notes on a presentation anywhere than these. Once again the captured the ideas from every single session at Design. Without exaggeration, It's almost better than being there.

Speakers notes and slides

Many of our speakers have already shared their slides and resources via twitter but we through we would bring them all together in one place in this email.

Sara Wachter Boettcher

Sara opened Design, addressing the challenge of toxic technology and the ethical responsibilities of the Design profession. Many of her ideas are captured in her recent book, Technically Wrong Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech the last couple of dozen copies of which in Australia we managed to get hold of we sold out of, but you can find other ways to purchase the book via the link above.

Diana MacDonald

Diana addressed the age old question, "should designers learn to code" in an interesting light, "how much code should designers learn?". She's provided the slides, notes and a really comprehensive list of resources from the talk Should I Really Bother Learning to Code?

Remya Ramesh

Remya's slides from the talk The Art of Mindfulness in Product Design. A really valuable introduction to the ideas of mindfulness, and the value they can have in your day to day life, personal and professional.

Cory-Ann Joseph

Cory-Ann's incredibly comprehensive speaker notes from the talk Why Poker Playing AI Should have Designers Looking for a New Job.

Darla Sharp

Darla's reading and watching list from the talk Designing for Voice: Alexa, Google Assistant and Beyond. A lot here, of real value.

Hilary Cinis

Hilary's notes from Crafting Ethical AI products and Services - a UX Guide. Hilary has been refining her ideas on this topic for months and this is the latest iteration.

Nathan Kinch

Nathan addressed the key challenges for any business or organisation which collects data from their users, that is all of them, and how we manage user data is at the heart of the most important value, trust. Nathan has outlined some of the principles he outlined in his talk It's time to design for trust, in the article Data Trust, by Design:Principles, Patterns and best Practices (part 1); and (part 2) Upfront Terms and Conditions. Plus, thanks to Nathan download a free copy of Designing for Trust: the Data Transparency Playbook.

Sally Bagshaw

At Design, content, words, and writing came up time and again as critical to good user experience. Sally is a content strategist with unparalleled experience, and delved more deeply into the relationship between content strategy and UX, in her presentation, Beyond Words: Using Content Strategy for Better UX.

Lucie Paterson

Lucie spoke about the way in which design has been changing the nature of ACMI, making it a more user focussed museum, and has posted her slides from the talk Evolving an Organisation's Culture through Design.

Chris Stonestreet

Chris addressed the challenge of outsourcing design, and there are slides from the talk Outsourcing Design, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Andy Polaine

Andy's closing keynote brought together so many of the themes of the conference, and he's posted the slides from the talk Design for the Long Term.

Don't want to miss the next one?

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Over the last few weeks we've been putting the spotlight on various areas of focus at our Design conference in Melbourne (it's on next week, but there are still places left, so if you work in Design, don't miss this!)

Design at Scale

We've looked at the intersection of AI and Design, and inclusive design, both strong areas of focus in John Maeda's just released 2018 Design in Tech Report. Another of the key sections of this year's report is Scaling Design, where Maeda observes "Design capabilities don't scale like Moore's Law".

While we were programming the Design conference for months before this report was released only a couple of weeks back, the key points in this section of the report address so much of what we'll be covering at Design it's actually rather uncanny.

In recent years, as we've observed elsewhere, Design has gone from a nice to have, and been seen as largely cosmetic or aesthetic, to being recognised for its strategic and competitive value. As such the size and scale of design teams has grown significantly. But with that growth has come significant challenges–for individual designers, for teams, for entire organisations.

Increasing thought is being given to design systems, to the nature of design organisations, to the roles within the design profession. These are all areas we'll cover in detail at Design:

There's much more besides this, on design systems and AI, design organisation to research, context strategy and emerging ideas. If you work in digital Design in Australia, it's one to not miss!

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Adopting an inclusive design approach expands a tech product’s total addressable market. Inclusion is good business. And new proof points are emerging. More will start to emerge as inclusive design takes hold.
This year's report has an entire section dedicated to the issue and practice and
  • Changing perception around the idea of "helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves" into "learning how ignorant we are as privileged people" is a useful daily exercise.
  • Using that energy to design and make better products is a certain kind of passion and practice that we'll see more often in technology companies. Because inclusive design is becoming commonsense.
  • Choose action over wondering about what you can do about the world you see and don't agree with. It's easy today due to all the technologies we have available to us.
Our focus on inclusion at Design '18 begins with the opening keynote Sara Wachter Boettcher (who's new book 'Technically Wrong' Maeda cites as a key work in their emerging conversation) simply called 'Designing Inclusive Products'.
In this talk, we’ll take a hard look at how our industry’s culture—its lack of diversity, its “fail fast” ethos, its obsession with engagement, and its chronic underinvestment in understanding the humans it’s designing for—creates products that perpetuate bias, manipulate and harm users, undermine democracy, and ultimately wreak havoc. Then, we’ll talk about what we can do about it: how we can uncover assumptions in our work, vet product decisions against a broader range of people and situations, have difficult conversations with our teams and companies, and pursue a more ethical and inclusive way forward for our industry.
We mentioned Hilary Cinis from Data61 and her presentation 'Crafting Ethical AI Products and Services–a UX Guide' on the context of AI at Design '18, but this is equally relevant in the context of inclusion.
This talk is aimed at designers and product managers and proposes an ethical framework in discovery and solutions. We look at where UX can fit in via the application of existing methods, the relationships between people including how to anticipate the power relationships and finally proposed approaches to solution design to foster trust, control and reduce the mystery of machine learning systems. A robust list of references further reading will also be provided.
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  • Darla Sharpe is a Voice UI Designer at Google Voice and prior to this at Amazon's Alexa project. Few people anywhere know more about designing for voice. She'll provide insights into the challenges and opportunities, pitfalls and more of designing for voice and chat based interfaces.
  • Cory-Ann Joseph will consider the impact of AI on design roles, and the way in which these will change as machines become increasingly capable and "creative".
  • Hilary Cinis works with data scientists and AI and machine learning experts at Data61, designing products with significant social impact. They pay considerable attention to the ethical implications of their work, and the increasing agency AI has (with the associated reduction of  human agency) in decision making. These challenges will increasingly face everyone.
Design '18 will address the issues and trends most affecting the profession, if you work in Design you will learn from deeply experienced speakers from organisations around the world." ["post_title"]=> string(47) "Design '18 Spotlight series #1: Spotlight on AI" ["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) "design-18-spotlight-series-1-spotlight-on-ai" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-03-28 12:56:02" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-03-28 01:56:02" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=8288" ["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)#1012 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(8264) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-03-13 15:35:19" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-03-13 04:35:19" ["post_content"]=> string(1769) "[caption id="attachment_8266" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Chris Messina on stage at WDS'17 Chris Messina Opens Web Directions Summit 2017[/caption] Back for 2018, we'll be featuring great past presentations from our conferences, come recent, some more archival, but all highly relevant today. First up, the opening keynote for Web Directions Summit 2017, by Chris Messina. Chris's claim to fame is that the coined the usage of hashtags on twitter, but his contributions to the shape of the Web and the industry around are far more significant, files famous. Chris has long been involved in a free, open, extensible web, with significant impact on technologies like microformats and openID. He was involved, and instrumental at the very beginning of co-working, and in the adoption of Firefox when it first launched well over a decade ago. He continues to think deeply about the Web, and technology more broadly, and on their impact and culture. More recently he's focussed on chatbots, and conversational user experiences, something we've covered quite extensively at Web Directions events, and will do into the future including at Design in Melbourne April 2018. Extremely well received at Web Directions Summit 2017, please enjoy, Lessons from the Death of the PC. [activecampaign form=31]" ["post_title"]=> string(67) "Video of the Week: Chris Messina–Lessons from the death of the PC" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(145) "Long time Web Industry thinker (and doer) Chris Messina opened Web Directions Summit in 2017. Watch as he draws lessons from the death of the PC." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(64) "video-of-the-week-chris-messina-lessons-from-the-death-of-the-pc" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-03-13 15:35:19" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-03-13 04:35:19" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=8264" ["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)#1013 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(8259) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-03-02 15:29:10" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-03-02 04:29:10" ["post_content"]=> string(2875) "If you are a senior designer, leading and managing design in your organisation, or looking to move into these roles, you'll know that they involve a range of capabilities you may not have necessarily honed as you developed your skills as a designer. Recognising this, we've created a brand new event, Design Leaders, modelled on our really successful Code Leaders event. It takes place in Melbourne on April 11. If you think this might be of value to you, we'd love to have you there, so read on for more about the day, who's speaking, and what you'll get from attending.

What Happens on the Day?

Design leaders comprises four 90 minute sessions, each facilitated by a deeply experienced practitioner in their area. It's not a day of lectures and presentations, but a mixture of presentations, conversations, activities and question and answer sessions, all fully catered, and with great coffee (and tea) to top it all off.
  • In an era of fake news on Facebook to Nazis on Twitter to creepy kids' content on YouTube Sara Wachter Boettcher author of the recent best seller "Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech" will focus on Ethical Design Leadership: Examining our impact, articulating our principles
  • As diversity and inclusion move toward centre stage, Emma Jones will consider how we can unravel the unconscious bias that all of us have and create better teams and team cultures (and products as well)
  • Mags Hanley has lead design teams around the world, and coached and mentored design leaders for years. She'll provide insights into better design leadership, with plenty of activities to hone these capabilities
  • Stephanie Troeth, who has lead design research at places like the UK's Telegraph Media Group will explore how design, and designers can help drive business and organisational strategy.
There's much more than this across two big days, so why not take a look at the complete schedule?

Intimate audiences

We keep the audience limited in size to ensure the best possible engagement, and places are well on the way to being sold, so don't miss out!

Alongside our Design conference

Design takes place in conjunction with our Design conference, which focusses on the leading edge of digital product and service design, from UX to interaction, design research to strategy and more. Attend both for 3 full days of design leadership and practice. Early bird pricing ends March 16th!" ["post_title"]=> string(45) "Announcing our new conference, Design Leaders" ["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) "announcing-new-conference-design-leaders" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-03-02 15:29:10" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-03-02 04:29:10" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=8259" ["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)#1014 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(8243) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-02-26 11:10:23" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-02-26 00:10:23" ["post_content"]=> string(6080) "Each week we publish a weekly newsletter. From time time I publish a longer article, which someone at some point on Twitter (I've sadly forgotten who) referred to as Allsopp's Fables, which I liked so much I adopted. But most week's I typically collect and connect some of the things I've been reading that week, and I've taken calling that "Allsopp's Cables" I've been remiss in not typically then publishing these here at Web Directions, but starting today I'm looking to rectify that! But if you want to get these delivered fresh to your inbox once a week on a Friday, just sign up to our newsletter.

Weaponised Design and the rendering of intent

Many years ago Jared Spool observed that "Design is the rendering of intent". In this article, Jared observed
The notion of the academically-trained, experienced designer holding the keys to the design outcome fades with this definition. In fact, when we think about design in these terms, it becomes clear that many of the people rendering their intention don’t know they are designers. This implies the role of the experienced designer shifts from owning the design outcome to educating all the other designers on the team on how to best render their own intentions.
In recent months, and indeed years, as the appreciation of the value of design, and the demand for design skills has grown, and as a consequence as the impact of design on everyday life has increased, leaders in the field, and others, are increasingly critiquing the role and impact of design.

Design's Lost Generation

Well known designer, Mike Montiero, recently published "Design's lost generation"
those of us currently drawing paychecks for professional design services — are design’s lost generation. We are the Family Ties era Michael J. Fox of the design lineage. Raised by hippies. Consumed by greed. Ruled by the hand of the market. And nourished by the last drops of sour milk from the withered old teat of capitalism gone rabid. Living where America ends — Silicon Valley.
They're strong uncompromising words. He continues
We are gatekeepers, and we vote on what makes it through the gate with our labor and our counsel. We are responsible for what makes it through that gate, and out into the world
In a world of fake news, the profound influence of bots and social media on society as a whole, the use of social media to harass, intimidate, distort and worse, leaders like Monteiro challenge the profession to address the impact of design.

Design for Trust

One particularly egregious example of the negative impact of technology companies in recent months was the Equifax data breach, which saw extremely private and personal information about hundreds of millions of people leaked. Equifax's response, in the guise of helping people ascertain whether their information had been leaked was to trick users into waiving their rights to sue while ostensibly making it easier to check the status of their information. At the time when Equifax needed their user's trust the most, they deliberately decided to breach it. We see this sort of dark pattern and trickery time and again. With a commodity as precious and easily squandered as trust. Someone rendered the intent of Equifax, rather than saying no, and pushing back against it. Nathan Kinch, who'll be speaking on this very issue at Design recently wrote extensively on designing for trust, and argues transparency about user's data is a new competitive advantage.
Throughout our research and experimentation, we’ve come to learn data transparency has the single greatest impact on a brand’s trustworthiness. Trustworthy brands are inherently more meaningful. They outperform the stock market by 206%.

Weaponised Design

The Tactical Technology Collective, a data activist organisation wrote even more uncompromisingly recently about "weaponised design" and how "The lived experiences of digital platform users is at odds with how these systems are designed". They detail numerous high profile examples and consider why these incidents take place.
Design is inherently political, but it is not inherently good. With few exceptions, the motivations of a design project are constrained by the encompassing platform or system first, and the experiences and values of its designers second. The result is designers working in a user hostile world, where even seemingly harmless platforms or features are exploited for state or interpersonal surveillance and violence.

Elevating the perception of Design

But of course many many designers are aware of, and care deeply about these challenges. And a key way for design and designers to help shape the strategic decisions of the organisations and clients they work with and for is for design to be more highly valued by others. At Playbook, the design community we referenced last week, Bobby Ghoshal recently outlined strategies for raising the perception of design." ["post_title"]=> string(27) "Allsopp's Cables and Fables" ["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(22) "allsopps-cables-fables" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-02-27 13:43:20" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-02-27 02:43:20" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=8243" ["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)#1015 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(8227) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-02-23 10:26:26" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-02-22 23:26:26" ["post_content"]=> string(5615) "Over the last decade or more here at Web Directions we've started our fair share of new events. But that mixture of excitement and apprehension (with my kids we call this being 'anxited') never fades. You put everything into creating the best possible lineup, and then hope others agree! So, today we're anxited to be announcing the full lineup for our brand new conference Design! If you want to see who we've lined up, jump over to the site, and take a look at the full schedule. But if you're interested in learning a little bit more about why we are doing this event, and what it's all about, read on!

Why Design?

Our events have, since the beginning, focussed as much on design as development. But when we started, all digital design pretty much fell under the term "Web Design" (and perhaps "usability"). In the years since, the digital design field has increasingly specialised, team sizes have grown dramatically, and businesses and organizations, at least the more forward looking ones, have come to realise the strategic value of design for success, and even survival.

Digital Product and Service Design

And so, just as back in 2012 we took the developer-focussed track from our end of year event, and created a new, single track, Melbourne based conference, Code, in 2018 we're taking the same approach with design, and creating Design, a single track conference, in Melbourne, focussing on the breadth of digital product and service design.

Who's it for?

Whether you lead and manage design teams, or are relatively new in your role, whether you focus on research, interaction design, UX or strategy, Design features world leading experts, to stimulate, challenge, inform and engage you.

Curated themes

When we program our conferences, we think of the major themes that we feel are currently shaping our industry. Two key themes have emerged as we brought together the Design program.
The impact of design
If there is an overarching focus of the design profession now, it's the impact of design in the broadest sense–on the teams we work in, on the clients, businesses or organisations we work for, even on our society and culture. Design has sessions that address all these in depth.
  • Sara Wachter Boettcher, author of the just published Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech will consider how we can create less toxic, more inclusive products and services.
  • Hilary Cinis will present a UX Guide to Crafting Ethical AI Products and Services, something that they consider extensively at Data61 where she is UX Group Leader.
  • Nathan Kinch will consider how we can design for trust, one of the most precious and easily squandered commodities in government and industry today.
  • Kate Conrick will address how we can do good (through) design in government (lessons readily applicable to other large, at times bureaucratic organisations).
The impact of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Another theme that has emerged, something that has very deeply interested us over the last couple of years here at Web Directions–as it has the design profession as a whole–is the role of machine intelligence as a medium for design (through voice and bot interfaces, through the access to increasingly large amounts of data, often in realtime, about our users), and the potential impact of AI on the practice, even the profession of design. We have a number of sessions which address these issues directly, including
  • Darla Sharp, a voice interaction designer formerly on the Alexa team, now working on Google Voice, on lessons she's learned designing for these voice interfaces
  • Cory-Ann Joseph, UX Lead at ANZ (and serious poker player), on the potential impact of AI on the existence of design roles at all, and why a poker-playing AI should have designers looking for a new job
All this alongside sessions on design research from former senior Mailchimp and Telegraph UK design researcher Stephanie Troeth, content strategy for better UX from Sally Bagshaw, design systems at scale at Adobe with Sarah Federman, outsourcing design, and even blockchain for designers! 20 sensational sessions in total. See the whole schedule here. Early bird pricing is available on our three levels of ticket, priced for every budget, starting from $999.

Key Dates for Design and Design Leaders

  • 2 March Design and Design Leaders Early Bird Pricing Ends
  • 23 March Design and Design Leaders Middle Bird Pricing Ends
  • 11 April Design Leaders Conference
  • 12–13 April Design Conference
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Stephanie Troeth has over two decades of experience designing and developing for the Web. She has lead European Customer Research for MailChimp, co-creating MailChimp's famed customer personas, and has lead Design Research at the UK's Telegraph Media Group, and until very recently she was Head of Research at ClearLeft, the renowned UK Digital Agency.

Andy Polaine is the Design Director for Asia Pacific at Fjord, the co-author of Service Design: From Insight to Implementation, and has for nearly a quarter of a century worked with clients such as the BBC, the ABC, Tomato, The Science Museum and Levi’s at Razorfish, Animal Logic and elsewhere.

Hilary Cinis is Principal User Experience Designer and User Experience Group Leader at Data61. She has been the Creative Lead at the ABC's TV Multiplatform initiative, and spear headed other creative initiatives at the national broadcaster.

We'll have more speakers for you later this week, ahead of the full lineup in a week or so.

Start planning now, for a stellar lineup from around Australia and the world. And don't forget, register by February 23rd and get the early bird rate, starting from $999, for two incredible days." ["post_title"]=> string(55) "Announcing the first speakers for Web Directions Design" ["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(47) "announcing-first-speakers-web-directions-design" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-02-12 15:06:05" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-02-12 04:06:05" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=8206" ["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)#1017 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(8199) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-01-04 11:54:22" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-01-04 00:54:22" ["post_content"]=> string(8024) "We started out with a single event, Web Directions, back in 2006. Over the intervening 12 years, we've branched out to different countries at times (and who knows maybe will again!) and added more focussed singe track events like Code in 2012 to our major event (now Web Directions Summit). We've experimented with taking events to multiple cities in a short time frame (the lesson we learned was this was really exhausting for all concerned), created "popup" events (some of which go on to becoming annual events, others remain one off), and continued to look to evolve our events, and their content as our industry continues to evolve. We've now finalised our 2018 program, a mixture of our trusted, long running conferences, including Code and Summit, with some new events as well. Read on for more on each event, or if you can't wait and want to see what's planned, head right on over to our events page.

the year at a glance

At a glance, there are three 'tent post' events. Design in Melbourne in April, Code in Melbourne in August and Summit in Sydney in November. Along side each these are related events–Design Leaders, Code Leaders, AI and Culture.

Respond becomes Design

The biggest change is the retirement of our Respond conference. But don't be too despondent, as it is really transforming into something even more relevant and valuable. Respond began life as a one day "popup" event in 2014, with a Web design focus–partly on technology, above all CSS, and partly on the design challenges of an increasingly multi-screen world. Over the following years, it became increasingly a broadly design focussed event, though its name continued to suggest topics closer to its original focus. Now after a lot of thought and many conversations with attendees of our events and folks we know in the industry, we've come to conclude that increasingly the division between the content at Code and that at Respond, particularly the technical content, is artificial. Not that many years ago, developers who worked with JavaScript were a subset of front end developers. This separation is increasingly rare. And so from 2018, all of the technical, front-end content, from CSS to HTML to JavaScript, will live at Code (and in the engineering track at our end of year Summit). If you work on the front end with any of these technologies these events are for you. But where does that leave Respond? Well, right from the beginning, and increasingly over its lifespan, Respond had a strong design focus. Last year over two thirds of the content was what you might broadly describe as design. So just as Code started life by us taking the developer focussed aspects of our end of year Sydney event and creating a new dedicated developer event, Respond will become Design, a single track event focussing on the challenges of designing great digital products and services. From user research to Interaction Design, Product Design to CX, we've created Design as the place for design professionals to gather, learn and connect. We're already lining up an incredible set of speakers (we can't wait to start announcing them in early February). So mark April 12 and 13 in Melbourne in your diaries.

And, Design Leaders

In a similar vein to our Code Leaders event, we're also running Design Leaders in Melbourne the day before Design. As design moves from nice-to-have to being increasingly appreciated as having key strategic value for companies and organisations, design teams are growing, often rapidly, and design professionals are playing increasingly important leadership roles. Design leaders is created for experienced design professionals in, or moving into these management and leadership roles.

The sell out Code returns

Code, running since 2012 in Melbourne, returns after selling out weeks in advance in 2017. It's of course again in Melbourne, August 2 and 3, at its long running home, the Arts Centre. If you work on the front end, then this is the event for you. We suggest starting to plan now, as last year a lot of people were disappointed to miss out. Alongside Code we're running Code Leaders once again. This one day event we started last year is tailored to more senior engineering professionals, and the particular challenges they face. Last year the content was more technical, but for this year, based on attendee's feedback, there'll be more of a focus on leadership, management and culture. Code Leaders takes place on August 1st.

Web Directions Summit

After experimenting with a single track format in 2016, we returned to the long established, much loved two track format with Web Directions Summit in Sydney in November. And that's how it will stay, with a track focussed on design, and a track focussed on development and engineering, alongside keynotes from highly engaging deep thinkers. Web Directions Summit 2018 takes place on November 8 & 9 in Sydney. It's our keystone event, and we're already lining up incredible speakers.

Culture

Last year we ran our first Culture event. Building on the success of and interest in Code Leaders, Culture focusses on the challenges of building great teams and organisational cultures that are diverse, inclusive and high performing. Culture returns in 2018 the day before Summit, and is created for design and engineering leaders, as well as HR and Culture professionals.

AI

New in 2017, one of our 'popup' events, AI sold out and generated a lot of great responses. In 2017 we'll again hold AI, this year running on the day before Summit, November 7, in Sydney. Whether your focus is design, engineering or decision making, AI provides you with a better capacity to incorporate machine learning and AI technology into your current products and services, as well as new products and services you may be working on.

Register now and save

We currently have great super early bird specials for all of our 2018 events–get a Gold ticket (conference, conference videos and speaker dinner) for just $999 for any of our main conferences.

Where did Transform go?

You may notice that our Transform event, which we've run the last couple of years is no longer part of our lineup. Both editions of Transform have been successful, but we've found the challenge of such a small team running so many events simply too depleting. A lot of the content we covered in Transform, which focussed on government digital transformation, is covered at other events of ours, and we've long had a strong contingent of government attendees at all our events.

Here's to a great 2018

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“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” The Sun Also Rises: Ernest Hemingway, 1926
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The Code Leaders program is live!

You spend years developing you capabilities as a developer program and architect, and so one day, you’re asked to do something entirely unrelated–manage people. To interview and hire, mentor and lead. To influence decision makers in your organisation.

And yet few companies and organisations help people prepare for and grow within these … Read more »

Announcing the Code ’18 program

Programs for conferences take a long time to come together. Sometimes we’ve been working with someone to have them come to speak for years, waiting for the stars tho align. Other times a quick email and reply and we’ve lined up a speaker in a matter of hours, or even … Read more »

Can you name these Code ’18 keynote speakers?

The Code ’18 Call for Presentations has been closed, and the speakers for Code ’18 have been chosen. It’s going to be an amazing lineup.

After selling out very early last year, our pre-release tickets to past attendees are closed, with over half the tickets for the conference gone and … Read more »

Design ’18: The Wrap

For a first time event, the engagement, the energy, dare I say it “the vibe” were amazing, the quality of the presentations, from experienced international speakers, through to first time local speakers was as good as it gets.

Design ’18 Spotlight Series: #3 Design at Scale

Over the last few weeks we’ve been putting the spotlight on various areas of focus at our Design conference in Melbourne (it’s on next week, but there are still places left, so if you work in Design, don’t miss this!)

Design at Scale

We’ve looked at the intersection of AI … Read more »

Design ’18 Spotlight #2: Spotlight on inclusive design

we’re counting down to Design ’18, our upcoming conference on April 11 and 12 on all things digital product and service design with an overview of the current trends in design and how we’re covering them at the conference. In this second spotlight we’re focussing on inclusive design.

Design ’18 Spotlight series #1: Spotlight on AI

The machines are coming. Are they coming to make our lives better? Or to take our jobs? These are questions on everyone’s minds, and we’re addressing in detail at our Design ’18 Conference, in Melbourne April 11 and 12.

  • Darla Sharpe is a Voice UI Designer at Google … Read more »

    Video of the Week: Chris Messina–Lessons from the death of the PC

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    Long time Web Industry thinker (and doer) Chris Messina opened Web Directions Summit in 2017. Watch as he draws lessons from the death of the PC.

    Announcing our new conference, Design Leaders

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    If you are a senior designer, leading and managing design in your organisation, or looking to move into these roles, you’ll know that they involve a range of capabilities you may not have necessarily honed as you developed your skills as a designer.

    Recognising this, we’ve created a brand new event, … Read more »

    Allsopp’s Cables and Fables

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    Each week we publish a weekly newsletter.
    From time time I publish a longer article, which someone at some point on Twitter (I’ve sadly forgotten who) referred to as Allsopp’s Fables, which I liked so much I adopted.

    But most week’s I typically collect and connect some of the things … Read more »

    Announcing the program for Web Directions Design

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    Over the last decade or more here at Web Directions we’ve started our fair share of new events. But that mixture of excitement and apprehension (with my kids we call this being ‘anxited’) never fades. You put everything into creating the best possible lineup, and then hope others agree!

    So, today … Read more »

    Announcing the first speakers for Web Directions Design

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    We’re excited to be able to announce the first speakers we have lined up for our brand-new conference, Design, in Melbourne in April. We’d already sold over 10% of the tickets before announcing any of the speakers, with an intimate setting, don’t wait too long to register, and if … Read more »

    Web Directions Events in 2018

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    We started out with a single event, Web Directions, back in 2006. Over the intervening 12 years, we’ve branched out to different countries at times (and who knows maybe will again!) and added more focussed singe track events like Code in 2012 to our major event (now Web Directions SummitRead more »

    Shape the Future or be Shaped by it

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    We tend to think of change as arriving suddenly, largely fully formed. The iPhone in 2007, Donald Trump in 2016. But, in reality, all change – whether social, cultural, political or technological – emerges over years or even decades, slowly at first, then gathering momentum, then seemingly inevitable.

    Video of the Week: Mavo: HTML Re-imagined for the Era of Web Apps – Lea Verou

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    At Web Directions, we like launching things at our conferences. At Code this year, Lea Verou gave one of the first deep dives into Mavo, a new way of creating web applications using HTML and CSS.