Great design is no longer a nice to have for successful digital products, services and customer experiences. It's vitally important. Design brings world leading experts across the design spectrum to share their insights and expertise. If you are involved with the design of digital product or services, you can't afford to miss this one-of-a-kind Australian event. Only in Melbourne, arguably Australia's Design capital.
Who's it for?
Design is for everyone involved with the design of great products and services. From user research, to product owners and managers, UX, CX, IxD and Product Designers. Design Managers, Art and Creative Directors.
Real World Knowledge
For well over a decade, Web Directions has been holding conferences for web and digital creators, both for engineering as well design professionals.
Each of our conferences features real world, actionable knowledge, from leading practitioners, from around Australia and the world.
- 200+ Passionate attendees
- 20 World leading speakers
- 2 intense days
Design Leaders Conference
Modeled on our very successful Code Leaders and Culture events, in 2018 we're launching Design Leaders to be held on April 11, the day before Design. It's a single-day event focusing on the challenges facing design decision makers and leaders.
From better articulating the business value of Design, to building and leading design teams, Design Leaders is created for experienced design professionals in, or moving into management and leadership roles. Read more about Design Leaders.
Can't make it to Melbourne?
If you focus on design, but can't make it to Melbourne in April, then don't despair, the Web Directions Summit, in Sydney in November 2018 is a multi track event for the whole team, with a track especially devoted to design.
Be the first to hear about 2018's lineup
Keen to speak at this event?
If you're keen to speak at this or one of our other events in 2018, we'd love to hear from you.
Our Call for Presentations for out 2018 events open December 1 2017, and close
- For Design, on February 2, 2018
- For Code, on April 27 2018
- For Summit (design and engineering tracks) May 2018
Read more and propose a presentation at our Speaking page.
Super early bird special
Right now, we're offering a super early bird special for all 2018 events. Register now and get a Silver conference ticket (that's conference plus videos) for just $999, or a Gold ticket (conference, videos and speaker dinner) for just $1099.
Find the conference pass for you
Conference 12–13 April
Speaker Dinner 12 April ?
Your chance for a casual, one on one chat with a speaker or two, over a great meal with your peers.
Find the conference pass for you
- $1,199 Until 16 Feb.
- $1,299 Until 16 March
- $1,399 Standard
- $1,099 Until 16 Feb.
- $1,199 Until 16 March
- $1,299 Standard
- $999 Until 16 Feb.
- $1,099 Until 16 March
- $1,119 Standard
Teams get more
Send a team of five or more to Design and get even more. For the price of a Classic ticket per team member, you'll get:
- A Silver pass for each attendee
- A team licence to the videos from Design 2018
Just use the code team when you register.
We strive to make our events as affordable as possible, and so have a limited number of specially priced tickets for Charitable Not For Profits and freelancers. If you qualify, use the code nfp or freelance to get a Silver ticket for just $799.
Not sure if you qualify? Drop us a line, we try to be as generous as possible.
Design 2018 will again be held in the ANZ Pavilion at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, right on the Yarra in Southbank.
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
With excellent public transport connections right outside, and Flinders Street Station right across the bridge, it's our best connected location yet.
If you're coming from out of town, there are many hotel and serviced apartments style accomodation options in Southbank, and otherwise close by. We have for some time put our speakers up at the Mantra Southbank, and stay there ourselves.
Praise for past Web Directions events
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!
inventor "responsive Web design"
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite
founder Campaign Monitor
Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.
We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.
We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.
In 2018, we'll be organising Design in Sydney Melbourne, Code and Code Leaders in Melbourne, and Web Directions Summit, AI and Culture in Sydney
John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.
His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.
His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".
Code of Conduct
For over a decade, we've worked hard to create inclusive, fun, inspring and safe events for the Web Industry.
As part of our commitment to these values, we've adopted a code of conduct for all involved: ourselves, our speakers, our partners and our audience.If you have any concern or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us.