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Broadcast TV is dead. Long live TV! Despite declining numbers in broadcast TV viewership, consumption of TV Shows and online video is growing faster than ever before. With every Network and their dog madly rushing to provide a second screen experience via native applications, few compelling cross-platform TV experiences exist on the web. Beyond technical considerations, supporting continuous experiences across channels and devices is a complex and fascinating (mobile) user experience problem.

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Many believe the future of design is in screens. They're wrong. Our love for the digital interface is out of control. This conversation, led by Golden Krishna, will explore a better path: NoUI. Eliminating counterintuitive input mechanisms for natural inputs inverts the contemporary focus of software design to have computers adapt for people, rather than people adapt for computers. The results can have a profound impact on your design process and our lives.

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Designing a connected product requires strategic thinking that design professionals have not had to develop in an industrial context. It distrupts not only entire industries but the way professionals are shaped for those industries. I'll talk about the process of developing and designing connected products and the sets of skills, semantics, and collaborative practitces that are essential in this context.

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Though design research has become common practice at product companies, it often produces insights that slip into the hazy distance as documents get lost on a hard drive, or ignored by someone in a different department. Worse still, efforts get duplicated when communication breaks down.
UX teams have design research down to a science, but few have discovered a way to connect qualitative and quantitative data, and long histories of research into a central clearinghouse that can be shared, searched, and maintained by different teams. Open access to information strengthens the connections between teams, and supports a general culture of inquiry. In this talk, Aarron shares with you practical methods to get off the research treadmill and get started building connections between data and teams.

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As the cost of computation and connectivity plummets, manufacturers are going to put 'interactivity' into every device. What does this mean for us as designers and curators of experiences? This talk discusses how the principles of the open web must apply not only to prototocols but to hardware as well. How can we make sure the menagerie of devices has a chance for working together?

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Deep interaction is the idea that interaction is an integral part of human thinking. It's how we make meaning, develop understanding, and create insight. Interaction is more than clicking pixels and sliding fingers over glass.
This talk explores what deep interaction means for designing the digital future.

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In this talk David Demaree, Developer and Product Manager at Typekit considers the web as a physical medium, constrained by bandwidth and device capabilities. He also looks at the web as an adaptive medium, where our work can consist not only of pixels and words, but also metadata and instructions for displaying content across all kinds of devices.

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In this keynote from Web Directions South 2013, Rachel Binx argues for a more human-centric approach to designing web experiences. She explores the ways in which people invest themselves online, the obligations companies should feel towards those investments, and offers solutions for treating users a bit more like people

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Take a look at a range of techniques and attitudes, and even an application or two, that will make simply ignoring Responsive Design harder than embracing it.

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

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So, how can we play with data to offer genuinely new perspectives on the things we’re doing? And what stories are emerging as we do that?

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

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A responsive experience may take place in part in the browser, but it extends well beyond media queries and image sets. This talk focuses on how data as a material and data as tooling in the design process can shape deeply engaging and responsive experiences, that even go offline.

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

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This caught my eye a few weeks ago: it's the site for an iPhone app to help you remember your dreams, called Shadow.

Things I like like:

  • the judicious use of the "zooming fade to black" effect on the sepia tone photo to set a lovely dreamy tone right from the start
  • great use of a single page site to tell a story with a simple and tight narrative
  • the beautiful colour scheme and art direction that would seem to carry through the app as well
  • the no-fuss responsive version

See for yourself!

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Network connectivity is reaching more and more into the physical world. This is potentially transformative – allowing every object and service in the world to talk to one other—and to their users—through any networked interface.

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

Note: apologies for the sound quality in the first 11 mins of this video: it does get better!

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Responsive design involves more than just fluid grids and media queries: the move to adaptive web sites touches every part of an organisation.

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

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Broadcast TV is dead. Long live TV! Despite declining numbers in broadcast TV viewership, consumption of TV Shows and online video is growing faster than ever before. With every Network and their dog madly rushing to provide a second screen experience via native applications, few compelling cross-platform TV experiences exist on the web. Beyond technical considerations, supporting continuous experiences across channels and devices is a complex and fascinating (mobile) user experience problem.

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Presentations about design

Podcasts, slides, videos and more

Context, multi-​​device and the future of TV in the browser — video presentation by Rod Farmer

Broadcast TV is dead. Long live TV! Despite declining numbers in broadcast TV viewership, consumption of TV Shows and online video is growing faster than ever before. With every Network and their dog madly rushing to provide a second screen experience via native applications, few compelling cross-platform TV experiences exist on the web. Beyond technical considerations, supporting continuous experiences across channels and devices is a complex and fascinating (mobile) user experience problem.

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The best interface is no interface — video presentation from Golden Krishna

Many believe the future of design is in screens. They're wrong. Our love for the digital interface is out of control. This conversation, led by Golden Krishna, will explore a better path: NoUI. Eliminating counterintuitive input mechanisms for natural inputs inverts the contemporary focus of software design to have computers adapt for people, rather than people adapt for computers. The results can have a profound impact on your design process and our lives.

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How the internet of things changes how we design — video presentation from Alexandra Deschamps-​​Sonsino

Designing a connected product requires strategic thinking that design professionals have not had to develop in an industrial context. It distrupts not only entire industries but the way professionals are shaped for those industries. I'll talk about the process of developing and designing connected products and the sets of skills, semantics, and collaborative practitces that are essential in this context.

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Connected UX — video presentation by Aarron Walter

Though design research has become common practice at product companies, it often produces insights that slip into the hazy distance as documents get lost on a hard drive, or ignored by someone in a different department. Worse still, efforts get duplicated when communication breaks down.
UX teams have design research down to a science, but few have discovered a way to connect qualitative and quantitative data, and long histories of research into a central clearinghouse that can be shared, searched, and maintained by different teams. Open access to information strengthens the connections between teams, and supports a general culture of inquiry. In this talk, Aarron shares with you practical methods to get off the research treadmill and get started building connections between data and teams.

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Beyond Mobile, Beyond Web — video presentation by Scott Jenson

As the cost of computation and connectivity plummets, manufacturers are going to put 'interactivity' into every device. What does this mean for us as designers and curators of experiences? This talk discusses how the principles of the open web must apply not only to prototocols but to hardware as well. How can we make sure the menagerie of devices has a chance for working together?

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Deep Interaction — a video presentation by Karl Fast

Deep interaction is the idea that interaction is an integral part of human thinking. It's how we make meaning, develop understanding, and create insight. Interaction is more than clicking pixels and sliding fingers over glass.
This talk explores what deep interaction means for designing the digital future.

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The Weight of the Web — video presentation from David Demaree

In this talk David Demaree, Developer and Product Manager at Typekit considers the web as a physical medium, constrained by bandwidth and device capabilities. He also looks at the web as an adaptive medium, where our work can consist not only of pixels and words, but also metadata and instructions for displaying content across all kinds of devices.

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People, not users — video presentation from Rachel Binx

In this keynote from Web Directions South 2013, Rachel Binx argues for a more human-centric approach to designing web experiences. She explores the ways in which people invest themselves online, the obligations companies should feel towards those investments, and offers solutions for treating users a bit more like people

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Responding to responsive design — video presentation from Craig Sharkie

Take a look at a range of techniques and attitudes, and even an application or two, that will make simply ignoring Responsive Design harder than embracing it.

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

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The bit between data and you — video presentation from Matthew Sheret

So, how can we play with data to offer genuinely new perspectives on the things we’re doing? And what stories are emerging as we do that?

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

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Radiation-​​free responsive experiences — video presentation from Andrew Fisher

A responsive experience may take place in part in the browser, but it extends well beyond media queries and image sets. This talk focuses on how data as a material and data as tooling in the design process can shape deeply engaging and responsive experiences, that even go offline.

Like what you see? Want a piece of the action next time around? Then get along to Web Directions South in Sydney October 24 and 25 2013.

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Design inspiration: long live the API!

Take a look at this thoughtful visual identity created by Neue for the Nordkyn tourist board. Nordkyn is a region in northern Norway, known for its natural beauty, surreal light conditions and temperamental weather. Inspired by the the tagline “where nature rules”, Neue took a feed of the weather statistics … Read more »

Design inspiration: the Shadow App site

This caught my eye a few weeks ago: it’s the site for an iPhone app to help you remember your dreams, called Shadow.

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