Why Web Directions Summit?
Our field is constantly changing, where last year's cutting edge is this year's commonplace, and today's best practice is tomorrow's old hat. For well over a decade, we've tracked practices, patterns and technologies to keep our audience up to date.
Web Directions Summit brings together the whole team, with two curated tracks, one focused on development and engineering, one focused on design. For this, we've brought together the finest minds at the intersection of technology and design, in an atmosphere unlike any other.
Who's it for?
The Design Team
UX, IxD, visual, Web, Front End and CX experts, Art Directors, Creative Directors, Experience Leads, Design Leads and Design Researchers should all attend to hear these world leading experts.
The Engineering Team
Leaders and Decision Makers
To round it out, our audience is full of smart decision makers, who know taking the pulse of what's now, and next, is vital in making the right strategic decisions. Two tracks, and a mixture of deep dive and high level sessions ensures there's something for you too. Meanwhile, outside the sessions, you'll find engaging showcases of technology and design to keep you thinking.
A genuine Summit
Web Directions Summit takes place alongside two other highly focussed conferences, Web Directions AI and Web Directions Culture, held the day before Summit. You can attend all three days for an extra special price.
- 600+ Passionate attendees
- 40 Transformational speakers
- 2 Intense Days
begin and end each day with big ideas from world leaders:
Maria Giudice Design Leader
Innovator, artist, protagonist, activist, and positive provocateur, Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential have kept her at the forefront of design and business for over 30 years.
Under Maria’s leadership, Hot Studio, the award-winning experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. In 2013, Facebook acquired the talent behind Hot Studio, where Maria worked as a Director of Product Design. From 2015 to 2017, Maria led a global team of designers as Autodesk’s first VP of Experience Design.
Maria’s third book, Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, is available in several languages. She has spoken at conferences all over the world. Maria serves on several Boards and is a trustee at California College of the Arts.
Oliver Reichenstein Founder Information Architects
Oliver Reichenstein is the founder and director of Information Architects, the Tokyo, Zurich, and Berlin-based design agency. iA's usual trade is website design and consultancy along with concept work for media companies like Condé Nast, Red Bull, The Guardian, Asics, Die Zeit, and Wikipedia.
The company has also developed the iA Writer, a pioneering minimalist text editor. With their work on the long-overdue reinvention of the word processor, their research in responsive web typography and their lucid and ultra-clear user experience design work for major newspapers iA and Oliver are shaping nothing less than the future of how we read and write.
To a designer, “design” is how it works. To everybody else design is how it looks: nice or ugly. To a philosopher, “ethics” is how we act. To everybody else ethics is how it feels: good or bad.
With the recent call for more ethics in design it’s time to explore what philosophical ethics means within the practice of Human Computer Interaction design.
Mark Pesce Inventor, Author, Broadcaster
Mark Pesce is an inventor, author, educator and broadcaster. Best known for co-inventing VRML (Virtual Reality Modelling Language), Pesce has written 6 books, founded postgraduate programs in interactive media at both USC (University of Southern California) and AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School), and for seven years appeared as a panelist on the ABC’s The New Inventors.
Caroline Sinders Machine Learning Designer
Caroline Sinders is a machine learning design researcher and artist. For the past few years, she has been focusing on the intersections of natural language processing, online harassment and politics in digital, conversational spaces. Caroline is the founder of Convocation Design + Research, a design and research agency focusing on the intersections of emerging technology, user research, designing for public good, and solving communication difficult problems. As a design researcher, she's worked with groups like Amnesty International, Intel, IBM Watson, the Wikimedia Foundation as well as others.
Caroline has held fellowships with the Yerba Buena Centers of the Arts, Eyebeam, the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured at MoMA PS1, the Houston Center for Contemporary Art, Slate, Quartz, the Channels Biennale, as well as others. Caroline holds a masters from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Rachel Andrew Founder Perch, Notist
Rachel Andrew lives in Bristol, England. She is one half of web development company edgeofmyseat.com, the company behind Perch CMS. She’s also an Invited Expert to the W3C on the CSS Working Group and a Google Developer Expert. Her day to day work can include anything from product development to devops to CSS, and she writes about all of these subjects on her blog at rachelandrew.co.uk.
Rachel has been working on the web since 1996 and writing about the web for almost as long. Her books include the recent Get Ready for CSS Grid Layout and HTML5 for Web Designers, Second Edition. She is a regular columnist for A List Apart as well as other publications online and print.
Patrick Hamann Web Performance Engineer Fastly
Patrick is a Web Performance Engineer at Fastly where - amongst other things - he is helping to build a faster web for all. Prior to Fastly, he helped architect some of the worlds largest media websites including The Guardian and The Financial Times. When not speaking or ranting about performance he enjoys spending his spare time discovering new food and craft beer.
Peggy Rayzis Engineering Manager Apollo, Meteor Developer Group
Peggy Rayzis is an Engineering Manager leading developer experience on the Apollo team at Meteor Development Group, where she helps build tools for the GraphQL ecosystem. She’s also the author of react-native-create-bridge, host of Apollo #MissionBriefing, and an accomplished speaker and blogger. When she’s not coding, you can find Peggy hitting the ski slopes or traveling around the world.
Brian LeRoux Founder Begin
Brian is the found of Begin.com which makes deploying AWS Lambda frictionless.
Prior to Begin, Brian helped create, foster and lead the efforts now known as Apache Cordova and its popular downstream distribution Adobe PhoneGap.
Two full days of design focused sessions: from UX to IxD, Service design to design systems, research to content and more.
Yiying Lu Most Creative People 2018 Fast Company
Yiying Lu is an award-winning bilingual artist, entrepreneur, and speaker with 10+ years of experience in Branding, Design & Cross-Cultural Creativity & Innovation Education. She was born in Shanghai China, educated in Sydney Australia & London UK, Yiying is currently based in San Francisco. Yiying was named a Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business, a "Top 10 Emerging Leader in Innovation" by Microsoft, and the first Shorty Awards winner in Design. Her projects have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, TIME, CNN, BBC and so on. She was the first artist to join IDEO Shanghai for its Creative in Residence program in China in 2017. Previously, Yiying was the Creative Director at 500 Startups, the world's most active venture capital firm and startup accelerator, where she provided creative user acquisition & branding strategies for hundreds of startups to improve their business.
She is interested in unifying dualities, by connecting art and tech, business and humor, work and life, as well as being a cultural bridge between East and West
Jennifer Hom Art Director AirBNB
Jennifer Hom has been illustrating for tech for the better part of a decade. Having kicked off her career as a Google Doodler for 6.5 years, she's since moved from drawing/animating/carving whimsical logos to building illustration systems. In 2016 she joined Uber to design their illustration style and hire their first brand illustration team. Since then, she's taken on the role of Experience Design Manager of Product Illustration at Airbnb. Tasked to redesign their illustration system from the ground up, she's created a style centered on honesty, diversity, and own-ability.
Joe Toscano Founder Design Good
Joe is a former Experience Design consultant for Google, who has won international awards for his work but has since left his job due to ethical concerns. He is now working on a non-profit called Design Good, which is actively working to educate the public about what's going on inside the industry, help regulators understand what questions to ask, and give technologist the knowledge/tools/resources to create a better future, through technology.
Cyd Harrell Service Design Lead Judicial Council of California
Cyd is a user research expert who believes you can answer any question as long as you are fearless and creative about methods. She was the VP of Research for SF-based UX design firm Bolt | Peters until June 2012, when Facebook acquired the company. While there, she helped clients such as Sony, Volkswagen, and Rdio to conduct remote research and real-time usability studies. In the early 2000s, she led desktop experience and design standards groups at Charles Schwab. Since 2012, working with the Center for Civic Design, Code for America, and 18F, Cyd has helped multiple government agencies in the US apply user-centered practice and techniques to serving the public. Her favorite tools are metaphor and (metaphorical) duct tape.
Many more to be announced
We've many more world leading speakers, across product, design and engineering to announce in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Get on our mailing list to be the first to hear who's speaking.
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Web Directions Summit 2018 returns to our longtime home, the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.
There are numerous public transport options, and parking available on site.
If you're coming from out of town, there are many hotel and serviced apartment style accomodation options in Darling Harbour, and otherwise close by.
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 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.