2016 in Review

Let’s face it. For many, 2016 hasn’t been the best year ever: the loss of several beloved cultural icons, currents of political decision-making that didn’t feel like steps forward, pessimistic news on the climate change front …

But it’s well known that cultivating a mindset of gratitude is overwhelmingly positive and … Read more »

Video of the Week: Aubrey Blanche–Scaling Walls: The Barriers to Female Representation and How Atlassian is Eliminating Them

There’s little doubt technology has a diversity challenge. There’s a lot of conversation about why that might be – although less about what we might do about it, particularly in terms of specific action.

Aubrey Blanche from Atlassian spends her life thinking about this, and developing programs and practices to address … Read more »

Opening thoughts for Direction 16

Direction ’16 took place the day after the US election. I wasn’t alone in being more than a little despondent with the result, and in particular several of our speakers were from the US and were significantly affected by the outcome. My sense is that the vast majority of our … Read more »

Maciej Cegłowski video from Direction 16: Who Will Command The Robot Armies?

Well, Direction 16 is done and dusted, and the relative quiet here the last couple of weeks is testament to just how much effort goes into running conferences (though planning 2017 has also taken considerable time).

Last year at Web Directions, Maciej Cegłowski’s “The Website Obesity Crisis” caused quite a stir, … Read more »

Direction 16 Related Events

With Direction 16 starting in just couple of days, we wanted to point out a couple of the related events that always pop up around Web Directions events. We do what we can to foster, house and support local meetups, community groups and professional development opportunities for people in … Read more »

Video of the Week: Erin Moore – Convenient Fictions

Erin MooreWhen Erin Moore gave her talk at Web Directions in 2014, she was Senior UX Designer at Twitter. She has since moved on, but many of the insights she delivered came from her work with the social media giant. Her … Read more »

One Question, Many Answers: Part III

Scroll MagazineHere is the third and final set of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. These are only snippets – to see the full answers, come to Direction 16, where all conference and … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Ben Buchanan – The SemVer Talk 1.0

Ben BuchananOur video ristretto this week comes to us from one of those people who hooked up with us from even before our Web Directions days, and has been a key supporter even as his own career has blossomed. He’s now … Read more »

Direction 16 Partner Event: StripeCon APAC

One of the benefits of organising events like Code, Respond, Transform and – in just over a week – Direction is the events that other people organise around the conference that add value and depth to their whole experience.

SilverStripe is a major sponsor of Web Directions and has supported our … Read more »

Video of the Week: Cap Watkins – Design Everything

Cap WatkinsOur long form Video of the Week this week is of Cap Watkins delivering his Web Directions 15 keynote, “Design Everything”. This is really appropriate in light of our upcoming Direction 16 conference, where these kinds of ideas, philosophies and … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Simon Swain – Rats of the Maze

Simon SwainThis week’s video ristretto come from just a few months ago at our Code conference in Sydney and Melbourne. If you’ve seen any of Simon Swain’s presentations at our events, you’ll know he comes up with some pretty breathtaking … Read more »

One Question, Many Answers: Part II

Time for the second in our series of extracts from the interviews we conducted with Direction 16 speakers for Scroll Magazine. All conference and workshop attendees get a free print edition (88 bound pages of articles and interviews with full colour photos and illustrations) while it will also be … Read more »

Idea of the Week: Web Directions Alumni

Those of you who have seen the Scroll Magazine we produced for our Code 16 conference (and if you haven’t, you should) will have noticed that we published a list of all our speakers and their topics at previous Code conferences.

That resulted in a list of 80+ presentations … Read more »

Video of the Week: John Allsopp – What We Talk About When We Talk About The Web

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  • October 21, 2016
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Since this is in my hands this week while John Allsopp takes a bit of family time, I’m taking the opportunity to “rescreen” a talk of John’s from Web Directions 2012.

Not only is everything he talks about still relevant, it relates directly to what Direction 16 is about. … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Kai Brach – The New Age of Indie

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  • October 19, 2016
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Kai BrachOur short video this week is Kai Brach’s talk from WD15. Kai went from being a web designer to publisher, editor and art director of independent print-only magazine Offscreen. He’s well placed to describe how the internet has enabled a … Read more »