Announcing the first speakers for Web Directions Design

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 you do so before February 23rd, you get the early bird pricing.

Design focusses on the breadth of designing great digital services and products. From design strategy to IxD, UX to User Research, ideas and practice. Whatever your design role, and whatever your experience level, Design is for you.

Here’s the first of 20 speakers from around Australia and the World we’ve lined up for you.

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.

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