One Question, Many Answers: Part I

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  • October 18, 2016
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As you know, we now publish a print and digital magazine to accompany our conferences, called Scroll. The Direction 16 edition of Scroll features, as did its predecessors, a series of interviews where conference speakers answer an identical set of questions.

To help whet your appetite for the … Read more »

Idea of the Week: Keeping Up

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  • October 17, 2016
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How do you keep up to date in our constantly changing industry? Here’s some of the things I do, often on a daily basis, just to stay on top of what’s happening, as part of the process of developing the program for our conferences like the upcoming Direction (just on a … Read more »

Video of the Week: Pasquale D’Silva – Designing With Animation

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  • October 14, 2016
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Pasquale D’Silva is co-presenting a fascinating talk at Directions 16 with Jacob Bijani on their indie game “OK, Dracula”, but today’s video takes you back to Pasquale’s presentation at Web Directions South 2013 on how animation is changing design for mobile, the web, and beyond.

Nothing dated about this: animation-driven interfaces … Read more »

Approaching Direction 16: The Story of a Presentation

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  • October 13, 2016
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Literally as Web Directions 2015 was taking place, a controversy blew up around the legendary SxSW conference, and two of the selected panels for the 2016 conference focusing on the issue of ‘gamergate’.

It certainly generated a lot of comment on places like Twitter, and so much interest that the venerable Slate … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Nathan McGinness – The perils and pitfalls of A/B testing

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  • October 12, 2016
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Nathan McGinnessOur short video blast from the recent past this week comes again from WD15. Nathan McGinness knows a thing or two or two about metrics, testing and analytics, and in this talk he’s the first to admit that A/B testing … Read more »

We have to talk about JavaScript

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  • October 11, 2016
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It seems that almost weekly concerns about the complexity of the ecosystem around JavaScript, build tools and frameworks bubble over. Certainly, the JavaScript and Front End development world is a lot more complex than even a few years ago.  

The latest round kicked off with Jose Aguinaga musing on “How it feels to … Read more »

Idea of the Week: Teaching Code to Kids

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  • October 10, 2016
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When you’re thinking about the future of the Web, an obvious focus is young people. There’s a generation growing up now that takes the Web for granted as far as being a provider of information, games, education and social interaction. But are we doing enough to teach kids how to … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Alastair Simpson and Nat Jones – Designing spaces for creative professionals

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  • October 5, 2016
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Alastair SimpsonOur 20 minute Video Ristretto this week again comes from WD15 and features Alastair Simpson and Nat Jones from Atlassian talking about the creative spaces they’ve designed that have scaled with the changing needs of their teams and what they’ve … Read more »

Monday Profile: Nook Studios

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  • October 3, 2016
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Right from the start, one of the things we wanted to do with our Scroll Magazine was bring some attention to the great work being done by Australia’s web design and development agencies. Often, these small companies bring together dynamic teams that create great results for their clients and bring … Read more »

Video of the Week: Hannah Donovan – Souls & Machines: Designing the Future of Content

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  • September 30, 2016
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Hannah Donovan’s keynote from Web Directions 2015 focused on a yet another topic that is only getting increasing attention – how humans will balance their roles with machines when it comes to generating, managing and publishing web content.

Hannah crash tackles this topic with her typically colourful, brash and uncompromising approach … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Robert Tilt – VR: discovering a new medium

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  • September 28, 2016
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Robert TiltOur short video this week comes from WD15 and features Robert Tilt, Interactive Lead at Isobar Australia, on the evolution of Virtual Reality. That evolution is picking up pace lately, and it’s already clear VR will be big, a game-changer.

But … Read more »

Approaching Direction 2016 – Where’s the Design of the Web Headed?

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  • September 27, 2016
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As we head toward Direction, we’ll be focusing on some of the sessions we’re looking forward to and providing some context for why we chose these particular sessions.

First up, one of our core points of focus since the very beginning – where is the design of the Web headed?

At … Read more »

Idea of the Week: Progressive Web Apps

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  • September 26, 2016
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At our Code 2016 conference a couple of months ago, Progressive Web Apps received quite a bit of attention. Marcos Caceres talked about how they are enabled by Service Workers, Elise Chant showed us how to use Manifests to install them, and several presenters referred to PWA in their … Read more »

Video of the Week – Maciej Cegłowski: Barely Succeed! It’s Easier!

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  • September 23, 2016
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Last week’s Video of the Week of Maciej Cegłowski at Web Directions 2015 proved so popular, and we’re so excited that this bloke will be presenting again at Direction this year, we dug back into the archives to turn up another of his landmark talks, this time at Web Directions … Read more »

Video Ristretto: Rose Matthews – Financial Inclusion in the Solomon Islands

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  • September 22, 2016
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The Pacific region has long been considered in need of development. Countless projects from around the world have intervened over the decades and yet there’s been very little real change for the people. Could a human-centred design approach finally create the opportunities remote community dwellers desire? In 2015 Fjord and … Read more »