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 Summit 17 - Chris Messina Lessons from the Death of the PC Chris Messina As the PC meets its slow demise, we stand on a precipice overlooking a broad shift in how technology is designed and serves people, with new hardware and embedded technologies that spell new paradigms for user experience, voice experience, and conversation experience.  
 
 Summit 17 - Rob Manson The Landscape of (Extended) Reality Rob Manson For a technology that's been over 55 years in the making, it’s taken a long time for VR to become an “overnight success”. What's driving this buzz and how does VR relate to Augmented, Mixed, and Extended Reality?  
 
 Summit 17 - Mark Dalgleish DesignOps: The Future of Design, as a Service Mark Dalgleish By focusing developers entirely on translating a company's design language into production-ready code and monitoring its real-world effectiveness, teams can deliver high quality design across large organisations at a pace not previously possible.  
 
 Summit 17 - Ben Birch & Tim Churchward Style Guides, So Hot Right Now Ben Birch & Tim Churchward A look at emerging tools and strategies that drive collaboration at the boundary of design and development, point out some pitfalls you might want to avoid, and help you evaluate the right approach for your team and organisation.  
 
 Summit 17 - Nicola Rushton Retros, Research and Opinionated Design Nicola Rushton How do you create a culture of open communication, fast feedback and shared ownership? When it comes to normalising the sharing of feelings and helping a team own their process, structure is key.  
 
 Summit 17 - Rona Shaanan Disruptive Design: The Designer as an Agent of Change Rona Shaanan You're a designer, hired by an engineer-driven company that wants to get some of that umpteen per cent rise in productivity from being design driven. You are the agent of change. Now what?
 
 Summit 17 - Dan Rubin A Life on the Web Dan Rubin Dan has lived a life curiously suited to the web, one that has eschewed the traditional linear career structure and more closely resembles the inter-connected, graph-like nature of the web itself. Find out what he's learned along the way.
  So that's Day One - although there's actually one more speaker to lock in. Even then, we're deep-diving into some major key topics already. Let's see what's on Day Two. Product & Design Track, Day Two  
 Summit 17 - Genevieve Bell Artificial Intelligence: Making a Human Connection Genevieve Bell It's tempting to keep separate the art and science of the robot and the artificial intelligence that underpins it. However, there are reasons to thread them back together and understand how the story of AI is connected to the history of human culture.  
 
 Summit 17 - Richard Rutter 13 Golden Rules of Typography on the Web Richard Rutter Typography is what comes between the author and the reader. If you design websites or use CSS then you are a typographer. The guidelines in this talk combine implement­ation details with typographic theory, to set you on the road to designing beautiful and effective responsive typography.  
 
 Summit 17 - Lauren Lucchese Designing Conversations Lauren Lucchese How do we design for conversational UIs, when the content is the experience, and words are the interface? Can we design contextually relevant conversations for bots that evoke emotion and lead to relationships rooted in trust, empathy, and understanding?  
 
 Summit 17 - Simon Wright Designing Better Coffee Simon Wright How the idea for, and design of, a new brand of ethical coffee came to be, and how the design was informed by the business and ethical goals, while these, too, were in turn shaped by the design decisions.  
 
 Summit 17 - Sarah Pulis Designing for Extremes Sarah Pulis Designing for the "average user" doesn't mean  you are designing for everyone. It means you're designing for no-one. There is no average user. But what happens if instead you deliberately design for the extremes, for each individual?  
 
 Summit 17 - Kazjon Grace Personalised Curiosity: Why and how machine learning can keep your users surprised and engaged Kazjon Grace How an AI model of curiosity inspired by cognitive science can be used to encourage us to broaden our tastes.  
 
 Summit 17 - Oliver Weidlich On Mobile, Context is King Oliver Weidlich Most mobile service designs take no notice of what the device knows, or previous interactions, and assume each ‘channel’ is a new unconnected experience. But in a mobile-connected world, we can design richer and more contextual experiences.
 
 Summit 17 - Amélie Lamont Don’t Kill Them Softly: Fostering a Culture of Fearless Feedback Amélie Lamont Like opinions, harmful or useless feedback can kill your team by demoralisation. Design Anthropology can inform a framework that fosters a fearless feedback culture focusing on creating value, rather than pointing out flaws.
  So, like the Engineering Track, we've curated a seriously substantial program of Product & Design presentations, each focused on a key topic or issue facing designers now and into the immediate future. Now, you should be aware that tickets are already selling fast (just as they did in Melbourne for Code, when we sold out before Early Bird even closed). In fact, as you'll see below, for Summit we've already sold out of Gold tickets. Pricing Register during the Primary Early Bird period up to and including Friday 22 September and get $200 off the regular cost.
  • • Classic Summit ticket (conference only) for just$999 (save $200)
  • • Silver Summit ticket (conference plus videos) for just $1,199(save $200)
  • • Gold Summit ticket - sorry, sold out!
NB Don't forget the option of a Three Day Pass to Summit plus our new Culture or Reality conferences - outstanding value! You'll find much more info about the speakers and their presentations on the Summit 17 website. Curating a two-track conference is a bit like putting together two conferences at once, and there's an inevitable concern to make each track as potent as the other. With this conference, I think we've really achieved something special with both tracks. If your work focuses on Product & Design, I think you'll find Summit 17 to be just what you need. See you there." ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Summit 17 - Lo, the Product & Design Track" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(244) "To complement the already announced Engineering Track of our Summit 17 conference, here are the details of the Product & Design Track - a pretty stunning program, you will agree. (NB We do still have one more speaker to announce on Monday)." 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Why are we changing the schedule? Well, as you may know, my sister Rosemary (who runs Web Directions with me) and I are dealing with some serious family health problems that require us to rethink how best we can deliver on our mission of helping the industry here in Australia grow. Consequently, we have revamped our events schedule to make the most of our available time and deliver the best possible events to further your professional development. That means scaling back some of our more ambitious plans, but also bringing forward some new smaller scale, specific-focus events. The first news is that Code will this year - and from now on - take place as a two-day single-track conference only in Melbourne, not also in Sydney and Brisbane. It will be the same mix of high profile international speakers, well known and respected locals and some new folks you've never heard of - the next generation. Web Directions Code will continue to be tailored to engineers, developers, coders, programmers and the people who work directly with them, focusing particularly - but not exclusively - on a front end context. Code This year marked the last appearance of the Respond conference in its current format. In 2018, Web Directions will host a new two-day conference called simply Design, focused not only on responsive web design, but also product design, service design and all the ways we design our users' and customers' online and offline experiences. Web Directions Design will also be held only in Melbourne. The exact dates are not yet completely confirmed, but the conference is slated for April 2018. Design   So, two big conferences each year in Melbourne. Where does that leave Sydney? The big news - the biggest, really - is that we are recasting the two-day single-track end-of-year Direction conference in Sydney into Web Directions Summit, a two-day DOUBLE-track end-of-year festival of web related development and design ideas, techniques, breakthroughs and possibilities; bringing together all your team members to address their individual, shared and collective areas of professional focus and expertise. Web Directions Summit will adopt the traditional Web Directions structure of one track of engineer-focused talks and another track more designer-focused; bookended on each day by keynote presentations from leading thinkers and practitioners in our fields from around the world. Summit   Web Directions Code and Web Directions Design in Melbourne, and Web Directions Summit in Sydney - a pretty fair balance. This year's Transform conference in Canberra will also be the last for a while, not because government-focused digital transformation is complete by any means, nor that there isn't clear support for the conference to continue and evolve. It's just the logistics that make this impractical for us in the immediate future. The same could be said for our plans to hold our conferences in Brisbane and to expand further afield, for that matter. For the time being, we'll put those plans on hold. But, rather than expand geographically, what we're going to do is broaden and deepen the topics and themes around which we structure our events. What that means is that we have three completely new events planned for the rest of 2017. First, in Melbourne, the day before Web Directions Code, we'll be holding a one day event called Web Directions Code Leaders, drawing on the expertise of visiting Code keynote speakers to provide professional guidance to local CTOs, code project managers, dev team leads, senior engineers - and anyone aspiring to that level of leadership. Code Leaders   Then in Sydney in September we launch Web Directions AI, a one-day conference on the technology, business and design of Artificial Intelligence. For our purposes, this incorporates and includes machine learning, cognitive computing, and a raft of related terms and technologies, centred around the application and implications of non-human "intelligence". AI   Sydney will also host our other new event for 2017, in October and in association with Spark Festival. Web Directions Careers fulfils a long held ambition to focus on both how to get started in our industry (call it Web and/or Digital, for now) and also how established practitioners can progress their careers. Careers   These three new events are all consistent with our stated aim to cover what comes next in our industry, to give you the tools to move forward. At the same time, we're confident tweaking our existing events will sharpen their focus and keep them forward looking and directly useful. There are two other things I want to mention. We will be holding What Do You Know sessions in various places to give aspiring speakers a chance to test material while simultaneously giving a warm supportive audience a preview of talks they may soon see in full. And, related to that, we will on Monday 15 May be issuing a Call For Proposals to present at Web Directions Code in Melbourne on 3-4 August. Thanks for your support, especially the people who have reached out directly, but also all of you who continue to show an interest in Web Directions. You can keep up with all our conferences and related events  on our Events page." 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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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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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The complete technical details of the project aren't revealed by Neue, but my point is, you certainly could do something like this using the most simple API, web tech, and an awesome team of creative technologists. Hopefully it's a little bit of inspiration you might get to apply to a project for yourself some time soon!" ["post_title"]=> string(38) "Design inspiration: long live the API!" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(36) "design-inspiration-long-live-the-api" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2013-07-05 09:51:14" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2013-07-04 23:51:14" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(36) "http://www.webdirections.org/?p=4916" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } } ["post_count"]=> int(15) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#1077 (25) { ["ID"]=> int(8026) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "3" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2017-09-15 16:12:49" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-09-15 06:12:49" ["post_content"]=> string(14016) "It's time for Part Two of the Program Launch for Web Directions Summit 17: the Product & Design Track. We are returning to our most popular conference format: two days, with two tracks - one focused on Engineering, the other on Product & Design, plus over-arching opening and closing keynotes on each day - a format to suit the whole team. In this way, we are positioning Summit as a coming together of the different disciplines we practise, and as a peak event on your team's professional development calendar. We launched the Engineering Track program on Wednesday, and today we're going to share with you the full program for the Product & Design Track of Summit 17. Given this, we're extending the Super Early Bird period by one week to Friday 22 September. And remember, if you register now to lock in the lowest possible pricing,  you  can pay later - even if that's after the Early Bird closes. Read on for an overview of the design track  or  Register now (don't forget the special offer at the end of this email). Product & Design Track, Day One
 Summit 17 - Chris Messina Lessons from the Death of the PC Chris Messina As the PC meets its slow demise, we stand on a precipice overlooking a broad shift in how technology is designed and serves people, with new hardware and embedded technologies that spell new paradigms for user experience, voice experience, and conversation experience.  
 
 Summit 17 - Rob Manson The Landscape of (Extended) Reality Rob Manson For a technology that's been over 55 years in the making, it’s taken a long time for VR to become an “overnight success”. What's driving this buzz and how does VR relate to Augmented, Mixed, and Extended Reality?  
 
 Summit 17 - Mark Dalgleish DesignOps: The Future of Design, as a Service Mark Dalgleish By focusing developers entirely on translating a company's design language into production-ready code and monitoring its real-world effectiveness, teams can deliver high quality design across large organisations at a pace not previously possible.  
 
 Summit 17 - Ben Birch & Tim Churchward Style Guides, So Hot Right Now Ben Birch & Tim Churchward A look at emerging tools and strategies that drive collaboration at the boundary of design and development, point out some pitfalls you might want to avoid, and help you evaluate the right approach for your team and organisation.  
 
 Summit 17 - Nicola Rushton Retros, Research and Opinionated Design Nicola Rushton How do you create a culture of open communication, fast feedback and shared ownership? When it comes to normalising the sharing of feelings and helping a team own their process, structure is key.  
 
 Summit 17 - Rona Shaanan Disruptive Design: The Designer as an Agent of Change Rona Shaanan You're a designer, hired by an engineer-driven company that wants to get some of that umpteen per cent rise in productivity from being design driven. You are the agent of change. Now what?
 
 Summit 17 - Dan Rubin A Life on the Web Dan Rubin Dan has lived a life curiously suited to the web, one that has eschewed the traditional linear career structure and more closely resembles the inter-connected, graph-like nature of the web itself. Find out what he's learned along the way.
  So that's Day One - although there's actually one more speaker to lock in. Even then, we're deep-diving into some major key topics already. Let's see what's on Day Two. Product & Design Track, Day Two  
 Summit 17 - Genevieve Bell Artificial Intelligence: Making a Human Connection Genevieve Bell It's tempting to keep separate the art and science of the robot and the artificial intelligence that underpins it. However, there are reasons to thread them back together and understand how the story of AI is connected to the history of human culture.  
 
 Summit 17 - Richard Rutter 13 Golden Rules of Typography on the Web Richard Rutter Typography is what comes between the author and the reader. If you design websites or use CSS then you are a typographer. The guidelines in this talk combine implement­ation details with typographic theory, to set you on the road to designing beautiful and effective responsive typography.  
 
 Summit 17 - Lauren Lucchese Designing Conversations Lauren Lucchese How do we design for conversational UIs, when the content is the experience, and words are the interface? Can we design contextually relevant conversations for bots that evoke emotion and lead to relationships rooted in trust, empathy, and understanding?  
 
 Summit 17 - Simon Wright Designing Better Coffee Simon Wright How the idea for, and design of, a new brand of ethical coffee came to be, and how the design was informed by the business and ethical goals, while these, too, were in turn shaped by the design decisions.  
 
 Summit 17 - Sarah Pulis Designing for Extremes Sarah Pulis Designing for the "average user" doesn't mean  you are designing for everyone. It means you're designing for no-one. There is no average user. But what happens if instead you deliberately design for the extremes, for each individual?  
 
 Summit 17 - Kazjon Grace Personalised Curiosity: Why and how machine learning can keep your users surprised and engaged Kazjon Grace How an AI model of curiosity inspired by cognitive science can be used to encourage us to broaden our tastes.  
 
 Summit 17 - Oliver Weidlich On Mobile, Context is King Oliver Weidlich Most mobile service designs take no notice of what the device knows, or previous interactions, and assume each ‘channel’ is a new unconnected experience. But in a mobile-connected world, we can design richer and more contextual experiences.
 
 Summit 17 - Amélie Lamont Don’t Kill Them Softly: Fostering a Culture of Fearless Feedback Amélie Lamont Like opinions, harmful or useless feedback can kill your team by demoralisation. Design Anthropology can inform a framework that fosters a fearless feedback culture focusing on creating value, rather than pointing out flaws.
  So, like the Engineering Track, we've curated a seriously substantial program of Product & Design presentations, each focused on a key topic or issue facing designers now and into the immediate future. Now, you should be aware that tickets are already selling fast (just as they did in Melbourne for Code, when we sold out before Early Bird even closed). In fact, as you'll see below, for Summit we've already sold out of Gold tickets. Pricing Register during the Primary Early Bird period up to and including Friday 22 September and get $200 off the regular cost.
  • • Classic Summit ticket (conference only) for just$999 (save $200)
  • • Silver Summit ticket (conference plus videos) for just $1,199(save $200)
  • • Gold Summit ticket - sorry, sold out!
NB Don't forget the option of a Three Day Pass to Summit plus our new Culture or Reality conferences - outstanding value! You'll find much more info about the speakers and their presentations on the Summit 17 website. Curating a two-track conference is a bit like putting together two conferences at once, and there's an inevitable concern to make each track as potent as the other. With this conference, I think we've really achieved something special with both tracks. If your work focuses on Product & Design, I think you'll find Summit 17 to be just what you need. See you there." ["post_title"]=> string(43) "Summit 17 - Lo, the Product & Design Track" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(244) "To complement the already announced Engineering Track of our Summit 17 conference, here are the details of the Product & Design Track - a pretty stunning program, you will agree. (NB We do still have one more speaker to announce on Monday)." ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(33) "summit-17-lo-product-design-track" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2017-09-16 12:24:26" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-09-16 02:24:26" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(37) "https://www.webdirections.org/?p=8026" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" ["post_category"]=> string(1) "0" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> string(2) "99" ["max_num_pages"]=> float(7) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(false) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(true) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(true) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_embed"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(false) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "cc89a734795e4663420fcf6fa20052b1" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL ["compat_fields":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(15) "query_vars_hash" [1]=> string(18) "query_vars_changed" } ["compat_methods":"WP_Query":private]=> array(2) { [0]=> string(16) "init_query_flags" [1]=> string(15) "parse_tax_query" } }

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Summit 17 — Lo, the Product & Design Track

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  • September 15, 2017
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To complement the already announced Engineering Track of our Summit 17 conference, here are the details of the Product & Design Track — a pretty stunning program, you will agree.

(NB We do still have one more speaker to announce on Monday).

The Big 2017 Events Reset

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  • May 12, 2017
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I want to share with you our updated plans for the rest of 2017, and into 2018.

Why are we changing the schedule?

Well, as you may know, my sister Rosemary (who runs Web Directions with me) and I are dealing with some serious family health problems that require us to rethink how best we … Read more »

Yesenia Perez–Design Decisions Through the Lens of Performance

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  • February 12, 2016
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This week’s feature video comes from our Respond conference last year (Respond 2016 is a couple of months off yet, with early bird pricing still available), a fantastic presentation from Yesenia Perez-​Cruz (who since then has been turning up speaking all over the world!) on how the decisions designers … Read 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!

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  • July 5, 2013
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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 »