Future of Web Design London

Future Of Web Design London

The Brewery - 14th May 2012 - 16th May 2012

Hashtag #fowd

Convince Your Boss (.pdf)

We’re committed to bringing you the best speakers in the industry – presenting on the hottest, most relevant topics and technologies. See the schedule below for days, tracks, and topics. The full conference schedule is still being finalized, so please do check back soon for updates.

    Monday Workshops Day

    • 09:0017:30

      Running A Successful Web Design Business - Paul Boag

      We like to think that being a successful independent web designer is about creating great websites. Its not. Running your own business is about a lot more than having the right professional skills. Paul’s workshop will reveal the hidden secrets to building a successful, profitable web design business.

      What you'll learn:

      • How to create a proactive marketing strategy that doesn't rely on work just coming through the door.
      • How to nail the sales process including outstanding proposals and killer pitches.
      • Better ways to build a long term relationship with your clients.
      • The importance of achieving a healthy work/life balance and how to make it happen.
      • How to work less hours and yet achieve more.
      Paul Boag
      A photo of Paul Boag

      Paul Boag has been working with the web since 1994. He is now co-founder of the digital agency Headscape, where he works closely with clients to establish their web strategy. Paul is a prolific writer having written the Website Owners Manual, Building Websites for Return on Investment, Client Centric Web Design and numerous articles for publications such as .net magazine, Smashing Magazine and the econsultancy.com. Paul also speaks extensively on various aspects of web design both at conferences across the world and on his award winning web design podcast Boagworld.

    • 09:0017:30

      Rock Solid Responsive UX Deliverables - Steve Fisher

      UX Design for the web is a hot topic, but we find it too hard to pin down so we just touch the surface and don't explore the why of user experience. As it is becoming something of a de-facto standard it is in our best interest as interactive designers to understand the discipline. No longer something that has to always be hugely complex and costly, we'll cover the back-to-basics approach to UX design in this workshop and how to practically dispatch a rock solid responsive web design UX deliverables package.

      What you'll learn:

      • How to communicate and develop a UX Vision
      • How to develop your own UX process that will work across all projects
      • How to communicate a UX strategy to the client
      • How to properly use UX patterns and when to use them
      • Producing a responsive UX Style guide that will get used
      Steve Fisher
      A photo of Steve Fisher

      Steve is the content nerd-herder and design fanatic at The Republic of Quality (www.republicofquality.com). With over 18 years of experience he leads the charge on the creative end of projects, coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. Steve is a professional member of the Graphic Designer’s Society of Canada and served as their national VP of web for three years. He spends much of his time representing RoQ on the global stage as a sought-after speaker on topics like responsive web design, UX, open source, design thinking, and web process. He has presented at such conferences as TEDx, SXSW, Future of Web, HOW Interactive Design conference, Web Visions and DrupalCon, and is a contributor to .NET Magazine. He also loves Twitter (maybe a little too much).

    • 09:0017:30

      Designing For Touch - Josh Clark

      Handheld apps that work by touch require you to design not only how your pixels look, but how they *feel* in the hand. This workshop explores the ergonomic challenges and interface opportunities for designing mobile touchscreen apps and websites. Learn how fingers and thumbs turn desktop conventions on their head and require you to leave behind familiar design patterns. The workshop presents nitty-gritty "rule of thumb" design techniques that together form a framework for crafting finger-friendly interface metaphors, affordances, and gestures for a new generation of mobile apps that inform and delight.

      What you'll learn:

      • Discover the ergonomic demands of designing for touch.
      • Devise interface metaphors that invite touch.
      • Design gesture interactions, and learn techniques to help people discover unfamiliar gestures on their own.
      • Learn why buttons are a hack and how to design interfaces without traditional UI controls.
      • Explore the psychology behind screen rotation and the opportunities and pitfalls it creates.
      Josh Clark
      A photo of Josh Clark

      Josh Clark is a designer, developer, and author specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He’s author of the O’Reilly books “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” and “Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders.” Josh’s outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and workshops to help creative companies build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.

    • 09:0017:30

      Good Ideas Grow on Papers - The Standardistas

      At the heart of every great design lies a great idea, but where does these great ideas come from? As designers, we can learn to innovate, to find inspiration and generate ideas through creative techniques, that all have one thing in common: they originate away from the computer. In this hands-on workshop, delivered in the tried and tested Standardistas' style®, we look back at the generations of designers that didn't spend their days in front of a computer, instead plying their craft using a wealth of analogue tools: pen and paper, scalpels, ink and even typewriters. We explore a number of questions, including: How do you get ideas in the first place? How do you capture these ideas and turn them into real, tangible designs, and how do you create original designs that that aren't mere carbon-copies of the most recent (1% noise) design trends. By re-learning how to generate ideas and creative concepts without the aid of a computer, we can develop a richer and more varied visual grammar, based on the timeless design principles of pre-personal computer yore. Armed with some fundamental design principles and an abundance of tools – which naturally includes the Standardistas' 'Bag of Awesome™' (containing a veritable cornucopia of material) – we show the aspiring analogue designer a range of methods for breaking out of the stranglehold of the often clichéd digital world.

      What you'll learn:

      • A Plethora of Tips to Move From Idea to Execution
      • Five Idea Generation Techniques to Unlock Awesome Sauce™
      • How to Think Through Paper
      • Master the Art of Using Typewriters, Scissors and Glue
      The Standardistas
      A photo of The Standardistas

      In addition to their role as lecturers in interactive design at the University of Ulster at Belfast, where they have been active in promoting a web standards-based curriculum, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson are practicing designers and digital artists. Their work has featured in a variety of design books and magazines alongside numerous internationally respected designers and they are regular speakers at design conferences and workshops worldwide.

    • 18:0019:00
      FOWD London Instameet - Lead by Mike Kus, join us on a photowalk around the local area. Meet at The Brewery - best shots will be showcased at the conference!

    Tuesday Conference Day 1

    • Track 1

    • 08:0009:00

      Registration

      Come and pick up your passes.

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome

      An introduction to the day

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      Notes On Design - Brendan Dawes

      When a friend once remarked "generalists will save the world, not specialists", Brendan realised that whilst he will never save the world, he is very much a generalist. But whilst his career has seen him go from making underground breakbeat albums, to web design and now physical objects, there has always been one consistent theme that runs through out all the work – the love and joy of making. In this session, Brendan will talk about some of his core beliefs when it comes to all kinds of design and how the process of making something is just as important as the final product.

      Brendan Dawes
      A photo of Brendan Dawes

      Brendan Dawes is a designer and artist exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials. Ever since his first experiences with the humble ZX81 back in the early eighties, Brendan has continued to explore the interplay of people, code, design and art through his work on brendandawes.com where he publishes ideas, toys and projects created from an eclectic mix of digital and analog objects. His work is featured in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester School of Art. Fillings for rectangles is how he often describes his work. Over the years those rectangles have come in various shapes and sizes including websites, iPhone apps, posters, books, electronic circuits and pieces of plastic. Whilst his output takes on many forms, running through all his work are consistent themes of playfulness, curiosity and experimentation.

    • 09:5010:30

      Client Centric Web Design - Paul Boag

      As web designers we love to boast about our user centric approach to web design, but what about our clients? Most web designers resent clients, seeing them as a barrier to producing great websites. However, a website doesn't just need to meet users needs it also must meet the needs of your clients. Web design is not just about building websites. Its about providing a service to our clients. In this talk Paul looks at how to establish a collaborative relationship with your clients that produces websites far better than you could build in isolation.

      Paul Boag
      A photo of Paul Boag

      Paul Boag has been working with the web since 1994. He is now co-founder of the digital agency Headscape, where he works closely with clients to establish their web strategy. Paul is a prolific writer having written the Website Owners Manual, Building Websites for Return on Investment, Client Centric Web Design and numerous articles for publications such as .net magazine, Smashing Magazine and the econsultancy.com. Paul also speaks extensively on various aspects of web design both at conferences across the world and on his award winning web design podcast Boagworld.

    • 10:3011:15
      Morning Break - including speed networking
    • 11:1511:55

      Let jQuery Rock Your World - Matt Gifford

      Are you new to jQuery? Maybe you’ve been using it for a while? Regardless of your skillset or previous experience, join Matt Gifford, developer, author, speaker and lover of jQuery, as he reviews why you should be using it, how not to use it, and some vital tips to assist your jQuery development as well as some common pitfalls to watch out for.

      Matt Gifford
      A photo of Matt Gifford

      Matt Gifford is owner and primary primate at his own development consultancy company, monkehWorks Ltd. His work primarily focuses on building mobile apps and ColdFusion development, although he's such a geek he enjoys writing in a variety of languages. He's a published author and presents at conferences and user groups on a variety of topics. As an Adobe Community Professional and Adobe User Group manager, Matt is a keen proponent for community resources and sharing knowledge. He is the author of “Object-Oriented Programming in ColdFusion" and "PhoneGap Mobile Application Development Cookbook" and also contributes articles and tutorials to international industry magazines. Matt can be reached at his site (www.monkehworks.com) or @coldfumonkeh on Twitter.

    • 12:0012:40

      A Closer Look At Accessible Mobile App Design - Robin Christopherson

      In this session, Robin will delve into iOS and Android accessibility and what accessible and inaccessible apps look like to end users. He will also discuss the options for successfully creating apps that are inclusive and easy to use – giving you the largest possible audience for your next mobile masterpiece.

      Robin Christopherson
      A photo of Robin Christopherson

      After a degree in Engineering at Cambridge and working as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), Robin was a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. Robin now manages AbilityNet’s Web Consultancy services – heading a team that is globally acclaimed as experts in accessibility auditing, disabled user testing and designing attractive websites that are both accessible and easy to use by all. Despite being blind, Robin uses a computer very effectively by relying on speech output to access the full range of mainstream software including email and the internet. He has a first-hand appreciation of the importance of good web design practice to accessibility.

    • 12:4014:00
      Lunch - including Uni Sessions
    • 14:0014:20

      Getting To Know You: Networking Session - Davin Wilfrid

      A big part of our shows is about the amazing new friends and contacts you'll make. We listened to your feedback from last year's show and are making this easier than ever this year, with a properly scheduled session for networking and skill swapshop!

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 14:2515:05

      Web Typography, The Good Bits - Jon Tan

      Co-founder of Fontdeck and Mapalong, and web typography aficionado, Jon Tan, takes to the stage to guide us through 40 minutes of the best of web typography.

      Jon Tan
      A photo of Jon Tan

      Jon is a designer living in Bristol, UK, and founding member of the Analog co-operative where he works with friends doing things like the upcoming app, Mapalong, the Brooklyn Beta conference, and running the Mild Bunch HQ. He is also the co-founder of web fonts service, Fontdeck and occassionally does work for organisations like BBC Future Media. He's a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers and serves on Smashing Magazine’ experts panel.

    • 15:1015:50

      Responsive Redesign: Utilising The Power of HTML5 & CSS3 - Vitaly Friedman

      You know it’s time to redesign when your design is becoming your own bottleneck — incapable of reflecting your changes, values and the new direction of your enterprise. If your list of necessary UX improvements is getting longer, yet you can’t meaningfully integrate them in your current design, that’s a clear sign that something has to change. That’s exactly the issue Smashing Magazine's team faced before it decided to redesignSmashing Magazine. In this talk Vitaly Friedman, the founder and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, provides practical insights into the responsive redesign process of Smashing Magazine's new site. The talk explains the decisions made and rejected along the way and describes how designing in the browser using only HTML5 and CSS3 is both necessary and powerful in the responsive design process.

      Vitaly Friedman
      A photo of Vitaly Friedman

      Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online magazine for professional Web designers and developers.

    • 15:5016:35
      Afternoon Break - including Design Clinics
    • 16:3516:55

      Web Dev The Spotify Way - Andy Smith

      Andy is an API masher gone legit at Spotify. How did he get here? And what possible use do they have for him? Have a peek inside the front-end Web Dev experience at Spotify, including how they are bringing web technologies into the desktop client, and some of the challenges that this can bring.

      Andy Smith
      A photo of Andy Smith

      Andy Smith is a web developer of 13 years, local radio DJ of 6, and a once-failed teenage magician. After spending 6 years developing the UK’s leading eLearning platform, he upped sticks and moved to Sweden to help Spotify put music everywhere that you are.

    • 17:0017:40

      Dr Weblove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Photoshop and Love Designers - Remy Sharp

      Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, developers and designers worked in harmony creating amazing web sites and applications. Back on Earth though it's not quite the fairy tale story. Remy's a developer, who has worked with more than healthy handful designers over the last decade and more ("but he's so young and good looking!" we hear you cry). His session will share what worked and what didn't, tips and tricks to make life a little easier. What's simple in a design to implement and what was hard. How he looks for risk in a project and how that's shared with the designers and client. How do you quote and how do you get your quotes right. When to choose an off the shelf library or when to build something bespoke.

      Remy Sharp
      A photo of Remy Sharp

      I invented sleep patterns. Honest. They're even named after me.

    • 17:4017:45

      Goodbye for the Day - Davin Wilfrid

      Session description coming soon

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 18:0023:45
      Attendee Party! - Power down those laptops and head around the corner to Amber Bar, where we have exclusive hire of their amazing Opal and Milk rooms. Grab a beer on us and relax after a hard day's learning...
    • Track 2

    • 08:0009:00

      Registration

      Come and pick up your passes.

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome

      An introduction to the day

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      Notes On Design - Brendan Dawes

      When a friend once remarked "generalists will save the world, not specialists", Brendan realised that whilst he will never save the world, he is very much a generalist. But whilst his career has seen him go from making underground breakbeat albums, to web design and now physical objects, there has always been one consistent theme that runs through out all the work – the love and joy of making. In this session, Brendan will talk about some of his core beliefs when it comes to all kinds of design and how the process of making something is just as important as the final product.

      Brendan Dawes
      A photo of Brendan Dawes

      Brendan Dawes is a designer and artist exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials. Ever since his first experiences with the humble ZX81 back in the early eighties, Brendan has continued to explore the interplay of people, code, design and art through his work on brendandawes.com where he publishes ideas, toys and projects created from an eclectic mix of digital and analog objects. His work is featured in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester School of Art. Fillings for rectangles is how he often describes his work. Over the years those rectangles have come in various shapes and sizes including websites, iPhone apps, posters, books, electronic circuits and pieces of plastic. Whilst his output takes on many forms, running through all his work are consistent themes of playfulness, curiosity and experimentation.

    • 09:5010:30

      The UX of HTML5 - Joe Leech

      HTML5 offers lots of new types of interaction. These new more powerful interactions mean we have a greater set of solutions available to us. But with great power comes great responsibility. In this session Joe Leech will share his experience with user research to show just because we can use sliders & spinners doesn't mean we should. You'll learn how to use the new features of HTML5 so that you and your users get the absolute most from them.

      Joe Leech
      A photo of Joe Leech

      A recovering neuroscientist via a spell as a primary school teacher to a MSc in Human Computer Interaction, Joe embarked on a UX career 10 years ago. He's conducted over 800 user tests and designed interfaces for people like eBay, Marriott, Virgin and many more. As a User Experience Director for cxpartners Joe heads up a team of user experience consultants. He specialises in designing every aspect of the user experience from initial research to developing online strategies to producing wireframes & managing a design team.

    • 10:3011:15
      Morning Break - including speed networking
    • 11:1511:55

      Art Direction Vs The Web - James Fenton

      Art direction in traditional media involves the measured and meticulous control of a visual style across a product, exhibition or campaign. An art director would oversee all aspects of the visual, establishing structure and layout, whilst ensuring graphic elements such as typography, illustration and photography communicated a consistent visual message. The web has moved the goal posts however, handing over increasingly more control to end users and third party tools. So what role does art direction play in a world of choice, customisation and user generated content? In his presentation, James will discuss the role of the art direction within large web projects and teams, exploring the challenges of delivering brand consistency across multiple devices, environments and applications. Whilst also proposing a more flexible and dynamic approach to brand guidelines, calling on developers, UX, writers, marketeers and clients, to help champion the principles of good design, rather than simply adhere to a strict, rigid set of rules. So what role does art direction play in a world of choice and customisation? In this talk, James will discuss the role of the art direction in large web projects. Exploring the challenges in delivering consistency across multiple devices, operating systems and browsers, whilst looking at the shift from the purely visual, to communication based on content strategy, UI patterns, feedback, transitions and user experience.

      James Fenton
      A photo of James Fenton

      James Fenton has been providing graphic and UI design for e-leaning products since 2001. Now Art Director at Tribal Group, he is responsible for establishing a 'good design' culture across a suite of digital learning tools, delivered through mobile, desktop and the classroom. He sketches, codes and builds things, and appreciates a good wallpaper (on real walls).

    • 12:0012:40

      Inform to Inspire: Perfecting Your Creative Workflow - Stephanie Troeth

      We've often been taught to "go for a walk" when we are stuck for inspiration, or to let our ideas "incubate". However, there is a fine line between ruminating and thinking in a vacuum. Sharing a few practical tools in her user experience strategy toolbox, Steph will introduce some simple but powerful techniques to help you unpack the design problem you are trying to solve, and show how user research can inspire relevant ideas. Whether you're building a web or mobile app, thinking about a new product or planning a new business venture - this session will empower you with tools that you can use right away.

      Stephanie Troeth
      A photo of Stephanie Troeth

      Steph is a user experience strategist who loves maturing ideas and making things real. She has worn many hats, including a product lead for a startup in digital publishing and a studio director at a digital agency. She is also known for her grassroots contributions to best web practices through the Web Standards Project and the W3C. Well-travelled and living on her fourth island, she speaks several flavours of English, a few languages, and possesses an indecipherable accent.

    • 12:4014:00
      Lunch - including Uni Sessions
    • 14:0014:20

      Getting To Know You: Networking Session - Davin Wilfrid

      A big part of our shows is about the amazing new friends and contacts you'll make. We listened to your feedback from last year's show and are making this easier than ever this year, with a properly scheduled session for networking and skill swapshop!

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 14:2515:05

      Context is King - Rob Borley

      With the rise of mobile we, as web designers, now have a few more things to worry about. No longer can we simply concern ourselves with browsers and screen resolutions. These are no the only things that impact how our design will be accessed. Now the physical environment in which our UX is used plays a huge role in the design process. Web design is not just about building websites. Its about providing relevant content and functionality to the user within the context in which they are accessing our services. In this talk Rob looks at how to understand your users context and the potential implications for the services that we provide.

      Rob Borley
      A photo of Rob Borley

      Having spent 10 years as developer, project manager and consultant Rob founded Enterprise Development and Mobility company Dootrix. Together with his team down on a Hampshire farm Dootrix design and build software for global monster organisations while encouraging them to think differently about how projects are run, teams work together and how we should all do business in the 21st Century

    • 15:1015:50

      Creating Wonderful Web App UX - Richard Shepherd

      Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, said that "in a world of infinite software choice, people gravitate towards the products with the best overall user experience." But how do we define, create and perfect ‘user experience’ in our web apps? In this talk we'll examine the very best web apps from around the world, analysing design trends and the latest development techniques, and taking away practical tips to help create a wonderful user experience in our own applications.We'll also discover that the choices designers and developers make every day can illicit powerful emotional responses in users. By understanding how our work affects user experience we can start to build web apps that users have a positive relationship with, turning 'great' into 'awesome' and 'usable' into 'joyful' along the way.

      Richard Shepherd
      A photo of Richard Shepherd

      Richard is a web designer and developer, Front-end lead at VoucherCodes.co.uk, and contributor to Smashing Magazine. He's also half of the team behind OmooHQ.com

    • 15:5016:35
      Afternoon Break - including Design Clinics
    • 16:3516:55

      Web Dev The Spotify Way - Andy Smith

      Andy is an API masher gone legit at Spotify. How did he get here? And what possible use do they have for him? Have a peek inside the front-end Web Dev experience at Spotify, including how they are bringing web technologies into the desktop client, and some of the challenges that this can bring.

      Andy Smith
      A photo of Andy Smith

      Andy Smith is a web developer of 13 years, local radio DJ of 6, and a once-failed teenage magician. After spending 6 years developing the UK’s leading eLearning platform, he upped sticks and moved to Sweden to help Spotify put music everywhere that you are.

    • 17:0017:40

      Dr Weblove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Photoshop and Love Designers - Remy Sharp

      Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, developers and designers worked in harmony creating amazing web sites and applications. Back on Earth though it's not quite the fairy tale story. Remy's a developer, who has worked with more than healthy handful designers over the last decade and more ("but he's so young and good looking!" we hear you cry). His session will share what worked and what didn't, tips and tricks to make life a little easier. What's simple in a design to implement and what was hard. How he looks for risk in a project and how that's shared with the designers and client. How do you quote and how do you get your quotes right. When to choose an off the shelf library or when to build something bespoke.

      Remy Sharp
      A photo of Remy Sharp

      I invented sleep patterns. Honest. They're even named after me.

    • 17:4017:45

      Goodbye for the Day - Davin Wilfrid

      Session description coming soon

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 18:0023:45
      Attendee Party! - Power down those laptops and head around the corner to Amber Bar, where we have exclusive hire of their amazing Opal and Milk rooms. Grab a beer on us and relax after a hard day's learning...

    Wednesday Conference Day 2

    • Track 1

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome

      An introduction to the day

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      You Are A Channel - The Standardistas

      As web designers we have access to the tools and delivery mechanisms to not only promote our clients, but also to promote ourselves. How we use these tools strategically and the messages we convey through them can alter our web design trajectories considerably, often proving the difference between success or failure. You are a channel. How you choose to portray yourself matters. In our keynote we explore the philosophical and practical challenges that face the contemporary web designer, helping them to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

      The Standardistas
      A photo of The Standardistas

      In addition to their role as lecturers in interactive design at the University of Ulster at Belfast, where they have been active in promoting a web standards-based curriculum, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson are practicing designers and digital artists. Their work has featured in a variety of design books and magazines alongside numerous internationally respected designers and they are regular speakers at design conferences and workshops worldwide.

    • 09:5010:30

      A Responsive Process - Steve Fisher

      The web is not fixed width and I think we are remembering that. If our medium is fluid should our process be fixed? I prefer designing within the browser, especially when responsive design is a requirement. Fireworks and Photoshop are not flexible enough to demonstrate media queries, button and menu states, HTML5 and JavaScript behaviours, dynamic resizing of elements and navigation flow. Because the medium is fluid, I think our approach to design has to be fluid as well. A responsive process is a responsible process, matching the medium. I've been working with many companies and organizations helping them transform their process to fit a responsive workflow and I'm going to share the goods. One web to rule them all!

      Steve Fisher
      A photo of Steve Fisher

      Steve is the content nerd-herder and design fanatic at The Republic of Quality (www.republicofquality.com). With over 18 years of experience he leads the charge on the creative end of projects, coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. Steve is a professional member of the Graphic Designer’s Society of Canada and served as their national VP of web for three years. He spends much of his time representing RoQ on the global stage as a sought-after speaker on topics like responsive web design, UX, open source, design thinking, and web process. He has presented at such conferences as TEDx, SXSW, Future of Web, HOW Interactive Design conference, Web Visions and DrupalCon, and is a contributor to .NET Magazine. He also loves Twitter (maybe a little too much).

    • 10:3011:15
      Morning Break - including Speed Networking
    • 11:1511:55

      Teaching Touch - Josh Clark

      Touch gestures are sweeping away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices—and even from the next version of Windows. Find out why those familiar desktop widgets are weak replacements for manipulating content directly, and learn to craft touchscreen interfaces that effortlessly teach users new gesture vocabularies. The challenge: gestures are invisible, without the visual cues offered by buttons and menus. As your touchscreen app sheds buttons, how do people figure out how to use the damn thing? Learn to lead your audience by the hand (and fingers) with practical techniques that make invisible gestures obvious. Designer Josh Clark (author of O'Reilly books "Tapworthy" and "Best iPhone Apps") mines a variety of surprising sources for interface inspiration and design patterns. Along the way, discover the subtle power of animation, why you should be playing lots more video games, and why a toddler is your best beta tester.

      Josh Clark
      A photo of Josh Clark

      Josh Clark is a designer, developer, and author specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He’s author of the O’Reilly books “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” and “Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders.” Josh’s outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and workshops to help creative companies build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.

    • 12:0012:40

      Designing for the Rise of Social Networks of Devices - Bill Buxton

      There is no question that social networking has significantly impacted the nature of the on-line experience, from an experiential and economic point of view. My sense is that the impact of those changes are going to be matched, and perhaps even exceeded, by the social networks that are going to emerge amongst the diverse range of devices with which we connect to, and interact with, the web. As I have said for years, the diversity of web browsers tomorrow will match the diversity of ink browsers (a.k.a. paper) today. Likewise our expectations and experiences with them – collectively as well as alone. The presumption of this talk is that, working backwards from such a future, we can make better decisions around planning today. If nothing else, the narrative will hopefully help us frame a discussion around doing so.

      Bill Buxton
      A photo of Bill Buxton

      A Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill has had a 30 year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Following a 20 year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a researcher at Xerox PARC, then Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded three honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven. Besides his family, mountains and rivers are his first love.

    • 12:4014:00
      Lunch - including Uni Sessions
    • 14:0014:20

      The FOWD Factor - Speaker to be announced

      The final showdown for our FOWD Factor speaking competition! Four attendees have been whittled down from the masses to each present a fast and furious 5 minute talk. We'll let the crowd crown the champion - who'll be joining us at our NYC show!

    • 14:2515:05

      The Future of Beautiful iOS Design - Sarah Parmenter

      Lover of beautiful web design and firm FOWD favourite, we're delighted to welcome Sarah Parmenter to the stage for a session on the future of iOS design.

      Sarah Parmenter
      A photo of Sarah Parmenter

      Sarah Parmenter is a multi-disciplinary designer who hails from the English seaside and travels the globe to speak at the world’s leading conferences. She has a client list that includes Blackberry, News International, STV and The National Breast Cancer Foundation of America and specialises in interface design for iOS — a skill she can often be found sharing with others at various workshops and seminars. Sarah is the owner of design studio You Know Who, co-host of the Happy Monday podcast, and was voted .Net Magazine’s ‘Designer of The Year’ in 2011. She lives in Essex with her husband and dog, and wouldn’t say no to a glass of wine, thank you.

    • 15:1015:50

      Organising Your Stylesheets With Compass & Sass - Chris Eppstein

      Are your stylesheets a mess? Do you find that changes to your CSS have unintended consequences? Sass & Compass give you a rich set of tools to enable you to craft maintainable stylesheets. Chris Eppstein, the creator of the Compass stylesheet authoring framework, will review a number of best practices, tips, and tricks to get your stylesheets back on track so that you can spend less time debugging and more time being awesome.

      Chris Eppstein
      A photo of Chris Eppstein

      Chris is the Creator of the Compass Stylesheet Authoring Framework and a co-creator of the Sass Stylesheet Language. He lives in Silicon Valley and works as an Engineer for LinkedIn where he develops open source tools and works on LinkedIn's stylesheet tools and architecture. Chris has an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Caltech. Before working at LinkedIn, he worked at several internet startups as both a front-end & back-end engineer.

    • 15:5016:35
      Afternoon Break - including Design Clinic
    • 16:3516:55

      HTML5 and Human Interaction - Martin Beeby

      It's become common place for humans to interact with computers by touching, speaking and moving. Apps on devices are providing these experiences to users, but are website being left behind? In many instances websites are being developed solely for mouse and keyboard input. In this short talk we will look at how you can use your web skills to create sites that work on touch devices like the iPad, iPhone or Windows 8, whilst ensuring they also operate on desktops with mouse and pen.

      Martin Beeby
      A photo of Martin Beeby

      Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Windows 8 and the web. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 12 years has worked on projects with many Major brands including National Rail Enquiries, The Financial Times and Tesco. Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, .NET Magazine, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, Ubelly.com and Windows Magazine.

    • 17:0017:40

      Failing And Doing It Well - Mark Boulton

      In 2008, Mark sat down with his wife over dinner to discuss taking on a project that could make or break his business. A project that – if it went wrong – would do it in front of half a million people. The fear of failure came down to a coin toss; risk it, or not. Mark will share his thoughts and experiences from that day and others on how failure, and not the fear of it, should be an integral part of your life. How failure will make you a better designer, a better coworker or manager, so you can help create company cultures where it's not just OK to screw up: it's expected.

      Mark Boulton
      A photo of Mark Boulton

      Mark Boulton is a graphic designer living in South Wales with his wife and two daughters. He runs a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, where he works with clients such as ESPN, Warner Bros, BBC, British Energy and Drupal. He is also co-founder of small publishing imprint, Five Simple Steps, who publish practical design books for the web community.

    • Track 2

    • 09:0009:05

      Welcome

      An introduction to the day

      Davin Wilfrid
      A photo of Davin Wilfrid

      Davin heads up our community site, Future Insights! He also graces the stage as MC at all of our events and shows...

    • 09:0509:45

      You Are A Channel - The Standardistas

      As web designers we have access to the tools and delivery mechanisms to not only promote our clients, but also to promote ourselves. How we use these tools strategically and the messages we convey through them can alter our web design trajectories considerably, often proving the difference between success or failure. You are a channel. How you choose to portray yourself matters. In our keynote we explore the philosophical and practical challenges that face the contemporary web designer, helping them to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

      The Standardistas
      A photo of The Standardistas

      In addition to their role as lecturers in interactive design at the University of Ulster at Belfast, where they have been active in promoting a web standards-based curriculum, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson are practicing designers and digital artists. Their work has featured in a variety of design books and magazines alongside numerous internationally respected designers and they are regular speakers at design conferences and workshops worldwide.

    • 09:5010:30

      Why WordPress is the Framework of the Future! - Jack Lenox

      WordPress is now so much more than just a blogging platform. Find out how to do some really awesome things with it and start using it as a refreshing and straightforward framework for your web projects. Packed with sample code and practical solutions, Jack will introduce some innovative and insightful ways to use Wordpress and hopefully persuade any doubters that it's the best thing since the waxy wrapping paper that stopped sliced bread going off (because sliced bread on its own isn't actually that great!)

      Jack Lenox
      A photo of Jack Lenox

      Jack has been building websites since he was 11 and has gradually got better at it! At university he set up a newspaper and built a website with accompanying iPhone app. He then established a small development company and has built websites and web apps for numerous startups and established entrepreneurs including former Dragon Doug Richard. For the past four years Jack has specialised almost exclusively in WordPress web solutions (http://wordpress.org/) and is a staunch believer in its application as a framework. Now going it alone, Jack is taking the entrepreneurial route with his award-winning startup Jottify (which is of course built around WordPress).

    • 10:3011:15
      Morning Break - including Speed Networking
    • 11:1511:55

      Code Literacy for Designers - Jonathan Berger

      Do you spend half your day on mockups in Illustrator and the other half on Javascript in a text editor? Know anyone who does? The way we work is changing. Rigid, traditionally defined roles like "Designer" and "Developer" are being displaced by interdisciplinary skillsets and a culture of collective product ownership. In this talk, we’ll investigate how treating Coding as Literacy can affect the way decisions are made and work gets done, describe how varying levels of literacy among teammates facilitate effective agile design and development, and discuss how designers can get literate in technical topics.

      Jonathan Berger
      A photo of Jonathan Berger

      Jonathan Berger is a designer, developer and technologist who’s been active in the NYC technology scene since around 2005, helping to organize events like the Agile Experience Design Meetup, Startup Weekend, Barcamp, Fashioncamp, and Ignite. He spends his days building software with Pivotal Labs and his nights and weekends working on Market Publique. Prior to that, he earned a Bachelors in Philosophy at Vassar College and a Masters in Media Studies at the New School. He has worked as a designer, developer, video editor, animator, and technology consultant for institutions as diverse as Eyebeam, MTV Networks, Yahoo!, Ogilvy, and the American Museum of Natural History. He speaks about startups and technology at events like O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo, New York Tech Meetup, Fashion 2.0 Startup Showcase, Startup Weekend, North Brooklyn Breakfast Club, The Product Group, and others.

    • 12:0012:40

      Designing For A Flexible Web - Laura Kalbag

      Sometimes we can obsess over the technical elements of responsive web design, trying to make up for our lack of understanding in how to design for it. I will discuss the exciting new design challenges brought about by the responsive web design revolution. I will use the practical experience gained from real projects, such as the Future Insights Live and Future Of Web Design websites, to explore ways to adapt design workflows for the responsive approach and create device-agnostic design systems for content. She'll also help to uncover the huge number of considerations involved in designing for a flexible web.

      Laura Kalbag
      A photo of Laura Kalbag

      Laura Kalbag is a designer easily excited by web design and development. Among her list of ever-changing pet subjects are mobile web, semantic web, web fonts and WordPress, but she's really fascinated by anything in the areas of web, mobile and design. Laura has been a freelancer for the whole of her professional life. She revels in working with small and meaningful clients, creating websites, apps, icons, illustrations and the odd logo.

    • 12:4014:00
      Lunch - including Uni Sessions
    • 14:0014:20

      The FOWD Factor - Speaker to be announced

      The final showdown for our FOWD Factor speaking competition! Four attendees have been whittled down from the masses to each present a fast and furious 5 minute talk. We'll let the crowd crown the champion - who'll be joining us at our NYC show!

    • 14:2515:05

      The Future of CMS: A Million F*#%ing Dollar Web Project? - Paul Bellows

      In this session, Paul Bellows will dive into what the CMS of the future is going to have to solve by looking at what types of problems – small, medium and astronomical – technology is going to be asked to address and how future-CMS needs to manage complexity for real people. Come and listen so that you can sound like a prophet when you talk to customers, or compile a list of reasons to make fun of Paul when we get to the future. "Robot Butlers" may or may not make his list.

      Paul Bellows
      A photo of Paul Bellows

      Paul has been working on Yellow Pencil since the mid-1990s, but it wasn't called Yellow Pencil until the end of 1996. After graduating with a lofty but impractical degree focusing on literary criticism of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, he began a career as a voyageur-songwriter. He recorded several critically acclaimed records as he rode the Greyhound from depot to depot. Non-stop bus travel is terrible on one's muscular-skeletal health, however, so he slowly transitioned to new media and marketing, starting with a position heading up the North American sales team for the CD-ROM division of Peter Gabriel's Real World Records. The day that everyone stopped buying CD-ROMs was the day before the day that Paul became a full-time Internet marketing practitioner, which barely preceded the day that he took a position as Webmaster for the legendary Alberta radio network CKUA, and led their award-winning web transformation project. Following that, and a year as the Website Editor at the Capital Health Authority, he officially closed the chapter in his life wherein he could blame others for his mistakes, and founded the Yellow Pencil we know and love.

    • 15:1015:50

      Automating Testing Across the Multi-Platform Web - James Coglan

      Web sites are complicated. We've all been burned by endless QA cycles where each little change you make means everything needs checking before the client gets to see it. As mobile browsers gain market share, the number of platforms you need to test on is increasing all the time. Automated testing can give you the confidence to move fast without worrying about breaking things, and with the tools we have now it's easier than ever to get fast, accurate feedback about your code on any platform. In this session I'm going to show you how to get started and how to squeeze the most value out of your client-side tests.

      James Coglan
      A photo of James Coglan

      James Coglan is a developer at London live music start-up Songkick. A full-stack programmer, he hacks Ruby web services by day and open-source JavaScript by night. His recent obsessions include Faye, a pub/sub networking library for the web, and Fargo, a programming language written in JavaScript.

    • 15:5016:35
      Afternoon Break - including Design Clinic
    • 16:3516:55

      HTML5 and Human Interaction - Martin Beeby

      It's become common place for humans to interact with computers by touching, speaking and moving. Apps on devices are providing these experiences to users, but are website being left behind? In many instances websites are being developed solely for mouse and keyboard input. In this short talk we will look at how you can use your web skills to create sites that work on touch devices like the iPad, iPhone or Windows 8, whilst ensuring they also operate on desktops with mouse and pen.

      Martin Beeby
      A photo of Martin Beeby

      Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Windows 8 and the web. Martin has been developing since he was 16 and over the past 12 years has worked on projects with many Major brands including National Rail Enquiries, The Financial Times and Tesco. Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, .NET Magazine, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, Ubelly.com and Windows Magazine.

    • 17:0017:40

      Failing And Doing It Well - Mark Boulton

      In 2008, Mark sat down with his wife over dinner to discuss taking on a project that could make or break his business. A project that – if it went wrong – would do it in front of half a million people. The fear of failure came down to a coin toss; risk it, or not. Mark will share his thoughts and experiences from that day and others on how failure, and not the fear of it, should be an integral part of your life. How failure will make you a better designer, a better coworker or manager, so you can help create company cultures where it's not just OK to screw up: it's expected.

      Mark Boulton
      A photo of Mark Boulton

      Mark Boulton is a graphic designer living in South Wales with his wife and two daughters. He runs a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, where he works with clients such as ESPN, Warner Bros, BBC, British Energy and Drupal. He is also co-founder of small publishing imprint, Five Simple Steps, who publish practical design books for the web community.

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