1. Workshops
  2. Main Stage Track
  3. Rising Stars Track

Conference Day 1

Tuesday, May 14th

  1. 08:00


  2. A photo of Seb Lee-Delisle

    Mind The Gap

    Seb Lee-Delisle

    Like mentos and cola - when you mix creativity and code, exciting things happen. In this entertaining and down to earth show-opener, Seb will show the best examples where creativity and code collide, and proving that it’s not that hard to extend your skills outside your comfort zone. But Seb isn't going to bully you into learning to code. Instead he'll show you how easy it is to code some simple visual effects, and before you know it you'll be a creative coder yourself. Expect some live (and therefore risky) demos.

  3. A photo of Mike Kus

    The Inception and Evolution of Ideas

    Mike Kus

    Ideas and creativity are central to every designer. They are part of a designer's everyday working life but, where do ideas come from and how do they evolve? In this talk Mike will explore these questions and look for ways in which we can we encourage new ideas, fight creative block and produce our best work possible. He'll also take you through a case study on the the evolution of one of his own projects.

  4. 10:30

    Break & Creative Challenges

  5. A photo of Joe Leech

    Psychology For Designers

    Joe Leech

    In this session, Joe will show you how psychology can make your designs better and you a better designer. Alternatively you'll learn: Why Siri doesn't work very well and won't for a while, why right now we are designing like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, and how we'll all be designing in five years time...

  6. A photo of Darcy Clarke

    Documenting Interfaces

    Darcy Clarke

    On boarding someone new to a foreign project can be time consuming. Creating a platform or project that is meant to be used by thousands of people, with many moving parts, dependancies and paradigms will gain zero traction if good documentation and resources aren't provided. To add to this, until now, generating UI documentation has been mostly neglected. Developers focus on documenting functionality in JavaScript while leaving out critical HTML and CSS techniques/paradigms. In my talk, I'll address this issue and dive into new tools and conventions that any front end project or team can implement easily and help others understand their thinking and architecture.

  7. 12:40

    Lunch Break

  8. A photo of Peter Gasston

    CSS3: Layouts for the Multi-Screen World

    Peter Gasston

    These are the twilight days of the web on the desktop; now it's everywhere, from the palm of your hand to mounted on a wall in HD - and it's all powered by CSS. This session will look at all the ways CSS3 can be used to make your sites work on any screen of any size, and the plans to make it even more powerful in the future.

  9. A photo of Jim Kidwell

    Best Practises For Incredible Web Typography

    Jim Kidwell

    With the explosion of web fonts and an ever increasing interest in their use, join us for a session that will leave you with an outline for how to successfully implement web fonts. This session will help you demystify onscreen font rendering issues, understand web font foundry and service options, implement simple design techniques for optimum readability and see the bright future of OpenType feature support on the web.

  10. 15:05

    Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics

  11. A photo of Jon Setzen

    The Future of Storytelling In Design

    Jon Setzen

    Everyone loves a good story. Since the dawn of man people have been looking for ways to tell a better story. A good story is memorable, it connects with the audience and it's told for years to come. Today, a good story can make the difference between someone downloading your app, buying your product and choosing to work with your studio over a competitor's. This session will look at various examples and techniques for telling more compelling stories online today and tomorrow.

  12. A photo of Addy Osmani

    Gone in 60 Frames Per Second

    Addy Osmani

    What’s stopping your web pages from getting silky smooth scrolling, buttery animation and a user experience that’s snappy and fast? Jank-free rendering performance has been shown to positively affect user engagement and experience in many large sites, but remains an area many are unaware of how to diagnose or optimize. To highlight how widespread rendering is a performance bottleneck, we're going to walk through a detailed case study of Pinterest.com. Learn about common paint issues in modern sites and equally as importantly - how to diagnose them. We'll also look at changes Interest made to get up to a 40% improvement in rendering times. By the end if this session you'll be equipped with the knowledge to see a number of performance diagnosis features in Chrome DevTools to find and fix rendering issues in your own sites.

  13. 18:00

    Official FOWD Attendee Party

Conference Day 2

Wednesday, May 15th

  1. 08:00


  2. A photo of Clare Sutcliffe

    Code Club: Hacking the Future

    Clare Sutcliffe

    Watch this space for a big announcement: we'll be bringing kicking things off in style for the final day of FOWD...

  3. A photo of Matt Gifford

    Snog, Marry or Avoid: The Art of Redesign

    Matt Gifford

    A change would do you good. Sheryl Crow said it best, but she may not have been talking about websites. We all want to stay on top of the game and do our best to ensure our online presence is feature rich, aesthetically stunning and usable, but what really drives us to consider taking on the task of redesigning our sites and applications? In this session we'll explore some fundamental reasons that drive people to give their web presence a makeover, the potential pitfalls and reasons why you may not want to, and what (if anything) we can learn from past trends.

  4. 10:30

    Break & Creative Challenges

  5. A photo of Relly Annett-Baker

    Future Perfect Tense: Creating Good Content On An Imperfect Web

    Relly Annett-Baker

    Bad news: there will never be the perfect time to form that web steering committee, charged with tackling your company's website needs for the future. Besides, the future is already here. You are smack bang in the middle of a multifaceted revolution. A multiplatform, multiscreen, multidevice multi-mess. And you are equipped with … a CMS with a WYSIWYG interface. Oh. You might need some help tackling that problem I just pointed out. Good news: That's what I'm here for! Find out how to adapt your content workflow to meet the demands already at your door, and those you don’t even know about yet, to create truly flexible content. Understand how to feed and care for content creators to help them create the very best they can. And learn why you have actually been inviting a gelatinous blob to your board meetings.

  6. A photo of Rob Borley

    Simplification: Designing and Building for Mobile

    Rob Borley

    Clients will often have very complex ideas in mind when they come to us. Our challenge: to take them through a process of getting to the heart of what they are trying to do, whilst stripping everything else back. With the increasing amount of work being taken on to create services and products for mobile consumption, in this session we'll look at the focus and simplicity that are required when designing and developing for these kind of services.

  7. 12:40

    Lunch Break

  8. A photo of Stephanie Troeth

    Ways to Listen, Ways to Act: Impactful UX Strategy

    Stephanie Troeth

    Today, we have a myriad of tools and techniques at our disposal to better understand our users. We are also constantly developing great design methods. However, techniques that are used inappropriately don't help create better products, services or designs — in fact, they can hurt. Moreover, translating research results to the creative process of better designs remains an eternal challenge. How can we make design and research meet in order to have practical, business impact?

  9. A photo of Dan Donald

    Flux & Flexibility

    Dan Donald

    The web is and has always been a vast collection linked documents spread across the Internet and yet the way we thinking about it and how we work with it changes all the time. Responsive web design has given us a recipe for managing the innate flexibility of the web but as we delve deeper, we find challenges through almost every aspect of creating for the web; through design, development and writing copy through to how we work and communicate as teams and with our clients. The more we embrace flexibility, the more the pace of change continues.

  10. 15:05

    Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics

  11. A photo of Paul Boag

    Change Your Company. Change Your Client's Business.

    Paul Boag

    Are you fed up? Fed up of building great websites that fail to live up to their potential? Fed up of designing sites that take months to implement? Fed up of building sites that are left to fester and die?

  12. A photo of Lea Verou

    The Humble Border-Radius

    Lea Verou

    Border-radius is humble. It will never show off. Everyone and their cat think they know it well, but it won’t stand up to defend itself. Instead, it will smirk quietly while everybody is busy paying attention to its more flashy siblings, confident in its own skin. border-radius might seem superficially simple, but it can be very powerful. However, its powers are reserved only for those who know how to unleash them. Under its superficial simplicity it hides some of the most complex algorithms in CSS. Intrigued? Come to this talk, and prepare to be surprised.

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