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 Jack Franklin

    Your JavaScript Sucks, But We Can Fix That: Writing Robust, Flexible & More Efficient Front-End JS

    Jack Franklin

    In this talk Jack will tackle some of the bad habits he sees front-end developers slip into and encourage people to not be as scared of JavaScript as they seem to be. He'll look at ways to speed up development time, using some new tools like Grunt to help us rapidly prototype and skip the "boring" bits of every project. He'll also tackle common errors and mistakes and learn how to fix or avoid them, exploring new JavaScript libraries and learning how to increase performance.

  4. 10:30

    Break & Creative Challenges

  5. A photo of Oliver Lisher

    Designing For Start Ups

    Oliver Lisher

    Having worked for a number of design agencies and as a freelance designer for hire, Oli now mainly works remotely with startups based in the USA, such as Coderwall and Pitchbox. In this session, Oli marks the differences he noted in working as a freelancer, for an agency and for startups, aiming to encourage designers in his position to take the leap and open up a new area of opportunity in the most vibrant, future-focused area of technology, designing for startup companies.

  6. A photo of Tammie Lister

    Beyond the Noise of Social Networks - Designing Niche, Personal Communities Everywhere

    Tammie Lister

    Everything is social and it's getting to be a very noisy world. In this talk Tammie will look beyond social networks and to the future for designers, which is full of communities. Learn how to turn down the noise and get back to building things that matter. Discover communities where people can unite, niches are embraced, that go beyond traditional formats and you can connect anywhere or anything.

  7. 12:40

    Lunch Break

  8. A photo of FOWD UX Panel

    UX Panel Session Q&A

    FOWD UX Panel

    In this session, attendees have the opportunity to pose their questions to four UX pros at the top of their game. We're delighted to have Paul Boag, Joe Leech, Dave Ellender and Stephanie Troeth making up the panel who'll be fielding your UX questions.

  9. A photo of Jack Sheppard

    Practical Responsive Web Design; How To Reach Responsive Nirvana In The Real World

    Jack Sheppard

    ‘Googling’ responsive web design will provide you with all of the inspiration you need to launch an artisan wine bar restaurant cafe deli tweed emporium website. Trendy startup? No problem. Realistically, however, we work with different content, unpredictable content types and challenging workflows. In this talk Jack will discuss how the rest of us can implement responsive workflows for real world websites and convince our colleagues along the way.

  10. 15:05

    Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics

  11. A photo of Holly Kennedy

    Creative Collaboration: Sketching A Superior Experience

    Holly Kennedy

    As designers we work with a whole variety of different people, everyone from executive board member to data analysts to back-end developers. Anyone who has worked with large corporate clients knows how painful it can be to align the expectations and understanding of user driven design. In this creative session Holly will talk about a recent project for one of the world’s leading energy & utility companies, and how she facilitated collaboration within the project team to align their thinking. She hopes to encourage designers from all backgrounds to examine how they communicate their ideas and collaborate more creatively.

  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 Steve Workman

    The Future of Page Size: Putting Your Site On A Diet

    Steve Workman

    In the last 5 years, the page size of BBC News has gone up a massive 800%. If trends like this continue to develop, what does it mean for the mobile web - and what can we do about it? In this session we'll look for sever-side answers. Expect tips, CSS tricks and plenty of practical, applicable advise for your next project. Its time to shed a few kilobytes for 2013, and slim your pages for the mobile world.

  4. 10:30

    Break & Creative Challenges

  5. A photo of Ben MacGowan

    Keeping Up With The Joneses: Front End Techniques to Future-Proof Your Sites

    Ben MacGowan

    With the rate that web is evolving, it is sometimes hard to keep up. New specification features, standards, APIs, tools, and libraries are a daily occurrence. So how can you make sure that the website you are working on today will still be relevant and hold up tomorrow? In this talk, Ben will explore methods of using front-end technologies to build solid foundations into your projects, enabling these technologies to be added to your website without the need to throw away and start again, as many of us do. The talk will touch on new HTML standards and semantics, CSS authoring approaches and the desired mobile strategy.

  6. A photo of Ben De Vleeschauwer

    The Slow Web: Your Digital Detox

    Ben De Vleeschauwer

    Just as with fast food and slow food, there is now a desire for a slow web. More sustainable, with more unwired time, where we are more aware of our choices and with lots of eco and green accents. In an age where we spend more of our waking hours 'plugged in' than not, we need to question how email, tweets and text messages interfere with our need for unwired time. Can a constant connection really help us to thrive in the digital age? The slow web also enables us to launch new initiatives to create a better future. Noodle economics, self sustainability and hyperlocal communities are all made possible thanks to the internet. There is a new generation willing to get rich the slow way. A generation that wants to contribute something to the world other than the next big marketing trick in town. And this at last will make us shift from ego systems to eco systems. Timely not real-time. Rhythm not random. Moderation not excess. Knowledge not information. These are a few of the many characteristics of the slow web. It’s not so much a checklist as a feeling, one of being at greater ease with the web-enabled products and services in our lives. If you can’t recall a few screen-free hours, or if you want to make web a more sustainable place, you might be in dire need of a talk about the slow web movement.

  7. 12:40

    Lunch Break

  8. A photo of Linda Sandvik

    Why Things Matter

    Linda Sandvik

    We live in exciting times. Manufacturing is cool again. Forget what your parents told you, it's ok to break things, take things apart and hack things together. Come join the maker revolution.

  9. A photo of Pacharee Rogers

    No Thanks, I'm Just Browsing: Brand Values In E-Commerce

    Pacharee Rogers

    Brands spend heavily on creating a unique brand to generate meaningful relationships, resulting in consumer loyalty and business growth. So why are those brands' websites starting to look so similar to one another, while millions of fans are visiting the sites of their own accord to be immersed in the values of the brand they love? Rogers talks about extending the unique meanings of brands to their sites through design. She will share ways to incorporate a brand's core values and in-store experiences into digital and shows how this thinking has been successful in increasing transactions rates for a number of brands.

  10. 15:05

    Afternoon Break & Speaker Clinics

  11. A photo of Zaidin Amiot

    The Generative Web: Because the Pixel May Not Be Perfect.

    Zaidin Amiot

    With the advent of new generative environments like WebGL and Canvas, we need to reinvent the collaboration between designers and developers. Good collaboration relies on good communication. It means that, as a developer, you must know how to explain the limits of the technology you are using so the designer is able to get the most of it. This requires breaking functionalities into a working prototype and then iterating on these prototypes for refinement. Leverage existing libraries. Favor the well-tested ones. Treat your project as a real sandbox. Use UI libraries to create a toolbox for your team to experiment, refine and finalize the visual render. Join Zaidin in this discussion as he uses real-world examples and tested good practices to qualify what collaboration truly means.

  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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