1. Workshops - Mon 7th
  2. Day 1 - Tue 8th
  3. Day 2 - Wed 9th

Main Stage Track

Wednesday, April 9th

  1. A photo of Simon Mackie


    Simon Mackie

    Please fasten your seat belts, grab a coffee, shake off your hangover and look lively - your captain for today's adventure will be SitePoint's Simon Mackie. He'll be steering the good ship FOWD through the wild waters of the Web and out the other side into the calm seas of wisdom. It'll be smooth sailing, we're sure!

  2. A photo of Sarah Parmenter

    Keynote - Designing Using Data

    Sarah Parmenter

    Multi-platform design is hard. Decisions about content structure and hierarchy are often made hastily, with little foundation in reality. Instead of slavishly aping the latest UI trend, let’s design with data, producing designs and systems that yield predictable and desired results. Learn to design functional, beautiful interfaces with a solid backbone, supported by information-led processes tempered by your unique experience as a designer.

  3. A photo of Paul Boag

    Digital Adaptation: Time to Untie Your Hands

    Paul Boag

    Do you feel like you are doing your job with one hand tied behind your back? Are you frustrated by company practices that are horribly antiquated and inappropriate for the digital world. Does your boss or client fail to understand the unique characteristics of the web? If so you are not alone. The majority of traditional businesses are struggling to adapt to the digital economy and need your help even if they don't realise it. In his talk Paul explains why this is, and what we (as the web community) can do about it. He highlights that to build a great website we have to be the catalyst for organisational change and recommends ways to start that happening. You'll learn why so many organisations are failing to adapt, why it falls to you to instigate the change in company culture, practical ways of instigating change and why your primary job isn't to build websites, despite what your boss or client might think.

  4. 10:30am

    Morning Break

  5. A photo of Inayaili de León Persson

    Post-revolutionary Web Design

    Inayaili de León Persson

    We like to talk about craft and our role as makers. We are inspired by the example of the artisan and the craftsman. But is this really where we should be looking? Now that we are more comfortable with the mechanisation of our work, whose example should we be following instead? How can we push our work forward and achieve the same quality previously associated only with handmade goods?

  6. A photo of Francesca Panetta, Daan Louter and Robin Beitra

    Designing Newspaper Features for the Internet: How the Guardian Makes Long-form, Rich interactives

    Francesca Panetta, Daan Louter and Robin Beitra

    This session will explore how the Guardian is telling long-form stories through multimedia interactives. Using ‘Firestorm’ as a case study, the Guardian Interactive team will walk you through the whole process: the story, the filmmaker and journalists' time in Tasmania, the design process and prototyping, the development and the challenges they found technically along the way. They’ll talk about how the project was managed - practically and editorially - whether they ultimately succeeded in their aims for the project, and the future of online storytelling.

  7. 12:40pm


  8. A photo of Razvan Caliman

    Cutting-edge CSS Features for Graphics: CSS Masking, Blending and Shapes

    Razvan Caliman

    The latest CSS graphics features have transformed the web into a first class design surface. Web designers get additional powers to create expressive content right in the browser. This talk will be a guide on the latest CSS graphics features. You'll see how CSS Masks work with responsive images to achieve highly customizable designs, while reducing effort spent on asset production and maintenance. CSS Blend Modes give you the power to blend background images and elements together to create rich textures out of dynamic web content. Demos with CSS Shapes will give you a glimpse into the non-rectangular web of the future where your creativity is no longer constrained by rectangular boxes.

  9. A photo of Peter Gasston

    How to Stay Relevant

    Peter Gasston

    Peter takes a look at the skills, methods and tools that you need to keep on top of your job in 2014 and into the future. This will include new and emerging web technologies like Web Components, and the CSS layout and display properties that are moving into place for the next stage of the responsive era. Peter will cover the tools and best practices for performance and user experience, but also the soft skills that are often overlooked in the drive towards better automation.

  10. 3:05pm

    Afternoon Break

  11. A photo of Robin Hawkes

    Beautiful Data Visualisation with JavaScript and SVG

    Robin Hawkes

    In this talk, Robin will introduce D3.js as a powerful tool for beautiful data visualisation in the browser. He’ll highlight some particularly impressive visualisations created using D3.js, and also look into some of the more obscure things it can be used for.

  12. A photo of Belinda Parmar

    Keynote - How to Ensure You Are Not Alienating Half the Population

    Belinda Parmar

    Belinda will explore how to avoid clichés and market successfully to women, detailing 3 and half years of research with inspirational examples of what women want from technology and how most brands are failing to deliver this.

Rising Stars Track

Wednesday, April 9th

  1. 9:00am

    Main Stage Only

  2. 9:05am

    Main Stage Only

  3. 9:50am

    Main Stage Only

  4. 10:30am

    Morning Break

  5. A photo of Todd Motto

    Demystifying JavaScript: You Don't Need jQuery

    Todd Motto

    In this session Todd will demystify some of the misconceptions about how difficult JavaScript really is and encourage designers and budding developers to dive in! He’ll take you on a walk through native equivalents of some of jQuery's APIs and why the JavaScript core is very important to the future of the web. Whether you’re a jQuery user or not, this talk is sure to contain some useful practical takeaways.

  6. A photo of Luke Murphy-Wearmouth

    Reframing Web Design: The Process of Theatre Design

    Luke Murphy-Wearmouth

    As web designers, there are lessons we can learn and insights we can gain from stepping outside of the discipline and approaching our design process from a different angle. Over the past year or so Luke has been looking into the processes of other areas of design, picking them apart and drawing parallels to the work of web designers, in the hope that he'll be able to improve his working process. While most people look at closely related disciplines like graphic, motion and print design, Luke took a closer look at the process of theatre design, an area he used to be involved in. What he discovered was that there are clear parallels between set, props, costume, lighting and audio design in the theatre and what we do on the web, and there are things we as web designers can potentially learn from the world of theatre.

  7. 12:40pm


  8. 1:40pm

    Main Stage Only

  9. A photo of Mustafa Kurtuldu

    We are Digital Architects: Evolving Our Design Language For the Web

    Mustafa Kurtuldu

    As human-beings we think in language and as designers our thoughts are creative, so the the quality of our thoughts, concepts and ideas can only be as good as the quality of our design language. In this talk we will be looking at how language has caused design block, needless debates on things like skeuomorphic versus flat design, misconceptions about Agile and self imposed limitations of visual vocabulary. We will look at practical ways to solve these issues and how we can embrace the scary and constant uncertainty of the beautiful journey we call the design process.

  10. 3:05pm

    Afternoon Break

  11. A photo of Joe Harrison

    Iconography and the Responsive Web: A Scalable Future

    Joe Harrison

    Icons have become the native language of modern day devices. They are the most efficient way to communicate information in a limited space, and are universally ingrained into the digital and physical worlds. Icons can enrich a user’s experience of a product or service, and express character and feeling. But iconography needs to adapt for the future. Retina displays, responsive websites and a multitude of screen sizes pose new challenges and opportunities for both designers and developers. How can we achieve crisp, legible and scalable icons that are perfectly optimised for every device? This talk will focus on current solutions from leading experts in the field, and will reveal what the future might have in store.

  12. 4:20pm

    Main Stage Only

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