Taking place on the 23rd April 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, the conference has some incredible speakers and talks for you all...
I feel a little bad for the static wireframe. It's had a bad year. In fact, UX deliverables in general have had a bad couple of years. There's a growing skepticism about the value of Personas and other traditional UX artefacts, as well as an onslaught of "get out of the deliverables business" refrains from Lean methodologies.
All of this led me to lots of introspection about deliverables, and if it’s actually possible to create deliverables that are useful to help create better products.
In this talk I’ll tell our story. How we stripped down all our deliverables to almost nothing, and then started building it all up again slowly by asking ourselves, “What is absolutely necessary for us to do a great job?” I’ll discuss some of the deliverables we’ve since created (such as Expanded Journey Maps and Content Slice Diagrams), how they’re useful to us, and how you might be able to use them in your design process as well.
We’ve come to realise that not all UX deliverables are bad. Only bad deliverables are bad.
Rian is passionate about designing and building software that people love to use. After spending several years working in Silicon Valley, he is currently Director of User Experience at consultancy Flow Interactive in South Africa. He also writes regularly about design, technology, and software development for Smashing Magazine and his own site, Elezea.
Digital media and the way readers consume news is changing rapidly. This creates an amazing opportunity for people who love to design and build things - whether you're a developer, designer, product manager, strategist or researcher. Sarah will discuss working in this changing environment, how roles must evolve beyond their job descriptions, and how she and her colleagues at The Washington Post are approaching a full-scale rethink of their digital products.
Sarah Sampsel is the Director of Digital Strategy at The Washington Post. Sarah and her team are responsible for the UX strategy and visual design of all The Post's digital offerings as well as coming up with new innovative methods of storytelling and presentation across platforms.
CSS frameworks: you either love 'em or you loathe 'em. Whichever side of the fence you're on, it's fair to say that CSS frameworks have had a lot of airplay over the years.
In this talk, we'll look at why people hate them; where—and if—people are justified in their opinions; what is currently wrong with a lot of CSS frameworks; the merits—if any—of developing your own; and how to build them better.
Harry is a Consultant Front-end Architect, designer, developer, writer and speaker from the UK—previously a Senior Developer at BSkyB, he now helps tech teams all over the world in building better front-ends.
He specialises in authoring and scaling massive front-ends. He writes on the subjects of maintainability, architecture, performance, OOCSS and more at csswizardry.com. He is the lead and sole developer of inuit.css, a powerful, scalable, Sass-based, BEM, OOCSS framework.
charity: water is reinventing charity through an innovative, data-based and design focused approach to digital. In just seven years, charity: water has used digital means to raise over $100million to bring clean water to 3.5million people in 22 countries. In this talk you'll learn how design and technology has enabled that to happen and how it keeps developing into the future.
Paull Young is the Director of Digital at charity: water, a long-term member of the organizations leadership team responsible for online fundraising, partnerships and marketing.
Etsy is an online marketplace whose community spans the globe with buyers and sellers coming from more than 150 countries. In this talk, Lara Swanson will walk through the growing importance of building for mobile web as users may be on any device, platform or connection. She'll share Etsy's approach to developing for mobile web and will provide tips on contextualizing and developing for your growing mobile userbase.
Lara Swanson is an engineering manager at Etsy, where she leads the mobile web development team.
No one looks back on their lives and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep" — J. Cornelius
Your personal success isn't just delivered to you on a silver platter. You have to hustle and make things happen yourself. Getting ahead means working hard, smart, and building trust along the way.
If getting ahead in your line of work means getting promoted and/or making more money, Greg is here to assist you. Bosses promote hard, smart workers. And you don't have to pull 60-80 hour work weeks to do it. You just have to know what they are looking for.
Greg has been managing teams for two decades. Through the course of his experience, he's learned that the people who are most likely to advance in their careers are those who embody specific characteristics — characteristics he will share with you that you can put into action immediately. When it comes to review time, you manager will be looking for them. If you follow them, you'll have a significant advantage.
Greg Hoy is the CEO of Happy Cog. Greg began his career in 1992, and focused on interactive design from 1994. Greg and industry pioneer Jeffrey Zeldman partnered in 2006 to expand Happy Cog's footprint to Philadelphia, and later further expanded the company's reach and capabilities by merging with boutique design studio Airbag Industries in 2009.
Every great product is a series of decisions. Some are influenced by market forces, some with data, some with testing, and some are decided by pure old-fashioned gut instinct.
But every type of decision is influenced by your own experiences, though process, and what information you have at hand. Even though you're not aware, you're always influenced by common cognitive biases: the mental shortcut evolution has provided to help humans survive. Even though they have their uses, they lead to us making some quirky, irrational conclusions and decisions, without even noticing.
The first step is awareness. This talk will explore some common cognitive and memory bias and logical fallacies that often come up in product design and decision-making, and how to work around them.
Timoni West is a designer in Brooklyn, currently working at Foursquare. She previously freelanced with amazing startups around the country; her client list includes Lift, Bitly, Airtime, Flickr, Causes, and Recollect.
Like many web designers, she splits her time between product design, user experience, and implementation, and her heart belongs to all three.
In the mid 1990s, when the web was increasingly a battle ground of browser behemoths, where Netscape Navigator was seen as the next Windows, John Allsopp saw the importance and future dominance of CSS, and a standards based Web, when few others did.
In the year 2000 he wrote "A Dao of Web Design", 10 years later a significant quote from which starts Ethan Marcotte's now famous article introducing Responsive Web Design in a List Apart.
His ideas formed the foundation for Typekit, for which he was a founding advisor.
He predicted, to much criticism, the disaster for developers the iOS App market would present, when many others saw it as a boon for these very developers.
Ironically, predicting the future isn't all that difficult (over certain timeframes). In this presentation John will look at some of the lessons he's learnt from his successful prognostications, discuss some of his failures as well, and then look at the next 2-5 years of the Web, and where he thinks you should be concentrating your efforts.
With a background in computer science and mathematics, and a great deal of good fortune, John Allsopp's life collided with the web in the early 1990s. For nearly 20 years he has developed software for web developers, built web sites and applications, written books like Developing with Web Standards and the first ever book on Microformats, and written countless articles and tutorials for print and online publications.
In 2000, he wrote "A Dao of Web Design", which over a decade later continues to be widely cited as the theoretical foundation for Responsive Web Design.
John continues to develop software, websites and applications, tutorials and articles, and to deliver workshops online and in person. He co-founded the Web Directions conference series, and in his copious free time likes to trail run, mountain bike, play what most of the world calls football, and be as good a dad as possible to three beautiful young daughters.
He lives in the bush, overlooking the ocean, a little outside Sydney, and considers himself very fortunate indeed. Visit John's website or follow him on twitter.
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