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by Tom Coates
The work we’re collectively doing—opening up gradually all of human information and media, making it recombinable, helping people create and share their work—is a huge unspoken, sexy, world-redefining mission.
It’s a mission that many of us have become blasé about, almost unaware of. It’s a project so large that it’s hard to get a grasp on. And the next few years are going to get even more interesting as the network pervades physical objects and environments, sensing and manifesting information in the real world.
It’s time to recognise the scale of the project we have in front of us, the breadth of the material we have to work with, and the possibilities of design within it. All of human knowledge, creativity—even the planet itself—is our canvas.
by Lea Verou
With most browsers adding increasing support, and the simplicity of providing fallbacks for those that don’t, CSS3 gradients are something we can start to use right now. They benefit our users with faster websites and ourselves with more time in our hands to spend in other things, since they are easy to create, edit and update. A very powerful feature that can also be utilized for a surprising number of design effects, even ones that don’t resemble gradients at all. In this talk, Lea will explore CSS3 gradients in great depth and it’s almost guaranteed that no matter your expertise level, you will walk out having learned new things.
by Douglas Crockford
by Brian Fling
Building a mobile app isn’t easy. Regardless of chosen platform or technology creating a memorable mobile experience has some pretty intense challenges throughout. However if you can get it right it can have some incredible rewards and propel your brand in more ways than one. After spending ten years building mobile apps for some of the biggest companies in the world, author and mobile designer Brian Fling shares his six rules for building amazing apps that will either you get you started or improve upon your next release.
by Addy Osmani
by Martin Beeby
There is no getting around the fact that, due to an intriguing history, when it comes to Web standards IE’s name is mud with many web developers. The legacy of IE6, leading edge in its day, still lingers nearly 10 years after its release and the nightmare of browser incompatibilities and CSS hacks still has web developers waking in cold sweats.
The good news is that IE6 usage is down to 3.5% in the UK and the better news is that over the past few years Microsoft has made a concerted effort to make that challenging history, well, history, and the outcome is IE9. The new browser illustrates Microsoft’s focus on standards and speed and has resulted in a browser that has surprised even our fiercest critics. It’s been a long journey and in this talk Martin Beeby will discuss how the community helped us build our best Internet Explorer yet and the amazing things that it’s capable of. Well also take a look into the future of IE and Microsoft plan to maintain the momentum.
by Bruce Lawson
A much-hyped feature of HTML5 is native multimedia. In this session we’ll look at embedding <audio> and <video> into your pages, and how to make it work cross-browser and degrade gracefully in older browsers. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!
by Brian Suda
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is estimated to produce 15 petabytes of data per year. This is difficult to store let alone understand!
With connected devices quickly out numbering connected people, we are soon going to be swamped with data. Visualising the constant stream of information we are collecting so that it can be better understood is going to be a critical task.
In this presentation, I’ll walk you through a quick overview of some basic chart and graph design, then look at how easy it is to write some quick scripts in your favourite language to produce beautiful graphics. SVG is an under-rated technology, but it can be created programmatically and quickly to visualise data.
In this session, Jonathan Stark takes an in depth look at several of these, including JQTouch, JQuery Mobile and SenchaTouch, comparing and contrasting their approaches, and most appropriate uses. As a developer looking to tailor experiences and applications for the mobile web, this will be an invaluable session.
Ladies and gentlemen for your enjoyment, education and edification, may I present “The Rollercoaster Vaudeville Tour of Content Through The Ages!” Why should you join my session you ask? Because how we have treated content in the past is the key to understanding what people want from mobile content now. Mobile content has been a trending topic since 3150BC, you know.
Come on a whirlwind tour of the story and see what we can learn about the future of content from the ancient wisdom of ages past, manuscripts that represent a life’s work, the power of a printing press, banned books and penny dreadfuls. I defy any of you to walk away thinking that no-one likes to read stuff on the web.
26th–27th May 2011