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Future of Web Design NY 2011 schedule

Monday 7th November 2011

  • Welcome to FOWD NYC!

    by Ryan Carson

    Welcome to FOWD NYC for another year – let’s get this show on the road!

    At 9:00am to 9:05am, Monday 7th November

  • The Secrets to Instagram's Success

    by Kevin Systrom

    Hear the full story behind Instagram’s world-wide success and how you can apply those lessons to your iOS app.

    At 9:05am to 9:45am, Monday 7th November

  • Official Treehouse Launch

    by Ryan Carson

    Carsonified is officially launching Treehouse at FOWD NYC! All will be revealed :)

    At 9:50am to 10:00am, Monday 7th November

  • How (And How Not To) Get Hired - Marketing For Web Designers

    by Andrea Graham

    Freelancing ain’t easy. If you’re not working, you’re not getting paid. Find out how to find new clients, stay in touch with old clients, woo agencies and put yourself out there. If you’re having trouble filling your days or want bigger, better work, Andi will help you understand how both clients and agencies hire freelance web consultants.

    At 10:05am to 10:45am, Monday 7th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Sass & Compass: The Future of Stylesheets Now

    by Brandon Mathis

    Learn about how new CSS frameworks and CSS3 extensions are changing the way designers code.

    At 10:05am to 10:45am, Monday 7th November

  • Mobile Context is a Myth

    by Josh Clark

    We started off with an assumption that we were designing for a mythical mobile user who was always in a rush, distracted. That’s not always (or even usually) the case. Instead of assuming mobile = less, we need to start thinking mobile = more (and likewise, not just “mobile first” but sometimes “mobile only”). That means more complex functionality while maintaining ease of use, and the talk will examine how to design simple/delightful interfaces for complex apps.

    At 11:15am to 11:55am, Monday 7th November

  • Wonderful Web App UX

    by Lis Hubert

    Web applications are fairly old hat in the world of UX Design. If you’ve been anywhere near the field within the past few years, chances are you’ve worked on at least one of them. But now, given all that is happening within the industry from a technology perspective, how do we and should we keep up from the UX perspective, in order to create the best web applications we can?

    This talk is designed to bring forth the answers to these questions, as well as to point out where the future of UX and Web App design is headed. It’s definitely one you don’t want to miss!

    At 11:15am to 11:55am, Monday 7th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Super-Powered CSS3 Animations

    by Nick Pettit

    A web page can sometimes feel like a static medium, similar to a print book. However, that’s hardly the case! This rigid mentality can be paralyzing, and utilizing animated elements outside the realm of novelty doesn’t always come so naturally. Learn how to free your mind and start thinking kinetically with CSS3 animations.

    At 12:00pm to 12:40pm, Monday 7th November

  • Web Design is a Cloud, Not a Clock

    by Sarah B Nelson

    Design groups the world over are littered with the remains of design process initiatives gone horribly useless. But, unless you are a one man band — and, let’s face it, few of us are — getting a group of designers, developers, and business owners to get a design out the door can feel like herding cats.

    What’s a designer to do? Change our framework. Design process is not a technical problem to be solved (like designing a clock) but an living emergent system (like a cloud) to be exposed, evaluated and iterated.

    At 12:00pm to 12:40pm, Monday 7th November

  • Type on Screen: Choosing and Using It Well

    by Dan Rhatigan

    At last there is now incredible potential to consider a full range of typeface choices for web design, e-books, and other screen devices. However, these choices bring with them a new array of issues to be considered by developers and designers alike. We will look at a number of factors that should influence not only which fonts will work best for you, but also how you can then use those fonts effectively. We will look at screen rendering, design features that are best suited for online use, setting text, and working with large type families.

    At 2:00pm to 2:20pm, Monday 7th November

  • Code management for Designers

    by Jonathan Berger

    Become a more powerful designer by learning how to deploy your sites with Git and cloud hosting solutions like Heroku.

    At 2:25pm to 3:05pm, Monday 7th November

  • HTML5: Smart Markup for Smarter Websites

    by Aaron Gustafson

    Everyone’s going gaga over HTML5 and the plethora of how-tos and demos available on the web are inspirational, but often leave us with more questions than answers. In this session, Aaron Gustafson will focus his attention on HTML5 as a markup language, provide you with a solid context for its enhanced semantics, and show you simple, effective ways you can put it to use on your site today.

    At 2:25pm to 3:05pm, Monday 7th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Grablet: Why Are We Here?

    by Grablet

    Hello from our friends at Grablet :)

    At 3:35pm to 3:45pm, Monday 7th November

  • The Web Font Awards Ceremony

    The Web Font Awards is the first ceremony to celebrate the newfound typographic freedom that Web designers are experiencing across the globe. Presented by Monotype Imaging with support from Carsonified, the Web Font Awards is a design competition for websites using Web fonts. The competition is aimed at promoting Web font awareness and adoption, and is open to users of any Web font service or technology. Join us for a quick recap of top entries and a spirited debate from our panel of judges who will determine this year’s winners!

    At 3:50pm to 4:10pm, Monday 7th November

  • The Power of Side Projects and Eccentric Aunts

    by Tina Roth Eisenberg

    Tina Roth Eisenberg, who refers to herself as a Swiss designer gone NYC, started swiss-miss.com in 2005 as a personal visual archive. Little did she know that only five years later, she would help fan the imagination of an average of 900,000 monthly visitors from all around the world.

    In her keynote, Tina will trace her path from the Swiss Alps to “making it in NYC.” She will tell the story of how her blog became a vibrant part of her unusual, multi-faceted business model, and talk about the power of side projects and why we all need a crazy aunt in our lives.

    At 4:15pm to 4:50pm, Monday 7th November

Tuesday 8th November 2011

  • Welcome Back!

    by Ryan Carson

    Welcome back for another day of web design learning at FOWD!

    At 9:00am to 9:05am, Tuesday 8th November

  • Pith, Passion, and Productivity: Pillars of a Successful Design Career

    by Cameron Moll

    Zeal, determination, and a little creative scribbling can work wonders when combined together. Cameron will share how he’s made a career out of harnessing the power of the Ps.

    At 9:05am to 9:45am, Tuesday 8th November

  • Design Principles: The Philosophy of UX

    by Whitney Hess

    The visual principles of harmony, unity, contrast, emphasis, variety, balance, proportion, repetition, movement and texture (and others) are widely recognized and practiced, even when they aren’t formally articulated. But creating a good design doesn’t automatically mean creating a good experience.

    In order for us to cultivate positive experiences for our users, we need to establish a set of guiding principles for experience design. Guiding principles are the broad philosophy or fundamental beliefs that steer an organization, team or individual’s decision making, irrespective of the project goals, constraints, or resources.

    In this talk, I will share a universally-applicable set of experience design principles that we should all strive to follow, and will explore how you can create and use your own guiding principles to take your site or product to the next level.

    At 9:50am to 10:30am, Tuesday 8th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Living at the Edge of the Web: A look at the future of HTML 5

    by Tim Wright

    HTML5 is evolving very quickly and staying on the bleeding edge can sometimes feel like a full-time job. In this session we’ll talk about what’s coming down the pipeline, discuss where we’re headed on the Web and dive into some hand-picked topics about the HTML5 hotness you can expect to use in the future. After this one you’ll be well prepared to not only live on the edge of the Web, but know how to stay there. Topics covered will include Web Workers, WebGL and DeviceAPI.

    At 9:50am to 10:30am, Tuesday 8th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Responsive WordPress Theming

    by Jesse Friedman

    Responsive Web Design is the art of designing and developing a website that adapts to it’s surroundings by taking more into consideration than just screen size or device type. Once you develop your first Responsive Website you’re going to love what it can do. However once you combine responsive technologies with that of a WordPress backend you’re going to run into a few challenges that you need to over come.

    The good news is that there is a lot of things WordPress is already doing to help you on your quest to create a completely responsive website. In this session you’ll learn a lot about Responsive Web Design Practices and how to integrate those with your WordPress theme so you can create a completely responsive and dynamic environment.

    We’ll also talk about areas where WordPress and Responsive Web Design allow for really out of the box solutions and save you from tedious extra steps or hours of designing and developing. To find out more, you’ll have to come to the session. :)

    At 11:15am to 11:55am, Tuesday 8th November

  • The Future of CSS

    by Dave Shea

    Learn about upcoming exciting developments in CSS and how you might use them in your work.

    At 11:15am to 11:55am, Tuesday 8th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Adding Haml

    by Nick Walsh

    Not only does Haml replace your markup with what’s billed as veritable haiku, it directly improves development speed and collaboration dynamics. Learn how to quickly begin writing cleaner and more concise templates.

    At 12:00pm to 12:40pm, Tuesday 8th November

  • The Future of Mobile UX

    by Steve Fisher

    Learn vital UX patterns you need to know to design amazing mobile interfaces. Dig into the design thinking that is foundational to creating a great experience, small or large. Really, we’re looking for that connection point that helps the visitors to our sites complete their tasks with a grin on their face.

    At 12:00pm to 12:40pm, Tuesday 8th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Responsive Web Design and Embracing the Unknown

    by Aaron Weyenberg

    Design for the web is undergoing a dizzying disruption driven by the growing landscape of client devices. Responsive design, as a “response” to this disorder, began as a technique. It’s now maturing into a philosophy. In this session, Aaron will take you through the conditions that gave rise to RWD and the core mechanics of the responsive design approach. We’ll take an honest look at the headwinds that RWD is facing, and some emerging techniques and practices to counter those challenges.

    At 2:00pm to 2:40pm, Tuesday 8th November

  • The Lost Art of Design Etiquette

    by Dan Rose

    We’re pixel-pushing web workers, and collectively we’ve gotten good at making stellar work. But in a race to get more proficient in style and code, did we overlook good ol’ fashioned etiquette? How important are organization and communication nowadays? From Photoshop to Dribbble, Dan Rose presents how web designers can collaborate, cooperate, and contribute to the web community.

    At 2:00pm to 2:40pm, Tuesday 8th November

    Coverage slide deck

  • Designing with Web Fonts in Adobe Photoshop

    by Chris Meyer

    From initial design concepts and wireframes through to the final website layout, Photoshop plays a critical role in website design. Up to now, integrating web fonts into the design process has been a difficult or impossible task – no longer.

    We’ll show you how to use new free tools for using web fonts in Photoshop mock-ups, find new and creative font pairings online, integrate web fonts into your final site designs.

    At 2:45pm to 3:05pm, Tuesday 8th November

  • Death, Taxes & 'Viewport Chrome'

    by Jason Pamental

    Some things in life are certain: death, taxes, and – if you’re a web professional – the inability to know the capabilities, access speed and dimensions of the viewport through which your design is viewed. Welcome to your future. As a designer, it’s essential to know how your content and design will be consumed (or perceived) before you can prepare its presentation. These days, that means the involvement of a Content Management System, or CMS. Getting to know one – such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or Expression Engine – can exponentially increase your capabilities as a designer without feeling trapped by the technology. To the contrary – becoming CMS-familiar can lead to greater creative freedom than you could ever have imagined. The tools are better than ever and their capabilities are just amazing. All just waiting for you.

    Step up and take charge. The future IS the CMS.

    At 3:10pm to 3:50pm, Tuesday 8th November

  • The Future Of Branding

    by Randy J. Hunt

    The best designed brands will know that the lines between community and customer, product and promotion, online and offline, home and work, are utterly blurred. What persists and succeeds in our foggy future is smart content, an honest story, and a memorable personality.

    At 3:10pm to 3:50pm, Tuesday 8th November

  • The Design Revolution

    by Brad Haynes

    The way people use the internet is changing. Brochure websites aren’t as important as they used to be and innovative technologies are allowing for more a more personalized and ubiquitous experience on the web. How do designers keep up with the changes and plan for a successful future in the industry? Listen to Brad Haynes, UX, Creative Director at Salesforce discuss the industry shift and explain why now is such an important time to be a designer. It’s a revolution!

    At 4:25pm to 4:55pm, Tuesday 8th November

  • The Unknown Voyage

    by Joshua Davis

    There are people who have complete visions in their minds and are content with crafting those visions, 100 percent in some artistic craft. Joshus Davis not that guy. Most of his days are filled with failure and being lost.

    It’s this alone, that keeps him interested in my profession. He hope that at any moment, under a mountain of failure, The Unknown Voyage presents a path to some new discovery.

    He loves the process, and will be spending my session walking though process with some latest projects I’ve been working on.

    At 5:00pm to 5:40pm, Tuesday 8th November