Sessions at The Future of Web Design London 2012 on Wednesday 16th May

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  • Welcome

    by Davin Wilfrid

    At 9:00am to 9:05am, Wednesday 16th May

  • You Are A Channel

    by The Standardistas

    As web designers we have access to the tools and delivery mechanisms to not only promote our clients, but also to promote ourselves. How we use these tools strategically and the messages we convey through them can alter our web design trajectories considerably, often proving the difference between success or failure. You are a channel. How you choose to portray yourself matters. In our keynote we explore the philosophical and practical challenges that face the contemporary web designer, helping them to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

    At 9:05am to 9:45am, Wednesday 16th May

  • A Responsive Process

    by Steve Fisher

    The web is not fixed width and I think we are remembering that. If our medium is fluid should our process be fixed? I prefer designing within the browser, especially when responsive design is a requirement. Fireworks and Photoshop are not flexible enough to demonstrate media queries, button and menu states, HTML5 and JavaScript behaviours, dynamic resizing of elements and navigation flow. Because the medium is fluid, I think our approach to design has to be fluid as well. A responsive process is a responsible process, matching the medium. I've been working with many companies and organizations helping them transform their process to fit a responsive workflow and I'm going to share the goods. One web to rule them all!

    At 9:50am to 10:30am, Wednesday 16th May

    Coverage slide deck

  • Why Wordpress is the Framework of the Future!

    by Jack Lenox

    WordPress is now so much more than just a blogging platform. Find out how to do some really awesome things with it and start using it as a refreshing and straightforward framework for your web projects. Packed with sample code and practical solutions, Jack will introduce some innovative and insightful ways to use Wordpress and hopefully persuade any doubters that it's the best thing since the waxy wrapping paper that stopped sliced bread going off (because sliced bread on its own isn't actually that great!)

    At 9:50am to 10:30am, Wednesday 16th May

    Coverage slide deck

  • Code Literacy for Designers

    by Jonathan Berger

    Do you spend half your day on mockups in Illustrator and the other half on Javascript in a text editor? Know anyone who does? The way we work is changing. Rigid, traditionally defined roles like "Designer" and "Developer" are being displaced by interdisciplinary skillsets and a culture of collective product ownership. In this talk, we’ll investigate how treating Coding as Literacy can affect the way decisions are made and work gets done, describe how varying levels of literacy among teammates facilitate effective agile design and development, and discuss how designers can get literate in technical topics.

    At 11:15am to 11:55am, Wednesday 16th May

  • Teaching Touch

    by Josh Clark

    Touch gestures are sweeping away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices—and even from the next version of Windows. Find out why those familiar desktop widgets are weak replacements for manipulating content directly, and learn to craft touchscreen interfaces that effortlessly teach users new gesture vocabularies. The challenge: gestures are invisible, without the visual cues offered by buttons and menus. As your touchscreen app sheds buttons, how do people figure out how to use the damn thing? Learn to lead your audience by the hand (and fingers) with practical techniques that make invisible gestures obvious. Designer Josh Clark (author of O'Reilly books "Tapworthy" and "Best iPhone Apps") mines a variety of surprising sources for interface inspiration and design patterns. Along the way, discover the subtle power of animation, why you should be playing lots more video games, and why a toddler is your best beta tester.

    At 11:15am to 11:55am, Wednesday 16th May

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  • Designing For A Flexible Web

    by Laura Kalbag

    Sometimes we can obsess over the technical elements of responsive web design, trying to make up for our lack of understanding in how to design for it. I will discuss the exciting new design challenges brought about by the responsive web design revolution. I will use the practical experience gained from real projects, such as the Future Insights Live and Future Of Web Design websites, to explore ways to adapt design workflows for the responsive approach and create device-agnostic design systems for content. She'll also help to uncover the huge number of considerations involved in designing for a flexible web.

    At 12:00pm to 12:40pm, Wednesday 16th May

    Coverage slide deck

  • Designing for the Rise of Social Networks of Devices

    by Bill Buxton

    There is no question that social networking has significantly impacted the nature of the on-line experience, from an experiential and economic point of view. My sense is that the impact of those changes are going to be matched, and perhaps even exceeded, by the social networks that are going to emerge amongst the diverse range of devices with which we connect to, and interact with, the web. As I have said for years, the diversity of web browsers tomorrow will match the diversity of ink browsers (a.k.a. paper) today. Likewise our expectations and experiences with them – collectively as well as alone. The presumption of this talk is that, working backwards from such a future, we can make better decisions around planning today. If nothing else, the narrative will hopefully help us frame a discussion around doing so.

    At 12:00pm to 12:40pm, Wednesday 16th May

    Coverage sketch note

  • The Future of Beautiful iOS Design

    by Sarah Parmenter

    Lover of beautiful web design and firm FOWD favourite, we're delighted to welcome Sarah Parmenter to the stage for a session on the future of iOS design.

    At 2:25pm to 3:05pm, Wednesday 16th May

  • The Future of CMS: A Million F*#%ing Dollar Web Project?

    by Paul Bellows

    In this session, Paul Bellows will dive into what the CMS of the future is going to have to solve by looking at what types of problems – small, medium and astronomical – technology is going to be asked to address and how future-CMS needs to manage complexity for real people. Come and listen so that you can sound like a prophet when you talk to customers, or compile a list of reasons to make fun of Paul when we get to the future. "Robot Butlers" may or may not make his list.

    At 2:25pm to 3:05pm, Wednesday 16th May

  • Automating Testing Across the Multi-Platform Web

    by James Coglan

    So you built a beautiful website... Now learn how to automate its testing across the multi-platform web!

    At 3:10pm to 3:50pm, Wednesday 16th May

    Coverage slide deck

  • Organising Your Stylesheets With Compass & SASS

    by Chris Eppstein

    Are your stylesheets a mess? Do you find that changes to your CSS have unintended consequences? Sass & Compass give you a rich set of tools to enable you to craft maintainable stylesheets. Chris Eppstein, the creator of the Compass stylesheet authoring framework, will review a number of best practices, tips, and tricks to get your stylesheets back on track so that you can spend less time debugging and more time being awesome.

    At 3:10pm to 3:50pm, Wednesday 16th May

    Coverage slide deck

  • HTML5 and Human Interaction

    by Martin Beeby

    It's become common place for humans to interact with computers by touching, speaking and moving. Apps on devices are providing these experiences to users, but are website being left behind? In many instances websites are being developed solely for mouse and keyboard input. In this short talk we will look at how you can use your web skills to create sites that work on touch devices like the iPad, iPhone or Windows 8, whilst ensuring they also operate on desktops with mouse and pen.

    At 4:35pm to 4:55pm, Wednesday 16th May

  • Failing and Doing It Well

    by Mark Boulton

    In 2008, Mark sat down with his wife over dinner to discuss taking on a project that could make or break his business. A project that – if it went wrong – would do it in front of half a million people. The fear of failure came down to a coin toss; risk it, or not. Mark will share his thoughts and experiences from that day and others on how failure, and not the fear of it, should be an integral part of your life. How failure will make you a better designer, a better coworker or manager, so you can help create company cultures where it's not just OK to screw up: it's expected.

    At 5:00pm to 5:40pm, Wednesday 16th May