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.
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.
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.
14th–16th May 2012