Q&A featuring Tim Van Damme, Greg Wood, Veerle Pieters, Andy Clarke, and Brendan Dawes. Hosted by Simon Collison.
ONCE UPON A TIME ON THE WEB | Andy Clarke | New Adventures In Web Design conference | Nottingham | 20th January 2011
Hold on there Bald Eagle. Why are we always in such a hurry? What’s the rush to reduce the number of clicks? Why not make people think? In movies, and in comic books, time and pace are as important as action. So in thirty short minutes, Andy Clarke investigates ways to stretch time using visual design to make more compelling web pages that keep people thinking — for longer.
DESIGNING ON SOLID FOUNDATIONS | Tim Van Damme | New Adventures In Web Design conference | Nottingham | 20th January 2011
What is design? Polishing squares until they’re circles? Getting your website in as many CSS galleries as possible? No. There’s more to it than that, and we need to think deeper about the foundations for our work. Design benefits from preparation, making things easier, and anticipating what comes next. In this presentation, Tim will explain how you can up the quality of your work and simplify your output without harming a single pixel.
LANGUAGE AND THE LIZARD BRAIN | Jon Tan | New Adventures In Web Design conference | Nottingham | 20th January 2011
Deep in the recesses of the brain lies the most ancient of all our faculties: The Lizard brain; It’s a mysterious place of snap judgements and life-saving instincts. Design can reach it, but first let’s understand it, and maybe get to know ourselves and our audience along the way.
PRODUCED FOR USE | Brendan Dawes | New Adventures In Web Design conference | Nottingham | 20th January 2011
It seems everyone is on a “journey” of some kind these days, and Brendan Dawes is no exception. His journey is trying to become a better maker of things and to learn from the humble often seemingly simple masterpieces that he bumps into everyday. In this session Brendan will share his love of making inspired by his continual obsession with simplicity and creating objects that are produced for use. Ultimately though it comes down to this: nobody needs to sharpen their pencil by inserting it into the arse of a plastic cat.
WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY | Elliot Jay Stocks | New Adventures In Web Design conference | Nottingham | 20th January 2011
Recent developments in web technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 have allowed us to build a richer web, full of advanced visual treatments like web fonts, animations, transformations, and drop-shadows. But have we got carried away with our new toys? Just because we can use a drop-shadow doesn’t mean we have to. In this new and often controversial talk, Elliot looks at solid design principles that will turn a good website into a great website, examines the scenarios where it’s better to stay away from unnecessary visual effects, and attempts to find the sweet spot in between the two extremes. "With great power comes great responsibility," said Uncle Ben, and Spidey hadn’t even used border-radius!
A New Canon | Mark Boulton | New Adventures In Web Design conference | Nottingham | 20th January 2011
New Adventures in Web Design is a unique and affordable web design conference in Nottingham, England, taking place 20th January 2011.
The surge in mobile technology is incredible. Manufacturers ship over a million touchscreen phones every day. These devices allow people to interact with the web in new ways. Users generally need something the can easily operate with “one thumb, one eyeball”. When they access your application or website, what kind of experience are you delivering? Are you risking frustrating your users?
Luke Wroblewski, the former Chief Design Architect for Yahoo! and founder of Bagcheck, is at the forefront of the “mobile first” approach. Streamlining your design for mobile helps you focus on what is absolutely necessary. In this podcast, Luke joins Jared Spool in a discussion about designing mobile experiences.
Krulwich makes a bet he can find tools that have gone extinct but it turns out old technology doesn’t disappear like you’d think. Tools from centuries ago are still being made and used, by more people than you’d think.
Kevin Kelly should know better, but boldly, brassily, (and totally incorrectly, I’m sure), he said this on NPR:
"I say there is no species of technology that have ever gone globally extinct on this planet."
Special Arthur C. Clarke tribute show. The centerpiece is the short story "The Hammer of God" by Clarke. It’s read by Golden Voice awarded narrator Scott Brick with Gabrielle de Cuir. Plus Arthur C. Clarke speech at the 1965 Hugo ceremony. Also commentary by Vernor Vinge, Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki.