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  1. Dan Hill — Closing keynote: 15 years in

    Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 9 4.05pm.

    It is time for the prac­tice of web devel­op­ment and design to broaden its hori­zons. How can the skills and expe­ri­ence we’ve acquired over the last 15 years of work­ing on the inter­net be applied more broadly to, say, the design of cities, build­ings, organ­i­sa­tions, gov­ern­ment and so on?

    In a slightly fool­hardy, ambi­tious talk, Dan will draw from his expe­ri­ence of lead­ing design across the BBC’s web­sites, co-​​founding the global media prod­uct Monocle, work­ing with projects like Lonely Planet, Channel 4, Urbis museum and the Spice Girls web­site, and now his cur­rent work with the mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary design con­sul­tancy Arup, where he helps design bet­ter cities, build­ings and streets.

    Dan will sug­gest that some of these core ideas — har­ness­ing user-​​centred think­ing with the sparks of indi­vid­ual insight, work­ing with real-​​time data, sep­a­rat­ing con­tent from pre­sen­ta­tion, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary design-​​centred prac­tice, enabling adap­ta­tion and hack­a­bil­ity, bal­anc­ing top-​​down inter­ven­tion with bottom-​​up emer­gence, amongst oth­ers — might work effec­tively as core prin­ci­ples of ser­vice design, offer­ing new ways to build, design, inno­vate and oper­ate to ser­vices, prod­ucts and organ­i­sa­tions well out­side of the Australian web industry’s tra­di­tional focus.

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/dan-hill-closing-keynote-15-years-in/

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  2. Lachlan Hardy — The open web

    The Open Web is an evolving term that encompasses technologies from web standards stalwarts like HTML, to almost-mainstream buzzwords such as OpenID, and on to emerging specifications like PortableContacts, but it’s more than that. It is a philosophy.

    It is the dream of technical building blocks that mesh together to discover and define identity, authorise accessible data, and validate membership of social or professional groupings. It’s one big personal data party and everybody on the web is invited.

    Lachlan Hardy will cover specific technologies and their usecases, showing how they plug together to make a cost-efficient open stack. He examines what the Open Web really means, how it works, and how your business can use it to reach more people, more powerfully.

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/lachlan-hardy-the-open-web/

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  3. Elliot Jay Stocks — Progressive enhancement

    In the summer of ‘07 in a flood-soaked Oxford, England, Elliot appeared on stage for the very first time. His presentation, ‘Progressive Enhancement & Intentional Degradation’, looked at how to reward modern browsers with the latest CSS tricks and punish IE by dropping certain site features. Over two years later, what has changed? We’re starting to see the ideology of progressive enhancement — especially with CSS3 — spread throughout the web design community, but more work needs to be done.

    What can we do to spread the message further and design a better-looking web faster? Elliot will look at how features of the CSS2.1 and CSS3 specs can enhance your websites and he’ll examine the implication of using such techniques. He’ll look at the issues surrounding font embedding and the recent development of the font-as-service; the arguments about browser support; the potentially controversial irrelevance of validation; and how we can attempt to reach the future sooner by writing forward-thinking code. In this motivational presentation Elliot will urge you to embrace the techniques of modern web design and to stop worrying about the so-called restraints.

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/elliot-jay-stocks-progressive-enhancement/

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  4. Tania Lang — Using Ajax to enhance UX

    Ajax is changing the way that users interact with websites — it has the potential to provide richer and more interactive online user experiences but also introduces its own set of usability and accessibility problems. This session will present views from leading usability experts from around the world from an experienced practitioner workshop conducted at the Usability Professionals Conference in USA.

    We will also discuss key usability issues we have unveiled through our own usability testing of a range of websites using Ajax over the last 2 years. The session will highlight some of the pitfalls and user frustrations with Ajax as well as how Ajax can be used to enhance the user experience. We will present usability and accessibility issues and common user behaviours with Ajax applications.

    Finally we will discuss interaction design guidelines for developing user friendly Ajax designs. This is not a technical session and will appeal to designers, developers and anyone working with interactive websites or web applications.

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/tania-lang-using-ajax-to-enhance-ux/

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  5. Grant Robinson – Visualising the user experience | Web Directions

    Designing for dynamic web applications and mobile devices poses a new set of challenges. Web designers are increasingly being asked to apply their skills to where the page model no longer applies. We need new ways of exploring the user experience and communicating behaviours involving sub-page changes and movement.

    Enter rapid prototyping. Widely acclaimed as one of the best ways to create great user experiences, it isn’t without its own pitfalls. This session will discuss the pros and cons of different prototyping techniques, and introduce a new technique called “screenflows” that focuses on visualising the user experience. Discover how to combine the best of paper prototyping, wireframes and HTML prototyping into one simple and effective prototyping technique. Learn how using this method can dramatically decrease the need for documentation, while increasing the speed and agility of the development process.

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/grant-robinson-visualising-the-user-experience/

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  6. Christian Crumlish – Designing social interfaces

    Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 9 1.40pm.

    Designing for social interaction is hard. People are unpredictable, consistency is a mixed blessing, and co-creation with your users requires a dizzying flirtation with loss of control. Christian will present the dos and don’ts of social web design using a sampling of interaction patterns, design principles and best practices to help you improve the design of your digital social environments.

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/christian-crumlish-designing-social-interfaces/

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  7. Escalante by Matt Webb

    The opening keynote from Web Directions South 2009.

    The long run to the turn of the millennium got us preoccupied with conclusions. The Internet is finally taken for granted. The iPhone is finally ubiquitous computing come true. Let’s think not of ends, but dawns: it’s not that we’re on the home straight of ubicomp, but the beginning of a century of smart matter. It’s not about fixing the Web, but making a springboard for new economies, new ways of creating, and new cultures.

    The 21st century is a participatory culture, not a consumerist one. What does it mean when small teams can be responsible for world-size effects, on the same playing field as major corporations and government? We can look at the Web - breaking down publishing and consuming from day zero - for where we might be heading in a world bigger than we can really see, and we can look at design - playful and rational all at once - to help us figure out what to do when we get there.

    http://www.webdirections.org/resources/matt-webb-opening-keynote-escalante/

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