We did our best to create an interesting and colorful schedule for you. Have a look on Monday and Tuesday, but please note that this schedule is subject to change. If you want to print out a schedule, use our PDF. We created one in A6 (format of a postcard) and one in A5.
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Breaking the barriers - moving browsers and the web forward
Yeah, OK. We did a lot of cool stuff to HTML and CSS. We also are quite on the way to make plugins obsolete. But somehow we are not quite there yet when it comes to making browsers a real platform for development.
Hardware we use has a lot of features that is not available to us using the open web stack (html,css,js) and when we build inside the browser we are always limited to the space the browser gives us. Well, no point in complaining as there is more to web development than having pages inside a browser.
In this talk Chris Heilmann will show a glimpse into the near future on what is possible with browsers and the web as a platform. The technologies of the web are flexible enough to allow us to build amazing connected experiences for our end users. All we need to do is say "yes" and have a go!
Cheat your way with UX
So you're building a knockout web site, a cool mobile app, or kickstarting an startup idea. But how can you gain a better understanding of your users—your customers— to begin deciphering their needs? How can you figure out who would be interested, or if there's going to be a market? Who is really your target audience?
We will explore some user experience design (UX) tools and activities that can help us refine objectives, pave the way for making decisions, determine the shape of a minimum viable product and enhance how we translate brand values to voice and design.
Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement
If you’ve been working on the web for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard (or even used) the term “progressive enhancement” before. As you probably know, it is the gold standard of how to approach web design. But what is progressive enhancement really? What does it mean? How does it work? And how does it fit into our workflow in a time of rapidly evolving languages and browsers? In this session, Aaron Gustafson will answer all of these questions and provide concrete takeaways that will help you improve your web design skills.
Lunch Break (not provided)
Being a true success in your art, industry, or day to day job requires pushing beyond what comes easily and naturally to you. It’s about making yourself stand out in an otherwise endless crowd of others striving for the same.
I’m going to look at how people stand tall in an industry distanced far from ours – the land of celebrity. What behaviors and patterns can we learn from their successes, and how can we bring this into our everyday work ethic?
Modern web technologies and responsive design aim at a platform independent code base while promising first-class experience on any mobile device. Even though purely web-based approaches can achieve stunning results, they (still) cannot compete with their native counterpart regarding platform features and integration.
The Invisible Side of Design
As designers, we tend to get distracted by aesthetics of our creations, and often do not pay enough attention to the other, invisible side of our work. This talk discusses the significance of purpose, substance and context in our design decisions. It argues about the value of storytelling, content strategy and thorough editorial work. It also provides practical examples of and insights into the invisible side of design.
CreativeJS – Beauty in the Browser
From particle systems to blending effects, optimised animations, gaming and good old maths creativity, Seb Lee-Delisle has more than a trick or two to share with us at beyond tellerrand. If you’re interested in bringing visceral beauty to your websites, apps and games, and ask yourself how: this is the session for you.
See you in the evening session! (Don't forget to grab a beer from around 19:00)
Trajan in movie posters: the rise and fall of the Roman Empire
Soon after its appearance on the font market more than 20 years ago, the Adobe Original Trajan was embraced by Hollywood. Now it seems to grace more movie posters than any other typeface. Its stately and classic character shapes made it the go-to choice for Oscar material. Yet in recent years the popular font has apparently fallen from grace, and a pretender to the throne is vying to take its place.
Tuesday, November 22nd
Creating Dashboards & Data Visualisations that Resonate
The world is drowning in data. It always has been. Making sense of that data and deriving meaningful insights has been left to professional statisticians. Up until recently that is. Info-graphics & data visualisations are popping up everywhere and they don't always make sense. Many horrible acts have been committed in the name of "Making this chart seem a bit more fun"
Getting the right data, and then getting the data right is a significant design challenge that touches on more domains than a UX designer will initially be familiar with.
If you intend to work with large data sets to answer questions about your company or application, or if you are tasked with summarising large amounts of data, or even if you've just been told to "design the new dashboard" then this is the session for you.
Who Cares About Content?
Although the web as a medium -- and the web industry in general -- promotes a somewhat informal community culture, its standards are absolute. And when it comes to content, are the boundaries still too informal?
Without the universal nature of black-and-white text to complement an online portfolio or describe a unique application, a reader is left alone to categorize, digest, and decide if she's intrigued enough to *do* something.
So in this talk, Steph will discuss ways in which web specialists can write compelling, credible content that piques interest and encourages action from readers. Attendees will leave with tips to elevate their content game -- whether they're aiming to more successfully write dynamic resumes and cover letters, describe their work in creative portfolios, guide users through enjoyable web interfaces, or convey value to gain one more paying subscriber.
Notes from the Edge
Craftsmanship and communication are at the heart of everything we do on the web. With our ability to understand and overcome challenges, we should deliver engaging experiences without compromising our integrity or failing the end user. Still, we're often naive and we make the same mistakes over and over. We get hung up on our tools and confuse our goals. It's time to think and talk smarter, get our priorities straight, and learn from our mistakes.
Lunch Break (not provided)
How to sneak Accessibility into your project without anybody noticing it
How many times have you heard „Oh, we don't have any blind users" from the very same people who wrote “Full WCAG2 compliance” into the specs in the first place? So we as developers and designers find ourselves all too often squeezed in between a rock that is budget constraints or client requirements and a hard place that's laws and regulations. But accessibility is not about code or compliance, it's about people, and the best way to make sure that accessibility is rooted into a project at the earliest possible stage (which is right from the beginning) is to use accessibility personas in your user stories.
Tomas shows how to make sure that all your visitors, regardless of their abilities, get to use all the cool stuff that you come up with without adding to the overall budget and still be compliant with the law.
Hands-on Prototyping with HTML & CSS
Usability testing and design are often separate processes -- but it doesn't have to be that way, and it doesn't need to be difficult or time-consuming, either.
Presented as a case study review, Dan explores examples from a real life project, explaining the method of testing and prototyping used, and showing the value of making adjustments to a design during testing, exposing changes in behavior that could not have been otherwise observed.
Reusable Code, for good or for awesome!
The API is make-or-break when it comes to reusable code. It's the API that lets other developers use your application, if it's difficult to use then they won't get the most out of what you've written.
We'll analyse existing APIs, looking at where they fail and where they succeed, looking at what patterns they use and how users react to them.
By looking at the wins and fails in the real world, we can discover what makes code a pleasure to use and reuse.
Welcome to the brave new world of web type
It’s a brave new world of web typography, but designers still face the same tasks they always have on the Web. How to choose and set type beautifully for display, headlines, and at large sizes, as well as how to do the same for body text, at small sizes. Our paper has changed to pixels, and typefaces are changing with it. This talk navigates the world of web type, and explores the why as well as the how of setting type beautifully, on the Web, today.
Closing & Good Bye