Our Amazing Lineup

Ten Commandments of Modern Web Design

Thou shalt ship. Thou shalt iterate. Love thy reader as thyself. Like their biblical predecessors, the ten commandments of modern web design can inspire us to be and do better. Learn to think noncanonically about responsive layouts, to avoid bearing false visual witness, to keep the content holy, and more.

The Business of Responsive Design

Responsive design is more than just being able to move your browser window in and out. In this talk, Mark will show how adopting a responsive approach can challenge the very fabric of an organisation. Citing examples of recent client work for CERN, ESPN and Al Jazeera, Mark will highlight how choices a designer makes can have far-reaching consequences from the news-room to the bottom-line.

How to call your client an idiot without getting fired

The tools, methods and processes that web designers have used to communicate their designs to clients have been rendered largely ineffective by the rise of mobile and responsive design. Designer Andrew Clarke shares his experiences of new, more collaborative processes using tools that are native to the web we’re designing for.

The Long Web

The pace of change in our industry is relentless. New frameworks, processes, and technologies are popping up daily. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. Let's take a step back and look at the over-arching trajectory of web design. Instead of focussing all our attention on the real-time web, let's see which design principles and development approaches have stood the test of the time. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but those who can learn from the past will create a future-friendly web.

Icon Design Process

Iconfonts are so plentiful these days, why would you need to create your own? Sometimes the style isn’t right, or there are a number of missing glyphs. It could just be that you might enjoy the process and having your own handcrafted set. This talk will take you through the various stages of creating a new iconset for a company, and the challenges and benefits of iconfonts.

Carefully Everywhere

E.E. Cummings once described the falling of snow as "carefully everywhere descending". To designer Brendan Dawes, data acts in the same way, falling around us every second of the day, waiting to be scooped-up, held in our hands and used to create something new. Brendan explains what designing with data on the web means to him how we can use the wonderful illogical nature of people to create better experiences.

Who misses playing “Guess Who?”

It will be early, and you will have a full day of conference talks ahead of you. So why don’t we chillout, relax, and play a quick game… A great way to sharpen your brain before taking in a lot of great content during the day.

When responsive sites work as well as a chocolate iPhone

Ling from LINGsCARS will demonstrate why the experts are often wrong and why you need un-responsive mobile sites. She says "Making my website responsive would simply explode an iPhone on impact, and set an Android phone processor on fire. It would be a superb one off viral, but I can't afford the litigation".

Crafting your Toolset

Everyone's process is different and it's always fascinating to see how other designers and developers approach a new project. Eddie will walk through how he went about building the Handheld 2013 site and the trials and tribulations he endured. Bring some tissues, it's going to be a real tear jerker.


Guest Entertainment

Guest Entertainment

Rather than have a few minutes of watching techies waggling leads and checking screens between speakers, we have plenty of surprises to keep you entertained.