Join Eric Meyer and your humble host with truly special guest speakers Jason Santa Maria, Jeremy Keith, Joshua Porter, Whitney Hess, Dan Cederholm, Daniel Mall, Derek Featherstone, Aarron Walter, Scott Thomas, Heather Champ, Andy Clarke, and GoodBarry’s Brett Welch for two days of design, code, and content.
An intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design, An Event Apart brings together thirteen of the leading minds in web design for two days of non-stop inspiration and enlightenment. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.
Even a down-home family man has to sometimes get up and go talk about design, web standards, and other hot topics. Here (and in the sidebar) are the places I’ll go this year—starting with Princeton University, where I lecture this very Saturday.
Good web design is not principally concerned with the decoration of screen space. Rather, like all design, good web design concerns itself with understanding and solving problems. Learn techniques and processes that turn nonprofit (and other) clients into partners and ensure that work is focused on audience needs, not the whims of powerful committee members.
Moderator. Panel with Roger Black, Kristina Halvorson, Whitney Hess, Mar. 14, SXSW Interactive, Austin Convention Center, Sat. Mar. 14, 3:30–4:30 PM
The web has always attracted mavericks and entrepreneurs, and a rocky economy makes the freelance life more desirable (or at least more inevitable) than ever. So what happens when your freelance business starts to grow? How big can you get without getting bad? How can freelancers and small teams compete with traditional agencies? Hip freelancers and cool agency heads will answer questions, compare experiences, and tell their stories.
Besides emceeing with Eric Meyer, I’ll cover the following topics:
A Site Redesign
When and why should you redesign? How can you change the way a site looks, while preserving the way its brand feels? How can “listening to your content” help you retool a design to more effectively (and more excitingly) meet your users’ needs? To uncover these lessons and more, I’ll review the thinking behind my recent redesign of a site you know well.
The Survey, Year Two
Web design is practically the only business in the global economy that is still going at least somewhat strong. Yet, as in years past, not much is known about web designers and developers except what we find out for ourselves. Slice, dice, and digest the data from the second A List Apart survey for people who make websites.