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Future Of Web Design 2009 – My Thoughts

Having been back from London for over a week now I thought it best to blog about my time in the capital. For those of you who don’t know I was in London in order to attend Carsonified’s ‘Future Of Web Design’ conference, which I blogged about back in February.

The conference itself provided several highly interesting talks, and although not all of them focused specifically on where the web was heading (the future), the twelve talks overall provided enough engaging content to muse over. One particular talk delivered by accessibility expert Robin Christopherson proved extremely captivating (listen to his talk). During his presentation Robin demonstrated how a visually impaired individual browsed the web. The shear effort it required was truly staggering and really made me think about accessibility issues on the web, along with highlighting the many things wrong with the web today were accessibility is concerned.

Mike Kus from Carsonified supplied the audience with some beautiful slides to gaze over as he presented thoughts on graphic design with the web space, including one tip I that stuck with me: Imagine a web site design as a printed product, ask yourself, would this work in print? Molly Holzschlag, the last talk of the day, gave a great talk about dealing with clients, why open web standards are important and what’s wrong with Internet Explorer. Mark Boulton’s discussion on the importance of typography online was also superb, and got a few laughs due to the appearance of ‘good old’ comic sans. 

In addition to the talks on offer, Microsoft were also present at the event showcasing there Surface technology. I had a brief hands-on experience with the Surface table, and it is an impresssive device, although at £8000 I doubt I will be getting one to replace my coffee table any time soon. WooThemes, a premium WordPress theme thing I regularly blog about, were also present at the event, and I even managed to grab a free t-shirt from the WooThemes gang, so thanks once again to Adii and co. All in all the event proved valuable and insightful, although unfortunately my business cards did not turn up in time. 

Beyond the food for thought gained it was nice to just escape Lincoln (and University) for a few days and enjoy some time away with my partner Beth, along with meeting some friends while there.

Ordered Some Business Cards

With the Future Of Web Design taking place this week, I decided I ought to get myself some business cards printed to hand out while at the event. I designed the cards myself, and went for a double sided card, with rounded edges. The cards also give a glimpse of what my new blog theme will look like in terms of colour scheme, along with my new personal logo.

Business Cards

What do you think? I ordered the cards from OvernightPrints.co.uk, but don’t let the name fool you, I did not recieve the cards the next day, in fact they are still on their way, I just hope they turn up before my journey down to London. I will be sure to blog about the cards, and the quality of them once I get them, so look out for that. If you can recommend any printing companies, then please feel free to leave a comment.

Future Of Web Design London 2009

I haven’t posted in a while so I figured I ought to make an update just to let you all know I’m still on this planet!

Carsonified are a UK based company who design and create websites, apps and also host industry events for like minded individuals, like you and me! There next event is the ‘Future of Web Apps’ and it is going down in Miami, Florida next week (23rd-24th), but for those of you here in the UK, Carsonified will be hosting the ‘Future of Web Design‘ in London on the 30th of April. The event brings together web designers, developers, marketing types and more all to learn, share and discuss. This year the speaker list includes: 

  • Ryan Carson
  • Elliot Jay Stocks
  • Meagan Fisher
  • Mike Kus
The full list of speakers can be seen here. But what’s most important is that yours truly, me, shall be attending. In addition to talks many workshops will also be on offer. Be sure to drop me a comment if your going, or get the conversation going on Twitter. Tickets can be bought here.