Date: 20 May 2016
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Louise Howells (@supertastycake)
Talk: Why So Serious?
Don’t become a copy and paste machine, churning out the same old projects day after day. Stay on top of your game and harness any opportunity to get creative. This talk looks at how doing something different can promote productivity, generate new ideas, and create great relationships. Find out why we locked our teams in a house for 24 hours with nothing but their imaginations, and more importantly what happened!
Louise joined Zengenti after a long stint in local government, and originally comes from a UX background. She leads a talented team, ranging from, developers and designers, to project managers and technical consultants. Delivering websites for the likes of LSE, the European University Institute, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Aside from that, Louise is a lover of teapot tea, a blogger and enjoys exploring different countries and cultures.
Gavin Davies (@gavd_UK)
Talk: Using Build Tools
Graphic designers and web developers can offload a large chunk of their mundane work onto a set of tools which can automate away tedious tasks. These tools have offputting names like Gulp, Grunt and Broccoli, but with a little effort, they can save you hours of time, leaving you free to focus on being creative!
This talk will teach you what build tools are, how they work, and how they can help you to automate your workflow.
This talk will not be heavily technical – it will not feature any code, nor will it be tied to one specific tool. Instead, I intend to empower attendees with an understanding of the principles of build tools, and provide clear suggestions for next steps for designers and developers of all levels.
Gavin is an automation engineer at Radify.io and is the author of the 5 Simple Steps book "Using Build Tools". He is an enthusiastic industry veteran who can often be found giving talks on the meetup scene. Gavin doesn't have spare time any more, but when he did, he was a semi-professional beatboxer.
Helen Clark (@littlehelli)
Talk: Designing better websites by including clients and their customers from the start
Have you ever got 95% of the way through a web project only to have the client start demanding changes that don’t seem to make sense? You have the power to avoid this! Working in an open and inclusive way with clients and end users gives them ownership early on so they’re less likely to ask for things out of the blue just before launch. Making them a bigger part of the process improves relationships and leads to better results for everyone. And you’ll have more fun along the way too.
Helen Clark has been a visual designer for over a decade and is now creative director at Ablewild, a web strategy and design company, which she runs with her husband Pete. Ablewild is a small team, so Helen gets to work on various aspects of web projects and is heavily involved in the planning, research and infrastructure phases as well as visual design. Helen likes finding the problems in everyday life and fixing them. Much of the time this means making and improving websites but her desire for things to be done right pretty much extends to everything!
Fred Heath (@FredAtBootstrap)
Talk: The uncertainty principle: How to manage fast-moving projects,clients and requirements.
So your client wants a web site. That’s great. But they don’t know
exactly what they want on it. That’s not so great. Also, they want you
to tell them when the web-site will be ready. This is distinctly bad.
How can you plan for and manage something so changeable and uncertain?
During this talk I will present some methods and techniques, based on
Behaviour-Driven Development and Agile practices, that will help you
to effectively elicit and capture requirements, capture them as
actionable and testable features and implement them in short, focused
By the end of the talk you’ll know how to manage your clients’
expectations and your project requirements and deliver the right
solution at the right time.
Fred is a software jack of all trades who has worked at every stage of
the software development life-cycle over the last 20 years. He is
working as a freelance developer and consultant, specialising in web
development using the Ruby stack. In his free time, Fred enjoys
reading historical and science fiction, writing and speaking about
software development and eating Welsh cakes. Sometimes all at the same
Ashley Nolan (@AshNolan_)
Talk: Developing for the unknown
Front-end development tools and techniques move forward at a blistering pace. Project dependencies can often be out-dated within months, while picking up a legacy codebase can feel like entering a time-warp.
So how do we build websites with the future in mind?
I’ll be taking you through how we’ve addressed these issues during the redevelopment of the JUST EAT International Platform. We’ll relive the tears I shed when being faced with a monolithic legacy codebase, what we changed to make our development process far easier to work with and how these principles can be applied to websites of any scale.
Ashley is a Senior UI Engineer at JUST EAT and a fan of all things visual on the the web.
James Cryer (@jrcryer)
Talk: 12 weeks, 600 releases and the One Show - Continuous Delivery with BBC Weather Watchers
When faced with immovable deadlines, how can you change the way you work to push for that extra mile? During this talk we’ll explore the practises of Continuous Delivery, what this means for your development, testing and release processes. I’ll share my first hand experiences of leading the development of BBC Weather Watchers from concept to launch on the One Show, all within 12 weeks. The talk will focus the practise of continuous delivery, the tooling available to help you accelerate the development process and some of the pitfalls that can arise.
James is a tech lead for BBC Travel & Weather teams with over 10 years commercial experience of developing software. He is experienced in software development for the web and native mobile platforms. James has a passion for performance, particular front-end engineer techniques, and dev tooling. In April 2014, James published his first book, Pro Grunt.js, which guides the reader through the process of adopting Grunt.js as a tool to remove the mundane developer tasks, allowing developers to focus on the unique features of their applications.
When James isn't writing, reading or speaking about software development he loves to travel with his wife.
Andy Clarke (@Malarkey)
Talk: Imaginative grid systems
Conversations about why the current state of web design is soulless have become more frequent since I wrote first on the subject in 2014. There are many reasons why web design has lost its soul, but uniformity in the grids we use is one reason why so many websites look so similar today.
This talk will demonstrate why and how to move beyond the grids we’ve relied on for so long. You’ll learn how to design your own grid system and discover ways to use columns, fields and modules to create designs that stand apart from the average.
Andy Clarke is one of the best known UK web designers because of his design work and contributions to the web design industry. He’s given more than sixty presentations at conferences all over the world. As well as numerous articles in web design publications, he’s written three books on website design and development including Transcending CSS and Hardboiled Web Design. Every few weeks, thousands of web professionals listen to him and his guests on the Unfinished Business podcast.
Gavin Evans (@GavinAEvans)
Talk: Designing accessible web and mobile sites
Gavin is Co-founder and Director of Operations within the Digital Accessibility Centre, and has been working in the field of accessibility for the last 12 years working with organisations throughout the UK and Australia to improve the user experience for individuals with disabilities. His focus is ensuring that organisations provide accessible platforms for people with access issues, whether it be internal applications or external facing websites, mobile offerings, Gaming or IPTV user interfaces, helping organisations achieve Digital Inclusion. He has an extremely good working knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), with the ability to apply these guidelines in the real world and how this impacts on users with disabilities.
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