Date: 25 May 2012
About the Event
The original Port80 event which kicked it all off!
Relly Annett-Baker (@rellyab)
Talk: Content Strategy: the RPG
One of the best steps into practical content strategy is to try out a range of the roles it encompasses, within your own company and projects.
Relly Annett-Baker will take you through a series of practical tasks to get your content strategy brain humming and your typing fingers whirring.
With lots of take-home tips, you’ll be ready to give your site a full refresh and ready to use those practical content skills with clients.
Relly Annett-Baker lives in the Home Counties with her husband, Paul Annett, and their two small sons. As a result, she thrives on the country air and can be guaranteed to stand on Lego at least once a day. Her principle employment is as live-in domestic staff for two cats but when not being purred into submission she is a content strategist and writer, runs dedicated workshops in-house with companies big and small and continues to procrastinate over the draft of her Five Simple Steps book 'Content Creation for the Web' due out in 2012. She'll get right back to it just after she's had another cup of tea and checked her Twitter stream.
Andy Davies (@andydavies)
Talk: Is your site fast enough?
Andy will be talking about web site performance – why it matters from a business perspective, how we can measure load times and what we can do to make sites load more quickly.
Andy first stumbled into web performance in late '90s when he was trying to deliver media rich e-learning over dial-up connections, and has been hooked ever since. When he's not worrying about performance, Andy fiddles with Arduinos, grows vegetables and relaxes with his wife and kids.
Dan Gates ( (@dan_gates)
Talk: Web Project Management
Dan will be talking about taking a big web application project from concept and planning through to design, build, testing and finally to it’s audience. He’ll also discuss frameworks to help save you time and produce mobile ready sites with minimal headaches and look at tools to keep you organised, on-time and in budget.
Dan is Lead Developer at Bite, a global communications agency, where he has worked with clients including Sony, Sybase, Nokia and Logica. He’s been in the business for five years and is still learning.
Cole Henley (@cole007)
Talk: Whatever happened to progressive enhancement?
In my talk I want to look at whatever happened to progressive enhancement and discuss how we should approach inclusive web design with the myriad of tools,techniques and devices available today.
A tall, bearded and scruffy-looking nerf-herder, Cole spends his days in sunny Somerset as an interface designer, front-end developer and CMS wrangler.
Joel Hughes (@joel_hughes)
Talk: Pricing, dealing with clients, and other mysteries
Joel will be talking about pricing, dealing with other freelance/project issues and anything else that darn well takes his fancy. The talk will be a smorgasboard of techniques and lessons he’s learned himself (aka ‘the school of hard knocks(tm)‘) as well as hints & tips he’s picked up from other (brighter) folks along the way.
Joel is a freelance web strategy gun for hire via his consulting company Jojet.. When not helping businesses' translate their world in what's possible on-line, he's a hooked onInstagram as well as being Apollo/NASA space nut. Married to Jess with two kids (Lily & Geno). Organiser of Port80
Tom Lloyd & Rob Mills (Bluegg)
Talk: Personality on the Web
Together we’ll be discussing personality on the web, sharing examples of those who get it right and just as importantly, those who don’t. By deconstructing websites, copy and brands we can reveal why it is important to find your personality and how to communicate it effectively online and offline to your target audience.
Tom is a designer and Creative Director of Bluegg, a creative and digital agency based in Newport. He started the company 10 years ago when he left university and got scared of having a big bad boss. He's in charge of everything creative in the studio. Tom has a wife called Kelly, a son called Joe and hates mayo and feathers.
Rob is Studio Manager at Bluegg, a journalism graduate and author of A Practical Guide to Designing the Invisible from Five Simple Steps. Having worked at Mark Boulton Design and Carsonified previously, Rob has extensive experience of project management and running a design studio. He is part of the .Net Magazine monthly big question panel and their award judging panel. He has written for .Net, Think Vitamin and 24ways. He will write for coffee and Monster Munch but never for raisins or yoghurt with bits in
Craig Lockwood (@craiginwales)
Talk: Native Apps v's Responsive Design
Craig will be talking about native apps v’s responsive design. Craig acknowledges that the majority of app ideas proposed to him would be far better suited to a well designed responsive website. Craig will discuss the pro & cons of both and will consider mobile sensor implementation & monetisation.
Craig Lockwood is an iOS programmer at the Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications & Services (CEMAS) based at Glamorgan University and has over 17 years experience in commercial web development. Craig is a serial entrepreneur and has a huge passion for interactive technical training, founding www.appworkshops.com after spotting a lack of interest in native mobile development in South Wales. Craigs latest web project is a social gaming platform for web creatives called pixelpicnics.com.
Rich Quick (@richquick)
Talk: Responsive Web Design: The dirty truth - A hands on look at RWD in the wild.
I’ll be looking at responsive web design in the wild, where it works, where it’s a pain in the butt and how you can start using it in your day-to-day work without making your life much harder.
Rich Quick* is a web designer with over 12 years' experience who has worked for the likes of Waitrose, John Lewis & the BBC. He wrote the best-selling book "Web Design in easy steps", was a finalist at the SxSW Web Awards, and once showed Colin Firth's wife how to use a microwave.
— richquick (@richquick) May 26, 2012
— MarmaladeToday (@MarmaladeToday) May 27, 2012
— Dexter Dillinger (@DexterDillinger) May 25, 2012
— Dulcie Fulton (@dulciefulton) May 27, 2012
— Amity Web Solutions (@AmityWeb) May 25, 2012
— kwe (@kwe) May 25, 2012
@joel_hughes great day Joel, thanks for bringing the web to those of us in need.knowledge ideas&energy shared@Newport the sun shone in doors
— Cian Mc Loughlin (@design4living77) May 25, 2012
— Ian Wootten (@iwootten) May 25, 2012
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Newport, South Wales at Univeristy of Wales, City Campus
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