Date: 16 May 2014
About the Event
Port80 is back for it’s third year on Friday the 16th of May 2014 here in Newport.
We’ve got a awesome-tastic line up (see below).
Ticket’s are flying out the door so if you want to reserve your place at Wales’ first & finest web conference, Better Call Saul.
(*All early birds are now gone)
We are also running some workshops on the day before.
The Port80 Cherub
Denise Jacobs (@denisejacobs)
Talk: Banish Your Inner Critic
Your inner critic is an unconscious deterrent that stands between the seeds of great ideas and the fruits of achievement, keeping you stuck by telling you you’re just faking it, that others have more talent, that you’ll never achieve the success you seek. In this talk, we’ll anatomize this pernicious inner force, and learn techniques to banish this critic so that you can have the mental space and energy to let your true talents emerge — and help you be a badass with your w
Denise R. Jacobs is a Speaker + Writer + Creativity Evangelist who teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid, methods for making work environments more conducive to creative productivity, and practices for sparking innovation. She is the author of The CSS Detective Guide, and co-authored the Smashing Book #3 1/3 and Interact with Web Standards.
Dan Donald (@hereinthehive)
Talk: Designing Evolution
The fluidity and flexibility the web offers us is something we’ve never really had to deal with properly before. How can we ensure that looking at capabilities (of which width is one) and describing how a layout can start with a solid baseline of colour and typography can evolve? Further ahead, what might some of the challenges be if we work with ‘element queries’?
Dan Donald, based up near Manchester, currently tinkers with web things at the BBC, tries his hand from time to time at speaking, and tweets nonsense as @hereinthehive. He makes words on big-picture-web-journal-thing Break the Page and occasionally does gig-styled web conferences Speak the Web. When not webbing it up he makes noise in Mark of 1000 Evils and stacks up side projects he’ll never get to.
Nathan Ford (@nathan_ford)
Talk: Mastering the dark art of fluid layout
Beautiful, fluid layouts do not need to be mystifying. Designer and developer Nathan Ford will take you through some of the ways traditional grids and other layout methods on the web are hindering our designs, and show you ways to build with fluidity from the start. He will demonstrate how to derive bespoke grid systems from your content, strengthening the connectedness of device, content and layout, and then show you how to adapt your layout as needed to maintain your smart compositional decisions across an ever-changing landscape.
Nathan is Creative Director at Mark Boulton Design (markboultondesign.com), where he works on projects with clients such as CERN, ESPN and Al Jazeera. He's also the Creator and Product Lead on Gridset, a simple tool that makes designing advanced grid systems for the web a breeze. Born and raised in Texas, Nathan now lives just outside Cardiff, Wales. Catch his occasional thoughts on all aspects of the web at Art=Work, and peruse his ever-growing arsenal of tiny web-design tools on Github.
Louise Tierney (@thelittle_t)
Talk: Put yourself in their shoes!
It’s a fact that many decisions are made by our emotions, why then would you publish a website that makes people feel frustrated? Why don’t we all make websites that just ‘feel right’ to use?
Louise explains why it isn’t’ as easy as you might think – there isn’t just one thing to get right. In her talk she explains that it’s a combination of elements which creates a good User Experience; design, layout, colours, content, writing style and the Content Management System (CMS) behind the website.
Louise is a Producer & User Experience Analyst. She works for Zengenti who provide the digital backbone to some of the UK’s leading organisations. Louise previously worked for Shropshire Council on new.shropshire.gov.uk where she was the lead UX designer and helped create a more user focused website. She is obsessed with user experience & web design and feels that all companies should invest heavily in both.
Roy Tomeij (@roy)
Talk: Make Them Click
Whether you want it or not, you’re the constant victim of neuro-marketing. Understand the unconscious reasons for your online actions, and how to apply psychology-meets-UX to your own ap
Roy Tomeij is co-founder at AppSignal in Amsterdam, the best Ruby performance monitoring and error tracking tool since sliced bread. He speaks with a cute accent and doesn't play the banjo.
Kimberley Tew (@kimberleytew)
Talk: Accessibility for Humans
Accessibility has an image problem. It is often seen as an added extra that must be requested by the client, or as an ugly hindrance to your beautiful design. This is less of a talk, more of a show and tell session that will demonstrate the human impact of accessible websites. There will be no checklists, no code samples, just simple humanity.
Freelance copywriter and content manager/strategist
Kevin Evans (@kwe)
Talk: These ARE the Droids you’re looking for
The talk focuses on the theoretical and practical development of mobile context aware applications to delivery rich user experiences. Using technology like Bluetooth LE (iBeacons), Geofencing and Social data, to deliver and gather the right content at the right time. Mixing the digital and physical to create delightful experiences.
Started in IT when real developers wrote on punched cards, when batch queues were cool and Cobol roamed the earth. Gadget obsessed, he still finds everything ‘IT’ completely magical. One day he hopes to grow up….
Currently, CTO and Head of the Development at the University of South Wales. Working with a team of 20 developers and designers, crafting Corporate, Web and Mobile applications. Using all the cool stuff, Rails, SASS, RWD, while drinking fancy coffee and far to many fizzy drinks.
Matt Jukes (@jukesie)
Talk: Lies, damned lies, and statistics
Think you have worked on some difficult projects?
The ONS website has been called “a national disgrace” in the Financial Times, “the world’s worst website” in a best-selling book, “virtually unnavigable” in the Guardian and was the subject of a Parliamentary Select Committee investigation.
Bet you don’t feel so bad now do you?
The talk will be an honest assessment of why things got so bad, what we are trying to do to fix things and where we hope to get to in the future.
Matt is Head of Digital Content at the Office for National Statistics and has spent the majority of his 15 year career managing digital teams in the space where higher education, research and government meet.
He also blogs a little sense and tweets a lot of nonsense.
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Newport, South Wales at University of South Wales, City Campus
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