Happy new year everyone! I hope Santa visited you; a cherished present I had was a poster from Atari signed by Mr Nolan Bushnell himself – nice
Anyway, it’s 2013 so it’s time for me to start thinking of all things Port80. The speakers for the big May event (& the tickets) will be announced shortly but first I just want to get the Spring* Localhost launched which is coming up fast on Thursday the 7th of February (evening event: 18:30 to 20:30)
(*I realise that calling February ‘Spring’ is a stretch but bear with me…)
Spring Localhost Speakers
I’ll get to the speakers in a mo but first I’ll apologise for not having their talk titles in here; I’ll get those sorted as soon as the emails land until then you’ll just have to let your imagination run riot as to what these crazy horses will say/do; it will obviously be web related…well, apart from Zach…he really is crazy!
Update: all done!
“Getting to know your audience doesn’t need to be difficult”
Good web designers and developers appreciate the importance of understanding the audience they are designing or building a website or app for but of course there isn’t always budget or time available to undertake in depth user research on every project. Emma shares her hints, tips and practical advice for including user research in any size of project.
Emma Boulton spends her days juggling the demands of her two small businesses and two small children. At work she’s a strange combination of company director, UX researcher, and commissioning editor. At home she just tries to make it through to bedtime without too much chaos. In a calmer, previous life, she spent far too long working for the BBC in their audience research department.
“Design, for Everyone!”
Whether you have an interest in learning design, or working with designers, it’s a handy skill to know. Zach carries on his fight of making design accessible for everyone.
Zach is a designer/developer c-c-combo and has worked at some of the top companies in his field despite having no formal training. He runs his tiny agency, Superhero Studios in Cardiff and building his startup Crit.io.
“Whine, Lose or Draw: Spec Work Sucks!”
Whine, lose or draw, spec work sucks but if you do it right, it can form a genuine learning and development programme. Carey will talk about applying agile techniques to the process of pitching for business and make sure you win even when you lose.
Carey is the Development Manager at Box UK. In a role that straddles the guts of software development and board-level strategic decision-making, Carey has a much deeper understanding of the nuts and bolts of software than many other web specialists, with a particular interest in large system design, scalability and commoditization of web technology
Don’t stone me but sadly the Localhost events will have to be charged for; they will move from ‘free‘ to ‘minimal charge’ for the following reasons:
- The university charge me for use of the room; so far I’ve paid for this (aw bless!)
- Some people book tickets, the event sells out & then just don’t show up = unfair on folks who wanted to come
However, this isn’t a money-grabbing affair, this is just to cover bare bones room cost cost and help keep bums on seats. The cost per ticket will be:
…yes, that’s £4. Four whole pounds. Four of your British currency slabs.
What are you waiting for?