September 26, 2005
WE05 ignition sequence commenced -podCasts, flickr, blogging and more
WE04 seems so distant (I'm since married, and a lot else has happened aside) and yet so recent.
And now, WE05 is about to kick off. Jeffrey Veen, Molly Holzschalg, Douglas Bowman and Kelly Goto jetted in this morning (Jeffrey and Molly a little late after an emergency detour to Fiji because the planes toilets broke down.)
Eric Meyer, Tantek Çelik, and Derek Featherstone are arriving tomorrow (that's a couple of early starts at the airport),
As usual for WE events, the heavens opened in this drought stricken city. This is getting ridiculous. The weather is supposed to be fining up for the the rest of the week, let's hope so.
If you can't make it to Sydney, or missed out on a seat, never fear, we have podCasts, photos, blogging and more to keep you in touch.
It's not quite as good as being here, but maybe next year...
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And if you are in Sydney and missed out, get down to the pumphouse on Friday evening, where we'll have our wrap party - all welcome (but you'll have to buy your own drinks)
September 21, 2005
WE05 hots up, Veen, flickr, podcasting and more
With a week to go to WE05, we've been working our proverbials off to take last year's successful conference and make it much much better.
Jeffrey Veen's workshop
First off we have Jeffrey Veen's brand new workshop Designing the Next Generation of Web Apps. I always new this would be fantastic, but having seen the content in detail now I have just this to say - if you miss this you will kick yourself forever. The chance to see Jeffrey down under is a very rare one. < href="https://webessentials.org/veen/">Take it.
Some of the areas Jeffrey is covering are
- Simple and Fast Research with Metrics Analysis, Competitive Analysis and Audience Personas.
- Interaction Design for web applications built using AJaX
- Using AJaX to solve real problems
- Documenting the design process
- Designing for and with APIs
- Usability Testing
- Principles of design for the new Web
- Business principles for the new Web
All sessions at WE05 will be podCast. There'll be a WebEssentials channel at
Photos and flickr
The wonderful Amit Karmakar is bringing his photographic skills to WE05. Check out the latest photos at our site or at the WebEssentials flickr photostream. You can find some photos from last year and other WE events there already.
With so many fine authors speaking at WE05, we've lined up a book signing by Molly Holzschlag, Eric Meyer, Kelly Goto and Jeffrey Veen. We'll also have discounted copies of their books to purchase, and EFTPOS facilities.
September 16, 2005
Web Essentials update
WE05, the second WebEssentials conference, is shaping up. We sold out some weeks ago, and are putting together the final pieces to eclipse even last year's wonderful event.
While the conference, as mentioned, is sold out, we do have some places left for Jeffrey Veen's workshop "Designing the Next Generation of Web Apps" which is held the day before at the same venue.
If you are involved with user interface design for the web, and web application design, this simply isn't to be missed. The day is also fully catered, and includes an evening reception, where you'll get the chance to meet with Jeffrey, your peers in our industry in Australia, and the speakers of WE05, including Eric Meyer, Molly Holzschlag, Douglas Bowman, Kelly Goto, Tantek Çelik, and Derek Featherstone.
And we'll even throw in an invitation to the WE05 conference party, the ollowing night - fully catered, a great opportunity to get to know even more people in your industry in Australia.
But places are selling out, so please don't delay.
See you in a fortnight,
September 06, 2005
Rising tide - a new CSS technique
Since we redesigned the westciv site about a year ago, we have had a steady stream of comments about the way the logo in the top left corner works. This technique (which we dubbed "rising tide") works in all contemporary browsers (and degrades gracefully in older browsers like IE6 and older, which don't support fixed positioning, so if you don't see anything cool happening on windows, fire up Firefox/Moxilla/Opera/).
Maxine has now got round to writing an indepth tutorial about how to achieve the effect on your site, so if you want to do it yourself, take a look.