We used to control our online identities, content, and experience. We now share Twitter names instead of domains; even web developers tweet and post on Medium instead of their own sites. We scroll social media and feel empty instead of reading news & blogs to feel informed and connected. Algorithmic feeds amplify rage & conspiracies, enabling tribal ad-targeting to polarise and spread misinformation, threatening democracy itself.
What happened? And what are we doing to fix it?
That's a big question that will require all of us, our communities, our employers, to shift. I don't want to wait, and you probably don't either.
What can you do for yourself, today?
Own your domain. Own your content. Own your social connections. Own your reading experience. IndieWeb services, tools, and standards enable you to take back your web.
“Hey, have you seen that thing that Airbnb did? Let's do something like that.”
When thinking about how to solve our design problems, we often look to what others are doing. And when we don't, our stakeholders do. We call this “inspiration”. But at the heart of it is a focus on solutions rather than problems. We fall in love with a solution to someone else’s problem and try to make it fit our own. We contribute to design sameness, and confuse it with reasoned convention. In making things easier for ourselves, we might miss opportunities to really make a difference.
In this presentation at beyond tellerrand, Stephen will explore the why and how of deeply understanding design problems. He’ll look at why it’s important to think outside of the box, when it’s appropriate to look at the work of others, and what to do with it when we do.
Fonts on the web have a long, storied, and sometimes problematic history for not just web site designers and developers, but typographers, type foundries, and web font hosts too. We all want type to solve real problems but what happens our typographic opinions are in conflict—who takes priority? In this talk we’ll analyse a few of these spicy opinions, rank a few hot takes on the Scoville Scale, and learn how we can improve real-world experiences when using fonts on the web.
Her talk will be about how her background in architecture informs the way she creates art – usually of everyday objects, and into big installations. Red will talk about how she challenges to look at the familiar and mundane with fresh eyes, and about how exploring new places and meeting people of different cultures has influenced her work. She will cover materials ranging from teabags, to chopsticks, to socks, and to her current medium: eggshells.
The future does not exist, and yet it is something we dream about, plan for and sometimes fear. Join David as he talks through his process and how he came to learn about the creative playground called “the future,” and why the relationship of imagination, wonder and the desire to explore has become a central theme to his work.
It’s no secret that most people don’t read technical documentation for pleasure. Users often come to your docs when they are frustrated with your software, disappointed that they haven't been able to solve the problem on their own and generally feeling pretty low. This is sad, sure, but being aware of these feelings is key for developers and technical writers alike. These emotions frame the reader’s perspective and therefore, should shape the mood of our docs.
In this talk, we’ll discuss how the language we use affects our users and the first steps towards writing accessible, approachable and use case-driven documentation.
Making a mainstream film that is culturally resonant, critically acclaimed and financially successful is a rare achievement, yet some filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and David Fincher consistently tell stories that tick all of those boxes.
Under the surface of their most celebrated films lies a hidden architecture that operates on an unconscious level; This talk is designed to illuminate the techniques that great storytellers use to engage a global audience on a deep and meaningful level through psychological metaphor.