Schedule

Below you'll find the schedule of the Smashing Conference Oxford. And we do have some surprises for you—but they are not included in the schedule, of course. Stay updated.

Tuesday, 17th | Wednesday, 18th

08:00 Doors Open
09:00 Welcome and Introduction!
09:20

A Good Writer Is a Good Thinker

We are all united in a common goal: to grow as designers – to become better and to improve – in both our work and in our lives.

In this talk, Christopher Murphy shares the secret to growing as a professional: Writing. Writing, whether publicly or privately, shapes you as a person. Writing is a process, a process through which new ideas are developed, challenged and tested. As David Weinberger put it, many moons ago, you can, “write yourself into existence.”

Regardless of your specialism – designer or developer – Chris will explore the critical role that discovery engines, latticeworks of mental models, and the humble written word can play in improving our thought processes and, by extension, our abilities.

In short: Writing matters. Hugely.

10:10

Getting Personal: The Why and How of Designing for People

Often when solving design problems we take into account the demands of stakeholders, or our desire to create beautiful work. These are both valuable for informing the choices we make, but there’s another factor that’s imperative to our design’s success: the needs of real people. We’ll talk about why human need matters in design, why we resist getting close to our users, and practical, easy ways to put users front and center in our process.

11:00 Morning Break
11:30

Don’t Give Them What They Want, Give Them What They Need

In the Summer of 2013, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea decided to 'refresh' their website with a view to updating their templates and implementing a responsive web design. One year later, what the Council actually ended up with was a fundamentally changed website, redesigned from the inside outwards, putting the needs of residents first.

Richard Rutter will tell the story of how the redesign was achieved, how the internal battles were won, and the practical and pragmatic routes taken to ensure to success. It was a bumpy ride, so hold on tight!

12:20

Responsive Images are here!

Up until recently, Responsive Web design often meant using one of the various Responsive Images hacks or take a performance hit. Nowadays, that is no longer the case.

After over 2 years of community effort, we have finally reached the stage where a native responsive images solution is part of the Web Platform. The <picture> element and the srcset attribute are now shipping with Chrome and Opera, and the implementation in other browsers is well under way.

In this session, we will discuss the various use cases the specification handles, the native solution and matching syntax for each one of them, practical advice regarding these new markup patterns, the state of current implementation efforts and what other image-related solutions may come in the future.

13:10 Lunch Break
14:40

Rethinking Publishing

In this talk, Peter Bil’ak will examine the ways that current publishing practices are rooted in the 19th century, and how in order to move forward, we may have to go back to the roots and reconnect with readers. He will also talk about his recent project, “Works That Work” magazine, which set out to rethink publishing paradigms, starting with its financing, distribution and production.

15:30

Visualisation that takes us beyond the numbers

For the majority of us, the word ‘visualisation’ is associated with the digital world. The growing interest in understanding the types of visualisation makes infographics and techniques of data visualisation so popular. But are all people visual learners? Can we also bring visual techniques into our daily routine such as brainstorming ideas when designing our product and explaining concepts to our colleagues, visualising the progress and analysing the trends?

Let us talk about the visual management and meaningful visualisation which does not only push all the numbers to make them visible but gives this feeling that someone on another side cares about how and which data will be read.

The Visual Management is a set of knowledge, skills and visual techniques that enable us to work with information visually. Let us have a closer look at the real data, tasks and defects pulled from an open source project, and train visualising them at all phases of work on a product.

16:20 Afternoon Break
16:50

Beyond the browser

HTML is arguably the most common language in the world. The magic of the browser delivers it to us on our phones, on our wrists, in our cars and even on our refrigerators. But HTML is starting to seep beyond the browser and many companies — from startups to major enterprises — are using the open web platform to build full-blown desktop applications. The benefits are diverse and the caveats are dwindling. In this talk, we’ll explore what going hybrid entails and how to utilize the skills you already have to start building killer, HTML-based desktop apps. It’s time to think beyond the browser.

17:40

Is Blink The New IE6?

Blink is the rendering engine that powers Chromium-based browsers like Chrome and Opera. Devs love it, and devs hate IE6. So how could Blink become the new IE6? Come with me on a journey down memory lane to a time when the Netscape dinosaurs ruled the earth and IE6 was the best thing since sliced pennyfarthings, and we’ll ask ourselves if history is repeating itself.

18:30 Closing Remarks
21:00 Party Time!

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