Web Directions South – Day 1

As you all know, its that exciting time of year. Conference Time. I have been looking forward to this event because it shows me the leading people in the areas of web standards, accessibility, XHTML, JavaScript and CSS. The organizers of the conference, John Allsop and Maxine Sherrin, always do an awesome job developing a conference which is exactly what us web developers/designers need.

Day 1 the quality of the speakers did not disappoint me at all. There were 4 content streams (design, dev, big picture and w3c).

For me today’s highlights were…

The intro animation by Cameron Adams, pure gold for a few hours work (supposedly after talking to him at lunch time), for those that missed it, have a geezer at this. Note: Use Safari 3+

Scott Thomas – @simplescott was the lead web designer on the very successful Obama campaign. Great advice on designing to inspire, convey trust and credibility. I so wish I had bough the book, but alas, not quick enough and he didn’t bring many with him.

Dan Rubin – @danrubin showed us how we can embrace HTML5 and CSS3 right now and maintain backwards compatability (even with IE6). Btw there have been some great shout outs for IE9 during the conference which is great to see.

Steve Souder – @souder. Simply put, Steve is a web ninja. He has two web optimisation books under his belt, worked for Yahoo, currently at Google, lectures at Stanford and oh, did I mention he developed yslow? As you probably guessed, Steve lives and breathes web performance.

Josh Williams – @jw was one of those talks where you just sat there thinking why didn’t I do that? Geo-location ninja and creator of Gowalla, it even has some Aussie in it? It’s a derivative of Go Wallaby which he got from the Australia film. (Not sure if he was joking about this or not). I liked the Hugh Jackman breaks too.

There were lots of other great presenters and don’t have time to mention them all. However, the guys at @campaignmonitor had an augmented reality remote controlled helicopter it was so cool. It amazing how accurate it is. Will post photos soon.

Dinner was at the Noodle Night Market, I had noodle soup and coconut juice, all for under $15, bargain. Met some top people and formed some good networks.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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