Web Directions South is over for another year and what a fantastic event it was.At Web Essentials last year, I thought the focus was on standards and accesibility. This year, talk of standards took a bit of a back seat. This is an incredible leap forward in the last 12 months. I guess at a conference like this, it is now preaching to the converted. We as developers are using standards & educating our clients and collegues to the benefits of standards based design.This year, there was still an emphasis on accesibilty, but the big push was on user experience, whether this be through the visual design, information architecture or user testing. Nearly every speaker spoke about the importance of user testing.The main web directions site has great summary of the speakers – I was too busy soaking it up to take copious amounts of notes.
Archive for 2006
On Tuesday I’m heading off to Sydney for Web Directions. I can’t wait. If it’s anything like Web Essentials was last year I’m in for a great 4 days. I’ve managed to score a place on the workshops that are being held in the two days leading up to the conferece. On Tuesday I’m doing the workshop with Dan Saffer – Designing for Interaction and on Wednesday I’m doing the Derek Featherstone workshop on accessibility. I remember Dereks talk last year so I’m really looking forward to his workshop & learning from such a switched on guy. I’ve only recently found out about Dan & from what I’ve read it seems like I’ll come away with my brain overflowing with new ideas.
So it’s been a while since the last post, and the site is still not finished. I kind of got a bit done on it while I was sitting up late watching the Tour de France and the World Cup, but since then it’s all stalled a little. The IA still doesn’t exist, the layout isn’t finalised & it looks awful in IE6. There have been a few other things going on in my life that I’ve been concentrating on.The big thing is I’ve got a new job. After 7 years of working at the Australian War Memorial I’ve moved to the National Library of Australia. I’ll write a little more about this in another article.I’ve also been doing a bit of travelling. I’ve recently spent 2 1/2 weeks in Indonesia. I’m working my way through the 5Gb of photos that I took. As I narrow them down I’ll pop them up on Flickr.
I’m getting there with the development of the site. If you see some stange things happening around here it will just be me trying a few things.
I turned 35 yesterday. I thought it would be a good time to force myself into getting my online presence up and running. As a web developer I’ve found I am always seeking perfection for my own site, so I start something, get 75% of the way there & decide I don’t like it. I start all over again & keep going through the same process. I’ve always figured what’s the rush – it’s better to get it right than to present something I’m not happy with. Unfortunately this inevitably leaves me with nothing online. I’ve decided to force myself into doing something, so for the time being this has the default templates installed & that should force me into doing something about my website.