There was something for everyone in the FOWD Glasgow leg from an Adobe Air presentation to a talk on making the web development process more penny-friendly. The Adobe Air presentation has encouraged me to dust off an Adobe Flex book I bought a few years ago and have another go at it!
Rather than go over every presentation I’ll just talk over my own personal favourites :
Before I went I saw the speed networking advertised and was a little dubious. In my opinion it turned out to be one of the most important parts of the day. Normally at these things you are left to your own devices and it’s easy to stick with the group you came in with, the people you know or to even sneak off to the pub in between talks!
We had 2.5 minutes with each new ‘contact’ to give a brief intro and swap business cards before moving onto the next person. It gave us the opportunity to talk to people that we may not otherwise have been able to and I’m glad as I finally got to put a face to quite a few Twitter user names and got to meet a huge variety of people.
The speed networking was brilliant and to anyone who’s still to go to a leg of the FOWD Tour to do…Stay and do it. Trust me!
‘Making your content discoverable with Microformats’ by Drew McLellan
Before we went along I didn’t know much about Microformats – not that I’m now an expert of course but I at least know what they do and how they could be utilised! I even had a wee play about with the suggestions from Drew on this blog the second I got home. It’s a brief attempt so far but for those of you who were there you can go to our ‘About the PoLR Blog‘ page and see what I’ve done.
We all know how important it is to cater for disabilities when designing websites and Patrick threw up some interesting wee tests for us web designers to do in order to test our sites for access with a keyboard only. The interesting parts were his examples of the right way and wrong way to do things when formatting links and his comment on tabindexes being confusing (something I hadn’t really considered too much before).
Before this talk I had a few preconceptions about HTML 5 mainly that it was miles off from being the norm/standard. After the talk I’ve realised two things: Firstly, I need to start reading up on it one Hell of a lot more and secondly, how much more usable it appears to be to carry out certain tasks (embedding video for example). I’m still doubtful over how soon it will be that all the browsers are following the same set of standards but I can’t wait for the day it come (and IE gets it’s ‘doing exactly what it wants’ act together).
‘Design, Release, Iterate: The Importance of Acting on Feedback’ by Colin Hewitt
The title of this talk initially made me think it was about client feedback when demonstrating designs. Turns out it was actually about feedback on the effectiveness of samples (such as additional pages prior to undertaking an e-commerce addition to a website) before and during the design process to evaluate the most effective way forward when developing a clients website.
I personally like how he started his presentation with our tagline – ‘Because a cool website is just the tip of the iceberg‘ – a man after our own hearts 😉