WXG

26th September 2014

Kyan presents WXG, a conference dedicated to creating cutting-edge web and digital experiences, held in Guildford on 26 September from 9am to 5pm. With twin tracks, lots of time to chat, lunch included and drinks to follow, it’s a day not to be missed. Early bird tickets are just £69 exVAT.

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Speakers

  • Andy
    Budd

    The UX of User Experience Design

    Andy Budd

    The UX of User Experience Design

    UX design is all the rage at the moment, but how usable is it as a process? When the top industry experts can't even agree to its definition (or even it's existence) how are you supposed to bake it into your practice, let alone sell it to your clients? In fact should you or your clients even care?

    In this session Andy Budd will try to demystify some of the rhetoric and dogma floating around about User Experience Design, and explain what should and shouldn't matter to your business, your clients and your day-to-day work as a web designer.

    User Experience Designer and CEO of Clearleft, Andy is a best selling tech author, curates the dConstruct and UX London conferences and helped set-up The Brighton Digital Festival. Andy created Silverback, a low cost usability testing application for the Mac, and co-founded Fontdeck, a web typography start-up. Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like The Web 2.0 Expo, An Event Apart and SXSW. In May 2010, Wired Magazine named Andy one of the top 100 most influential people in the UK digital sector, much to the pride of his mother and the surprise of everybody else.

  • Chris
    Cherrett

    The Real World Web

    Chris Cherrett

    The Real World Web

    It’s quite clear that the landscape of the web will change dramatically over the next 10 years, as it has done over the last 10. With plenty of discussion centred on smart devices, Google’s acquisition of smart-home startups and the unification of the web with the “real world”, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to the Internet of Things.

    After this talk you'll walk away better understanding what the IoT offers us, what we can offer our clients, the problems we need to tackle, and how we might solve them as web developers. We'll explore practical examples of what we can do today to start integrating with these devices, such as Nest’s developer program.

    We're told we're going to have a smart-life, so how smart is that life going to be?

    Chris Cherrett is a UX Developer working with the very talented and criminally good-looking folk at Adido in Bournemouth. He likes to explore how the evolving web will change the way we interact with products and services in the future, and what that means for us as developers and designers.

  • Peter
    Cooper

    The Future of Code

    Peter Cooper

    The Future of Code

    The tools, paradigms and techniques behind computer programming are constantly evolving. Spanning the developments in both academia and industry, Peter Cooper takes a look at recent research and advancements in the worlds of programming languages, computer architecture and developer tooling, and speculates on how the programming world of 2020 and beyond may look.

    Peter Cooper is a publisher, programmer and author, who sends weekly newsletters to over 170,000 programmers each week, primarily in the open source world. He also chairs O’Reilly’s Fluent HTML5 and JavaScript conference.

  • Jon
    Hicks

    Icon Design Process

    Jon Hicks

    Icon Design Process

    Icons are more than just pretty decorative graphics for sites and applications, they are little miracle workers. They summarise and explain actions, provide direction, offer feedback and even break through language barriers. Whether you design icons yourself or just need to be able to work with them, this session will take you through the whole process of designing and deploying resolution independent icons – from the initial brief, to choosing format or method to deploy them. On the way it will cover choosing the right metaphor, achieving visual balance and using techniques such as icon fonts and SVG for scalable and lightweight distribution.

    Jon Hicks is a Graphic Designer and Gentleman, based in Oxfordshire. He runs Hicksdesign with his wife Leigh and is most widely known for his work on the Firefox, Mailchimp and Shopify logos, as well as recent projects such as the Skype emoticon redesign. He also quite literally wrote the book on Icons: “The Icon Handbook” for Five Simple Steps Publishing.

  • Robin
    Johnson

    Navigating The NoSQL Landscape

    Robin Johnson

    Navigating The NoSQL Landscape

    Considering using a NoSQL database? The terminology surrounding NoSQL and BigData are confusing to IT professionals trying to select the right storage for the right problem. This presentation explores the technical reasons you might select one of these NoSQL databases, the types of databases available, their correct use and 'quintessential' use cases for them. We will weigh-up the strengths and weaknesses of both relational and non-relational databases, seeing real life use cases from some major names!

    A Polyglot Programmer and Developer Evangelist at SendGrid, currently working amongst the world-wide developer community to ease the adoption of the technology. Having spoken at some of the world's leading technical conferences, Robin is building his way to being a player in the London tech scene; attending, speaking at, and even helping organise multiple large events.

  • Laura
    Kalbag

    How we design the web

    Laura Kalbag

    How we design the web

    These days, “web designer” is used to describe all sorts of jobs and people. I’m going to discuss what we really create when we design for the web, where our responsibilities and loyalties lie, and how we hone our design skills.

    Laura Kalbag is a designer easily excited by web design and development. Among her list of ever-changing pet subjects are responsive design, accessibility, web fonts and design theory, but she's really fascinated by anything in the areas of web, mobile and design.

    Laura has been a freelancer for the whole of her professional life. She revels in working with small and meaningful clients, creating websites, apps, icons, illustrations and the odd logo.

  • Steve
    Marshall

    We can mirror it for you wholesale

    Steve Marshall

    We can mirror it for you wholesale

    How do you build world-class, highly scalable web applications without access to the Internet? How can you take the useful pieces of the Internet with you to a Napoleonic sea fort… and why would you even want to?!

    After spending a year building a suite of open-source tools to clone large chunks of the Internet, Steve realised there are far wider applications for this than “I want to live in a fort without Internet access”, and that decoupling can be a good thing for you, your team, your infrastructure, and your software.

    If he ever grows up, Steve Marshall wants to be a mighty pirate. Until then, he has to make do with being a software architect. He's worked on travel APIs, military-grade software, sites for burgeoning rock bands, award-winning intranet portals, and a host of things between.

    When he’s not working or complaining on Twitter (@SteveMarshall), he can be found listening to music, playing videogames, taking more photos than he has time to process, or going very fast round corners in his car. One day, he might blog on http://nascentguruism.com/ again. One day.

  • Stuart
    Memo

    The Amazing Sounds of JavaScript

    Stuart Memo

    The Amazing Sounds of JavaScript

    From the theremin to the sampler via the synthesizer and drum machine, technology has always shaped the sound of popular music. While the web has become the most popular way of sharing music, it’s never been used to make it. That is until now. The Web Audio API enables us to design and create instruments and audio effects from scratch using JavaScript. This talk will not only show you how to do this, but why it’s the future of making music.

    Stuart is a senior developer for the BBC in Glasgow. He spends much of his time experimenting with HTML5 and the Web Audio API. These experiments usually result in projects with silly names. See Qwerty Hancock and Abbey Load to name just a couple.

  • Laurent
    Sansonetti

    RubyMotion

    Laurent Sansonetti

    RubyMotion

    Talk details coming soon.

    Laurent is the founder of HipByte and lead developer of RubyMotion. He worked at Apple for 7 years as a senior software engineer, on both iLife and OS X. A long time rubyist, he created and still maintains the MacRuby project. In a previous life, he worked on IDA Pro and was an active contributor to RubyCocoa and GNOME.

  • Jon
    Tan

    Reverting to Type

    Jon Tan

    Reverting to Type

    A little over a third of the top 1,000 websites in the world use web fonts, but more goes into choosing type than a pretty face that renders well across devices and browsers. Type affects everything, from how our audiences feel, to how they complete tasks.

    This talk discusses the science behind the type, and how we choose and set it to help our clients and audience tap away happy.

    Jon Tan is a designer and typographer, who co-founded Fontdeck and advises organisations such as the BBC on screen fontography. He designs branding, websites, and interfaces from Mild Bunch HQ, a co-working studio he runs in Bristol, UK. Jon writes for publications like Typographica, 8 Faces, and 24 Ways, and speaks at events such as An Event Apart. In his spare time he designs and makes wallets and desks, and gets wrestled into submission by his two sons.

  • Robin
    Whittleton

    CSS: Who thought that was a good idea?

    Robin Whittleton

    CSS: Who thought that was a good idea?

    CSS has gone through a lot of evolution over the last 20 years leading to a wealth of technologies and techniques. As front-end developers we now have more tools in our belts than ever before, but how did we get here?

    This talk aims to unravel who came up with what to get us to where we are now, and to expand on who is driving CSS forwards.

    Robin is a senior front-end developer for Kyan. He gave up history as a subject aged 14, but luckily being on the web since 1994 has given him plenty of time to prepare this talk.

  • More speakers to be announced soon

Sponsors

WXG wouldn’t be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors. If you’d like to join them and be part of the event, please contact us.

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Location

WXG takes place at G Live in central Guildford, just a short walk from the mainline station, 35 mins by train from London Waterloo.

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Schedule

  • Reception Room, 1st Floor

  • 09:00

    Registration

    Pastries and beverages

  • 09:30

    Opening remarks

    Stall foyer

  • Morning break

    Biscuits and beverages

  • Speakers

  • Lunch

    Finger buffet

  • Speakers

  • Afternoon break

    Cakes and beverages

  • Speakers

  • 17:00

    Closing remarks

    Drinks

  • Studio, Lower Ground Floor

  • 09:00

    Registration

    Pastries and beverages

  • 09:30

    Opening remarks

    Stall foyer

  • Morning break

    Biscuits and beverages

  • Speakers

  • Lunch

    Finger buffet

  • Speakers

  • Afternoon break

    Cakes and beverages

  • Speakers

  • 17:00

    Closing remarks

    Drinks

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