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February 03 2014

12:44

13 Examples of Beautiful Photos in Web Design

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As the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and here at WDL we do agree that photos communicate to us in a higher level. The good thing is that a lot of web designers also agree with this saying, specially if you pay attention to the amount of websites using big and beautiful photos in their layouts. From huge background images to big thumbnails, we have a lot of different examples to show you how images can create an emotional connection with the viewer while grabbing their attention.

Ditto

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New Zealand Opera

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Lemonade

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Anglepoise

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The Gilder

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Big Bite Creative

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Lars Tornoe

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Oak Street Bootmakers

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Two Arms Inc.

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Company

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MarketPlace

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Blackhouse

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21 School & Education Related Themes

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When a prospective student or parent is looking into a school, one of the first items that they will see is your website during their research phase.  If you do not have a website that feels modern and up to date, you could lose those potential business. In todays post, I’ll share with you 21 School and Education themes for your next learning related project.

1. ParkCollege – Education Responsive WP Theme

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2. WP Education

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3. Grand College – WordPress Theme For Education

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4. College Education

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5. My College – Premium Education WordPress Theme

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6. EduTime – Online Courses & Education Landing

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8. Academy – Learning Management Theme

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9. JSN Solid – Responsive Joomla Education Template

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10. King Power – Retina Ready Multi-Purpose Theme

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11. Lifeline NGO and Charity Responsive HTML Template

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12. Campus | Premium Multipurpose WordPress Theme

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13. Manhattan University Landing Page

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14. Morpheus Multipurpose Mega HTML Template

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15. Adept Style Responsive for Business Portfolio

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17. Modernize – Flexibility of WordPress

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18. Kid’s Voice School – Responsive WordPress Theme

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21. University Responsive Bootstrap Landing Template

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Tags: Inspiration

January 31 2014

17:44

Examples Of Inspiring 404 Error Pages For Inspiration

The most irritating part of web browsing, when we suddenly come across a broken link and get a 404 error on our screens. It’s a dead end to a surfing tour which hits the user’s nerves to the extent of exiting your webpage, sometimes, forever. However, error 404 is something unavoidable. They occur and we just have to live with them.

But some folks have found a way to have fun with them. Where 404 is an imminent flaw, it’s also a perfect device to increase your tendency at creativity. Designers are now having fun with customizing error pages, making them acceptable with a fun message and imagery to guide back to home-page. Thus error pages are now a fun part of web designing and creativity.And they are indeed fun enough; here are some recommended examples of Inspiring 404 Error Pages for inspiration kick!

Juicy Graphics

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Lissa Sleeckx

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Heads vs Tails App

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Cool Apps (E)

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TRUF

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Red Monkey Goo

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Welike Small

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Harris Farm

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Time Life

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Graphite Digital

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Apadeloup

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Mail Chimp

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Bol.Com

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Brand Crowd

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ACM Interiors

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Cofa Media

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Lego

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Royal Armouries Shop

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Vancouver Aquarium

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Proteys

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Peapod Studios

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Park Place Dealerships

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Wipolo

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Crew You

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Fitbit

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Cpanel

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Damian Muti

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Kochatelier Berlin

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12:19

Interview With Designer Anthony Burrill: “Work Hard And Be Nice To People”


  

Anthony Burrill is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary graphic design, known for his thought-provoking posters, printed traditionally in letterpress. He has never worked for another design firm, and his first studio was at home — at his kitchen table.

Upon graduating in 1991, he has worked independently in loose collaboration with friends, designers, artists and a number of institutions such as the Design Museum. Some of his most famous work is self-published making graphic design, a standalone discipline in itself.

Anthony BurrillI first came across Anthony’s work in the early 2000s, traveling by the London Underground, and I was impressed by the timeless quality of those posters, projecting a sophisticated approach to travel safety. Those posters made a strong impact and had almost grim undertones that made them very memorable.

Anthony’s work echoes Bauhaus: simple compositions of type, primary colors and geometric shapes that convey a message in a very direct way. In the following interview, conducted at a Typo London conference, Anthony speaks about the integrity of making work by hand and the importance of reaching out to people.


Anthony Burrill at Typo London in 2012. (Image credit: Gerhard Kassner)

Q: It’s been 20 years that you’ve been working in graphic design. Do you remember what art college was like for you?

I suppose it was quite traditional back then. Although, in the degree course I was in, the borders were quite blurred between printmaking, illustration, graphic design and typography. You could do anything really. And then I got to the Royal College, and that was more about ideas and more about the context than the craft.

Q: Was there a big difference between undergrad and grad school?

Yes, I think so, because for post-graduate you had to be more determined and able to write your own brief. And actually the postgraduate encouraged me to go off and do it on my own really.

Q: Your education was in the pre-digital era; so, not many computers involved.

Analog, yeah, definitely.

Q: Did you intentionally carry that aesthetic on?

Because I am traditionally trained to make camera-ready artwork and to produce work using a photocopy machine, that [aesthetic] is very much hand-crafted. So, when computers came along, I kind of resisted them for a while; I thought I could carry on doing it the traditional way. It took a long time for me to embrace the technology. But now I still use technology with that analogue mindset. I like things that are physically produced.

Q: Did you ever think, when computers came along and you could do things so much more easily — was that a barrier or did it feel strange in a way?

In the early days, computers were hard to use. There weren’t the easier programs like now. I think computers are incredible tools, but they don’t have the soul, that quality, that human quality.

Q: Nowadays, I suppose you split your work between analogue and digital?

It depends on the situation, because I spend a lot of time setting type, making very traditional posters. But there is also technology like Instagram and Twitter. I think it’s about using the best things from each medium really.


A series of simple geometric drawings of some of Anthony’s favorite things, inspired by a technical drawing manual. (Self-published as limited-edition giclée prints, 2004)

Q: Sounds like you’re quite comfortable with digital then.

Yes, it depends on how it gets used in the end. Whether it’s a print or a film, you can do things now that were impossible twenty years ago, definitely. Well, it affects the work, but I think I am always looking for that thing that’s got soul.

Q: Could you tell me the story about the lady at Sainsbury’s who inspired your poster, “Work hard and be nice to people”? How did you come up with this poster?

I was just in the supermarket where I always go, and that lady was in the queue and said the secret to a happy life: Work hard and be nice to people. And it was just one of those phrases. You know, I try to remember things that people say that have a nice ring to them, nice honesty, really. It was one of the things that, at the time, I didn’t realize would be that popular.

Q: Was that a highlight for your studio?

Yes, I think so. It’s the thing that people know me for best. And that’s fine by me, because it’s positive. After that, I thought I could carry on doing more work like this.

Q: Seems like you’ve become a curator of phrases in a way.

Yes, it’s almost like the graphic design becomes less and less important. Like, I feel now that I am going beyond graphic design, because I’ve been doing it for twenty years. Now it’s more about reaching out to people, communicating. It’s about being social, as we all are.


Possibly one of the breakthrough posters of Anthony Burrill, a simple message he heard from a lady in a supermarket queue. The poster was produced using traditional woodblock techniques. It is part of an ongoing poster series and was self-published (2004 – 2011).

Q: What’s the part of the process you enjoy the most?

It’s when you pick up on something that you think other people will pick up on. It’s almost like finding something that everyone gets, at a certain time.

Q: Do you have an example that hasn’t worked for people?

I made that poster that said, “It’s OK for me to have everything I want,” and I thought it was an interesting phrase. But I put it out there and I saw people started saying, “Yeah, I can have everything I want.” But that not what I meant! There was a twist to it, so I stopped doing it. You realize you have to be careful about the phrases you use and consider the way people can read them.

Q: Does it depend on the context?

I think so. When you’re talking to the designers, they appreciate the typography, letterpress, things like that. But to the broader range of people, you have to realize that people can read things in ways you wouldn’t expect really. Definitely, you have to think about it.

Q: Speaking of posters, how do you see the future of the poster?

I think the poster will always be powerful, but it has to exist in the world that we’re in, whether that’s through social media or other means. If the statement and the tension are strong enough, then it is still going to be relevant. Good design is about understanding and it is about the people. It is not about throwing things out there to see what happens. Design is about having integrity. People will always respond to those things.

Q: Are you optimistic about the poster?

I think it’s always about the message, and the way that that is communicated is irrelevant sometimes. People also always like to have objects, to give things to each other, to their children, and these have more of a longevity. Who knows where we’re going to be in twenty years — things are changing so rapidly — but I think there’s always a place if something has integrity and value.


Ten-day studio residency, including graphic art workshops and daily collaborations with fellow designers, musicians and photographers. (Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair at Somerset House, 2011)

Q: Do you think there’s a comeback to basic tactile things?

Things are much more connected now. There’s a kind of shared humanity, and I think people want authenticity, they want things that are real. There is so much stuff that isn’t real and that’s just irrelevant. The real things are human relationships.

Q: You have moved out of London, living in the country. How do you find the move from the big town out to the fields?

I think it gives you a broader understanding and also, being close to nature, in a very rural place, gives you a kind of grounding. As you get older, you want things at a slower pace.

Q: Where do you find inspiration in a place where design talk isn’t an everyday thing? Is it good or bad that you don’t have daily chats with peers?

I think that’s a good thing! Events like today (at Typo London) are fantastic. You get to meet people and see interesting things. But I like to have time for reflection, to not be constantly bombarded. So, living down in Kent, I can switch the computer off, not look at it all weekend.

Q: Your posters are quite typographic. What’s the relationship between the type and the meaning.

The wood type that I use is always especially bold, and it fits. I mean what I’m saying, and I want it to be pretty strong, simple and non-designed, really. Because, the way it works with the letterpress printers, we work together. It’s as much their work as it is mine.

Q: So, in selecting the appropriate type, is it about the selection or about type as a found object?

Yes, it is like a found object, because it already has a weight to it, because it’s made physically. So, it’s almost that you can pretty much say anything and print it beautifully. But people do that and it doesn’t work, because you‘ve got to mean it. People do know when you don’t mean it.

Q: Getting back to the idea of curating words and letters…

Because I am always qing my design technique and skills, I like to use pre-existing things. If I’ve only got a blank page, there’s no reference, no starting point, nothing to hang anything onto. But when you find things that exist already or a system or a nice piece of wood type, there’s already something that you can work on.


A series of public safety posters commissioned by the London Underground (2001 – 2002)

This reminds me that graphic design is about the editing process, about selecting and putting things next to each other — because nothing is created in a vacuum. There’re always reference points, always things you want to draw into. Whether that’s history, tips that are repeated then technology pacman things that people instantly understand.

Q: I suppose your inspiration doesn’t come from the [design] discipline itself.

Yes, it’s from the real world, being a human in the world. Everyone’s an individual; we have our own way of doing things, our own history and perception of how the world is. It’s about reaching those things that are universal.

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January 29 2014

17:51

Free Minimal Responsive WordPress Themes

Slow websites, tough in navigation and delayed load time due to heavy graphics results in irritation. Rich graphics websites used to be fun which is a long gone story today. Now people look for better alternatives to suit the picture of “simple yet productive” approach. Basically, what is acceptable to clients today is easy to navigate website with less loading hassles, great productive potential and dynamic in outlook.

Is that too much to ask? “Wordpress themes” says a loud, “no!” to that. WordPress is one of the most widely utilized blogging/website platforms.Its popularity has a big reason that it’s availability of themes, plugins and convenient handling. Large varieties of themes are available with dynamic outlooks yet very much simple perfectly fitting the “simple yet effective” approach. Saying “simplicity is beauty,”Wordpress adds another feature to it that“simplicity is fast”! Proving thus,including here a collection of Free Minimal Responsive WordPress Themes.

Simplest designs, attractive and elegant,will surely prove your success in making fast paced websites that will make your client a very happy person!

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January 28 2014

15:03

26 Examples of Fullscreen Video Backgrounds in Web Design

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The notable trend of fullscreen media has exploded on the web. Images require less bandwidth and also provide a means for rotating backgrounds. However videos provide a very rich user experience – they provide something to immediately captivate the visitor and draw them deeper into a website.

Online creative studios and digital agencies often utilize fullscreen video backgrounds to convey a small piece of their message. This gallery is focused on 26 prime examples of websites utilizing fullscreen videos. Some are built using Adobe Flash while others are embedded using JavaScript. Either way these video effects are unique, enlivening, and definitely on the rise amongst modern-day web designers.

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Coulee Creative

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Joe San Clothing

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Bienville Capital Management

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Risk Everything

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Squat Design

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Sketchin

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Spry

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Various Ways

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Monsorro

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BKWLD

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Story & Heart

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Whiteroom

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Netforest

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ALDO

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Pinkanova

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Kickstarter Team

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L’attrape Reve

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Pool House Digital

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January 27 2014

17:18

Getting The Most Out Of Your Web Conference Experience


  

To be a Web professional is to be a lifelong learner. The ever-changing landscape of our industry requires us to continually update and expand our knowledge so that our skills do not become outdated. One of the ways we can continue learning is by attending professional Web conferences. But with so many seemingly excellent events to choose from, how do you decide which is right for you?

During the course of my career, I have had the good fortune to attend a number of conferences, workshops and professional events. I am often asked by Web professionals who are preparing to attend their first conference how they can select the right one for their needs.

In this article, I will share the methods that I have found helpful in choosing high-quality conferences, as well as some tips to help you get the most out of the events you decide to attend.

What Are You Looking For?

The first step to finding a high-quality conference is to decide what you are looking for. Every conference is different. Some focus more on the technical aspects of our profession, while others offer a diverse set of presentations, some that are inspirational or even business-focused that complement ones about code and other technical topics.

Check out a list of Web design events taking place from January to June 2014.
Check out a list of Web design events taking place from January to June 2014. (Image credit: opensource.com)

Personally, I have always enjoyed conferences that feature a varied set of topics and speakers, but your needs may be different than mine. Furthermore, your needs may change throughout your career. If you have to learn a new technology, perhaps for a project you are working on, then an event focused on that particular topic might be exactly what you need at that point.

Once you have a general sense of what you are looking for in subject matter, the next step is to do some research.

Research The Sessions And Speakers

Start your research by visiting a conference’s website and reading about the sessions. I typically look for topics that I am already knowledgeable about, as well as areas that I know little to nothing about but would like to be introduced to.

In my experience, finding a conference that reinforces and expands skills that you already have while exposing you to aspects of the industry that you are not as familiar with will give you a more well-rounded experience than simply revisiting topics that you already count among your strengths.

If session titles and descriptions have yet to be posted, then you can get a feel for the topics to be covered by looking at the speakers listed for the event. Most speakers specialize in a particular area, such as CSS, usability or content strategy. A recognized expert in content strategy will likely speak about content strategy in some form, so by reviewing their individual website and learning more about their work and expertise, you will generally get a sense of what their session will be about.

This is important for small events, whose available spots are limited. These events often sell out quickly, before the exact nature of the sessions is even announced, so getting a feel for the content by researching the speakers might be the best way to come to a decision before tickets are all gone.

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In addition to sessions, many conferences offer optional full- or half-day workshops, which typically focus on particular topics in much more detail than normal sessions. So, if you are looking to learn more about a topic, consider adding a workshop to your plans.

Cost

The sessions are an important factor in choosing the right conference, but they are not all you must consider. Cost is another critical aspect.

The cost of attending a professional conference can be significant. I have seen tickets range anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a one-day event to a few thousand for a week-long conference. Before you look for an event, determine a budget. Whether you are paying or your company is picking up the bill, knowing what you can afford will help to immediately narrow your options.

If your company is paying, you will likely need to explain the event’s value and justify the expense. Resources such as Smashing Magazine’s “8 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Incredibly Hard-Working, Deserving Employee to the Smashing Conference” can help you make your case. Other conferences offer similar resources to provide to the decision-makers in your organization from whom you will be seeking approval.

Timing

Timing is also important. Finding a conference that works with your schedule, including the timelines of your clients, projects and other obligations, is sometimes tricky. I typically try to book a conference well in advance, when my schedule for that period has yet to be filled. I then work my future appointments and project work around it. I find this easier than booking an event late and then squeezing it into what little free time I have left. Booking in advance also allows you to take advantage of early-bird pricing, as well as to avoid being disappointed by sold-out tickets.

Get Away If You Can

The last consideration is location. Ticket prices can be high, and travel expenses (including transportation, accommodation and meals), if the conference is outside of your area, adds significantly to the cost. Still, getting away can really improve the experience.

Traveling makes a conference more of a special occasion. It’s not a vacation, but it is a break from your normal routine. If you commute from home, then you’re more likely to treat the end of the day as the end of any other work day, skipping after-conference gatherings and activities (more on these shortly) which are the most valuable asset of every conference experience. Being away from home helps you to avoid falling into your normal routine and immerses you more fully in the event.

When figuring out your budget, factor in travel costs so that you can consider events away from home. This is not always practical, and you might be restricted to conferences in your city or nearby (if you are lucky enough to live next to a city that hosts professional Web conferences). But if you can find the budget to travel, seize the opportunity!

Prepare To Be Social

Web conferences open you to fresh ideas and approaches, while energizing and exciting you for work. Education and inspiration are not the only benefits, though. Socializing with your colleagues in the industry is an important part of the experience, too. And to truly realize this benefit, you must put yourself out there and be social.

Most events that I have attended over the years included meals for attendees — typically, breakfast and lunch. I always get to the venue early on the first day to grab some breakfast. As I enter the eating room, I look for people to join and introduce myself to. After introductions and some conversation, I’ll know a bit about them and have begun to make connections.

I repeat this process at lunch and every day of the event, finding new people to meet each time. Over the years, I have met some incredibly cool people, and I maintain contact with many of them — typically, through email and Twitter. These relationships have become extremely valuable to me, giving me peers to bounce ideas off, share new work with and turn to for help.

I remember a project from a few years ago in which a tricky bit of CSS was giving me problems. I tweeted the issue, asking for help. Within minutes, two fellow front-end developers whom I had met at separate conferences each replied to me with workable solutions. That is powerful, and it was the result of putting myself out there and being willing to meet new people.

In addition to meals, some conferences hold “jam sessions,” which encourage attendees to interact and present their findings to each other. This is another opportunity to be social, so don’t be shy! Get out there, meet new people, ask questions, share your experiences, and begin forming lasting, worthwhile relationships with others in the industry.

Party Time

Every conference I have been to included some kind of after-party. Absolutely take advantage of these opportunities. Sadly, many attendees decide to skip them.

As mentioned, if you are close to home, you’ll be tempted to blow off the after-parties and get back to your normal routine. Doing so, however, will rob you of another chance to meet interesting people and form worthwhile relationships. While I have certainly met great people at mealtime, upbeat after-parties have an even better atmosphere in which to connect with other professionals.

Some people I have met at parties have become not just professional contacts, but friends. I would not have made those connections had I decided to go back home or to my hotel room.

When going to a conference, be ready to socialize.
When going to a conference, be ready to socialize. (Image credit: Kris Krug)

Adjust your schedule to arrive early enough to enjoy breakfast and late enough to attend the after-parties. Have business cards on hand, and do not be afraid to ask others for their card or contact information.

This doesn’t mean turning the event into a pure networking session, where all you do is gather cards and email addresses. But if you meet someone whom you enjoy speaking with, ask for their card and reach out to them after the event. Remember, socializing and networking are as important as learning and being inspired, so put yourself out there and make some connections!

Leave Work At Work

To get the most out of a conference, focus on the event itself and put work aside for a bit. This can be challenging, especially if you are a freelancer with no one back at the office to cover for you. But focusing on a presentation or conversation is hard when your attention is on the current work project open on your laptop.

For years, I would bring projects with me to conferences to stay on top of the workload. Even if I wasn’t working on a project, I would have my laptop or tablet ready to reply to all emails and would remain constantly available to clients and colleagues. After a while, I realized that I often focused more on my device than on the presenters. That is a problem, and I realized that I needed to make a change.

For the last few conferences I have attended, I have left my computer in my bag during sessions. No working on projects. No checking email. I just focus on the presentation. I instead use breaks between sessions or time after lunch to quickly respond to any critical emails, leaving less important communication for when I return to the office.

Even doing so, I am careful not to cut into the conference’s social time, and I restrict myself to a few minutes to handle issues that simply cannot wait. In fact, very few emails I get fall into this category, so there really is no need to rush to reply at the expense of the conference experience.

Actually some of the best conferences my colleagues have attended are the ones that have no Wi-Fi at all, using it as a feature rather than a shortcoming. This way attendees are encouraged to be more active at the event and engage into conversations happening during the conference days. The only issue is that if you travel from abroad, you can’t follow conversations on Twitter. But quite often you’ll find out that you’ll need a SIM-card with some data anyway (for the party or finding directions), and that’s perfectly enough for minor tasks anyway.

You decided to attend the conference for a reason, and it was not to catch up on work. Break away from that job for a while, as hard as it is. Even if you think you can juggle work and the conference, put away the computer and concentrate on the presenters. You will find, as I did, that you get so much more out of the presentations and conversations between presentations (which are at least as important).

Take Notes

Taking notes seems obvious, but how you take notes makes a big difference. I used to use my tablet, but now that it’s tucked away during presentations, I can no longer use it to take notes. Instead, I’ve gone low tech and started using good old fashioned paper and pen.

Once I began using a notepad, I found that my notes make more sense to me and that I retain much more. The combination of focusing on the session and writing down notes and my thoughts really help the content sink in. I also find myself taking more notes than before (likely because I’m paying closer attention) and getting more out of each presentation as a whole.

The notes will help you absorb the content and regroup once the conference is finished.
The notes will help you absorb the content and regroup once the conference is finished. (Image credit: chungholeung)

Similarly, I have spoken with a number of fellow designers who enjoy “sketchnoting” at events and who report similar results. By taking down notes on paper — in their case, very creatively — they absorb and retain more from the sessions. So, pack a notepad and pen, and prepare to go old school with your note-taking!

Regroup, Reflect And Share

Feeling overwhelmed by work when you return to the office is normal, especially if you have taken my advice and left work at work during the conference. Getting back in the swing of things can quickly push the conference to the back of your mind, so you need a process to bring it to the forefront.

As soon as I get back to the office, before even checking my backlog of email, I download any session materials that conference presenters have made available. I also schedule a few hours, no later than a week after having returned, to sit down with other members of my team to discuss what I took away from the event.

With the slides and my notes on hand, I teach others in my organization what I learned. Explaining the content to others reinforces what I have learned and ensures that it sticks with me long after.

Be sure to schedule some time to review what you have learned. Even if you do not have colleagues to share with, download the session material and review your notes to make sure that the lessons are not soon forgotten. You could also organize or attend a local meeting with other Web professionals in your area to share what you’ve learned. You can use tools like Meetup to find or initiate meetings in your area.

Take A Break

Look at a handful of Web conferences and you will likely see the same presenters at many of them. Some might even give the same presentation at multiple events. This makes sense. Different events have different audiences, so to reach the most people and get the most mileage from their heavy preparation, speakers will often take their presentation on the road to multiple events.

The problem is that if you attend several events in a short span of time, you will begin to see talks repeated or, at least, sessions that are very similar to ones you have attended. I went through a period of attending four or five conferences a year for about three years. Towards the end of that time, I found that the sessions were getting repetitive. I was seeing the same speakers year after year, and their presentations felt like little more than updates to what I had heard the year prior.

I spoke with other attendees at these conferences and noticed how excited they were by the material, as excited as I was when first introduced to it. The problem was that it was not new to me any longer. I was not getting much out of the conferences because there was too little new information to justify the expense, of both time and money. It was time for a break.

Bringing this back to where we began, first determine what you want to learn at an event. If the sessions offer mere updates to content you already know well, then skip the event, even if you have the time and budget.

Also, consider events that are very different from what you normally look for. Instead of a Web conference, look for something totally different, something that will expand your skill set or knowledge. That really is what it’s all about after all.

In Summary

Attending a professional Web conference can be a wonderful experience. To get the most out of it, remember these points:

  • Determine what you want to learn and your budget. This will narrow your options.
  • Research sessions and speakers to get a feel for what will be covered.
  • If you have the budget, consider traveling to get the most out of the event.
  • Prepare to be social and to meet others in your industry. Attend all meetups and after-parties and exchange contact information to form lasting relationships.
  • Concentrate on the presenters, not your computer. Leave work at work, and focus on what you came for.
  • By taking notes with pen and paper, you will absorb and retain more and get more from your notes.
  • Afterwards, schedule time to review what you have learned, and, if possible, share it with others in your organization or area.
  • Take a break from conferences if you find them becoming too repetitive. There is no point in attending a conference that you will get little out of.
  • Have fun. Conferences are a good time! Get ready to be educated and inspired, but also enjoy yourself!

(al, ea, vf, il)


© Jeremy Girard for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

12:47

13 Examples of Illustrations and Hand Drawn Elements in Web Design

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Illustrations and hand drawn elements can add personality to a website while grabbing the user’s attention. And as long as you don’t turn your page into an illustration frenzy, there are several ways to incorporate these elements in your project. You can add subtle illustrated icons, hand draw type, or big and bold illustrated backgrounds. It’s up to you. To show you that when properly used, illustrations can be very effective, we’ve gathered a few inspiring examples. Check it out.

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January 24 2014

16:03

Freebie: Roundicons Icon Set (60 Icons, PNG, SVG, EPS, AI)


  

Everyone loves a good, clean and simple icon set. Today, we’re honored to present to you a set of 60 vector round icons which was cleverly designed by the creative trio at Roundicons and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. Crafted with great attention to detail, this icon set is extremely easy to use and will most probably be the next ultimate resource for any one of your design projects.

This freebie contains 60 icons that can be used for free without any restrictions and serve various design purposes. You can use the icons in your commercial as well as your personal works. Feel free to modify the size, color or shape of the icons. No attribution is required. However, reselling of bundles or individual pictograms is not allowed.

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Description And Features

  • Designed to convert
    The icons are designed in round and flat style. The circle has been and will always be the most complete and eye attracting shape. Coupled with simple and clear design, the message is (hopefully) conveyed instantly. Each icon is a flat illustration that can either be used in its circular container or as a standalone illustration.
  • Easy to customize
    The icons come in various file formats, which makes them very easy to use: PNG, SVG, EPS and Ai. The PNG files come in five dimensions (48 × 48, 64 × 64 pixels, 128 × 128 pixels, 256 × 256 pixels, 512 × 512 pixels). All icons are Retina Display ready and can be used in your mobile applications as well as in templates and themes.
  • Color Palettes
    The colors have been chosen with care to ensure maximum harmony when multiple icons are used on the same page. You can always change the color of the background circle in any icon to fit your design and product identity or just use the illustration alone and draw the circle with your own codes.

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A couple of examples of icons without the rounded containers.

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Various file sizes and formats make the round icons very easy to use.

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A preview of each icon included in the Roundicons set (click here to see a larger preview).

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Insights From One OF The Designers:

Here are some insights from the designer Ramy Wafaa Wadieh himself:

“Everyone’s heard of the phrase “A picture says more than a thousand words”, and while I’m not a fan of clichés, that one’s got a point. Images have got to be the most universal language there is. A single illustration is able to get the message across, regardless of the recipient’s background or language skills. Every designer must be conscious of this fascinating phenomenon in order to create attractive and comprehensive designs. For my part, I’m very keen on using icons in my work.

Every icon is first sketched on paper before it is drawn in detail using Adobe Illustrator and carefully reviewed by the team when completed. We aim to provide all possible formats — from vector source files to raster PNGs in different sizes. Additionally, we’re currently working on creating the Photoshop version of each icon, giving each designer the utmost flexibility to enjoy and the ability to use them, regardless of their skill level.

The idea behind the circle surrounding each illustration is that, in our opinion, it is the most complete shape that draws attention to its center and thus the image contained within. Choosing a well-balanced color palette for the circles (which can be changed or removed entirely) the icons look attractive without distracting from the message they send.”

Thank you, dear Ramy, Suzanne and Natalie, for this fantastic icon set! We sincerely appreciate your time and effort!

(ea, il, vf)


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

14:00

10 Portfolio Websites that Will Make You Say Wow

Why is it necessary to have a portfolio website? Is it a requisite for all designers? Here are 10 portfolio websites that can lead you to the answers.

Why haven’t I thought of that?”

Well, those were the first words I uttered when I saw this collection of websites that will make you say wow. I thought it would be great if I will be able to share these to you.

The answers to the questions above are very simple. It is necessary for a designer to have a portfolio website because it showcases your talent and provides your future clients with an idea of how good you are. If a prospect client wants to hire you, he will of course want to know what your previous projects are and how efficient you were on doing it. They will conduct research (Everybody does. Who wants to throw off their precious bucks for people who can’t deliver, right?) to have an idea about your professionalism, efficiency, speed and talent. If you don’t have a portfolio, where will your clients look?

So, why don’t we begin looking at these and in the end, just be awed and say Wow!

The Toke

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Viewing the projects in this one is as simple as viewing them in a photo browser. With minimal audio and keyboard shortcuts, this portfolio website is professional looking and sleek.

Alex Abramov

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The designer used the big background photo to serve as map-like design where points in the city were made to represent the page you will be viewing.

Zuppaduppa

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This doodle-looking portfolio looks both cute and magnificent. Using Parallax to enable horizontal scrolling, this portfolio simply amazes me.

Insidepiet

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Talk about being creative and interactive! This website rocks. With the cool background music and the transitions, it proves to be one amazing portfolio.

M-1 Design

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Mouse-responsive motion, this website eats it like a piece of cake. Using clever and surreal designs with great transitions, you’d want something like this.

IE Studio

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Simplicity is the main reason behind this website’s beauty. Nothing beats the minimalist. Check out the artistic use of images both of which are photographic and computer generated.

Harlo

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Some things are more beautiful when naked. This website is a great manifestation of it. It is the simplest form of  being simple. No flashy effects, just the off-white colors blended with the occasional red will surely equal to an amazing portfolio website.

Vitor

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This mixed the simplistic and minimalistic designs with great effects. Eyegasmic, this site is easy to understand and navigate.

Guided Creative

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This one amped up retro designs with the flat design trends creating a bright blue beauty.

R Leonardi

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Love interaction? This one interacts with you like a video game. With its clever use of animation and transitions, you’ll find yourself browsing to the last page just to see how it finishes.

Conclusion

Portfolio websites like these serve as inspirations for web designers to continue to hone their talents. Having a great portfolio website is almost tantamount to a great work. Of course, if you are able to design projects which are eye-popping, it is both necessary and obvious that you should have a great portfolio to hold them off.

WOW! Right? What do you think?

Further reading:

6 Tips for Budding Designers to Earn While Building a Portfolio

7 Mistakes that Force Potential Clients to Dislike Your Portfolio

Creating an Effective Online Portfolio: 40+ Tips, Tools & Inspirations

10 Easy Steps On How To Create A Good Photography Portfolio

10 Outstanding Tools to Build Portfolio Easily and Professionally

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January 22 2014

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Conferences Round-Up: Upcoming Web Design Events (Jan. 2014 – Jun. 2014)


  

2013 has come and gone, delighting us with a plethora of inspirational, educational and fun conferences. You should start planning 2014 right now to make sure that you don’t miss your chance to get away from your desk and meet some brilliant minds and peers — face to face!

In this roundup of conferences, we are happy to present you all of the upcoming Web-related conferences, starting from January. This might be just the time to get a ticket to conferences in warmer climes! For now, we’ve included conferences up to June, so make sure you don’t miss your favorite one.

Get to know your peers in the Web design community and absorb an enormous amount of information in only a short period of time. Keep in mind that visiting a conference is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the latest techniques directly from distinguished authors and speakers.

And by the way, thank you for your kind and helpful comments on previous conference roundups. Keep ‘em coming! If you know of an upcoming event that you think shouldn’t be left out on this list, just let us know in the comments section below!

The list is quite lengthy, so let’s dive in.

January 2014

The Design of Understanding 2014
“A one day conference looking at how ideas are designed to be more understandable. We look within and beyond the discipline of Information Design to related fields too – this year with speakers from government, product designcomics, toy makers and magazines.”

  • When: Jan. 24, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

The Design of Understanding 2014

Mobile Web+DevCon: San Francisco 2014
“Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI) is excited to host Mobile+Web DevCon 2014, now in its fourth installment. Anyone interested in learning, from the best, solutions for mobile app and web development and design to enhance their business strategy should attend.”

  • When: Jan. 28-30, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobile Web+DevCon: San Francisco 2014

Renaissance 2014
“The first day of Renaissance will inspire us with a great builder’s story and some amazing creative tools. On the second day, we’ll roll up our sleeves and dig into some tough but essential topics for successful app making. On Friday we’ll take a critical look at the state of the iOS app business and explore new areas for growth and app making.”

  • When: Jan. 29-31, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Renaissance 2014

Take Off 2014
“Your first European tech conference (of the year). Community backed non profit tech event taking place in Lille, between London, Brussels and Paris.”

  • When: Jan. 30-31, 2014
  • Where: Lille, France

Take Off 2014

February 2014

FOSDEM 2014
“FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of open source software. Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is widely recognised as the best open source conference in Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 1-2, 2014
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium

FOSDEM 2014

Jfokus 2014
“Jfokus is the largest annual conference for everyone who works with Java in Sweden. The conference is arranged together with Javaforum Stockholm. Javaforum is a Swedish developer community and an official Java User Group (JUG) with premier purpose is to support Swedish developers. During three days, you will have an unique opportunity to keep yourself updated with the latest development of the Java platform through numerous interesting sessions.”

  • When: Feb. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

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Respond 2014
“A festival of Responsive Web Design for designers and developers of the multi-device Web.”

  • When: Feb. 4-5, 2014
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Respond 2014

Lift14
“Lift Conference is one of Europe’s key events about innovation and digital technologies. It features a special blend of inspiring speeches by some of the world’s best speakers, truly interactive workshops, exhibitions of interactive media projects and prototypes to play with …and the legendary Fondue!”

  • When: Feb. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Geneva, Switzerland

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Interaction14
“Interaction14 will explore the wide diversity of interaction design practices and seek inspiration from related disciplines. Four days of workshops, presentations and social events.”

  • When: Feb. 5-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Interaction14

Visualized 2014
“Join us as 30+ innovators of the industry take to the stage for discussions on data stories that matter. Stay tuned as more presenters are announced in the weeks to come.”

  • When: Feb. 6-7, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

Visualized 2014

Webstock 2014
“A spectacular of astounding talent & splendour set to edify, enlighten, dazzle & delight.”

  • When: Feb. 10, 2014
  • Where: Wellington, New Zealand

Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit: San Francisco 2014
“Join us at the Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit (MMSS) on February 11-13, 2014 in San Francisco, CA to better understand how to truly drive revenues with an integrated mobile strategy. With mobile website and app usage rising exponentially, now more than ever is the time to adopt a mobile marketing strategy.”

  • When: Feb. 11-13, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit: San Francisco 2014

jQuery Conference San Diego 2014
“jQuery Conference is about bringing together experts from across the field of front-end development to bring you up to speed on the latest open-web technologies. Get the latest on jQuery and related projects, code architecture and organization, design and implementation practices, tooling and workflow improvements, and emerging browser technologies.”

  • When: Feb. 12-13, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

jQuery Conference San Diego 2014

Tag-It
“Be inspired and keep up with the latest trends and opportunities. Build networks and contribute to the recruitment and human resource development in the North. A conference tailored to those who work in IT, web or digital solutions.”

  • When: Feb. 12-13, 2014
  • Where: Tromso, Norway

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Meta Refresh 2014
“Meta Refresh is an annual conference on the construction of user interface on the web and mobile. This year’s edition features two days of workshops (with limited seating capacity) and two days of conference featuring a stellar line-up of speakers from around the world.”

  • When: Feb. 12-15, 2014
  • Where: Bangalore, India

Meta Refresh 2014

London JS Conf
“London JS Conf is a brand new JavaScript Conference from the team behind London JS, the monthly JavaScript meet-up in London.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: London, England

London JS Conf

EdinburghJS February 2014
“The long awaited EdinburghJS meetup begins this year on the 13th February! The event will be hosted in TechCube and feature two talks from local JavaScripters, plus pizza and drinks. Tickets are free but due to venue restrictions spaces are limited, so please register here if you plan to attend.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: Edinburgh, UK

EdinburghJS February 2014

The Product Owner
“Inspirational talks on innovative products by their product owners.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, UK

The Product Owner Oxford meetup

Awwwards – Love Days
“Romantic and inspiring days for passionate web designers. We’re living in a truly exciting time; when new technologies, trends, and ideas are in full bloom all over the internet. To celebrate this, we are bringing together well-known web designers, visionaries, and innovative thinkers to inspire, teach, and help us uncover the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.”

  • When: Feb. 13-14, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

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In Control Conference 2014
“A great line-up of 12 internationally recognized educators and industry leaders that includes Dave Rupert, Estelle Weyl, Val Head, Daniel Ryan, and more.”

  • When: Feb. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Orlando, USA

In Control Conference 2014

An Event Apart: Atlanta 2014
“An Event Apart Atlanta is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on mobile design with Luke Wroblewski.”

  • When: Feb. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

An Event Apart: Atlanta 2014

UX Riga 2014
“The first ever Usability & User Experience design conference in Latvia.”

  • When: Feb. 20, 2014
  • Where: Riga, Latvia

UX Riga 2014

Snow*Mobile 2014
“There will be meaningful discussion about Mobile Development (iOS, Android, Window Phone, Mobile Web) in Madison. Learn strategies and gain best practices for the rapidly changing mobile landscape.”

  • When: Feb. 21-22, 2014
  • Where: Madison, USA

Snow*Mobile 2014

TOCA ME Design Conference
“The TOCA ME design conference will facilitate critical discussions on the issue of design and provide opportunities for Munich-based designers and creative persons to network with representatives of design centers from around the globe.”

  • When: Feb. 22, 2014
  • Where: Munich, Germany

TOCA ME Design Conference

DevNexus 2014
“Atlanta’s most exciting conference for professional software developers is back in 2014! Come discover how the industry’s best minds use the latest technologies to build solutions to business problems. Network with other Atlanta software developers, and study real life case studies in application design and development.”

  • When: Feb. 24-25, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

DevNexus 2014

Usability Week San Diego
“NN/g’s Usability Week helps you get up to speed on user experience best practices, so you can plan, create and manage successful user interfaces.”

  • When: Feb. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

Usability Week San Diego

Mobile World Congress 2014
“Mobile World Congress is the blueprint for the NEXT big innovation. Whatever is coming NEXT will likely be born at Mobile World Congress 2014 – either announced on stage during our Conference programme, showcased in our award-winning Exhibition, or conceived during one of the thousands of meetings taking place during the week.”

  • When: Feb. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Mobile World Congress 2014

ConFoo Conference 2014
“ConFoo is a non for profit, multi-technology conference including PHP training, talks on HTML5, PHP, Cloud Computing and many industry topics.”

  • When: Feb. 24-28, 2014
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

ConFoo Conference 2014

Reasons:London
“Reasons:London returns for a 2nd time to Old Street, London. An affordable single dayer, with an awesome line-up of speakers. Kicking off at lunchtime on Friday 28th Feb is the perfect way to finish your working week and start your weekend!”

  • When: Feb. 28, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

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jQuery Europe 2014
“International speakers and web pioneers show the newest trends and techniques for web, apps and smart TV development with jQuery. Two days of conference with awesome sessions, one additional day of jQuery training and lots of opportunities to meet and greet with developers from all Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

jQuery Europe 2014

March 2014

Kod.io 2014
“Kod.io is a developer conference from Europe. It brings people from various programming disciplines together in order to create the ideal environment to share knowledge.”

  • When: Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Linz, Austria

Kod.io 2014

Intro to Ember
“In this course, you will be building a full-fledged Ember application from the ground up. As you build the application, we will explain the concepts behind each feature that you will need to implement.”

  • When: Mar. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: SW Portland, USA

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Wearables DevCon
“Wearable computing devices are the next Big Wave in technology. And the winning developers in the next decade are going to be the ones who take advantage of these new technologies EARLY and build the next generation of red-hot apps.”

  • When: Mar. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Wearables DevCon

QCon London 2014
“QCon highlights the most important development topics driving innovation – things you should be doing now or researching for your next project – presented by the doers in our community. Our conferences bring practitioners together with attendees who influence innovation in their teams.”

  • When: Mar. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

QCon London 2014

UX Hong Kong 2014
“User Experience Hong Kong (UXHK) is a learning event dedicated to bringing all product and service design disciplines together, from research, marketing, design, technology and the business to name a few, who are interested and passionate about designing great experiences for people and business for a better world for all.”

  • When: Mar. 6-8, 2014
  • Where: Hong Kong, China

UX Hong Kong 2014

Mdevcon 2014
“The conference is by mobile developers, for mobile developers. We have two days with multiple tracks, designed in such a way that whether you’re an android, iOS or other mobile platform developer, there’s always at least one session that should be of interest.”

  • When: Mar. 7-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mdevcon 2014

SXSW Interactive Festival
“An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.”

  • When: Mar. 7-11, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

SXSW Interactive Festival

India Technology Tour March 2014
“Zenith Society invites extraordinary achievers around the world to participate in high-impact business travel opportunities. By unlocking valuable contacts and networks of influencers we help you take your passions to the next level.”

  • When: Mar. 8-20, 2014
  • Where: India (Mumbai, Bengaluru, Agra, Delhi)

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Fluent 2014
“O’Reilly Fluent spotlights the emerging methods, tools, and technologies of the Web Platform. Developers, UX/UI designers, and project teams come to Fluent to share their experiences and expertise—and to learn what they need to know to stay competitive.”

  • When: Mar. 11-13, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Fluent 2014

STLUX 2014
“A one-day user experience conference where professionals come together and explore current research, trends, and best practices in creating phenomenal user experiences.”

  • When: Mar. 14, 2014
  • Where: St. Louis, USA

STLUX 2014

JSConfUY 2014
“JSConfUY is the first JavaScript conference in Uruguay featuring Paypal’s Doug Crockford.”

  • When: Mar. 14-15, 2014
  • Where: Montevideo, Uruguay

JSConfUY 2014

wroc_love.rb 2014
“We had a dream, of a not-for-profit event organized by the community. Shaped by the speakers ready to fight with arguments, but always in a friendly atmosphere and with mutual respect. With an audience that values diversity of opinions and experiences and can also express its voice on stage. We believe that we can fulfill this promise with your little help.”

  • When: Mar. 14-16, 2014
  • Where: Wroclaw, Poland

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WebCoast 2014
“A physical meeting place for those of us who work, play and socialise on the web. A market place where we can exchange ideas and opinions, knowledge and inspiration.”

  • When: Mar. 14-16, 2014
  • Where: Göteborg, Sweden

SmashingConf Oxford 2014
“With our upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 2014, we’ll explore real-life projects, workflows and hands-on insights that we all can learn from and use right away. Same game, same rules: 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 18 excellent speakers!”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, England

SmashingConf Oxford 2014

NSConference 6
“NSConf isn’t just about super speakers, awesome networking and loads of learning. It’s about that feeling you take away when you leave. The feeling you can take on the world – one app at a time.”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Leicester, England

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Makerland
“3 days of talks and intensive workshops on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, iBeacons, micro-location, robots and everything you can label as ‘Internet of things’. Dive into the world of hardware and learn how to build stuff.”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

MobileTech Conference 2014 (Spring Edition)
“Sustainable mobile strategies require a high level of technical and strategic knowledge. Due to its cross-platform concept the MobileTechCon has become one of the most important events in Germany for the mobile industry.”

  • When: Mar. 17-20, 2014
  • Where: Munich, Germany

MobileTech Conference 2014 (Spring Edition)

Webkongress Erlangen
“Webkongress Erlangen has been conceived as a forum for the exchange of information between Web developers and Administrators. Its main focus lies on emerging technologies and trends in the field of web technologies. In 2014 the main subjects will be accessibility, user-friendly Web design and Content-Management-Systems.”

  • When: Mar. 20-21, 2014
  • Where: Erlangen, Germany

Webkongress Erlangen

JavaLand
“JavaLand 2014 is opening its gate for two days only. Be there when the new conference becomes the center of Germany’s Java-development scene. Knowledge transfer, Networking and good conversations meet adventure, fun and action!”

  • When: Mar. 25-26, 2014
  • Where: Brühl, Germany

JavaLand

IA Summit 2014
“The way we find information, the devices and interfaces we use to find it, and the methods behind it all create frustration, joy, and affect the lives of everyone we know. The IA Summit is the premiere, community-curated, and community-run gathering on the ever-evolving disciplines of information architecture, and experience design.”

  • When: Mar. 25-30, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

IA Summit 2014

JS.everywhere(2014) Europe
“The JS.everywhere() conference demonstrate how strong are JavaScript and HTML5 to build and deploy Web and mobile community as well as B2E, B2B and B2C professional application using widely supported Web Standards. 4D is glad to organize the 5th edition of JS.everywhere() and is working hard to provide you again an awesome experience.”

  • When: Mar. 27-28, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

JS.everywhere(2014) Europe

RubyConf Philippines 2014
“Join us in the first ever Ruby conference in the Philippines. Get to know the vibrant local community in 2 days of great Ruby talks and other exciting activities.”

  • When: Mar. 28-29, 2014
  • Where: Manila, Philippines

RubyConf Philippines 2014

Beyond the Desktop Conference
“Beyond The Desktop focuses on new, emerging techniques for web development and design for mobile devices. Our speakers are hand-picked to make sure you get challenging, well-delivered talks from a variety of different perspectives.”

  • When: Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2014
  • Where: Dallas, USA

Beyond the Desktop Conference

An Event Apart: Seattle 2014
“If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on touch-based design with Josh Clark.”

  • When: Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2014
  • Where: Seattle, USA

An Event Apart: Seattle 2014

April 2014

RWD Summit 2014
“The 3rd annual online, live responsive web design conference.”

  • When: Apr. 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Online

RWD Summit 2014 online conference

Berlin Expert Days 2014
“The Berlin Expert Days conference promises to hold the promise of the previous years and deliver worthy industry knowledge with over 50 talks in two days.”

  • When: Apr. 3-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Berlin Expert Days 2014

WebVisions
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.”

  • When: Apr. 3-4, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

WebVisions

WebExpo Prague 2014 Conference
“Sharing best web creation practices helps creators build better web applications effectively and with a joy. We believe that it makes users happy as well.”

  • When: Apr. 4-5, 2014
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

WebExpo Prague 2014 Conference

UX Salon 2014
“UX Salon mission is to bring you the most updated information in the UX world, practical tools and inspiration for your day-to-day work. UX Salon is a group dedicated to the professional practice and learning of user experience design. This April, join us for two days of networking and great talks by design professionals and leaders in the industry.”

  • When: Apr. 6-7, 2014
  • Where: Tel Aviv, Israel

UX Salon 2014

IDC 2014: Information Design Matters
“2014 is the 30th anniversary of an almost continuous series of IDA conferences, so we plan to celebrate this through reminiscences and surprises.”

  • When: Apr. 7-8, 2014
  • Where: London, England

IDC 2014:Information Design Matters

Future Of Web Design
“What makes Future of Web Design different from other design conferences? Experience. We’ve been producing web design conferences for almost a decade, and are intimately familiar with the trends, technologies, and stars that make the web beautiful. Our two-track event means you always have a choice — you’re not locked into one room and one track. And we record every session for all attendees, so you’ll never miss a thing. As always, content is king.”

  • When: Apr. 7-9, 2014
  • Where: London, England

Future Of Web Design

UX Immersion Mobile Conference
“The best mobile experiences follow users from one place to another no matter what device they use. They seem to effortlessly fuse content, context, and user behavior. The result means we can start a video on our commute, keep watching at our desk, then pick up where we left off once we get home. UX Immersion Mobile dives into what it takes to create these kinds of seamless experiences.”

  • When: Apr. 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Denver, USA

UX Immersion Mobile Conference

TEDx Charleston 2014
“We will open your mind, inspire your heart and make you aware that even the smallest ideas and actions can have exponential impact on our community and the world.”

  • When: Apr. 8, 2014
  • Where: Charleston, USA

TEDx Charleston 2014

Funka Accessibility Days
“Funka Accessibility Days is northern Europe’s largest conference on accessible ICT. We are proud to welcome some of the world´s leading experts on web accessibility to the beautiful city of Stockholm.”

  • When: Apr. 8-9, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Funka Accessibility Days

QCon São Paolo 2014
“The QCon São Paulo 2014 will take place in the new location and will have 10 tracks of content, the most ever, plus two tracks solutions. There will be six rooms simultaneously in large installations WTC Events Center, with over 60 speakers discussing and presenting the most innovative and current trends in software development topics.”

  • When: Apr. 9-11, 2014
  • Where: São Paolo, Brazil

QCon São Paolo 2014

MadWorld 2014
“MadWorld 2014 is the premier technical communication and content strategy conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists.”

  • When: Apr. 13-15, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

MadWorld 2014

Industry 2014
“Industry is back with another carefully curated selection of talks covering a range of topics. 8 Speakers will provide insights in to their work and offer ways to make us all better at what we do.”

  • When: Apr. 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Industry 2014

Craft Conf 2014
“CRAFT is about craftsmanship, which tools, methods, practices should be part of the toolbox of a modern developer and company, and it is compass on new technologies, trends. You can learn from the best speakers and practitioners in our community.”

  • When: Apr. 23-25, 2014
  • Where: Budapest, Hungary

Craft Conf 2014

JS Unconf
“Unconf means unconference. There is no schedule or speaker list in advance. Everybody can apply with a talk. Everybody can vote for talks. The talks with the most upvotes will be picked.”

  • When: Apr. 26-27, 2014
  • Where: Hamburg, Germany

JS Unconf

An Event Apart Boston 2014
“An Event Apart Boston is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on mobile design with Luke Wroblewski.”

  • When: Apr. 28-30, 2014
  • Where: Boston, USA

An Event Apart Boston 2014

May 2014

DotYork Conference 2014
“A one-day conference for people who make websites. We’re planning on sitting 200 of you in a cinema for the day, and putting six great speakers in front of you. It’ll be inspirational, fun, and affordable.”

  • When: May 1, 2014
  • Where: York, England

DotYork Conference 2014

FutureJS
“A conference about JavaScript, fresh ideas and what’s to come in our browsers.”

  • When: May 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

FutureJS

ConverSE 2014
“Welcome to the conference for everyone working with technology in creative ways. Learn from experts. Hang with friends. Be entertained and inspired.”

  • When: May 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Columbia, USA

ConverSE 2014

Things
“ThingsCon is a two-day conference about the future of the hardware business ranging from Internet of Things, wearables and connected devices to 3D printing and new manufacturing techniques.”

  • When: May 2-3, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Things

ARTIFACT Conf 2014
“ARTIFACT is an intimate two-day, single-track conference that helps WEB DESIGNERS and DEVELOPERS adapt their tools and processes to the challenges of designing for a MULTI-DEVICE world.”

  • When: May 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

ARTIFACT Conf 2014

DATA 2014: Creative Technologies Summit
“DATA Interactive 2014, an annual celebration of creativity and innovation in Pittsburgh, PA. In its sixth year, this event showcases the coolest new art and technology projects, and, this year is expanding to include a national creative technology think tank where big thinkers get together in small spaces to share and create new big ideas.”

  • When: May 7-8, 2014
  • Where: Pittsburgh, USA

DATA 2014: Creative Technologies Summit

WebVisions Portland 2014
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: May 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Portland, USA

WebVisions Portland 2014

Front-Trends 2014
“Check out the newest installment of the Font-Trends conference with many notable industry speakers.”

  • When: May 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

Front-Trends 2014

The Geek Gathering
“The South East Europe and Balkan Dev Conference with the coolest name in the business is back.”

  • When: May 8-10, 2014
  • Where: Osijek, Croatia

The Geek Gathering

droidcon 2014
“droidcon is all about Android, meeting the Android community, learning about the latest develops and giving you a stage to talk about your apps and solutions or just discuss a problem you are facing.”

  • When: May 8-10, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

droidcon 2014

ScotlandJS 2014
“JavaScript keeps growing and growing. It is the language most repos on GitHub are written in! Scotland JS aims to bring together 30+ local and international speakers and to enable attendees to share their experiences and learn we are introducing a new Discussion Track.”

  • When: May 9-10, 2014
  • Where: City of Edinburgh, Scotland

ScotlandJS 2014

JavaCro’14
““JavaCro’13” was our 2nd International Java conference in Croatia which gathered in 2,5 days over 200 participants and presented 50 attractive sessions, including Java evangelists keynotes. And now we proudly present JavaCro’14 3rd International Java Conference in Croatia!”

  • When: May 12-14, 2014
  • Where: Porec, Croatia

JavaCro’14

JAX 2014
“JAX represents Europe’s leading conference series about enterprise technologies, agile methods and software architecture.”

  • When: May 12-16, 2014
  • Where: Mainz, Germany

JAX 2014

Laracon 2014
“Laracon is a conference centered around the Laravel framework. The first Laracon was held in Washington, DC on February 22nd and 23rd, 2013.”

  • When: May 15-16, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

Laracon 2014

Service Design in Government
“The UK’s event for Government Service Design” is bound to be the conference of the year for developer working with government systems.”

  • When: May 15-16, 2014
  • Where: London, England

Service Design in Government

TYPO Berlin 2014 »Roots«
“TYPO Berlin 2014 Roots is dedicated to the lasting values of design, which have accelerated at a dizzying speed thanks to total digitalisation – from the first draft right up to production.”

  • When: May 15-17, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

TYPO Berlin 2014 »Roots«

OFFF Barcelona 2014
“Dubbed a “creativity festival,” OFFF has been functioning as a reference point for creators, artists, programmers, theorists, students and enthusiasts interested in post-digital culture and free contemporary creation in the worlds of art and design for just over a decade now. The 2014 edition will see contributions from a huge variety of creators.”

  • When: May 15-17, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

OFFF Barcelona 2014

Port80 2014
“Pow wows for web folk! We run events for people who design or build websites, who are involved with the designing/building of them or who are just plain old interested.”

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Newport, Wales

Port80 2014

jQuery UK 2014
“Last year we doubled the conference size and kept the winning formula of amazing speakers and seriously good content and added exciting extras like a Rising Stars speaker track and our now famous jBeery festival as part of the after party. jQuery UK 2014 is going to be even better!”

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, England

jQuery UK 2014

PragueJS
“Advanced Javascript topics for rising developers” in one of Europe’s most romantic cities.

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

PragueJS

SHiFT Conference 2014
“SHiFT is a conference where design and technology are discussed in a language that everyone can understand, to nurture creativity and innovation and help society progress to a better living.”

  • When: May 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

SHiFT Conference 2014

The South Web Experience
“One day of lectures to learn and start conversations plus one day of practice and experimentation. Two evenings to get to know and build relationships.”

  • When: May 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Toulouse, France

The South Web Experience

Society for Technical Communication Summit 2014
“The Summit is packed with more than 80 sessions over the three full workdays with topics covering all aspects of technical writing, editing, project management, and publication production.”

  • When: May 17-21, 2014
  • Where: Phoenix, USA

Society for Technical Communication Summit 2014

beyond tellerrand 2014
“For a friendly and inspiring community. Workshops and talks for web enthusiasts. Get your dose of design, tech, inspiration and networking!”

  • When: May 19-21, 2014
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

beyond tellerrand 2014

SDD 2014
“SDD (Software Design & Development) is an annual conference for software designers, developers and architects, which takes place at the Barbican Centre in London. We bring together some of the world’s foremost software development experts, and put together an intensive five-day programme of in-depth technical sessions and workshops on a wide range of key topics.”

  • When: May 19-23, 2014
  • Where: London, England

SDD 2014

HighEdWeb Michigan 2014
“THIS TIME…IT’S PERSONAL. The HighEdWeb Regional Conference in Michigan is designed for all higher education web professionals — from programmers and developers to communicators and designers — who want to explore the unique web issues facing colleges.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Ann Arbor, USA

HighEdWeb Michigan 2014

La Conf Paris 2014
“A conference to share wonderful food with the coders, entrepreneurs and visionaries who build the things you love.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

La Conf Paris 2014

UX Lausanne 2014
“UX Lausanne is the first Western Switzerland event dedicated exclusively to User Experience Design. We look forward to connect you with some of the most influential UX practitioners, leading thinkers, talented developers and innovative designers.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Lausanne, Switzerland

UX Lausanne 2014

Semi-Permanent Sydney
“2014 will see an exciting reinvention of Semi-Permanent. We’re expanding the world’s premier design conference into a fresh festival of art, design and creativity. New additions to the event mean more levels of entertainment, interaction and inspiration than ever before, so if this isn’t already an unmissable event on your creative calendar, it is now.”

  • When: May 22-24, 2014
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Semi-Permanent Sydney

IA Konferenz 2014: Brand Experience
“The IA Konferenz, the german conference for information architecture, is the yearly meeting of the german language IA and UX community.”

  • When: May 23-24, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

IA Konferenz 2014: Brand Experience

Mobile Trends for Business & Mobile-IT EXPO
“Krakow will witness the first edition of the Fair Solutions and Mobile Technologies Mobile-IT . The event is devoted to issues related to the effective use of mobile technology in both the private and public sectors.”

  • When: May 27-28, 2014
  • Where: Krakow, Poland

Mobile Trends for Business & Mobile-IT EXPO

CSS Conf 2014
“CSSConf is where developers come together to talk about building the world’s most engaging user interfaces. The presenters push the boundaries of what is possible — talking about the latest technologies, cutting edge techniques, and tools. We look forward to seeing you on Amelia Island!”

  • When: May 27, 2014
  • Where: Florida, USA

CSS Conf 2014

JSConf US 2014
“JSConf has been the launch pad for many of the greatest things that we now take for granted on the web. This year will be no exception thanks to our famously unique call for speakers process designed to spotlight the new faces and ideas in the community.”

  • When: May 28-30, 2014
  • Where: Amelia Island, USA

JSConf US 2014

UX London 2014
“We bring engaging industry leaders from around the world, a format which combines inspirational talks with lively, hands-on workshops, and a flexible ticket structure that lets you immerse yourself in the whole event, or just the days most relevant to you. Not to mention that the venue – and even the food! – are an experience in themselves. This is a UX conference with a difference.”

  • When: May 28-30, 2014
  • Where: London, England

UX London 2014

Bulgaria Web Summit 2014
“Bulgaria Web Summit is the new name of the conference, which started back in 2004 under the name WebTech and then was renamed to P2P Conference. We started WebTech in 2004. The aim was to provide a forum, where people, interested in web programming, development, Internet entrepreneurship and so on, could meet and exchange ideas.”

  • When: May 31-Jun. 1, 2014
  • Where: Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Web Summit 2014

Collision
“Collision is our first major tech conference in the United States. If you want the chance to join 500 tech industry leaders, as well as a select group of early stage startups, this May in Las Vegas then simply apply for a 2 for 1 ticket above. It’s free to apply, and takes less than a minute.”

  • When: May, 2014
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Collision Conference in Las Vegas

June 2014

webinale 2014
“Business, Design and Technology are the foundation to success on the Web. Only who has mastered the combining all three disciplines has the necessary tools to design successful digital business models.”

  • When: Jun. 1-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

webinale 2014

International PHP Conference Spring 2014
“The International PHP Conference is a globally recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology. Once again, the conference will explore key topics and core technologies for developers and decision makers.”

  • When: Jun. 1-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

International PHP Conference Spring 2014

DrupalCon
“DrupalCon remains one of the most affordable tech conferences around thanks to support from our generous sponsors.”

  • When: Jun. 2-6, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

DrupalCon

CSS Day 2014
“CSS Day is an event for intermediate and advanced CSS developers featuring eight world-class speakers and eight world-class sessions.”

  • When: Jun. 4, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

CSS Day 2014

UXLx: User Experience Lisbon 2014
“Come to sunny Lisbon for 16 hands-on workshops to hone up your skills and 10 inspiring talks from thought leaders in the field. Apply for one of the 10 talk slots to share your experiences. After hours, meet fellow UX Pros from all over the world in our great parties and meetups.”

  • When: Jun. 4-6, 2014
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

UXLx: User Experience Lisbon 2014

Scotch on the Rocks
“Scotch on the Rocks is our annual gathering of web technologists, bringing together some of the brightest minds from across the globe. Focusing on development, best practices and human experience, Scotch on the Rocks has built a reputation as a must attend event.”

  • When: Jun. 5-6, 2014
  • Where: City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotch on the Rocks

Kerning 2014
“Kerning features a day of workshops and a Conference day full of talks. Kerning offers a very interesting chance to meet developers, gurus, managers and innovators from all over the world. Kerning is a non-profit event.”

  • When: Jun. 5-6, 2014
  • Where: Faenza, Italy

Kerning 2014

2014 M-Enabling Summit
“The M-Enabling Global Summit is the only program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities, a market of more than one billion users worldwide, with considerable untapped potential.”

  • When: Jun. 9-10, 2014
  • Where: Arlington, USA

2014 M-Enabling Summit

Web Conference at Penn State 2014
“A community of higher education, web and other professionals from Penn State and around the world who engage, interact and share knowledge about the web. With Will Wheaton!”

  • When: Jun. 9-11, 2014
  • Where: Pennsylvania State College, USA

Web Conference at Penn State 2014

QCon New York 2014
“QCon aims to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the enterprise software development community.”

  • When: Jun. 9-13, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

QCon New York 2014

Ready to Inspire XL
“Ready to Inspire is a brand new conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of today’s craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Jun. 10-13, 2014
  • Where: Leiden, Netherlands

Ready to Inspire XL

PUBKON Conference
“Two days full of diverse topics and lectures around Publishing with some of the best speakers from Germany.”

  • When: Jun 12-14, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

PUBKON Conference

PePcon 2014: The Print + ePublishing Conference
“The InDesign event of the year! Find answers and valuable insight on publishing for eBooks, print, iPad/tablets, interactive documents, and more! Be inspired by fresh ideas and new products.”

  • When: Jun. 15-18, 2014
  • Where: Chicago, USA

PePcon 2014: The Print + ePublishing Conference

Future Insights Live
“Web Design Conferences. Mobile App Developer Events. Tech Workshops.”

  • When: Jun. 16-20, 2014
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Future Insights Live

SmashingConf New York 2014
“The Smashing Conference finally crosses the Atlantic with 2 days, one track, 18 brilliant speakers, and hands-on, practical and useful talks. Big Apple, here we come!”

  • When: Jun. 17-18, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

SmashingConf New York 2014

UX Scotland 2014
“From the organisers of UX Cambridge comes another practical UX conference. Now in its second year we expect UX Scotland to be even bigger and better than our 2013 event.”

  • When: Jun. 19-20, 2014
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

UX Scotland 2014

WebVisions Barcelona
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: June 19-22, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

WebVisions Barcelona

Generate Conf
“The conference for web designers and developers, presented by .net magazine and creative bloq.”

  • When: June 20, 2014
  • Where: New York City, USA

Generate Conf

mLearnCon 2014 Conference & Expo
“The premier mLearning conference and expo … mLearnCon is focused on every aspect of mobile learning including management strategies, platforms, operating systems, authoring tools and technologies, content design and development, and best practices.”

  • When: Jun. 24-26, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

mLearnCon 2014 Conference & Expo

Open Source Bridge
“Open Source Bridge is an annual conference focused on building open source community and citizenship through four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and collaboration opportunities.”

  • When: Jun. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: Portland, Oregon

Open Source Bridge

enterJS 2014
“JavaScript is the only language that allows consistent and continuous development of Web apps from UI to server-side. enterJS discusses the resulting challenges businesses face in a series of talks and workshops.”

  • When: Jun. 30-Jul. 2, 2014
  • Where: Cologne, Germany

enterJS 2014

More Links for Keeping Up

Here are a few links that will also help you keep up with the newly scheduled design and/or development conferences being shared through Lanyard that have been sorted out by category:

Where Are You Going?

If you are going to any one of these events, we’d love to hear about this in the comments section below! What are you most excited about? And what are you looking forward to learning and experiencing?

Our next events list will come out mid 2014, so keep your eyes and ears open! And by the way, the Smashing team is constantly organizing a series of workshops, as well as the Smashing Conferences this year — it would be wonderful and a great honor to meet you personally someday!

Please take a minute to participate in this poll:

(il, ea, vf)


© Jan Constantin for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

January 21 2014

12:23

13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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A lot of trends come and go in web design, but textures and patterns are always around. A good use of textures and patterns can add personality, depth and interest to a website. This is probably the reason why these are still popular among designers. Today, to prove that textures are still around, we’ve got some inspiring examples of websites using them. From super subtle textures, to big colorful patterned backgrounds, there are some beautiful examples here.

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

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13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

Tiny Footprint Coffee

13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

Circles Conference

13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

The Tea Factory

13 Inspiring Examples of Textures and Patterns in Web Design

January 20 2014

20:06

20 Political & Government Website Themes

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Help get the exposure your candidate needs with a professional, simple and intuitive theme.  In today’s roundup, I’ll share with you 20 political and government related themes to help gain momentum in your next election.

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4. Political Press – Responsive WordPress Theme

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10. Advocate – A Nonprofit WordPress Theme

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12. The Practice – Lawyer, Legal Offices HTML Theme

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13. Be Human – Charity Multipurpose WP Retina Theme

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14:00

From Fabric to Flat Screen: How Color Combination Theories in Fashion Can Help a Web Designer

One cannot deny how color combination theories in fashion can help a web designer. You see, clothing and web designing have a lot in common. Both require a great deal of effort in trying to balance purpose and beauty. The two fields also require a great amount of effort in making quality designs become tangible products. In clothing, the design should be transformed – using scissors, thread, fabric and needles – into a tangible, comfortable, wearable and fashionable outfit.

Meanwhile, in web design, the designer should be able to create – using images, text boxes, codes and typefaces – a browsable, comfortable and usable website. These two, being common in some ways, also possess the similar techniques in creating elements. Fashion designers should have a very good sense of color combination. They make the most out of every hue to make their clients feel good about themselves. In fact, designers take loads of time to decide which colors they are going to use for such creations. They employ careful selection and consideration of visual and analytic aspects to make their work more appealing to the eye. For, in the end, fashion, clothes and dresses are still visual.

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Photo by: Michiel Schuurman

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Photo by Madame Herve

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Photo by Amelie Hegardt

It is in the same principle that a web designer must select his color scheme. Like fashion, web design is mainly visual. The eye is the main processing unit of the body which perceives what is flashed on the screen of the computer or mobile device. A good web designer knows which colors combine and which do not. The designer must remember that these combinations suit different occasions and circumstances.

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Experiment with color schemes at colorschemedesigner.com. color-scheme-01

What if you haven’t studied web design or multimedia arts? What if you are just an ordinary blogger who has an extraordinary dream of getting a lot of readers? What will you do? Fear not. The secret is simple: stand up, go to your dressing room and  look at your closet. Try to look at your clothes. Which fabric fits the color of another? Which combination fits an occasion? Which of these gazillion fabrics compliment each another? Choose and answer these questions. Then, transform those fabric colors into flat screen ones

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Photo by Andrea of www.udandi.com

But, in case you are too preoccupied, (or in semantic terms, too lazy) to open your dresser, here are some few friendly reminders:

1. Occasionalize

Here is an example: unless it’s Christmas, or your company color dictates so, do not mix green and red. Don’t make your website look like a Christmas present. Red and green mix well only when it’s Christmas time (or when the company or client dictates so). People might think of your blog as a Santa’s Elves Labor Union website. Your readers might appeal that they got the wrong present last year. To avoid this, apply color theories. Learn the techniques on using colors to fit the theme of your website. Having a theme gives you identity. It’s something that all products, either on the Web or in the real world would want to attain. If a person recognizes you because of the color of your site, then you have nothing to worry because your website can be popular before you know it.

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The thing is, you should learn how to occasionalize. Fit a color for the occasion or the nature of the website or blog. Example, if you manage a bank website, use blue colors as they suggest trustworthiness. If you are running a spa, use brown or/and green. If you are into a restaurant business, better use orange, yellow, and red. If you are a car dealer, use black. Fit every color, hue and shade for every occasion. But if you are designing for a Christmas-themed website, better retain the red and green colors because there’s no other more appropriate colors for Christmas than those. Web designing is like dressing up. If it ain’t fit the occasion, might as well go naked.

2. Be a Fame-whore!

Be a fame-seeking-madman, in a good sense. Get attention. Crave for it. Be crazy about it. Use your colors to attractively get subscribers. Like in clothing, neon colors of red, orange, yellow, purple and green attract attention. It suggests urgency. It is very useful to convey important messages. In the context of web designs, you could use such colors in your buttons which require attention. Hook your prospect readers by attracting their eyes first. Provide a good bait.

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Getting their attention is one way of making them read your blog. The formula is simple: get them to read a part of your blog. If they like that part, they might as well read every entry. So that’s why you should able to get their attention! Use bright colors for your subscribe buttons, read-me pages, or any page or button that will require the attention of your would-be readers. Remember: Bright is right! Just be careful with this and don’t make your page look like a book with Stabilo highlighters all over. Too many neon colors are blinding, irritating and uninteresting to read.

3. Background-foreground agreement

If in clothing, you need to consider your skin color in selecting hues for your shirt, we have the seemingly same rule here. When designing web pages, consider the text-background relationship. Now, most beginners have a hard time on this. That is the reason why we see a lot of photos superimposed with texts and the text becomes unreadable. The background-foreground agreement rule generally says that you should make the foreground text readable. The background is just a designing tool. It just decorates the main thing.

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Photo from Pamela Geller’s Book Stop the Islamization of America 

You should always remember the general principle: light colored background to dark colored text and vice versa. But if you are using pictures as background and the color is varying, it is most advisable to use solid-colored shapes as background superimposed to images.

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Photo by Rudolph Musngi

Conclusion

Web designing and fashion have the same roots. They both come from the early concepts of visual design. It is very obvious that they should possess the same philosophies- and color combination is one of them. The ability to produce a design which has complementing colors is something a designer should possess. He should be aware that the colors that he will use will affect, either visually or psychologically, the quality of his work. Knowing, understanding and applying the rules of fashion in web design is very beneficial. Yes, learning the theories and concepts that make colors coordinate with each other is a very tall order; and yes, it’s a big struggle but it’s a battle that you should win. All of these hard-fought troubles in learning new things will make you a better designer. You’ll produce better designs, and in turn, more money. So, start learning today!

Though the learning process may be,you should out-battle this struggle. You should be able to pick up the important lessons of design and put them in your arsenal. And these will matter to you in the end.

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January 17 2014

17:30

18 Beautiful Tree Inspired Logo Design

Trees are playing a vital role in our surroundings. Trees are the signs of kindness, happiness, peace and beauty. If your company logo is inspired by tree then it definitely will give a superb and long lasting impression on your customers. But one thing that you should consider while designing your logo is that different trees have different meanings. So when you are making your logo you have to select right tree for your product and at the same time tree should be creative and well designed. So that your designed logo can easily grab the customers’ attention.

Today, we are presenting 18 awesome tree inspired logo design. Hope that this collection will help you to achieving your target. Check this out and get to pick one!

Baumhaus

Tarbiyah

Dounia, Mediterranean food

Golden Tree

Viverde

AppleTree

Yemaya

SAVANA

Leaf Tree

Lion Tree

Wisdom for Dog Lovers

Foresti

Iimaginary Trees

Tree Clipper

Dragon Tree

Treehos

Cotton Tree

Woodland Anesthesiology

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