The end of social media, and naive optimism
Web Directions Blog
by John
4M ago
Way back in 2008 or 2009 (maybe even earlier) we first started using Twitter in association with our conferences. We’d encourage folks to tweet with associated hashtags, and had big tweet walls, built our own aggregators–and were a globally trending tag a couple of times. Hundreds of people would tweet thousands of times collectively at events back then. ‘Official hashtags’ were a thing. That has slowly faded over time, but this year while there was plenty of Linkedin and mastodon engagement, very little Twitter engagement. In the last few weeks I have finally weaned myself off Twitter, somet ..read more
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Years of transformation: 1993 and Mosaic
Web Directions Blog
by John
5M ago
Can you remember a milestone year, or moment in your career? Or in the broader landscape of technology? I’ve lived through a few, and perhaps we are living through such a moment right now (I believe so). And that’s prompted me to look back on milestone years on the path to today’s computing. Years of Transformation, the series Years of transformation–the prehistory of how we got to here and where we go next Years of transformation: 1981. The IBM PC Years of transformation: 1984 and the Mac Years of transformation: 1985, Desktop Publishing Years of transformation: 1989? 1990? 1991? and the bir ..read more
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Get ready for Web Directions Summit
Web Directions Blog
by John
5M ago
Attending Web Directions is super exciting & packed with opportunities to learn & connect. But those two days in October can be gone in a heartbeat!  A bit of preparation ahead of time can go a long way  We’re here to help: here’s a simple 4 Step Guide so you can make the most of your investment  STEP 1: Buy a Ticket Haven’t done this yet? Rookie mistake! All is not lost because we’ve just extended Early Bird pricing by ONE more week: you’ve got till midnight on FRI OCT 6 to grab a bargain: Use friend100: take $100 off the early bird pric ..read more
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Of the Berlin Wall and the Web
Web Directions Blog
by John
5M ago
This week in my ongoing years of transformation series, I looked at the start of the Web–whether you want to call that 1989, 1990 or early 1991 (all have a claim to make as I discussed). But 1989 was among the more momentous years in the 20th century due to an event which was far more significant at the time, the fall of the Berlin Wall, that signalled the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. For those of us who lived through those months–the protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the sudden and dramatic opening of the borders between Soviet block countries like East Germany and ‘The We ..read more
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Years of transformation: 1989? 1990? 1991? and the birth of the Web
Web Directions Blog
by John
5M ago
Can you remember a milestone year, or moment. In your career? Or in the broader landscape of technology? I’ve lived through a few, and perhaps we are living though such a moment now. And that’s prompted me to look back on milestone years on the path to today’s computing. Years of Transformation, the series Years of transformation–the prehistory of how we got to here and where we go next Years of transformation: 1981. The IBM PC Years of transformation: 1984 and the Mac Years of transformation: 1985, Desktop Publishing Years of transformation: 1989? 1990? 1991? and the birth of the Web Just e ..read more
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Code Leaders returns, Sydney, October 25th
Web Directions Blog
by John
5M ago
What are the must-have skills of a great engineering leader? How do you build a world class culture amongst engineers building digital products? That’s what Code Leaders is all about! Leading a team of engineers and product people can be daunting when it’s first thrust upon you. It’s not an easy thing to get diverse groups of super smart people all rowing in the same direction! But all those so-called soft skills are just skills that can be learned and practised. Invest in yourself at Code Leaders and join a ready-made network of peers. COMMUNICATION Balance in All Things – Chris Liene ..read more
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Vale Molly Holzschlag
Web Directions Blog
by John
6M ago
In recent weeks I’ve been posting on landmark years in the history of personal computing–today it’s, sadly, a landmark person. Sadly, because Molly Holzschlag passed away this week. People of a certain generation associated with the Web will have vivid memories of Molly, whether from her writing, speaking, or if really privileged, knowing her in person. I was so privileged, and collaborated with Molly at the Web Standards Project, which she may not have founded, but of which she was the beating heart in so many ways. Molly spoke several times at our conferences over the years, and while we had ..read more
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Years that transform: 1985
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by John
6M ago
Can you remember a milestone year, or moment. In your career? Or in the broader landscape of technology? I’ve lived through a few, and perhaps we are living though such a moment now. And that’s prompted me to look back on milestone years on the path to today’s computing. Typesetting and page layout had long been a laborious, physical process. ‘Cut and paste’ started life not as a metaphor but actual things type setters did. By the 1980s, the process was increasingly digital, with phototypesetters, but these were typically very expensive devices, and required expert operators. midjourney prompt ..read more
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Product Design at Web Directions Summit
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by John
6M ago
Design has always been a core focus at Web Directions–and 2023 is no exception. Here’s what we’ve got lined up in the Product Design track of Web Directions Summit 2023! Microaggressions and Microaffirmations in Product Design – Laura Kerrison Dear Designer… Sincerely, the Development Team – Jo Minney Annotating Designs for Accessibility – Sam Hobson and Claire Webber Conversational AI Has a Massive, UX-Shaped Hole – Peter Isaacs Brand UX: The Power of Experience – Michal Golas & Lucila Tallone Designer to CEO – The Path Less Travelled –&n ..read more
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Years that transform: 1984
Web Directions Blog
by John
6M ago
Can you remember a milestone year, or moment–in your career? Or in the broader landscape of technology? I’ve lived through a few, and perhaps we are living though such a moment now. And that’s prompted me to look back on milestone years on the path to today’s computing. Last time it was 1981, and the birth of the PC. Today, it’s not long after, 1984 and the birth of the Macintosh and the GUI. What midjourney imagines an early Mac looked like Apple had been a dominant player in the late 1970s early microcomputer days, with the Apple II first released in 1977 (the earlier Apple I was a strictly ..read more
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