Web design conferences are fantastic for keeping up to date with the industry changes and for gaining useful advice from big name contributors. Unfortunately with there being conferences held around the world from Brighton to New York and beyond visiting just one (never mind all of them!) can be a challenge. Thankfully, some of the design conference organisers embrace the social aspect of the modern web and provide videos of the conference sets online, here are my top five web design conference speeches for 2008.
Andy Budd – Designing the User Experience Curve – FOWD, London 2008
Andy Budd is an internationally renowned user experience designer and web standards expert from Clearleft. In his speech at the Future of Web Design conference in London he compares the user experience of websites to various real life examples. He highlights the importance of user experience in web design with some useful little tips that can be put into effect on your future projects.
Paul Boag – Educating Clients to Say Yes – FOWD, New York 2008
Paul Boag of Headscape is well known for his Boagworld podcast alongside Marcus Lillington. In his recent talk at the Future of Web Design, New York he outlines some extremely useful points and insights into how to educate clients to say Yes! This is a speech every designer can relate to and offers some great advice for designers to avoid the usual downsides of client related work.
Stefan Fountain – How the Future of the Mobile Web is Going to Change Everything(Highlights) – FOWA, London 2008
Stefan Fountain of Eight Media is part of the team behind Soocial, a web app that helps sync contacts between various devices. In his talk at the Future of Web Apps he presents his thoughts on the future of the web through mobile phones and portable devices.
Gary Vaynerchuk – Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape – Web 2.0 Expo, New York 2008
Gary Vaynerchuk is a master of internet business building and has had fantastic success with his site, Wine Library. In his talk at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York he puts across some great advice with extreme passion and humour on how to achieve your goals and earn money from what you love.
Elliot Jay Stocks – Print is the New Web – FOWD, London 2008
Elliot Jay Stocks is a popular face at design conferences, participating with many speeches throughout the year. At the Future of Web Design in London, he discusses how inspiration for web design can be sourced from print design, such as books, leaflets and magazines for implementation into design for web.
In my opinion it's a shame only a small number of design conferences provide their content online. Carsonified are the masters of this, which I think really showcases their knowledge of the modern, social web. This is the main reason the majority of these videos are from FOWD and FOWA, two excellent Carsonified events.
I hoping to head down to one or two of the UK based conferences next year, so I'll look forward to seeing you at an event in 2009!