Webvisions is in Portland, Oregon, May 16-18, 2012, and I’ll be there again this year leading an awesome panel of WordPress Theme designers and developers, and I need your help.
For over eleven years, Webvisions has been the go to conference for exploring the future of design, content creation, user experience, and business strategies on the web. The world flocked to Portland, Oregon, to enjoy the multi-day WebVisions event with thousands of attendees and dozens of top notch developers and designers sharing their visionary expertise. This year, WebVisions was in New York in January, and will be in Barcelona July 5-7, and Chicago and Atlanta this fall. Executive Director Brad Smith is making his personal vision and dream come true and bringing his innovative creative web conference to an international audience eager to help shape the future of the web.
Registration is open with an early bird discount ending very soon, so put this on your schedule, vacation plans, and agenda now. Portland is a great place to visit, too.
I will be hosting a panel of WordPress Theme designers and developers covering the cutting edge techniques of design and development. We’ll be talking about how design meets code to generate powerful integration and content management with WordPress.
The panel of local web developers and designers will specifically cover:
- Understanding and defining the “dynamic” elements in a WordPress Theme.
- Examples of truly rule breaking design tips and tricks in WordPress Theme development.
- How WordPress Plugins influence design and functionality and when to code within a Theme and when not.
- Exploring the process of Wireframes to Frameworks to WordPress Themes.
- Exploring the future of WordPress Theme development, integrating mobile, HTML5, CSS3, and beyond.
How Can You Help?
The recent Portland WordPress Meetup discussed how to hire a WordPress developers and a lively part of the discussion was on defining the differences between a designer, developer, programmer, and coder. Is it possible to specialize in WordPress Themes without familiarity with the code?
I’d like your help in defining the spirit and skills of a WordPress Theme designer versus developer to add to the conversation for this panel.
How do you decide to choose a WordPress designer or developer? What are the skills that qualify someone to be one or the other? Do you have a checklist that defines a web designer or developer? If you call yourself a WordPress designer, developer, programmers, or coder, how did you make that decision? Do you specialize or do it all? What defines these titles?
Your input will help to define the panel topics and help us give WebVisions a rousing dose of the BEST of the WordPress Community.
Register Now for WebVisions
WebVisions Registration is open now, and if you register by March 30, you can get the early bird discount and save some serious money on the tickets.
If you haven’t attended WebVisions, let me take you on a quick tour of this unique event.
It begins with studio tours and networking parties of top web design and development companies in Portland. It’s a rare opportunity to meet the movers and shakers in web development behind the scenes.
Wednesday is filled with amazing workshops such as The Device is More Than a Display: Responsive Web Design is Only the Beginning with Gino Zahnd and John Bragg, Nathan Shedroff and Chris Noessel expanding on their 2011 presentation on How to Use Scifi to Create Better Interfaces, Kevin Hoyt introducing the open source electronics prototyping platform, Arduino, Thomas Phinney presenting CSS 3 Web Fonts & Typography, Jason Cranford Teague and HTML5 + CSS3 = Your Web Design Future, and Lyza Danger Gardner and Jason Grigsby taking us deep into The Definitive Guide to Mobile Device Preparedness.
A workshop you will find me at is by my new hero, Aaron Gustafson, discussing Adaptive Web Design and his book, of the same name. Three copies are sitting on my desk right now which I am giving as gifts – that’s how much I love his book and his work.
When I heard him speak at last year’s WebVisions, I was literally jumping out of my chair with enthusiasm. Rarely do web designers and developers “get it.” Get the point that we have to be forward thinking not constantly backwards compatible. If we aren’t creating web designs and code that will grow with our site, we are constantly looking over our shoulders and playing catch up. While this might help job security, it doesn’t advance web development. You spend so much time cleaning up your mess, you don’t get a chance to make new, bigger messes.
The WebVisions Schedule for Portland is packed. There is a hackathon Tuesday, the workshops on Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday are packed with amazing presentations, so many, I’m having trouble deciding. The ones of immediate interest are:
- VFX Revolution: How the Internet and Digital Devices are Reshaping Visual Effects and Film
- 13 Signs Your Site Needs a UX Exorcism
- A Platform for Building RIAs using Domain Specific Languages
- Alien Phenomenology, or What it’s Like to Be a Thing
- Analytics Innovations to Maximize ROI
- Applying Behavior Design
- Building Mobile Applications with Web Standards
- Content Everywhere
- CSS3 OpenType: The New Web Typography
- Data Driven Mobile Apps
- Data Visualization and Dashboard Design
- Designing with Data
- Don’t Ask How The Sausage Is Made: How To Bring UX Into A Startup Without Going (Completely) Insane
- Ethnographic Animation: 3D design for Marketing and Education
- Identifying Your Audience: Data Gone Wild!
- Let’s Get Physical: Digital Experiences in the Real World
- Measures of Success: How to Quantitatively Measure Your User Experience
- Progressively Enriched Web for Superior Usability
- The CSS of Design Storytelling: Context, Spine and Structure
- The Future of HTML5 Motion Design
- The Yin and Yang of the Visual Effects Industry and the Internet
- Too Long: Didn’t Read
- Why Business Must be Human
- Winning Website Development with Today’s Best Practices
- WordPress, G+ Combo for Content Marketing
It’s going to be tough deciding. Which would you choose?