peer to peer

industry, colleagues

Speaker Training Workshop

Why Speaker Training? Web Directions is known for being committed to helping web professionals acquire and hone skills, ideas and attitudes that can help them in their working lives. This is most obvious in the major events we organise: conferences and workshops in Australia that bring acknowledged experts from around the world here to share […]

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Australian Web Industry Association


2015 has been quite a year for the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA), one in which the success of events like the Australian Web Awards has been tempered by the relative disappointment of a highly adventurous Edge of the Web national conference. With a strong and impassioned leadership, some revolutionary changes are afoot in AWIA

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Web Directions 2015

Web Directions 2015

There are few professional decisions I’ve made in the last 12 years that have had as profound an effect on my career as hooking up with Web Directions. For the late arrivals, Web Directions is a conference based in Sydney, with a focus on standards-based web design and development, a commitment to fostering ideas-driven progress

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day

A11y Bytes

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the seemingly inexhaustible Sarah Pulis, one of Australia’s leading digital and web accessibility specialists, A11y Bytes is an event held to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on 21 May, itself an innovation of US accessibility warriors Jennison Asuncion and Joe Devon. Following last year’s successful Sydney event, this year

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The Siege and Troy

Troy Hunt

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to IT security I feel besieged. I host and manage 72 websites for myself and my web clients. I depend on email, phone and texts to communicate directly with my clients, colleagues, friends and family. I use half a dozen or more social media outlets for

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Make Web Designers Think!

Rocket Surgery Made Easy

Call it synchronicity, if you like. I wrote a review of Steve Krug’s book Rocket Surgery Made Easy in 2010, after I bought it online. I stumbled across it again yesterday, when I logged in to Amazon to look at another book entirely (Make: JavaScript Robotics: Building NodeBots with Johnny-Five, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and BeagleBone,

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Edge of the Web 2015

Edge of the Web

AWIA is the Australian Web Industry Association, the national peak body for our industry. One of the things AWIA does is hold an annual national conference, Edge of the Web. This year, EOTW is doing something a bit different: holding sessions in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and connecting them all with some clever tech. The

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Web Directions 2014: Day 2

Web Directions

For various reasons, I was only able to take in three sessions from the second day of Web Directions 2014 (you can read my thoughts on Day One here). Those three sessions did reveal, though, that the focus on the human side of the web, on connectedness and on the social context of the web

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Web Directions 2014: Day 1

Eleven years. John Allsopp tries to convince that this is the 10th anniversary of my favourite web conference, but there have already been ten (including Web Essentials 04 and 05), so this is the eleventh. In its second change of venue (originally UTS, then Darling Harbour), Web Directions has relocated to the Seymour Centre. A

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