Trent Willis (@trentmwillis) Netflix
DIY Usability Testing When You Have No Time and No Budget
Bekah Rice (@bekahble) True Matter
Testing your digital products with real people is the only real way to see if what you’ve built actually works. The problem is, many of us just don’t have the time or budget to run a full-scale usability test. Still, it’s always better to do some testing rather than none. We'll cover all the basics for running your own short, successful usability tests on a shoestring budget, using just a few basic resources.
Sacré bleu! The trials and tribulaciones of internationalising your ẨṔṔŁîÇåŤḯṏÑ���
Robin Dykema (@robindykema) Taulia
What is internationalization and why is it important, even if your clients are mostly English speakers? This presentation will cover common pitfalls and how to avoid them, such as date formatting, number formatting, translating, encoding for non-Latin characters, etc. We will also briefly discuss all the UX considerations that come to play when using a RTL (right-to-left) language. Finally, we’ll talk about a library called i18next, which is an open source library you can use to help internationalize your project.
Let’s web dev like it’s 1999!
Ben Ilegbodu (@benmvp) Stitch Fix
However, when web development was in its infancy two decades ago, things were drastically different. Sites had hit counters, used frames for navigation, and were updated manually via FTP. We used the blink tag and scrolling marquees! Let’s take a walk down memory lane (or have a history lesson) and have some laughs cringing at how sites looked, how they were built, and the rudimentary tooling we had to develop them.
Deep thoughts with Dylan Schiemann
Dylan Schiemann (@dylans) Living Spec
Standardizing <select>: What the future holds for HTML Controls
Stephanie Stimac (@seaotta) Microsoft
If you build for the web, you've probably had that moment when you get to a point you need to build and style your control components. The most common one being the <select> element. You try to use the native element and style it to match the rest of your design language but the amount of CSS required is exhaustive, and you can forget about extensibility or heavy customization of the controls. This has been a key pain point for developers for years and browser vendors are finally stopping to listen and look into solving this issue.
In this talk, we'll dive into the first component browsers are starting to look at, the <select> element. We'll discuss the current state of styling it, the developer feedback we've received that's indicated this is a problem space we need to fix, what the future looks like for standardizing <select> and how developers and designers can get involved to help drive the future of these components forward.
Flappy Bird: The Adventure Continues
Avery Duffin (@DuffinAvery) Rainfocus
Flappy bird a popular mobile game rose quickly to fame in 2014 and not soon after it was removed from the android and apple stores. Join Avery in a Flappy Bird adventure as we pull that pesky little bird from the depths of the hidden web and play a version of the game together. This talk will inspire you to build awesome things and have fun.
Reasons to be cheerful
Christian Heilmann (@codepo8) Microsoft
There's a lot to be fustrated about these days but the web and development isn't a part of that. In this talk we'll look at a few things that are absolutely fabulous and you may not be aware of. Our world moves fast and it is easy to think you're missing out. It can also look like we can't rely on any cool new thing and discard it before it comes into usefulness. Let's take a step back and find ways to feel happy about what we do. A lot of these are about ways to participate you may not know exist.