Web Essentials 05 - Sydney 29 to 30 September 2005


podCasts, flickr, blogging and more
Can't make it to Sydney, or missed out on a seat. Never fear, we have podCasts, photos, blogging and more. It's not quite as good as being here, but maybe next year... And in the meantime

Jeffrey Veen workshop filling up
Places are filling for Jeffrey Veen's workshop Designing the Next Generation of Web Apps. This is a very rare opportunity to see one of the world's foremost user design experts and educators speak in Sydney. If you work with web or intranet based applications, don't miss this opportunity. And if you or a colleague are coming to WE05, you'll get $100 off.

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Molly Holzschlag

Author, instructor, and Web designer, Molly E. Holzschlag has authored over 30 books related to Web design and development. She's been coined "one of the greatest digerati" and deemed one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web. There is little doubt that in the world of Web design and development, Molly is one of the most fun and vibrant Web characters around.

As a steering committee member for the Web Standards Project (WaSP), Molly works along with a group of other dedicated Web developers and designers to promote W3C recommendations. She also teaches Webmaster courses for the University of Arizona, University of Phoenix, and Pima Community College. She wrote the very popular column, Integrated Design, for Web Techniques Magazine for the last three years of its life, and spent a year as Executive Editor of WebReview.com.

Eric Meyer

Eric Meyer is internationally recognized as one of the most knowledgeable, (if not THE most knowledgeable) CSS resources. Over the years he's been given such names as: CSS Guru, CSS Samurai, and Patron Saint of CSS; a testament to his standing in the field. Eric has written numerous articles for online publications and books.

Eric A. Meyer has been working with the Web since late 1993 and is an internationally recognized expert on the subjects of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

He is the principal consultant for Complex Spiral Consulting and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a much nicer city than you've been led to believe. A graduate of and former Webmaster for Case Western Reserve University and an alumnus of the same fraternity chapter to which Donald Knuth once belonged, Eric coordinated the authoring and creation of the W3C's CSS Test Suite and has recently been acting as List Chaperone of the highly active css-discuss mailing list.

Author of "Eric Meyer on CSS" (New Riders), "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide" (O'Reilly & Associates), "CSS2.0 Programmer's Reference" (Osborne/McGraw-Hill), and the fairly well-known CSS Browser Compatibility Charts, Eric speaks at a variety of conferences on the subject of standards, CSS use, and Web design.

Jeffrey Veen

Jeffrey Veen is an internationally sought-after speaker, author and consultant. He is a founding partner of Adaptive Path, a user experience consultancy focusing on the impact of design on business.

Previously, Jeffrey served as the Executive Interface Director for Wired Digital and Lycos Inc., where he managed the look and feel of HotWired, the HotBot search engine, Lycos.com and others. In addition to lecturing and writing on Web design and development, Jeffrey has been active with the World Wide Web Consortium's CSS Editorial Review Board as an invited expert on electronic publishing. He is also a columnist for Webmonkey, the author of the acclaimed books "The Art & Science of Web Design" and "HotWired Style: Principles for Building Smart Web Sites". In 1998, Jeffrey was named by CNet as one of the "First Annual Web Innovators".

Tantek Çelik

Tantek Çelik is a technology visionary and computer industry expert with a long history of innovative contributions to the web.

Currently Chief Technologist with Technorati, Tantek has previously worked for Apple as a Technical Lead on the OpenDoc project, though he is perhaps most widely known for the famed box model hack. However his great contribution to web standards was in fact Internet Explorer 5 for the Mac, where he led the design and implementation of web standards support. His current job description at Technorati is to investigate and define new standards and new technologies companywide and lead adoption and implementation of valid semantic XHTML and CSS across all web sites.

As co-founder of the microformats.org community and the Global Multimedia Protocols Group, as well as Steering Committee member of the Web Standards Project and invited expert to the W3C Cascading Style Sheets working group, Çelik is dedicated to advancing open standards and simpler data formats for the Web.

Kelly Goto

Kelly Goto is the principal of gotomedia inc. a San Francisco-based strategic consultancy specializing in user experience and interaction design. As a design ethnographer, Kelly continues to seek new methods of applying research-oriented design to interfaces, products, and mobile devices for clients such as Adobe, Epson, Veritas, and BearingPoint. Kelly is a sought-after international lecturer and instructor, specializing in topics of usability, user experience, and branding. Her book, Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow that Works is an established standard for workflow methodologies and user-centered design principles worldwide. Kelly serves on the National AIGA Brand Board and is a member of San Francisco's Bay CHI organization. When not tethered to her laptop, Kelly can be found trekking the Third World - where she does not check her email.

Douglas Bowman

Douglas Bowman is an influential designer whose highly publicized and hugely successful redesigns of sites like Blogger, Wired News, and Adaptive Path have pushed him to the forefront of standards-compliant web design. Bowman's consulting firm, Stopdesign, proves daily by example that beautiful, easily maintainable design can exist alongside simple, standards-compliant code.

Bowman believes design should simplify and facilitate our everyday life. Prior to founding Stopdesign, Bowman led the creation and implementation of design process and standards for an international network of high-traffic sites within Terra Lycos. As Design Director for Wired Digital, he designed and oversaw numerous trend-setting, industry-leading sites under the Wired umbrella. A firm believer in standards-based design, Bowman continues to help spread the gospel through examples, articles, and tutorials covering design, web standards, and the confluence of the two.

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone left the world of teaching high school in 1999 to start his own business as a freelance technical trainer. He taught and wrote a number of courses on topics varying from basic HTML, to CSS and JavaScript, database design and Active Server Pages as well as Web Accessibility - all with a web standards focus.

Now there really isn't just one thing that he does - in addition to training, delivering seminars and writing, he runs his own web development company, spend a lot of time as a web accessibilty consultant, and writes at his blog. And that's all between spending time with his family. He's a father of three, and husband to one...

John Allsopp

John Allsopp is a founder of Westciv, an Australian web software development and training company, which provides some of the best CSS resources and tutorials on the web. Westciv's software and training are used in dozens of countries around the World.

The head developer of the leading cross platform CSS editor, Style Master, John has written on web development issues for numerous web and print publications and was one of the earliest members of the Web Standards Project. He is a tireless Web Standards activist.

Russ Weakley

Russ Weakley has worked in the design field for over 18 years, the last 8 as a web designer. Russ is currently the web designer for Australian Museum Online and specializes in front-end development, user interface, navigation, site structure and graphics.

Russ co-chairs the Web Standards Group, whose role is to assist in the education of web developers in new technologies and accessibility issues as well as doing presentations to various industry groups.

Russ has also produced a series of widely acclaimed CSS-based tutorials including Listamatic, Listamatic2, Listutorial, Floatutorial and Selectutorial.

Peter Firminger

Peter Firminger has been building web sites and applications since 1994, specialising in back-end solutions using ColdFusion, custom standards compliant content management systems for small to medium business and government websites.

Peter co-chairs and manages the Web Standards Group, whose role is to assist in the education of web developers in new technologies and accessibility issues.

Peter has also made presentations to IT groups including Museums and the Web (Boston MA, 2001), the NSW Government ICT Forum (Sydney 2003) and OZeWAI (Melbourne 2004).

Roger Hudson

Roger Hudson established Web Usability with the aim of providing specialist advice in the areas of Website usability and accessibility to the corporate and government sector.

He was the driving force behind the Virtual Classroom Project, which in 1996 and 1997 trialed the use of the internet for online language teaching. The project involved more than 500 students from six countries.

Roger has provided advice relating to Website accessibility to many organizations including; the NSW Office of Information and Communication Technology, the Australian Museum, Qantas, Energy Australia, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Office of the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment and the NSW Guardianship Tribunal.

As an accessibility specialist, Roger is familiar with the needs of people with different disabilities and how these needs can be most effectively met. He has conducted numerous Website usability and accessibility evaluations with a wide range of web users including people who are blind or have other vision impairments as well as users with cognitive and motor skill disabilities

Dean Jackson

Dean Jackson is part of the W3C's Interaction Domain, responsible for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), Compound Documents (CDF) and Web Applications. Dean is also a member of the W3C's Activity for improving the Web experience on mobile devices. Dean is currently the only Aussie working for the W3C, and the only staff member in the Southern Hemisphere. This isolation means that he could spend all day surfing the Web without his boss noticing. However, instead Dean fills his day editing W3C specifications, developing prototypes and examples that test W3C technologies, answering questions from the public and examining the trends and patterns of current Web development in order to represent the Web community within W3C.

Brett Jackson

Brett Jackson is the Graphics Development Manager, Aristocrat Leisure Technologies and former Director of Creative Services, Fairfax Digital.

Brett has the rare ability to thrive within the intersection of the commercial and creative at the highest level, as Director of Creative Services for Fairfax Digital he led the Information Architecture, Design and Product Development of the some of the busiest sites in Australia such as www.smh.com.au. More recently in his role with Aristocrat Brett is leading a design team 30 creatives to create a new generation of gaming interfaces.

Previously Brett worked in Australia and Asia leading regional internet projects and strategies for companies such as HSBC, Philips, Westpac, Visa and Apple and was the technical co-ordinator for the Art Gallery of NSW for almost a decade. He was also a professional musician, he loves travel, surfing and his girlfriend Helen, is fascinated by foreign cultures, speaks Thai and Spanish (badly) and has now begun destroying Mandarin whenever he gets the chance.

John Horner

John Horner has worked in web development since 1997, nearly all of that time at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ("Australia's leading source of information and entertainment"), seeing their New Media team grow from three people to nearly 150. As well as coding, he has worked on staff training, policy and standards, and the ongoing development of content management systems.

David McDonald

David has been involved in the web industry since 1997, working 'at the coalface' with both small businesses and large corporations. Located in Melbourne, Australia, David specialises in front end development using web standards.

As well as runing his own freelance web design buisness, David is the lead front-end developer for BHP Billiton, one of the first blue chip industry sites in Australia to use standards compliance. David was instrumental in championing BHP Billiton's decision to move it's websites and numerous intranets to web standards.

David is a founding member of the Melbourne Web Standards Group and is passionate about the internet and it's potential.

Steve Faulkner

Steve has many years experience as a web developer and accessibility consultant. As well as his ongoing consulting work, he presents & runs workshops at conferences, and guest lectures at universities on the practical implementation of web accessibility. He is also leading the development of Web Accessibility testing software in collaboration with organizations and individuals from around the world.

Lisa Herrod

Lisa Herrod is a Usability Analyst at Access Testing in Sydney. With a background in web site design and development, Lisa has taught standards based subjects at Sydney Institute, including CSS, accessibility and usability. She has expertise in both usability and accessibility testing, which is the focus of much of her current work. An ideal project for Lisa is one where she is working collaboratively with standards focused developers, to incorporate a holistic, user centred process based on best practice to achieve the best possible result.

Lisa has also worked professionally as a Sign Language interpreter for over ten years. Her most interesting project to date involved teaching HTML to a class of deaf students in Indonesia, where she documented hundreds of local signs.

Lisa is a member of the Usability Professionals Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, the Sydney Web Standards Group and the Australian Sign Language Interpreter Association. A happy day for Lisa is watching 50's movies on the couch with a quality glass of red and not 'doing' sport.

James Robertson

James Robertson is the managing director of Step Two Designs, a vendor-neutral consultancy specialising in content management and intranets.

James is recognised as a leading expert in content management systems, and is the author of the Content Management Requirements Toolkit. He has worked with many organisations to help them select a CMS, as well as running workshops in Australia, NZ, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK.

He is a founding member of the CM Professionals association, and was listed as one of '20 leaders to see in 2003' by CMS Watch.

Cameron Adams

Cameron Adams has been designing things on and off the Web since 1997. Based in Melbourne, Australia, a university background in Computer Science and over 7 years experience in graphic design have made the Internet his home away from home – where he revels in making usable, accessible and likeable interfaces.

In addition to the projects he's currently tinkering with, Cameron hones his writing skills by posting musings about the Internet and design in general to his respected weblog. He is also one of the founders and judges of the Web Standards Awards, a site devoted to the promotion of the best sites on the Standards-compliant Internet.

When he's outside the house, he likes to DJ and also contributes to the dance music scene by writing for Tranzfusion, Australia's original electronic music site.

Tim Lucas

Tim Lucas is an interface designer, software developer and a founder of aviditybytes, a Sydney-based web application and software development company. Tim has worked in the web design industry for the past 5 years, designing and developing custom web applications and content management systems for various organisations, including the NSW Board of Studies.

Though most of his work has specialised in behind-the-scenes development, Tim can mostly be heard speaking about interface design, information architecture, usability and best practices. Alongside his academic studies in Computer Science, Tim has had ongoing involvement in research at University of New South Wales involving the Mac OS X platform, locative media, usability and the user-centred design process.