I attended my first web conference, @media London, in 2005. I am not 100% sure if this was “the” first web focused conference in the UK but it was certainly close. It’s fair to say I have been to my fair share since.
Attending your first web conference can be a daunting experience — especially if you are travelling alone or don’t know anyone else heading there. However with a bit of forethought and planning it’s possible to really reap the benefits of attending a web conference.
Over the course of three posts here on this blog I would like to share some of my conference going experiences as well as some thoughts on how you can get the best from your time out of the office.
The Business of Web Design: Experiences – Volume 1 — Earlier this year Joel Hughes asked me to contribute to an upcoming book he was releasing to coincide with his The Business of Web Design event. It's a great read and you can buy it now for £9.99. Other contributors include Pete Seymour, Liz Elcoate, Phil Murphy, Christian Senior, Danny Bluestone, Kristina Auckland, Simon Jones, Jack Barber, Jamie Huskisson, Katie Cory, Matt Newton, Kelly Molson, Steve Kirtley, Darren Beale, Kirsty Bourgoine, Alex Brooke, Shane Hudson, Richard Askew, Dan Davies, Caroline Smith, Andy Robinson, Craig Francis and Matt Hill.
I use the featured image feature of WordPress to display the hero image on blog posts and use a figure element to encase it with an optional caption.
However creating the same syntax in the editor proved problematic, mainly due to the WordPress parser adding in unwanted <p> elements when rendered.
I knocked up a quick Shortcode to see if I could get round the issue and it seems to work pretty well. After I figured (no pun intended) how to pass in HTML I was pretty happy to deploy to this site. — Read full Article »
The Back To Front Show #026: Conferences — In this weeks episode of The Back to Front Show Kieran and I chat about all things "web conference". Which one do you pick? Where's the value? What are the costs? We also try to answer the question "who has been to more conferences? Is it me or Doc Parsons?"
Auphonic — An intelligent "Desktop Batch Audio File Processor" which analyses audio and corrects level differences between speakers, between music and speech and between multiple audio files to achieve a balanced overall loudness. The online version also integrates with external services, such as S3, to allow for easy publishing.
The Back To Front Show #025: Around the Web — Hot on the heels of episode #024 comes episode #025. In this weeks show we chat about the latest news on the Editorially team, have some friendly banter about startup culture and Kieran delves into the world of devices.