Meta Refresh 2013

The design and engineering of user interface on the web

Meta Refresh is a conference on the construction of the user experience on the web. The 2013 edition is about letting go. It's about learning the skills necessary to build experiences which cannot possibly exist on any medium apart from the internet. It will showcase people who have a deep understanding of what the internet is, and what it can be; people who have built experiences and who can recount their experiences doing so.

http://metarefresh.in/2013

The details

Meta Refresh 2013 is a single-track event over two days. All proposals will be evaluated by the program committee consisting of:

The program committee will not consider public voting when making selections, as the current form of voting has a weak correlation to relevance, but will instead look at the discussion each proposal generates. If there is a proposal you find notable, please leave a comment.

For this year's event, we are seeking original presentations from practising designers and frontend engineers on why something should be done the way you say, rather than how. The conference stage is a place to convince the audience to your point of view. Howto guides go on the website.

As a single track event, you will have the full audience in the room with you, and we expect you to keep it engaged. Please submit examples of prior speaking experience, or a video introducing yourself and your topic, plus proof that you practice what you preach.

Attendance is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world. As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. If you are able to raise support for your trip, we will count that towards an event sponsorship.

There are no sponsored sessions at Meta Refresh. Your speaking opportunity is at the discretion of the program committee alone.

If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day of your proposal.

Discounted tickets are available from http://metarefresh.doattend.com/

Dates

We will make the first round of confirmations by late December, a second round by mid-January, and will finalize the schedule in early February. More specific dates as they get closer. The event is on Feb 22-23.

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the foundation of the internet. Our aim is to strengthen these foundations for future generations. If your talk describes a codebase for developers to work with, we require that it is available under a permissive open source license, a license that does not impose itself on subsequent work.

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Arpan Chinta

Getting Serious about Responsive web design

Submitted Jan 2, 2013

We need to rethink the way we design web sites. Screen sizes (mobile, tablet, desktop, TV) , user context (at home, on the road…), input methods (mouse, keyboard, touch screens), all have an impact in the way users interact with websites and we need to take that into account when we are designing the sites.

The focus of this talk is going to be on new designs, built from the ground up to be responsive.

Outline

UI & UX

  • Screen Sizes, Context, Interface, Input methods
  • Touch Targets
  • Touch Interactions
  • Forms: optimizing for mobile devices
  • Navigation: designing navigation for mobile devices
  • Layout: working with responsive grids
  • Content
  • Mobile First
  • Content First > Navigation Second
  • Typography, Font embedding, Icon fonts, Retina artwork

Workflow

  • Layout > Content > Typography > Design patterns > Device considerations
  • Tools
  • UX Testing

Optimization

  • Semantic markup
  • Compact CSS & JS
  • Responsive Images
  • CDNs, server side compression

Speaker bio

I’m a designer who loves programming! Started out as a print designer back in school, moved to web design and then to UI design. Started using Rails to implement my designs and have been doing that for the last 7+ years.

Now I work with HordeSoftware ( http://hordesoftware.com/ ), with a specific focus on cross-device UI design, specifically in creating web sites & web apps that work well across various screen sizes & resolutions.

Some of my recent work:

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Meta Refresh is an umbrella forum for conversations about different aspects of design and product including: 1. UX and interaction design 2. CMS, content management, publishing and content marketing 3. Information architecture 4. Product design 5. Privacy in product design more