Meta Refresh 2015

The web in your pocket

Meta Refresh 2015 edition: The web in your pocket

Theme

We’re already in a world where smartphones outnumber all the desktops and laptops put together. A sizeable portion of your existing user base could be accessing your website only through a handheld device. It is quite likely that future web users will never experience a site on a large screen.

Undeniably mobiles, be it phones or tablets, have become a critical channel for user acquisition and customer engagement. In fact, one can argue that mobiles are already the primary touch-point for reaching and experiencing the web in many cases.

For many web designers and developers, however, the constraints of a mobile device continue to be a beast — small screen, low resources, fickle networks and the (often false) assumption that the user is always on the move with limited time at hand.

Responsive design hasn’t been enough. Mobile-first was just a start. It takes a lot more to tame the beast and to create a great browsing experience for a mobile user.

Meta Refresh 2015 will focus on enhancing web experience on mobile devices.

We’re looking forward to proposals about:

  • Evolution of web design in your organisation: what is the context of your business and customers? Why and how did you evolve your UX strategy and practice for mobile devices?
  • In your experience and practice, how does the context of mobile user influence the design of your websites? How does the behavior of users accessing web through a mobile differ?
  • How do you take complex web applications beyond the desktop? Speak to us from your experience.
  • What are the common misconceptions / incorrect assumptions about the mobile context? How did you figure these in your practice?
  • How do you design content for mobile websites? What kind of detailing is involved here?

And oh, if you disagree with the theme, we’d like to hear about that as well.

We are accepting proposals under the following sections:

  • Design process outlining concrete steps.
  • Mobile website strategy.
  • Content design.
  • Design patterns.
  • User research and insights.
  • Performance and front-end tools – crisp talks only.
  • Maintainability challenges.

Commitment to Open Source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Format

The 2015 edition is a two-day single-track conference – 16 and 17 April. We invite proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks
  • A crisp 15-minute presentation
  • Sponsored sessions, 40 minute duration

Criteria to submit conference proposals

You must be a practising web developer or designer, and must be able to show how your own work has advanced the state of the web in the past year. You are expected to present original work that your peers — this event’s audience — recognise as being notable enough to deserve a stage.
If you are excited about someone’s work and believe it deserves wider recognition, we recommend you contact them and ask them to submit a proposal.

Workshop proposals

If you are interested in teaching, sharing knowledge with the community and/or conducting professional trainings on CSS, front-end engineering and design, submit a proposal under workshop section. Specify past experience in teaching and conducting workshops. Even better if you share links to videos of workshops where you were an instructor.
We’ll host workshops starting October 2014 until April 2015.

Buy tickets here: https://in.explara.com/e/meta-refresh


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Brajeshwar Oinam

Brajeshwar Oinam

@brajeshwar

Design with Beauty, Nature, Mathematics and Code

Submitted Jan 20, 2015

With increasing numbers of screen sizes to take care of, number of devices, platforms and mediums - it is really hard not just for designers but also developers to make sure a design ‘works’ across all these facades.

Imagine if a developer, without a design degree or a design background, be able to use mathematics, fractals and intelligent algorithmic codes to design websites, apps, etc? Let’s about that.

Outline

The cold war, sometimes hot, between designers and developers are an on-going and part-parcel of any project that involves both. Designers frown upon the developers’ inability to design what they did in their graphic software. Developers blames the designers for being creative for the wrong reason.

Let’s dive into some ideas, principles and naturally occurring phenomenon to help both designers and developers and apply to their work to bring forth better designs, creatively apply repetitive patterns and make their work beautiful.

Let’s learn to look at the beauty of nature, sacred mathematical fractals and algorithms to design our products, apps, websites, mobile apps and your life.

Problem

With most designs projects - be it a website, or an app - has never been easy to make a client and everyone involved be really happy.

A visual designer may do her best and get the clients convinced somehow, the final design usually loses its edge and originality when translated to the web, and devices.

It is not easy and a tedious process to keep the Typography consistent, the spacing - paddings, margins - in sync.

Presentation Preview

The presentation will highlight some of the natural existing solutions to design problems - the Golden Ratio, the Fibonacci Sequence, the Cicada Principle - and how they can be used to leverage product designs - for the web, and devices.

There will also be references to musical notes - the minor, major, fourth, sixth, octave, tenth, etc - and apply it to design to achieve a modular scale with the typography, and spacings between elements to bring forth a design that has its meanings.

There will mentions of how adapting these principles, mathematical fractals can bring beauty, consistency and a sense of being part of users when it comes to designs that they interact everyday.

Takeaway from the Presentation

The presentation will walk through some of the well known naturally occurring phenomenon, patterns and mathematical fractals.

I’ll also prepare an open source example complete with working code on how we can apply such patterns, fractals to help designers and non-designers (read developers) understand each other better and be able to bring out design works that are ingrained in the beauty of nature.

Hopefully, the presentation should be able to help inculcate a thinking into new designers and those who work with designers be able to take decisions with their work to make it more ‘beautiful’.

Speaker bio

I believe in simplicity, minimalism and an ardent willingness to push the envelop, envisioning the betterment of usable and practical solutions. - brajeshwar

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