WebVisions 2011 in review: Part two

Thursday, May 26, 2011

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2011 in review: Part one.

WebVisions 2011

On Wednesday through Friday, May 25-27, I attended the WebVisions 2011 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of all sessions I attended on Thursday, with links. Many of the slides from these sessions and others are available at SlideShare. See Twitter updates using #wv11.

Read/Write World – Blaise Aguera y Arcas
(9:00 am to 10:00 am | session details)

  • Summary coming soon.

5 Critical Elements of Storytelling – Kevin Brooks
(10:30 am to 10:45 am | session details)

Web on the Box – Daniel Davis
(10:45 am to 11:00 am | session details)

  • Opera provides browsers for television manufacturers
  • TV remote control as an input:
    • Text input is painful
    • Navigation is painful
    • Reading text is painful
    • Page loading is bad (due to slow chips in TVs)
    • Text input is awful
  • The same problems exist on mobile. So, take your existing mobile strategy.
  • Can we use CSS3 transform to zoom page in? Not on TVs. Just enlarge text via CSS.
  • But the “tv” media type is not used by TV manufacturers
    Instead, use Media Queries – everything supports them, even IE 9+.
    Media Queries: an “if” statement for CSS

    • If: @media
    • And: and
    • Or: , (comma)
  • The perfect TV media query:
    Web on TV: Using CSS3 Media Queries
    Web on TV: CSS3
    Simple compromise for detecting TVs and improving text readability.

@media tv,
(width: 1920px) and (height: 1080px),
(width: 1280px) and (height: 720px) {
body {
font-size: 2.5em;

Emotion: The New User Experience – Kelly Goto
(11:00 am to 11:30 am | session details)

  • Evolution of “Sensory Engineering” – get to the heart of pleasure and emotion of products
  • We’re in a new (iPhone) era of connected experiences
  • Inka Biosphere System: connection = meaning
  • From a world of what people think to what people actually feel
  • “We want to get to addiction with our new product” – research on addictive behavior on websites
  • Functionality » Usability » RITUAL
  • Kansei Engineering (kan sei = the  feeling/sensation you have overall) = emotional usability / sensory engineering
  • These emotional indicators all fit into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Designing for Mobile Just Got Better: jQuery Mobile and Adobe’s Dreamweaver CS5.5 – Ryan Stewart
(11:30 am to 11:50 am | session details)

  • Summary coming soon.

GO! How Two Guys Made a Successful iPhone Game and Lived to Tell the Tale – Tim Sears, Tyler Sticka
(11:45 am to 12:00 pm | session details)

  • Ramps game
  • Resist over-planning, listen to peers and users and focus on making the best thing you can
  • See slides.

The Best is the Enemy of the Good: Similarities in Perfection Between Magic and Design – Jared Spool, reed spool
(1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | session details)

  • Summary coming soon.

Algorithms in JavaScript – Kyle Simpson
(3:00 pm to 3:30 pm | session details)

  • Summary coming soon.

A New Approach to Web Development – Faruk Ateş
(3:30 pm to 4:00 pm | session details)

  • Summary coming soon.

Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age – Douglas Rushkoff
(4:15 pm to 5:15 pm | session details)

  • Summary coming soon.

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