A number of us popped over to the Future of Web Design conference last week, hoping to get some refreshing new ideas for design and development in the various UCL websites. The conference raised some interesting approaches to design, although did heavily rely on analogy after analogy to explain fairly simple issues. On a more disturbing note, we didn’t even get any free coffee or pastries (the real reason for attending any conference).
Having said all that, it was a joy to see a real emphasis on encouraging clear and beautiful design using web standards (rather than Flash, etc.), accompanied by helpful tips and examples on how to do this effectively. In particular, we’d really recommend taking a quick five minutes to look through Jon Hicks’ slides (they’ll hopefully make some sense to those who didn’t attend!).
Also, take a look at some of the fascinating portfolios/sites mentioned on the day for an injection of enthusiasm for this kind of design. Sticking to web standards using CSS, these show real inventiveness while retaining optimum accessibility.