Tim Frick will give a presentation “The Components of Sustainable Web Design” at WebVisions Chicago 2013. This three-day conference, September 25-27, 2013, at Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State Street, Chicago) explores the future of design, content creation, user experience design and business strategy. A conference pass for starts at $200 for students and educators and $275 general admission, with early bird rates available through Friday, August 16, 2013.
The Components of Sustainable Web Design
When: Thursday, September 26, 1:30pm (updated – new date and time)
The internet uses a lot of electricity: as much as 30 nuclear power plants or a small country like Sweden, by some estimates. Very little of this power—less than 15% in the U.S.—comes from clean or renewable sources. Meanwhile, web pages are six times the size they were ten years ago and require far more calls to external libraries, custom web fonts, social sharing widgets, and so on. As products and services continue their mad dash to the online world, web designers have a huge opportunity to make a measurable difference in the web’s carbon footprint. As author Pete Markiewicz notes, “Design is where the environmental drag of the internet originates, and where it can be fixed.”
Design choices have a significant impact on how power-hungry a web page will be. We’ll discuss actionable steps for designing sustainable sites that perform well, use less energy, and offer better experiences for users now and in the future.
- The super-sized internet and its carbon footprint.
- Intro to sustainable web design concepts.
- Green Hosting: what it means, where to find it, etc.
- Sustainable UX: concepts and techniques.
- Findability and sustainability: content and design choices matter.
- Performance optimization: faster sites, less energy.
- What does the future of a sustainable web look like?
WEBVISIONS CHICAGO 2013 Details:
When: Wednesday, September 25 – Friday, September 27
Where: Gene Siskel Film Center (164 North State Street Chicago, IL 60601)
Cost: $200-500, with discounted early bird and student and educator rates