Canvas 2013

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom

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This year, Canvas explores future ideas for the web, examining the construct of a connected customer and how new technology can be used to communicate effectively. Throughout this one day event taking place in Birmingham, we'll cover a range of perspectives from the technical to the strategic.

Speakers from BERG, ADDITIVE, MICROSOFT, ADOBE, THE GUARDIAN, and THE LAB AT O2, with more to be announced.

What's at Canvas for you?

Creatives: With all the debate around designers picking up development skills at the moment, Canvas is the perfect opportunity to sharpen your thinking and hear from some of the industry's most interesting practitioners.

Speakers will cover topics such as HTML5 animation, building apps with FirefoxOS, and making physical products such as BERG's Little Printer. You'll also have the chance to find out how the Guardian has made responsive design work for them and to challenge your thinking as a whole on the future of the industry

Marketers: As you develop your marketing strategy, you cannot ignore the opportunities presented by new technologies and new design tools. At Canvas you'll discover new ways of communicating with your customers and find out how some of the industry's biggest names are staying ahead of the curve to create meaningful customer communications.

You'll hear from top strategists on how the ad industry has been disrupted through the rise of 'digital' and whether in fact we should be saying farewell to 'it' already.

Developers: Expand your horizons at Canvas this year with talks from some of the industry's leading developers, as well as designers and strategists who are making amazing things happen with the web.

You'll hear how the Guardian made responsive work across one of the largest newspaper websites in the world, how Adobe Edge will push the limits of the browser and HTML 5, and the story of complexity behind architecting BERG Cloud and Little Printer.

  • Speakers


    Alice Bartlett @alicebartlett
    Big brain, little brain. Making BERG Cloud and Little Printer.
    Alice discusses the architecture of BERG Cloud and Little Printer, and how, having removed as much complexity as possible from Little Printer and put it in BERG Cloud, we are still left with a lot of complexity. The problems we have just aren't software problems anymore.

    Dave Birss @davebirss
    Farewell Digital at Additive
    Dave is a creative and strategic thinker with nearly 20 years experience of marketing communications. He’s a keynote speaker on subjects such as creativity, advertising and branding, and transmedia.

    Martin Beeby @thebeebs
    The Future of Interaction
    It's become common place for humans to interact with computers by touching, speaking and moving. Apps on devices are providing these experiences to users, but are website being left behind? In this talk we will look at how you can use your web skills to create sites that utilise numerous forms of human interaction.

    Terry Ryan @tpryan
    HTML5 Motion Design at Adobe
    Delivering interactive experiences in HTML5 isn't hard, but it can be time consuming to code by hand. This session will talk about Adobe Edge Animate and it's ability to speed up your HTML animation work. We'll also take a look into the future of what the browser can be pushed to do.

    Matt Andrews @mattpointblank
    Responsive design at The Guardian
    It’s the most talked-about web development technique of the past few years and it’s officially reached the mainstream. Matt will tell us about the process of converting a site consisting of over three million articles, hundreds of components, dozens of templates and two domains into a single responsive webpage.

    Ruth John @rumyra
    Building FirefoxOS apps at The Lab at O2
    Introducing what FirefoxOS is and how to start building apps for it, using familiar front end technologies. Ruth will also delve into an exciting world of cool API's that are being currently being developed for devices.

  • Venue

    Venue The IET Birmingham: Austin Court

    IET Birmingham: Austin Court has been a distinguished, outstanding and competitive conferencing and events venue in the heart of Birmingham since 1994.