London JS Classes: AngularJS Full-Day Workshop

Fig.1 On the 18th of April, Tim Ruffles will be hosting a full-day workshop in which you can learn to use AngularJS

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Who is it for?

AngularJS makes creating rich web-apps easier than ever before. With the philosophy of embracing and extending HTML, powerful data-binding, and decoupling and testability via dependency-injects, it's fast becoming the most popular MVC framework.

This workshop is for anyone unfamiliar with AngularJS. Tim will take you through building your first AngularJS application, and introduce some of the meatier aspects of the framework like directives.

Who is it taught by?

This workshop is being run by Tim Ruffles. Tim is a Ruby & JavaScript Developer living and working in London. Having previously worked for Skimlinks as their tech lead, he now spends time mentoring others and working on SidekickJS, his code-quality tracking tool. You can find him speaking about the web at various events.

What you'll learn

  • The philosophy of Angular
  • Booting the app
  • Data-binding
  • Controllers
  • Directives
  • Routing
  • Requesting data
  • Testing

Requirements

  • Familiarity with JavaScript
  • Please bring your laptop with your text editor of choice installed

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Full-Day AngularJS
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 18th April 2014 (10:00 - 17:30)
Cost £120 - 150
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Building a faster web: How to optimise your website's performance

Fig.2 On Tuesday the 29th of March, Patrick Hamann will be holding an evening class on how to optimise your website's performance.

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Who is it for?

This workshop is for any designer or developer wanting to improve the speed of their websites and have a greater understanding of the browser's internals.

What you'll learn

In one evening you will discover what the common performance bottlenecks are in the browser from networking to painting and learn how to best optimise at each stage of the critical path to create fast, jank free websites.

Who is it taught by?

Patrick is a senior client-side developer at the Guardian in London, where amongst other things, he is helping to engineer the next generation of their web platform. When not speaking or ranting about performance or CSS architecture on twitter he enjoys spends his spare time discovering new food and craft beer.

What this workshop will cover

  • Why performance matters
  • Networking
  • Render tree construction
  • Measuring performance using browser developer tools
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Optimising load time
  • Optimising paint
  • Practice on working examples
  • Testing and monitoring
  • Tips, tricks and best practices
  • The future

Requirements

Please bring your laptop with the following installed:

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Building a faster web
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 29th April 2014 (19:00 - 22:00)
Cost £50 - £60
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London JS Night Class: Next Level JavaScript

Fig.3 On the 30th of April, Ben Howdle will be hosting a workshop in which you can learn to take your JavaScript to the next level.

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Who is it for?

Comfortable with jQuery but want to go further? Want to be able to build entire applications using JavaScript? Struggling to organise and architect your code? After this evening workshop, you'll have taken your JavaScript to next level!

Who is it taught by?

This workshop is being run by Ben Howdle. Ben is a software developer for Kashflow and describes himself as a "JavaScript guy at heart". Ben has worked on many projects over the years including SVGeezy, Cortado and Heisenberg.js; whilst also being one half of the Upfront Podcast on Front-End Web Development. He also writes a blog that covers many things including JS.

What you'll learn

  • Memory Profiling
  • Performance
  • Coding Conventions
  • Making your projects maintainable

Requirements

  • Must be familiar with JavaScript
  • Please bring your laptop with your text editor of choice installed

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Next Level JavaScript
Where New Zealand House, Hub Westminster, 1st floor, New Zealand House 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 30th April 2014 (19:00) - 30th March 2014 (22:00)
Cost £50 - £60
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Best Practice for UX Deliverables

Fig.4 On Wednesday the 7th of May, Anna Dahlström @annadahlstrom will be holding an evening class on creating well presented deliverables to communicate your work.

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Whilst the work we do is not meant to be hanged on a wall for people to admire, nor is meant to be put in a drawer and forgotten about. Just as we make the products and services we design easy to use, the UX of UX is about communicating your thinking in a way that ensures that what you've defined is easy to understand for the reader. It's about adapting the work you do to the project in question and finding the right balance of making people want to look through your work whilst not spending unnecessary time on making it pretty.

Who is it for?

This workshop is suitable for anyone starting out in UX, or who's worked with it for a while but is looking to improve the way they present their work.

Who is it taught by?

The workshop is being hosted Anna Dahlström @annadahlstrom, an Information Architecure and User Experience consultant. Originally from Sweden, Anna lives and works in London. Having previously worked for Dare; she now works for Byflock and freelances part-time.

What you'll learn

In this hands on workshop we'll walk through real life examples of why the UX of UX deliverables matter. We'll cover how who the reader is effects the way we should present our work, both on paper and verbally, and how to ensure that the work you do adds value. Coming out of the workshop you'll have practical examples and hands on experience with:

  • How to adapt and sell your UX deliverable to the reader (from clients, your team, in house and outsourced developers)
  • Guiding principles for creating good UX deliverables (both low and high fidelity)
  • Best practice for presentations, personas, user journeys, flows, sitemaps, wireframes and other documents
  • Simple, low effort but big impact tools for improving the visual presentation of your UX deliverables

Requirements

  • Please bring your laptop

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Best Practice for UX Deliverables
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor, New Zealand House 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 7th May 2014 (19:00 - 22:00)
Cost £50 - £60
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Crafting Type: An Introduction to Type Design

Fig.5 On Friday the 9th of May, Dave Crossland @davelab6 will be hosting a full-day "Crafting Type" workshop in which you can learn the skills to start design your own type.

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Who is it for?

Crafting Type is a workshop where absolute beginners learn how to design typefaces. This workshop will benefit anyone who does professional typography (using fonts, not making them). Previous attendees of the Crafting Type workshops come from established careers as artists, architects, and illustrators.

Learning type design is a great way to deepen your understanding of typography. Zooming in to this level of detail is still rare, and being able to drill down with clients and other designers sets you apart.

Who is it taught by?

Dave Crossland is an English type designer, best known for creating the Cantarell typeface: a beautiful contemporary Humanist sans serif. Made while studying for over 2 years in the Department of Typography at the University of Reading (UK, 2009), Cantarell was chosen as the brand type for the GNOME desktop. Dave is currently ‘Font Consultant’ to Google Fonts and has commissioned hundreds of typefaces from designers around the world.

What you'll learn

  • Expert letter sketching in pencil
  • The unexpected key application needed to design even a few letters digitally
  • Using FontForge to begin creating a functional OpenType font
  • The most important features in any font editor
  • The typeface design lifecycle explained

Requirements

  • We'll provide the sketching materials!
  • Please bring your laptop
  • Please install FontForge on your laptop, it's what we'll be using to create our font

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Crafting Type
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor, New Zealand House 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 9th May 2014 (10:00 - 18:00)
Cost £120 - £150
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Selling UCD: How to get buy in from clients

Fig.6 On the 14th of May, Anna Dahlström will be hosting a night class on learning to sell the idea of user-centered design.

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Who is it for?

This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to improve or learn about how to position and demonstrate the value of User-Centred Design (UCD) and User Experience (UX) in general. It suits both the novice and the more experienced practitioner, and though part of the class will cover how to present our work, this will also be of use for non-UX people, like product owners and account management.

Who is it taught by?

The workshop is being hosted Anna Dahlström @annadahlstrom, an Information Architecture and User Experience consultant. Originally from Sweden, Anna lives and works in London. Having previously worked for Dare; she now works for Byflock and freelances part-time.

What you'll learn

In this hands on workshop we'll walk through practical examples as well as how to demonstrate and position the value that UCD and continuous UX involvement brings, both to clients and internal stakeholder.

We'll look at how to tackle companies that still work in a waterfall approach where UX is seen as one stage and then handed over, as well as companies that are so development focused that UX and UCD comes in as an afterthought. We'll also look at some typical client situations related to selling in UCD and how to address them.

Coming out of this workshop you will:

  • Know how to demonstrate the value of UCD and UX in general
  • Know where UCD and UX should sit in the project process
  • How to communicate the above to clients and the internal team
  • Know how to adapt process and the work you do to the project and client in question
  • Be equipped with tools for how to deal with tricky clients
  • Learn the tools used to present your work and why this matters

Requirements

  • Just bring yourself!

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Selling UCD
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor, New Zealand House 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 14th May 2014 (19:00 - 22:00)
Cost £60
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UX Night Class: Sketchnotes Workshop

Fig.7 On the 20th of May, Luke Murphy-Wearmouth will be teaching an evening class on Sketchnoting!

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Who is it for?

Have you ever walked out of a talk or presentation with a rambling page of notes that will probably never be looked at again? Sketchnoting, also known as visual note taking, is a way of taking your notes and making them more memorable and interesting, while also distilling ideas down and providing an easier way to navigate through a tangle of ideas.

In the workshop, we’ll start with the basics of sketching and build up to how to communicate your ideas effectively through sketching, as well as some techniques to listen and sketch at the same time, through theory, practice exercises, live sketching and group critiques.

Who is it taught by?

Luke has designed and built things for Microsoft, Hotels.com, O2, FT.com and Pearson. He also tinkers with music at Early Doors Disco, helps run London JS Conf and occasionally chases ghosts through London. Luke has been sketchnoting for three years and you can take a look at some of his sketchnotes here!

What you'll learn

  • The basics of sketching for those who think they can’t draw
  • Building up your visual arsenal of elements
  • The role of individual style
  • Techniques to identify concepts and keep up with speakers
  • How to create simple, effective visual metaphors

Requirements

  • Just bring yourself, we'll provide the pens & paper!

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
An Introduction to Sketchnoting
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor, New Zealand House 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 20th May 2014 (19:00 - 22:00)
Cost £50 - 60
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Finding the Fun: Game Design & Iteration at High-speed

Fig.8 On Wednesday the 21st of May, Award-winning games designer and publisher James Wallis will give you a crash course in creating board-games and card-games.

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In modern design, building stuff fast and getting to a working version are key, but making and testing prototypes (code or physical objects) can be enormously time-consuming. Learning how to work with paper prototypes—meta-versions of your design—to iterate the project quickly can save you days. In this workshop James Wallis will teach you to create and flesh out a concept for a simple multi-user system, build a working prototype, watch as other people test it and critique it, and use that criticism to rework the design towards a finished product.

Who is it taught by?

This fun evening workshop is being hosted by James Wallis @jameswallis. James is a games designer and publisher who is behind popular games such as "Once Upon a Time" and "The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen". He runs "Spaaace", a games consultancy, and founded the Diana Jones award for excellence in gaming. Each year he runs GameCamp.

What this workshop will cover

  • Conceptualising a game
  • Prototyping a game
  • Testing your game with other users
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Solving bugs in your design

Requirements

Just bring yourself! We'll provide all the necessary materials at the workshop.

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Games Design & Prototyping
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 21st May 2014 (19:00 - 22:00)
Cost £60
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Best Practice for UX Deliverables

Fig.9 On Wednesday the 28th of May, Anna Dahlström @annadahlstrom will be holding an evening workshop on "designing around storytelling".

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Storytelling has always played an important part in our societies and development throughout history. In the last few years it's gained attention as an important aspect in communicating and building engagement with a brand’s customer base. But storytelling is also an integral part of the design process and a tool that not only can help us define our content, but also how to display and interact with it.

In this workshop we’ll walk through how the art of dramaturgy - that is traditionally used in literature, theatre and film - can help define and prioritise requirements, features and the experience as a whole. Both across platforms and screens. We’ll also explore how storytelling can be used to guide page layouts, as well as the value it brings for modular design and dynamic publishing.

Who is it taught by?

The workshop is being hosted Anna Dahlström @annadahlstrom, an Information Architecture and User Experience consultant. Originally from Sweden, Anna lives and works in London. Having previously worked for Dare; she now works for Byflock and freelances part-time.

What you'll learn

Coming out of the workshop you’ll have a understanding of and practical experience with:

  • The role of storytelling in the design process
  • How storytelling helps us define what we’re trying to say, who to and how to deliver that message
  • How to apply principles from dramaturgy to planning out a product or sitemaps
  • How to use storytelling from the start of a project, during definition and development as well as going forwards
  • How to use storytelling as a guide for the flow of a page and a full site
  • Examples of innovative and non-linear ways of storytelling in design

Requirements

  • Just bring yourself, we'll provide the pens & paper!

Refund Policy

If you discover that you are unable to attend the event you bought tickets for, we are happy to arrange a 100% refund for you as long as you notify us at contact@eventhandler.co.uk of your need for a refund, up to a month before the event in question.

If you cannot attend the event you bought tickets for but have a friend or coworker that you would like to go in your place, send an email to contact@eventhandler.co.uk with your name and the name of the person you'd like to transfer to the ticket to. We will transfer your ticket as long as you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the event goes ahead.

What
Designing around Storytelling
Where Hub Westminster, 1st floor, New Zealand House 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TE
When 28th May 2014 (19:00 - 22:00)
Cost £50 - £60
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