What does a successful speaker application look like?

WordCamp Brighton 2017 has opened its call for speakers and we’re looking for WordPress professionals and users to join us and share their stories.

To help you feel more inspired, we’re sharing two successful applications from 2016. If you have any questions about applying to speak, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us brighton@wordcamp.org. We’re happy to discuss your talk outlines and presentation concepts with you.

An application from Sarah Semark

Bio: Sarah Semark is a designer, developer, and world-traveller. She currently works for Automattic designing and building themes. She has visited over fifty countries, and she’s made things with WordPress in most of them. When she’s not busy conquering foreign lands, Sarah likes obsessing over typography, collecting impractical footwear, and drinking glasses of wine the size of her head.

Talk Title: The Unbearable Likeness of Design

Sarah Semark delivering her presentation at WordCamp Brighton 2016.

Talk Outline: Why do so many websites look the same? As our tools have improved and we’ve been able to do more with the web, there’s been a growing trend toward websites that look exactly alike. Why did this come to be, and what can we, as designers and curators of the modern web, do to avoid it? In order to answer these questions, we’ll touch briefly on the history of web design, and examine how modern tools and practises have contributed to a more homogeneous-looking internet. We’ll examine the web design process from two perspectives—the designer’s and the developer’s—and discuss how the blurring of those roles impacts the design process. Along the way, we’ll discuss the various merits of following or bucking trends. Finally, we’ll offer some constructive advice to help you—whether you’re a designer or not—add an individual touch to your design work.

Watch Sarah’s presentation here.

An application from Diane Wallace

Bio: Diane is a freelance WordPress Theme and plugin developer. She Diane Wallace giving her presentation at WordCamp Brighton 2016specialises in bespoke WordPress themes and is passionate about creating beautiful, responsive, user friendly designs. She is evangelical about WordPress and the community and is happy to talk at length on the subject – you have been warned!

Talk Title: CSS Secrets

Talk Outline: We all have a “toolbox” of tried and tested techniques that we use again and again when developing, but is there another way? Possibly a simpler way? This is not a talk about doing CSS the “right way”, but looking at some lesser known CSS that you may not know about and that might (hopefully) prove useful.

Watch Diane’s presentation here.

Feeling inspired?

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