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From Print to Mobile (#lwspapaappsy)

London Web Standards

Monday, September 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM (BST)

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General release tickets are available from this page on Friday 7th September at 1pm.

From Print to Mobile: the transition from newspapers and magazines to mobile apps and websites (#lwspapaappsy).


This month we have two talks on how newspapers are adopting new technologies, with Matt Andrews and Harry Brignull.


Beyond Apps: HTML5 for everything and everywhere, Matt Andrews

With the technologies available in today’s browsers we can achieve some amazing things.  Learn practical techniques to squeeze the most elegant possible experience from flawed technologies, and gracefully degrade on less capable browsers.  Find out about our open source and code sharing initiatives, such as FT Columnflow, our CSS3 column polyfill and enhancer, Fastclick, our touch click helper, and our accelerated scrolling library FT Scroller.

As one of the first newspapers to successfully implement a paywall as well as the first to choose a web app as their main mobile platform, the Financial Times has been long established as an innovator in its industry. In January 2012 the FT acquired Assanka, the team behind many of the FT's digital innovations, and rebranded the group as FT Labs with a mandate to experiment with exciting new web technologies. FT Labs is the team that built the Economist BlackBerry app with HTML5, and the FT Web App. We're also outspoken advocates and supporters of web-based technologies and co-chair a W3C working group aimed at improving the HTML5 app cache, the fundamental technology that allows websites to run offline.


Matt Andrews (@andrewsmatt) started his web development career as a freelancer creating websites for music festivals and even one of the original members of The Rolling Stones. He is now a Labs Developer at FT Labs, the team behind the Financial Times web app which, with 3.1 million users and wide browser support, is arguably the most successful cross platform HTML5 offline web app. He also writes a monthly tutorial column for the FT Labs website on building using HTML5 technologies.


From Print to iPad: designing a reading experience, Harry Brignull

UX Designers always talk about failing early and often, but we rarely share the gritty details of the problems we face and the disasters we narrowly avert when working behind closed doors.

In this “warts and all” case study, Harry will talk through the design of The Week magazine’s iPad app, telling the story of the project from the initial sketches through to its launch in Apple’s Newsstand.


Harry Brignull (@harrybr) is a User Experience Consultant. He designs experiences at Clearleft, blogs at, and curates — a site dedicated to understanding deceptive user interfaces, with the aim of stamping them out and improving the web for everyone.

Harry has has provided consultancy services for clients such as The Guardian, Dennis Publishing, Haymarket, Sainsbury’s, Cadbury, Vodafone, O2 and many others. Prior to his UX consultancy career, Harry was an academic cognitive scientist and researcher.


Sponsored by

Forward, leading London based Digital Agency

Have questions about From Print to Mobile (#lwspapaappsy)? Contact London Web Standards

When & Where

Floor 2, Centro 3
19 Mandela Street
NW1 0DU London
United Kingdom

Monday, September 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM (BST)

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London Web Standards

London Web Standards brings together web professionals who are working for a better web. Our monthly meetups provide them with an opportunity to teach, inspire, learn, network and debate.

Each meetup features a speaker drawn from our membership or the wider standards community. The talks cover a range of topics including HTML5, JavaScript, YQL, accessibility, web fonts, UX and front-end performance.

Come along, drink some beer (or your beverage of choice) and exchange ideas with other web developers, designers and professionals who are as passionate about the web as you are.


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