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Tick Talk

A Web Conference About Time

  • Waterfront Hall, Belfast
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  • Thursday 1Oth June 2O1O

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Time Is A Scarce Resource

It's perhaps the most precious resource we have, yet the one we often value least.

Every day, billions of hours are being spent online, but are we, as designers, really giving our visitors their time's worth? Do we value every precious second they invest in our sites, or are we designing wasteful experiences that aren't really worth the time they take up? Could we provide a more valuable, yet less costly, experience if we did it in less time?

It's Time To Talk

Tick Talk is a fictional conference being held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, on 10th June 2010. It's aim is to raise awareness of the responsibility we as web designers have to use others' time wisely, and to kick-start the discussion on how we can go about doing this.


  • Mark Zuckerberg

    "Rationing Facebook"

    Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room on February 4, 2004. Since then, it has grown into the world's largest social network, with over 350 million users to date, who spend and average of 55 minutes a day on the site.

    In "Rationing Facebook", Mark will be discussing the measures Facebook is taking to ensure that time spent on their site is productive, and how they are working with companies to prevent loss of revenue from employees logging on during work hours.

    Andy Budd
  • Andy Budd

    "Look After Your Seconds, The Hours Will Look After Themselves"

    Andy Budd is an internationally renowned web designer, developer and weblog author based in Brighton, England. He specialises in building attractive, accessible, and standards complaint web solutions as a Director of Clearleft. Andy enjoys writing about web techniques for sites such as digital-web.com and his work has been featured in numerous magazines, books, and websites around the world. He is the author of CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions.

    In "Look After Your Seconds, The Hours Will Look After Themselves", he will be highlighting the little details we can't afford to ignore in our designs.

    Andy Budd
  • Blaine Cook

    "Less Is More: Condensing An Essay Into 140 Characters"

    Blaine Cook is the principal co-author of the OAuth specification. He is the former lead developer of Twitter. He has worked for Yahoo on the Fire Eagle project and is currently a member of Osmosoft, a small team of Open Source developers at BT Group. Blaine will be presenting "Less Is More: Condensing An Essay Into 140 Characters".

    Andy Budd
  • Jason Santa Maria

    "A Day of Design Saves Nine"

    Founder and principal of the design studio Mighty, creative director for Typekit, a faculty member in the MFA Interaction Design program at SVA, an AIGA/NY board member, founder of Typedia, a shared encyclopedia of typefaces online, and creative director for A List Apart. In "A Day of Design Saves Nine", Jason explores how classic design techniques can make a site more efficient and effective than any amount of clever Javascript.

    Andy Budd


Waterfront Hall Main Auditorium Front of Waterfront Hall Waterfront Hall By Night

Waterfront Hall, Belfast

9am - 6pm, Thursday 1Oth June 2010

Situated beside the Lagan, The Waterfront is conveniently located a short walk away from the many restaurants and shops of Belfast City Center. It's within driving distance of both the City and International airports, has several large car parking facilities nearby, and, for those of you travelling by bus or rail, is within walking distance of Central Station.

All pictures © Belfast City Council


From Your Location / City Airport (Car) / Central Station (Walk)


N.B. Tick Talk is a fictional conference created as part of a uni project.