I know this is kinda late but I just have to blog this. Successful events like this must be etched in my blog, not because I took part in it, but because it was the first time Filipino web designers banded together and took a significant step in professionalizing this amazing craft. 🙂
The mini-web design conference formally called Form, Function & Class was launched at the G2VC Techbar in Ortigas last October 30, thanks to the commendable efforts of Mae (venue used was her company) and the rest of the Philippine Web Designers Organization (PWEDO) organizers (Ia, Marie, JP, Helga, Aja, Sarah, and Kaffee). Good job guys!
One thing I’m proud to share about this mini-event is that Persons With Disabilities (PWD) community who are also web designers came in full force, thanks to the invitation posted in Philippine Web Accessibility Group’s e-group. Among those who attended were Rene Orense and Lourdes Borgonia of ATRIEV together with Julius Serrano of Evengrounds Accessibility Consulting. They represented the visually impaired sector. Our American friend Mr. Kepler Gelotte of Neighbor Webmaster came all the way from New Jersey, USA. He is orthopedically impaired yet a highly skilled web designer. MCCID’s Ervin Reyes was also there representing the deaf group. Some of our PWAG members also attended including Darius Del Rosario and of course, Rey Mendoza who was one of the speakers.
The speakers of the event were:
- Philippine Laws Supporting Web Accessibility by Jojo Esposa Jr.
- Phi: golden ratio on the web by Rico Sta. Cruz
- Resolving Resolutions by Reignard Raquedan
- Alternatives to HTML deprecated features by Aja Lapus
- Interaction design by Rey Mendoza
- Building Successful User Interfaces by Marco Palinar
Ia also has a recap of the Mini Web Design Conference.
Since this is the first mini-conference, the group is again brewing another one hopefully this November. All of these will be in preparation for the big event scheduled in April next year.
As I have responded during the feedback session wherein each attendee expressed their sentiments, the main reason why I joined this remarkable group in behalf of PWAG, is in order for web accessibility to be promoted not only to our PWD circle, but also to the mainstream Filipino web designers. This is a good opportunity to advocate the cause of persons who cannot access vital information on the web. Based on the positive replies, I believe we are on the right track. 🙂