Web Design World, The Industry's Longest-Running Conference for Professional Web Designers, Returns to Seattle on July 20-22

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In-person event creates a unique experience for Web designers with focused learning, community, and quality. Web Design World seeks to aid designers in their quest to keep up with innovation, take advantage of growth, and survive the downturn.

The Web is filled with resources that let you learn at your own pace, but that pace is often interrupted by phone calls, deadlines, and other distractions. A conference is an oasis where designers can escape those distractions and focus on improving their skills and learning today's best design techniques.

Jim Heid, conference chair for Web Design World, stresses that this focused learning is one of many reasons web designers should bother traveling to a conference in the Internet age, especially in this economic environment. Also on Heid's list are elements missing in many online resources: community and quality.

Heid said "Getting together with your peers opens your mind to learning in a way that just doesn't happen when you're sitting alone at a browser." Community is a buzzword on the Web. At a conference, it's real. When you assemble a group of like-minded people, you get an energy that's impossible to create in other settings. At Web Design World, attendees will enjoy Q&A sessions, networking lunches, evening receptions, and other activities where they can exchange ideas with speakers and each other.

There is no short supply of quality speakers at Web Design World either. Heid points out, "It's hard to duplicate a quality learning experience like this with this much talent present." Most of these speakers have been in the industry since the beginning and have world-class reputations as designers and instructors.

Among these many outstanding speakers is Jared Spool, who will kick off Web Design World with a keynote address aimed at helping attendees develop a user-experience roadmap that will guide their design efforts for years to come. Jared will also participate in critiques of attendee Web sites, and he'll be co-presenting a three-hour workshop on July 22. "You can't get that kind of wisdom and real-time interaction from a blog," Heid said.

Some of the sponsors and exhibitors for this year's event will be Internet Explorer 8, MIX Online, Lynda.com, New Riders, SeaGreen Software, Dynamic Language, and World Organization of Webmasters.

Quality content, the ability to concentrate on learning, and the chance to connect with the community--those are the best reasons to attend Web Design World Seattle, July 20-22.

Web Design World is presented by Thunder Lizard Productions, a division of 1105 Media, Inc. A full conference agenda, session descriptions, speaker biographies, pricing, and list of sponsor partners are available at http://www.webdesignworld.com.

About 1105 Media, Inc.
1105 Media, Inc. provides business-to-business information and media. 1105 Media's offerings focus on technology, products, policy, regulation, and news delivered through an assortment of media, including print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences, executive summits and trade shows; training and courseware; and Web-based services. The markets served by these offerings include government, education, network, and enterprise computing; business intelligence; office equipment; industrial health and safety; compliance; security; environmental protection; water and wastewater; and home medical equipment.

1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, CA, with more than 350 employees located in offices throughout the United States. The company was formed in April 2006 by Nautic Partners LLC, Alta Communications, and president & CEO Neal Vitale.

Henry Allain
President, 1105 Enterprise Computing Group


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