Good Design

Harbour Front #10

For HF10 we’ll be looking at how “good design” can benefit from maintaining focus, keeping core features in mind and approaching projects with a less is more attitude.

You can now watch the recording of this part event:

Successful Design by Maintaining Focus

Greece: The new elected left-wing government opposes a lot of the German Austerity measures; a set of rules Greece has to live by. This resolved into a spiral of people uprising and never seen before political situations.

Many miles away, in an apartment in Hong Kong, George Papanikolaou, a half-Greek and half-German web developer with a server lying around decided to have some fun over the weekend. He creats a so called Random-Austerity-Measure-Generator. An online app that let's you generate your own random austerity measures. The app went super viral counting 200.000 unique visits in two days and mentioned in the media across the globe and even making it to Silicon Valley's media.

In our meetup he will talk about:

  • What was the key element in the design and the user interface that helped this app go viral?
  • What are the lessons that a web developer/designer can learn from this?
  • Who are we building for?

George Papanikolaou is a multidimensional media developer with an entrepreneurial spirit and a weird sense of humour. He went viral many times through his multiple projects that he created over the years. He is a media expert and can handle multiple platforms and technologies from photography, video, down to coding. He is multi-talented fellow that is heavily involved into the startup scene and always looking around for the next exciting thing to do.

Your Webperf Sucks!

This short talk is a short version of "Your WebPerf Sucks", a talk held at HK CodeConf 2015 ( at Science Park in Hong Kong, October 24th.

Web Performance is an important aspect of building for the web and this talk highlights different aspects of what is important and what can be done to improve web performance and build faster sites. While mentioning different aspects of possible improvements, the main focus lies on optimising the critical rendering path to get pages on the screen faster and what tools can help to do so.

"Your WebPerf Sucks" on Slideshare.

Holger Bartel is a web designer/developer and a co-organizer of Harbour Front HK.

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The Hive, Wan Chai

We couldn't be happier to host these events with our friends at the Hive in Wan Chai.

The Hive is a members’ coworking space and creative community based in the dynamic Wan Chai area of Hong Kong. Conveniently located in Wan Chai, within 3 minutes of the MTR station. Central is two stops on the MTR.

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