Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference Set for June in Nashville

The second annual event, organized and produced by Pearson Education, is dedicated to the concerns of web designers.

If you're involved in web site design, you probably have one of Pearson Publishing's books within reach, given that it's home to such publishing brands as Addison-Wesley Professional, Adobe Press, Apple Certified, Cisco Press, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Sams Publishing and New Riders Publishing. The latter is responsible for a line of Voices That Matter books related to graphics and site design, with its authors forming the core of the eponymously-named conference.

Long gone are the simpler times when some self-taught HTML and a good eye was enough to make clients happy. Now you're expected to be on top of the latest developments in CSS, XML, Ajax, Web standards, interaction design, information architecture, interface design, search engine optimization, Flash, Flex, JavaScript, mobile design and mash-ups. What a profession!

To be held June 10-13, 2008, at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, the conference will bring together New Riders’ authors, Web designers and creatives from leading companies and design firms. These include Don’t Make Me Think author and usability expert Steve Krug, Presentation Zen author Garr Reynolds, Bulletproof Ajax author Jeremy Keith and Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design author Molly Holzschlag, amongst others.

The conference will include workshops and sessions divided into two tracks, one practical and the other inspirational. Sessions include Redefining Search Engine Friendly Design, How to Improve Each and Every Page on Your Site, and Web Design for ROI. Also available are pre-event podcasts to warm things up, followed by time at the conference for informal networking, receptions and shared meals around topics of interest.

More informaion and registration is available on the Voices That Matter site.