Every year I have worked at a web agency, come December I have been asked to write a blog about ‘trends in web development for 20XX’.
But the problem with a developer trying to predict future trends is that our discipline – unlike, say, UX design – is proactive rather than reactive.
Twelve months ago I received a phone call that was to define 2017 for me.
I was enjoying a summer’s day off work, so when my boss called my mobile I guessed it was something important – a major issue with one of my projects or a sudden change of plan for an upcoming meeting.
Instead, he told me that the police had just visited the office. This sounded really serious. Perhaps the place had been burgled or we were in some kind of legal trouble. But still I was nowhere near the truth.
Even if you’re a developer, designer, content strategist or marketer who works with WordPress on a daily basis, you’d be forgiven for thinking a two-day conference on the CMS might possibly be – evening beers aside – a little dry.
You definitely wouldn’t expect it to be a life-changing experience, let alone one that would move some attendees to tears.
Yet when Hallam’s development team headed out to Serbia for this year’s WordCamp Europe event, that’s exactly what it was.