Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Higher Education Web Symposium here at Penn. Billed as "The first and only web design conference for IT Professionals working in Higher Education" the conference actually had a lot of great content for web developers working in any discipline.
On day one I attended an all day session on Web Form Design Best Practices by Luke Wroblewski. To be honest I really didn't know how the presenter was going to fill seven hours on web forms, but Luke W gave a very interesting and informative presentation. He definitely knew his stuff and while I hadn't heard of his work before this conference, his Functioning Form blog is now on my blog roll. If you have any interest in building more usable forms I highly recommend you check out Luke's site.
On the second day I attended several sessions but the highlight was definitely the CSS Tips & Techniques session presented by Eric Meyer and Stephaine Sullivan. While Stephanie gave some very practical examples by improving the design of an existing Penn web page, Eric totally wowed the audience by converting a table to a bar chart using CSS.
Overall it was a great two days of learning that definitly got me thinking more about the design side of my work.