Monday, June 17th, 2013
Last month I was fortunate enough to attended the inaugural Artifact Conference in Austin, Texas. Artifact is “a two-day, single-track conference for DESIGNERS adapting to the challenge of designing for a MULTI-DEVICE world”. That description was exactly what I was looking for while preparing myself to dive into the world of Responsive Web Design.
It all started with Jennifer Robbins having an idea for a pow-wow to discuss a new workflow for a multi-device web, since our old processes and workflows are no longer cutting it. She tweeted about it and Christopher Schmitt from Environment for Humans obliged within two minutes. Thank you both!
@jenville I’m in!
— Christopher Schmitt (@teleject) August 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
Last month I attended Future of Web Design NYC. The conference topics included everything from The Future of UX and The Future of CSS3 Layout to Typography Best Practices and Culture as a Factor in Digital Design. Some of the speakers were well known, such as Karen McGrane and Chris Coyier, while others were what they were calling “Rising Stars”. Each Rising Star Session that I attended was more than what I would expect from a so-called amateur speaker.
One of the highlights of the conference was visiting with Denise Jacobs. This woman is amazing and has great stories to tell. We ended up talking for about an hour and a half, but it felt like 30 minutes. I saw her speak in San Francisco in 2009 and have been following her ever since, so it was a real treat to visit with her one-on-one.
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
An Event Apart Seattle 2012 was refreshing. I say this because as a developer I spend a good portion of my day writing code in order to meet functional requirements. Most of the presentations focused on inspiration, design and content strategy. These things are easily forgotten when working on existing applications that require little to no further design work.
The Five Most Dangerous Ideas by Scott Berkun, was most inspiring to me personally. It’s all the things that designers/developers don’t want to talk about or deal with, but it’s a reality. Designers need to realize that they’re never going to grow if they try to protect their power.
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Of all the conferences I’ve attended, An Event Apart Seattle 2012 was by far the best conference to date. I always get all fired up after attending a conference but usually there’s a presentation or a workshop session that bores me. Not this time. This time around even Jon Tan’s presentation, Big Type, Little Type, had my full attention… and I’m not a type nerd!
I tend to blah blah blah when I write, so I’ll get to the point and just say a lil somfin somfin about each speaker.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
This month I attended the Breaking Development Conference, which focuses on Web Design and Development for Mobile Devices. It was held at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, TN. The biggest and most breathtaking resort I’ve even stayed in. The hallways in this place reminded me of the movie The Shining. I literary kept looking for a kid riding a Big Wheel up and down the hallways saying “Redrum”!
Breaking Development did an excellent job of gathering the leaders in Mobile Web Design and Development. With, of course my favorite, Luke Wroblewski, the author of Mobile First, Jeremy Keith, Dave Olson and Steve Souders just to name a few of the brilliant minds that were presenting.
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
I went back to the bay for the Voices that Matter: Web Design Conference. This was by far one of the best conferences I’ve attended because of the variety of topics. Topics included User Experience, HTML5, CSS3, Ordering Disorder, Content Analysis, Microformats, Designing with Progressive Enhancements, Designing for Social Networks, Experiencism, Web Typography, Building High Performance Websites, Mobile Web and a special website critique with Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think. Also, what made this conference so great was the HTML5 NOW workshop led by Tantek Çelik. Super cool guy without the rock star attitude. What can I say, geeks get along with geeks.
Voices That Matter did a very good job of covering a wide variety of topics to make sure to include every aspect of web design and development. Even including the much neglected topic of content stategy presented by Colleen Jones. The speakers were very knowledgeable in their area of expertise.
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
This week I attended the In Control 2010 Web Design Workshop Conference. Orlando, Florida. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a two day web design geek session that you have to pay for to attend. An event that no one dare not pay attention. So, of course I was there sitting on the edge of my seat taking notes and drinking coffee. You see, the best thing about these conferences besides seeing new places, meeting new people, jumping on hotel beds and eating better than you would normally eat at home, is that you get all hyped about your profession again. I think this type of experience brings you back to the mindset that you were in at the beginning of your career. A time when you were happy to wake in the morning and go into work. I time when your lunch tasted better while eating at your desk. And most importantly, a time of peace in the work place.