It’s been a while since I’ve attended a conference, so I was very much looking forward to a day of inspiration and practical input.
The evening before the conference we went to the pre-event that .net Mag had set up for the attendees and speakers.
It took place at the trendy Foundation Bar, and fortunately a lot of the attendees and speakers had decided to show up. It was a night of great fun, and I got to meet a lot of lovely people – something that definitely had a positive effect on the atmosphere at the conference the next day.
Tina, myself and Oliver Lindberg, editor of .net magazine. Photo courtesy of .net magazine
The fact that you actually see a few familiar faces in the crowd when you walk into the coffee area on the morning of a conference is really, really nice. Especially if you are there by yourself, it makes a great difference. But also in terms of making new contacts, it’s extremely valuable that the ice has been broken first. So well done on organizing such a successful pre-event.
Now for the main conference:
It took place at the gorgeous Grand Connaught Rooms, and everything about the venue just worked. Steady wifi, lovely food, comfy chairs – and if you think things like that don’t matter, think again. It makes or breaks the overall experience.
The talks were all 30 minute long, which gave the conference a nice pace, but for some speakers it seemed a bit too short. There were two tracks, so you always had an option (or in a couple of cases, a dilemma, as sometimes I would have loved to be able to be in to places at once!)
The best talks for me were the following:
Stephanie Rieger’s talk “Beyond progressive enhancement” – a really high paced and interesting talk about where we need to take the web in the future. I especially found her walkthrough of the possibilities NFC technology fascinating.
Stephen Hay provided the second high-point of the day. His talk about CSS flexbox was practical and useful. Stephen suggested that despite flexbox not being supported fully yet, it’s a great idea to use it for prototypes if you can decide on which browser the prototypes are displayed in. Great and valuable point – and a good way to learn a new area of CSS that is going to be fully supported very soon (according to Stephen).
Gavin Strange’s talk was probably the most entertaining talk of the day. An energetic walk-through of his personal projects spiced with the simple message of “make more stuff!”. The audience couldn’t have asked for a better post-lunch session. On a personal note, I found Gavin’s slides absolutely amazing, and he has later on been kind enough to tell me where he gets his material from. So my students are in for a treat in my future lessons :)
After some lovely talks by Leisa Reichelt, Jonty Sharples and Mark Boulton, it was time for the closing session: Festival of the spoken nerd. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and a beer might have softened up a somewhat tough crowd, but I was hugely amused.
The afterparty took place at another trendy spot, this time at Jewel in Covent Garden. At this point I was all conferenced out though, so Tina and I had a drink and said our goodbyes and went back to the hotel.
To sum it up: Generate was great. Professional, high quality and with attention to detail. Well done .net mag!
This blog post has been underway for quite some time. It started last year when I was asked to do a talk about presentation skills at the annual conference in our teacher’s association.
As I sat down to prepare my talk, the first thing I did was put myself in the position of my audience (= teachers in the multimedia design field, like myself) – because that’s what you should always do when preparing a presentation Keep reading »
David hits the nail on the head. A touch area should look like a touch area – the button term in the “tactile transferred to touchscreen” is redundant. It’s redundant because the tactile button itself is pretty much extinct. Sure, there are physical buttons on kitchen devices etc., but many, many buttons today are placed on a digital interface.
My talk at gotoAndSki(‘Switzerland’) was about cognitive psychology and what we can learn from psychology to create better interaction design. The video (kindly uploaded by Fernando Colaco) takes about an hour, so settle in with your lunch or a cup of evening tea before clicking “play” :)
Over the past three days, I’ve posted 3 blog posts with Presentation Ninja Tricks, and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on it – thank you :)
However, as Dennis B. Petersen pointed out to me, my posts, as any other he has read about presentation skills, are primarily focused on presentations for larger audiences. But, Dennis asked me, where are the tips for presentations with very limited audiences such as a meeting between a consultant and client, or a daily presentation in an organization? Presentations that to a great extent also function as a direct delivery of information and documentation?
This post is the first of (so far) three posts about presentation skills. I’ve spent a lot of time writing down a list of good advice for people who do talks and presentations in all scale. So here you go, I hope you will find it useful.
gotoAndSki(‘Switzerland’) is only a few weeks away(!), and I absolutely can’t wait!
There will be a lot of great sessions to see. My talk will evolve around the field of cognitive psychology.
Cognitive psychology is about how we learn. How we perceive. How we react to things we interact with.
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