Jeffrey Zeldman finished the day, and gave a cracking talk that had lots of examples, anecdotes, ideas and suggestions liberally littered throughout. I think he did a great job of sending everyone away all fired up to do great work, but with some specific links to help. A pretty ideal combination to my mind. Because it was such a great talk it makes sketchnoting it pretty easy, and I’ve a feeling that I’ll be flicking back to my notes pretty regularly over the next few months.
Eddie did an interesting roundup of the the techniques he used to create the handheld site. It was notable not only for a very in depth explanation of the process, but also for his honesty when confessing things that he’d done that he wasn’t entirely happy with. Detailing the compromises in that way made it better for me, and talking about them in front of a huge audience must have been daunting.
Brendan’s talk was a nice change of style with him talking very fluidly about the very fluid and exploratory work that he keeps in his ‘cupboard of experiments’ ready to be used in more commercial work. I especially like the quote from Paul Rand that a designers’ job is To symbolise and summarise. A concept that I also liked was the idea of ‘surfacing’ information out of data; the idea of creating poetry around and out of data. His joy in doing this work really came across, and the enthusiasm was infectious.
A late substitute to the speaker line up was Andy Clarke, who delivers great presentations, talked about how Responsive Web Design has changed the landscape of how we communicate with clients, and offered some pointers on how we can do this successfully. All delivered without slides, he outlined some of the pitfalls of getting too fixated on design deliverables during the process to the detriment of the atmosphere of the work.
I listened to the a lunchtime lecture from The Open Data Institute and drew some notes to help me
I drew some sketchnotes at the Port80 Summer Localhost
Sketchnotes from Open Knowledge Foundation Booksprint 3rd September 2013
His personal journey to content strategy
A wide ranging talk about how to get better and be better.
All about the contradictaory challenges unis face.
Dealing with the shock of the A level results in 2012
Developers are people too. Almost.
Institutional culture is crippling your web strategy.
All about open data in the public sector.
A new take on how to do things - being open by default.
Pretty dry talk about Accessibility and the British Standard.
Adapting to Responsive Web Design
A welcome to the conference
Kyriaki talking all about MOOCs.
Really enjoyed this talk about open badges.