As a speaker and a conference organiser, I heartily concur with just about every item in this list.
Marc and I have chatted before about the challenges involved in arranging the flow of talks at a conference. It’s great that he’s sharing his thoughts here.
This is just like a real conference call.
Trigger warning: this is just like a real conference call.
Aw, this is so sweet! Jason describes getting inspired by Responsive Day Out to create Responsive Field Day:
I’ve encouraged anyone who would listen to subscribe to the podcast. It is my favorite conference that I’ve never been to.
Inspired by Responsive Day Out, the gang at Cloud Four are organising a one-day event on responsive design in Portland on September 25th. It’s gonna be a good one.
This is a talk I gave at An Event Apart about eighteen months ago, all about irish music, the web, long-term thinking, and yes, you guessed it—progressive enhancement.
Looks like Phil’s talk at The Web Is in Cardiff was terrific.
Patty Toland — Design Consistency For The Responsive Web (Smashing Conference Freiburg 2014) on Vimeo
Patty’s excellent talk on responsive design and progressive enhancement. Stick around for question-and-answer session at the end, wherein I attempt to play hardball, but actually can’t conceal my admiration and the fact that I agree with every single word she said.
I really like Phil’s braindump of conference ideas. Frankly, many of these ideas work just as well as watchwords for building on the web:
- Different models for start-ups. Co-operatives. Employee ownership. Normal, slowly-growing, profit-making businesses.
- Technology for people who don’t live in the first world. (There’s a lot of them and they have a lot of technology, but most of us know nothing about it.)
- Websites that make the whole Web better.
- New services that work fine on technology that’s been around for years.
- Services designed for people who have little money.
- Services designed for people who aren’t fully able.
- Models for keeping services running over the long-term. (What happens when your company closes, or to your personal projects when you die?)
A great piece by Erin on the value of a code of conduct for conferences, filled with practical advice.
Once you decide to create a code and do it thoughtfully, you’ll find the internet overflows with resources to help you accomplish your goals, and good people who’ll offer guidance and advice. From my own experience, I can say that specificity and follow-through will make your code practical and give it teeth; humane language and a strong connection to your community will make it feel real and give it a heart.
This episode of Click on the BBC World Service does a great job of distilling some of the ideas and themes from this year’s dConstruct.
Two years ago dConstruct’s theme was “Playing with the Future”. Last year it was “Communicating with Machines”. This year’s theme is “Living with the Network”. Click interviews artists, writers, hackers and coders about surveillance, connected devices, big data, and whether the ideals of the internet have been too far corrupted for them ever to be preserved.
A round-up of the themes addressed at this year’s dConstruct.
Laura’s thoughts on this year’s dConstruct.
All the audio from this year’s dConstruct. Each and every one of these talks is worth listening to …more than once.
Thoughtful, mind-expanding, brain-blowing stuff.
Slides and transcript from Anab’s terrific dConstruct talk.
Tom Scott’s energetic dConstruct talk.
Tom’s photos from dConstruct.
Hyperlinks relating to the talks delivered at An Event Apart in Chicago, including those connected to my rambling musings on progressive enhancement.
Tantek’s great talk on the Indie Web from Web Directions Code in Melbourne earlier this year.
Lighthouse are putting on their Improving Reality conference again this year. It’s the day before dConstruct. Come to both!
Neil Berry writes down his thoughts prompted by Responsive Day Out 2.
A great blow-by-blow account of Responsive Day Out 2 from Simon R Jones.
Phil Baker writes up his thoughts on all the day’s talks.
What follows here is not a full account of each talk, you can listen to the audio recordings for that. This is more a collection of my main take-aways for the day, and what I found most interesting.
Marc Jenkins shares his thoughts on Responsive Day Out 2.
Another lovely write-up of Responsive Day Out 2.
Now this is what I call a conference write-up. Paul synthesises the talks from Responsive Day Out 2 into five principles for responsive design:
Here’s the Creative Commons licensed music that was playing during the breaks at Responsive Day Out 2.
Here’s Kirsty’s retrospective of Responsive Day Out 2, from the perspective of a speaker and an attendee.
As well as delivering a terrific talk at Responsive Day Out 2, Ida has also written up her detailed notes of the day.
Adam Onishi’s write-up of Responsive Day Out 2, paying particular attention to the format and the curation of the day.
Jeremy puts together two fantastic conferences in Responsive Day Out and dConstruct, both of which I will have attended for the first time by the end of the year and I don’t think there’s a coincidence in that. Responsive Day Out was a truly fantastic conference, and it was all down to the curation of the conference, because quite literally there wasn’t anything else.
As always, Orde Saunders took copious notes at Responsive Day Out 2. The man’s a machine!
Sally’s talk at Responsive Day Out 2 was really, really great—it kinda blew my mind. I’m so, so happy she agreed to be a part of the event.
Here’s her description of the day and the other talks. Pay attention to the closing call:
I didn’t get to meet everyone I wanted to, but you should all come back for dConstruct in September as I’m sure that it’ll be even better than this weekend was.
Another great write-up of Responsive Day Out 2, this time from Hidde de Vries, who came over to Brighton from the Netherlands.
A terrific write-up of Responsive Day Out 2 by David Watson, tying together many of the day’s strands.
Photos from the rather wonderful second edition of the Responsive Day Out in Brighton.
Tantek’s talk at the Personal Democracy Forum on the past, present, and future of independent publishing on the web.
I’ll be speaking at this event that Aral is putting on here in Brighon on the fourth of July (independence day — geddit?).
The transcript of Maciej’s talk from Beyond Tellerrand on how the web has become more and more centralised:
The degree of centralization is remarkable. Consider that Google now makes hardware, operating systems, and a browser.
It’s not just possible, but fairly common for someone to visit a Google website from a Google device, using Google DNS servers and a Google browser on the way.
This is a level of of end-to-end control that would have caused us to riot in the streets if Microsoft had attempted it in 1999. But times have changed.
The transcript of Malarkey’s recent talk. Good thoughtful stuff.
There were some technical difficulties with microphones, and it was a bit weird presenting inside a cinema, but I still had fun yapping on at last year’s Future Of Web Design in New York.
Get these down your earholes!
Remy has huffduffed all the audio from this year’s Full Frontal conference.
The video of my closing talk at this year’s Full Frontal conference, right here in Brighton.
I had a lot of fun with this, although I was surprisingly nervous before I started: I think it was because I didn’t want to let Remy down.
The transcript of Mark’s talk from last week’s Handheld conference in Cardiff.
There are mountains.
This was my favourite moment from the Handheld conference in Cardiff.
This is the talk I gave at the border:none event in Nuremberg last month. I really enjoyed it. This was a chance to gather together some thoughts I’ve been mulling over for a while about how we approach front-end development today …and tomorrow.
Warning: it does get quite ranty towards the end.
Also: it is only now that the video is released that I see I spent the entire talk looking like a dork with a loop of wire sticking out of the back of my head.
Maciej’s talk from this year’s XOXO—excellent stuff!
I’ll even go so far as to say that the line-up both this year and last constituted the best I’ve ever seen at a conference.
I had a nice chat with Michelle from Future Insights about the web and long-term thinking.
I couldn’t keep up with the processing my brain was doing with the stuff it was seeing and hearing.
dConstruct represents everything that is great and wonderful about humans: our creativity, initiative, collaboration and ability to approach some challenges in slightly leftfield yet genius ways.
There are only a select, in my opinion, beautifully crafted conferences and dConstruct is definitely one of them.
Another round-up of this year’s dConstruct.
Another great write-up of this year’s dConstruct.
Inspired by dConstruct, Ellen is going to start exploring the world of smart objects.
A comprehensive run-through of this year’s dConstruct.
A quick-fire burst of dConstruct moments from Simone.
Matt looks at this year’s dConstruct through the lens of GDS.
A really lovely write-up of this year’s dConstruct.
I don’t think a single line of code was shown all day, and yet whilst sipping my MailChimp-sponsored red wine out of a plastic cup at the after-party I pondered the day, and the fact that dConstruct was very likely my favourite conference of the year.
Honor’s piece for The Guardian on this year’s dConstruct.
A smart and thoughtful write-up of dConstruct from Lee, pulling together three emergent themes:
- how we interact with machines and each other,
- how we co-evolve with machines, and
- making the invisible visible.
A great, thought-provoking day that proved, once again, that there are many brilliant, generous minds working in or around the future of technology and human experience today.
A lovely write-up of dConstruct from Liz, including important post-conference conversations at the after-party.
Matthew gives a run-down of the talks he managed to catch at this year’s dConstruct when he wasn’t busy manning the Booking.com stand.
Thanks again for sponsoring, Booking.com!
This is a terrific write up of this year’s dConstruct, tying together all the emergent themes.
I agree completely with Andy on this one:
Want more quality and diversity in your conferences? Pay your speakers.
By pure coincidence, Andy was at a SXSW event in Las Vegas this week.
Jason pulls together some of the themes that emerged at An Event Apart DC this week.
Luke’s notes from my talk at An Event Apart DC.
Jason Garber took some nicely-hyperlinked notes during my presentation at An Event Apart DC.
The closing hot topics panel I moderated at this year’s Mobilism conference in Amsterdam, featuring Remy, Wilto, Jake, and Dan.
The line-up for this year’s Improving Reality conference looks great (as always).
It’s the day before dConstruct so why not come on down to Brighton a day early and double your fun?
A lovely little highlight reel that Craig put together from the Responsive Day Out.
A terrific, in-depth round-up and recollection of the Responsive Day Out by Laura that ties all of the strands together.
A report on the Responsive Day Out that focuses on three themes from the day: progressive enhancement, process, and design systems.
Benjamin’s notes from the Responsive Day Out.
A nice write-up of the Responsive Day Out from three different perspectives.
A write-up of the Responsive Day Out from the perspective of a designer whose background is off-web:
Unlike the experts, I haven’t had to make the transition from designing for desktop for years to suddenly becoming device agnostic, which is what I think the main issue seems to be.
This is the full text of Owen’s talk at the Responsive Day Out. It makes for a terrific read!
Here’s Keir’s roundup of the Responsive Day Out (which was preceded by a Shopify meetup the night before).
Another in-depth round-up of the Responsive Day Out, this time from Vasilis.
Yet another round-up of the Responsive Day Out. I’m pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have been blogging since the event.
An in-depth blow-by-blow account of the Responsive Day Out by my fellow Brightonian.
Another nice set of photos from the Responsive Day Out.
A write-up of the Responsive Day Out from one of the Belgian contingent. They’re a notoriously hard-to-please bunch but it sounds like a good time was had nonetheless.
Sadly, the ol’ “web app” get-out-of-jail-free card is whipped out once more. You know the one I mean.
The slides from Andy’s excellent pragmatic talk on performance and aggressive enhancement at the Responsive Day Out.
The slides from Owen’s magnificent talk at the Responsive Day Out …but you really had to be there.
Glenn’s notes from the Responsive Day Out. He thinks I brushed over the question of advertising (I don’t think I did, but no one topic got much airtime) and the question of “sites vs. apps”—that I did brush over: give me one good reason why we need to make a distinction (that nobody can agree on) between some sites and others. Seriously.
Everything old is new again. Ross noticed that many of the themes recurring at the Responsive Day Out hark back to best practices from over a decade ago: progressive enhancement, performance, good ol’ information architecture…
Some thoughts and soul-searching prompted by talks at the Responsive Day Out.
Some nice recollections from the Responsive Day Out.
A nice write-up of the Responsive Day Out with all the right take-aways.
David shares his first ever speaking experience at the Responsive Day Out. I’m so, so happy he agreed to do it—he was great!
David’s slides from the Responsive Day Out.
Some musings prompted by the Responsive Day Out. I don’t agree with everything here (I certainly don’t think any of the speakers were demonising Photoshop, and pointing the finger at browser makers to solve our problems doesn’t help with existing and older browsers) but it’s always interesting to hear what other people got from the event. I definitely agree with the final point that we need to be sharing more, and not just on the narrowband paltry medium of Twitter.
Some bullet points from the Responsive Day Out to keep you going until the audio and video is ready.
Slides, videos, and links from Paul’s presentation at the Responsive Day Out.
Now this looks like my kind of event:
A new micro-conference on science, technology, communication and fiction, organised by the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
The slides from Anna’s terrific talk at the Responsive Day Out.
Marc’s pictures from the Responsive Day Out.