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Archive: May 27th, 2014
Ten years of dConstruct
Tickets for dConstruct 2014 have been on sale for just over a week now. If you haven’t nabbed yours yet, here’s the URL:
This will be the tenth dConstruct. Ten years! It’s pretty crazy to look back through the archive and see how the event has evolved from its humble beginnings in 2005 to last year’s magnificent tour-de-force.
Ten years! Crazy.
It’s kind of fun to look back at the themes for each year:
- 2005: Web 2.0 — back then, it sorta meant something.
- 2006: Something Something Web Apps — we were still figuring it out.
- 2007: Designing the User Experience — this lead directly to the creation of UX London.
- 2008: Designing the Social Web — a classic!
- 2009: Designing for Tomorrow — starting to get pretty cerebral.
- 2010: Design and Creativity — this was a perfect blend; top-notch speakers.
- 2011: Designing Digital Products — a tricky one; some talks divided opinion.
- 2012: Playing With The Future — the best conference I’ve ever been to. No exaggeration.
- 2013: Communicating With Machines — we laughed, we cried, it was bloody brilliant.
- 2014: Living With The Network — see you there.
When I’ve been banging on at conferences about digital preservation, personal publishing and the indie web, I’ve been at pains to point out that there are huge opportunities here for startups looking to build valet services to help people publish on their own domain.
Ben and Erin at Known are doing just that, with some backing from KQED, PRX and the Knight Foundation instead of the usual short-sighted Silicon Valley venture capitalism.
One of the jobs of a startup is to look at where the world is going, extrapolating from current trends and domain knowledge, and meet a future need with a product at exactly the right time. We think the time is right for an independent web that is owned by content creators and readers alike.
Sitting in a noodle café in Brighton, reading through A History Of The Future In 100 Objects on my phone.
Feels like Bladerunner-on-sea.
Interrupting my walk into work to call the emergency services after witnessing a car crash.
Luckily no one was hurt.
After a long weekend of coding, I’ve got a brand new section on my website.