An Event Apart Boston, Day One
The first day of An Event Apart is wrapping up here in Boston. Dan is delivering his talk Implementing Design: Bulletproof A-Z which I’ve already liveblogged from a previous event so I can give my fingers a bit of rest now.
The liveblogging was kind of fun. By keeping myself busy, I was able to stop myself from getting too nervous about my own talk. I’m so glad it’s over and done with now. Feel free to download a PDF of the talk, Future Shock Treatment. Also, feel free to reuse it—it’s licensed under a Creative Commons attribution license.
I actually enjoyed giving the talk a lot. It was much rantier than I intended but nobody seemed to mind. One of the reasons why I was ranting so much was that I was somewhat taken aback by the audience reaction to a segment on progressive enrichment and IE6. My basic question was
Do websites need to look the same in every browser? I expected a resounding
No! from my peers but I got some pushback from some people. That surprised me, given the savviness of the audience. I think it surprised (and depressed) Malarkey too. He wrote recently about this attitude:
Has the last ten years all been for nothing? I fear for this industry.
I hear ya, Andy. I’m off to drown our collective sorrows at the after-party.
I kid. Most people here firmly agreed with me. The others …are wrong.
Here are all of today’s talks:
- Revealing Design Treasures from The Amazon by Jared Spool.
- Content First by Kristina Halvorson.
- Thinking Small by Jason Santa Maria.
- Future Shock Treatment by me.
- Designing with Psychology in Mind by Joshua Porter.
- DIY UX: Give Your Users an Upgrade (Without Calling In a Pro) by Whitney Hess.
- Implementing Design: Bulletproof A-Z by Dan Cederholm.
I’m not sure if I’ll do any liveblogging tomorrow. I may just soak up the excellent content.