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Liveblogging: Multipack Hack Day

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

So today we’re taking a good hard look at the Multipack website and doing some serious redesign work. We’re at the funky Custard Factory offices of One Black Bear.

So far we’ve mainlined coffee. It’s too early to be thinking on a Saturday.

@media 07 – Design and Development in Equal Measure

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I’ll probably write some more coherant thoughts later, but suffice to say I think this year’s @media was pretty good. I enjoy it as a chance to meet like minds and discuss ideas, this year I found myself really grooving on the presentations too. Possibly it’s ideally pitched at my eclectic skillset.

On the design side, I really enjoyed Jon Hick’s Creative Sponge talk, which was a great summary of pulling together diverse inspirational elements and a nice insight on his creative process. Jason Santa Maria’s Devilish Details talk was a great look at core design principles. Mark Boulton’s Typography presentation was a look at type through a martial arts lense.

Over in the development world Dan Webb’s Javascript talk included a few nice details (including one very tasty testing and debugging tool) and Nate Koechley did a sterling job on high performance sites.

I got to catch up with a few folks. Special shoutout to Simon Mackie, one of my old colleagues from glasshaus who was over here representing Sitepoint (and who provided me with an elegant orange T-Shirt).

Pragmatic Accessibility

Monday, November 13th, 2006

In case you missed it.

Way back at the tail end of August a group of web design folks gathered in a park in Leamington. In the evening Bruce Lawson and Patrick Lauke gave a rather fun, rambling, talk on the pragmatic side of accessibility.

There’s a rather spiffy transcript of the talk available.