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.
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).
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
The evening social of the first night was fun, but too damn loud. If I’m at a conference I expect to be able to hear myself think. Yes, I’m aware that makes me sound about eighty.
Day two kicked kicked off with Dan Cederholm‘s talk on Bulletproof web design. To be honest it’s was all stuff you should be doing anyway if you consider yourself a pro, but it was engagingly presented.
Molly Holzschlag presented an excellent talk on Internationalisation. It’s one of those areas that I’ve not really looked into much, but been aware it was something I should know more about. Molly made an great case for doing that pretty quickly.
The strategic CSS management panel was full of questions, but not many definitive answers. Comment your code, organise sensibly and find a method that works for you were the main take-aways. It was fascinating to see the alternative approaches though.
Tantek Celik‘s talk on Microformats was the most enlightening of the presentations for me. I’d not really touched on them and the explanation of the logic behind them seems to be one of those things that works much better in person. It’s telling that one of my recent thoughts at work was, “gosh I could make those events pages all microformat events.”
Monday, June 19th, 2006
London was surprisingly sunny. My hotel was a half hour walk down the Thames from the venue, but small and stuffy.
The Wednesday night meetup was in a pub just round from Scotland Yard. I met up with the Multipack, Mr Mills and Mr Lawson, and was introduced to Mr Lemon and Mr Lauke. We stayed just late enough to realise that Westminster doesn’t seem to have any later licensed pubs. I ended up chatting with some of the accessibility folks at their hotel.
Thursday began bright and early with Eric Meyer’s keynote. A brief history of CSS that brought back all those painful memories of IE 3… It also left me confident that we have nearly won the war to convert people to CSS-layout.
We split into two tracks, and I chose the Good Design vs Great Design panel. Not revolutionary, but certainly interesting with a few idea sparks. After a break it was Chris Wilson’s talk on the future of Internet Explorer. Chris can certainly present well, especially considering the hostile crowd. I’d already seen IE7, but was happy of the extra insight. I am cautiously optimistic.
2pm saw the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 panel. Less controversial than expected, given the recent discussion on the web. It was a well handled and balanced panel. I think it genuinely helped many people’s understanding.
Jeffrey Veen wound up day one with his talk on the next generation of web applications. Entertaining, if content light.
Everybody disappeared off to watch the football. I ended up in a pub that did excellent Thai food with Bruce, Chris, James Smith, Gez Lemon and Laura Zucchetti. Mills took Photos.