Last week I went with my colleague (and fellow Yoomee designer) Jon to Smashing Conference, a two day event in Oxford Town Hall for web designers and developers. There were lasers, balloons, and more importantly a whole load of different talks from different people in our industry. I enjoyed having time away from everyday work to think a bit more about what we do and how we can be better at it.
A few things I took away…
- Solving real world problems is the most important thing. Not a new concept at all, but good to be reminded.
- The challenge to read widely, and look for inspiration in unexpected places. Christopher Murphy's talk was one of my highlights.
- A realisation that listening to people talk about code doesn't work for me. Maybe I'm just slow, but I like to learn by doing, rather than looking at code on a powerpoint.
- That speed is important. The helpful reminder that most people aren't using new apple devices with fast broadband. (Amy's been thinking about this recently with our Yoomee site)
- “LieFi" - My experience of using wifi at almost every conference I've been to. The little bars on my phone said everything was ok, but it was all lies!
- That my attention span doesn't cope with back to back 40 minute talks, especially when there's little leg and elbow room (I am very tall though). I think they could have made the format a little bit more creative and stimulating.
- That people really respond to sketch notes. I took a brief break from my Lent twitter fast to share notebook doodles and was surprised with the response.
Here are a few of my sketch notes:
A sketch of Oxford Town Hall
Crafting for world domination
A brief history of responsive images by Yoav Weiss
Minimum delightful product
A good writer is a good thinker