Ah yes, that unmistakable smell of conference season is in the air. A few places I’ll be making an appearance in coming weeks:
I seriously considered not attending this year. It seems there’s a growing feeling amongst those who have been going for years that this event is getting to be a bit too much to handle, especially with the plethora of other web conferences that have sprung up in the past few years in their more intimate settings.
But, I’ll be there after all! Paul Hammond invited me to be the “independent contractor” or “designer” or “hardly qualified, but maybe we’ll get a few good stories out of him anyway” voice on his panel about collaboration during web projects. Don’t let the web app focus in the title fool you, I don’t do nearly enough of those to be that specific about the type of projects I’ve collaborated with others on; I’ll be drawing from the experience I’ve had plugging myself into established teams, and working with clients directly. With a line up of three super-smart Brits and a talented Aussie, plus the token Canadian, come and see the Commonwealth throw down on Tuesday afternoon.
(And this year I’ll be feeling Jeremy’s plight, as it’s looking increasingly like that room at the Hampton is going to be single occupancy. Sadly, Lauren probably won’t make it this year, so if I’m a little distracted during any hallway chatter, it’s not you! I promise!)
- An Event Apart
When Jeffrey and Eric asked me to come speak at an earlier event, it pained me that circumstances didn’t work out. I have never been to An Event Apart, and I’ve really really been wanting to go for some time now.
Happily, the latter part of April was clear for me, and I’ll be heading down to join what looks like is going to be a crazy-good New Orleans date. My talk, “Living, Breathing Design”, will be a look at how web sites change and grow during and after the design process, and how we can choose to add growth into our work. As always, expect lots of design and code talk.
(psst… and if you haven’t registered yet, the magic code is AEADSCSS. It’s $50 in your pocket. Use it.)
While I’m at it, a few more things I’ve been meaning to mention in some capacity or another for a while now (funny how far off the wagon you fall when running a conference of your own):
- Rosenfeld Media’s First Book: Mental Models
This one is particularly close to my heart as I’ve been working with Lou for the past few years, and during that time witnessed his publishing company evolve from a concept to reality. We were very privileged to have Indi Young, the author of Mental Models, join us at WDN this year, and early reviews have pegged this one as a winner. If you grab a copy, make sure to use the code FOSHEA10 for a small discount.
- The Lab with Leo
Back in November I went in and did an interview with Leo Laporte, which is now up on Google Video. It’s just a basic overview of CSS, and like all rapid-fire on-the-spot TV interviews there wasn’t much room for nuance and error-correction as we went, so pardon the stalling for time while trying to figure out how to explain things like the history of CSS… Still, I think it came off rather well, for an introduction of a style language to the more general audience who watch the show. (Ian Lloyd, you owe me a beer.)