24th October 2013
Canvas Conference 2013
Right, Today I want to talk about conferences. I’ve been to a few recently and I think they are a fantastic way to meet people within the web design/dev community. You get to chat about what your doing and find out what others are working on. Not only that but you get a set of (normally – from my experience) great speakers. Sometimes Breakfast and lunch is thrown in. And if your really lucky theres a free bar afterwards.
So if I start with Canvas conference which was on the 10th in Birmingham.
The Conference was really good. Worth the £140. I turned up and registered, got some Github and canvas stickers(yay) and a free sausage butty. Then got chatting to some others who had turned up on their own.
The speakers were really good with a great mix of topics. My highlights were:
- Adobe were there pushing edge animate and a new thing they are doing called CSS Filter Lab which basically means you can apply Photoshop style filters to your images in the browser. Combine it with CSS animations for great affects.
- Matt Andrews from the Guardian talked about how they are redesigning their platform to be more responsive. Building in feature detection to optimise the experience for the browser your on aswell as the connection speed. It was really interesting how apparently in a week the site gets something like half a million hits(I can’t remember the exact figure), on 6,236 devices with 322 different browser versions. Apparently the sites architecture is that the content/presentation/advertising etc is split over many servers so if one fails the site will still be available.
- Hannah Wolfe gave another presentation about Ghost – its a new way of blogging thats much simpler and maybe more athletically pleasing than WordPress. Looked quite nice and she was saying how its all not for profit and how down to the wire it is – apparently they launched the client side server bit on monday(14/10/13) to the public but on thursday (10/10/13) it hadn’t even been designed.
- I thought Alice Bartlett from Berg was very entertaining. She talked us through the design and production of the Little Printer – a web programmable printer. I want one. 🙂 She talked about the concept and then some of the problems faced with hardware production – injection moulding and strange cables. Quite entertaining.
- Harry Hurst from Qubit talked about how you can harvest user data from a web experience (typically ecommerce) and use it to create different experiences for different users to minimise the turnover of the site. And by understanding what the user wants you can give it to them and make money.
- Then you had Mark Wheatley from Nokia. He talked about their music experience platform on Nokia phones and what they have done/are doing for the music industry. This was great as I Live for music
- And lastly there was Dave Birss from Addi+ive. He talked about digital, focussing on marketing and how it came along and only specialists knew how to use it. But now its been around for so long that there are marketing people in administration rolls in companies that can some times to a better job at digital than the specialists do. Its was a really provocative presentation styled in a really cool retro 8 bit style.
So throughout the day there were coffee breaks with biscuits and a chance to talk to people. Lunch was either beef and gravy on pasta but I had bangers on mash (yum yum) with rhubarb crumble which was also nice. Then afterwards we went to a bar where there were Free Drinks (hooray). I sadly was driving so had to stick to coke and red bull. Got chatting to some really interesting people. Its amazing how friendly everyone is – you can literally chat about anything (within limits) to anyone
Heart Internet(my hosting providers) were there, so got chatting to them. They really liked my business card which was nice. Said how I liked their new website and got a goodie bag with more stickers, random sweets and posters in it.
So it was a good day. Worth the horrible 5:45am start.
Phew. That was abit of a mammoth post with all the links to plugin. If you’ve read all of it then heres your reward. Its a sneak peak at what I’ve been up to today on davidendersby.me