I reported in my last blog post (nearly 6 months ago now) that I had a talk proposal in for South By South West Interactive festival in Texas, and was looking for people to vote for it. Well the good news is that my presentation has been accepted! Continue reading
You may have heard of South by South West, the famous music festival held annually in Austin, Texas. Unless you’re in the industry, you’re less likely to have heard of the film and interactive festivals that are also part of the month-long event. Continue reading
Every summer the Clearleft office buzzes with the excitement in the lead-up to dConstruct, the web design conference we organise here in Brighton. Preparations are well under way for this year’s event, which is on 5th September, with two days of exclusive workshops leading up to it.
For the last few weeks I’ve been designing the new website, which was then lovingly built by Natalie. Being intimately familiar with the brand, I really enjoy designing the dConstruct site each year, but as an in-house project we never have as much time to devote to it as we’d like. The site is normally an evolution of previous years’ designs rather than anything completely new, but this year I took the move to highlight the excellent list of speakers in huge type right there on the homepage. It’s they who ‘sell’ the conference, so they really should take pride of place, and the treatment used is quite striking and bold.
One thing I’m particularly fond of with this year’s site, is that we’re encouraging people to mash-up their own photos with the dConstruct buttons. I’ve made this really easy to do, and you don’t even need to open Photoshop! Just insert the web address of one of your own photos into one of the code snippets provided towards the bottom of the buttons page, replacing http://url.to/photo.jpg. Your photo will then slot itself neatly behind the conference info. You can see this in action at the top right of this page, where I’ve used a photo of Toby at the play park.
The theme of the conference this year is ‘Designing the Social Web’, so rather than go the predictable route of giving the site a ‘social networking’ feel (think Facebook, Flickr, Edenbee, Last.fm), my idea was to extend the website beyond its boundaries into the social space elsewhere on the web. Our buttons are more socially inclusive, in that people could personalise them with photos of their friends or family, which they perhaps already share on social networking or photo sharing sites. The buttons can then be completely customised fit the design of any site. I can’t wait to see a wide variety of visuals used on dConstruct buttons across the web!
If you do use our code to create your own button design, please add a screenshot of it to the My dConstruct Button group on Flickr!
The conference itself looks like a real treat as usual, and I’m looking forward to it hugely. 600 tickets sold out in 6 hours last year, so if you’re planning on coming make sure you hit the site for your ticket as soon as they go on sale!
Links from the likes of Jeffery Zeldman and Eric Meyer have prompted me to give it its own blog entry. After all, if it weren’t for those guys’ books, I wouldn’t have the pleasure to be working with Jeremy at Clearleft, so this animation wouldn’t exist! Besides, if it doesn’t have it’s own blog post, there’s nowhere for me to give Jeremy his CC attribution for the original.
So, here it is… (click to biggify)