What I saw at @media 2007

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So @media 2007 is over and, after a lit­tle breather, here’s a short break­down of what I saw, in chrono­log­i­cal order, along with links to pre­sen­ta­tions where possible.

There were lots of great, inspir­ing ideas, which should spin out into a few more posts in the near future.

Beyond Ajax (Jesse James Garrett)

Not, as I thought, a tech¬≠ni¬≠cal talk about web appli¬≠ca¬≠tions, rather a look at how we make sure that appli¬≠ca¬≠tions work for the user. Para¬≠phras¬≠ing slight¬≠ly, he said that the suc¬≠cess of Web 2.0 was in hid¬≠ing tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy from the user, rather than show¬≠ing it off.

The Broken World (Molly E Holzschlag)

With a sub¬≠head¬≠ing of ‚ÄėSolv¬≠ing the Brows¬≠er Prob¬≠lem Once and for All‚Äô, again I was expect¬≠ing code exam¬≠ples to fix cross-brows¬≠er incom¬≠pat¬≠i¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ties. Instead, this pro¬≠mot¬≠ed com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ca¬≠tion between brows¬≠er ven¬≠dors, stan¬≠dards com¬≠mit¬≠tees, and end users.

High Performance Web Sites (Nate Koechley)

In con¬≠trast to the pre¬≠vi¬≠ous pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tions, per¬≠haps a lit¬≠tle too tech¬≠ni¬≠cal. 12 steps to speed¬≠ing up your web pages, from using image sprites to doing some¬≠thing on the serv¬≠er that is beyond my com¬≠pre¬≠hen¬≠sion level.

Interface Design Juggling (Dan Cederholm)

Tips on colour, design, typog­ra­phy, and imple­ment­ing Micro­for­mats on your site. Real­ly inter­est­ing, prac­ti­cal stuff, which I’ll be putting to good use very shortly.

5 Simple Steps to Better Typography (Mark Boulton)

Anoth­er prac­ti­cal pre­sen­ta­tion, with plen­ty of good advice on mak­ing your sites eas­i­er to read. I’d read much of this in slides from a pre­vi­ous pre­sen­ta­tion, but still good to have the mes­sage reinforced.

When Web Accessibility is Not Your Problem (Joe Clark)

I missed the begin­ning of this pre­sen­ta­tion owing to an emer­gency at work, and the rest was ham­pered by muf­fled sound. Still inter­est­ing, though; what you should do to make your pages more acces­si­ble, and what isn’t your responsibility.

How to be a Creative Sponge (Jon Hicks)

Prac¬≠ti¬≠cal and inspi¬≠ra¬≠tional; where to get ideas from, how to look at life with a design¬≠er‚Äôs eye, and how to store and ref¬≠er¬≠ence your ideas.

For Example… [Slides One] [Slides Two] (Hannah Donovan & Simon Willison)

Case stud­ies of last.fm and lawrence.com; inter­est­ing, although not direct­ly rel­e­vant to me at this moment.

One Web, Acid 2 and CSS 3 (Håkon Wium Lie)

My favourite of the whole expo. The impor¬≠tance of open stan¬≠dards on the web, the state of mod¬≠ern browsers and look¬≠ing for¬≠ward to the future of front-end devel¬≠op¬≠ment. I wrote a lit¬≠tle more about this on CSS3.info. Also got a chance to see the $100 lap¬≠top ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs tiny, but I guess you‚Äôd expect that of some¬≠thing aimed at children!

Royale With Cheese (Andy Clarke)

The most open-end¬≠ed of the pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tions, but none the worse for that. How much ‚ÄĒ if at all ‚ÄĒ do cul¬≠tur¬≠al dif¬≠fer¬≠ences inform web design, and is the glob¬≠alised mod¬≠el the best to follow?

There was an inter¬≠est¬≠ing Hot Top¬≠ics Pan¬≠el at the end of the event, which I rec¬≠om¬≠mend you lis¬≠ten to if it‚Äôs pod¬≠cast¬≠ed lat¬≠er. All in all, it was two days very well spent.

Update: All of the events slides and pod¬≠casts are avail¬≠able now.

3 comments on
“What I saw at @media 2007”

  1. What, the sound was ‚Äúmuf¬≠fled‚ÄĚ? It was rever¬≠by and over¬≠loud from the stage. Oth¬≠er peo¬≠ple said it was a bit soft in the audi¬≠ence. Unfor¬≠tu¬≠nate¬≠ly, this was not the kind of event where we get to do a sound check beforehand.

  2. I came in late, as I men¬≠tioned (unavoid¬≠ably detained) and so was sat right at the back. Per¬≠haps ‚Äėmuf¬≠fled‚Äô is not the right word; it was def¬≠i¬≠nite¬≠ly hard to hear.

  3. [‚Ķ] sum¬≠ma¬≠ry, then, com¬≠pared to last year‚Äôs @media, which I found gen¬≠uine¬≠ly inspir¬≠ing, this was ‚Äėonly‚Äô inter¬≠est¬≠ing. I‚Äôll give care¬≠ful con¬≠sid¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tion as to whether or [‚Ķ]