Debrief d.Construct

Posted Tuesday 12th September, 2006

Now that I’m back at work I’ve probably got just enough time to write up my experiences at d.Construct 2006, so here goes…

Firstly, I’d like to say a great big nefarious hello to all the developers and designers I met on the day, and a special hello and thanks to Graham Bancroft, Ben Ward, Steve Marshall and Fatty - it’s nice to put faces to the names at last guys!

I enjoyed most of the presentations although some more than others. I’m not going to review them in depth here - I’ll just outline my thoughts instead. You should definitely listen to the d.Construct 2006 podcasts (although the presentations themselves don’t appear to be live yet) and formulate your own opinions.

The most pleasant surprise, for me, was Jeff Barr’s talk about Amazon’s APIs - I went in expecting nothing but an hour long advert and, although the theme was entirely Amazon based, the content of the talk was pretty educational.

Derek Featherstone’s talk on accessibility was probably of most use since my boss (who also attended) picked up on the potential accessibility nightmares that are JavaScript enhanced interfaces. Nice one Derek; you managed to communicate successfully in one hour what I’ve been failing to outline to him for years! I shall be taking notes on your technique.

Jeremy Keith managed to fire up my desire to muck about with API’s and Microformats over the course of both his talk and the Microformats picnic he hosted in the Brighton Pavilion gardens. Expect to see all kinds of madness incorporated into this site over the coming months (whenever I have time to play). I’m really looking forward to the Microformats themed WSG meetup that Stuart’s planning in the next month or so.

Finally, as expected, Jeff Veen’s talk on designing the complete user experience was, undoubtedly, the best of the presentations on the day. This probably isn’t much of a surprise though, as it’s well known in the industry that Jeff could sell Microsoft products to Mac users (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration but still…).

Once the event had finished we all wandered down to the seafront to attend the excellent after-party at The Terraces on Madeira Drive. It was here that I met up with Graham and gradually got incredibly drunk; which I hadn’t really noticed until buying the train ticket home became a monumental task of applied concentration. Thanks for that Graham - it was a top evening!

So, in summary, the event was excellent; the company outstanding; the knowledge obtained exemplary; the after-party awesome; and the hangover unpleasant. Looking forward to next year!

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  1. Accessibility
  2. Agile
  3. Ajax
  4. Apache
  5. API
  6. Architecture
  7. Books
  8. Browsers
  9. CMS
  10. CouchDB
  11. CSS
  12. Design
  13. Development
  14. Django
  15. Email
  16. Events
  17. Gaming
  18. Grammar
  19. Hardware
  20. HTML
  21. HTTP
  22. Humour
  23. Idea
  24. Information Architecture
  25. JavaScript
  26. jQuery
  27. Lean
  28. Life
  29. Linux
  30. Literature
  31. Mac OS X
  32. Management
  33. Meme
  34. Microformats
  35. Monday
  36. MySQL
  37. Networking
  38. News
  39. Personal
  40. Photoshop
  41. PHP
  42. Process
  43. Python
  44. Reference
  45. REST
  46. Science
  47. SEO
  48. Server
  49. Site
  50. Sitepimp
  51. Social
  52. Spelling
  53. Syndication
  54. Testing
  55. The Future
  56. Thoughts
  57. Tools
  58. Tutorial
  59. Tutorials
  60. Typography
  61. UI
  62. UNIX
  63. Virtualisation
  64. Web
  65. Web Standards
  66. Widgets
  67. Wii
  68. Writing
  69. Xbox
  70. XHTML