Okay, in no particular order – just whatever order I remember them in (not including the one I did – see below):
- Making ethical cola http://sparror.cubecinema.com/cube/cola/ - tastes pretty damn good
- Discussion on dashboards – I like the idea of a console widget with status of current projects etc.
- The Eccentric City – the world’s first dedicated eccentric newspaper – see http://www.eccentriccity.co.uk/
- Session on bad interviews (hope we shared some useful ideas on what intereviews are looking for)
- A couple of sessions on freelancing
- JQuery (I really am going to use it me)
- Frameworks (ditto – if I get back into creating apps)
- Emotion recognition (very interested in the mechanics of it)
- PowerPoint Karaoke (using slideshare) – next time i’d like to have a go
- About the life science centre (see www.life.org.uk) – what a find – I will definitely be going (and about the Kielder observatory)
- Accessibility problem solving (live session)
What I presented on
I presented on ‘a short history of navigation. Someone asked me why I was interested in this. It’s because I’m a pedant. I hate it when the links are wrong and don’t work properly. That’s what makes me a good information architect. I’m interested in evolutionary psychology, because we’re using senses evolved over millions of years and need to design websites that align with how people have evolved – it is unrealistic to expect people to adapt to websites, and I see all the time in user tests how people struggle when we don’t get websites right. So I showed some slides of some of my favourite navigation concepts, including ancient historical wayfinding, animal behaviour (including how bees find nectar), urban signage and some humour.
I’m really glad I did the presentation, because it reconnected me with my passion, and I’m thinking more about navigation. I feel that web navigation could be better. I love the simplicity of SatNavs, iPods etc, and will create a new way of navigating which make life so much easier for users.
- Meeting great people
- Feeling inspired
- Watching Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog – see http://www.amazon.com/Horribles-Sing-Along-Blog-Patrick-Harris/dp/B001M5UDGS
- Playing werewolf (especially the first round) – see http://www.portlandwerewolf.com/rules
- Discussing hubs (an information architecture concept)
- Disovering the Life Science Centre
- The Eco Kettle
The Big Idea
Mr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog – okay, not really a big idea – but I will definitely be getting a copy. Really, the big idea is to make navigation on the web easier for everyone
The Big Surprise
The fact that wifi wasn’t working too good actually encouraged people to interract more – I was going to do a presentation on ‘usability question time’ but couldn’t get wifi working on my machine or through my mobile. Which leads me nicely to…
The Big Question
What non-IT sessions could I do at my next BarCamp? On the way back, I’ve had a couple of ideas, such as how to get inspiration during a creative block – or communication tips - or whatever I’m intersted in at the time. I’d like to do a session that involves looking at sites live (like the Accessibility session yesterday) – and one that involves just chatting (like the last session today on dashboards).