I attended the Future of Webdesign Conference , yesterday, here in NYC. I was initially asked to present, on the topic of branding, which I declined. Sure, I would have had lots to say, but I didn’t feel it was a right fit. For a one day conference, you need the best of the best on each topic, at least, that’s how I see it. Instead, I would have loved to speak about ‘how to stay inspired’, blogging, how design sensibility is influenced by upbringing, the challenges of designing in a foreign culture, etc..
Overall, I must say, I left the conference, slightly disappointed. Sure, there were a few good speakers, but the odd venue and bad sound quality didn’t help the overall experience. The conference was held in a side-wing of the Jacob Javits center. The ‘stage’ was put against windows and all morning, we couldn’t see what’s been projected, as the sun was shining right onto the screen. Joshua Davis‘ presentation was my personal highlight, if only I could have seen what he was presenting. No luck. What a high energy, inspiring guy!
Another speaker I was looking forward to was Jeffrey Zeldman. The sound quality during his talk was so bad, that I couldn’t understand a word (!!!) for the first 15 minutes. Luckily they handed him another microphone half way through. Quite a few people got up and left, visibly annoyed.
Not to mention the overall bad start to the conference as they didn’t have name batches for about a third of the attending people and were printing them on an inkjet on site, and no lanyards… On my way home, I was wondering what I would have thought of the day, if it would have been a smooth organization and a better venue.
Bryan, the organizer, kept apologizing for the screen issue and promised that videos of each presentation will be available online. Well, that’s something.
Did you attend? What did you think?