Gateshead / Sage
Gateshead / Sage
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My DIBI

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This year I made it to my first web conference - DIBI (Design It, Build It - thanks Brian!) up in Gateshead / Newcastle, and had a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring time.

Gateshead / Sage
Gateshead / Sage

It started off at the networking pre-event at the Pitcher & Piano bar - you know it was going to be a good one when your up till 2am drinking free beer!  Tricksy morning aside, the event's talks itself started off with Jon McLoone from Wolfram Alpha. Apart from some amusing and, to be fair, quite impressive search (sorry - computational knowledge) requests, it was a bit hard to get into, too dry to really stay focused on... or maybe I just had the previous night to blame for that.

Quick break for juice and cupcakes and first of the actual tracked talks was Elliott Kember talking about the wonders of jQuery. It was thankfully accessible and not too technical and good to pick up some interesting tricks to add that sparkle to your sites. Take home quote - "jQuery is lipstick", ie, don't overuse it!

After that, it was back to the Design track for Sarah Parmenters "Principles of iPhone UI Design". I had originally not planned to go to this one having no interest, nor ability for that matter, in developing Apps for iPhones, preferring to go down a web app route and design for the cross platform mobile browsers. Past the iPhone specifics however Sarah had some very well presented and interestingly useful tips and guidelines for developing for mobile devices in general, which made for a very pleasantly interesting talk after all.

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