WebVisions 2005 wrap-up
~ 18 July 2005 ~
Fantastic. That about sums it up.
But for those of you wanting more, I’ll elaborate.
First, a huge hats off to Brad Smith for mastering the art of a well-organized, well-paneled conference. Following my presentation, I hopped from room to room throughout the day, only to find a variety of topics with speakers that ran the gamut in terms of charisma, knowledge, and excitement about their subject of choice. And Brad treated the speakers too well, as Molly’s account of our hotel attests. (Molly’s a flat-out blast if you ever have the chance to spend time with her, by the way.)
As for my presentation, Forward Thinking Design, it seemed to resonate with attendees. Or at least that’s my hope for the greater audience based on feedback from a few of the persons present. Most had little experience with mobile web design, so the beginner’s approach I took, as suggested by many of you, seemed a wise choice.
Speaking of presentations, I don’t think I’ll be tackling another topic anytime soon that requires as much research as this one did. I spent roughly the last three months researching mobile web design, and it literally wore me out. Blogging here slowed, and it even affected a couple client relationships as the research often demanded too much time amidst project work.
That said, I now know quite a bit about mobile web design, and I’d hate to see all the research and testing by volunteers go to waste. Out of respect to conference organizers and those who pay good money to attend conferences, I generally won’t release conference presentations online. But given the volume of information I collected, I plan to release a series of articles dealing with mobile web design sometime in the coming weeks.
And my pick for the most enjoyable presentation? Easy. BJ Fogg and his sincere presentation style. He’s a fabulous presenter with plenty of data to support his views. Even better, I had the fortunate pleasure of sharing a shuttle ride with him back to the airport. He and I chatted for the bulk of the half-hour ride, and I was quite surprised at how much we have in common.
Add WebVisions 2006 to your roster of scheduled conferences next year, and I hope to see you there should I be lucky enough to be invited back.
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