~ 16 March 2006 ~
Thoughts before, during, or following SXSW 2006…
- No, I’m actually not a comic book geek. Perhaps I should be. But the Vibranium shield bit comes from “How to Be a Web Design Superhero”, in which the Andys nickname me “Captain America”. They must have succumbed to my name-dropping, mind-twisting superpowers.
- Andy Budd and Andy Clarke put together some gorgeous slides. Best I saw at SXSW. You can view them using the Superhero preso link above. Be sure to check out Clarke Kent’s write-up, too.
- The Craigslist makeover couldn’t have gone better. As we expected, some die-hard CL lovers were shocked that we suggested changing anything at all. We were hesitant to do so, but it’s incredible to see what a little whitespace, color, and repositioning can do — all within 2 KB of the original page size. Ryan’s write-up is a good recap.
- What a ride being up there with Dave Shea, Kelly Goto, and Brian Fling for “Demystifying the Mobile Web”. Surprisingly, we had nearly a full room despite being up against the Kottke/Armstrong keynote. Brian really did a fantastic job as moderator, and Kelly waxed eloquently on many things mobile.
- Relive a few of the SXSW panels as podcasts — Coudal/Fried, Newmark, and others.
- In case you missed it, Ryan did a Craigslist listing page, complete with functioning sparklines (Andrei’s doing) and mouseover descriptions (first listing only).
- Ooo, hot! Tristan Dunn converted the Craigslist redesign to a Greasemonkey script.
- If all CEOs were as hip, tech savvy, and ethically responsible as Mike Davidson the world would be a better place.
- Greg Storey is a veritable blast to hang out with. His witty one-liners had me rolling on the spot. It’s like Airbag in person.
- Chris Mills, editor for CSS Mastery, flew in from Manchester just to tell me the first print run sold out in 6 days (!!). Superb work, Andy. (Okay, so Chris came for SXSW and not for me, and a second run is in the process of printing.)
- Post’s Banana Nut Crunch is undeniably tasty. Same issue with the cereal bag, though.
- April’s issue of Modern Drummer is chock full of riffs and solos. Scads of cool hardware, too: Snake-like Serpent Cymbal with both gong- and ping-like characteristics, Trash Kat 20” floor tom crafted from an actual trash can shell, and Moongel damper pads.
- Um, smile next time, Cameron.
- Breaking up the band. Need to kick out the guitarist who knows only three chords? Here’s how.
- CMT’s gorgeous station IDs in QuickTime format.
- I missed the ColorBurn contest, but the winning entries are hot.
- The ExpressionEngine contest results are in. Congrats to all who entered. As an aside, all three of my top picks happened to be women or women-centered sites — very cool.
- 4 new worn typefaces by Device.
- There were too many folks I didn’t have a chance to hang with at SXSW. Everything seemed like a blur, jumping from one panel to meal to panel prep to party to bed. I needed like another week to chat with everyone.
- I can’t pen a SXSW recap without a big thank-you to Suzanne, who reluctantly stayed home this year with the boys. I know it sounds trite, but she’s by far the one with superhero strength, watching all four boys for nearly five days.
Until next year.
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