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Opening my toolbox for @Media

31st January 2009

Its been a truly hectic start to 2009 with myriad complex projects on the go, plus some smashing “in-the-field” activity. In January I presented Writing For The Web at a Business In The Community “comm net” event in London, and in February I’m speaking at both Nottingham Trent University, and again at University of Nottingham. Yes, we have two universities.

Speaking at @Media 2009

The biggy this year for me will be speaking at @Media for a second time. In 2007 I co-presented a witty little manifesto with Drew (there was no fold), but this time around you’ll have me solo for a whole hour as I open my Process Toolbox and twist your melons, man traditional techniques. Its a corker, and hopefully of measurable value to all attendees - that’s the focus anyhow. Others doing ‘turns’ include Budd, Clarke, Hicks, Holzschlag, Rubin and Santa Maria - so in my opinion its a right treat.

This year’s @Media conference acknowledges the current fiscal apocalypse, describing itself as “a highly relevant conference for trying times”. My presentation should fit that bill nicely. Its worth reading the Changes for 2009 statement for more about reduced prices, the single-track and other carefully considered decisions.

Other events

Also, don’t forget that my esteemed colleague Jamie Pittock will be running the Building Beautiful Websites with ExpressionEngine workshop at Future Of Web Design in London on 1st May 2009.

Yes, I’m almost ‘back’

I’ll also finally get around to redesigning this blog, hopefully write a lot more, and get back into some personal projects this year. Promise.

All in all, I feel there’s a lot for me to be optimistic about after the personal traumas of 2008, and therefore plenty to write about - whether it be work, rest or play. Readers, I think I’m almost back.


# David Hughes responded on 31st January 2009 with...

I guess I should start with welcome back :-)

I really enjoyed your session with Drew in 2007 and soreally hope that I can get to @Media 09 to see you again.

If you (i) can only go to one web conference in a year it has to be @Media and this year already looks like a cracking line up Messrs Clarke and Hicks are always brilliant.

See you on the South Bank I hope.


# Alan Durkan responded on 2nd February 2009 with...

Nice to have you back Simon.

So single track this time? Might have make a return but leave those scruffy back end developers back at the office this time… ;)

# Alan Durkan responded on 2nd February 2009 with...

Oh and you still need to turn those smileys off…

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# Phil Arnold responded on 5th February 2009 with...

Instead of trying to find time to re-design your blog, why don’t you run a competition for your blog followers to re-design it for you?

# Simon Collison responded on 5th February 2009 with...

Alan: Hello mate. Is it auto-converting punctuation emoticons into smileys? Grr. yep, must turn that shit off.

Phil: Nice idea, but I can’t do that. Lots of people hate that “get a design for free” approach, and besides, I’m a web designer! I can’t wait to redesign it - just need to lower my own expectations of what it should be.

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