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19th June 2006

I’m sure that anyone who attended @media 2006 will agree that it was a huge success. Something like 800 attendees, 18 sessions across two tracks, 25 speakers, a whole heap of socialising - and much food for thought.

Again I have come away both excited and worried, but certainly optimistic. Still, no need to worry about that now - not when there is some heavy name-dropping and rambling waffle to be done.

I was definitely up for more theory and less code this year, and hence my favourite exploratory sessions had to be Malarkey‘s free-thinking and liberating Fine Art of Web Design and also the Good Design vs. Great Design panel - particularly Cameron’s stuff about grids. However, my overall highlight was Veen‘s Designing the Next generation of Web Apps - an hour of comedy and inspiration. Tall man. Clever man.

The problem with two tracks is that there are the inevitable clashes, so sadly I missed Tantek‘s session about Microformats, and also the Strategic CSS panel. Hey-ho, just have to wait for the downloadable versions.

Socially, these events kick arse. It was a delight to meet and/or spend time with the likes of Dan (thanks for diluting the power of your presentation with my little site), Cameron (and Missus), Dave and Guy. Sadly, with 800 people all running around like small children, I didn’t get to meet everyone I’d hoped to meet, and somehow failed to meet up with some I’d befriended last year (I’m thinking certain Swedes and Belgians).

As ever, the family BritPack kept me amused, and it was a pleasure to spend a bit more time with Mark (plus Missus) and Rich over rubbery pizzas. Kudos to the ever-growing Nottingham contingent too - the company of Jamie, Simon and Kate is always welcome, plus this year the joys of meeting Steve, Laura and other Nottinghomians.

Hat doffs to anyone else I met, although I can’t remember everyone at my age. At least David, Sophie, Sam and Andy are easy to remember thanks to the medium of the business card.

Ultimately, it was a joy to finally meet the 6.5ft, wizard-bearded, heavy metal might of Chris Mills. This man has edited two books I have worked on, and is Senior Editor on my own forthcoming tome, so after 18 months of his ever-presence in my inbox, it was sweet to finally meet him - at the bar, and over many bottles of Spanish lager. If I were a crass, stereotypical non-metal numpty, I’d do that “devil horns” thing with my hands in acknowledgement. Thankfully, I’m not, and I won’t.

As ever, top marks to Patrick and the team for all the hard work, and for ensuring we had a great venue in which to watch the mighty England trounce T & T. Ahem. Roll on 2007…

Responses

# David Hughes responded on 19th June 2006 with...

Great to meet you too Colly!

Really interesting talking to you.

Thanks

# Ben Ward responded on 19th June 2006 with...

Hoorah, finally got to meet you properly Colly, it was extremely busy with people this year. Hopefully won’t have to wait twelve months for the next time!

Glad to hear you had a good time.

# Andy Croll responded on 19th June 2006 with...

The football + swearing, in particular, was a pleasure sir.

I’m not going to take offense by assuming my business card is all there is to remember me by. :-)

# Kate Bolin responded on 19th June 2006 with...

With all these Nottinghomians running around, we should really kick into gear some sort of pub crawl/meet-up/whatever.

I tried talking the Multipack guys into having some Nottingham events, but nothing yet…

# Simon Clayson responded on 19th June 2006 with...

Agreed. What’s the difference between a pub crawl and a meet-up? I need a punchline.

# Jamie Fletcher responded on 19th June 2006 with...

Doubly Agreed. Any fellow Nottinghamians fancy an inaugural city-centre meet-up in the next couple of weeks?

# Arthur Case responded on 19th June 2006 with...

someone say beer in nottingham? sounds good!

# Roger Johansson responded on 20th June 2006 with...

I kept asking if anyone had seen you and the standard reply was “Umm.. yeah I saw him somewhere a while ago.” Guess we’ll have to catch up on those beers some other time ;-).

# Laura Zucchetti responded on 20th June 2006 with...

Nice meeting you Simon. Let me know if you do sort a notts meet up. :D

# Sophie Dennis responded on 20th June 2006 with...

It was a pleasure to meet you too! (I hope I didn’t do the “oh wow, you’re Simon Collinson” thing too badly?). The social side of @media was definitely a highlight. So different from the business-cards-at-20-paces insincerity of most networking events I’ve been to lately. The whole event really restored my faith in the web and the people who work on it.

Thanks too for the link luv. I’m now deeply embarrassed I didn’t spend more time cleaning up the site before going to @media. Still, that’s what you get for ignoring your own advice and not upgrading your site for two and a half years. Oops!

# Ross Bruniges responded on 20th June 2006 with...

Most times I ended up talking to people not actually realising who they actually were until finally relaxing and having a “oh soo you’re….” moment!

Don’t think I met you in the end - but if I said I woulda said your site is v cool indeed and asked how you were going to Agenzia with work schedule!

# mearso responded on 21st June 2006 with...

I never managed to meet you, though I did once come close when Andy Budd went off to find you but got waylaid.

Maybe next year

All the best

# Karl Jacobs responded on 23rd June 2006 with...

One question…

Why isn’t there an even like this in the States?..  :-(  While we have some exceleent developers here, there don’t appear to be any worthwhile events here of this techical value.  All we get is MacWorld (yawn).

Hard to convince my management to send me to London.

# Simon Collison responded on 23rd June 2006 with...

Hello again all…

Roger: Apparently I was “elusive”, but I distinctly remember being there all of the time! Next year my friend…

Mearso: It’s probably just as well as you’d have ended up producing a caricature of me. Actually, I’d like that..

Karl: Not SXSW? I don’t know as I’ve never been, but I hear that it’s a fantastic event…

Oh, and yes - lets do a Nottingham meet-up once I’ve finished me book - August sometime?

# Karl Jacobs responded on 24th June 2006 with...

Colin,

Well, with the press that SXSW recieves, I didn’t realize the interactive portion was that up to snuff. And also considering the press it recieves, convicing my corporate slave-masters to send me will still be a major challenge.  :-/

But really, @media seems to be a better event, and you Brits certainly are more cutting edge with CSS and such than us Yanks for the most part.

I’ll never convince them to send me to London, so I might just have to do it on my own, those corporate overlords being what they are….

# Simon Collison responded on 24th June 2006 with...

Karl: Who is COLIN? Don’t call me Colin…

Anyway, I think there are a lot of Yanks that might disagree with you, particularly the ones who invented CSS, the ones who defined and spread web standards, the ones who came up with so many cool techniques…

Still, glad you think us Brits are alright. Quite a few people said @media was more focused than SXSW.

# Karl Jacobs responded on 24th June 2006 with...

Hm…  I said Colin?..  sorry ‘bout that, must have been a brain-fart.

Well, there are quite a few guys (and gals) here who have really have things together in CSS development, but things do seem to be much more scattered here. Perhaps it’s just the logistics. You Brits certainly are organized better at any rate.

Anyway, the focused attention of @media is what I would really like. It would be hard to convince the task-masters that a event like SXSW sponsored by Miller beer is really going to be beneficial for their corporate goals. :-)

# Alan Durkan responded on 26th June 2006 with...

Good to see you again Simon, albeit very briefly - indeed a Nottingham drink up sounds like it might be quite an exciting idea…

# Tim Beadle responded on 26th June 2006 with...

@Karl: what about the Event Apart series that A List Apart organise? Or, failing that, Carson Workshops events?

# Gabs responded on 28th June 2006 with...

I think one of these days I should come along… going to have to wait till next year now..

# sciSSor responded on 28th June 2006 with...

I hope next year this action will be held in global scale

# Karl responded on 29th June 2006 with...

Tim: Thanks for the tips. The Carson events appear to mostly be in London, so no help there, but, there is a"Event Apart” event coming up in Seatle.  The only problem is, it is right on top of my on-press time for a magazine I design. 

But the @Media should be held on some other continents too!!  :-)

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