Upgrade to Pro — share decks privately, control downloads, hide ads and more …

Notes from the edge

C9b18d9dff88a9dd2393364c2b3b21bd?s=47 Simon Collison
November 22, 2011

Notes from the edge

Beyond Tellerrand, Düsseldorf, 22nd November 2011

Craftsmanship and communication are at the heart of everything we do on the web. With our ability to understand and overcome challenges, we should deliver engaging experiences without compromising our integrity or failing the end user. Still, we're often naive and we make the same mistakes over and over. We get hung up on our tools and confuse our goals. It's time to think and talk smarter, get our priorities straight, and learn from our mistakes.

Cover is a photo I took on top of Oslo opera house.

C9b18d9dff88a9dd2393364c2b3b21bd?s=128

Simon Collison

November 22, 2011
Tweet

Transcript

  1. NOTES FROM THE EDGE SIMON COLLISON

  2. None
  3. None
  4. None
  5. THE DOING 1

  6. What do you think you’ll be doing in five years?

    Interview question
  7. None
  8. ARE YOU IN YOUR WORK?

  9. It took me until my 40s to realize: There’s no

    destination. There’s no ge ing anywhere. There’s just the going. Pa on Oswalt
  10. Not necessarily slowing down, but rather just opting out of

    speed. Frank Chimero
  11. SERENDIPITY

  12. STRENGTHS & VALUES 2

  13. To progress and to create work of substance or even

    greatness, we each must start by knowing our values, our strengths, and the level of expertise we seek Strengths and values
  14. I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed

    once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. Thomas Edison
  15. OUR STRENGTHS FIND US

  16. designer developer strategist writer educator manager web designer 100%

  17. designer developer strategist writer educator manager web designer 100%

  18. LEARNING 3

  19. I’m self-actualised, without the stamp of approval from any guild,

    curriculum authority, or academic institution. I’m web taught. Colleague taught. Empirically taught. Jon Tan
  20. The sad, beautiful fact that we’re all going to miss

    almost everything Linda Holmes
  21. ORBITAL LEARNING

  22. FOCUS

  23. CRAFT 4

  24. None
  25. Cra smanship is a basic human impulse: the desire to

    do a job well for its own sake Richard Senne
  26. None
  27. Discovery through doing: honing skills over a significant period of

    time, with substantial commitment. Our cra
  28. TOOLS 5

  29. Tools are the scaffold for what we produce, the enablers.

    They help us bring our ideas to fruition. Our tools
  30. None
  31. The tool doesn’t make the cra sman. Choosing the right

    tool for the right purpose is a technical and personal choice. Oliver Reichenstein
  32. INQUIRY 6

  33. Inquiring beyond the “necessary” to explore other areas, look at

    things differently, and bring these findings back into our work. Creative inquiry
  34. None
  35. A rich alphabet of components such as line and point,

    structure, color, shapes, rhythm, and movement, which we use to shape our messages Visual grammar
  36. None
  37. None
  38. A puzzle is be er than an answer Milton Glaser

  39. None
  40. 7 OUR UNIQUE WEB

  41. The screen brings with it different kinds of challenges for

    visual design, some of which occur exclusively in interactive media. Pa erns & interactions
  42. None
  43. None
  44. None
  45. None
  46. http://www.chromeexperiments.com/detail/browser-ball/

  47. http://wallswaps.com/

  48. None
  49. SYSTEMS 8

  50. We don’t design web pages. We design systems. Systems

  51. None
  52. None
  53. None
  54. None
  55. http://gregorywood.co.uk/ http://jasonsantamaria.com/

  56. VOCABULARY 9

  57. The terms responsive and adaptive are distinct yet related, and

    have evolved naturally from outdated web-based layout terminology Responsive web design
  58. None
  59. None
  60. OUR MOTIVATION 10

  61. None
  62. None
  63. Find problems and design responses. Not answers, not solutions. Responses.

    The designer
  64. None
  65. THANKS @colly