The obligatory “I’m back from @media 2006” post

So, my first @media is over and very good it was too. Highlights for me (in no particular order):

  • Jeff Veen‘s presentation: Designing the Next Generation of Web Apps. Caused me to have all manner of light-bulb moments.
  • Chris Wilson’s very informative presentation about IE7 – and (perhaps more importantly) future versions beyond that one.
  • Mexican food with Adam and Gareth.
  • The relief when Peter Crouch finally scored for England, then the elation when Steven Gerrard sealed it.
  • Kate “buying” us (Amanda, Rich, Ross, Alan and myself) the most foul champagne of all time, then running away without drinking any enough.
  • Ian Lloyd mistaking the moon for Big Ben.
  • Robin Christopherson’s presentation was absolutely amazing (despite the technical hiccups). It gave a real insight into how a blind user operates a PC and what problems they can (and do) run into on a daily basis.
  • Chatting with Adam, Nate Koechley (it’s pronounced “Keckley”) and [insert name of that canadian dude who took a liking to London Pride here] about some of the innovations going on at Yahoo! including a great sounding inverse-forum on their corporate intranet.
  • Andy “Malarkey” Clarke‘s presentation: The Fine Art of Web Design. Really inspirational talk on pushing web design out of it’s current “comfort zone”. I intend to try. I wonder how far marketing will let me push it?
  • The “hot topics” panel session which closed the conference. Jeremy Keith lorded it over Molly, Jon Hicks, Eric Meyer and Tantek Çelic, which produced a very entertaining debate.
  • Inventing a series of new microformats (including hTopTrumps and hLove – for dating websites) in the pub with Rich, Gareth and Andy.

Big thanks to Patrick, Amanda and the rest of the team for organising it and everybody else who made it such a good event. It was great to meet you all again / for the first time. Can we book tickets for the next one yet?

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6 Responses to “The obligatory “I’m back from @media 2006” post”

1. comment_author_url)) { ?> Kate Bolin Kate Bolin

I did SO have some of that champagne!

Much to my dismay.

2. comment_author_url)) { ?> Malarkey Malarkey

Many thanks for your kind words. I’m very pleased that you enjoyed my presentation.

Many kind regards,

Andy

3. comment_author_url)) { ?> matt matt

I wanted T&T to win.

4. comment_author_url)) { ?> Jon Hicks Jon Hicks

Gosh, Malarkey is a bit formal isn’t he?! Did his secretary write that?!

5. comment_author_url)) { ?> gareth gareth

Did Jon Hicks just call Molly “Andy’s secretary?” :-)

Aye, good to meet up. Mexican food was a definate good choice, and I’d nearly forgotten about Lloydy and big ben. Classic.

6. comment_author_url)) { ?> Mag Mag

I think the coming @media 2007 will not be as busy as this year’s.