No SXSW for me this year

It’s been a pretty tough decision to make. But due to the current work load and moving from Burgthann to my new apartment in Zirndorf in early March, I figured it would be best not to overload my calendar and my synapses. I’ve been to SXSW Interactive in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and always had a blast, meeting great people talking about very interesting stuff.

I wish everyone who’s going a very inspiring time; may the headaches be bearable.

See you again in 2011.

SXSW Interactive 2009 – Day 4

After some awful weather in Austin, we eventually had some real Texan weather on day 4, so it was hard to be indoors for the following panels, but well worth it:

  • 11:30 AM Browser Wars III: The Platform Wins (Arun Ranganathan – Mozilla, Chris Wilson – Microsoft, Brendan Eich – Mozilla Foundation, Charles McCathieNevile – Opera Software, Darin Fisher – Google)
  • 02:00 PM Quitter: How to Leave Your Perfectly Good Job (Bryan Mason – Small Batch Inc, Ryan Freitas – Freitas OmniMedia, Christopher Sacca – lowercase capital, Laura Mayes – Kirtsy)
  • 03:30 PM No Web Professional Left Behind: Educating the Next Generation (Aarron Walter – The Web Standards Project, Stephanie Troeth – unadorned.org, Chris Mills – Opera Software, Leon Adkison – Taylor University)
  • 05:00 PM 2009 WaSP Annual Meeting (Derek Featherstone – Further Ahead, Aaron Gustafson – Easy! Designs LLC, Glenda Sims – University of Texas at Austin, Stephanie Sullivan – W3Conversions, Henny Swan – Opera)

The broser wars panel didn’t really hold any new info but it was interesting and entertaining nevertheless. As usual Apple wasn’t there. Shame on you!

The highlights of day 4 were the two afternoon panels with WaSP members and of course the official launch of WaSP InterAct (originally called WaSP Curriculum Framework), a framework for educators, teaching web standards. If you teach web standards or would like to get involved, WaSP InterAct is the place to go. Another great resource is the Opera Web Standards Curriculum that Chris Mills put together with the help of many great developers.

Peter and I ended the day with a few beers at the Great British Booze-up.

SXSW Interactive 2009 – Day 3

Here’s my schedule for day 3:

  • 10:00 AM Being a UX Team of One (Leah Buley – Adaptive Path)
  • 11:30 AM Journey to the Center of Design (Jared Spool – User Interface Engineering)
  • 02:00 PM CSS3: What’s Now, What’s New and What’s Not? (Molly Holzschlag – Opera Software, David Baron – Mozilla, Hakon Wium Lie – Opera Software, Sylvain Galineau – Microsoft)

Three great presentations/panels on day 3. Leah Buley showed very inspiring ideas about what you could do when you’re a team of one and that it’s always a good idea to involve other people, which you could also do when you work as a lone wolf, at some point of the process. As always, Jared Spool’s presentation was entertaining and interactive. He just knows how to get his audience involved and up on heir feet. He stated (among other things), that “it’s time to retire the dogam of user centered design” and that “we should focus on informed design and the three core ux attributes,” he found in his reserach: vision, feedback and culture. At the CSS 3 panel, the representatives of the different browsers (except for Apple, who were absent as usual) showed the level of CSS implementation. If what they said is true, while Opera and Mozilla have, as we know, already started implementing CSS 3 features, IE8 will be the first browser with complete CSS 2.1 support. Can’t wait to verify this. The links to the slides of this presentation will be posted on molly.com can be found on Molly’s website.

In the evening it was time for the web awards at the Hilton.

SXSW Interactive 2009 – Day 2

On the second day of this years SXSW Interactive I went to see the following panels:

  • 10:00 AM Even Faster Web Sites (Steve Souders – Google)
  • 11:30 AM More Secrets of JavaScript Libraries (John Resig – Mozilla Corporation, Andrew Dupont – Prototype JavaScript Framework, Nate Koechley – Yahoo!, Becky Gibson – IBM, Dojo)
  • 03:30 PM From Freelance to Agency: Start Small, Stay Small (Jeffrey Zeldman – Happy Cog Studios, Roger Black – Roger Black Studio, Kristina Halvorson – Brain Traffic, Whitney Hess – Freelancer)
  • 05:00 PM Building Your Brand with Web 2.0 Tools (CC Chapman – The Advance Guard, Julie Haddon – The Marketing Farm, Saul Colt – FreshBooks, Loic Le Meur – Seesmic)

Steve Souders’ talk was, as always, very interesting and brought some apsects to my attention that never crossed my mind. He considers his 14 rules as “old school” and moves on to other aspects of front end optimization. Did you know that having insline script(s) follow stylesheets is bad? I didn’t until his talk. Looking forward to his new book “Even Faster Websites”, which will be published in June 2009.

The two afternoon panels were also inspiring but didn’t really hold new information but rather confirmed things I heard, read or knew before.

After dropping off our bags at the hotel, Peter and I went to T.G.I. Fridays for dinner and then on to the official opening party.

SXSW Interactive 2009 – Day 1

After a 20 hour trip across the Atlantic, some beer at the Roux and a short night’s sleep, I was ready for the crazy geek fest.

As usual the first day was a good start to get into the right mood for SXSW interactive. Together with Colleen and Peter I started the day with standing in line to pick up our badges. After that, we went for a nice breakfast at “The Hideout”. Having taco for breakfast sounded kinda strange at first (especially for a German), but it was really delicious.

Next was the WaSP ILG lunch at the Moonshine. Good food and great company. What else do you need?

At 3.30 Peter and I went to our first panel at SXSW 2009: Oooh, That’s Clever! (Unnatural Experiments in Web Design) by Paul Annett form Clearleft. He showed some really awesome and inspiring experiments and real life examples of creative CSS usage. Hope, he’ll have his slides online soon.