I wanted to get these up here while it was still fresh in my mind. I can’t adequately express how humbling it was to see you all today for my talk, and my apologies for those who were not able to get in once the space filled! The response has been truly overwhelming.
I’m taking a page from @cameronmoll ‘s book and putting the outline for my talk @ #FOWD (Future of Web Design conference) up and asking for feedback. I’ve actually just finished my presentation, but it’s not really too late to make changes. Since it’s also a relatively un-talked-about topic (at least from my past few years of web-design-conference-attending experience) I though it might also help attendees decide if this talk is worth checking out at the risk of missing @nickla ‘s talk on Wordpress theming.
I wanted to add a bit more on the subject of my site redesign while it’s still fresh in my mind, and pass along some thanks to those who have provided some great inspiration and feedback. My wife Ellen and long-time friend PJ ( @pjmoore_1) had some really great insights that helped me ‘be my own designer’ better than I was, and really got me excited about the process of design and the ‘doing’ of it. The design itself came together pretty nicely thanks to the solid #Drupal framework already in place.
Just a short note about my new site design. Lots going on lately and it was long overdue for me to have a site that actually reflects what I'm doing these days. I've been increasingly involved with more strategy and design work, and writing and speaking on the topic as well. This site started as just a blog but has become much more as my consulting practice has grown over the past year. Since Web Strategist, Designer and Technologist seem to be the monikers I go by it seemed to make sense to present myself in roughly that order right on the home page.
Helped refine naming concepts, tagline, logo and brand identity. With the company being brand-new with highly advanced technology it was important to provide a strong concept that felt both new and familiar. Strong typographical contrast is accentuated with bold color, underpinned with a subtle reference to the digital technology they provide. Rather than utilize a more-often seen reference to the "five 9's" of reliability, I chose to incorporate a stylized rendition of the number 9 in binary format under the word itself.
It’s hard to single out one high point from the myriad during the first day - but it’s worth pointing out that in a day packed with luminaries from Fast Company, Zappos, RISD and more - the standing ovations were reserved for two young women - one in high school, one in middle.