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The Typo Berlin 2011 is over but the impressions I had in the last three days will stay. I had the chance to join so many fantastic talks from incredible speakers.
My favorite tracks (and these are quit a lot)
- Oliver Reichenstein @ia (EN)
We are the medium. Designing the new power of information and its form
- Peter Bil'ak (EN)
Expanding possibilities of typography
- Javier Mariscal (EN)
Estudio Mariscal and »Chico & Rita«, an animated movie
On (the absolutely awesome) Friday
- Jost Hochuli (DE)
»Bauhaus, Zürich, Basel – und einiges daneben«
- Donald Beekman and Donald Roos @vetteletters (EN)
VetteLetters: between food, fonts and the making of…
- Tim Fendley @timfendley (EN)
- Heike Nehl and Sibylle Schlaich (DE)
Global Shift and ground-breaking identities
- Martin and Thomas Poschauko (DE)
NEA MACHINE – The creative machine »Hand – Gut – Hand – Computer«
- Markus Hanzer (DE)
- April Greiman (EN)
- Michael Johnson @johnsonbanks (EN)
Forget the rules. Celebrate the mutable, the modular and the mashed-up
- Malte Christensen @kopfbunt (DE)
»Hurray, I'm going to be a fireman!«
- Petr van Blokland @petrvanblokland (EN)
Designer update: what's next?
- Christoph Niemann @abstractsunday (EN)
Life is what you make it – even if you're a graphic designer
Read more about many of the talks on the Typoberlin Blog (some of them in German, some in English).
Tim Fendley: Legible London
Martin and Thomas Poschauko: NEA MACHINE – The creative machine »Hand – Gut – Hand – Computer«
April Greiman: Topo/Typo
Michael Johnson: Forget the rules. Celebrate the mutable, the modular and the mashed-up
Tina Frank: Go between!
Petr van Blokland: Designer update: what’s next?
Christoph Niemann: Life is what you make it – even if you’re a graphic designer
The Typo Berlin Team: So long and thanks for all the fish.
Yesterday the Typo Berlin conference started with a three day program, packed with a huge number of talks, shows and workshops. The keynote was held by Christoph Keese (Head of Public Affairs at Axel Springer): "The tablet as medium: successful editorial cocepts, how to earn money with them". From a publisher's point of view his speech was very informative with his ten theses of Germany in the year 2020 (93% broadband, context driven information, free and paid content in co-existence, print products still very important).
Since Axel Springer (one of the biggest news publishing houses in Germany) has to make money with the articles they publish, the talk was a lot about the iPad and how tablets generate a new way to consume information. He demonstrated this with the App of The New Yorker, Iconist and Flipboard. As a graphic designer I would have wished to see more of how the future could look like on tablets but also on the web.
Oliver Reichenstein (We are the medium. Designing the new power of information and its form) was next on track. His look back in history could be titled "priests vs. hackers". The conclusion: the "priests" define a language witch is not accessible to the public. The "hackers", on the other side, try do democratize the knowledge and hack the code.
The most controversial speech came from Roland Reuss (Shifted while studying? Concentration in distracting times). In his opinion people become stupid because of the internet. He pleas for a control of the web by the government. I'm sure, if he could he would shut it down. Even if some ideas where quite interesting, that guy was just too much. Anyway, it was a great day and I'm looking forward to seeing many more inspiring talks in the days to come.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin
Javier Mariscal: Estudio Mariscal and »Chico & Rita«, an animated movie
Sketchnote by Eva-Lotte Lamm
Yesterday was another day with awesome talks at Future of Web Design. Ethan Marcotte started this day with his speech about Responsive Web Design. For the last few month he worked on the redesign of the Boston Globe Website (launch is coming soon). He pointed out how designers and developers worked together to achieve the most valuable product. For that reason, the team built prototypes to ensure consistency on the different devices.
Next up was Femi T Adesina with the promising title "Enhancing your Creativity". Her talk was very refreshing and interactive. She forced us to be open to everything and create new ideas (this sounds kind of esoteric but it was great). It was really about 'going out of the norm'.
The last talk I'm gonna write about was that of Elliot Jay Stocks. His speech "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" was the kind of talk I hoped to see more of at this conference. In general it was about the 'new techniques' we have like shadows and webfonts. But he also showed us some details on web designs respectively what doesn't work in (web) design.
Two links he shared with us:
Tim Brown - More Perfect Typography (Video, 31 min)
I will add the slides of the most interesting talks as soon as they become available.
I really enjoyd this conference. The venue was really nice (I love brickstones), the catering was fantastic (and for free) and the WiFi connection always fast. What else could you wish for? So, thanks a lot to the Future of Web Design team and all the best for next year.
Femi T Adesina: Enhancing your Creativity
Elliot Jay Stocks: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Yesterday was the first day of the Future of Web Design Conference in London. Speakers like Aarron Walter (Transforming Ideas into Interfaces), Mike Kus (Designing for Humans) and Aral Balkan (Making the New Everyday Things) rocked the stage.
Aarron's talk about creativity and wireframing was very inspiring. He pointed out how changing the environment and sharing your ideas with people can help you solving proplems. Even if this is not a new insight, it's so important to do it.
Mike showed us how he works with a stop motion screen cast of one of his designs. It felt like peeking over his shoulder while he's at work. Hope he's gonna share this online soon.
Aral as the last speaker of the first day just blew us away with his powerful talk about designing everyday things. As a designer with a strong believe in usability he spoke from the bottom of my heart.
Today I'm looking forward seeing Paul Boag (Getting Down To Business: How To Be Successful With Web Design), Elliot Jay Stocks (With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility) and last but not least Ethan Marcotte with his talk about Responsive Web Design. Maybe one of the main topic of this conference.
The Venue at The Brewery
Dan Rhatigan about web fonts
Mike Kus about designing for human
Finally today the Future of Web Design conference in London starts. The lineup predicts a great variety of interesting talks. I am really looking forward to seeing speakers like Paul Boag (Getting Down To Business: How To Be Successful With Web Design), Dan Rubin (The New Language of Web Design), Elliot Jay Stocks (With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility) and many more. But I am also thrilled to meet Mike Kus who designed our Amazee Labs Website and lately has started his own agency.
This year the conference takes place at The Brewery which looks just awesome (I hope the WiFi works well).
After the talks there will be plenty of time to meet friends and have a couple of beers. But for now: may the conference beginn. I'll keep you updated.
The second day of re:publica XI started of with an interesting overview over "The Internet of Elsewhere" by Cyrus Farivar. He talked about the state of the Internet in various nations like South Korea (technically highly developed, with a broadband penetration of over 90 per cent), Senegal as an example of an emerging African nation on the Web, Estonia as a very highly developed European country with Internet readily available in public space and Iran (with a lot of monitoring, censorship and deception, as one might have expected).
Zahi Alawi, of Deutsche Welle radio, then spoke about the "Facebook Revolution". A lot of what he recounted has been heard before: That at first the rulers in Arabian countries did see Social Media sites like Facebook merely as a dating site and not as politically dangerous, for example. Or that when the Internet was shut down in Egypt, the TV stations (namely Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera) took over. Alawi: "The people took to the streets even without the Internet. The Internet was merely a place for exchange and for the transmittance of information." Nevertheless, the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt can in his eyes be called a "Digital Revolution".
I spent the rest of the day in a couple of fun sessions, the first being a discussion panel about "historic" shitstorms and the pondering about the question if shitstorms can ever achieve something productive. After lunch, Gunter Dueck spoke about "The Internet as an OS for society", a hugely funny, witty and intelligent talk about the shift from pure knowledge to actual skills which define one's position in society. You can watch his presentation (minus the first few minutes) in German on Youtube.
After a presentation by the Awesome Foundation Berlin had to be cancelled due to their no-show, we from the Awesome Zurich chapter got a chance to fill the gap – we did a short impromptu discussion round about sponsoring awesomeness. The day was rounded off by probably the funniest panel of this year's re:publica, a wild, alcohol-fuelled rumpus by Artur and Hendrik of German electro trash label Audiolith about the music business. Nonsensical bulldung, but in a very funny way.
I am back in Berlin for the re:publica XI conference, for another round of exciting exchange of ideas and, networking with other Webster mates.
This year, it seems that there is a strong focus on political and societal shifts induced by Digital Media. After a keynote on Design Thinking (Design is too important to leave it to Designers!) which called for a strong focus on a human(istic), sensible interaction design, the sessions I saw were very much about what happened in the Arab World over the last months and how citizen-made media has changed the game of news broadcasting.
Gabriella Coleman of the NYU retraced Anonymus' origins on the 4Chan network and stressed that over the years there has been a shift from a massive trolling movement ("The offensive Internet") to a serious challenger of what the activists behind Anonymous perceive as evil institutions.
Another interesting panel entitled "Modern revolutions are digital revolutions" discussed the shifts in the Arab World and tried to draw parallels to civil society movements towards political change in Sub-Sahara Africa. Ludger Schadomsky of Deutsche Welle argued that Social Media's role in the Arab revolution(s) must not be overemphasized, as Al Jazeera has probably played a more pivotal role. Hence, traditional media (as well as telecommunications providers) will still be a target of dictatorial governments when it comes to exercising control over communications channels. – Also the panelists argued that there is still a pivotal lack of civil society in Sub-Sahara African countries that prevents widespread, sustainable political change towards more democracy.
Solana Larsen of Global Voices then spoke about media consumption and how mass media fails to cover developments in world politics that are happening in non-Western countries time and again. Global Voices tries to keep track of things happening in the regions of the World which are not regularly highlighted by global news coverage. For example, Global Voices bloggers from the respective regions have writing about the developments in Tunisia or the Ivory Coast, long before mainstream media have picked up on the events unfolding. Next up, according to Solana is Gabon.
Tomorrow, more of the same.
180 corporate reps and PR pros gathered at tonight's event on "Social Media in Switzerland", hosted by Zurich Financial Services. Barbara Kunert presented the outcome of her master thesis, followed by a lively panel discussion on corporate use of Social Media, moderated by @marcelbernet. The summary goes:
54% of the Swiss companies monitor the web. The insecurities with regard to the use of Social Media are gigantomanic. Only a minority of the interviewed organizations has a Social Media Strategy, not to mention the use of Social Media. If yes, Facebook is trump. Compared, Twitter still carves out a miserable existence, despite its better suitability for professional, quality-oriented communication. Only 11.1% of the corporate and PR representatives in the hall declared Twitter relevant for their daily jobs (again, I'm writing about an event of a PR association!).
Monica Glisenti, Head Corporate Communications at Migros, seemed to be the most battle-hardened participant in the panel: Migros is aware of the unstoppable paradigm shift in corporate communications ("Es duet so oder so."). When it comes to their battle fields, it mostly is the diffuse, low-level interaction they have to get involved in (flames, blames, social mobbing, you name it). According to Monica Glisenti, her team members require "a new emotional robustness".
Now, off to the buffet. Before I leave you: Recommended by Barbara Kunert: Kodak's Social Media tips
This week, the Info Society Days 2011 are taking place at the Expo in Bern. Gregory and I have visited on Monday (since Bern is only an hour from Zurich by train), he went back today. The Info Society Days discuss issues relating to the Internet and digital media in general, in three forums: eEconomy, eGovernment and eHealth. While the first only took up one day (Monday), there are two days each reserved for the latter two.
I have blogged about the eEconomy forum for the organizers of the Info Society Days on Monday, you can read my full blog post (in German) here. Gregory has presented in one of the "Solutions" sessions on Monday afternoon and is again taking the stage as I write this. His topic is Social Media in enterprises as well as in public administration – I'll see to it that you can view his presentations here.
So, from my experience on Monday, hot topics in Switzerland at the moment seem to be smart mobile devices (for mobile Internet access), Cloud Computing and Social Media. From what we've understood at Amazee Labs in dealing with Swiss enterprises and public administration alike over the past months and years, there is still a lot to be done in this country. People are eager to learn and to understand, but they are very hesitant to take the lead. This also reflected during the eEconomy forum on Monday.
One of the more interesting initiatives presented in Bern is the eEconomy Board, set up by a couple of large corporations as well as public institutions. Trying to read the audience's sentiments, I felt like there is massive potential in Switzerland to turn the country into one of the World's leading nations in embracing digital possibilities, but nobody really wants to make the first move and take the risk of failing.
As for the conference itself, it is worthwhile checking out, but there are a few things which can be improved: Even though tickets ranging from almost 500 to close to 700 Swiss Francs are relatively affordable in comparison to other professional conferences, it is way to expensive for the regular digital geek. Why not introduce some "blogger tickets" at a rate of 100 to 150 CHF? Also, there needs to be free accessible WiFi next year! Although I have been blogging and twittering from the conference and others are also doing so for the rest of the week, I feel like the Info Society Days could be pushed a little further via Social Media. Maybe we'll be able to help the organizers with this in 2012. Because the content of the conference really deserves to be acknowledged!
(Image by Daniel Fuchs.)