This week I had the pleasure to be invited to attend Beyond Tellerrand – a conference about design, development and the broader field of making meaningful stuff on the web and in the world in general. The conference is organised by Marc Thiele, who puts his heart and soul into creating a wonderful event that not only gathers a group of diverse and excellent speakers, but a fantasticly friendly audience as well. Marc even had a great DJ (Tobi Lessnow) on site who collected speech samples from every talk and remixed those live into some pretty funky tunes in the breaks. Serious skillz, sir!
I tried to catch some visual samples of the talks, a.k.a. sketchnotes. You can find the gallery below.
This year, three talks stood out from the rest (which was already very good across the two days):
1. Dominic Wilcox – an artist and inventor from London who showed his weird and wonderful inventions that playfully challenge our view on the world, what is normal and what is possible. I've seen Dominic speak at Reasons to be Creative (which I am speaking at again this September by the way) a few years back and I already loved his work back then. Since that time, he also started working with children, encouraging them to come up with bold inventions and making them become reality with the help of local craftspeople. Truly inspiring and moving work.
2. Val Head talked about animation in web design. Val just comes across as a lovely human being, with loads of passion, spirit and humour, who knows what she is doing and loves to share her knowledge in a super charming and playful way. Her presentation about a few of Disney's 12 principles of animation and how they related to web design was rock solid, beautiful and funny. And everybody who know me can imaging that I just have to have a crush on someone who starts dancing on stage to explain how different interface elements animate on screen.
3. Mr. Bingo
Not much needs to be said. F***ing ace. It's not a talk, it's a show.
And the best thing is, if you missed the whole shabang, you can watch the videos already on Vimeo. BOOM! Thank you Marc for putting on such a fantastic 2 days. <3