Delivered at Generate London and SmashingConf New York by renowned British artist Brendan Dawes, whose wacky experiments with code, the Internet of Things, 3D printers, and more will make you smile. “Every time I see him speak, I am amazed at how complex the projects look in his explanation and how beautiful they are at the same time,” explains Marc Thiele. “He really is someone who connects technology and art in a way that makes you think you want to start doing what he does. And that’s not just because he’s a lovely guy.” 7. Lena Reinhard: Existing in the tech industry The closing speech of CSSConf Nordic in Oslo, by Lena Reinhard.
who leads the platform development team at Travis CI, looked at the human side of our daily work in technology and how to cope with the pressures of a fast-paced environment. It caused a great impact on the audience. Fellow speaker Rachel Nabors says, “I was Macedonia Email Lists touched. I found myself tweeting snippets of it, and at some points breaking up. Lena speaks from the heart. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her, no matter how briefly. This industry can be overwhelming. But you are not alone. 8. Beth Dean: emotional intelligence in design Beth Dean is an illustrator and designer currently working at Facebook in San Francisco on transparency and authenticity.
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At IndustryConf in Newcastle, UK, she gave a talk on how we can create designs that help people do what they need to do, even when life is hard. It is a follow-up to his much-shared Medium post on the same topic, which engaged the audience both professionally and personally, and advocated the use of practical empathy. 9. Lyza Danger Gardner: The Pragmatist’s Guide to Service Workers Web Conference Talks: LyzaThis is by far the most technical talk on the list. Service Workers are a hugely interesting collection of web APIs that, among other things, allow us to build rich offline applications, but they’re not the easiest to understand. Fortunately, Lyza Gardner is on hand to decode the complexities. “I LOVED Lyza’s Service Worker talk at Smashing Freiburg,” recalls Aaron Gustafson.
He was super approachable and quite smart, he was worth watching. Also, check out Gardner’s article on the same topic. As well as his Generate San Francisco talk on keeping up with web technologies. And the dangers of measuring yourself against industry standards. Sacha Judd: How the tech sector could move in one direction. You just wouldn’t expect a talk about the boy band phenomenon. One Direction at a web conference. But Sacha Judd’s deep dive into the world of fandom. And how she became obsessed with the theory of a secret romance between two band members. Makes everyone who sees her speak ponder the lack of diversity in technology. The angle of this talk from beyond Tellerrand Berlin is incredibly clever:
Jeremy Keith: Resilience
It turns out that girls who put a lot of time and effort into creating fan art rarely believe in their technical abilities and therefore don’t consider a career in the tech industry. . . It is our responsibility to find ways to reach them and encourage them to apply for digital jobs, he argues. See also the text version, complete with all the GIFs that didn’t make it from the big screen to video. 11. Nicolas Nova and Simone Rebaudengo: intelligent frictions In this Interaction16 talk, Simone Rebaudengo and Nicolas Nova challenged our use of the term “smart” and how it changes the way we interact with products we label “smart.” They explain what interfaces we can design to prevent people from becoming unconscious and passive bystanders, and the key questions to ask when designing intelligent behaviors.