I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

My First Conference (Part One)

This week I’m head­ing to my first design con­fer­ence in the form of New Adven­tures in my home town ((Well 25 min­utes out­side of the city is tech­ni­cal­ly my home town, but I was born in Not­ting­ham so close enough.)). In the past I’ve always looked in on con­fer­ences from the out­side, so when I heard about naconf I fig­ured it was time to take the leap.
As some­one who works pri­mar­i­ly in print but has a real fas­ci­na­tion with the web I’m hop­ing to learn a lot and fig­ure out where my lay­out skills can cross over to the screen. I’ve heard it said many a time that print design­ers should­n’t switch to the web, but equal­ly I’ve seen many high pro­file design­ers achieve great things in both formats.
I’m most look­ing for­ward to hear­ing some of the best in the busi­ness share some valu­able insights into the var­i­ous top­ics. In par­tic­u­lar I’m look­ing for­ward to hear­ing Veer­le Pieters share some thoughts on trig­ger­ing inspi­ra­tion and how we can break through the block we all suf­fer from time to time. One of the things I find hard­est when I’m design­ing for the web is inspi­ra­tion. When you use the web so reg­u­lar­ly it’s very easy to let your­self fall in to a pat­tern of “this goes here, that there…” and before you know it you have a very insipid run of the mill web­site. I’m hop­ing I may pick up a few tech­niques to help me use my expe­ri­ence in design­ing for print be the inspi­ra­tion for design­ing for the web. ((I was going to go on here high­light­ing all the things I’m look­ing for­ward to, but, as I began writ­ing I realised I’d be high­light­ing all the talks in the sched­ule. It seems, unsur­pris­ing­ly, that they all com­pli­ment one anoth­er nicely.))
Since it’s my first con­fer­ence I know I won’t be able to soak every­thing up all in one go, but I’m going armed with a brand new Mole­sk­ine and I’m hop­ing the notes I make will com­pli­ment the slides when they are released. The whole day will be a learn­ing expe­ri­ence, but the learn­ing does­n’t just stop once I’ve left the venue. It con­tin­ues in the fol­low up and, most impor­tant­ly, in my efforts to put what’s been said into practise.
Beyond the talks, I’m look­ing for­ward to hope­ful­ly meet­ing a few of the peo­ple I’ve come across on the web. Be it via blogs, twit­ter or some oth­er means it’d be great to meet some new faces in the indus­try. So if you read this, or fol­low me on Twit­ter do come and say Hi!