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!