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Past SXSW panels have shown that Black bloggers and bloggers of color are becoming more prominent and well-known as the years progress. From "Blogging While Black" to being "Digital Urbanites", being a Black blogger is definitely not limited to any monolithic stereotype. Learn from some of the pioneers and thought-leaders in the Black blogosphere on our past, present, and future.
1. What does being a black blogger mean (if anything)?
2. When did you begin blogging, and why?
3. What trends do you see with Black bloggers as technology becomes more ubiquitous?
4. What do you see as the future of Black blogging?
5. Are there any trends or topics you would like to see discussed in the future?
6. Black blogging seems to have taken off with the advent of Black celebrity gossip. How do you see this sort of relationship as it relates to other bloggers relationship with celebrities (like Perez Hilton)?
7. There are currently two blogging Awards for Black bloggers -- the Black Weblog Awards and the Black Web Awards. Do you see these events as being representative of the Black blogging community?
8. NPR's "News and Notes" created an interesting intersection between Black bloggers and mainstream media. With its cancellation, where do you see MSM and Black bloggers intersecting?
Great web design is all around us, but how do we go beyond ‘cool’, ‘usable’ and ‘fun’ to create something truly beautiful? How can we create sites that stand as rivals to classic design pieces from other fields? This talk looks at our changing attitudes to beauty, art and meaning, and why the web is ideally suited to become a vehicle for true beauty in the Information Age.
Typography can make or break a design, but there are big differences between what makes jaw-dropping type offline from what makes great type online? In this presentation, Samantha will evaluate interesting offline lettering and discuss how you can translate those principles and leverage CSS3, @font-face, and new font-as-service web apps to create engaging online typographic experiences.
We design websites for users, but if we don’t also have a deep and thorough grasp of the content that will be served up to those users, we’re not going to be able to create optimal experiences for them. Learn how to do Content Research to augment your User Research.
by Becky McCray
Core Conversation with Becky McCray and Liz Strauss
12th–16th March 2010