Sessions at Webstock 2011 with video

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Thursday 17th February 2011

Friday 18th February 2011

  • Do your own thing (Contrary to popular beliefs)

    by Marco Arment

    Many common patterns, rules, and trends in web and app development aren't universally applicable, or come with downsides that few people ever mention. I'll talk about several trends that I've resisted for Tumblr and Instapaper, the often-great alternatives that are available, and how to make appropriate choices for your work.

    At 9:35am to 10:15am, Friday 18th February

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  • Buttons Are a Hack: The New Rules of Designing for Touch

    by Josh Clark

    Fingers and thumbs turn design conventions on their head. Touchscreen interfaces create ergonomic, contextual, and even emotional demands that are unfamiliar to desktop designers. Find out why our beloved desktop windows, buttons, and widgets are weak replacements for manipulating content directly, and learn practical principles for designing mobile interfaces that are both more fun and more intuitive. Along the way, discover why buttons are a hack, how to develop your gesture vocabulary, and why toys and toddlers provide eye-opening lessons in this new style of design.

    At 11:30am to 12:10pm, Friday 18th February

  • A Geek Sifts Through the Bullshit

    by Jason Cohen

    As a geek who has started three successful companies, I’ve had to move from “coder” to everything else — salesman, designer, marketer, accountant, and changer of the pellets in the urinals. In the process, I’ve found that some widely accepted advice lead to failure while trusting my inexperienced gut lead to success. Through stories I’ll show you five ways to deal with the cacophony of advice on the web, from friends, and from customers, so you know whether specific advice is right for your situation, and then workshop those lessons against the 37signals philosophy.

    At 12:15pm to 12:55pm, Friday 18th February

  • Everything the Network Touches

    by Tom Coates

    The work we’re collectively doing—opening up gradually all of human information and media, making it recombinable, helping people create and share their work—is a huge unspoken, sexy, world-redefining mission.

    It’s a mission that many of us have become blasé about, almost unaware of. It’s a project so large that it’s hard to get a grasp on. And the next few years are going to get even more interesting as the network pervades physical objects and environments, sensing and manifesting information in the real world.

    It's time to recognise the scale of the project we have in front of us, the breadth of the material we have to work with, and the possibilities of design within it. All of human knowledge, creativity—even the planet itself—is our canvas.

    At 3:50pm to 4:30pm, Friday 18th February

    Coverage video

  • Scared Shitless: How I (Mostly) Learned to Love Being Afraid of Pretty Much Everything

    by Merlin Mann

    At 5:25pm to 6:10pm, Friday 18th February