So long, New Adventures, and thanks for all the fish*

2013 saw the final (possibly, for now at least) New Adventures in Web Design Conference held in Nottingham, but what a way to go out!

Once again there was a great line up of speakers and it was a great opportunity to catch up with friends, make new acquaintances and generally talk about web design with people who knew what I was talking about(-ish).

Although all speakers were good, particular highlights from the speakers for me were Jason Santa Maria’s talk about “The Nimble Process”, Jon Tan on “Billboards and Novels” and Seb Lee-Delisle’s “New Adventures in... Code!”.

Jason’s talk about his design process struck a chord with the way that I approach web design these days, focussing on getting into the browser sooner rather than later and getting bogged down producing Photoshop comps. Jon Tan’s talk emphasised the way good typography induces a good mood to the reader and contained a lot of practical tips. Good typography has become a passion of mine and is a crucial element of all good web design so this talk was right up my street.

Seb’s talk was, well, quite frankly hilarious! He presented what could have been (to a non-coder) a boring subject into a humorous and thoroughly entertaining one. It certainly ignited a spark in me to get more creative with front end code and I could have listened to him for hours.

Wayne Hemmingway was another highlight and a bit of a surprise in that he is not someone you would associate with web design and was therefore bit of a left field selection to replace Dan Cederholm. Indeed his talk did not revolve around web design but rather design in general. He was very entertaining and inspirational, emphasising the importance in good design in all walks of life and the value a good designer offers to their clients.

Massive thanks must go to Simon Collison and Greg Wood for putting on such a great event once more, but above all thanks to Dan, Nick, John and Tim for their company during the conference - where are we going next year?

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