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beyond tellerrand // DÜSSELDORF 2019

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13th to 15th May 2019

Düsseldorf, Germany

Part of the beyondtellerrand series

beyond tellerrand // DÜSSELDORF 2019 Sessions

  1. in Club

    Session image for All Constraints are Beautiful

    All Constraints are Beautiful

    We so often consider constraints to be a negative. We have become convinced that they stop us doing what we want and that, therefore, they prevent us from being our most creative.

    But constraints are actually the most beautiful thing in the world. Constraints are what give us direction. Constraints are what give us focus. Constraints are what give us empathy.

    In this talk Charlie will tell us how constraints are something that should be sought out and embraced, especially in the infinite chaos of the web.

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    Humanising Your Documentation

    It’s no secret that most people don’t read technical documentation for pleasure. Users often come to your docs when they are frustrated with your software, disappointed that they haven't been able to solve the problem on their own and generally feeling pretty low. This is sad, sure, but being aware of these feelings is key for developers and technical writers alike. These emotions frame the reader’s perspective and therefore, should shape the mood of our docs.

    In this talk, we’ll discuss how the language we use affects our users and the first steps towards writing accessible, approachable and use case-driven documentation.

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    The Power of Metaphor

    Making a mainstream film that is culturally resonant, critically acclaimed and financially successful is a rare achievement, yet some filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and David Fincher consistently tell stories that tick all of those boxes.

    Under the surface of their most celebrated films lies a hidden architecture that operates on an unconscious level; This talk is designed to illuminate the techniques that great storytellers use to engage a global audience on a deep and meaningful level through psychological metaphor.

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    Session image for Making Art With Familiar Objects

    Making Art With Familiar Objects

    Her talk will be about how her background in architecture informs the way she creates art – usually of everyday objects, and into big installations. Red will talk about how she challenges to look at the familiar and mundane with fresh eyes, and about how exploring new places and meeting people of different cultures has influenced her work. She will cover materials ranging from teabags, to chopsticks, to socks, and to her current medium: eggshells.

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    Session image for Hard Work, Relentless Dreams and WiFi

    Hard Work, Relentless Dreams and WiFi

    Rob is going to tell two stories. The first is how he got here – How did he end up doing this and why does he draw on things? It’s a peculiar story that he himself wouldn’t believe unless it had happened to him. After unexpected redundancy from his dream job he felt he was at a junction - retrain and leave behind a 20+ year design career or go it alone, not turn anything down, try new things and see what happens. That approach left him working in a high security prison and spending his spare time drawing on coffee cups.

    The second story is how once finally some of his dreams came true, he found himself back at square one – he had no studio, no office and “home” was living on a camp bed in his sister’s front room next to his 11 year old son and how this has shaped him, his work and his outlook. It’s basically a story of relentlessly pursuing dreams when at times the odds are stacked against you and how sometimes that goes right, sometimes it goes wrong but it’s what you learn and take forward that matters …

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    Session image for Imagination, Desire and the Call of the Future

    Imagination, Desire and the Call of the Future

    The future does not exist, and yet it is something we dream about, plan for and sometimes fear. Join David as he talks through his process and how he came to learn about the creative playground called “the future,” and why the relationship of imagination, wonder and the desire to explore has become a central theme to his work.

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    Session image for I Don't Care What Airbnb is Doing (and Neither Should You)

    I Don't Care What Airbnb is Doing (and Neither Should You)

    “Hey, have you seen that thing that Airbnb did? Let's do something like that.”

    When thinking about how to solve our design problems, we often look to what others are doing. And when we don't, our stakeholders do. We call this “inspiration”. But at the heart of it is a focus on solutions rather than problems. We fall in love with a solution to someone else’s problem and try to make it fit our own. We contribute to design sameness, and confuse it with reasoned convention. In making things easier for ourselves, we might miss opportunities to really make a difference.

    In this presentation at beyond tellerrand, Stephen will explore the why and how of deeply understanding design problems. He’ll look at why it’s important to think outside of the box, when it’s appropriate to look at the work of others, and what to do with it when we do.

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    Session image for Data, Design, Code

    Data, Design, Code

    For the last few years Shirley has worked with various clients across the tech, media, and journalism industries to create visual narratives with their data. In this talk, she will show some of these past projects, but more importantly, share the lessons she learned while creating these custom data visualisations for the web – across the whole data, design, and code process.

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    Session image for The Scoville Scale of Web Font Loading Opinions

    The Scoville Scale of Web Font Loading Opinions

    Fonts on the web have a long, storied, and sometimes problematic history for not just web site designers and developers, but typographers, type foundries, and web font hosts too. We all want type to solve real problems but what happens our typographic opinions are in conflict—who takes priority? In this talk we’ll analyse a few of these spicy opinions, rank a few hot takes on the Scoville Scale, and learn how we can improve real-world experiences when using fonts on the web.

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    An introduction to the science of napworking and how it helped me getting things done and being more creative while spending a lot of time on the couch.

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    Session image for Flexbox Holy Albatross

    Flexbox Holy Albatross

    With the Lobotomised Owl Selector and now the Flexbox Holy Albatross I’m worried people are going to think I have a thing about birds. I mean, it’s pretty cool that birds are essentially fluffy dinosaurs. Then again, crocodiles are kind of actual, real dinosaurs, still living today! So, like, they win on that count. Wait, how did crocodiles survive the meteorite impact when all the other dinosaurs died off? What did they know that velociraptors didn’t? Did they have bunkers?

    In any case, this talk is the story of a peculiar and peculiarly named CSS layout technique I came up with, what it means to write algorithmic layouts, and how to integrate this layout primitive into your design system via the custom elements spec’.

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    Take Back Your Web

    We used to control our online identities, content, and experience. We now share Twitter names instead of domains; even web developers tweet and post on Medium instead of their own sites. We scroll social media and feel empty instead of reading news & blogs to feel informed and connected. Algorithmic feeds amplify rage & conspiracies, enabling tribal ad-targeting to polarise and spread misinformation, threatening democracy itself.

    What happened? And what are we doing to fix it? That's a big question that will require all of us, our communities, our employers, to shift. I don't want to wait, and you probably don't either.

    What can you do for yourself, today?

    Own your domain. Own your content. Own your social connections. Own your reading experience. IndieWeb services, tools, and standards enable you to take back your web.