Crafting a Better Web: Interlink 2013

Have you ever left a conference feeling like you’ve maybe only understood about 18% of what was said, but those bits that you grasped were pretty damn cool and inspiring? That was Interlink 2013 for me.

Some sessions resonated more than others – Stephanie Hay’s talk on using real-world conversations as the basis for web design was my favourite – but one thing was clear: all of the speakers have a passion for their work.

And there was ice cream. What conference wouldn’t be improved by ice cream?

Top 5 sound bites (or is that bytes?)

“Silos are for farming, not web design. Interdisciplinary teams are important.” — Steve Fisher

“How do we get increasingly hard-to-reach & skeptical audience to pay attention? By using real-person words and setting realistic expectations that you can meet.” — Stephanie Hay

“Stop worrying about what your website looks like, start focusing on what it *feels* like…” — Dan Mall

“Start with people, not tools. Experience first, technology second.” — Robbie Manson

“Just because it’s compliant, doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to use.” — Daniel Featherstone


I’m looking forward to my second user interface design class next week so I can continue to put some of the big ideas presented here at Interlink into context.

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About Erin

Bookworm, word nerd, grammar geek. Small town girl, living in a lonely world. Running a race-per-month in 2013.
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