Oliver Lindberg reports on tellerrand’s Berlin outing, where web design and development meet graphic design
Find out what went down at beyond tellerrand Berlin, from Oliver Lindberg
Date : 7-9 November 2015 Location : Be rli n, Germany URL: beyondtellerrand.com Not many conferences in our industry boast a schedule that ranges from progressive enhancement via style guides to the history of typography on bank notes. But that is exactly what the second edition of beyond tellerrand Berlin accomplished, staying true to its aim of making attendees think outside the box.
The sold-out two-day event attracted delegates from 27 different countries, including Israel, Korea, South Africa and Pakistan, who collectively connected over 840 devices to the conference Wi-Fi. Whether they all accessed really fast-loading sites we do not know.
If everyone took to heart what Steve Souders and Mark Zeaman covered in their opening talk, however, chances are attendees will access a lot more performance-optimised sites on their devices at next year’s conference. The duo argued that performance should be a concern right from the beginning of a project through to the design stage, and showed a fascinating case study of the Tourism New Zealand homepage ( www.markzeman.com/ projects/tnz-homepage). The topic was later picked up by Jake Archibald in his talk about modern progressive enhancement.
Another theme that featured twice was the Physical Web. Google’s Scott Jenson, the driving force behind the project, imagined a world in which we can walk up to any device and ‘tap open’ a web page using Bluetooth low-energy beacons that transmit URLs – no need to install annoying apps or use QR codes! Closing the event, Stephanie Rieger explored the impact of the Physical Web further.
beyond tellerrand wouldn’t be beyond tellerrand without the intersection of different creative disciplines, and this time award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd (pictured), who specialises in book cover designs, gave a memorable talk that was half standup show, half unique insight into his work.
You can find a round-up blog post, plus videos of all the speakers’ presentations, at netm.ag/ tellerrand-276. And if all this has tickled your fancy, be quick. Early bird tickets for May’s Düsseldorf edition sold out in less than three minutes! Oliver (@oliverlindberg) is net’s editor and has been working with the title since the Iron Age. He’s also, in the words of Carl Smith, a “dancing machine”