The Best of Flash on the Beach

Flash on the Beach 2010 was a very different experience from 2009 for me. First of all, I was here on my own this year, which gave me more of an opportunity to meet a lot of new people. That was really a huge high point of the conference, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post.

Another difference from 2009 was of course also the fact that this year, I was part of the Elevator Pitch session – an amazing experience that you can read much more about here.

And so in this post, I want to dwell a bit on the presentations. Initially, I set out to make a top 3 favorites listing. But I couldn’t. There was simply too many fantastic talks. So, after much consideration and hard prioritasion, I’ve narrowed it down to my 5 favorites:

My Flash on the Beach Elevator Pitch

On stage. Photo taken by Marc Thiele

Last week, I was fortunate to be part of the Elevator Pitch Session at Flash on the Beach in Brighton. The session is one of the most popular of the conference because of the insane pace and content density. And this year was no exception.

As I was sitting back stage waiting to go on stage, I didn’t see the other pitches, but judging from the applause and tweets that followed, everyone did a fantastic job.

Flash on the Beach after-thoughts: An ode to people – and a word of advice

I’m fresh back from Flash on the Beach in Brighton. The conference was great, hugely inspiring, and not to mention rather exciting, because I was fortunate to speak in the Elevator Pitch session.

And you know what made the conference even better? The people. I met so many interesting, bright and friendly people there, and that for me was the true high point of the conference.

Good food in Brighton – for all you Flash on the Beach goers

Last year, when my colleagues and I visited Brighton for Flash on the Beach, I had a particularly lousy food experience at Pinocchio on New Road. So this year, to avoid any more culinary death traps, I’ve asked my lovely Brighton tweeps for restaurant and cafe recommendations. And as I want all FOTB goers to have nice food too (good food is important, you know) :), I thought I’d share the list.

My Flash On The Beach 2010 must-see list

(written 2nd August 2010, updated 7th September 2010)
Flash On The Beach 2010 is less than 8 3 weeks away, so I’ve browsed through the schedule to see what awesome stuff we have in store this year. I’ve started to compiled a must-see list that I hope you will use as inspiration to start yours.

FOWD #5: Dan Rubin on high fidelity usability testing

Dan Rubin – Blending usability testing with interface design, prototyping and rapid iteration
Dan’s talk was the last one of the conference for me – and he absolutely blew me away. He took us through a project he had been involved with where they had used something called inherent value testing and high fidelity prototypes.

FOWD #2: Paul Boag on 5 skills for webdesigners

Paul Boag – 5 new skills every webdesigner must know
Paul’s talk was highly inspirational, fun and provocative.
One of Paul’s statements that I really liked and agreed with was this: For most webdesigners, being a specialist is not an option. You need to be a generalist – because your clients will expect you to help them in many different areas.