Impressions from @media 2005

Well, it's over. There will be plenty of posts similar to this one from people who were fortunate enough to go to @media 2005 in London this week. Still, I really want to sum up my impressions while it's still fresh in my head.

I think the conference was an incredible success. Yes, there were a couple of things that could have been better. The venue needs like 100 more toilets than it currently has in order to accomodate such a large number of people. And lunch, well it could be that lunching habits differ in the UK and Sweden, but over here we normally use knives and forks when we eat. And can anyone tell me if you can get real coffee anywhere in London? Oh, more water next time. Water water water.

The presentations were all great. Really, really great. If I had to pick one of them (I don't, but I will) it would be Andy Clarke's "Anatomy of a Mouse". It didn't have a lot to do with mice, but it was incredibly entertaining. Of course, Jeffrey Zeldman and Joe Clark also made me laugh. As did Jeremy Keith. And most of the other presenters.

And entertaining is just the word to describe most of the presentations. More so than educational. Don't get me wrong! The presentations were excellent and very educational. It's just that I think the bar could have been raised quite a bit, considering the audience. I can't really say I learned a whole lot of new things. Some interesting thoughts on accessibility were brought up though, and I'll try to expand a bit on those later.

At the beginning of day two I was taken completely by surprise when Douglas Bowman started his "Tactical Manoeuvres" presentation by naming a few "Stars among us", and I saw my name and screenshot of this site on the screen. Wow! Thanks Doug -- that meant a lot to me.

What I enjoyed most was the people. There's got to be something in the web standards and accessibility juice that makes people friendly and easy-going. What an excellent bunch of nice people I was lucky enough to meet and party with. I'm really sorry if I'm forgetting someone -- my memory tends to get a bit messed up after a few beers:

Patrick Griffiths, Douglas Bowman, Jeremy Keith, Richard Rutter, Simon Collison (thanks for the beer), Andy Budd, Andy Clarke, Molly E. Holzschlag, Veerle Pieters (thanks a lot for lending me some money), Gez Lemon, Joe Clark, Derek Featherstone (thanks for the beer), Jon Hicks (thanks for the beer), Peter-Paul Koch, Patrick H. Lauke, Denis Radenkovic, Christian Heilmann, Faruk Ateş, Andy Hume, Ian Fenn, Mark Boulton, Mike Davies, Paul Haine and a whole lot of other people whose names I can't remember. Please forgive me, and remind me if we said hello and I did not include you here! Guess I finally have a reason to start using XFN. I also need to make room for a longer blogroll.

Huge thanks to Patrick Griffiths for organising the whole thing. I'm really looking forward to @media 2006.

The speakers' notes are beginning to come online, and I'll post links to them here as they show up (or I find them by myself):

I wrote in the comments here that I was going to upload some photos. I still may do that, but I'll need to get some kind of photo gallery set up first. If you're looking for photos now, many of the people I've linked to here have posted theirs. Happy hunting. A tip: search Flickr for atmedia2005 or atmedia.

Posted on June 11, 2005 in Accessibility, Web Standards