After the Front-Trends 2012 conference
The conference is over and I’m missing it already – it was a blast, continuous party with amazing people! I even forgot about some of the talks, because I was partying and talking with so many amazing people, both speakers and attendees. Everybody that I saw speaking or writing about the event was expressing positive impressions. Can’t wait for 2013!
We started at the Opium pub and had a great time talking and drinking. It was a chance to meet and spend some time relaxing before the main event.
I woke up quite late, my head was reminding me of the party from yesterday. I was at the venue around 9:40 and there was a problem – huge line of people waiting to be registered. I think it was the only bad thing at the conerence during the whole time (the second one was stolen camera), so it can be easly noted to have it better next year and move to the more interesting stuff.
The party started after the talks and the place with the live bands playing for us was in the same complex of buildings. They played very nice, there was of course a lot of beers to grab, the smoke and lights helped to build a great show, but most of the people were standing outside of the building – it was too loud to talk. Some guys started a contest of some kind with the obvious theme of drinking the beer (hey, it was a Beercamp after all!), but I’m not sure if you had to do it when you win or lose. Maybe both. There was more and more people around them and they had a lot of fun.
The Oyatel guys was very helpful and gave us free ice cold soft drinks – just what was needed after the party. But the drinks came with a price – Pain Station. Incredible machine of fun and pain – it was just a simple Pong game for two players, but if you miss the ball you were punished by whip, heat or electricity on your hand. The more tough the players were, the longer the game and louder yelling. It was a great idea of fun and torture, at some time it was so crowded that you couldn’t even see the players.
- Vitaly Friedman – Responsive redesign: Smashing Magazine’s case-study
- Chris Coyier – What we don’t know
- David DeSandro – Mobile Safari: bring your machete
- Harry Roberts – Breaking good habits
- Daniel Biesiada – HTML5, Internet Explorer and Windows 8 – the Microsoft story
- Jina Bolton – Style guide-driven UI design with Sass
- Alex Russell – Web: platform or pile ‘o hacks?
- Lea Verou – CSS in the 4th dimension: not your daddy’s CSS animations
- Julien Gachadoat – Mind the gap
- Zbigniew Braniecki – The web is the platform – Mozilla’s mobile OS
- Mariusz Nowak – Future of web applications, where client doesn’t need server
- Tali Garsiel – How browsers work internally
- Rachel Andrew – Pushing the boundaries without breaking the web
- Mathias Bynens – 10 things I didn’t know about HTML
- Divya Manian – Designing in the browser
- Luca Sale – Alice.js: A Lightweight Independent CSS Engine
- Alex Giron – Same flash different code
- Tiffany Conroy – Design processes, not interfaces
- Bartosz Szopka – Learning to teach
- John Schulz – When to Node?
Let me know if you find the missing presentations!
Organisation of the event
It was definitely the best conference I ever attended. Don’t get me wrong, I realy loved onGameStart last year and I think the topic for me was a lot better out there than on Front-Trends, but hell, Front-Trends this year just kicked ass at every possible aspect of the conference! The food was great, there was also some sandwitches for breakfast, juices all day and cakes after the dinner. If this wasn’t enough you could drink beer from day one during two days of the conference. The Wi-Fi was working fine for me all the time (although some people had problems with it), and this is very hard to achieve – every single conference I was attending had some issues or the Wi-Fi was not working at all. The weather was just awesome – we were just laying on the grass and resting, drinking beer while sitting in the shadows. This whole place had an amazing industrial feeling that helped build the atmosphere even better. The live bands during the party was playing very nice and everyone enjoyed the warm evening. I think Damian Wielgosik and Paweł Czerski are top class organizers and did outstanding jobs doing everything for the attendees to enjoy the conference. I can’t even thank them enough for the days they lost preparing everything. Thank you guys!
It was the very first time I was asked for the interview. I was quickly interviewed about the event and just wanted to say so many things, but stressed a lot and just said that the event is great. I hope some of it is worth showing on the video, but if not, then it’s a sign to prepare better next time. It’s the second “first time” with Front-Trends, cause the 2010 edition was my first conference as an attendee.