SXSW Day 1

Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 5:07 pm | Comments off

SXSW has been great so far. Got in to Austin last night, checked into the hotel, picked up my badge, and just hung out for a bit. The real fun began today...

Started out the morning with the "Traditional Design and New Technology" panel. The overall panel was good, but I felt that the discussion had already been had. Some good points were still made, but most of it felt like old information. Then next panel, "How to Be a Web Design Superhero", by Andy Clarke and Andy Budd was fabulous. Much more energy than the "Traditional Design and New Technology" panel and Malarkey and Budd were great to listen too. That panel got over at 12:30, so we were ready for some lunch. I met up with Andy Clarke (at long last) after his panel, and along with Molly Holzschlag and a few others went and got some lunch. It was nice to finally meet Andy and Molly and I enjoyed the time we had to chat over lunch.

Jumped back to the conference center and caught the end of the opening remarks by Jason Fried and Jim Coudal. Since I got there late, I was in an overflow area where they were just displaying a video feed. Spotted Jeffery Zeldman after the opening remarks and went over and introduced myself. He was very nice and it was great to meet the man who shaped the way so many people think about the web. He even invited me to write another article for A List Apart, so we'll see what I can do about that. :)

Right now, I'm in the "How to Bluff Your Way in DOM Scripting" panel. It's fairly basic so far, but by the title of the panel, one would expect that.

Next up, I'm planning to go to the "Starting Small: Web Business for the Rest of Us" panel and that will be the last panel for today. Later, I hope to hit a couple of the after parties such as the frog design SXSW Opening Party and South by Northwest. Been meeting many great people, and hope to get a chance to chat more with many of them tonight at those parties.

So yeah, having a great time so far. I'll keep you updated...

Comments

Patrick Johnson
March 11th, 2006
9:47 PM | #

Cool, I couldnt make it to sxsw because I had to work, but im getting alot of dough :(

I can come for sure next year though XD

Sucks though because I was really looking forward to meeting all those big named designers.

On a new note, first comment, woot!

PS: You made a speeling mistake for andy clarkes website in your post, its supposed to be http://www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk/

This comment was edited by Patrick Johnson at 09:53 pm

P.J. Onori
March 12th, 2006
6:50 PM | #

Sounds like a lot of fun man. I'd really like to make the show next year. I'm looking forward to more updates.

Mike Montgomery
March 13th, 2006
1:04 AM | #

Ryan,
I agree, meeting everyone has been the best part.
Absolutely, Andy and Andy's "Superhero" presentation was the best one from yesterday.

Andy Budd
March 13th, 2006
3:55 AM | #

Hey Ryan,

Glad you enjoyed our presentation. Really nice to meet up with you finally. Hope you enjoy the rest of south-by.

Molly E. Holzschlag
March 13th, 2006
5:13 AM | #

Hey Ryan,

Terrific to fiinally meet you - totally enjoyed our lunch and chat!

Always, M

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