Designing to where the web will be. A glimpse into a designer’s roadmap. Surviving through the trough of sorrows. How to enjoy furking (Yes, you read that correctly). How to become a design-eveloper (or something along those lines). Caring about the little things. These are all themes that surfaced at the re:build conference this past weekend in Indiana.

re:build 2011 (#rebuild2011, @rebuildconf) was a one day conference with a lineup comprised of such web-folk as Faruk AteĊŸ, Leah Culver, Jan Cavan, Neven Mrgan, Yehuda Katz, Brad Colbow, and Ethan Marcotte. I am usually pretty skeptical when it comes to conferences or seeing people speak. I am picky when it comes to conferences. I have been to several conferences that were more about the after party than they were the content and presentations. I much prefer a great speaker lineup with great content. This conference exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I won’t spend time here re-capping all of the presentations, as I am sure they will be documented on their respective presenter’s website. It was evident that their passions were displayed in full form.

The quality of the presentations and slides were wonderful. Interactive slides from Ethan and Neven, beautifully laid out and designed slides from Jan and Brad, to slides run completely with HTML5 and CSS3 by Faruk. I left truly inspired and refreshed by the content presented and left with practical applications buzzing through my head.

You can get more information about the conference and follow-up content, including some great sketch-notes by Chris Basham, at Lanyrd

Thank you to both Tony Dewan and Justin Harter for all of the hard work you put into making this conference a success, and I look forward to attending again next year.

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  1. Attila Domokos August 2nd, 2011

    Seems like it was a great conference. I wish I had been there.

  2. Nate Klaiber August 2nd, 2011

    Attila, you were missed. I think you would have really enjoyed Yehuda's talk on Sproutcore and JavaScript architecture. Look forward to you getting back so we can catch up!

  3. Joe Fiorini August 2nd, 2011

    You were definitely missed Attila. Yehuda's talk was very interesting, we should all talk more about that when Attila gets back.

  4. Nate Klaiber August 2nd, 2011

    Joe - sounds like we need to have a coffee date when he gets back. You in, Attila?

  5. Geof Harries August 2nd, 2011

    Hey, welcome back to the Internet. You haven't been on Twitter or Facebook for so long that I thought you'd disappeared into the abyss. Glad to hear you're alive.

  6. Nate Klaiber August 2nd, 2011

    Greetings Geof! Good to hear from you. How are things with you these days?

    I have been somewhat under the radar for a while - taking a little break. It was refreshing and allowed me to re-focus in some areas.

    I am not in an abyss, however, so that's good news. ha.

  7. Anny September 5th, 2011

    Its a pitty that the website of rebuildconf isn't sharing slides or a video stream. We can't be everywhere.

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