Links from Future of Web Design

The Future of Web Design conference last wednesday was an enjoyable affair. It was slickly organised as usual and of course it was great to meet up with friends (and clients) old and new. To be brutally honest, I didn’t get a huge amount out of the conference itself – there were definitely some really good presentations (some of the best had woefully short slots); a few agency pitches, which were great in parts but often switched tack just as they started to get interesting; and the obligatory stints from Adobe & Microsoft which I’m pretty sure weren’t in the schedule at the time I stumped up my cash (I’m happy to be corrected on that).

Anyhow, like I said there was some good stuff and here’s a few links I culled along the way:

  • Diesel bag. A campaign created by Brendan Dawes of Magnetic North for a ridiculously expensive bag, which you could win if you immersed yourself in the site experience. Instead of making things easy by simply plonking a web form on a page, they created a fab journey through clouds and customer content.
  • Pet Shop Boys. Nicely sparse, grid-based site with immaculate attention to colour and typography – athough it really didn’t need to open in a new window and be built exclusively in Flash. Notice in particular that Neil and Chris actually moblog regularly to the site – I’d link to these directly but… Flash. The moblogging reminded me of Jamie Oliver’s excellent site (although I preferred the old design).
  • Top Shop. Terrific grid-based design, with regularly updated content. I’m not exactly the target audience, but this still good stuff.
  • Run London Routefinder. Loved the utility of this. Draw your running route on the map and works out the distance. Also during the Run London race itself you could be filmed crossing the line and the your time and video sent to your phone or email.
  • Kayak. Flight comparison service. With graphs of prices over time, sliders for departure time slots, and all sorts of other cool utilities.
  • Designing Interactions. Fascinating looking book by Bill Moggridge. Looks like a good one for the office.