WebConf Asia Cancelled


You can imagine, that I am totally sorry to hear that Charis Rooda had to cancel this year’s WebConf Asia. Surely the situation in Hong Kong caused this, but knowing how much passion Charis puts into organising it, it must be such a tough decision to cancel your event. As she says:

We have not taken this decision lightly, and have kept hope until last week that the situation would improve (enough) so we could still hold a great event. Unfortunately, we feel that this is no longer the situation, and therefore we feel obliged to postpone. It’s breaking our hearts and we are very sorry.

Well, I believe this 100%. Fingers crossed for the next one then, dear Charis!

⇾ The Freelance Life

Insights into starting, surviving, and growing your freelance business.

And this is what it is. I mean, guides are not for everyone and some of the things might be seen differently by you, but maybe you find the one or other useful bit in this guid.

⇾ Visit: The Freelance Life

⇾ Screen Size Map


Not sure how useful this in the end, but it is fun exploring the different screen sizes with this tool.

Screen Size Map visualisation

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The First Year in the Last 13 Years, Where I’m Not Visiting Brighton

I am just back from the lovely [ScriptConf][], where I had a fabulous time meeting new and old friends. I have been overwhelmed also by the positive conversations about my own event and the many people complimenting me about it and telling me, they are happy that Munich is going to be back.

But when I made my coffee this morning, it dawned on me, that this year, 2019, will be the first year since 2006, that I am not travelling to Brighton at least one time for an event. Since 2006 – so every time – I attended Reasons, the former Flash On The Beach. I also attended many of the dConstruct events and enjoyed all of them a lot. Both sadly came to an end.

There is ffconf, which used to be called Full Frontal Conference earlier. An event by Remy and Julie, which is long running and lovely, but sadly always clashes with my Berlin dates, since I run the Berlin edition of beyond tellerrand. Definitely worth going!

Then there are a series of events Jeremy Keith puts on. Like Responsive Day Out (don’t know if there will be another after three editions, though) or Patterns Day, which took place in June, where I have been away with the Smashing Team to run SmashingConf Toronto. So I missed this as well.

That means, if I won’t travel to Brighton after the Berlin edition of beyond tellerrand, this is really going to be the first year in a long time, where I have to miss Brighton. And I do miss Brighton. And dConstruct. And Reasons.

Leaves me with a nostalgic, little bit sad feeling. But also with a lot of warm and good memories.

ScriptConf 2019 in Linz

It is a bit calm and silent here. Well, guess what: we are close to a beyond tellerrand again. This time special once more, as it is a first time in a new venue. Next to this I had been in Austria’s mountains in Tirol last week with my family. I love this before an event to clear my head and to recharge my batteries before hell breaks loose with all the last minute bits and pieces for a show. One more ticket is left for Berlin and I guess it will be sold out tomorrow beyond tellerrand Berlin sold out while I was typing this text. This is great and I will work hard as usual and give my best to make it a good show again.

But before I finally see you at beyond tellerrand in November, I am going to attend an event in Linz at the end of this week. I try to get to ScriptConf since Stefan, Dominik and Sebastian started it. Tobi – whom you might know from beyond tellerrand since 2013 and who now also plays for events like SmashingConf, Frontend Zurich and others – also is going to be there and rocks the stage for the audience in Linz. If that is not reason enough, than maybe an excellent line-up. The page mentions tickets for €159, but I think it is sold out.

Looking forward to meet you in Linz, if you are there (or in Berlin at beyond tellerrand) ;)

About Burning Out

A quote by Cliff Burton, who died way to young in 1986, about burning out. And back then already he was right:

You don’t burn out from going too fast, you burn out from going to slow and getting bored.

I agree.

Events, Events, Events

On Thursday I’ll once more speak at the Webworker Ruhr Meetup. And once more in a team along with my mate Bastian Allgeier.

While Bastian digs deep into Kirby 3 matter and shows all the wonderful new stuff Kirby brings with the latest release, I myself will take a step behind the curtains of organising events. Usually people mostly see the shiny bits, when the actual events happen. My aim is to show all the little bits and pieces from finding a venue to getting enough money to actually run the event and creating an interesting event. Maybe I am able to squeeze enough information and stories out of my 20-year event organiser brain to make this interesting and useful.

I hope that this is going to be of interest for the people coming and am excited about the conversations afterwards.

If you want to attend, please check the Meetup page of WWruhr and come along. Would be lovely to see you there.

Meet Me at View Source

The fifth View Source conference is taking place from September 30th to October 1st in Amsterdam. I am all set to join and hope to meet a few of you there.

The line-up looks high-quality and I am looking forward to it. There are many Satellite Events around View Source and one of them, being listed, is Fronteers, which I’d love to attend as well. Sadly Thursdays and Fridays are always complicated and being away from Monday to Wednesday already is a family issue. But if you are free on 3rd and 4th of October, you should also check Fronteers!


The Unsexy Bits


Today I received a newsletter by my friend James Victore. It was a short note on The Unsexy Bits and he is speaking about all the things that also belong to his career and which he does not really like/want to do in the first place, but has to, because … well … you have to do it.

I had to get back to work. I had to make the doughnuts. That is how I made a career. I had to get back to all the un sexy bits like keeping up with technology, maintaining a schedule and organizing my days, asking for more elbow room and more money, even following through on the clerical office work— all these are part of building a career.

Besides that he is speaking about his life as a designer, I see the same for me. There is my life at my events and other events, but there is also the life in my studio. Sitting on my chair, having to ask this speaker again, to get back to me, remind that partner to review the partnership document or to send me the money we agreed on. I need to send emails (a lot!), maintain my calendar and as well as James, I have to keep up with technology to not loose track.

But you know, it feels good to see and hear, that other people do have to do the same. Often times we tend to forget this, as we are blinded by the shiny world and work on Instagram, the motivating tweets about someones success and newly achieves job etc. Behind any of those great careers, especially of those who are in business for a long time, is hard work.

By the way: James has a great newsletter to subscribe to and a weekly podcast that is worth checking out …

On Simplicity

In 2014 already, Bastian Allgeier has written about Simplicity. A week ago, he has written about Simplicity again. And again it was one of those articles I kept nodding along.

We love to talk about simplicity. “Simple” is probably one of the most overused words in our industry. Not only in documentation.

This is absolutely right. And I like that he not only points his finger in the direction of others, but has a look at his own stuff as well, when he asks …

We face the same problems with Kirby. We try to keep it “simple” but is it really simple? What are the true obstacles for beginners. What are the pain points for our users when something breaks? How can we take care of such situations and make sure nobody gets stuck for hours? And what happens when you need to maintain a Kirby site in 5 or 10 years from now? Can we somehow help to make this easy? Is it even made to last that long? How can we avoid that our users are locked in? Etc.

Well, I wish more developers – and also designers – of website, tools and apps would think a bit more in this direction, a bit more in the long term. As in a way this way of short term thinking just reflects how we tend to think about anything else today as well … clothing, hardware, … right?

Read Bastian’s note on Simplicity …