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Smashing Print #1: Ethics & Privacy

Image is a collage of 6 photos showing the new Smashing Print magazine in several angles

After a long time talking about the Smashing Print magazine, it is finally released. #1 circles all around ethics and privacy and you can read articles by Trine Falbe, Vitaly Friedman, Heather Burns, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Laura Kalbag, Stuart Langridge and Cennydd Bowles.

The introductory price is $17.95 instead of usually $24.95, but if you are a Smashing Member, you get a discount if you are Supporter ($3/month) or Member ($5/month) and a completely free printed magazine if you are a Smasher ($9/month). Worth thinking about it really. Especially if you see all the other benefits you have got, like huge discounts, if you want to attend the events, free ebooks and webinars and so forth.

The cover of the magazine was designed by the wonderful Veerle and she has written a little bit about the process of creating the cover design in her latest newsletter, which is worth the read (worth subscribing to the newsletter anyways!).

Well, that’s it, but I would sum it up with a few useful links related to the printed magazine #1:

Is There Anything Like a Sidebar Sync For MacOS Mojave?

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Is there anything for MacOS (Mojave), which syncs the layout of my Finder sidebar (the favorites)? Thanks for help!

All Stranger Things Movie References Explained

If you like Stranger Things, you might like this YouTube video by Wired, where the Duffer brothers explain all the movie references included in the three existing seasons. (Spoilers possible)

Campu Santu

Four photos showing Campu Santu in Bonifacio on Corsica, which is a graveyard above the sea

Impressions from Campu Santu, a beautiful cemetery in Bonifacio on Corsica. Located on the Bosco plateau facing the sea.

A Beautiful Sunset in Bonifacio, Corsica

A photo showing a sunset from Bonifacio on Corsica

A beautiful sunset in Bonifacio, Corsica

Photos from Smashing Conference Toronto 2019

Last week I arrived back from Toronto, were we ran the second edition of Smashing Conference after starting in 2018. I brought a set of photos which hopefully transport the lovely vibe it had.

A collage showing a few speakers on stage at SmashingConf Toronto and people at sponsor booths
Smashing Conference Toronto 2019

This year’s Toronto edition had a really calm and nice atmosphere. When asking someone onsite, everybody was very positive and liked what was going on. There is a mixed feeling about presentations without slides, but I guess it is with all the other things in the world: taste is different and level of execution as well. I myself like the setup running a presentation without a complete slide deck most of the times. The Smashing team in Toronto did a very great job, which you recognise, when you don’t see or feel anyone during the show. It was very well produced and ran smooth and slick.

I once more uploaded the set to Flickr, as there is not finished solution to host them here, on my own site, right now. I already cancelled my Flickr subscription and will soon host all my albums on my own site.

See the whole set of photos from SmashingConf Toronto 2019

Adobe XD Workshops in Düsseldorf

My friends at Adobe, also long-time partners of beyond tellerrand, are organising half-day workshops with independent designers in a couple of cities in Germany. Next week Tuesday – July 9th – they are stopping by in Düsseldorf.

Topics are circling around prototyping for voice interfaces, animation and design systems with XD. Clive K. Lavery and Claire Lise Bengue are leading through those two workshops.

Good news is, that I still have the option for you to get the tickets for 50% off instead of the full price. Use this opportunity to attend the workshop, but also to meet like minded people, interested in topics mentioned above and more.

Mozilla Roadshow – Spread The Word

An illustration showing a women with a VR headset in front of a screen and a sentence left to it stating Developer Roadshow 2019
The Mozilla Developer Roadshow Europe in August

Earlier this year I met with Mozilla in San Francisco. They are wonderful supporters of my beyond tellerrand events and when we discussed the idea of co-operating for a series of free events for the web dev community in Germany and Austria, I was directly in.

So we came up with four stops for this:

Registration for all cities are great, but of course I want it to be absolutely jam packed. Not because we want to make any money (it is a free event by Mozilla), but because we want to meet the community – YOU!

Details about content, idea and the four stops can be read in a blog post on my btconf blog or at the roadshow website, but I am writing this blog post here to ask for your support: if you’d spread the word, so we all can meet and listen to a view interesting and inspiring talks together, that would be fantastic.

And if you have questions after reading the details about the roadshow, don’t hesitate to send me an email. Happy to chat to you and answer your questions.

See you in one or many of the stops in August! Oh … and thank you for spreading the word ;)

Kai’s Answer to How Did You Build up Your Audience

Like many times already, I was nodding, reading the introduction to the latest Dense Discovery newsletter by Kai Brach. It is a completely different audience than people attending my events, yet there are so many things which are very similar in what and how we do things (also with Bastian Allgeier, running Kirby btw.)

Reading the introduction text of Kai’s newsletter, I agree 100% again when he writes:

[…] Invariably, I get asked the same question about Offscreen and Dense Discovery: ‘How did you build up your audience?’

I always feel like my answer to this question is insufficient: ‘Be consistent. Be patient. Have an opinion, but be kind. The word will spread eventually.’ It’s all pretty vague, boring, non-actionable stuff that certainly does not make for a compelling growth hacking listicle. In fact, I probably miss out on a lot of ‘growth opportunities’ by not even following the digital marketing 101. Heck, there is not even an analytics tool on my website, so I know nothing about my visitors.

Read into that what you will. Perhaps respecting your visitors’ privacy and attention, and not engaging in any pushy marketing techniques simply pays off over time? Or I just got lucky. […]

This is me trying to answer the same kind of question many times, when I get interviewed for example. I also am patient and consistent. And I also am not tracking anything on my websites. But somehow I trust the way I work and am happy that somehow people seem to trust me and the way I run my events.

Thanks Kai, for putting this into a nice text ;)

I Cancelled My Flickr Account

As I have written earlier, I have cancelled my Flickr Subscription today. Not only was it a bit strange, to double the price for the subscription without a real warning, but also I am not satisfied with Flickr for a long time now. Not to speak about the ongoing fear of Flickr being shut down.

Therefore I used Bulkr to download all my photos and have them archived. Now I am looking into options to host photos on my own page, which runs on Kirby. Suggestions welcome. ;)