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The End of an Era: No Typo Conference Anymore

I have been at a good number of Typo conferences in Berlin. Often times it clashed with my own event or other events I wanted to attend in May. But in 2005, when I still organised the Flashforum Konferenz, I attended my first Typo with the subtitle “Change”. A few more followed and especially the last four years, I attended Typo, also because the Berlin event scene came closer to me, since I run beyond tellerrand in Berlin for 4 years now.

Graphic showing the advert of Typo Berlin 2005 with the subtitle Change
The look for Typo Berlin in 2005 – with a Flash based website

A few weeks back first rumours made the round, that this year’s Typo could have been the last one. Looking back, I can say, that the atmosphere this year has not been the same as in the years before. The exhibition felt empty and not filled with lively booths and activities as in the years before. There is still no official announcement on the Typo website, but 4 days ago already the Page magazine has written a short article with the title “Keine TYPO Berlin 2019” (translated: “No TYPO Berlin in 2019”) and now Benno Rudolf, the Event Marketing Manager of Typo, posted a note on Facebook titled “End of TYPO Berlin”.

So, bit by bit it is clear, that another well-established event with tradition ends. Benno writes:

In mid-June, as part of its efficiency program, Monotype announced its intention to part with some unprofitable products, services and initiatives, including the events organized from Berlin, with the TYPO Berlin conference as its flagship.

An attempt to organise the event with a different team and approach was started, but up to now led to nothing and time plays against anyone, who thinks about organising and running a Typo event in 2019. Benno says:

Due to the advanced time and the fact that the TYPO team and me are leaving Monotype, we at the moment see no chance for a TYPO 2019, nor can we predict whether a TYPO or a resulting new design event will later continue the 23-year tradition.

For me personally, it always was a great pleasure speaking to Jürgen and exchanging about speakers, new ideas and plans we had for future events – but I am sure with the loss of Typo this is something that stays. I enjoyed meeting a lot of people in Berlin each year – often only at Typo Berlin. Now it is on me to keep these connection alive!

This leaves me with saying thank you to the team that was responsible for running Typo. I cross my fingers, that leaving the Monotype team will lead you into a good future.

Inclusive Components: The Book

Heydon Pickering has turned his blog about Inclusive Components into a book. If you think ”Why should I buy the book, if it is just the blog turned into a book?” – well, it is not just the blog. The content is updated and demos are different and new. Plus you support a great person with buying the book. He has written the well-sold Inclusive Design Patterns book and whenever I see him speaking, he is one of my favourite speakers during an event.

Screenshot of Heydon’s website showing the book graphic and a portrait of Heydon
Inclusive Components: The Book by Heydon Pickering

Heydon himself says about the content of this book:

Inclusive design is not about wrong and right, but bad to better. You'll learn plenty of tips from Inclusive Components, but you'll also adopt the mindset to go on and make even better components.

I think he has done a great job with this book. A small book, full with practical tips and advice. And my advice for you is: Go and buy this book!

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Yes, You Can Also Find Me on Mastodon Now

As I am always curious, I of course have Mastodon accounts now:

I was wondering which the kind of social media icon would be that someone adds in the footer. This one or this one or a completely different one? ;)

Anyways. You find me and beyond tellerrand there as well now, if you prefer Mastodon.

Going Offline by Jeremy Keith

Photo showing the book “Going Offline” and a cup of coffee on a wooden table
Going Offline by Jeremy Keith

I know, I am late to the game, as Jeremy’s book called Going Offline was released in April already. I just simply never found the time to go and read it. Now, having had three weeks away and being in Italy’s Tuscany, I finally got the time to read it.

I did not expect anything else than a good read, to be honest, as I know Jeremy for quite some time now and know that he cares about what he does. Would it be running/organising events, like dConstruct or Responsive Day Out, making music with his band, or – of course – writing books and articles.

The books from A Book Apart are short books on a specific topic. Usually you can eat them within a day or two. Same with Going Offline. It took me a little more than one day to read it and even though I don’t have any clients to work for anymore, hence I am not involved in any projects, I try to keep myself up to date.

Jeremy’s way of writing certainly helps, as a specialised or technical book on a topic like Service Workers, could certainly be one, that bores you to death with dry written explanations. But Jeremy has a friendly, fresh and entertaining way of writing books. Sometimes I caught myself with a grin on my face reading things like …

Comments are a great way of leaving reminders for your future self, like Guy Pearce in Memento or Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall.

… or …

You could even write the whole thing on one line if you want to be the James Joyce of JavaScript.

… just to mention two examples.

The book starts at the very basics of working with Service Workers and gives you a really good starting point if you never done anything with Service Workers, or even have never heard about it. It also might help you to get rid of some prejudices you might have about using Service Workers, in case you have any. Jeremy divided the book into 9 chapters, starting with a basic introduction into the concept and starting with and preparing your website for Service Workers:

  1. Introducing Service Workers
  2. Preparing for Offline
  3. Making Fetch Happen
  4. Cache Me If You Can
  5. Service Worker Strategies
  6. Refining Your Service Worker
  7. Tidying Up
  8. The Offline User Experience
  9. Progressive Web Apps

All chapters are coming with a lot of code examples and tips and explanations on how to get to your first Progressive Web App. No matter if your visitors are in a city with great internet connection or somewhere, where – like for me in Tuscany – is nearly no reception and no wifi.

In short: go and read Going Offline!

Summer 2018

Three photos showing landscape of Tuscany in Italy, where I spend my holidays
Tuscany, Italy

In case you wonder, why I am slow with emails these days: vacation!

Creative Mornings Theme: Community

Image showing an illustration for the Creative Mornings theme for August
Theme for August’s Creative Mornings is “Community”

I love the Creative Mornings theme for my birth month. It is #community and I always emphasise, how important this is for me and beyond tellerrand. Looking forward to see who is speaking at Creative Mornings Düsseldorf.

Tinker Hatfield

Today, after a run, I decided to take a bath. Right now, it is too hot for a bath usually, but I did a longer run and thought, I’d just enjoy a beer while being in the bath tub and watch an episode of the Abstract series on Netflix, that I haven’t watched before. It was the second of eight episodes featuring Tinker Hatfield. I have to admit – shame on me – I haven’t heard of him before. I just wonder why. Loved the episode and his approach on designing shoes. And he ended with a sentence that stuck with me – even though you heard similar things maybe …

“If people don‘t either love or hate your work, you just haven‘t done all that much.”
– Tinker Hatfield

Tried to find out how to get in touch with him to simply state how much I liked the episode and him in it and being emotional when presenting the Jordan XV. Did not succeed. So, Tinker, if you ever stumble across these lines: Thanks ;)

Event Tip: “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design”

I got and email from Mike yesterday night. He suggest that we both go and visit an exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum dealing with Vitor Papanek’s work.

The exhibition is called Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design. If his name rings a bell, it might be, because he has written Design for the Real World, up to the date one the most widely read book about design that was ever published. And even though the book was published in 1971, I think it never has been more relevant than these days, as it deals with topics like inclusion and social justice for design. His socially and ecologically oriented approach to design in the 1960’s is timeless and reading his books, as the one mentioned above or How Things Don’t Work (1977) and Design for Human Scale (1983), will still and definitely help you to be a better designer.

In the exhibition, taking place from 29 September 2018 to 10 March 2019, drawings, manuscripts, films, prints and much more – some of them never presented before – will be exhibited.

So, I guess, I have one more thing to do in this year. With or without Mike ;)

Read the full description for the exhibition “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design”