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October 10, 2008

Information overload. Aren't they always?

As Paul has summarised the night and day so eloquently I'll kick off with the speakers who grabbed my attention. One second... I'll just add the burger's at GBK were fine indeed. The reason we gorged ourselves? 241 vouchers, yum!

The three speakers that I'll briefly cover include Steven Johnson, Aleks Krotoski and Jeremy Keith. I say briefly as its probably best if I just provide you with the links to go investigate further yourself.

Steven Johnson kicked things off with a talk on Victorian London and two men who tried to save the streets from an epidemic. Another topic I found interesting was the concept of The Long Zoom, a particular way of seeing that can end up defining an Age.

Aleks Krotoski talks about stickiness and how the games industry have got it SO right. Immersing your user is a powerful thing. Why aren't websites doing the same thing? Are they missing narrative and playfulness?

Finally Jeremy Keith bends our minds at the end of the day with a talk about network theory. I didn't really get it at first, mainly due to the information overload I was feeling by this point, but the slide deck had such provocative images (for such a dry subject) I could slowly feel myself coming around. I'm not even going to try and explain network theory here which is why I've provided a link to his slide deck below.

There you have it, the few nuggets of knowledge I gleaned from these talks. The link harvesting for the three speakers is below:

Steven Johnson - The Urban Web

Download the audio to the talk.

Read his personal blog and check out his latest project outside.in.

Aleks Krotoski - Playing the Web: how gaming makes the internet (and the world) a better place)

Download the audio to the talk.

Read her personal blog and the Games section on the Guardian Technology blog.

Jeremy Keith - The System Of The World

View the slide deck.

Read his personal blog and check out his book Bulletproof Ajax if you're into enhancing your websites with a sprinkle of Ajax.

You can subscribe to the podcast of all the dConstruct talks here (Johnson, Krotoski and Porter so far).

PS: Whats with the leading on this blog? Crazy legs Liz I suspect.

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Citizen Liz

Well well, Crazy Legs Liz is here, just wait till I next see you. The spacious leading is to aid reading and as you are talking about information and overload this is a perfect example of decluttering how content is displayed, ok?

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Citizen Liz

Well well, Crazy Legs Liz is here, just wait till I next see you. The spacious leading is to aid reading and as you are talking about information and overload this is a perfect example of decluttering how content is displayed, ok?

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