Conferences - whether design, development, or anything else - are difficult to get right.
I’ve attended a few Carsonified events over the past two years; both their larger FOWA London/Dublin conferences, and a smaller FOWD Tour in Leeds. Judged purely on the quality of the speakers and content taught, these were all excellent events. But it’s not all about the content.
After spending the last 48 hours in Newcastle for DIBI, I feel like I’ve experienced a design conference organised, and executed, brilliantly. Not only did they put a wonderful lineup of speakers together (including Andy Clarke, Tim Van Damme, Dan Rubin and Sarah Parmenter), they clearly invested a plenty of thought and time into the smaller details.
Things like an official pre-event party, reliable Wi-Fi, great food, free Field Notes books for attendees, and a well spaced-out schedule that gave speakers plenty of time to get into their subject.
Although I usually leave any conference feeling inspired and excited about my work, this is the first time I’ve left with such an overwhelming positive impression.
DIBI 2011 is taking place in June next year and I’ve already purchased my ticket to go back. I really can’t recommend it highly enough.