(Not) giving up one’s Agency: some personal notes about beyond tellerrand conference 2022 in Düsseldorf

Cross-posted weblog article initially printed as www.open-mind-culture.org/en/2187/beyond-tellerrand-conference-duesseldorf-2022: some private notes about past tellerrand convention 2022 in Düsseldorf.

One second in time ( 一期一会 )

Beyond tellerrand has at all times been extra than simply one other convention about expertise, net, design, improvement and usefulness. As its motto, a intentionally “Denglisch” translation of “pondering outdoors the field”, it’s a spot to get impressed by assembly open-minded individuals. In case you are in search of a complete wrap-up, watch the movies of the talks yet again and browse what Marc Thiele, Bianca Kastl, Eva-Lotta Lamm, and others have sketched and written. These are a few of my private notes that I need to share on this weblog publish.

Cabeza Patata — the Positives of Saying NO

Cabeza Patata is a design studio run by a pair that determined to say no to standard enterprise guidelines of development and intermediate corporations. Katie and Abel maintain mixing actual and digital artwork, doing inspirational experiments moreover their industrial initiatives which they did for Spotify, and Google, amongst others. They’ve been dwelling in London and Barcelona, left the hustle and bustle for the canary islands, and travelled in a camper van. As I and my spouse have stop our jobs for extra freedom and suppleness, professionally and in our private lives, I noticed the story of Cabeza Patata as a affirmation that prioritizing freedom doesn’t imply saying no to a profitable profession.

(Not) giving up one’s Company and the Recommendation of a 24-year-old Self

Noticing and retaining your personal energy and company was one of many matters that stored recurring all through a number of talks on stage and private conversations moreover. “Company” as a Denglisch phrase utilized by German is usually used to explain a industrial firm, particularly a standard net design and improvement firm, which is named “Agentur” in German. Not often can we acknowledge its different meanings associated to energy and motion, but when we do, let’s imagine “Don’t hand over your company as a freelancer by collaborating with an company.” Many individuals hand over their energy as a result of they don’t imagine they’d any energy anyway. Cabeza Patata had been fortunate to speak instantly with their clients, with out dropping cash to intermediates that didn’t add any worth to them, but in addition with out the standard fuss of miscommunication between too many stakeholders that the majority of us know from their every day work, getting twisted up in administrative duties and dropping the enjoyable that made us selected our career within the first place.

“Maker” is one other phrase that carries completely different meanings. Like “unique design”, potential misconceptions a couple of phrase or a buzzword on a convention schedule or a ebook cowl could make us select the best factor for the incorrect purpose and result in inspiring and pleasurable surprises. Aaron Walter was not the form of “maker” that I’d have anticipated, however Jude Pullen, designing for questions and provocations, turned out to be! Jude constructed tangible and helpful gadgets, not experimenting on, however working along with, individuals, serving to them to beat bodily impairments to make music or turn into a hairdresser.

In response to the Work-Happiness Report 2022, which was offered throughout one of many lunch break classes, 66% of respondents have been contemplating quitting their job with a purpose to turn into happier. Aaron instructed the viewers how he had misplaced all of his hobbies and persona after working onerous for a startup firm and the way he has overcome his mid-life disaster by reconnecting to his maker roots, asking himself and his interview companions, which recommendation would your 24-year-old self give to its future self?

beardy man wearing a hat in front of a screen with the words Animation about a hammer

Misplaced in Translation — Accessibility and Invisible Animations

Accessibility has been one other recurring matter of this past tellerrand convention. Moreover the technical elements of utilizing semantic HTML markup and ARIA attributes to make a web site simpler to navigate utilizing a display screen reader, Léonie Watson and Manuel Matuzović confirmed sensible examples and questioned the design and usefulness selections and the dearth of care and creativeness when designing, coding, and testing web sites. Manuel confirmed a joke of an Austrian Web site getting “misplaced in translation” as a result of an incorrect language attribute that made Google Chrome browsers caption the city district of Simmering in Vienna to “sieden” which is the literal German translation for the English phrase “simmering”. Vasilis van Gemert took a controversial stance on semantic markup and cartooned display screen reader voices to indicate how he made “invisible animations” to distinction the monotonous tone of voice that often makes web sites sound the identical regardless of if they’re about pink unicorn cartoons or a dying metallic band.

* + * — The Owl Selector and additional CSS Discussions

The cutest new sticker that I acquired for my laptop computer this time was not an official one and no pink unicorn both. Nils Binder gave my an ASCII artwork depicting an owl to honor the owl selector, which made me marvel what I had been lacking not utilizing * + * a lot till now. The dialogue about extra versatile fashion sheets continued on the second day of the occasion once I missed a lot of the first discuss that Stephanie Eckles gave about scaling CSS structure past pixels. Two volunteers, Gustav, who used this 12 months’s reside stream to look at the discuss whereas on responsibility on the entrance of the Capitol venue, and Andy Weisner, one among my finest pals, who gave me an replace on her discuss and the way he’s going to use versatile designs utilizing minmax functions to his firm’s design system again within the workplace.

We additionally mentioned if there’s a correct solution to specify different colour schemes, a default that fulfils probably the most strict colour distinction tips, and another giving extra inventive freedom by permitting decrease contrasts like sky blue gradient headlines on a white background for customers that don’t require a excessive colour distinction. Andy additionally instructed me that he rediscovered the CSS columns property when coding a fallback to a masonry structure that he had initially created utilizing the native masonry auto flow grid that the Firefox browser gives as an experimental function.

一期一会 — One Second in Time

Stage screen showing the Japanese characters and pronunciation of ichi-go ichi-e and a woman presenting at a makeshift desk made out of wooden boxes

I need to say due to the Marc Thiele and the past tellerrand crew, due to all audio system, sponsors, and individuals for creating such a novel occasion filled with inspiration, an ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会) like Geri Coady would possibly say. Noma Bar‘s Graphic Storytelling has been one other visible and graphical inspiration. Dropping the chance to make use of his native language and the graphical fashion he developed writing in Hebrew after transferring to Britain, Noma determined to concentrate on graphical expression with out utilizing any phrases or letters, creating distinctive photos that convey his hopefulness regardless of conflict and disaster, and Geri identified that rivals can develop into supporters, too.

I additionally need to acknowledge some instruments which have been serving to me to precise myself, enhance my English expertise, and luxuriate in my fascination with pure languages. There’s LEO, a multi-language dictionary and discussion board supplied by the College of Munich for an extremely small payment, and there may be Linguee, a service offering translations and matching sentences in English and German, typically even utilizing textual content that I printed on this very Open Thoughts Tradition weblog. After which there may be Grammarly which retains proofreading my textual content whereas I write, based by Ukrainian entrepreneurs, and probably the most worthwhile on-line companies that I at present use to enhance the standard of my work.

Because of the companions that supplied meals, espresso, stickers, prizes, leisure, and inspiration within the lounge: Smashing Journal, Wacom, awork, sipgate, AOE, Riege Software program, skate-aid, makuyuni, the interactive Graffiti for Charity, storyblok, Kirby, sum cumo sapiens, metapaper, reinorange, Kom KuK, and the municipality of Düsseldorf.

Final however not least due to DJ Tobi Lessnow! His music — uplifting digital sounds with barely clubby beats and speech samples recorded throughout the convention talks — might be of the explanations for the extraordinary energetic Monday morning motivation, that struck Linda Liukas when getting enthusiastic applause from the gang when she appeared on stage to present her opening discuss.

It is a work in progress, printed early to honor the second in time (一期一会). however there may be not a lot that I’ll edit, like hyperlinks to different individuals’s articles, the video recordings of the talks, and the upcoming official wrap-up to be posted by past tellerrand. And should you can come to Hamburg or Berlin later this 12 months, don’t miss the upcoming occasions!

Marc Thiele, a man with long hair dressed in a casual t-shirt, in front of screens showing the announcements for the upcoming events in Hamburg and Berlin, including a QR code linking to the event page

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This text was initially posted as beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf 2022 in my private weblog, and there’s a German version, too.

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