I thought Hannah was the most refreshing and to-the-point speaker at the event. The audience quickly warmed to her when she used a rude word to describe MySpace.
The presentation emphasised the need to act quickly if you have a good idea, to be the first, even if your site is a little rough around the edges. Hannah used the phrase â€œPut perfection behind youâ€, as a designer I know exactly what she means, designers generally need to get over themselves. She emphasised that you should use â€œBroad Brushstrokesâ€ and work big.
She asserted that â€œForm follows functionâ€, that features, forms, and functionality needed to be user tested before any style is applied, to do the hard stuff first. I was interested in her opinion that you should not â€œre-skinâ€ a website, that the design should be intrinsically linked with the functionality and that a re-design should only be undertaken if new functionality is introduced.
She recommended that we read Victor Papanekâ€™s book Design for the real world, I have a copy with a nice Any Warhol soup can on the cover but I havenâ€™t read it.
There was a short Q & A session after the presentation. A question that stood out referred to Accessibility on Web 2.0 sites that use AJAX, the women who asked the question used the phrase â€œDisabled people get to hear when the bins are put out, but miss out on all the sexy stuffâ€ which was my favourite quote of the conference.