All posts tagged: Seattle

American pictorial

Here are some of my favourite photos from my USA trip :) Seattle Pike Street Market Fremont, Seattle Fremont Street Markets Space Needle, Seattle View from top of the Needle EMP Museum This thing was three storeys high! Worn to be Wild, leather jacket exhibition The mirror man who scared me! The Gum Wall Sea Shepherd Gallery Seattle Public Library Bryant Park, New York City Grand Central Terminal View from The High Line New York Public Library View from my hotel rooftop terrace View of the city from the East River Ferry Greenpoint, Brooklyn Brooklyn Flea Markets Prospect Park, Brooklyn Brooklyn Public Library Brooklyn Museum This was the most incredible exhibition. These beautiful handmade sculptures by El Enatsui were all made in Nigeria out of recycled materials like cans, tins and old copper wire. They were gigantic and graceful. Brooklyn Bridge Central Park Top of Times Square Working on the roof terrace Museum of Natural History The top one is a koala! Mineral exhibition (aka heaven) Advertisements

An Event Apart Web Design Conference, day Three

Today was the workshop component of the #aeasea conference, as well as the final day. I really enjoyed the whole experience. Even though it was a “web design” conference and I’m not a designer I found most of the content really accessible. There were a few bits and pieces that were a bit too technical for my understanding but I found it really beneficial to get an insider designer perspective and to consider the elements of design and what makes a great website from a different angle. I think the greatest thing I gained from this conference was real world perspective. Despite knowing there is still a lot of work to do on the Library website, hearing about other people’s experiences and seeing examples of other organisations made me realise that we’re actually doing pretty well and we’re definitely on the right track. I know that our content and our taxonomy especially needs a lot of attention and a heck of a lot of revision, but I can’t sell short the progress we have already …

An Event Apart Conference, Seattle, Day Two

The second day of the #aeasea conference was as good as the first! I was particularly looking forward to seeing Karen McGrane speak as I just finished reading her book, Content Strategy for Mobile, and I like her brain a lot! There was a great mix of speakers today on some great topics including mobile, user research and personality through design. Also I won a cool prize today! It’s this really cute little stencil set to help create mobile wireframes! Lucky! See photo below :) As with my last post I will jot down some of the highlights that really stood out for me from all the speakers from today. Karen McGrane Disruptive Innovation – smart phones are not just an expensive and inaccessible ‘fancy phone’ or a passing trend as they were first seen, but instead a cheap computer that provided access to technology for people who previously didn’t have access. The Mobile Only User is now a reality and they are not second-class citizens who deserve a “lesser” Internet experience just because they …

An Event Apart Web Design conference, Seattle, Day One

Day One of the #aeasea conference did not disappoint in any aspect. It started off with registration and receiving the best conference pack I’ve ever gotten at any conference or presentation ever (see photos!). Better still was the fact that there was decent coffee that didn’t taste like butt. Always a bonus. The food throughout the day was good (like, actually good). That never happens at conferences. I met the lead UI designer for Hallmark and she interestingly faces some of the same challenges and successes as what we do at the Library when it comes to our online presence so it was really interesting to hear her point of view on issues that we are trying to find the solutions for. I don’t want to just write here a blow-by-blow of every talk and everything that was said throughout the day. Not only would it take forever but it wouldn’t reflect what I gained from each presenter and wouldn’t help me to reflect on these ideas later down the track so instead I’m just …

Hello Seattle!

I’ve arrived! The trip was long and a little tedious but after the Canberra:Sydney:LA:Seattle round trip of about 30 hours I arrived in one piece. By the time I got to LA I was already exhausted. During my flight to Seattle I was falling in out of sleep (I really struggle to sleep anywhere that’s not a bed! Especially sitting up) but in the last twenty minutes or so of the flight I was reinvigorated as we flew over all these incredible frozen lakes and snow-capped mountains. I wasn’t expecting to see that and they were so beautiful to look at. Pretty much anywhere you’re standing in Seattle you can see in the far distance these beautiful snowy peaks. The city is surrounded by them! They’re so clean looking and pretty. I think that’s part of what gives Seattle it’s cosy charm. It almost feels just like a large fishing village or mountain town. I like it a lot. I spent the day roaming around the city. I’ve never been to Seattle before so I …