This is Ravi, creative design head at Desto Creative Solutions. Here is a brief write up about my takeaways from various meetings and conferences that I attended in the recent past.
#1 Design Camp
Venue: CLT, IIT Madras and IIT Madras Research Park
Date: 29-30 September, 2012
Registration: Free for conference on day 1; 3000 for workshop on day 2
My journey of events started with Design Camp 2012. It’s a two day event – conference on first day (free for all); workshop on second day (paid). I was lucky enough to get a free pass to the workshop as well, thanks to Saptarshi my junior at IIT who has helped organize design camp through his designclub, IIT Madras. The first day showcased a set of awesome presentations that included evangelists from Adobe and Microsoft talking about their latest products. Two of the talks were focused on Windows 8 apps design and development and being a fan of the metro theme or the windows 8 UI theme, I totally loved these talks. Three workshops happened on the next day and I attended the branding workshop by Saurabh. We had fun with a couple of group activities related to effective branding communication.
Of course, there was free lunch on both days and t-shirts and badges were put for sale.
#2 Create the web tour by Adobe
Venue: The institution of engineers, Egmore, Chennai
Date: 13 December, 2012
People who took part in active discussion were given cool adobe/html5/css3 badges and other goodies. And there was unlimited free pizza and drinks!
#3 D.A.M. Fest
Venue: Ganesh Thottam, Auroville, Pondichery
Date: 19-20 January, 2013
Registration: Rs. 500 for 2 days
If there was a time in the recent past in my life that I cared about nothing, did nothing and chilled out for 2 days at a stretch, it was during D.A.M. fest. I think Pondicherry is one of the reasons for such a chillax feeling. Clear night skies, cool sea breeze, empty mighty beach area, lodge at 100 ft from the sea water – all of these added to the ambience of our 2 day stay at Pondy. Design+Art+Music – the three art forms merged into a single festival (D.A.M.) for the first time at Ganesh Thottam in Auroville, a very serene and peaceful place. I met lot of new creative people who are like-minded. We won vouchers from Koolkart and Ayesha in a couple of group events. I got my face drawn by an amazing artist and it became my facebook profile picture now. It was great to know that D.A.M. fest became one of the calendar events of Pondy meaning it will happen every year!
It is organized by Inklink, a non-profit organization founded by Kaustav Sen Gupta, professor at NIFT. So, we also had a nice time flirting with the NIFT girls out there 😉
#4 11th Photoshop User Group Meet
Venue: IIT Madras Research Park
Date: 16 February, 2013
This is my first PUG meetup and I totally loved it. It featured some lightning talks on various topics related to art, UX, VFX etc. The FACT FACT FACT session was awesome and I wish it could be longer in the next meetup. In this session, I learnt that the word pixel arrived from “picture+element” and that Pepsi was named after pepsin and it’s logo colors are also inspired by the color of this enzyme. The heart symbol that we all use has actually come from the shape of a flower. Then there was a group activity with a tamil name that I cannot recollect where we essentially had to make a movie poster out of a magazine. We were formed into groups and given a magazine, knife, gum, a paper frame and 15 minutes. We came up with some cool collage and made a movie poster title “Love”. Prizes were given for the people who won the wallpaper design contest held online and I cursed myself for not participating in spite of knowing it.
Free biscuits and drinks again!
#5 Metarefresh 2013
Venue: Brigade Millennium Complex, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore
Date: 22-23, February, 2013
Registration: Rs. 3000 for 2 days
Metarefresh is an event on “user experience on the web” organized by Hasgeek every year. This 2-day long event had some kick-ass talks on various topics including web accessibility, mobile accessibility, how to defend the web, quest for graphical web, design thinking, BEM, web security etc. This is a place to meet some really, really, really awesome people. I had the lucky opportunity to interact one-on-one with Shyamala Pragya, UX designer at Amazon during lunch. I discussed few of my out-of-the-box design ideas with her and got good feedback. I also got to meet UX designers from Cleartrip (one of the sponsors), Redbus and the like.
One of my favorite quotes from the event that stresses the importance of UX design – “People ignores design that ignores people”. You can watch videos of all the talks for free on hasgeek. Follow the hashtag #metarefresh on twitter to get updates from this event which will be happening every year.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner were provided. But what I loved the most was unlimited tea/coffee/snacks available throughout the day! All the participants got a badge to show off 🙂
That’s about it for the day. I totally loved each one of these events and looking forward to attending more such in the future. If you know about or attending some cool events like these, don’t forget to ping me.