@media07 | June 9, 2007

I’ve just come back from another incredibly enjoyable @media conference. This year had a very design oriented feel and my highlights included talks by Jason Santa Maria, Mark Bolton and Jon Hicks. However the best part of @media for me is always the social angle. It’s an opportunity to hang out with friends from around the world that I only get to see on occasion. People like Dan Cederholm and Joe Clark. It’s also a chance to hang out with London locals like the lovely Hannah Gordon and Mike “The Dude” Stenhouse. Mike was incidentally sporting the best porno moustache I’ve seen in quite some time. Move over Stewart Colville, a new sheriff is in town.

Other people I enjoyed hanging out with included the elusive Simon Collison, the enigmatic Mark Bolton, the animated Simon Willison, and the Internets Drew Mclellan. I also got to meet few new faces including Peter from the CSS3 website, and Laura, who set up the amazingly successful Bristol SkillSwap. Respect.

I was pleased to see that the idea of CSS2.2 is gaining some traction. Hakon Lie mentioned it in his talk again, and it also came up in the Q&A. It’s a shame I didn’t have chance to speak about it at the conference, but I hope there will be other speaking opportunities in the future. In the meantime, I’ll be talking about the idea in more depth on this site soon.

Posted at June 9, 2007 12:21 PM


Michael Grinstead said on June 9, 2007 2:51 PM

This was my 1st @media and hopefully shall not be the last.

It was great to finally meet and chat with you in person (& Mr Rutter), at the party.

Just looking forward to d.construct now :)

Sam H said on June 9, 2007 6:15 PM

My first time too but I didn’t make my presence known to many people, I saw you a few times but I’m quite shy and didn’t really like the idea of interrupting you while you were chin wagging with Mark and a few others.

I too am looking forward to seeing if CSS2.2 is a likelihood. I think certain aspects could benefit us right now but it’s all a case of browsers incorporating the rules. It was very promising hearing Hakon say he’d also like to see such a development and I presume Opera will be straight on the job if this became a proper spec.

I think MS are planning on releasing IE8 some time next year (might be wrong so don’t hold me to that-please someone correct me if I am) so we could be looking toward brighter days in the dev world but if CSS2.2 became a spec (in the near future), do you think IE would do the right thing and incorporate them or just wait until IE9+?

pauldwaite said on June 9, 2007 8:52 PM

Ian Hickson also reckons CSS needs a WHAT-WG-style approach to move it forward:


Simon Collison said on June 10, 2007 1:53 AM

Always a pleasure Andy - albeit increasingly rare these days.

Peter Gasston said on June 10, 2007 10:23 AM

My first @media, hopefully not my last. I didn’t see a single presentation that was any less that interesting, and some gave me some real inspiration. Also a pleasure to meet you!

Mike Stenhouse said on June 11, 2007 11:19 AM

Glad to be of service, Monsieur Budd! Now where’s the fridge? I’m told it needs seeing to.

Jim O'Donnell said on June 11, 2007 11:36 AM

Nice to see you again Andy. We should definitely try to arrange a talk at the Maritime Museum.

Laura Francis said on June 11, 2007 1:04 PM

It was great to meet you too Andy, finally, in person, and many thanks for the respect! I found the whole conference to be inspiring and thought provoking. So now I am on a mission to seriously improve my own little part of the internet.

Look forward to meeting up again, and if anyone fancies doing a SkillSwap in Bristol please come on down.

Barry Bloye said on June 11, 2007 1:18 PM

This was possibly my favourite @media so far, and I got a lot out of the more approach-based theme as opposed to more technical talks.

It felt like the speakers were all really enjoying themselves, and having a lot more fun with their talks (the High-noon Shoot-out being the best example). I think someone may have given Simon Willison too many blue smarties before his presentation, though!

Counting down the weeks until d.construct!

Daniel Wilkes said on June 12, 2007 10:46 AM

Hi Andy

Good to have a quick chat with you just before Hakuns speech.

You were quoted quite a few times in the conference, like you said its a shame you didn’t get to speak.

Hopefully see you at d:construct.


Kris said on June 13, 2007 9:37 AM

It was a good show. I loved it way more than last year, but part of that is due to changing my expectations.

Last year I though I would come home with a truckload of development tricks, but it turned out that most that got told I already knew.

This year I attended presentations of which I knew there is stuff to learn and I opened up more for inspiration, views on ‘the big picture’ and the socializing part.