Today’s post comes from Victoria, our Vancouver ambassador. She’s been attending and blogging about Vancouver’s Britest events!
The FITC Conference (an abbreviation of the event’s underlying themes: Future, Innovation, Technology, Creativity) is essentially a conduit for excellence in digital creation. Attendees benefit from direct interaction with some of the top minds working in the digital design landscape.
A key panel discussion centered on the phenomenon of ‘responsive design’ and what this means for the future of websites. Basically, there is a growing shift in web design that puts the user’s ease of experience at the top of the priority list. Sites need to be intuitive, simple to navigate, not overly content-heavy, and effectively translated from platform to platform. I couldn’t help but think that Eventbrite has embraced this philosophy whole-heartedly, putting a powerful but easy to use tool in the hands of users: event organizers and attendees.
Throughout the conference, I was surprised at the level of importance placed by designers on art. This was a common theme in a number of the presentations I attended on the Saturday session of the conference, and was of particular significance to Kyle McDonald, who is an artist that works with digital mediums (yes, that means coding as art!).
Kyle’s presentation was universally accessible. He is a Brooklyn-based technology artist that shared some hilarious anecdotes about life as an artist and showed some incredible projects he has worked on. Kyle went on an amusing tangent, talking about how to quickly get the FBI’s attention, which apparently only takes installing a script on an Apple Store’s computers that takes photos of every user and auto emails the image back to him. Kyle used this example as part of a case study and art show that considered what a computer sees when we use it.
Another fascinating presentation focussed on a project called Blind Portraits, in which the presenter wrote a script that processed an image of a person, which then prompted a machine to guide a pen held by that person to create a ‘blind’ portrait. You can see a few images of the technology first developed to read faces, and the finished result, below.
The conference was rich in innovation and left me feeling pretty good about the future of design, high tech art, and even the state of events, with Eventbrite facilitating independent organizers in the seamless execution of their vision. Three cheers for innovation!