I’m participating in the IndieWebCamp East 2020. It’s nominally held on US East Coast, but as everything else, it’s online. The 6 hr time difference makes it doable to take in at least part of it.

Day 1 started with two cool talks. The second talk was by Sarah Hibner about Variable Fonts. Her talk explains it all very well, so do scroll through her talk. In brief variable fonts are a single font file that contains all varieties of a font (whereas normally you’d load regular, italic, bold separately), and also allows custom varieties. That last bit, custom varieties, is where a bit of magic is, because you can have shape shifting font, and it will all be just one font file. An animated galloping horse was shown, and it is actually a font, where each of the ‘frames’ is a variant within the font. I don’t have a use case for this, but it did look like a lot of fun and rather hypnotising!

I’m participating in the IndieWebCamp East 2020. It’s nominally held on the US East Coast, but as everything else, it’s online. The 6 hr time difference makes it doable to take in at least part of it.

The first introductory talk today was by David Dylan Thomas, which I thoroughly enjoyed. He’s a content strategist, and took acknowledging the existence of cognitive biases (and the difficulty of overcoming them, even if you try to) as a perspective on content strategy. How do you design to mitigate bias? How do you use bias to design for good? It’s been the basis for his podcast series.

A short 106 page book was published this fall, and after the talk I bought it and uploaded it to my reader. Looking forward to reading it!

RSVPed Attending IndieWebCamp East
IndieWebCamp East 2020 is an online gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists, to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.

I intend to take part in IndieWebCamp East this weekend. As it’s all remote, I hope to join part of the program at least late afternoon and evening here in my CET time zone. Thinking about using the time to either contine work on restyling this site as ‘no garden no stream but something in between‘, or going through my blog archive to see which presentation slide decks still need to be brought home, and ensuring the site where they reside (tonz.nl for Dutch slides, tonz.eu for international slides) gets its own styling.

Liked https://doubleloop.net/2019/09/30/6150/ by Neil MatherNeil Mather (doubleloop.net)
Started with a really simple version of Ton’s infostrat and liking it already....The best part is avoiding anything that has an endless stream of fairly random (but tantalisingly, possibly interesting) stuff..... I’m feeling more intentional, less flighty of attention.

It’s rather cool to see Neil adopting parts of my information strategies. Looking forward to reading more about how it plays out for him. There were several interested during last weekend’s IndieWebCamp too. Having more perspectives on this approach may help to formulate a more generic description of this process.

Liked IndieWeb: it’s about first ownership by Elmine (InFullFlow.net)
A photo (or video for that matter) is a special kind of data. Its file size creates limitations to its distribution, but no matter where it’s uploaded, it is always owned by its creator first. Status updates on any platform are owned by the company first and can only be copied to the creator. That is why I think it’s important to use IndieWeb: if you publish updates on your own site and then POSSE them to the big silos (where your friends still hang out), you own your updates first, just like you own your photos.

This is a good observation. In my mind Flickr for instance isn’t about sharing per se, but I see it as an off-site archive next to my photo archive on my laptop and a NAS at home. That it allows for easy re-use of those images in my own site is an added bonus. Will need to write a bit about my own thoughts from this session too.