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I’ve been reading digital books for many, many years, but in
the last few, I’ve switched almost entirely to paper. There
are several reasons for that:
- I’m looking at screens most of my waking time. Paper books
are a way for me to rest my eyes a bit and detach from
technology, especially before going to sleep.
- Paper books don’t lock me into a platform. I buy digital
books if they come with an open PDF or ePub that I can use
the way I want, or if I want to consume them in an audio
format. Also, a paper book can last a century.
- I can lend paper books to others without a need to have
particular devices or accounts. I do this a lot.
- Having books arranged on a bookshelf makes it easier for me
to look at them, think about ideas in them, and take them
out and explore. I never do this with digital books because
they’re not in plain sight. Also, bookshelves are neat.
- The possibility to open several paper books at the same time
is not critical, but comes in handy when researching and cross-referencing.
At the same time, I’m hoping that digital books will evolve in
a way that would enable some of the current upsides of paper
books. The combination would make digital books my primary choice.
As I’m rediscovering LEGO 25 years later with my kids, I
remembered that stepping on LEGO is painful, but not even
close to how painful and frustrating it is to separate two
WebCamp conference in Zagreb is very close to my heart.
The conference was organized in 2012 for the first time, and
that’s when and where I gave my first UX talk after I
had switched from software development to UX design.
I attended most WebCamp events since then, usually as a
conference attendee. This time, however, I decided to submit
a keynote idea I had been developing for several months.
The rest, as they say, is history.
- I have a brilliant idea for a talk.
- Talk accepted.
- Just realized that many other people have talked about my idea before. I’m an impostor.
- I don’t know where to start. Let me at least write down some initial notes.
- I have too much, where am I going to fit everything?
- [the night before the talk] OK, it’s manageable in the time I have.
- [minutes before] Why have I put myself in this position? If I survive, I’ll never do this again in my life.
- [just after the talk] Phew, it wasn’t terrible. I’m happy that it’s over.
- [months later] My last talk went great and I was brilliant. I have another idea …
Four hundred developers and designers converged on a small
Istrian town Labin where Digital Lab.in
conference is taking place for the second year in a row. The
local organizer assembled a diverse lineup from all around
Europe in a mix of workshops and talks, which is a massive win
for all industry professionals in the region. I gave a keynote
about how to learn foundational work skills that cross
industries and can last for decades.
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