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Webstock – New Zealand’s Web Conference – Day 2

I had a great day at Webstock on Day 1 and below is my synopsis of Day 2, which was also excellent. If you get the opportunity to attend Webstock, do it. Some of the key themes from the conference can be summarised as:Build with love, use common reusable blocks, deploy quickly, deploy often, listen to explicit and implicit feedback from real users, understand what their needs are (not what they say they are), consider social and ethical impacts. Repeat.The Lean StartupEric Ries (@ericries)http://startuplessonslearned.com #leanstartupSlides can be found at http://www.slideshare.net/startuplessonslearned/2010-02-19-the-lean-startup-webstock-2010Why build a startup?Change the worldBuild an organisation of lasting valueMake customers' lives betterPivot: change directions but stay grounded in what you've launchedSpeed Wins: If we can reduce time between iterations we increase chance of success.In start-ups, it's all about the teamShadow Beliefs:We know what customers wantWe can…

Webstock – New Zealand’s Web Conference – Day 1

I had heard lots of great stuff about Webstock in previous years so decided to go along this year to experience it for myself. This is a very professional conference and has (mostly) excellent speakers covering a variety of Web related technologies.Here’s my synopsis of Day 1.OpeningMike Brown (@maupuia)You will fall in love with things that are made with loveWeb Design that grabs peopleScott Thomas (@simplescott) – Design Director for Obama's campaign Web and Print overlap in campaignDeliver clear and concise messaging, focussed on the “We” rather than the “He”Keep the message of hope while dismantling the notion of being aloofEstablish a consistency and balance to exemplify stability and experiencePersuading people was the mission of the home page therefore needed to be prominent, with localised informationSpend more time researching than designInformation architecture (inc. wireframes) is a key part of the design process but is often overlookedThe fold is deadRecording speeches…