Two or Three Things You Know About Me

With apologies to Jean-Luc Godard.

What is it about podcasters that allows them to make what looks like such a difficult medium seem so effortless? Brian Oberkirch is a great example: he’s the brains and voice behind the consistently fascinating and highly professional Edgework podcast, in which he hosts terrific dialogues with some of the best creative minds on the Internet. Last night he interviewed me via Skype at 10:00p EST, and he had the completed podcast episode up and available for download by 10:00a this morning. Wow, how do they do it? Anyway, it was a blast to talk to such a pro; Brian really knows how to run an interview. Have a listen and let me know how badly I stammered.

In other news, please vote for Subtraction.com in the 2007 Bloggies competition, where I’ve been very, very generously nominated for the “Best-Designed Weblog” category. That’s a huge honor, and I’m totally touched. I’m up against some formidable competition — not the least of whom is Veerle. I couldn’t possibly be saddened to lose to someone of that stature, because her blog is so clearly awesome. Still, it would be really nice to win, so if you can spare the time to vote for me, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Finally, you have two opportunities to come hear me ramble on about design: First, in just a few weeks I’ll be appearing in London at The Future of Web Apps conference (one of Ryan Carson’s many influential Carson Systems projects), where I’ll be talking about everything I know (and some things I don’t) about the topic of “Managing User Interfaces.” I’m pretty excited for that. I’ll also be doing a so-called ‘power session’ at South by Southwest Interactive in March, which will offer up for public appropriation everything I’ve ever appropriated myself about designing with grids. Mark Boulton will be sharing the stage with me, too, to provide the real substance. And of course, I’ll be available for hanging out afterwards, which after all is the real point behind the conference, right? Hope to see you there, or somewhere…

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  1. Oberkirch is tremendous, especially in the people that he gets. However, and sometimes it may just be me, the audio gets kind of screwy. Not that I have listened to this one yet (but it’s definitely on the agenda for tomorrow).

  2. I always feel like the hardest part about editing podcasts is having all the pieces in place – intro, music, outro, plus the content.

    I end up finishing things in a hurry sometimes, and then it’s hard to figure out which file you remembered to crank down to 20500, and which is live online at chipmunk speed.

    File management is king, not content.

    Or as my all-time favorite teacher often said while digging through his briefcase for some crucial piece of paperwork: “Organization is the key to life.”

  3. That was a great interview. I’d not heard of Edgework before but now I’m hooked. And, no, you didn’t stammer a lot. Sounded great.

  4. Enjoyed the interview. I’ll certainly be adding to my subscription list. Be seeing you at FWA which I’m really looking forward to. Fingers crossed I’ll manage SxSW as well.