Thinking Digital Conference 2010

It’s strange that I’m personally writing about Thinking Digital Conference (another one of Codeworks‘ conferences), yet I didn’t write about DIBI. I think the only reason is even though I was working on the team for Thinking Digital I wasn’t in on the talks throughout the couple of days. I was happily working away with the films crews, our own J6 and with Sara Allison from Microsoft so that they could both get the most out of the conference. Working with the film crews is so great as you get to spend a little bit of time with each speaker notably David Siegel, Mary Ann de Lares Norris from Oblong, Joi Ito, Ken Banks, Tom Wujec were some of the faces I managed to have a chat with.

Christian Payne managed to stalk me via Gowalla and I found him to be one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met more so as he gave me one of his business cards with a photo of his dog having a wee on it (there were other strange one i.e. of him half naked – I opted for the dog!)

All in all it was a great week, so many friendly people, so much networking so many good talks! It was also interesting for me to see how many people from DIBI were at Thinking Digital, it was great to catch up with you all.

During the day Tim Allison from the IDI worked on a little project which was played in the closing session of Thinking Digital 2010 which can be seen below;

A delayed view on trends in 2010

Social Media played a huge part in 2009 with Twitter reaching $155 million worth of capital funding directed at progressing them towards becoming financially viable without restricting their growth. In 2010, I see the biggest changes will be in collaboration between smaller companies, further development in software as a service (SaaS) and a social media slow down.

The progression of online collaboration tools such as 37 Signals BasecampHQ will enable smaller businesses and freelancers to collaborate and communicate effectively and give them the ability to go for much larger contracts.

Software as a Service (SaaS) could see yet another fruitful twelve months. In the digital technology profession we are now starting to see SaaS as the norm and expect for it to be that way. Cross platform software that you use on your laptop, home computer or mobile telephone is now ordinary and enables most people to achieve some sort of workload on the move.

A Social Media slow down in 2010? Really? It may well happen, just not in a general sense. Social Media is now ingrained in everything we do, we communicate using Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media tools but in 2010 we will grow past the hype. For the past 3 years we have been talking about Twitter being the ‘big thing’, and in the next twelve months we’ll see the hype reducing with more talk on the impact of businesses using Social Media well.

Next Year I

I recently posted about my achievements in 2009, these were quite comprehensive as the year seemed jam packed full of ‘stuff’ from start to finish. A lot of people online have gone in to posts looking back on 2009 and looking forward to 2010. I believe, 2010 will be an incredible year for people within our industry. On a personal level I have a bigger journey to take in 2010 than I’ve taken before in my current profession. Next Year I…

Would like to buy a decent camera and learn how to use it.

Take more pride in my blog and redesign it (finally).

Create better content for my readers.

Read at least 3 fictional books throughout the year (I’m addicted to non-fiction).

Game less but play harder.

Purchase a 27″ iMac.

Go to more conferences.

Meet more people from the ‘online world’ in the ‘offline world’.

Start weight training (again) and look after my body.

Write a book.

Design more of anything rather than some things.

Teach myself more about design, there is so much more to learn that what you know.

Do more talks.

Do at least one design related talk.

Get Married (3rd April).

Read all of my design related books.

Give more back to the design community.

Do more for a specific charity that I know where the money goes.

Write more for other blogs/magazines.

Learn one new thing per day (no matter how small or trivial)

Create a typeface from scratch.

There is quite possibly a lot I’ve missed out or forgotten about and I’m never one to hold myself back when I want to achieve something. Hopefully in 2010 I will be able to achieve all of these and more.

How about you? What would you like to achieve in 2010?