Opening Keynote - You Are A Designer

Aral Balkan (22.Feb.2013 at 09:30)
Keynote at PHP UK Conference 2013 (English - US)

Rating: 5 of 5

Opening Keynote - You Are A Designer

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Rating: 4 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 10:25 by Mark Baker (119 comments)

As always with Aral, a lot of great WTF examples where he highlights UX designs that were clearly not created for humans, but his washing machine example felt like adding 100x cost and complexity (and risk of error) to a design that does work, with well recognised icons that actually match icons printed on clothing labels - I consider that good design.

But that gripe aside, it does focus the mind on why we should provide a good user experience.... and the tail end is looking specifically at examples from our online domain (particularly web versus mobile)... reminds me of a recent xkcd http://www.xkcd.com/1174/
Well presented, inspirational and thought provoking

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 11:56 by Vitaliy (12 comments)

Lots of laughs. Very inspiring.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 11:57 by James Wilson (1 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 12:24 by Martin Meredith (5 comments)

A great talk - lots of laughs throughout, and some thought provoking parallels between toilets and websites.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 12:36 by Marc Schumann (7 comments) via api

Excellent talk...

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 13:06 by Peter mcdonald (41 comments)

Absolutely fantastic keynote. Really engaged the audience and used humour well to put over his point

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 13:27 by Janusz @ Nixilla (7 comments)

Great talk

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 13:32 by Anonymous


Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 13:53 by Barney Hanlon (9 comments) via api

Very amusing, interesting, and true.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 14:20 by Rolf Andre Klaedtke (6 comments)

This alone made it worth coming to the conference

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 15:16 by Jeremy Quinton (23 comments) via api

Very good way to start the conference. Really enjoyed the talk. Experience Design is a big part of what we do but we don't always give enough attention to it.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 15:25 by David Yell (115 comments)

Superb. Executed well and fun to listen to.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 15:26 by Owen Gerrard (12 comments)

Perfect start to the conference. Engaging, thought provoking, really struck a chord with me and vocalised a lot of my attitude towards things that I hadn't thought through as such before. Great references to the great man Steve Jobs, too, which I appreciated. Philosophical and thoughtful and great humour. Hope I see this guy again.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 15:30 by Elliot Ward (71 comments)

Great opening keynote fodder - engaging, well informed, humorous, with a broad appeal and delivered not just confidently but with the panache and style of a professional speaker.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 15:44 by Marc Schumann (7 comments) via api

Excellent and true

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 16:19 by Annette McCullough (4 comments) via api

Fantastic, engaging start to the conference

Rating: 4 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 16:24 by David (21 comments)

The end bit was bonkers (in a bad way). The rest was pretty good.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 16:46 by Anthony Keohane (2 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 19:06 by Jemma Allen (1 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 22:20 by Si Griffiths (5 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

22.Feb.2013 at 23:25 by Benjamin Paap (15 comments)

Can't give anything other than 5 thumbs. My talk of the day.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 08:41 by Simon R Jones (46 comments) via api

Very engaging and lively talk from Aral on not settling for crap user experience design. Nice to have a non-tech start to the day too

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 11:18 by Lorenzo Alberton (8 comments) via api

Aside from the overdramatic ending, this keynote was truly excellent: great topic and great delivery.

Rating: 4 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 16:02 by Kenny Gryp (5 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 19:13 by Andrew Todd (5 comments)

Stunning! The message is spot on.... and if you want to learn how to present, then here's one truly great and inspiring model. Alive alive alive! Thank you Aral.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 19:37 by Anonymous

Excellent motivating talk with some really good examples. Great way to start the first day of the conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 20:59 by Seb Pedley (7 comments)

Brilliant way to start the two days. Got a bit dark in its mood at the end in a slightly bizarre way, but the rest of the talk was lively, funny, and very interesting.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 21:00 by Luis Ferro (16 comments)

Liked the examples of design gotchas.

Great starting talk to get PHPUK moving.

Rating: 5 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 21:01 by Kev S (2 comments)

Engaging, entertaining, informative and inspiring. Great way to start the weekend.

Rating: 4 of 5

23.Feb.2013 at 21:25 by Alex Briffett (14 comments) via api

Inspiring and funny with great visual content (toilets). Could have done with more focus on good design rather than poor design.

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Feb.2013 at 01:04 by Jon Allen (6 comments)

Brilliant, I can never look at a toilet the same again!

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Feb.2013 at 09:50 by Chris Levy (58 comments)

Passionate to the last, very engaging and thought provoking. I did think it went a tad too far in the end part depending on perspective. I hope to listen to Aral speak in the future.

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Feb.2013 at 13:06 by Stewart Walter (56 comments)

Very engaging and well presented.

Rating: 5 of 5

24.Feb.2013 at 16:58 by June Henriksen (19 comments)

A treat to listen to, it was such a funny, inspiring, and brave presentation. And I really liked the ending, to be able to deliver a talk that pushes emotional buttons is a sign of a true professional.

Don't ever stop, Aral!

Rating: 1 of 5

24.Feb.2013 at 23:50 by Javier Lopez (13 comments)

The talk was just brilliant but I don't think it's the right opening keynote for a PHP conference.

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 09:07 by Knut Eirik Leira Hjelle (7 comments)

Inspiring talk. Good to be reminded that people are using our products!

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 09:14 by Anonymous

Great talk, great speaker!

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 09:43 by Odafe Ojenikoh (1 comments)


Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 09:58 by Christopher Hoult (48 comments)

An excellent talk from Aral; witty, well delivered and presented with a very impassioned conclusion.

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 10:46 by Thijs Feryn (185 comments)

Aral is a good presenter and adds lots of drama to his talks. I like this very much. The "real life" examples add to that. It's cool to see that these examples come from every day life.

I have seen Aral present a couple of times and some of the ideas are recycled from other talks. This is not necessarily bad, but removes a bit of the magic.

But hey who cares: something that was good the first time I saw it, can be just as good the second time.

Now that I've seen this talk a couple of times, I am very curious to see something brand new from this great speaker/performer.

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 11:16 by Ryan Mauger (41 comments)

Great talk as expected from Aral, always entertaining!

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 13:08 by Kieron Thomas (11 comments)

Entertaining with a serious message - inspiring stuff

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 14:16 by Tiago Oliveira (2 comments)

Made me start thinking out of the box when designing and programming software. Awesome.

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 14:34 by Richard Turner (17 comments)

A very humourous and thought-provoking talk that has, for a while at least, inspired me to think more about good design.

Rating: 5 of 5

25.Feb.2013 at 15:45 by Nick Leonard (3 comments)

Great talk, especially after my experience with a ticket machine on the way to the conference.

Rating: 4 of 5

26.Feb.2013 at 16:53 by Marco Lopes (36 comments)

Good keynote, similar to one that I've had been to previously but with some improvements. The ending was not that good with an attempt to reach a more emotional side of the audience that ended up sounding exaggerated.

Rating: 5 of 5

26.Feb.2013 at 19:35 by Sebastian Marek (67 comments)

Very good keynote. Definitely a great entry into the conference. While it's not a rocket science we always forget how to make each other lives easier.

A few points: I believe the beginning was a bit too long, while the examples were great and made me laugh so much, at some point I started to wonder where is it all heading to, as it barely touched on a technology. I was worried that there will be no conclusion.

Oh how mistaken I was. There was a conclusion, and it was an amazing finish.

Aral is a great and very passionate speaker. And he knows what he is talking about.

Rating: 5 of 5

27.Feb.2013 at 00:58 by Matthew Marcus (39 comments)


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