Webstock bags are swag unto themselves

Monday, 22 February, 2010

Webstock 2010 bag

I’ve been looking through some of the photos* from last week’s Webstock conference in Wellington, and of all things a picture of this year’s Webstock computer carry bag, above, caught my eye (photo by Cle0patra).

This has to be the best one yet, I already have the 2008 and 2009 bags, so here’s hoping I can get hold of this year’s as well.

* some photos are dated March 2009, I’m not sure why, a camera’s incorrect date setting possibly?

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Not just for the birds, Webstock returns in 2010

Tuesday, 13 October, 2009

Webstock 2010 banner

Webstock – whose swish new website is sporting a very avian (dare I say bird themed) look – is on again in 2010, taking place in Wellington from 15 to 19 February.

Speakers include Kevin Rose of Digg, Jessica Jackley founder of Kiva, and Sydney based inventor, writer, and theorist Mark Pesce.

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Good on ya, The ONYAs celebrate top New Zealand web design

Monday, 11 May, 2009

New from the Webstock crew, a brand new award to honour outstanding New Zealand web design, The ONYAs.

Entries open in two weeks time on Monday 25 May, with the winners being announced on Thursday 20 August 2009.

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Webstock 2009 photos

Monday, 23 February, 2009

I’ve just spent an hour or so going through some of the many photo collections from last week’s Webstock conference in Wellington. Even though I’m not really much of a web person anymore I will get along to one of the conferences one day… they simply look too good to miss.

Anyway to get a feel for proceedings at the 2009 event I’ve put together a small selection of Flickr sets. The Webstock Flickr page is a great starting point, and I’m sure more sets will be added in the next few days.

Peter Asquith has some nice shots, there’s some cool after-party shots by Terrence Wood, an extensive gallery by Webstock co-organiser Mike Brown, a set by a certain vonlampard, some more from Intergen, and last but by no means least, Phalkunz.

I’ve also heard that the closing speech was a cracker, I’ll post a link to a video as soon as I find one.

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It’s Webstock week in Wellington, New Zealand

Monday, 16 February, 2009

Webstock 2009 banner

Webstock 2009 kicks off in Wellington today.

And if you haven’t seen it already, check the Webstock 2009 Official Trailer, set to the Mi-Sex tune “Computer Games”.

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Designing to the max

Thursday, 13 November, 2008

I’ve corresponded with Russ Weakley once or twice before by email, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard from him outside of the hours midnight to three o’clock in the morning.

At first I thought there was a glitch with my mail server, but no Russ, who works two design gigs, runs the WSG, and is also very active on the web conference speaker circuit, not to mention a family, only sleeps four hours a night… as he explains to the Webstock crew.

I work as a web designer for the Australian Museum three days each week and run my own business outside these hours. I also try to help with the kids in the mornings and evenings, so this means I often work late into the night. So, I often get around 4 hours sleep a night. A little sad now that I look at it. I think I need a hobby… Does Satan worshipping count as a hobby?

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Webstock 2009, Wellington, New Zealand

Wednesday, 10 September, 2008

Webstock 2009 was launched yesterday afternoon at Wellington’s Paramount Theatre.

Featuring workshops and a two day conference, Webstock runs from Monday 16th until Friday 20th February 2009. Here’s the lowdown for those who came in late:

Webstock is a range of web-related events with the aim of improving how websites are built through inspiration, education, insightful analysis and practical application. It features industry leaders and kick-ass speakers talking on topics such as accessibility, web standards, usability and other best practices.

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Webstock 09 is a go, you heard it here first (almost)

Friday, 13 June, 2008

Maybe the real scoop being Webstock is now an annual event, not biennial?

We’re working on the format for Webstock right now, but it’s likely to be similar to this year – workshops and a two day main conference. Our aim is to raise the bar yet again in terms of quality and presentation and we’ve got a lot of ideas on how we can make this happen.

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There and Back Again

Monday, 26 May, 2008

There and Back Again

British web designer Andy Budd writes about his recent visit to New Zealand and Australia, where he spoke at Webstock and Web Directions events.

I love this paragraph about Hong Kong, “a city where east and west collide”, though:

The trip started with a two day lay-over in Hong Kong to break the journey. I’ve been to this amazingly vibrant city before and it’s one of my favorite places in Asia. It’s a bit of a cliche but Hong Kong really is a city where east and west collide. A city where hundred year old temples sit next to trendy bars and street hawkers compete with international food chains. Like many Asian cities, gadgets rule supreme in this town and none more so than the ever ubiquitous mobile phone. The streets are a blur of activity both day and night, and as dusk falls the city is lit by a forest of neon. Like stepping into a scene from Blade Runner, you expect Decker to come round the corner any minute.

Takes you right there doesn’t it?

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CodeBlacks vs Silicon Welly at Webstock Mini

Tuesday, 22 April, 2008

CodeBlacks vs Silicon Welly

A late sort of mention (an announcement popped up on my Twitter feed last night), but the all conquering CodeBlacks are looking for another win, this time at a halfbaked.com challenge, as they go up against Silicon Welly in an effort to produce the best start up business plan in about 30 minutes.

Part of Webstock Mini being held in Wellington today.

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