After CSS Nite in Shizuoka

Today I attended my first CSS Nite.
I'll leave you with my impressions before the excitement dies down.

First of all, I would like to say that it was an excellent meeting. It was the first time for me to attend a paid seminar, and although the fee was 5,000 yen, it was well worth the cost, or even more than that.

Although it was a CSS Nite, and thus more geared toward web designers, it was quite refreshing to hear the soulful "design path" of designers that we normally don't get to hear.

The event was held on the 10th floor of a general business building in front of Higashi Shizuoka Station.
There seemed to be other workshops and seminars being held, and the facility was quite active in addition to the main event. I had no idea such a place had been built.

The venue opens at 12:30.
Upon entering the venue, I noticed that there were many different types of people. There was a wide range of age groups, with a male to female ratio of about 6:4. I was a bit nervous because I thought that most of the participants were design people. I was a bit nervous because I thought there were a lot of design people there, but I was relieved to see that some of them looked like regular old men.

One by one, they give their impressions.

Mr. Akiba, Tukuroa Corporation

It started off on a high note.
He is doing research on interface design, which is a field I am interested in, so check it out. They have developed a new "drawer button" (the one that comes up from the left and right side of the menu on Facebook, for example). Instead of moving inorganically and quickly, the buttons are "ba-yon-yon" and move like a slime. I tried it out, and it sure is fun. They are considering releasing the library, so I'm looking forward to it.

All the stories were interesting, but the most impressive one was that he was the creator of "ikesu," a service that allows you to download aquarium fish to your smartphone on the spot and take them home.
I knew that this application had been released in the news the other day and that it was gaining popularity, but I had no idea that it was the same person.
This service is different from the mere apps we have seen in the past. I think it is a very "good" work that crosses the characteristics of the real world and the app and utilizes the advantages of each. If I had a child, I would definitely use it.

I was also taught the lesson that speed is very important when dealing with clients, and that prototypes and icons should not be created in the early stages.

Mr. Oyamada, Pixel Grid Inc.

I got the impression that he loves games and is a Javascript user. The presentation showed a glimpse of his technical skills.
This company, Pixel Grid, bills itself as a Javascript company, and all of its employees are front-line engineers, an odd sight. However, it seems that the company is very particular about its technology and is always at the forefront of its field.

He introduced a number of sites that make full use of the latest Javascript technology, and they were full of surprises. Some of the sites automatically selected the color of the shoes and displayed them in a realistic manner, while others made full use of 3D images and parallax.
I thought that if my company could offer this kind of user experience on the Web, more users would be interested.
To be honest, the product introduction pages of ordinary companies are very conventional, just listing product images, product descriptions, specifications, and comparisons with all models. To the user, many of those things don't matter. After all, what can it do? I wish they would answer the question, "What does it do in the end?

He also introduced us to various Javascript libraries, which we plan to check out one by one.
Also, this company offers a newsletter called Code Grid (\840/month), which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn Javascript from the basics and has no variations! They offer the initial month free of charge. I signed up as soon as I could.
I am trying my best to implement from rollover as Mr. Oyamada taught me! Thank you very much.

Mr. Takano, Switch Co.

Mr. Takano-san, the representative of CSS Nite. He has been working for a design company for 18 years, which is quite a long career in this industry since 18 years ago, when even Google was not yet born.

I was able to hear some of the know-how that he has developed in his career, and each story carried a lot of weight. Oh my God, I have a lot of Evernote.
He answered the rarely asked question, "How do you gather information? He answered this question himself and generously shared his methods with us. As expected, the topic of Gunosy came up again. As one would expect from Gunosy.
Also, I have never used Tumblr much, so this is a good time to start.

I found your attitude of looking at things through three eyes (bird, insect, fish) very helpful. Indeed, all of these perspectives are indispensable. I wonder if we naturally become more aware of these things as our career progresses over time.

The last lesson from Mr. Takano was to become an expert who is close to you and you can ask for help! It is not necessary to be the best in the industry. It is not necessary to be the best in the industry. There are always little problems that arise, such as "Who should I ask for this website," "I want to plan something interesting," "I want to start a new service, but I don't have enough staff," and so on. At such times, few people would suddenly ask the top engineers in the industry.

I may not be able to be #1 in the industry, but I feel like I can be whatever expert I can ask close to me. So I heard a very motivating presentation.

Mr. Nakagawa, Auntie Factory Co.

Hmmm, nothing to write about lol.
It is not that there was no content. On the contrary, there was too much content and too much fun for me to pick up in my notes.
Moreover, for 15 minutes, he talked in his slides without using any slides at all.
The conversation was too interesting to listen to. When I came back to myself, I wondered what kind of meeting this was. Fuji, and many other things.

If you've attended, you know what I mean. LOL!

But, well, Nakagawa-san, who easily surpassed expectations despite the high bar set by Takano-san's introduction, cannot be simply dismissed as a good presenter.
The strength of heart, the change of head, the tempo of the talk, the content, it was very high level.

To be honest, as a technical person, it was quite difficult for me to give a presentation on something other than technology. In particular, design is only a "concept," and it was almost a feat for me to talk about design for an hour at a speed that was two to three times faster than that of a normal person.

I have my own unique style, so I don't try to copy everything 100%, but there were many points that I could learn from.

I also share your view that design is not about being cool, but about creating what is best for the customer.

I also enjoyed the presentation by Mr. Nakamatsu, Hands, Inc. Thank you for your hard work!
Let's all use food logs.

So, it was a very informative meeting.
I would definitely participate again.