Event] Participated in CSS Nite in Shizuoka vol.4

CSS Nite

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Good evening, this is Bono.

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

What is CSS Nite?

CSS Nite

CSS Nite official site - Seminar events covering topics related not only to "CSS" but also to web production in general.

A seminar event on all aspects of web production started in 2005.

Basically, there is a fee, but the quality of the lectures is high.

In addition, since the event is held not only in Tokyo but also from Hokkaido to Kyushu, participants can attend from anywhere in Japan.

They are sponsored by Mr. Takano of Switch Inc.

About this year's CSS Nite

CSS Nite in Shizuoka

CSS Nite in SHIZUOKA, Vol. 4 - Shizuoka Prefecture's version of CSS Nite, a seminar event for web developers

This is the fourth CSS Nite in Shizuoka.

The event is charged at 5,000 yen.

The event was held on the 10th floor of the Convention Arts Center, just in front of JR East Shizuoka Station.

The fact that it was a newly built facility and its high location on the 10th floor made me feel more than a little elated.

Thoughts on Participation

Worth 5,000 yen.

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.

Reflecting on the day

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

Started off on a high note.

You should check out his research on interface design, which is just an area of interest to me.

They have developed a new drawer button (the one where the menu comes up from the left and right on facebook or something).
It does not move inorganically and quickly, but rather "bounces" like a slime.

I tried it and it sure is interesting lol. They are considering releasing a library, which I look forward to.

The person who created ikesu

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.

Ikesu for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad available on the iTunes App Store

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 been using.

I think it is a very "good" work that crosses the characteristics of the real world and the app and takes advantage of the strengths 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.

Javascript Guru

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, they are very particular about their technology and always seem to be on the cutting edge.

Offers a variety of sites that make full use of Javascript

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, specs, and comparisons with all models.

For the user, it often doesn't matter. After all, what can it do? I would like you to 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.

For example, the following is a library called three.js that makes it easy to handle 3D.


three.js - Javascript 3D library

Newsletter is recommended.

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.

CodeGrid - A guide for people involved in front-end

I am trying my best to implement from rollover as Mr. Oyamada taught me! Thank you very much.

Mr. Takano, Switch Co.

Organizers of CSS Nite

Mr. Takano is the representative of CSS Nite. He has already worked for a design company for 18 years.

Eighteen years ago was a time when not even Google had yet been born, so this is a very long career in the industry.

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.

It is important to see with three eyes.

The attitude of looking at things with three eyes (birds, insects, and fish) was very helpful.

Certainly, all of these perspectives are indispensable. I wonder if you naturally become more aware of these things as your career progresses over time.

Be the expert you can count on to be close to you!

The last lesson from Mr. Takano was to become an expert who is close to you and you can ask for help! was one of my goals.

You don't have to be number one in the industry. What is important is that someone remembers you at a moment's notice.

We are always faced with little problems such as, "Who should I ask for this website," "I want to plan something interesting," or "I want to start a new service, but I don't have enough staff. At such times, few people would suddenly ask the top engineers in the industry for help.

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.

Strong presentation

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!

Passionate heart for design

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 is quite challenging for me to make a presentation on something other than technology.

Design, in particular, 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 most people.

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.

food log
Food Log (e-shops local) for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad available on the iTunes App Store

So, it was a very informative meeting.

I would definitely participate again.