The close of Drupalcon 2013, held in Portland, has left me with lingering, fond memories of 3,300 nerds gathered in a glowing Drupalicious camaraderie. The convention was a great success, despite the rain and ever present Wi-Fi issues.
So what, you may ask, was my personal highlight? Maybe it was the tantalizing sneak previews of Drupal 8 with all its built-in mobile goodness? Perhaps it was the really excellent sessions that were provided in the brand new and much needed Education and Government track? Or, was it possibly getting my photo taken with User-1 himself, Dries Buytaert, and giving him some of our very own OSU Drupal swag?
These were all great things. Really they were. But, ultimately, they all pale in comparison to the keynote address given on Day Two, in my eyes at least.
This particular keynote, “Thriving in a World of Change: Future-Friendly Content with Drupal”, was presented by Karen McGrane, a world-renowned user-experience designer and content strategist who has led content projects for The New York Times, Conde Nast, and Time. In addition to spearheading projects for enormous publishing corporations, she’s also a managing partner at Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy she founded in 2006, and she teaches Design Management in the Interaction Design MFA program for the School of Visual Arts in Manhatten.
In short, this lady knows her stuff, folks. If you’re a content author, site architect, or web developer on any platform, I strongly suggest taking a peek at what she has to say regarding content structure and strategy. You will leave more informed. You might even be a little entertained. You certainly won’t be sorry.
Please note that the actual keynote begins at 11:30 minutes into the video.