It's a double dose of exciting news from the Do Lectures camp today. In true double-barreled doing style they are launching their new super snazzy HTML 5 website to the world this afternoon, plus the speaker line up for Do 2011. The new site is apparently the world's largest responsive website on the internet. As you may know, the Do Lectures are the intimate but hugely inspiring set of talks that happen in West Wales each year - sharing stories of people who are out there making positive change happen. So who's speaking this year?
Perry Chen - illustration by Alex Heslop
Headlining the speaker list is Perry Chen the founder of Kickstarter - the amazing digital platform for crowd source funding innovative creative projects. Also sharing his story in the Do Tent on Fforest Farm this year will be TV celebrity architect Kevin McCloud. Yes he of the enormously popular Grand Designs series, that follows the trials and tribulations of people building their own homes.
These guys will also be sure fire highlights: Alan Webber, co-founding editor of Fast Company, Zach Smith of MakerBot Industries, the always forthrightly entertaining Tim Smit of the Eden Project, Arthur Potts Dawson of Acorn House and The People's Supermarket, as well as designer Frank Chimero who has had a hand in helping build the new Do site.
Frank's new book The Shape of Design will be published later this year. We like the sound of it:
It's a field guide for makers, a book for the people who believe that the world is not yet done. It's a handbook for the emerging skillset: improvising, storytelling, embracing paradox, honoring craft, and delighting audiences. More than anything, it's a book of suggestions to how we can make things that help us to live better.
Responsively designed website
We have enjoyed beautifully designed HMTL 5 sites before like Nike Better World, but the Do Lectures team say they, with the help of digital agency Paravel, are going further than anyone else has before with this new design.
The Do Lectures website will be the largest responsively designed website on the Internet, responsive means that it responds to the screen size it is displayed on, to ensure an optimum viewing experience for the user. The new Do Lectures website harnesses the power of the latest technologies in web standards. The website is written in HTML5 thus eliminating the need for flash video (for all modern web browsers), resulting in a leaner, faster page load. It also means the the videos can be played on all mobile phones and Apple devices.
The Do Lectures Tent at Fforest Farm
There's great news as well for those of you Stateside. Previous Do 2009 speaker Duke Stump is curating a mini Do Lectures in Campovida, Hopland, California this year - September 22-25. As Duke says, 'Start small. Invite inspiring people. And see where that journey takes us.' You can send your applications to: usa [at] thedolectures.co.uk
Watch this space for more Do Lectures 2011 coverage. It should be another exciting year in the tent where: ideas + energy = change.
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