The following was cross-posted from the Beaconfire Wire.
Here are some of my favorite things I learned at SxSW this year.
- I’m going to start sticking Post-It notes everywhere. My favorite note-taking app, Evernote, has an integration with 3Ms Post-It notes. You can take pictures of Post-Its, put them in a note, and do all sorts of fun automated things. This may take card-sorting and audience prioritization to a whole new level for me.
- QA matters. “QA Best Practices in Today’s Digital Agencies,” will be the session that I talk about for months, perhaps years, to come. This wasn’t a geek-out about tools and ticketing software. It was an intellectual conversation on managing organizational structure and culture to ensure quality products get out the door. And it was crowded.
- Librarians Rock. The Librarian contingent at SxSW made The Beacon their home away from home. And I couldn’t have been happier. The group of people we met with were incredibly passionate about learning and advocacy. They had a guerilla library. And by far the best swag. Yes, my friends, that’s a librarian beer-cozy.
- Data ethics for data visualization is hard, but man is it important. “Truth Will Set You Free but Data Will Piss You Off” talked about the importance looking at data objectively. It also introduced me to my new favorite data visualization: US Gun Deaths in 2013.
What was the best thing you learned?