1st edition — by Patrick McNeil — Apr. 27, 2007
The Design Element
If your anything like me you keep hearing about all these cool web conferences and wonder what it would be like to go to one. Sure sounds like some good old geeky fun to me! Maybe someday I will go, but for now, I can only catalog the sites that promote such events. And of course my listing of event sites extends far beyond web stuff.
I want to give a special thanks to Clint who suggested this topic and sent me a nice set of links to get my collection going. He in fact pointed out one of the key elements of sites like this. They have two distinct audiences. The sites must balance between those attending the shows and those wanting to be part of the shows. Depending on the particular event the importance of each varies. Some events will have pre determined lists of who is going to speak and what not, while others like art shows for example, will require the enticing of individuals to take part in the show. I suppose in some way it comes down to this; do the people in the show pay to do so, or are they paid to be there?
The most obvious way to make a successful event site is to think somewhat literally. I browsed many terrible sites that were completely generic and told me nothing of the event. In contrast look at these three sites that sharply contrast each other: the Baby Shows, St Louis Heritage Festival (aka beer fest), and Patterns
. All three are extremely targeted in their branding and geared towards the intended audience. I suppose this is somewhat obvious, but all the same, there aren't a lot of event sites doing this.
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COLOURlovers (Excellent color pallet collections)
Kuler - pallet builder from Adobe /
best tool I have found for easily creating beautiful color pallets)
Great color browsing resource (Named colors, by hue, etc)
Blender (On MeyerWeb)
Color In Motion
Color Schemer Online v2
Color Schemer Gallery