If nothing else Webstock inspired me – thanks to Liz Danzico’s presentation, The Framework Age – to start listening again to Miles Davis’ A Kind of Blue. Linking information architecture to modal jazz, rapping out to Davis, and reading Seamus Heaney’s On Poetry put web design back in the real world and in a real and wider context.
It wasn’t all theory but talked to the very real human response to what we see around ourselves: wherever we go we experience the world as a series of frameworks within which we choose to operate. We walk on footpaths, not roads; we act in certain ways when we get into elevators; we follow each other and group ourselves together. That’s just the way we are and web designers need to respond to this and provide clues to users as to how they should interact with a page.