One Christmas, when I was a child, my dad opened up a hand-held video camera. The gift was for him, but I think over the years, my brothers and I got more use out of it than he ever did. Mostly, we made goof-ball sketch comedies done on-the-fly with the other kids on the block. All of it was recorded on 8mm analog video cassettes. Some of it was committed to VHS. Very little of it survives today. One that does survive is our pinnacle achievement: The Many Faces Of An Irish Pub.
After postponing due to illness, I finally managed to give my talk, “Painting The Perfect Sunset: Better Colors For The Web,” in Portland a few weeks ago for the Portland Sass Meetup. I feel like it had finally matured into something I could be really proud of. My flow was good, my jokes were getting laughs, the Q&A wasn’t a disaster, and I didn’t get heckled! The best part: I got it all on video.
Russel Davies wrote a bit about designing a good slide deck called “Doing the hard work to make it clear”, which is worth reading. Toward the end, he talks about how his technique “works on social media”: “Do [your slides] communicate on Instagram, without you droning on in front of them?” For my latest few talks, the answer is a clear and resounding “no”.