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4 Questions for Markus Siering About ColdFront 2018 Copenhagen

We were curious and asked Markus about ColdFront

At sum.cumo we’re still working on our new blog, where we’ll share insights into business topics and technology and design findings. Since we have a large team, which is also traveling a lot, we like to share some of our experiences abroad, too, through short interviews – starting today with Markus Siering who just a few days ago attended ColdFront Copenhagen. The interview was conducted by one member of our frontend development team, Jens (Meiert).

Jens: What was your personal highlight at ColdFront?

Markus: There were two things that stood out.

From a technical point of view “Mind Control in JavaScript – Experimenting with Alternative Interactions” by Charlie Gerard was impressive. She remote-controlled a drone via brain waves. I found it fascinating that on the one hand she said quite openly that she was not a trained developer and on the other hand she built such a proof of concept. A slide that I recall vividly: “Useless is not worthless.” You can learn from projects that don’t necessarily have practical use.

In addition, Mina Markham and her final talk of the conference inspired me, too: “Do the Most Good.” She talked about her experiences working on Hillary Clinton’s campaign team. The talk wasn’t at all about technology, but about how to bring good things into the world and support other people in their concerns. That’s a great impulse to explore this direction more consciously. A key slide was “Do all the good you can for all the people you can in all the ways you can for as long as you can,” and that sums up her presentation quite well.

Jens: Which talk was most useful for you and why?

Markus: Harry Roberts, in “It’s My (Third) Party and I Cry If I Want To,” gave up many specific tips to improve the performance of websites even further. I was already aware of some of the techniques, but the talk made clear how some specific improvements contribute greatly to making pages perform faster. I also enjoyed the linking of hard numbers to website performance. One can always push things a little further.

Two talks drew my attention to areas that I’d like to explore a bit more:

Shirley Wu quite remarkably showed, through live-coding, how to visualize data with D3 (Vue app example).

In “How a Design Tool Changes Relationships,” Jessica Liu illustrated how a different approach to design tools and product development may take the collaboration process between designers and developers to a new level. It makes me really want to try Figma.

Jens: Was there a particular topic or trend that caught your eye?

Markus: The overarching theme of the conference was “The future of…,” something several talks were geared at. In one of the presentations the comparison between car and Internet was drawn – on a timeline the Internet is still incredibly young, as many technologies and methodologies are just emerging. In keeping with this, the talks have broadly shown how interfaces, collaboration and processes may be approached differently in the future: whether it’s about closer cooperation between designers and developers; about the use of the latest technical approaches and features; about machine learning; or about Augmented and Virtual Reality. All these topics are still in their infancy. It’s all really just beginning, no matter what you’re working on in the Web.

Jens: If someone has never been to Copenhagen before, what would be your suggestion to do there?

Markus: I had some spare time on my final day, so I had coffee at “The Living Room.” A nice café with nice people and good coffee. I don’t think you can do much wrong in the city anyway, where every person comes across as if they just fell out of a style magazine. Or like they had been pulled into one, which I yet have to find out.

What I can highly recommend to everyone visting from Hamburg: You can get to Copenhagen through a direct train connection, ferry included.

Jens: Thank you Markus!