Grateful for a taste of what's to come.

Sweet mercy, I'm on a sign!
After my talk was over, I told Chris it felt like I blacked out for 20 minutes.

"I feel like I just blinked my eyes and it was over," I said. Suddenly I had moved to my last slide and people were clapping and a few of them had their hands raised. And so I called on them. I offered some advice when I could. I admitted that I didn't know any great A/B testing sites. I may have suggested that I'd be back next year with a talk about zombies and getting inside users' heads.

It was awesome.

Would you guys believe it if I told you that a couple of people came up afterwards to tell me that my non-techy tech talk was refreshing? That they LIKED the fact that it wasn't techy? How cool is that?

In the train ride home, Chris asked if I wanted to do another talk and I admitted that I did. (CUE MASSIVE EYE ROLL). I spent the rest of the ride brainstorming other topics that might be cool to explore. Narrative structures in wireframes? The presence of the author/designer in their "text"? I'm more than a little excited just thinking about it.

But for the moment, I'm sitting here on our couch, completely wiped out from the energy this day required. I'm reveling in the gratefulness of a supportive husband who came and sat with me in the hours leading up to the presentation, who took photos during my talk and who made small talk with people as they waited to speak with me. Lots of people ask me if it's weird to work with my husband and the answer is no. No way, because we are big fans of each other's work.

And even though I was super-proud of myself today, it was even sweeter to hear how proud he was of me too.

P.S. Thanks for the emails, FB messages, texts and in-person presences. You guys pumped me up and I'm very grateful.

1 comment:

Paul LoSacco said...

You did a wonderful job, Jen!