26 Apr 2008 5 am eastern

An Event Apart New Orleans: thank you and adieu

An Event Apart New Orleans is over, but the memories and photos linger on.

Maybe it was the people. Maybe it was the extraordinary speakers. Or the staff, who made everything hum and shine. Or the keenly focused film crew. Maybe it was the sponsors. Or that crazy party. Maybe it was just the king cakes.

Whatever it was, these two days of peace, love, and web design felt to me like our best show yet.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in New Orleans.

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19 Responses to “An Event Apart New Orleans: thank you and adieu”

  1. Dallas Sacca said on

    This was my first time attending and I just wanted to thank you and everyone involved for a great experience.

  2. Todd Lambert said on

    Hey Jeffrey,

    Looks/sounds like ya’ll had a blast. I am bummed that I could not go! Work was just too hectic and I couldn’t sneak off to go see ya guys this time.

    Hope you had a blast in NO and hope you come back again.

  3. Dave said on

    I had a wonderful time. It felt like I was hanging out with really smart friends for a few days.

    I’d love to do it again some time.

  4. Ben said on

    Jeffrey,

    It was a wonderful conference! I liked the more “interactive” presentations where the presenters would either get direct audience participation or if the participation was more “mental” with the presenter asking thought-provoking questions. The ones that were more cut and dry in their presenting (with only questions at the end) could sometimes become a bit too dry for my tastes. But overall it was great! Good location too. I look forward to attending other Events Apart in the future.

  5. Blake said on

    I enjoyed my first trip to AEA. I didn’t have a boss to pay for my ticket, but I do appreciate the education discount. Being a grad student, I felt a little out of place, but I suppose we were all students for those two days.

    I wanted to comment on the story about the lady in the “motorized cart” when you were talking accessibility. I use a wheelchair. This very incident has happened to me before. Sometimes it’s even worse. Like I went down this really long sidewalk, only to find out it stopped at a curb with no ramp. It seems like the person building the sidewalk, or the person painting the crosswalk, would see this.

    I was just impressed that you noticed, since most people don’t. Anyway, AEA was very helpful. I will come back if and when I get a job and money!

  6. Carissa said on

    AEA New Orleans was my first conference and I didn’t really know what to expect. I appreciated that all of the presenters and organizers were very friendly and open to mingling with the attendees and answering our questions. In a way, I expected you all to be a bit more elitist, but that wasn’t the case at all. Overall, I had a wonderful time and even learned a few things. ;) Totally worth the money (and I’d have said the same thing even if I had paid for it myself.)

    Thanks to everyone for their time and effort setting everything up and preparing their presentations.

  7. Hunter said on

    Great experience! Thanks so much for coming to New Orleans. I look forward to attending more of these in the future. Rare to find such a great combination of technical and creative inspiration in one place.

  8. New Orleans News Ladder said on

    Hey Y’all are just about the Sweetest Thang in da’Universe Yeah!
    Please come back next year!
    And also did y’all hook-up wit’da Rising Tide 3 Nola bloggers Conference? http://risingtidenola.com/
    3rd Anniversary Wake

  9. Jared said on

    Jeffrey, this has been my second AEA (first being Boston). After New Orleans, I don’t think I’ll be able to get myself to attend any other conference. Not only did I learn a lot, but I met some really great people. The presenters did a fantastic job and were enthusiastic and engaging. I am looking forward to the next one.

  10. David Sutoyo said on

    This was my first time, and it was great! Hoping to go to another one and meet more people.

  11. Andrew said on

    Jeffery, the AEA New Orleans event was by far the best conference that I have been to. I learned a lot from all the great sessions that were there and also was able to do a lot a great networking with in the industry with not only other people attending the conference but the speakers as well.

    I look forward to next year. I would recommend this conference to anybody that can get there. It was the best!

  12. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thank you, everyone! Your energy made it a great show for us. We love you, New Orleans!

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  14. Bryan said on

    Thanks for your part in a great conference. The lineup was stellar and the accommodations were wonderful. I will definitely be attending AEA events in the future.

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