Calling all library conference organizers! Please look at this website: http://thatcamp.org/
This is one of the friendliest conference websites I’ve seen in a long, long time. Why?
The When, What, and Who are neatly laid out in the top navigation bar (as “Schedule” “Blog” and “Campers” respectively).
The conference’s name could not be clearer – front and center on the main page with the acronym spelled out and a very brief description underneath. Wonderful!
The home page is simple: navbar, info, blog and twitter. That’s it. The other pages are also neat and clean, with the schedule laid out in a simple table and the Campers all presented with little icons for eye-candy and plenty of white-space to make for easy skimming.
The only things I would do differently:
Put the Campers in some sort of order (!) … are they in any order? I know the alphabet is arbitrary but it’s better than nothing.
Create a “Trends” tab that gives some auto-generated visuals of the current hot topics — such as a tag cloud from the blog or a Wordle cloud from the tweets. Some sort of topic browsing somewhere would be nice as a way to filter the information from those lucky, enthusiastic campers. 🙂
I must say the website alone makes me a little jealous, but the content coming out of THATCamp *really* makes me wish I was there. All sorts of fascinating questions coming up! I only wish I had time to follow it all. Keep up the great talks, THATCampers.