Interactive • 2011
Do Lectures is a tiny event based on a simple idea: people who do things can inspire the rest of us to go and do things, too. After speaking in 2011, I collaborated with the fine gentlemen at Paravel to create a home on the web for Do’s video archive of previous talks.
The event has a woodsy feel and a high-minded philosophy. We kept things clean and clear, and used rough edges, texture, and worn typography to make the site feel “lived-in.”
Why is Do Lectures special? It’s the people and the ideas, like any good conference. But unlike all the others, there’s the environment. Wales is beautiful and you are in the thick of its woods.
David and the folks at Do were good enough to put me up in this geodesic dome tent. I was woken every morning by neighboring cows. Needless to say, it was an invigorating experience.
The site should mimic the feel of the live event. In the flesh, Do Lectures is always a surprise. A talk’s topic is less important than its tone and lesson.
This belief led us to sort the lectures by tone in addition to topic. A visitor is more likely to be curious about talks on seeds, surfing, bees, and beauty if they know how it is going to make them feel.
We also made the site fully responsive.
One of the wonky issues we hit was video refusing to appropriately resize and scale. We believe you should scratch your own itch, so Dave Rupert ran off with Chris Coyier and made fitvid.js, a jQuery plugin to solve our problems.
Now, the lectures are accessible on any number of devices, and look great on all of them.