When I first delivered Smoke Gets In Your Eyes in April, browser support for CSS3 animations was very limited. At first there were only Webkit-based browsers, then came support in Firefox. Finally, Microsoft added support in Internet Explorer 10. This makes me happy and I’m convinced that designers and developers like Anthony Calzadilla helped made this happen, in part, by showing what’s possible.
I’ve enjoyed this year’s An Event Apart, and my other speaking engagements, enormously. It’s a privilege to share the stage with professionals at the very top of their game and I never forget what an honour it is to be given a platform to share my ideas.
What many people don’t realise when they watch speakers, is that speaking can take a very personal toll. None of the people you’ll hear at events like An Event Apart are professional speakers, so getting up on stage involves rewards and risks. Rewards can include pride in a talk well delivered, good comments or feedback. But it’s risky too, especially for fragile, creative egos.
Rewards must make risks worthwhile and recently, for me, they haven’t. That’s why, after delivering fifty talks since my first in 2005, I won’t be speaking in 2012. I’m taking a year off (except for one event), to recharge and refocus on my own projects, so that I can talk about them in 2013.
I hope I’ll see you then.