So glad you’re interested in Andy presenting at your conference. To save us both a little time, here’s a some information about how Andy approaches speaking. Each year he prepares two new talks, the first is a 20 minute talk for community events and meet-ups, the second is a longer talk for larger industry events.
The short talk topic this year is ‘Inspired by CSS Grid.’ It’s an inspiring design talk which introduces people to using CSS Grid while making creative layouts.
The longer talk topic is ‘Art Direction for the Web.’ It’s a design talk that explains the concept of art direction, demonstrates how to use layout to convey a message and then shows how to implement those layouts using CSS Grid.
Andy normally writes two versions of the longer talk, one running to 45 minutes, the other to 60 minutes. His talks are family friendly and if one includes content people might find upsetting, he’ll let them know and ask them to “look away now.” Andy’s happy to answer questions at community events and meet-ups but has never found Q&A sessions at larger events to be successful, so doesn’t include time for them. Presentation slides are available online and he’ll mention the URL at the start of the talk.
Andy’s not backed by a large company, so we charge a fee to speak at larger industry conferences. That fee varies according to the ticket price. We charge a £1,000 non-refundable booking fee, and expect to be paid the balance within 30 days of an event. We waive fees for community or (nearly) free conferences but still require accommodation and transportation costs to be covered by an event.
We ask organisers to arrange and pay for accommodation one night before, during, and one night after an event, Economy class return airfare if the flight time is less than 5 hours, premium economy or business class if it’s over 5 hours. Reasonable transportation costs, including taxi fares or first class train travel to and from an airport. Hotel wifi and internet access.
Although it’s always nice to receive a gift, We’d prefer you donate an equivalent amount of money to Ape Action Africa to support gorilla conservation.
Andy prefers a lavalier/lapel or countryman/headset to a handheld microphone. We’ll let you and your technical team know well in advance if a presentation includes audio and will test the connection and volume at the technical check before the talk.
Presenting from his own laptop helps ensure there’s less time spent, are fewer issues, setting up for the talk. His M1 MacBook Pro supports Thunderbolt 4 and Andy provides his own presentation remote. He doesn’t provide slides for use on any other computer.
We realise that lecterns are convenient for hiding messy cables and putting conference branding on-stage, but they sometimes get in the way of delivering a great presentation. The best lecterns have low sides for reading notes at any angle. If they can be rotated slightly, they allow speakers to see their laptop screen without standing behind the lectern.
Here are several things you might say when introducing Andy to your audience:
“Our next/keynote speaker is Andy Clarke. Andy’s a well-known digital designer, speaker, and writer who’s based in the Republic of Wales.”
“Andy founded Stuff & Nonsense, one of the best-known web design studios, where he designed for Disney Store UK, Greenpeace, SunLife, and WWF.”
“Andy’s written four popular books on website design and development including Hardboiled Web Design, Transcending CSS, and his latest book, ‘Art Direction for the Web.’”
“Andy’s been called plenty of things since he started working on the web. His ego likes terms such as “Ambassador for CSS,” “industry prophet,” and “inspiring,” but he’s most proud that Jeffrey Zeldman once called him a “triple-talented bastard.””
He really, really, loves gorillas.
Please use the following biography on your conference website and in any programme.
“Andy Clarke is a well-known digital designer, speaker, and writer, based in the Republic of Wales. His designs have helped companies around the world to increase their sales pipeline and revenue, and charities to increase the amount they receive through donations. Andy founded Stuff & Nonsense, one of the best-known digital design studios, where he designed for Disney Store UK, Greenpeace, SunLife, and WWF. He’s written popular books on website design and development including ‘Art Direction for the Web,’ ‘Hardboiled Web Design,’ and ‘Transcending CSS.’
Andy’s been called plenty of things since he started working on the web. His ego likes terms such as “Ambassador for CSS,” “industry prophet” and “inspiring,” but he’s most proud that Jeffrey Zeldman (the godfather of web standards) once called him a “triple-talented bastard.””