I spoke at the inaugural Generate conference, cohosted by .net magazine and Creative Bloq, earlier today.
My talk was about mess, too - the mess you need to get through to get at structure, and the need to allow for a little bit. I found out early on, in the project I discussed, that spreadsheets alone won’t save you. But I also found that working our way toward understanding structure - of narrative, of format, of layout, of data, of interface - was a way for different disciplines to find common ground. It appeals to me, I think, because on one side of my brain, the side I usually bring to work, I like to start everything out by breaking things into small pieces - whereas the other side likes to just charge ahead and make, make, make.
Here are my slides - there’ll be video up somewhere at some point too, I hear.