I’ll be spending this week (at least) reporting on Interaction 13, which took place last week in Toronto. It was another great conference, but rather than diving into the details, I’m first going to give my annual schwag inventory.
The “bag” this year was not actually a bag, but a slipcase for an iPad or other tablet. Made of a dark gray felt and screened with the conference logo in white, the case features two leather loops that pivot around the top corners to hold the tablet in. It was a really good idea and genuinely useful. It contained the following:
- A ballpoint pen branded by YehID. That is going in my drawer o’ pens that I rarely use.
- Jauntful Toronto map of Tom’s Selection of Amazing Foodie Finds. I didn’t use it, depending instead on my iPhone apps.
- Field Notes 48-page memo book. It’s a nice little book, and it’s going in the same drawer as the ballpoint pen on a stack of similar little books.
- A metal Android V1 stencil by UI Stencils. It’s 150% actual size, which I won’t find nearly as useful as if it were actual size. It has a couple button shapes, but is mostly icons. It would allow you to mark the four corners of the screen, and it can be used as a straight-edge. It also has some embossed icons for interaction techniques, but I’m not sure of their utility. The stencil came in a plastic slipcase and was accompanied by a Zebra HB 0.7 mm #2 mechanical pencil.
- A coupon for one free ebook download from O’Reilly. That’s something I’ll definitely take advantage of, as soon as I figure out which one I want to get.
- Lanyard, printed with the Ix13 logo.
As far as conference schwag goes, it was pretty light, which is a good thing: less refuse.