Yesterday I went along to the first Made North conference. Billed as "exploring the roles of design, art and technology in the future of the North." I love design in all forms so there was no need to convince me.

The day was interesting but didn't quite live up to what I'd been expecting, probably because I'd set my expectations too high no doubt. Don't get me wrong it was a great event, fantastic venue and very professionally delivered but there wasn't enough probing content for me. I would have liked some more of the 'exploring'. And also more variety of design, apart from Alex Deschamps-Sonsino from DesignSwarm, the definition of design seemed to be product design.

All that said I know as well as anyone that putting on an event is a huge undertaking so getting all the components right on the very first attempt is virtually impossible. So much of the event was right though, some great speakers, my favourites were Herb Kim, Alex Deschamps-Sonsino and Luke Pearson. There was a geographically diverse audience, the sign, checkin, venue and staff were excellent and all in all it was a really good day.

There's a full run down of speakers on the Made North website.

And here are the notes I took, which are also up on Flickr.

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