Video of my Ignite talk

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This is the talk I gave at Ignite Seattle 5, February 19, 2008. The Ignite format requires presenting 20 slides in 5 minutes, with the slides advancing every 15 seconds whether the presenter is ready or not. The original name for this format was “Ask Later.”


  1. This was a brilliant! Didn’t know so much information could be presented so “efficiently” – & quickly! :> Lynn

    Comment by lynn — May 4, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

  2. Great presentation in a nutshell. I’ve seem some spaghetti-like diagrams (the where’s waldo style) designed by usability professionals. There are more lasagna way of doing it.

    Comment by linda — May 6, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  3. This video is a pretty good example of how NOT to do it; make the slides so blurry we can’t even read the biggest text, put the speaker in the video for no reason when a voice track would do fine, cut off half of the speaker’s body AND the slides for the whole second half.

    If there were good points here, I’m afraid I can’t detect them with this format. All I’m getting is “I know how to make good diagrams” over and over.

    Comment by Ken Williams — July 8, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  4. Hi Ken,

    You are correct, this is a sub-optimal medium to learn from. There are two main reasons for this.

    1- The video is a by product of the in-person presentation. The presentation was optimized for the live audience. The video is a secondary (at best) consideration, and the volunteer videographer is left to their own devices to capture it as best they can.

    2- The format of the presentation itself is not conducive to this level of information density. This is a 45 minute lecture crammed into 5 minutes. The goal of the format is to give the audience a taste of the content, and if they are inspired they may follow up in any number of ways. Hence the original name of “ask later” talks. Some topics are well suited to the 5 minute format (see some of the other videos posted by the same user). This is note one of them.

    If you are interested in the details, I invite you to read my thesis and send feedback. I’m always curious to hear what people think.

    Best, Noah

    Comment by Noah — July 8, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

  5. Great talk! Well done in the format, it is indeed very hard. I seriously gained a lot of insight from this, thanks Noah. Although I think the original name for the format was ‘Pecha Kucha’ and it was Japanese.

    Cheers! 🙂

    Comment by Sharon — September 28, 2008 @ 11:13 am

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