The Fluxible Song (More Than Users)
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Aug

The Fluxible Song (More Than Users)

The Fluxible Song (More Than Users)

Bob and I were rummaging around in the attic above the Fluxible garage, when we came across a few interesting artifacts from several decades of design (digital and otherwise). There was a Newton MessagePad, a Bell Alextel terminal, some french curves, a set of ruling pens, and a tangle of cables.

The best find by far, though, was an old audio disc. The recording appears to have been created for the very first Fluxible conference, which was held in Wellesley, Ontario way back in 1923. Apparently the disc, an early form of social media delivery, was handed out to all conference attendees that year as a happy reminder of how much fun they had hanging out together. Fortunately, we also found a player contemporary with the disc, so we could listen to the recording.

We were surprised at how well this old song holds up, and at how modern the recording sounds — even on this old equipment! Give it a listen now, and if you’re as pleasantly surprised as we were, let us know on Twitter or Facebook! Also, if you have any information about the performing artist, please do tell.

Want a copy of The Fluxible Song for your own playlist? Help yourself to the MP3 below.

DOWNLOAD MP3 OF THE FLUXIBLE SONG

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2 Responses

  1. This is great. Very funny. I had no idea Fluxible had been around so long 😉

    I have to say, I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to attend this event. The cost of the tickets is just too much for me (and probably many others too) even with the $200 promotional discount.

    It’s a shame that so many of these conferences seem to be beyond the reach of many folks who work in the user experience/interactive fields. With so many huge companies sponsoring these events, I’d like to see them be more accessible to more people – meaning more affordable. Some people have families to support, and don’t have this kind of disposable income available. I’d hate to think that we’re promoting some kind of “prestige club” and I feel that the community is missing out by not making these events more affordable, thus enabling more participation from a wider audience.

    For future events, what about having day passes? Or tickets that don’t include the food, drink and after parties? If someone was interested in attending, say, 3 or 4 of the presentations only, would there be a way to accommodate this? Just thinking aloud here.

    Thanks in advance. I hope the conference is a huge success.

  2. Becubed

    Thanks for your comments, Richard, we appreciate hearing this feedback from you.

    When we first began planning Fluxible last year, we had a decision to make: go for something smaller and with a more regional focus, or go big and do something more ambitious. We decided to go big, in large part due to 2 specific goals:

    – Bring a world-class event to our own backyard. Because travel expenses are often the most prohibitive cost in attending conferences, we felt that Fluxible would be a great opportunity for the UX community in Ontario.

    – Draw the eyes of the world to Kitchener-Waterloo for a few key moments, to show there’s something really exciting here for UX’ers.

    Your suggestion of day passes is something we considered very seriously. Since this is the first Fluxible, we opted for the logistically simpler route this year. Additionally, we’re designing the conference experience as an intimate affair to build connections and community — and having everyone participate in the whole event helps to make that happen.

    I agree that registration isn’t a trivial cost, even with discounts. We’d have to offer a different kind of event in order to substantially reduce the cost. I would like to point out that it’s markedly lower than what similar conferences charge, something we’re quite proud of. That’s thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, our volunteer team, and our speakers.

    We do plan to make Fluxible a regular event! So your feedback is really helpful. Thanks again, Richard.

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