About CS Forum

  • We’ll always have Paris

    CS Forum started in 2010. The city was Paris, it was spring, and it was lovely (except for that nasty Icelandic volcano). In 2011, the party moved to London. It was autumn, and it was lovely (no volcano in sight). This year Cape Town, South Africa is the place to be for three days devoted to content strategy and its related subjects. It’s going to be lovely.

    New year, new continent

    The best and the brightest in the world of content strategy will converge on Cape Town in October 2012, to meet, network, learn, and eat rusks dipped in amazing coffee. We’ve got Kristina Halvorson and Luke Wroblewski on board to deliver what are sure to be energetic and scary-smart keynotes. We’re hard at work planning a diverse line-up to inform, educate and entertain content strategists, UX professionals, marketing devotees and more. If you work with content (and you do), this conference is for you.

    Apart from presentations and workshops by international authorities on content strategy, UX, design, and more, attendees can expect panoramic mash-ups of mountains, blue skies, winelands and the Atlantic Ocean; music and merriment under the African night-sky; braai chops, boerewors and biltong, washed down with plenty of excellent Cape wine; the chance to hang out with both local and international content enthusiasts; and a uniquely South African flavour to the whole experience.

    Your hosts

    The Cape Town festivities are in good hands; specifically, the hands belonging to:

    • Kerry-Anne Gilowey, independent content strategy consultant at August Sun Projects. Kerry-Anne once threatened to beat a website to death with a spoon due to its poor usability and terrible content architecture. She takes this stuff seriously. She founded the Cape Town Content Strategy meetup group in 2010, and has racked up tax deductions and airmiles galore in the past two years by attending CS Forum 2010 and 2011, as well as Confab 2011.
    • Irene Walker, content strategist at Sable Group. Irene’s first proper job was as a web manager for the NHS, where she had to take care of thousands of patients’ information needs. As a result, she’s become a bit of a usability and inclusivity pedant, and is happy to talk anyone’s ears off about how we could all do with just a little more empathy, you know. She’s presented on barrier-free content at CS Forum 2011, IA Konferenz Germany and Confab 2012.
    • Rian van der Merwe, currently Director of User Experience at Cape Town-based UX agency Flow Interactive. Rian is passionate about designing and building software that people love to use. His past employers include eBay, Yola, and Kalahari.com.
    • Nathan Blows, the Digital Editor on the Ackermans account at New Media Publishing, South Africa’s leading custom publisher. He ensures that cross-channel content is relevant to business requirements and meets user needs, prepares strategies and manages the dialogue between consumers and the brand. Slightly music obsessed, he’s purchased 482 (and counting) albums since the start of 2011.
    What about next year?

    Whoa, speedy! The venue for 2013′s shindig will be announced soon after this year’s conference. If you’re interested in hosting CS Forum 13, please get in touch with us and we’ll send you all the details.