Category: Miscellanea

Opening up the media channels

To make it eas­i­er to get access to the posts I write here I’ve recent­ly set up pages on Face­book and Google+. I won’t beg you for a Like or +1, but if you’re feel­ing generous…

Of course, you can still sub­scribe to the RSS feed, or fol­low me on Twit­ter.

On Diversity in Conferences

Pre­vi­ous­ly… Edge Con­fer­ence released their pan­el­list line­up, and it was exclu­sive­ly white male at the time of announce­ment. This did­n’t go down well in some quar­ters. Matt Andrews wrote Diver­si­ty in tech: still an issue in 2013? and many sup­port­ive and dis­mayed tweets followed.

I’m not here to defend Edge Conf but I hope that as some­one who speaks at con­fer­ences I can add a lit­tle some­thing to the debate. Obvi­ous­ly being a white, male, con­fer­ence speak­er I have some self-inter­est in this, but I also hope that does­n’t pre­clude me from hav­ing an opin­ion; I’ve already had one reply to a com­ment I made on Twit­ter which said “your tweet would be inter­est­ing if you weren’t a white dude” — despite a white dude’s blog post kick­ing this whole thing off…

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Pride and Professionalism

It’s almost the end of 2012 and I’m wind­ing down for the hol­i­days, so in lieu of new con­tent I thought I’d share a few inter­est­ing quo­ta­tions I’ve seen/heard/read recent­ly, on pro­fes­sion­al­ism, pride in your work, and being cre­ative. Cheers to you all, see you in 2013.

Aes­thet­ics are your prob­lem and mine. Nobody else’s. I want every­thing we do — that I do per­son­al­ly, that our office does — to be beau­ti­ful. I don’t give a damn whether the client under­stands that that’s worth any­thing, or whether the client thinks it’s worth any­thing, or whether it is worth any­thing; it’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beau­ti­ful things, even if nobody cares. 

- Saul Bass

Once [Steve Jobs and his adop­tive father Paul] were build­ing a fence. And [Paul] said, “You got to make the back of the fence that nobody will see just as good look­ing as the front of the fence. Even though nobody will see it, you will know, and that will show that you’re ded­i­cat­ed to mak­ing some­thing perfect.” 

- Wal­ter Isaacson

To be real­ly cre­ative you have to deal with lone­li­ness and point­less­ness and you need to be bru­tal­ly hon­est and crit­i­cal of your own thoughts and actions. It’s what makes great cre­ators, inven­tors and entrepreneurs. 

- Nico­las Roope

On Opera’s Implementation of WebKit Aliases

As I’m sure you’re aware, Opera recent­ly released a pre­view build of their brows­er Mobile Emu­la­tor which is notable large­ly because they’ve aliased a group of -webkit- pre­fixed prop­er­ties, effec­tive­ly sup­port­ing anoth­er ven­dors sup­pos­ed­ly pro­pri­etary code in their own.

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My Happy New Year

One more post about things I’ve writ­ten else­where, then I’ll be back to writ­ing orig­i­nal con­tent here again…

Anoth­er pair of arti­cles by me got pub­lished today; they’re both introduction-level:

Adven­tures In The Third Dimen­sion, on Smash­ing Mag­a­zine, is a begin­ners guide to CSS 3D Trans­forms, explain­ing the syn­tax with a few demos; and for Ubel­ly I wrote The Five-Minute Guide to CSS Ani­ma­tions, which does the same job for CSS Animations.

I’ve an arti­cle com­ing up for .net Mag­a­zine soon; it’s called 10 CSS Tech­niques for 2012, it’ll be the cov­er arti­cle, and I’m very excit­ed about as I wrote it in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Andreas Johans­son, Har­ry Roberts, Lea Ver­ou, Nico­las Gal­lagher, and Paul Adam Davis, all of whom do great work.

After that I have two more arti­cles to write, should be tech edit­ing a book on CSS3, then prob­a­bly start­ing work on my own sec­ond book. 2012 is going to be a very busy year.

Things I’ve Written Elsewhere

I’ve been writ­ing some arti­cles for dif­fer­ent web­sites in the lat­ter half of this year, and it strikes me that I haven’t done a very good job of pro­mot­ing them on here. So please allow me to cor­rect that, with this brief run­down in reverse chrono­log­i­cal order.

I’ve put togeth­er my list of the 20 Best CSS Sites of 2011 for .net Mag­a­zine. Choos­ing only 20 turned out to be real­ly dif­fi­cult, as I want­ed to get a broad range of approach­es. I’m sure there are plen­ty I missed out, includ­ing any that aren’t in the Eng­lish language.

For The Sass Way I wrote about How Sass Can Shape The Future of CSS, show­ing how many of the fea­tures con­tained in the pre-processed CSS exten­sion are under dis­cus­sion for inclu­sion in future ver­sions of CSS.

Web­de­sign­tuts+ inter­viewed me about my book and my opin­ions on CSS3, includ­ing what I’m excit­ed about for the future, and things to beware of when using cut­ting-edge properties.

And again for .net Mag­a­zine I dis­cussed The Future of CSS Lay­outs, a sub­ject I’m real­ly excit­ed about at the moment, which led to an arti­cle that was very pop­u­lar with .net’s readership.

I cur­rent­ly have two more arti­cles wait­ing for tech­ni­cal review and proof­read­ing, which I hope will see the light of day short­ly, and have promised to write anoth­er two as soon as I get time (as well as one for a dead tree pub­li­ca­tion). I’m very hap­py to be writ­ing about my craft, and appre­ci­ate feed­back or fur­ther requests for arti­cles from oth­er sources — although, I won’t be able to write quite as much next year as I’m plan­ning to start my sec­ond book.

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I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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