Category: Personal

The European speaking tour

The sec¬≠ond con¬≠fer¬≠ence sea¬≠son is com¬≠ing up, and I‚Äôve got a lot of speak¬≠ing engage¬≠ments in the next few months. My plan is to cut back on speak¬≠ing in 2014 to put more empha¬≠sis on mak¬≠ing things again ‚ÄĒ although I‚Äôm always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers. But before I cut back, here‚Äôs my schedule:

First I‚Äôm very hap¬≠py and proud to be speak¬≠ing at the first, on 13 Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber in Berlin. I‚Äôll be talk¬≠ing about Web Com¬≠po¬≠nents, with an empha¬≠sis on the role that CSS plays. Tick¬≠ets are ‚ā¨399 and are sell¬≠ing fast.

A few weeks lat¬≠er, on 24 Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber, I‚Äôll be in Bucharest for the first SmartWeb Con¬≠fer¬≠ence, where I‚Äôll also be talk¬≠ing Web Com¬≠po¬≠nents. Tick¬≠ets are ‚ā¨150 until the end of August, ‚ā¨175 after.

I‚Äôve pen¬≠cilled in anoth¬≠er talk for the fol¬≠low¬≠ing week¬≠end, but as that‚Äôs not been announced yet I‚Äôll gloss over it for now.

On 12 Octo¬≠ber I‚Äôm off to Stock¬≠holm for Leet¬≠s¬≠peak, where I‚Äôll be talk¬≠ing about the future of CSS. Tick¬≠et details are not avail¬≠able yet.

My final talk for the year (I think) will be on 23‚Äď24 Octo¬≠ber in Oslo, at Mak¬≠ing Web, where I‚Äôll be talk¬≠ing about CSS lay¬≠outs. Tick¬≠ets are 6,000 Kro¬≠ne if you book before 15 August, 6,500 after.

Speaking at CSS Day, and a FoWD reminder

I‚Äôm extreme¬≠ly hap¬≠py to announce that I‚Äôve been asked to speak at CSS Day, a one-day event in June that explores CSS in advanced detail, in the com¬≠pa¬≠ny of an array of amaz¬≠ing speak¬≠ers: Lea Ver¬≠ou, Eric Mey¬≠er, Bert Bos, Tab Atkins, Divya Man¬≠ian, Stephen Hay, and Daniel Glaz¬≠man. Wow.

I‚Äôll be dis¬≠cussing the intri¬≠ca¬≠cies and secrets of the Ani¬≠ma¬≠tions and Tran¬≠si¬≠tions mod¬≠ules, while each of the oth¬≠er speak¬≠ers will also cov¬≠er a sin¬≠gle top¬≠ic in great detail. It promis¬≠es to be a real¬≠ly good day. Tick¬≠ets cost ‚ā¨250 (plus 21 per¬≠cent tax).

The day before CSS Day there are also two work¬≠shops: Eric Mey¬≠er will explain the basics of each of the mod¬≠ules to be explained the fol¬≠low¬≠ing day, in case you‚Äôre wor¬≠ried about not being able to fol¬≠low some of the talks, while I‚Äôll be teach¬≠ing Respon¬≠sive Web Design tech¬≠niques and approach¬≠es. Tick¬≠ets for each work¬≠shop cost ‚ā¨300 (plus tax).

And just a reminder that I‚Äôll be speak¬≠ing at Future of Web Design in Lon¬≠don in May, where I‚Äôll also be giv¬≠ing a one-day work¬≠shop on CSS3 the day before. If you book now you get the work¬≠shop plus two days of con¬≠fer¬≠ence for only ¬£595 (plus tax).

The Modern Web, and The Future of Web Design

The cover of the book, The Modern WebI am delight¬≠ed and very proud to announce my new book, The Mod¬≠ern Web. It‚Äôs about the mod¬≠ern open web tech¬≠nolo¬≠gies ‚ÄĒ HTML5, CSS3, SVG, JavaScript, DOM APIs, et al ‚ÄĒ that are required to build web¬≠sites and appli¬≠ca¬≠tions in the new mul¬≠ti-device era. Basi¬≠cal¬≠ly, it‚Äôs about the Web Plat¬≠form, but my pub¬≠lish¬≠ers did¬≠n‚Äôt think the word ‚Äúplat¬≠form‚ÄĚ was sexy enough so I had to drop it.

It‚Äôs not quite fin¬≠ished yet ‚ÄĒ I‚Äôm still in a final round of edits ‚ÄĒ but is planned for release in April. I‚Äôll be fur¬≠ther pro¬≠mot¬≠ing it near¬≠er that time (of course), but if you‚Äôre inter¬≠est¬≠ed in pre-order¬≠ing you can get good prices from and Or, if you pre¬≠fer, you can pre-order ‚ÄúThe Mod¬≠ern Web‚ÄĚ direct¬≠ly from No Starch Press and get a 30 per¬≠cent dis¬≠count and a free eBook copy. It‚Äôs a great deal.

I‚Äôm equal¬≠ly delight¬≠ed to announce that I‚Äôll be speak¬≠ing at Future of Web Design in Lon¬≠don, in May of this year, along with a great line-up of excel¬≠lent speak¬≠ers. I‚Äôll also be giv¬≠ing a one-day CSS3 Mas¬≠ter¬≠class before the con¬≠fer¬≠ence. Tick¬≠ets are on sale now, and if you book before 1st March you‚Äôll get ¬£100 off the total price. Anoth¬≠er great deal.

Speaking at Future of Web Design in Prague

I‚Äôm very proud to have been asked to present at the first Future of Web Design in Prague, Czech Repub¬≠lic, lat¬≠er this month. I‚Äôll be giv¬≠ing a one-day work¬≠shop, called CSS3 Mas¬≠ter Class, then pre¬≠sent¬≠ing a talk with the title CSS3 Lay¬≠outs for the Mul¬≠ti-screen World in the Design track the fol¬≠low¬≠ing day.

If you fan¬≠cy see¬≠ing a great line-up of local and inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al speak¬≠ers in the beau¬≠ti¬≠ful city of Prague you can get a 10% dis¬≠count by using the code SPEAKER10 when you reg¬≠is¬≠ter; that‚Äôs almost ‚ā¨50 off a one-day tick¬≠et, ‚ā¨90 off a two-day tick¬≠et, and over ‚ā¨100 off the full work¬≠shop and con¬≠fer¬≠ence tick¬≠et. That should help con¬≠vince your boss to pay for it. Hope to see some of you there.

A List Apart

For about as long as I‚Äôve been work¬≠ing as a pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al web dev, A List Apart has been the num¬≠ber one resource for design, devel¬≠op¬≠ment, and relat¬≠ed top¬≠ics, with arti¬≠cles that have gen¬≠uine¬≠ly defined the way we work, by authors who have risen to pre-emi¬≠nence in our indus¬≠try. And now, me too.

I‚Äôm real¬≠ly proud and delight¬≠ed to have my very first arti¬≠cle on ALA: Learn¬≠ing to Love the Bor¬≠ing Bits of CSS, a look at some of the more pro¬≠sa¬≠ic new CSS fea¬≠tures. It‚Äôs had a good recep¬≠tion so far, and hope¬≠ful¬≠ly that will con¬≠tin¬≠ue as I‚Äôd love to write for them again.

I’m also look­ing for more speak­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, so if you know of any con­fer­ences look­ing for speak­ers, do point me in their direction.

A cover feature in .net, and a plea for help

The lat­est issue of .net Mag­a­zine has a cov­er fea­ture on the future of CSS lay­outs, writ­ten by me. It’s a snap­shot of the cur­rent sta­tus of the many CSS mod­ules relat­ed to lay­out, updat­ing the arti­cle of the same title I wrote for in August 2011.

I‚Äôve sent in a pro¬≠pos¬≠al to talk about CSS lay¬≠outs at this year‚Äôs CSS Dev Conf, and would real¬≠ly appre¬≠ci¬≠ate a vote for my talk to be select¬≠ed. The num¬≠bers of the talks are anonymised and ran¬≠domised for each vis¬≠i¬≠tor, but mine is in the Cut¬≠ting Edge ses¬≠sions page, and is called A Triv¬≠ial Shift: The CSS Lay¬≠out Rev¬≠o¬≠lu¬≠tion. If you could vote for that, and for me as a speak¬≠er on the last page, I would be extreme¬≠ly grate¬≠ful. I feel bad for ask¬≠ing, to be hon¬≠est, but it looks like a great con¬≠fer¬≠ence and I‚Äôd love to speak there.

Oh, also, a tuto­r­i­al I wrote for a recent issue of .net has now been made avail­able online: Chain CSS ani­ma­tions togeth­er with JavaScript.



I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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