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The Elements of a Good Conference Talk

Recent­ly on Twit­ter a few peo­ple, myself includ­ed, had a short con­ver­sa­tion about what we like to see in con­fer­ence talks, prompt­ed by Sara Souei­dan’s ques­tion:

I’ve been wast­ing a lot of time late­ly try­ing to decide which talk top­ic to do at which con­fer­ence. Any tips, fel­low speakers?

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Web Components: concerns and opportunities

On the 21st of March I had the plea¬≠sure of par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pat¬≠ing in the Web Com¬≠po¬≠nents pan¬≠el at Edge Conf, and the priv¬≠i¬≠lege of giv¬≠ing the intro¬≠duc¬≠tion to the pan¬≠el. I‚Äôm a strong advo¬≠cate of Web Com¬≠po¬≠nents and it was great to be able to pro¬≠vide my opin¬≠ion on them, along¬≠side some real experts in the field, as well as hear ques¬≠tions and feed¬≠back from the com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ty. The main con¬≠cern which was raised is that, as devel¬≠op¬≠ers cre¬≠ate their own ele¬≠ments, some impor¬≠tant con¬≠sid¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tions ‚ÄĒ acces¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ty not least ‚ÄĒ could get for¬≠got¬≠ten about.

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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.

CSS Day and Responsive Design Workflow

I’ve just returned from a few days in Ams­ter­dam, where I was for­tu­nate enough to be part of the first (and only?) CSS Day, an event organ­ised by the team behind Mobil­ism and Fron­teers, who are con­sum­mate­ly pro­fes­sion­al and deserve huge con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks for all their work. The con­fer­ence had the aim of div­ing deep into CSS through each of the eight speak­ers dis­cussing a mod­ule (or mod­ules) of the CSS spec. My cho­sen sub­ject was Ani­ma­tions and Tran­si­tions; my slides are online now, video should fol­low shortly.

The day before the con¬≠fer¬≠ence I gave a whole-day work¬≠shop on Respon¬≠sive Web Design, teach¬≠ing design and devel¬≠op¬≠ment approach¬≠es and ‚ÄĒ more impor¬≠tant¬≠ly ‚ÄĒ a new work¬≠flow more adapt¬≠ed to the demands of the new way of work¬≠ing. I was helped huge¬≠ly in this by the fact that I‚Äôd recent¬≠ly fin¬≠ished read¬≠ing Stephen Hay‚Äôs new book, Respon¬≠sive Design Work¬≠flow.

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It‚Äôs CSS Day next month!

Next month I‚Äôll have the plea¬≠sure of tak¬≠ing part in CSS Day in Ams¬≠ter¬≠dam, not once, but twice. On Fri¬≠day 14th June I‚Äôll be on stage along¬≠side a tru¬≠ly stel¬≠lar line-up of speak¬≠ers: Eric Mey¬≠er, Bert Bos, Stephen Hay, Divya Man¬≠ian, Tab Atkins, Daniel Glaz¬≠man and Lea Ver¬≠ou. Each of us will be look¬≠ing in detail at a spe¬≠cif¬≠ic mod¬≠ule (or mod¬≠ules) of the CSS spec; my talk will be on the Ani¬≠ma¬≠tions and Tran¬≠si¬≠tions mod¬≠ules. If you‚Äôre into CSS in a big way, this day is one you won‚Äôt want to miss.

On the pre¬≠vi¬≠ous day, Thurs¬≠day 13th June, I‚Äôll be giv¬≠ing a one-day Respon¬≠sive Web Design work¬≠shop, where I‚Äôll be teach¬≠ing the full process of cre¬≠at¬≠ing a respon¬≠sive web¬≠site: plan¬≠ning and strat¬≠e¬≠gy, pro¬≠to¬≠typ¬≠ing, tools, design deliv¬≠er¬≠ables, and, of course, cod¬≠ing. Alter¬≠na¬≠tive¬≠ly, if your CSS is not quite up to scratch and you need a refresh¬≠er before the con¬≠fer¬≠ence, Eric Mey¬≠er will be giv¬≠ing a work¬≠shop which will teach you all you need to know.

Each work¬≠shop costs ‚ā¨300, and the con¬≠fer¬≠ence day costs ‚ā¨250 (Dutch VAT of 21% will be added to both). Full details, pro¬≠gramme and tick¬≠ets are all on, along with a nice lit¬≠tle East¬≠er egg I found out about today: click on a speak¬≠ers name on the Pro¬≠gramme page to see some live exam¬≠ples of their cho¬≠sen subject!

Oh, and as if my con¬≠fer¬≠ence and some fan¬≠tas¬≠tic talks weren‚Äôt enough, as a bonus you get to spend a few days in beau¬≠ti¬≠ful Ams¬≠ter¬≠dam. I‚Äôm real¬≠ly excit¬≠ed to be a part of this, and hope to see you there!

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).



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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