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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).

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.

What I saw at FoWD 2008

As promised, slight¬≠ly more detailed notes on the ses¬≠sions at FoWD (fur¬≠ther links to pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tions to fol¬≠low). In chrono¬≠log¬≠i¬≠cal order:

Finding Inspiration for Design (Patrick McNeil)

I missed the begin¬≠ning of this, but it seemed to be pret¬≠ty sage, if not rather com¬≠mon¬≠sense, advice (don‚Äôt just use web¬≠sites for web design inspi¬≠ra¬≠tion), as well as some notes on cur¬≠rent trends and tips on future ones; soft colours, more use of hor¬≠i¬≠zon¬≠tal space, more video.

User Experience vs Brand Experience (Steve Pearce and Andy Clarke)

Set up as a con­fronta­tion, but in fact both speak­ers were at pains to point out that both should be thought of togeth­er. Andy Clarke adds: don’t be afraid to fail, we learn from our mistakes.

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Impressions of FOWD 2008

Yes¬≠ter¬≠day I attend¬≠ed the Future Of Web Design Lon¬≠don event in Kens¬≠ing¬≠ton (along with my love¬≠ly wife). Unfor¬≠tu¬≠nate¬≠ly I‚Äôve been suf¬≠fer¬≠ing from some stink¬≠ing virus for the past cou¬≠ple of days, which left me uncom¬≠fort¬≠able, occa¬≠sion¬≠al¬≠ly in pain, and irri¬≠tat¬≠ed. Please bear in mind that this may have coloured my per¬≠cep¬≠tion of the event some¬≠what; also, please accept my apolo¬≠gies if you were at the event and start to suf¬≠fer the same symp¬≠toms in a few days.

I’ll write short reviews of the indi­vid­ual ses­sions at a lat­er date, but my gen­er­al opin­ion is that it was just OK; it dealt more in cur­rent design trends than future, almost all of which you prob­a­bly already know if you keep up to date with sites like A List Apart or some of the bet­ter blogs. Although that’s not to say it was a com­plete waste of time; few of the speak­ers were less than inter­est­ing, and there are always new tech­niques to learn or exist­ing tech­niques to reinforce.

Some of the speak¬≠ers suf¬≠fered from not hav¬≠ing worked (or, at least, not for a long time) in a reg¬≠u¬≠lar agency posi¬≠tion (if I may coin a phrase, coal-face web devel¬≠op¬≠ment), and their advice was there¬≠fore use¬≠ful on a the¬≠o¬≠ret¬≠i¬≠cal basis only. Sure, it would be great if we could make mis¬≠takes in pub¬≠lic and make con¬≠stant revi¬≠sions to our web¬≠sites, but who pays for that? The client almost cer¬≠tain¬≠ly won‚Äôt. We think our¬≠selves lucky to have some clients who are savvy enough to make annu¬≠al revi¬≠sions to their sites! And while I‚Äôd love to just ‚Äúget bet¬≠ter clients‚ÄĚ, that‚Äôs just not how the real world works for those of us who don‚Äôt work at start-ups or own our own agencies.

In sum¬≠ma¬≠ry, then, com¬≠pared to last year‚Äôs @media, which I found gen¬≠uine¬≠ly inspir¬≠ing, this was ‚Äėonly‚Äô inter¬≠est¬≠ing. I‚Äôll give care¬≠ful con¬≠sid¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tion as to whether or not I attend again next year.


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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