CSSquirrel explores the issues and absurdity of the world of web design through the medium of a blog, comics and a weekly podcast. With topics ranging from the HTML5 authoring process to Yahoo’s repeated axing of websites, from the pain of supporting legacy browsers to the annoyance of vendor-specific fan boys, the Squirrel is there to poke fun and occasionally say something smart-sounding.
This site is the love child of Kyle Weems, a web developer and award winning cartoonist that lives in Bellingham, WA. It’s been operating since 2008 ever since its first comic featuring the theft of Andy Clarke’s underpants.
About Kyle Weems
I was born in Redding, CA in 1977 only nineteen minutes after my twin brother. He’s right-handed, I’m left-handed. He has a goatee, so by Star Trek rules, he’s the evil twin.
CSSquirrel is my third comic strip. The first one was Edgar Eagle, which ran in my high school newspaper (the Eagle Examiner) from 1991 to 1995. The second one, Nervillsaga, is a fantasy comedy comic that’s been on an extended hiatus since 2006.
I have a great script for a TV pilot for a buddy cop series called Beep and the Squirrel, but Ethan Marcotte won’t return my calls.
December 2012 – CSS Dev Conf: I’m excited to be one of the invited twenty speakers at this day-long conference focused on CSS. In case names like Paul Irish, Dan Cederholm and Chris Coyier don’t get you excited enough, I’ll add the two facts: #1 I’ll be there. #2 It’s in Honolulu. It’s December 5th, I’d love to see you there.
Past Events, Press and Other Cool Things
June 2012 – The Weekly Chat Episode #10: I was invited to participate in Jeff and Matt’s weekly podcast, where we discussed WWDC and making money on the Internet.
May 2011 – Web Directions Unplugged: I was honored to be invited to participate in this mobile-oriented web design conference as the Cartoonist in Residence, where I feverishly produced thirteen comics capturing the wisdom and insanity of its speakers.
May 2010 – Unmatchedstyle Interview: I’m pinned down and asked about my thoughts and inspiration for design, and accidentally let slip my love of Enya for the public record.
January 2010 – SitePoint Podcast #44 “HTML5 is a (Beautiful) Mess”: I joined Kevin Yank of SitePoint, Bruce Lawson of Opera and SitePoint author Ian Lloyd in a discussion on HTML5′s recent messy politics, and whether that was negatively impacting the standard.
Comics, Speaking & Developing
If by chance you’re looking for a speaker for your conference or event, or seeking some Squirrel-related comic art for a project, I’m probably both very interested and available. Please contact me via any of the methods below.
If you’re looking for some web design or development work, I suggest that you check out Mindfly. We’re awesome.