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Recap: My Refresh Bellingham Presentation – The Ghosts of Web Standards Present

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

On December 16th, 2009, I had the opportunity to do something I’d been meaning to do for a while. I gave a presentation (in front of an audience, even) about web standards! I was invited to speak at Refresh Bellingham, which was a great experience. Discussing the topics of CSS3, HTML5 and Mobile, I definitely bit off a larger chunk than I needed to (in the future I think I’ll pare the experience down to CSS3 and HTML5 unless it’s for a much longer time format), but by the end of the presentation I felt like I’d done a good job of entertaining the audience and maybe teaching some of them a thing or two.

And, by George, that was a really good feeling.

Entitled: “The Ghosts of Web Standards Present: CSS3, HTML5 and Mobile”, the whole thing ran about an hour and fifteen minutes. Fortunately people laughed at all of my jokes, so it wasn’t too torturous. I talked about the varying level of support in modern browsers for new CSS3 and HTML5 features (and how that shouldn’t matter), as well as my thoughts on the need to be ready for mobile devices today in our designs. If I did it again, I’d probably put more advanced CSS3 techniques and HTML5 tricks in, as I uncovered a whole slew of new things I’d not experimented with before while doing research for it.

Although the slides don’t contain the majority of my witty dialog (I’m so modest), I’ve put them up (after some corrections and modifications) for you to look at if you’d like. The background will flash into it’s proper place two seconds after the page loads, by design (I had some issues with the popdown request for the geolocation interfering with the way the background looked on the slide projector).

The Ghosts of Web Standards Present

Get Refreshed at Refresh Bellingham!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I loved my week in Denver when I attended Web Directions North 2009. Days of presentations by some of the industry’s best and brightest followed by nights of camaraderie with people that were just as deep down the web-geek rabbit hole as myself. I learned several things during the presentations, but the majority of the major mind-blowing things I absorbed came from the after-session meals and late-night socializing with fellow designers and developers just shooting the breeze.

One of the groups in Denver that was present during some of these post-presentation events was Refresh Denver. I don’t know why, but the idea of a group of like-minded web-heads meeting up, talking shop, and having a few drinks or something to eat never occurred to me. I immediately knew that I wanted to see some of that scene going on locally.

Fortunately, Mindfly Web Studio (aka, my employers) also were thinking that, and thanks to their work Refresh Bellingham has been set into gear! On July 15th, Jeff Croft of Blue Flavor will be traveling to the City of Subdued Excitement to talk to Refresh Bellingham about the use of grids in web design. After his presentation those that desire will be getting drinks and eats, providing plenty of opportunity to get to know local web people and learn from one another.

Refresh Bellingham is a great opportunity for web designers and developers of all skill levels in the Bellingham area to gather, socialize and learn from each other. It’s not a sales pitch, it’s a community. If you’re a professional, a hobbyist, or a student considering entering the field, I strongly recommend coming and checking it out!

Did I mention it was free to attend the presentation? If you’re like me and regret missing AEA: Seattle, then come check out Jeff’s talk at no cost.

Let us know if you’re coming.