Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend An Event Apart for my first time. It was as mind-blowing an experience as possible. The opportunity to learn in person from many of the people who taught me web design through their books and their blog posts and their articles, well, it was an exceptional experience.
Here are some of my notes that I took during Jeffrey Zeldman’s excellent talk at An Event Apart Minneapolis, Web 2.1: The Medium Comes of Age. It is inevitably impossible to capture everything that is excellent in such a talk, and it is always possible that I may get something wrong. Feel free to let me know if that is the case.
The second speaker at An Event Apart Minneapolis was Whitney Hess, who spoke about Do It Yourself User Experience techniques in “DIY UX: Give Your Users an Upgrade.” Below are summaries of my notes. These are Whitney’s excellent thoughts, not mine. Hopefully I captured them accurately, but this is a poor substitute for the engaging, practical presentation Whitney gave. You have to go to An Event Apart for that!
All of the presentations at An Event Apart Minneapolis were fantastic, but I probably laughed the hardest at Jared Spool’s presentation on the “Anatomy of Design Decisions.” The cursed airlines had delayed Dan Cederholm’s flight to Minneapolis, so Jared was called upon to do Dan’s presentation on CSS3. Or so Jared joked.
On Monday afternoon of An Event Apart Minneapolis, the first presentation was given by Luke Wroblewski, with a simple but revolutionary message for us: Web products should be designed for mobile first. Below is a summary of my notes: unless I specify otherwise, these brilliant thoughts are his.
In short, even if you’re not planning on releasing a mobile version, design web products for mobile first.
One of the most charming presentations at An Event Apart Minneapolis was from Aarron Walter, who talked to us about learning to love humans, something we have all struggled with from time to time, I’m sure. Aarron is also the author of Building Findable Websites, which I am reading and enjoying right now.
Really, the only flaw in the presentation is that Aarron is apparently originally from Iowa. I tried not to hold that against him, as I’m a Minnesotan. I jest of course, I suppose because I’m human.
A Chasing After Wind is not just a short story collection; another story surrounds the telling of these stories. These contemporary stories walk the border between science fiction and fantasy, where moments of humor emerge from tragedies. Is this struggle in vain, a chasing after wind? Or does everyone deserve a second chance?
I am a web designer and developer with a passion for web standards, accessibility, usability, and information architecture. My toolbox includes hand-coding XHTML and CSS, Drupal, ColdFusion, and all things Adobe.
When my head is not in the web, I enjoy walks with my wife and dog through our lovely neighborhood (walks with our cat proved counterproductive), time with friends, traveling, reading, movies, fantasy and science fiction, Blu-Ray, a nice meal now and then, and all things iPhone.
If I were a flavor of ice cream, trust me, it would not be IE6.