In reality, more collaborative
But still quite competitive!
Steve Brewer Travis Isaacs
Front-End Developers are like midfielders,
balancing in between offense and defense.
We ensure that designers get the glory, and the
server-side guys can stick to what they do best.
“Inverse, Multi-Headed Hydra”
In the world of web-development,
there are many “dragons” sharing
the same public facade: ASP.NET,
ColdFusion, Java, Perl, PHP, Ruby,
Python, etc. To render in a browser,
all data has to pass through HTML.
Front-end isn’t a bad place to be. :)
(Best Viewed In)
Life used to be so much
simpler. But nowadays...
Gotta catch ‘em all! o_O;
In order to keep
pace with change:
We really need
= 3 legged stool:
falls flat if any of
these three are
Aaron recently received
his Doctorate of Physical
Therapy from University
He is a world record
holder amongst Olympic
Aaron was born with a
juvenile form of macular
Stargardt’s disease. His
vision is 20/400 vision,
while people with full
sight see 20/20.
Aaron is pictured here
setting a world record
with Ben Collins. They
rode a tandem bicycle,
ran and swam tethered.
He finished in 01:58:08 at
Dallas, TX on 10/14/07.
Jeremy Keith – JS Expert
“Far from being something that is added to
a site, accessibility is something we need to
ensure isn’t removed. From that
perspective, the phrase ‘making a site
accessible’ isn’t accurate...”
“Accessibility is not a plug-in. It’s not
something that can be bolted onto a site
after the fact. So here’s what I’m proposing:
From now on, instead of talking about
making a site accessible, I’m going to talk
about keeping a site accessible. Join me.”
We are Passionate
About our Work
Photoshop vs. Fireworks
Mockups vs. Prototyping
Ruby on Rails vs. Django
Frameworks vs. Custom
Flash vs. Web Standards
Mac vs. PC - MS vs. Apple
Release Date for HTML5?
Jeff Croft vs. Everybody...
As the CS3 product cycle was
wrapping up, Adobe's user interface
designers started showing their ideas
for subsequent releases... I think my
initial reaction can be boiled down to
three letters: WTF? quot;Are you telling
me,quot; I asked, quot;that we're going to put
a huge, battleship-gray box into the
background on the Mac, as it is on
Windows? Why would we do that?quot;
Why Use a Version
Control System? last code
– Provides fall-back point
– Prevents over-writing
– Helps w. accountability
– Track change history
– Any operating system
– Schedule server tasks
– Project management
Design by Commi ee
aka Village Stew
Several years ago in
there was a church split
over whether to use
organ music in worship.
Ironically, those who
left to start a new
church now have a far
organ than the original
congregation ever did.
They remain divided.
Mark Boulton: Designing by Community?
“Designing by community I feel is different.
There are a lot of people in the Drupal
community. Many hundreds with a strong
voice. Providing very early releases—in
fact, opening up the process completely—
draws reaction. Within that reaction, if
there is enough of it, we can identify
trends. And I think trends in feedback is
the key to Designing by Community.”
Stephen P. Anderson
Why I’m Not a Manager
“When you have the
right people on your
team, what qualifies as
management is really
about creating a
platform from which
everyone can track
themselves. That, and
f i g u r i n g o u t h ow to
challenge folks so that
they are delivering their
best. This assumes a lot
of trust and faith in their
abilities, and not in your
ability to hand-hold.”
“He who thinks he
leads, but has no
followers, is only
taking a walk.”
— John C. Maxwell
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
ENTJ - “I’m really sorry you have to die.”
ENTJs have a natural tendency to marshall and direct.
This may be expressed with the charm and finesse of a
world leader or with the insensitivity of a cult leader.
The ENTJ requires little encouragement to make a
plan. One ENTJ put it this way... quot;I make these little
plans that really don't have any importance to anyone
else, and then feel compelled to carry them out.quot;
While quot;compelledquot; may not describe ENTJs as a group,
nevertheless the bent to plan creatively and to make
those plans reality is a common theme for NJ types.
I think of the ideal web team
as operating much like the
Ninja Turtles. Each one is
dangerous in his own right,
but together under the right
leadership become more
than the sum of their parts.
“At least half of the team
members should be senior-
level in their area of
expertise. The functions of a
web team can be categorized
into five specialist groups:
Design, Client-Side, Server-
Side, Content, and Support.”
— Cody Lindley
We All Want to Use
(because we love the praise from peers)
– CSS Drop Shadows
– PNGs + Alpha Channels
– Ems instead of Px fonts
– sIFR Text Replacement
– Drawing on <canvas>
– Elastic page layouts
Can’t Be Afraid
to Slide Tackle
Automate processes, but in moderation
A moment before firing, two
members of the gun crew
ceased all activity and came
to attention for a three-
second interval extending
throughout the discharge of
the gun. He summoned up an
o l d co l o n e l o f a r t i l l e r y,
showed him the pictures,
and pointed out the strange
behavior… “Ah,” he said
when the performance was
over, “I have it. They are
holding the horses.”
p. 124 of Social Change
by Robert Nisbet
– Mark Kraemer
All modern monitors support at
least 1024×768 pixel resolution.
960 is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 24, 30, 32,
40, 48, 60, 64, 80, 96, 120, 160,
192, 240, 320 and 480.
The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline
web development by providing commonly used
dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels.
There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns,
which can be used separately or in tandem.
The basis of the grid is ideally suited to rapid
prototyping, but it would work equally well
for workflow in a production environment.
There are printable sketch sheets, Photoshop
and Fireworks templates, and a CSS framework
that contain identical column measurements.
The 12 column grid is divided into portions
that are 60 pixels wide, whereas the 16
column grid consists 40 pixel increments.
Each column has 10 pixels of margin to either
side, which stack to create gutters that are
20 pixels wide between each of the columns.
Summation of Presentation
•Strive to write elegant code.
•Slide-tackle when necessary.
•Choose the right framework.
•Know thy personality type.
•Train an “inverted-T” skill-set.
•Be passionate + pragmatic.
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