He's a designer, author and speaker who’s known for his design work, books, conference presentations and contributions to the community. Jeffrey Zeldman (the Godfather of web standards) once called him a “triple talented bastard.” If you know of Jeffrey, you’ll know how happy that made him. Over the last fourteen years, he has made designs for amazing clients and written two books, ‘Transcending CSS’ and ‘Hardboiled Web Design.’ He has given over 50 conference presentations and hosted workshops and training events for other web professionals all over the world.

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A Modern Designer’s Canvas

When I gave this talk a title, I called it “A Modern Designer’s Canvas,” because originally I was going to talk about the tools and processes that I use when I’m designing. But being a good designer or developer is about so much more than knowing how to use tools. It’s also about the way we approach what we do and our attitude towards it.

A Modern Designer’s Canvas

I’m going to talk about four lessons that can help us do what we do better. These have been important to me, especially over the last challenging few years, when how we make websites has changed so much. They’re lessons that I learned a long time ago, at art school:


Encouraging Better Client Participation In Responsive Design Projects

Last week at the fabulous Smashing Conference in Freiburg, I gave a new talk, one I’d written just a few hours prior. I chose not to use slides, but instead to speak about three things that I’m incredibly enthusiastic about: Responsive design is not (just) a design or development problem; the client participation process is broken; how to call your client an idiot, to their face. Here are the (slightly expanded) notes that I made before my talk.

In all the excitement about responsive Web design over the last few years, someone forgot to tell our bosses and clients, so we’ve been treating responsive design like it’s a design or an implementation problem, whereas in fact it’s as much an issue for business. In fact, it’s an issue for everyone involved: designers, developers, content specialists, the people who commission websites and those who structure the teams who make the websites.


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