May 31st, 2011

On Tuesday, May 24th I went to the Chicago Hacks/Hackers meeting to brainstorm ideas for the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership innovation challenge. After brief introductions and food in a conference room in the Chicago Tribune tower, we split into groups and embarked on 30 minutes of intense brainstorming. Our prompts were one of three topics:

  1. Improving comments
  2. Reinventing online video
  3. Creating a user-centric experience

My group tackled the third issue and came up with some really great ideas which I (hopefully adequately) presented after our time was up. Phillip Smith of Mozilla walked around taping everybody and then uploaded the videos. Well, here I am:

MWDM May Meetup

May 18th, 2011

I attended the Milwaukee Web Design Meetup May event which featured Dale Sande of Getty Images talking about Object Oriented CSS and modular web design. It was really an incredible event for me as Dale’s history and current topics mirrored my own experiences and it was great to hear from someone else who thinks along the same lines that I do. OOCSS is something that I sort of figured out on my own as it was first starting to appear as a term, and it was great to hear it discussed as a fully-fledged concept. The CSS metalanguages Less and SASS tied perfectly into the OOCSS and modular concepts, and are definitely something I’m going to start using. Overall, it was one of the most informative 2 hours I’ve spent.