Cloud Four Blog

Technical notes, War stories and anecdotes

An Event Apart 2014

Speaking at An Event Apart is intimidating. Last year, I was privileged to speak twice, and I was terrified each time.

While I thought I gave a good talk both times, I realized after my first talk that I had misjudged the audience. I feared I had whiffed on my only chance to speak and wouldn’t be invited back.

So you can imagine my surprise and delight when Eric and Jeffrey asked me back this year. I swore that this year I would nail it.

What I learned last year was that people come to AEA expecting not only to be wowed by fantastic speakers, but also to take home a tangible things that they can implement.

So I put together a presentation called Mobile First Responsive Design. We know that over 90% of responsive designs are built poorly. This talk teaches you how to build in a responsible manner.

I presented the talk for the first time at AEA Atlanta. It is always difficult to judge your own talks, but based on the feedback from attendees, I think it worked. At minimum, I know people went home with a long list of things that they could do immediately.

I’m giving this presentation two more times. Once next month at AEA San Diego and in October at AEA Orlando.

I’m really proud of the way the talk has come together. I’d love it if you could join me at one of the two AEAs that I’m going to be speaking at.

But even if you can’t make it to San Diego or Orlando, An Event Apart puts on one of the best conferences in our industry. You should attend. And if you do, use ‘AEAGRIG’ on checkout to receive $100 off the price.

That discount code applies for all of the 2014 events—even the ones I’m not speaking at.

I hope to see you in San Diego or Orlando!

Fantastic intro to new srcset and sizes

I normally don’t write a post simply to link to another article, but if you’ve enjoyed the things I’ve written about responsive images, you really should read what Eric Portis wrote about Srcset and Sizes.

Eric describes the logic behind srcset and sizes, how they are part of the new picture proposed standard, and how to use them.

Easy. Peas.

Responsive Design Workshop in Denver

Last year, the kind folks at UIE invited me to give a workshop entitled When Responsive Design Meets the Real World at their UX Immersion Mobile conference in Seattle.

The workshop was a blast. People seemed to enjoy it.

But despite that I was honored and surprised that the folks at UIE invited me back to UXIM 2014 to present an updated version of the workshop.

Not only that, but they created a neat animated video about the talk.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the animation. I did an interview with Jared Spool for the UIE Podcast (available for your listening pleasure now), and at the end of the podcast, they asked me to talk for a couple of minutes about the workshop and they would “animate it”.

I think it turned out pretty well. I literally laughed out loud at the person hitting their head against the wall. Let’s just say that it wasn’t hard to see myself in a character with a round head and no hair.

UXIM looks great again this year. Lots of great speakers and in-depth workshops. If this sounds like something of interest to you, you can register for UXIM using the code “SPKUXIM” and save $200 off the full conference price.

I’d love to see you in Denver.

Dan Bricklin on Responsive App Design

Have you seen Dan Bricklin‘s Responsive App Design video? Yes, that Dan Bricklin. The “father of the spreadsheet” Dan Bricklin.

I desperately wanted to include this video in my last article on when responsive design makes sense for your app. But it felt forced so it got cut.

The video is worth watching. It’s fun to hear Dan compare responsive design to the challenge of fitting a spreadsheet on a 40 character screen. Check it out.