Oh, I am excited! Video from my presentation at Mobilism in Amsterdam has been posted. I’m already excited about Mobilism for next year!
In this presentation, “Cutting through the Crap: The Essence of Content on the Web”, I talk about some of my mental explorations of the meaning of core content on the web. The summary:
You’ve likely heard about content a lot lately—content is king, content should flow like water, “Content First!”. But what IS content in its basest form? Is it HTML? XML? JSON? Is it human-readable plaintext? And once we have our content, how do we transform it to look wonderful on mobile devices, televisions, regular old computers, refrigerators? Where does content end and platform-specific representation begin? The mobile revolution has shown us that our content management and web publishing technologies are entangled and flawed. The web will continue to be consumed by more and more clients, many of which haven’t even occurred to us yet. But by thinking deeply and re-examining the essence of our content, we can help to architect a flexible future for the web.
Photo courtesy of the very kind Jen Hanen
The video is available on Vimeo.
Over the last few months, I’ve been proud to represent Portland as the WebVisions conference branched out into other cities. It’s been awesome to see “the little conference that could” find new communities eager to welcome it.
Despite that fact, I’ll freely admit that I have a special affection for the Portland version of WebVisions. It was the first conference I attend and the first one I spoke at. There are talks that I saw at WebVisions that still influence my work to this day.
This is the 12th year of the conference. The organizers bring in fantastic speakers and do so at a price that is much less expensive than what it costs to attend most other conferences. At my previous job, I would often take our entire team to WebVisions.
This year is no different. The conference starts on May 16th. Lyza and I will be giving a workshop showing desktop web developers how to convert their skills to mobile. I’m also giving a talk called Casting Off Our Desktop Shackles. We’d love to see you at both!
If you’re in the Portland area, I encourage you to attend WebVisions. I love the community around the event. And I like playing host to all of the smart people who travel to our city to attend or speak at WebVisions. If you do attend, please say hello.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 3, 2012) at 10AM Pacific, Jason and I will be presenting “The Mobile Omnivore: A Taste Test of Mobile Website Development” on O’Reilly. The 60-minute webcast will include a 35-minute (ish) presentation, followed by audience Q&A.
The mobile web is a complex place. There are lots of ways to build a mobile website—how do you choose the right tool for the job?
In this webcast presentation, we touch on a series of technologies and techniques including:
- Responsive Web Design (RWD)
- Mobile-first RWD
- Server-side device detection
- HTML5 and CSS3 on mobile
- Device idiosyncrasies
- Some of our favorite tools and tips for mobile development
Who is this webcast for?
The webcast is free. Register now—we’ll see you there!
Here are some links to some of the topics and tools we talk about in our presentation.
Lyza and I are giving a mobile web workshop next week at WebVisions NYC. We’re preparing an outstanding workshop for web designers and developers who want to learn how to build for mobile devices. We’re very excited about the workshop. It’s going to rock, but we need your help!
But we’ve got a problem. We came up with a fun theme (Zombie Apocalypse!) to make the workshop interesting, but we’ve heard people were reluctant to register for the workshop because they didn’t get it. :-(
Since we heard about the registration problem, we’ve lept into action:
- We’ve rewritten the workshop description so it is clearer what people will learn at the workshop.
- We’ve posted a fun preview of the talk. The preview made me giggle multiple times when I read what Lyza had wrote.
- We’re here asking for your help.
We need your help getting the last minute word out. If you can take a moment to share the event, we would appreciate it. Particularly if you know people in New York who would benefit, we would be grateful if you pass the word onto them directly.
And of course we have discounts to share
WebVisions has provided us with a way to save 40% on conference passes. There are two options:
- Save 40% off a conference pass, get a FREE pass to Thomas Phinney’s “Web Typography Best Practices” workshop ($250 value) and a 60-day unlimited WebINK account (register at http://wvnyc-webink.eventbrite.com/), OR
- Save 40% on conference passes to WebVisions NYC and receive a FREE Workshop pass ($250 value) to Kevin Hoyt’s “Web Standards Playground” (register at http://wvnyc-adobe.eventbrite.com/).
I honestly had to read that a few times to make sure I understood the deal correctly. Seriously, 40% off and you get a free workshop? My guess is that Adobe and WebINK are helping sponsor the discounts which is pretty cool way to get into a workshop and save money.
WebVisions is a fantastic event
WebVisions is new to New York, but it has been going on in Portland for several years now. It always has fantastic speakers and the line up in New York is no different. Please help us make the event a success.
Thanks in advance for spreading the word. We greatly appreciate it and promise we’ll be less cutesy and more descriptive in our workshop abstracts from now on. :-)
Hi, everybody! Last night I gave a presentation to the Portland, Ore., Drupal Users Group (PDXDUG) about the vast topic of the mobile Web on Drupal. There’s a whole lot crammed into this 94-slide deck (and I delivered it in 45 minutes—whew!), and some of it will be old hat to mobile Web folks.
- Overview of current leading Mobile Web development philosophies
- The chaotic reality
- A couple of core tenets I try to stick to
- Drupal for mobile: the good and the bad
- Some early 3rd-party Drupal mobile modules
- Code: Framing out our own hypothetical mobile Web module to detect devices, theme-switch, etc.
- Where to from here/further reading