Archive: March 2nd, 2013

Write The Future by Tom Hunter — Kickstarter

Now this looks like my kind of event:

A new micro-conference on science, technology, communication and fiction, organised by the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

100 meters above the sea

I met up with Nick on Wednesday night at the Altitude event in Portsmouth and we had a chat about his crazy week.

Focusing on our future — some changes to our product line-up

What an Orwellian title for a blog post announcing the wholesale destruction of user’s content. Oh, Yahoo, you sound so proud of your cavalier attitude towards the collective culture that you have harvested.

Vile fuckwits.

Playing with game console browsers

The slides from Anna’s terrific talk at the Responsive Day Out.

Oh, what a Responsive Day Out that was!

When I announced the Responsive Day Out just three months ago, I was at pains to point out that it wouldn’t be a typical Clearleft event:

It’s a kind of conference, I guess, but I think of it as more like a gathering of like-minded people getting together to share what they’ve learned, show some examples, swap techniques, and discuss problems. And all of it will be related to responsive web design.

Well, it all went according to plan. In fact, it surpassed all expectations. It was really, really, really good, thanks to the unstoppable quick-fire knowledge bombs being dropped by each and every amazing speaker.

In the run-up to the event, I kept telling the speakers not to prepare too much; after all, these would just be quick 20 minute talks, and they were all donating their time and expertise …but clearly they didn’t listen to me. Everyone brought their A-game.

At the excellent after-party, courtesy of the kind people of Gridset, lots of people said how much they liked the format. It’s one I shamelessly ripped off from Honor’s Improving Reality event—a batch of three quick, focused talks back-to-back, followed by a joint discussion with all three speakers, and some questions from the audience. I was playing host for the day, and I tried my best to keep things lighthearted and irreverent. From the comments I heard, I think I succeeded in bringing the tone down.

The final panel of the day #responsiveconf

Despite the barebones, stripped-down nature of the event, there was good coffee on hand throughout, thanks to A Book Apart and Shopify.

There will be audio, thanks to Drew. There will be video, thanks to Besquare and Mailchimp.

In the meantime, Marc has posted a bunch of pictures on Flickr and Orde Saunders liveblogged the whole day.

If you came along, thank you. I hope you had a good time and enjoyed a day out at the seaside. Special thanks to the people who came from afar afield as Italy, Spain, and Belgium. I really appreciate it.

I really enjoyed myself, and I was relieved that the somewhat unorthodox gathering worked so well. But really, yesterday was a smash hit because of the speakers. Sarah, David, Tom, Richard, Josh, Laura, Elliot, Anna, Bruce, Andy, Owen, Paul, and Mark …you were all magnificent. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Responsive Day Out 2013 - a set on Flickr

Marc’s pictures from the Responsive Day Out.

Sarah taking notes

Responsive web design: the war has not yet been won

This was the crux of Elliot’s excellent talk at the Responsive Day Out. I heartily concur with this:

Once you overcome that initial struggle of adapting to a new process, designing and building responsive sites needn’t take any longer, or cost any more money. The real obstacle is designers and developers being set in their ways.

Asset Fonts

The slides from Josh’s super-quickfire presentation at the Responsive Day Out.

Posts from March 1st 2013 on Decade City

A blow-by-blow account of the Responsive Day Out by Orde Saunders who liveblogged the whole thing.

Logical breakpoints for your responsive design

Vasilis examines the multitude of factors that could influence an ideal measure.

Our Work Here is Done - The Web Standards Project

The WaSP is closing its doors. It has been a privilege and an honour to serve with such a fine organisation.

CSS 3D Clouds

A beautiful experiment with CSS transforms and a smattering of JavaScript.