Getting griddy with it

I had the great pleasure of attending An Event Apart Seattle last week. It was, as always, excellent.

It’s always interesting to see themes emerge during an event, especially when those thematic overlaps haven’t been planned in advance. Jen noticed this one:

I remember that being a theme at An Event Apart San Francisco too, when it seemed like every speaker had words to say about ill-judged use of Bootstrap. That theme was certainly in my presentation when I talked about “the fallacy of assumed competency”:

  1. large company X uses technology Y,
  2. company X must know what they are doing because they are large,
  3. therefore technology Y must be good.

Perhaps “the fallacy of assumed suitability” would be a better term. Heydon calls it “the ‘made at Facebook’ fallacy.” But I also made sure to contrast it with the opposite extreme: “Not Invented Here syndrome”.

As well as over-arching themes, it was also interesting to see which technologies were hot topics at An Event Apart. There was one clear winner here—CSS Grid Layout.

Microsoft—a sponsor of the event—used An Event Apart as the place to announce that Grid is officially moving into development for Edge. Jen talked about Grid (of course). Rachel talked about Grid (of course). And while Eric and Una didn’t talk about it on stage, they’ve both been writing about the fun they’ve been having having with Grid. Una wrote about 3 CSS Grid Features That Make My Heart Flutter. Eric is documenting the overall of his site with Grid. So when we were all gathered together, that’s what we were nerding out about.

The CSS Squad.

There are some great resources out there for levelling up in Grid-fu:

With Jen’s help, I’ve been playing with CSS Grid on a little site that I’m planning to launch tomorrow (he said, foreshadowingly). I took me a while to get my head around it, but once it clicked I started to have a lot of fun. “Fun” seems to be the overall feeling around this technology. There’s something infectious about the excitement and enthusiasm that’s returning to the world of layout on the web. And now that the browser support is great pretty much across the board, we can start putting that fun into production.

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Previously on this day

5 years ago I wrote 100 words 019

Day nineteen.

9 years ago I wrote Botonomy

What if we had a Singularity and nobody showed up?

10 years ago I wrote Seattle Apart

Another excellent event apart.

12 years ago I wrote Spaces

It’s the small things that irritate and delight.

13 years ago I wrote Conceptual and photographic art in Brighton

An SMS-based adventure game plus an exhibition by our local Flickrstar.

13 years ago I wrote Machine Tags of Loving Grace

Revish sets the tagging machinery in motion.

15 years ago I wrote The campaign trail of destruction

Even before the election was announced, the Tories had been actively peddling their particular breed of populism.

17 years ago I wrote Live from Baghdad

"Men, we have got to find Saddam Hussein."

18 years ago I wrote The Mirror Project

Needless to say, while I was in Paris, I took the obigatory photograph in the bathroom mirror at the hotel.

18 years ago I wrote City of Love

I’m back from Paris.