Monday, July 4th, 2022
Friday, June 24th, 2022
Talking about style
I’ve published a transcription of the talk I gave at CSS Day:
The title is intended to have double meaning. The obvious reference is that CSS is about styling web pages. But the talk also covers some long-term trends looking at ideas that have appear, disappear, and reappear over time. Hence, style as in trends and fashion.
There are some hyperlinks in the transcript but I also published a list of links if you’re interested in diving deeper into some of the topics mentioned in the talk.
There are two videos of this talk. On Vimeo, there’s the version I pre-recorded for An Event Apart online. On YouTube, there’s the recording from CSS Day.
It’s kind of interesting to compare the two (well, interesting to me, anyway). The pre-recorded version feels like a documentary. The live version has more a different vibe and it obviously has more audience interaction. I think my style of delivery suits a live audience best.
Friday, June 17th, 2022
Here’s the video of my opening talk at this year’s CSS Day, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
It’s an exciting time for CSS! It feels like new features are being added every day. And yet, through it all, CSS has managed to remain an accessible language for anyone making websites. Is this an inevitable part of the design of CSS? Or has CSS been formed by chance? Let’s take a look at the history—and some alternative histories—of the World Wide Web to better understand where we are today. And then, let’s cast our gaze to the future!
Monday, March 7th, 2022
I’m glad that Heydon has answered this question once and for all.
I’m sure that’ll be the end of it now.
Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Wednesday, February 16th, 2022
This is a great talk from Laura that clearly explains what web3 actually is. It pairs nicely with Molly White’s wb3 is going just great (speaking of which, Casey Newton interviewed Molly White about the site recently).
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021
Here’s the video of my latest conference talk—I really like how it turned out.
I’ve also published a transcript.
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
A great little sci-fi short film from Superflux—a mockumentary from the near future. It starts dystopian but then gets more solarpunk.
Thursday, October 7th, 2021
This is a terrific and nuanced talk that packs a lot into less than twenty minutes.
(The secret sauce in transitional web apps is progressive enhancement.)
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
There’s a nice shout-out from Jen for Resilient Web Design right at the 19:20 mark.
It would be nice if the add-to-homescreen option weren’t buried so deep though.
Saturday, June 19th, 2021
Here’s the video of the talk I gave on Wednesday evening all about my relationship with reading science fiction. There are handy chapter markers if you want to jump around.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
This video is a charming trip down to memory lane to the early days of the public internet:
It wasn’t quite the World Wide Web yet, but everybody started hearing about this thing called “the Internet” in 1993. It was being called the Information Superhighway then.
Monday, April 12th, 2021
Here’s the video of the talk I gave at the Web Stories conference back in February.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
A genuinely interesting (and droll) deep dive into derp learning …for typography!
Sunday, March 28th, 2021
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
Visualising the growth of the internet.
Monday, March 15th, 2021
I really enjoyed this 20 minute chat with Eric and Rachel all about web standards, browsers, HTML and CSS.
Thursday, February 18th, 2021
I’m excited by this documentary project from John! The first video installment features three historic “pages”:
- As We May Think,
- Information Management: A Proposal, and
- the first web page.
Friday, February 12th, 2021
Heydon keeps on producing more caustically funny videos that are made for me. After the last one about progressive enhancement, this one is about the indie web.
This is the story of the birth of the web, its loss of innocence, its decline, and what we can do to make it a bit less gross.