Dan Benjamin interviews Eric Meyer, an internationally recognized expert on the subjects of HTML, CSS, and Web standards. Eric has been working on the web since late 1993. They discuss the changing world of web design, CSS and HTML, motivation, inspiration, and quality.
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Dan Benjamin and Jeffrey Zeldman talk with Andy McMillan, founder of Build, an annual “hand-crafted web design conference” located in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and CSS godfather Eric Meyer, co-founder of An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites.
Eric is the founder of Complex Spiral Consulting, a co-founder of the microformats movement, and co-founder (with Jeffrey Zeldman) of An Event Apart, the conference series for people who make web sites. Eric acts as List Chaperone for the highly active css-discuss mailing list, enjoys a good meal whenever possible, and considers almost no type of music to be worthless. He lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife and daughters.
Andy McMillan is a six foot tall ape descendant who enjoys working on the internet, organizing buildconf (a small, yet perfectly formed, design conference taking place this November in Belfast, Northern Ireland).
Anyone building websites nowadays owes a great deal of thanks to Eric Meyer (@meyerweb), both for his contributions to web standards and CSS in general as well as to our community with the books and articles he’s written and the An Event Apart conferences. Along with Jeffrey Zeldman, which I spoke with last month about AEA coming back to Atlanta, I fired up skype and talked a bit about conferences and speaking at conferences with Eric Meyer. Talking with him about what he’s into right now, I got an emphatic “CSS3!”. We can definitely count on Eric to help us sort out the details within CSS3 as we all get deeper and deeper into it. As always he’s actively testing and writing about it for us all. I asked him for a tip on first time talk givers. “The audience is on your side” is what he shared with me, people have come out to hear you either entertain, educate or inspire them so all they want you to do is just that. So you don’t need to apologize, or freak about winning the audience over, they all want you to succeed. Remember that you’re speaking because you have something great to say or share, so bring it! That’s great advice for me personally and one i’ll take into account the next time I get up in front of a group. As with my last post on AEA Atlanta, the lineup looks amazing. Turns out this is a fairly unique lineup for an AEA event, so Atlanta you’re special!
- Sarah Parmenter - @sazzy
- Jason Santa Maria - @jasonsantamaria
- Luke Wroblewski - @lukew
- Andy Clarke - @Malarkey
- Kristina Halvorson - @halvorson
- Jeremy Keith - @adactio
- Aarron Walter - @aarron
- Jared Spool - @JMSPOOL
- Ethan Marcotte - @BEEP
- Jeffrey Veen - @veen
- Eric Meyer - @meyerweb
- Jeffrey Zeldman - @zeldman