This week we were joined by the legendary Dan Cederholm. Dan is the author of (dare we say) the best books ever written on CSS including Handcrafted CSS, CSS3 for Web Designers, and Bulletproof Web Design. He’s done some very high end client work, founded a few startups, and has done a bunch of speaking. Most notably these days, Dan is the founder and half the team at Dribbble.
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Ethan’s methods use media queries, fluid grids and other CSS3 elements to create beautiful and adaptable designs across a variety of platforms. Recently, he discussed his techniques during a UIE Virtual Seminar, The How and Why of Responsive Design. Ethan and Adam Churchill address some questions from that seminar in this podcast.
The first chapter of HTML5 For Web Designers, originally published in issue 305 of A List Apart.
Freud popularised the term, “The Narcissism of Minor Differences”, to describe how adjacent villages—identical for all practical purposes—would struggle to amplify their tiniest distinctions in order to justify how much they despised one other. So you have to guess how much he would have enjoyed design mailing lists. And, Perl.
Truth is, to the untrained (un-washed, un-nuanced, un-Paul-Rand’d, and un-Helvetica’d) outsider, discourse in the design community can sometimes look a lot like a cluster of tightly-wound Freudian villages.
So, how is the role of design perceived by the people who are using the stuff you make? What role (if any) should users expect in the process of how their world is made and remade? What contexts might be useful in helping us turn all of our obsessions into useful and beautiful work?
Can an Aeron chair ever be truly ‘Black’? Will there ever be a way to get Marketing people to stop calling typefaces ‘fonts’? And, when, at last, will the international community finally speak as one regarding the overuse of Mistral and stock photos of foreshortened Asian women?
By leveraging his uniquely unqualified understanding of design, Merlin will propose some promising patterns for fording the gap between end-users and the unhappy-looking people in costly European eyeglasses who are designing their world.
Is there hope? Come to Brighton, pull up a flawlessly-executed mid-century-Modern seating affordance, and we’ll see what we can figure out together. One village to another.
Merlin Mann is best known as the creator of 43folders.com, a popular American website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.
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).
Dan and Jeffrey talk with guest Ethan Ethan Marcotte (bio | blog | Twitter), co-author of Designing With Web Standards 3rd Edition, and Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design. Topics include designing and coding for the likes of the Sundance Film Festival and New York Magazine, and the joys of responsive web design, working remotely, and more.
Ethan Marcotte is a web designer and developer from Cambridge, Masschusetts who works for Happy Cog as an Interactive Design Director.
Dan Benjamin interviews Jeffrey Veen, author and speaker, founder of Typekit. They discuss the web, being acquired by Google, working at Adaptive Path, Wired, WebMonkey and HotWired, launching a successful startup, working with local and virtual teams, and where we’re headed as a web community.
Dan Benjamin interviews Jeffrey Zeldman, designer, founder of ALA. They discuss the evolution of the internet, the web, web standards, Happy Cog, A List Apart, An Event Apart, and something new: A Book Apart.