The landscape of what’s possible in web page layout is changing. Jen has a theory that this change will be a big one — perhaps the biggest change to graphic design on the web in over 15 years. Rachel, Jeffrey, and Eric join her to debate if that’s true or not, and to surmise what the future might bring. This special episode was recorded live at An Event Apart Nashville.
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This week we were joined by Jeremy Keith, long time super genius. Jeremy works at Clearleft in what he dubs the Research & Development arm. He built Huffduffer, wrote HTML5 for Web Designers (amongst other books), and is an all around swell chap from Brighton, UK. We talk about (roughly in order):
- Crowd Favorite is hiring. Clearleft is too.
- Jen Simmons
HTML5. It’s more than paving the cowpaths. It’s more than markup. There’s a lot of stuff in the spec about databases and communication protocols and blahdiblah backend juju. Some of that stuff is pretty radical. And it will change how you design websites. Why? Because for the last twenty years, web designers have been creating inside of a certain set of constraints. We’ve been limited in what’s possible by the technology that runs the web. We became so used to those limits, we stopped thinking about them. They became invisible. They Just Are. Of course the web works this certain way. Of course a user clicks and waits, the page loads, like this… but guess what? That’s not what the web will look like in the future. The constrains have changed. Come hear a non-nerd explanation of the new possibilities created by HTML5’s APIs. Don’t just wait around to see how other people implement these technologies. Learn about HTML APIs yourself, so you can design for and create the web of the future.
Are we being seduced by the animation and rich UI capabilities of modern browsers at the expense of the underlying platform of the Web?
We’ll explore this by looking at what the Web was, is now, and might become. We’ll look at examples of exciting user interfaces and sophisticated interactions. We’ll also examine some emerging techniques for providing rich user interactions without hurting the web or killing kittens.
Phil Hawksworth, Technical Director, R/GA
After several years working on web applications and consulting on web best practices at technology companies such as Verisign, VMware and BT, Phil made the move into the agency world where he managed development teams and architected solutions on projects for clients including of eBay, Sony and BP.
Phil Hawksworth is a Technical Director at R/GA and enjoys talking about himself in the third person.
Jeremy Keith joins Jen to talk about Mobilewood, future-friendlying websites, responsive design techniques, digital preservation, html5 semantics, Firefox 7, and much more.
A weekly podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web, discussing HTML5, mobile, responsive design, iOS, Android, and more. Hosted by Jen Simmons.
Mentioned in the show:
Paul Irish - Chrome dev relations guy at Google.
“HTML5 is a jewel that we need to cut into a weapon” - Dion /via Yehuda Katz
Adam is in love with GitHub’s new editor powered by Cloud 9
HTML5 Boilerplate contains a set of best practices to use as a starting point for new projects or pick what you need a la cart.
Boilerplate now includes Normalize.css, a customisable CSS file that makes browsers render all elements more consistently and in line with modern standards.
Normalize is a collaboration between Nicolas Gallagher and Jonathan Neal
rack-modernizr from Marshall Yount brings Modernizr to the server
Paul coined the term FOUT - Flash Of Unstyled Text.
HTML5 polyfills implant html5 functionality in browsers that don’t natively support them.
Paul makes micro microapps for CSS3, text shadows, and HSL picking.
Paul is a fan of Chris Coyer of CSS Tricks
Need an idea for a weekend project, check out Paul’s Lazy Web Requests
The Changelog - Open Source moves fast. Keep up. http://thechangelog.com/post/9123518427/episode-0-6-7-html5-boilerplate-modernizr-and-more-with
In episode three of Using Blue we talk with Jeremy Keith of Clearleft about how HTML5 snuck up on him, responsive web design, catch phrases and catch phrases.
We head down a great path of discussion with Jeremy while we talk about:
- Buzz words in the industry.
- How maybe UX and design are really the same thing.
- Brian Rieger and his work on yiibu.com
- How content management systems need to structure their content.
- Responsive web design as the most exciting thing to hit the web, maybe ever.
- Is Drupal a CMS or is it a framework?
- How naming conventions in Drupal can cause confusion.
- Who is Drupal really going after as their target audience.
- The concept of Drupal distributions.
- Native apps vs the mobile web with progressive enhancements. Jason Grigsby has a good post on how you can’t link to an app and the issues with that.
- The mobile first approach that Luke Wroblewski writes and talks about and we love.
- Getting into the browser as fast as possible. Essentially designing in the browser whenever possible.
- Style tiles as an excellent communication tool in the design process.
- The upcoming dConstruct conference. An excellent conference in Brighton, UK on September 2, 2011.
- Also the Brighton Digital Festival.
Christian Heilmanns talk on innovating the web using HTML5
Jon Hicks talked about icon design, and outlined some principles and techniques for creating compelling and successful icons, drawing on his experience of designing for Firefox and Silverback.
The first chapter of HTML5 For Web Designers, originally published in issue 305 of A List Apart.