We had the honor of hosting Shay Howe and Jon Buda in Columbus as their first stop on their Refresh Road Trip speaking tour around the midwest. If you missed it in Columbus, maybe you can catch one of their stops later this week in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Holland. www.refreshroadtrip.com
We had a great turnout for the night. About 50 people showed up. Lots of new and familiar faces. It was good to see so many new people at the event. We love meeting new people and learning from each other.
We’ve included the slides from their talks here, unfortunately we weren’t able to capture audio from the talks.
Speed by Design – Keep the Mobile Web Quick by Jon Buda
As attention spans are heading towards zero and more and more of the population is constantly on-the-go, optimizing your mobile websites to load quickly and efficiently can make an enormous difference in visitor engagement, and most importantly, your bottom-line. Designing for performance should be a top-priority in keeping your visitors happy and allowing them do what they need to do quickly. You’ll learn a few techniques on how to keep your mobile websites lean and loading quickly, how page speed is actually a component of good UX, how to test and benchmark under various network conditions, and how slow loading times can turn away visitors and potential paying customers.
Front End Legos – Better Design with Reusable HTML & CSS by Shay Howe
There are a million ways to write HTML and CSS, and everyone has their own, but is there a right way? Our code needs to be well structured, written in an organized manner, and performance driven. Sharing code with others should be a joyful experience, not absolute terror. In this session, Shay will cover some best practices and performance tips for writing the highest quality HTML and CSS possible, and how it benefits your design. Writing code is the easy part, finding a modular practice and structure that works well across the board is the hard part. Shay will outline HTML and CSS conventions that can be applied to your everyday practice today.
After the talks, we made our way up to Local Bar on High Street to continue the conversation. We even took in some crab racing toward the end of the night.
Thanks again to everyone who joined us for a great evening of talks and community.
NOTE: Don’t look at the code for this site. It probably violates everything Jon and Shay discussed. ;)