PANMA January 2014

panmaI’ll be speaking in the Philadelphia area this Thursday January 30th at the monthly Meeting of PANMA.

PANMA for anyone not acquainted with them is the Philadelphia Area New Media Association.  It’s a great group of people and it’s a great opportunity to network with people from various viewpoints in the digital world.  

I’ll be talking about getting your websites to work on mobile devices.  It’s a departure for me from my normal schtick.  I normally push responsive web design as the only real option, and recommend that you use Adobe Edge Reflow for it. I’m changing my tune a bit, as I realize that not everyone has access to the resources to make a pure responsive site happen.  So I’ll include other paths from Adobe, including Adobe Muse, Dreamweaver, Photoshop/Edge Reflow, pure code, and others.  We’ll see how it goes. 


Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Time: Doors open at 5:30pm. Program runs 6-7:30pm. Q&A and networking until 8pm.
Location: Room 260, Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Please register:

Quick MAX Post

MAX is coming. I’m in total, heads down, write-the-presos mode. I wanted to share what I’m heads down working on.  I’ll have 4 sessions at MAX:

Responsive Design in Action (Lab)

This session is a lab intended to get people up and running with Responsive Web Design. We start in Reflow, to get some of the basics, and then move to code to show how to do it as simply and cleanly as possible.

Programming in CSS

This is a run down of how to be more productive in CSS.  It will include some best practices, an overview of some modern techniques, and an overview of some tools to make writing CSS less of a pain.

Goal Oriented CSS

The idea behind this session to break down a design comp, figure out how to markup the vision, and write the CSS it takes to implement it.  I’ll try and tackle a few common design metaphors in the process. A few examples: iOS buttons, framed pictures with shadows, and vignettes to name a few.

Fast Performance with CSS on Mobile

I have the pleasure of tagging along with Paul Irish on the tools and techniques of writing high performance CSS targeting mobile devices.  It will also introduce you to ways of testing on devices that sometimes may be a little bit difficult to get into.

There are tons of other sessions, and of course there is the promise of a year’s subscription to Creative Cloud for all attendees.

If that wasn’t enough, here’s a discount code for $300 off: MXSM13.

So what are you waiting for, sign up! I hope to see you all in LA!

Upcoming Appearances – August 2012

I’ve got two events coming up in August that I want to let you know about.

First, I’ll be giving a general update of what Adobe is up to in the HTML world at the August Times Open meeting. I’ll be one of three speakers, the others beingAlex Komoroske of Google, and Eric Schorr from the New York Times.  If you don’t know about Times Open, it’s a series of small conferences run by the New York Times about technology for web developers in the New York area. It’s my first time there, but I’ve seen the rest of the work that the tech team at the Times does, so I’m very excited about this.  If you’re in New York, definitely check this out.

From New Amsterdam, I’ll be headed to the old one. I’ll be joining the rest of my team, Kevin HoytMihai Corlan, and Haresh Sivaramakrishnan in Amsterdam forAdobe Camp (link is in Dutch).  It promises to be an afternoon of Adobe HTML goodness. We’ll take a look at a number of Adobe HTML initiatives in some depth. It will be a great event.

Times Open
August 15
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The New York Times
15th Floor
620 Eighth Ave
New York, NY

Adobe Camp Amsterdam
August 23rd
12:00 – 18:30

Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
Piet Heinkade 179
1019 HC Amsterdam

D2WC Next Week

Next week, I’ll be speaking at D2WC, a designer/developer workflow conference in Kansas City, Missouri. 

I’ll be talking about Using PhoneGap Build to simplify your mobile development life. One of the great things about PhoneGap is that it allows you to use HTML JS and CSS to build your applications, but you still have to use native tools to build your apps. PhoneGap Build helps immensely with this, but you make some productivity sacrifices. This session will show you how to maximize your work, and touch as little of the IDE as possible. 

First time for me at this conference, but from what I understand it’s a great conference that tackles a specific topic: getting development and design to work together better. Great goal, really looking forward to it.

May 16-18
Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

April NYC JavaScript and HTML5 Hackfest Meeting

I’m headed up to New York on Wednesday April 11 at 7pm  for the April meeting of the NYC JavaScript and HTML5 Monthly Hackfest. I was originally intending to just attend but I got tapped to do a 15 min talk.

I’ll be speaking about Adobe’s CSS contributions to Webkit, specifically Regions and Exclusions.

If you’re in NYC, it’s a great group so come on and check it out. Sign up on their site to find out the location details.

webDU 2012

Hello antipodeans and antipodiphiles, I will be speaking at webDU 2012 in Sydney, Australia in a few weeks.  If you have never heard of webDU, it is an absolutely fantastic web conference. It provides a great environment for honest open conversations and learning about the field.

I’ll be giving two talks:

Semantic HTML5

A foray into the geekier elements of internet HTML plumbing.

The Future of HTML5 Motion Design

Talking about Adobe Edge, and showing off some of the cool things we are doing with browser technology.

If you’re in the area, check it out.

May 3rd-4th
Sydney, Australia

MoDevUX 2012

It looks like I’m going to be speaking at MoDevUX outside Washington, DC later this month.

I’ll be talking about how to make great user experiences in mobile applications with PhoneGap.

It’s a new event and group for me, and it looks great. It’s a UX and UI focused conference with a focus on mobile.  Better yet, here it is in their words:

MoDevUX will bring together leading mobile developers, UX/UI designers, architects and managers to break the mold on user experience and design.  Attendees will discover the latest in mobile UX/design methods and meet likeminded people at the edge of the mobile frontier. Be sure to check out the workshops available on the 19th and the hackathon on the 21st!


If you’re in the DC area, check it out.

April 20
McLean, VA

Speaking in Philly this Week

I’ll be speaking in my hometown this week. I’ll be presenting at the Philadelphia Area New Media Association (PANMA) meeting for January.


  • jQuery Mobile
  • PhoneGap
  • Typekit
  • Edge
  • CSS Shaders


Adobe and HTML5

In the past few months, there has been a number of new tools and new services from Adobe for HTML5. Some of these tools, like PhoneGap Build and jQuery contributions are aimed at developers and some, such as Edge, are more focused on designers. Adobe Evangelist Terry Ryan will give an overview and demos of these and other tools.

The meeting is on Thursday, January 26th at 6:00PM. It will be at the Huntsman Building at 38th and Walnut on Penn’s Campus.

Speaking at Webvisions Next Week in NYC

I was originally scheduled to help out my colleague Kevin Hoyt as a TA. Turns out that there was a slight scheduling SNAFU and I’m taking a full slot. My topic:

The Future of HTML5 Motion Design

HTML5 and CSS3 are hot, driven by an explosion of new, Internet connected devices. While they offer many new features that should allow you to do the types of things that you previously did in Flash, actually making it happen is really hard. Until now.

If you weren’t sure, I’ll be talking about Adobe Edge, our HTML5 animation tool. It’s currently in beta, and looking pretty cool.

So if you’re in NYC, and want to get some dirt on where Adobe is going with HTML animation or just to get close to some of the foremost experts on the web, you really got to check out Webvisions.

Building Mobile Apps for Multiple Devices with Flex at 360|Flex

It looks like I never got a description into the good folks at 360|Flex about my session. Sorry about that.

Building Mobile Apps for Multiple Devices with Flex

Building apps for multiple devices isn’t just as simple as redoing your existing apps in Flex Hero, and running Export Release Build in Flash Builder. Getting applications to work on multiple screen takes thought and work in:

  • Design
  • Coding
  • Configuration
  • Packaging


The session will cover topics including:

  • Application DPI
  • Mobile Design
  • Simulating various Screens
  • Command line packaging
  • ANT
  • Publishing for multiple stores
  • and more


It’s a high level exploration of these issues, and will touch on content that is addressed deeper in other 360|Flex projects.

It’s time has also been changed from the paper schedule. It will take place:
Monday at 10:50 AM in Salon C.