standards>next — CSS3

Last night, I spoke at the latest Opera back standards>next gig, hosted at MadLab in Manchester.

Chris Mills put the call out months ago, asking if I’d like to take part, and could I herd up anyone else to speak. I recommended my fellow skating (albeit inline-blader!) and Fudge front-ender Mike Byrne as he’s a lively character, and certainly knows his shit, and that made four. Chris kicked off, followed, by myself and Typography Online. Continue reading “standards>next — CSS3”

New Adventures in Web Design


This week Howie and I attended a new conference in Nottingham, New Adventures in Web Design, organised by Simon Collison, or Colly as he’s better known.

Since Colly is possible the nicest guy on the internet and well respected, finding quality speakers wasn’t going to be a tough job, and for the conferences first show, the list was impressive. There were gripes from some quarters that all these speakers have been seen before, it’s the usual industry pundits, but I think that’s just sour grapes and being picky for the sake of it. Out of the ten speakers, I’d only seen five before.

In an effort to make conferences affordable and accessible, the venue was Colly’s hometown of Nottingham, which is in a great location, allowing access to people travelling from all points of the UK, the likes of Cole travelling from near Edinburgh, or Remy from Brighton, plus of course the foreigners who always make it over. Continue reading “New Adventures in Web Design”

HTML5 <video> – a (very) short trip into real world use

After my last post about HTML5 video and thinking everyone’s getting ahead of themselves, I’d like to point out I’m not that stupid that I was going to ignore it completely, until I’d had a chance to try it out in a real world work environment situation. I can now ignore it. For a few years/implementations, at least.

It had been weighing on my mind that one of clients has a lot of video, and a lot of their audience are Mac users. This will probably mean there’s a high percentage of iPhone users, and in the coming months, iPad users.

So I’d been thinking about wrapping the Flash video player we have with the <video> tag and seeing how we go. A bit of an experiment, being eager to use these HTML5 elements because they show so much promise of doing things “the right way”, without kludgey plug-ins and so forth. So armed with a chapter on multimedia from messers Bruce Lawson and (the real) Remy Sharp from their forthcoming HTML5 book, I embarked on a journey of discovery. Continue reading “HTML5 <video> – a (very) short trip into real world use”

DIBI Conference 2010

Time for another conference road trip!

The inaugural DIBI Conference took place at the Sage in Gatehead on the 28th April, with a fantastic crop of speakers and promising bunch of attendees, judging by the twittering.

DIBI’s format is a little different than a traditional conference, being a two track event. DIBI, which stands for Design It. Build It., was aimed at both developers and designers, with two sets of sessions running all day. Attendees could chop and change and “jump tracks” as they liked, and since a lot of the crowd were front enders, this seems quite a logical thing to do.

The journey up involved the usual road-tripper Chris Mills, but we picked up Dan Donald too, and headed up to crash at Phil Sherry‘s house, since he’s now resident in Gateshead. Yes, this small fact did make the trip more appealing! Continue reading “DIBI Conference 2010”

Speak the Web Liverpool — post match reaction

I’m really pleased to say that the whole Liverpool session of Speak The Web went down really well.

I managed to get through 30 minutes without committing social hari kari or making too bigger tit of myself. Pat Lauke was in full on Opera and HTML5 brainwash form, but energetic and interesting enough to be different from Chris Mill’s session at Leeds. The coup de grâce was obviously Simon Collison of Erskine Design, with his In the Pursuit of Magic presentation, and fair play to him for being drugged up but persevering and putting on a really thoughtful and inspiring presentation. Continue reading “Speak the Web Liverpool — post match reaction”

HTML5 video. Are we getting ahead of ourselves?

One thing I really like about talking to some of the Opera guys I know, is that they will take the time to consider another viewpoint. Whilst they’re all about the open web, they realise they need to listen to people who are making and creating content for clients, but face real world restrictions like time and budget. I know. Ridiculous…

I run a business (well, Pete does most the business end stuff, but you know what I mean) and all this talk about HTML5 <video> tags has kinda riled me a little bit, because it’s getting so much exposure, and to be honest I think it’s already shot itself in the foot.

Continue reading “HTML5 video. Are we getting ahead of ourselves?”