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Artifact Conference 2013

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Last month I was fortunate enough to attended the inaugural Artifact Conference in Austin, Texas. Artifact is “a two-day, single-track conference for DESIGNERS adapting to the challenge of designing for a MULTI-DEVICE world”. That description was exactly what I was looking for while preparing myself to dive into the world of Responsive Web Design.

It all started with Jennifer Robbins having an idea for a pow-wow to discuss a new workflow for a multi-device web, since our old processes and workflows are no longer cutting it. She tweeted about it and Christopher Schmitt from Environment for Humans obliged within two minutes. Thank you both!


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Future of Web Design NYC 2012

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Last month I attended Future of Web Design NYC. The conference topics included everything from The Future of UX and The Future of CSS3 Layout to Typography Best Practices and Culture as a Factor in Digital Design. Some of the speakers were well known, such as Karen McGrane and Chris Coyier, while others were what they were calling “Rising Stars”. Each Rising Star Session that I attended was more than what I would expect from a so-called amateur speaker.

Rising Star - Senongo

Rising Star – Senongo Akpem

One of the highlights of the conference was visiting with Denise Jacobs. This woman is amazing and has great stories to tell. We ended up talking for about an hour and a half, but it felt like 30 minutes. I saw her speak in San Francisco in 2009 and have been following her ever since, so it was a real treat to visit with her one-on-one.


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Reflecting On An Event Apart Seattle 2012

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

An Event Apart Seattle 2012 was refreshing. I say this because as a developer I spend a good portion of my day writing code in order to meet functional requirements. Most of the presentations focused on inspiration, design and content strategy. These things are easily forgotten when working on existing applications that require little to no further design work.

The Five Most Dangerous Ideas by Scott Berkun, was most inspiring to me personally. It’s all the things that designers/developers don’t want to talk about or deal with, but it’s a reality. Designers need to realize that they’re never going to grow if they try to protect their power.

Seattle, Washington


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fIREHOSE – Flagstaff, AZ

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The first time I heard fIREHOSE was in 1989 when I watched the Santa Cruz skateboarding video Streets on Fire. This video session featured Natas Kaupas, one of the Godfathers of street skating as we know it today. The song Brave Captain and Natas’ skateboarding blew me away! From that moment on, I had a new favorite band.

Streets on Fire – Natas Kaupas


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An Event Apart – Seattle, WA

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Of all the conferences I’ve attended, An Event Apart Seattle 2012 was by far the best conference to date. I always get all fired up after attending a conference but usually there’s a presentation or a workshop session that bores me. Not this time. This time around even Jon Tan’s presentation, Big Type, Little Type, had my full attention… and I’m not a type nerd!

I tend to blah blah blah when I write, so I’ll get to the point and just say a lil somfin somfin about each speaker.

Whitney, Chayo and Jeff


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Denver Zombie Crawl 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

This past Saturday, Oct 22nd, we attended the 6th annual Denver Zombie Crawl, and on this day, Occupy Denver wasn’t the only one’s occupying downtown. There’s no final count as of now, but there was an estimated 16,000 to 30,000 zombies, which is more than enough to beat the Zombie Crawl record set in October 2010 in New Jersey of just over 4,093.

This is the second year in a row that we enjoyed this gruesome event. Again, Chayo and I went as traditional zombies that were raised from the grave. Diego, my oldest son brought along some of his friends and they went as survivors, fully equipt with nerf guns, plastic swords and axes. They wore X’s on their shirts to make sure the zombies chased them through 16th Street Mall.



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Breaking Development In Nashville

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

This month I attended the Breaking Development Conference, which focuses on Web Design and Development for Mobile Devices. It was held at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, TN. The biggest and most breathtaking resort I’ve even stayed in. The hallways in this place reminded me of the movie The Shining. I literary kept looking for a kid riding a Big Wheel up and down the hallways saying “Redrum”!

The Shining

Breaking Development did an excellent job of gathering the leaders in Mobile Web Design and Development. With, of course my favorite, Luke Wroblewski, the author of Mobile First, Jeremy Keith, Dave Olson and Steve Souders just to name a few of the brilliant minds that were presenting.


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Fresh Air In My Inbox

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I got an email through my blog from a persistent Sara Wilson representing The Fresh Air Fund. It read something like this:

I sent you an email last week and hadn’t heard back so I wanted to try you again. I know that this isn’t something that you typically post about, but I thought that you and the readers of Interactive by Nature would care about this issue. The Fresh Air Fund is in need of 1200 host families for this summer. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. If you could help to get the word out it would really help us place these wonderful children into a loving host family. It’s only for up to two weeks, but it’s an experience that can change their lives forever.

I totally agree with Sara in that it’s not something I typically blog about, but the readers most likely do care about this issue. I’m super busy, so I admit that I blew off the first email, but Sara’s persistence led me to check out the site and find out what The Fresh Air Fund was all about. After checking it out, I wrote her back and promised that I would write a blog post and tweet about it.


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Denver Zombie Crawl Breaks World Record

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Chayo Zombies

The Denver Zombie Crawl 2010 was everything I expected and more! With an estimated 7,300 zombies playing the role on 16th Street Mall, Denver was able to reclaim the record for “Largest Zombie Crawl” set by Seattle back in July. The official Guinness World Record for number of zombie WAS 4,233. Denver held the record back in 2009 with an estimated 4,000 zombies.

Who comes up with this stuff? I wonder who holds the record for most celebrity zombies or most naked zombies in one place. I saw Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and even death himself made an appearance. Although, I think death was just watching over his flock. My youngest son, Chayo, and I went as good old fashion zombies that raised from the grave due to some weird planet lining on top of a military chemical accident gone wrong. My oldest son, Diego, went as a result of reuniting with his father and little brother. Needless to say we all had a blast and it was apparent that everyone on 16th Street Mall did too; right down to the Japanese tourists walking around with a WTF look on their faces.


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Back to the Bay

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I went back to the bay for the Voices that Matter: Web Design Conference. This was by far one of the best conferences I’ve attended because of the variety of topics. Topics included User Experience, HTML5, CSS3, Ordering Disorder, Content Analysis, Microformats, Designing with Progressive Enhancements, Designing for Social Networks, Experiencism, Web Typography, Building High Performance Websites, Mobile Web and a special website critique with Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think. Also, what made this conference so great was the HTML5 NOW workshop led by Tantek Çelik. Super cool guy without the rock star attitude. What can I say, geeks get along with geeks.

Voices That Matter did a very good job of covering a wide variety of topics to make sure to include every aspect of web design and development. Even including the much neglected topic of content stategy presented by Colleen Jones. The speakers were very knowledgeable in their area of expertise.


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