An Event Apart presentation by Ethan Marcotte, author of "Responsive Web Design"
We’ve discussed at length the fundamentals of responsive design, combining fluid grids and media queries to create more flexible, device-agnostic sites. So does that mean responsive design is a magic formula that solves all our problems? Well, no. But thankfully, we didn’t get into web design because we wanted to be bored. In this session Ethan reviews strategies for handling trickier elements that would make even the most seasoned designer quail: stuff like advertising, complex layouts, deep navigation patterns, third-party media, and, yes, actual, honest-to-goodness content.
Your site is being used in ways you may not expect. Between screens small and large, bandwidth constraints, varying capabilities, assistive technologies, and diverse input mechanisms – mouse, keyboard, touch, sensors, device buttons, trackpads, and so on – multi-device development requires an awful lot of consideration to do well.
The Filament Group's Scott Jehl (co-author, Designing With Progressive Enhancement) is a pioneer in doing it well. And in this 60-minute video, captured live at An Event Apart Boston 2012, he shares advanced and emerging techniques for improving the responsiveness (if you will) of responsive web design despite all the pitfalls, hazards, and unknowns of multi-device development.
You will learn how to think and build defensively, creating experiences that not only work most anywhere, but take advantage of the latest browser capabilities and are ready for your users’ next move.
For more Scott Jehl multi-device wisdom, read Luke Wroblewski's notes on Scott's presentation lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1565. You may also enjoy Jeffrey Zeldman's new 60-minute interview with Scott Jehl on The Big Web Show podcast, episode 83 (February 28, 2013) at 5by5.tv/bigwebshow/83 , where the two designers discuss the very latest thinking on a host of design, development, and performance issues.
An Event Apart Boston 2012 featured 12 great speakers and sessions, plus a full day workshop on designing for mobile and beyond. More free full-length videos from the show will be posted soon. An Event Apart will hold eight conferences in 2013. See aneventapart.com for more.
In our industry, everything changes quickly, usually for the better. We have more and better tools for creating websites and applications that work across multiple platforms. Oddly enough, design workflow hasn't changed much, and what has changed is often for worse. Through the years, increasing focus on bloated client deliverables has hurt both content and design, often reducing these disciplines to fill-in-the-blank and color-by-numbers exercises, respectively. Old-school workflow is simply not effective on our multiplatform Web.
In this session, Stephen explores at a content-based approach to design workflow which is grounded in our multiplatform reality, not fixed-width Photoshop comps and overproduced wireframes. You'll learn how to avoid being surprised by the realities of multiplatform websites. You'll learn how to better manage client expectations and development requirements. You've probably heard of designing in the browser; in this session you'll learn a practical approach for actually doing it.
We noticed around the web that there were very few quick, straight-shooting tutorials on how to set up multiple Wordpress sites on MAMP Pro. We also noticed that many people were having trouble doing this. Hopefully this quick guide will help.
Please comment on our website if you are having any troubleshooting issues.
1. MAMP Pro
2. Sequel Pro (not required but recommended)
3. Textmate (not required)
4. Wordpress install