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Vote Now! Agencies of One: How Solo Creatives Work
It's that time of year again. Time for SXSW panel picking. And I want your vote! My friend and fellow freelance web developer, Brian Artka, has organized a fantastic panel about "solo creatives" (AKA, freelancers): Agencies of One: How Solo Creatives Work. If you hadn't guessed, I'll be one of the solo creatives on the panel. And I'll joined by some truly talented and successful folks: Whitney Hess, Andy Stratton and Mike Rohde.
Multiple Site Management @ Engine Summit
Last month, I was once again honored to participate in another Environments for Humans online conference. This time around, as part of the Engine Summit, where I talked about multiple site management in ExpressionEngine. MSM: The Whys and Hows My presentation detailed the reasons why the MSM expansion is a good, affordable option for developers and clients who need to manage multiple sites (d'oh) from a single EE control panel. I also talked about some of the other benefits of…
Take Your Markup to Eleven
Geolocation. Multiple background images. Web storage. Gradients. Native media. Transforms and transitions. Canvas. It's an exciting time for the web. So many possibilities of what we, as designers and developers, can do for our sites and clients. But you know what gets me the most excited? HTML. But not just any HTML. Great HTML. Great markup is accessible. Great markup is semantic (and even structured). Great markup is easier to maintain (especially in a team environment). Great markup is portable.…
It’s Nomination Time for the .net Awards
Once again, I'm going to be a judge for the .net Awards! I'm not sure why they have me, but I'm glad to accept and feed my delusion that I have some power in this world. But, before the judging can begin, there need to be candidates. And nominations are being accepted now. The Categories Please take a few minutes to consider colleagues, co-workers, friends and muses who are worthy of recognition in this year's categories:
Watch Me @ MIX11
I had the immense pleasure of speaking about microformats at Microsoft's MIX11 conference last month in Vegas. And, amazingly, I'm managing to post a little recap within a month's time! HTML5 Mini-Panel But before I give you the goods on my Microformats & Semantic Markup presentation, I wanted to pimp the HTML5 discussion I had on Channel 9 while at MIX11.
Listen to My SXSW Panel
It's mid-May. That is about two months after I returned home from this year's SXSWi. So I guess it is about time I posted a follow up, no? But, unlike previous years, I won't be doing an exhaustive recap of the amazing people I spent time with (you know who you are) or the awesome times that were had (that I actually remember). I simply just don't have the time. What I do have time for is a quick recap…
Microformats @ MIX11
Not so long ago, I made a promise to myself to make sure that I was generating fresh content for this blog. Since, then, I've pretty much failed to live up to that goal because I've been focusing on other efforts. And now I find myself, yet again, with another shameless self promotion post, and my Catholic guilt is kicking in (which is probably why I'm burying the lead on this post). All I can say is that I hope…
Third Time’s the Charm
Ever since my first SXSW, it has been the conference I look forward to most. Sure, the panels can be good. The parties can rock. But, for me, the reason I attend are the people … the people I've met in previous years who've become beloved friends and the people I've yet to meet, but I know will turn out to be amazing connections. But, on this third year of my attendance, something else has me over–the–moon–shouting–to–the–mountaintops excited to attend.…
Judging the .net Awards
Now that my site has launched, I'm back to business here on A Blog Not Limited. I know, I know … you've been missing me, and I'm sorry for keeping you waiting. The first note of business is to mention that I'm (beyond) honored to be one of those deemed judgmental enough to assess and rate the work of my fellow web slingers in the 2010 .net Awards. (Bwahahaha … I have the power!) The second note of business it…
Sonoma, San Francisco & EECI 2010
This past Memorial Day, Jason and I headed to San Francisco for a little wine tasting, sightseeing and, most importantly, EECI 2010. To say I had a great time is an understatement. I got to catch up with some of my favorite EE folks, I explored parts of the city I missed during my first trip last year, and I learned far more than I expected about ExpressionEngine. Before I get into the details about the conference itself, I must…
Diary of a SXSW Second-Timer
As I expected, my second year at SXSW was stellar. And, just like last year, it was the people — not the panels or even the parties — that made it such a great experience for me. It's almost four weeks later (color me embarassed), and the finer details are starting to escape me. Which means it's time for a recap! Again, like last year, diary-style. This one's a long-ass post, so get comfortable. If you couldn't give a shit…
Going Back for SXSW Seconds
To say I had an amazing time at last year's SXSW would be an understatement. So, of course, I'm going back this year. I'm taking the same approach this time around: flexibility. I'm not planning anything. Yes, I want to make it to Happy Cog'aoke 2. Yes, I want to be sure to catch Stephen Anderson's panel, The Art & Science of Seductive Interactions. Yes, I want to hit the frog design party. But stuff happens … hangovers, running into…
Take The Survey
I have but one question for you: Are you a web professional? If the answer is yes, then take The Survey for People Who Make Websites.
Feeling #00f
It's that time of year again. When web geeks get even more geeky. When standardistas pat ourselves on the backs. When I take to my all–too–comfortable soapbox to preach the good word about web standards. It's the 3rd annual International Blue Beanie Day to promote web standards and accessibility!
Webuquerque: Introduction to Microformats
Earlier this month, Webuquerque hosted Introduction to Microformats, presented by Emily Lewis (that's me!). We were back at Uptown Sports Bar & Grill, and had a decent turnout of about 21 people. If you weren't among that elite group (or maybe you just need a refresher) here's a recap, the slide deck, video and photos.
Webuquerque: Podcasting & Vodcasting 101
Two weeks ago, Webuquerque — along with our sister NMAUG organization Animotion NM — hosted Podcasting & Vodcasting 101, presented by local audio/video producer Vincent Ascoli. We had a lovely turnout of over 35 people joining us at our new (to us) venue, the UNM ARTS Lab. Weren't able to join us? We've got you covered with a recap, the slide deck, video and photos! Webuquerque Survey But before I dive into all that, let me first ask you to…
Webuquerque: Battle of Development Frameworks and Libaries
Webuquerque's recently hosted The Battle of Development Frameworks & Libraries, presented by local developer Mark Casias. We had a nice turnout of about 20 people. If you weren't able to join us, we have everything you need to feel like you were (almost) there.
Webuquerque: Search Engine Optimization
Two weeks ago, Webuquerque hosted Search Engine Optimization, presented by local online marketing expert Chris Kenworthy. We had a record turnout of over 50 people, including folks who made the trip down from Santa Fe. If you weren't able to join us, we've got everything to make you feel like you were there.
Useful Tweets 26
With my busy writing schedule Useful Tweets has gone from a weekly series to bi-monthly to whenever I can fucking find the time. Not to mention, I've noticed I've been much less noisyprolific on Twitter these days. But I'm keeping this series going, in hopes things get back to normal after my final manuscript is submitted in late August. So, here are links from the past three weeks' tweets that referenced web design/development resources, interesting products, things that made me…
Webuquerque: Web Workflows in Adobe CS4
Webuquerque recently hosted Web Workflows in Adobe CS4, presented by Jason Nakai. We had approximately 15 attendees, including several new faces. If you weren't able to join us, we've got you covered.
Webuquerque: Standards & Accessibility With Dreamweaver
Last Wednesday, Webuquerque hosted "Standards & Accessibility With Dreamweaver," presented by Virginia DeBolt and Emily Lewis (that's me!). The presentation had a great turnout with over 20 attendees and, once again, several folks from Santa Fe. If you weren't able to join us, here's what you missed.
Findings From ALA's 2008 Survey: My Two Cents
The results are in from A List Apart's 2008 Survey for People Who Make Websites. And the findings aren't all too surprising, not only based on the previous survey's results but also just from my own experience working in this field.
Webuquerque: Interaction Design & Agile Development
Webuquerque hosted its third presentation last Wednesday, "Interaction Design & Agile Development," with the talented Interaction Designer Kevin Silver. Once again, we had a great turnout with about 15 attendees, including a bunch of folks who came all the way down from Santa Fe. It is great to see the community expanding beyond Albuquerque! If you weren't able to join us, here's what you missed.
I Survived SXSW: The Diary
It's been under two weeks since I returned home from SXSW '09 Interactive and I'm only just now recovering …. Recovering from 6 of the best days I've ever had in my life. As I predicted, my first year at this conference was all about the people. Of the hundreds of panels I could've attended, I only saw four. And I don't feel even slightly bad about it. My dime, my agenda. If my employer ponies up the fundage for…
Webuquerque: A CSS Survey
Webuquerque hosted its second event last Wednesday, "A CSS Survey: From Syntax to Rounded Corners." Once again, we had a great turnout with about 20 attendees. This time around, Webuquerque co-managers, Emily Lewis (that's me!) and Jason Nakai presented. Here's what you missed if you weren't able to join us.
Poppin' My SXSW Cherry
In exactly two weeks, I'll be heading to Austin, TX, to attend the SXSW '09 Interactive conference for six days of socializing, partying and, oh yeah, probably some learning. This will be my first year attending, and I'm (finally) starting to get pretty excited.
You Get What You Pay For
The other day, an acquaintance asked me to take a look at a not–for–profit site and offer some CSS feedback. I'm always willing to offer input and suggestions, but upon taking a look at the site it was entirely unclear to me what input I could offer other than the site needed a major design overhaul. As it turns out, a design overhaul is exactly what this acquaintance meant by "CSS feedback." He asked if I could create a mock…
BarCamp Albuquerque 3 Recordings Now Available
Back in September 2008, Reid Givens helped organize the wonderfully successful BarCamp Albuquerque 3. We had an amazing line-up of talented speakers who presented on a wide range of topics. And now all of the audio recordings from the presentations are available online, once again, thanks to Reid who is hosting the following on his blog:
Webuquerque: Social Media Means Business
This past Wednesday night, Webuquerque presented "Social Media Means Business," a panel-type discussion on using social media for business and communication. We had another great turnout, with over 30 attendees! If you were unable to join us, here's what you missed.
Introducing Webuquerque: A Success!
Last night was the inaugural event for Webuquerque, a new Adobe User Group for New Mexico web practitioners, and it was a great success! Over 25 people attended Introducing Webuquerque to learn about the new NMAUG group and our 2009 schedule, meet some of the presenters and other attendees, and win schwag.
Webuquerque: A New Mexico Adobe User Group for Web Professionals
I'm excited and pleased to announce that I am co-managing a new Adobe User Group for New Mexico's web professionals: Webuquerque. While this is a post to introduce and promote this new group, this is also a personal post. So indulge me while first share some history (or jump to the deets on Webuquerque).
The State of the Web: Survey Results
A few weeks ago, the folks from Web Directions and Scroll Magazine launched The State of the Web 2008, a new (hopefully annual) survey to help collect data about the industry and its professionals. The results are now in.
The State of the Web: A Survey
One of the more frustrating things about the web industry is the fact that it is comparatively new and, as such, there is an overwhelming lack of data about the industry and its professionals. There is ALA's Survey for People Who Make Websites, which is in its second year and focuses a fair amount on the HR aspects of the industry, including salaries, benefits, job titles, responsibilities, etc. Then there is Opera's MAMA research, which focuses more on web sites…
Rockin’ a Blue Beanie for Web Standards
Today is the 2nd annual Blue Beanie Day to promote the awareness of web standards and accessibility. Of course, as a self-professed standardista, I just had to participate.
15 Minutes
I was always suspect of this pop culture nugget: “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.” — Andy Warhol, American artist I mean, seriously, everyone? Well, perhaps he was right — at least in some regard — because I'm a "Designer in the Spotlight". Yeah, I'm totally famous now.
Webmaster Jam Session 2008
I finally recovered just returned from Webmaster Jam Session 2008 in Altanta, GA, this past weekend — October 3 & 4 — and wanted to share my thoughts about this great two-day conference. WJS is a unique event. Casual, intimate, informative and overwhelmingly fun. The format is particularly nice, with sessions that encourage audience participation and between–session–breaks that are perfect for talking directly with speakers and other attendees. Other than the format, the topics covered are great. Everything from high-level…
A Great Time at BarCamp Albuquerque 3
BarCampAlbuquerque has come to a close, and it was a great experience for me. And as I posted previously, I spread the good word about web standards. My Contribution Here's my presentation for your enjoyment and edification: Web Standards Primer. I can't wait to listen to the recording to hear just how much of a total dork I sounded like.
BarCamp Albuquerque 3 Around the Corner
Yes, it's short notice, but mark your calendars: BarCamp Albuquerque 3 is this weekend. When: September 13–14, from 9am–6pm both days Where: CJW Cafe on 4801 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 What: A two-day event all about the web — design (visual, experience, information architecture), technology (infrastructure, programming), social and new media, and other stuff that is just plain cool. Even better, yours truly is presenting.
Fellow Web Geeks: Just Do It
A List Apart's 2008 Survey for People Who Make Websites is here.

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I'm a freelance web designer of the standardista variety, which means I get excited about things like valid POSH, microformats and accessibility. I ply my trade from my one-person design studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 USA.

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