Workshop: Designing Elegant CSS Interfaces

~ 15 August 2006 ~

This bit of news is both exciting and intimidating simultaneously. I’m pleased to announce my Carsons Workshop coming up this October 13th in London: Designing Elegant CSS Interfaces.

I’ll be your host for a full day of “understanding of how to design interfaces that are a savvy blend of graphic design, human computing, and visual communication.”

Exciting because there’s a TON of of great information I hope to convey in an engaging and entertaining fashion. Intimidating because I’ll have to engage and entertain for 8 hours straight.

Some of the things we’ll cover:

  • Wireframing, iterative design, and prototyping: What’s useful and what’s not
  • How to streamline the design process by beginning with the “core” of a UI
  • From image comp to coded page: How to design with CSS in mind
  • CSS as an efficient tool for interface repurposing in co-branded apps, forum software and the like
  • Beyond the basics: How to refine and polish beautiful designs

This will undoubtedly be one chance to teach you “everything I know”; or more like “everything I know, and lots of stuff others know” as I certainly don’t presume to know everything about UI design. I may even cover techniques used to design some of the work in my portfolio. But hurry and sign up as the workshop is less than two months away and seating is limited to 40 attendees.

Can’t make it to London? I’ll hope you’ll join me for one of these other upcoming events:

  • Refresh06 — November 16-18, Orlando, FL. I’ll be presenting UI design techniques and principles, though not nearly as in-depth as my London workshop. Presentations and workshops by Jeremy Keith, Nate Koechley, Brian Fling, Andy Budd, and others.
  • Webmaster Jam Session — September 22-23, Dallas, TX. I’ll cover essential web skills, alongside other great speakers such as Eric Meyer, Derek Featherstone, and Jared Spool.

And if you’ve got nothing else to do in September, you might fill your entire month with conferences on three continents.

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1   aBitGone ~ 15 August 2006 at 08:43 AM

Dammit, that -would have to be- the weekend I’m away, wouldn’t it. Pity, I’d have loved to have been there.

2   Zack Kirby ~ 15 August 2006 at 09:09 AM

I’d pay money for that as a podcast. Any chance of that happening?

3   Cameron Moll ~ 15 August 2006 at 09:17 AM

The workshop? Probably not. Though you can purchase a Survival Kit after the fact.

4   Kristin S. ~ 15 August 2006 at 09:31 AM

The London workshop sounds fantastic. Any chance the it will be conducted stateside at some point?

5   Timo Brimhall ~ 15 August 2006 at 09:45 AM

I would love to attend but can’t make it clear out to London. I would love to purchase a podcast but it sounds like that won’t be possible.

Let us know when the Survival Kit is available and any possibility of you doing the same workshop here in the US.
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6   Cameron Moll ~ 15 August 2006 at 09:57 AM

Any chance the it will be conducted stateside at some point?

I can’t speak for Carson Workshops, but some of their workshops have made their way to the states. So possible, yes, but no plans at the moment.

7   Brandon ~ 15 August 2006 at 10:10 AM

I sure wish they’d bring more Carson Workshops to the US (particularly East coast). I’d love to come to a few, but just can’t pony up a trip to Europe for a conference. My wife and kids would kill me if I went to Europe on business and we hadn’t even taken a family trip there.

Anyway, come to NY or ATL and I’ll be there!

8   Graham ~ 15 August 2006 at 10:22 AM

Myself and a coworker just got signed up for the Orlando conference (according to our stalwart boss). We hadn’t heard about it prior to your post today, so thanks a ton.

Looks really exciting and I’m stoked! Let the anticipatory quivering begin now!

FYI: We just launched a website for the local county government which uses pure CSS and semantic markup, along with a blog for the county manager. You, along with the other CSS and design “gurus” have been a big inspiration for me and my teamates over the last few years.

9   Cameron Moll ~ 15 August 2006 at 10:42 AM

Excellent, Graham. We’ll plan to see you there!

10   Jan Brasna ~ 15 August 2006 at 11:44 AM

Wow, that’s awesome… I should have not exhausted event budget for this year :’( It will be definitely a big success so I hope Ryan will consider additional reps.

11   Michael Davis ~ 15 August 2006 at 03:57 PM

Dang it! I would love to attend this but I doubt the boss will pay to send me all the way to London. Sounds like a great workshop!

12   Blake Haswell ~ 16 August 2006 at 01:29 AM

Why… Why can’t you come to Australia? :-P

13   Kimberly Lightholder ~ 16 August 2006 at 06:02 AM

Wow… Looks like hanging low in Ireland is fnally going to pay off… And here I thought I was missing out on all the cool Bay Area ‘net stuff.

Hope to see you there, would be nice to put a voice to the blog I’ve been reading for… gosh… a couple years??

14   Joshua Marshall ~ 16 August 2006 at 08:10 AM

Consider me (and a colleague) signed up…

See you there, Cameron :)

15   Gillian Carson ~ 16 August 2006 at 09:42 AM

Hey everyone - I just wanted to answer some of the questions about Carson Workshops.

We’d love to do more workshops in the US. It’s just a case of finding the time!

We’re doing “The Future of Web Apps” in San Francisco in September. Which is going to be a blast - we can’t wait for that.

And we’re hatching a plan to do a workshop with Dan Cederholm in Boston in November. We should be announcing that soon.

And, of course we’ll be twisting Cameron’s arm to do more workshops after his London appearance ;)

16   Cameron Moll ~ 16 August 2006 at 12:56 PM

Joshua - We’ll plan to see you (two) there too!

Gillian - “Uncle!” I give. :)

17   Shane Guymon ~ 16 August 2006 at 10:44 PM

So when are you making a trip to San Antonio? (TX)

18   Pascal ~ 18 August 2006 at 03:45 AM

Just sent off an email to my manager requesting to attend the London workshop. I’m in the Netherlands so I hope I will be allowed to go. Sounds really interesting.

19   Sam Hardacre ~ 18 August 2006 at 04:10 AM

Would love to come but I haven’t the cash to attend and I really doubt the boss will pick up the bill.

Worth asking though…

20   Zack ~ 18 August 2006 at 04:47 AM

Such a shame. I would love to have been there and will actually be in London that week. Just a shame I don’t have two pennies to rub together at the moment.

21   Andrew ~ 21 August 2006 at 06:21 AM

That sounds really cool. I wish more stuff would come to Toronto area. We had one big design thing, but I can’t seem to find anything else for us, other then that.

22   Ben ~ 23 August 2006 at 03:16 AM

When you say ‘UI design’ I’m wondering about the distinction between ‘web apps’ and ‘websites’ in the more traditional sense. Web apps have more focus on input from the user - maybe you’re using the page to get a job done or put in some data. Often they are less focussed on marketing and branding, especially if they are not publically open. But I still think it’s crucial that they are nice and intuitive to use (maybe more so).

Wondering how much of this workshop will directly relate to web apps and how much is geared towards the UI of more traditional websites, or if you don’t see much of a distinction?

23   Cameron Moll ~ 23 August 2006 at 09:43 AM

Ben - Yes, there is certainly a distinction. But I plan to cover both. And there’s often overlap between the two — users still need to access content, navigate, take action, etc regardless of whether it’s an app or a marketing website.

So long story short, I hope to cover UI design as it relates to a typical brochure-style site all the way up to a full-fledged web app, without spreading myself (or the attendees) too thin in either direction.


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