by Joe Lachoff
I'm attending the IxDA Interaction 11 conference this week in Boulder, Colorado. Thank you Autodesk for sending me here! It's cold! (Okay, it's probably not cold for most people, but I'm a California boy, meaning, I have no tolerance for cold...) But, whatever. I'm going to try to post something each day that I'm here, so, let's get CRACKIN...
Today was Wednesday- a day of workshops and shmoozing at the lovely hotel St. Julien in Boulder. This is not where I'm staying, sadly, and it's also not where the main conference events are taking place. But it is where I received a very nice pile of conference sponsor schwag including the tasteful yet inedible stuff in this photo, and some other stuff I didn't take pictures of because I already ate it.
(Those are a colorful set of pens and stack of felt drink coasters, by the way.)
Workshop: I attended a workshop this afternoon entitled Progressive Prototyping with HTML5, CSS3 and More.
The workshop provided a good overview of what's different in HTML5/CSS3 compared to their current counterparts. It was fun to download sample files, type some code and see something happen as a result. I'll admit I was expecting something a bit different- I was hoping to attend a workshop that would demonstrate specific tips and techniques for prototyping using these tools, and maybe some rationale for choosing them over other prototyping tools. Instead, it felt like a workshop about using HTML5 and CSS3 for building production sites, with a lot of emphasis on cross browser support and standards- things that matter less to me if I'm just trying to prototype something, then, say, how I might make a quick prototype using these tools. Don't get me wrong - very interesting stuff, but just a mismatch with what I was expecting. Still the workshop was a thought provoking way to start the conference and I'm looking forward to learning and experimenting more with HTML5 and CSS3. After the workshop a couple of attendees recommended checking out these publications.