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Responsive Web Design Summit 2013 – One Week Away – Come Join Us!

The lovely folk at Environments for Humans are hosting the 2nd Annual Responsive Web Design (online) Summit April 16-18, 2013.
The great thing about the E4H online summits is that one can attend and participate in the summit from anywhere were you have a data connection – home, office, coffee shop, car, mountain, desert, the ISS, wherever.
Yes, there is a the traditional presenter presents with slides, but the best part – speaking from experience as a presenter and as an attendee – there is a real time chat that the attendees can use to ask questions, comment on the presentation, and otherwise interact with the group, which then gives the presenter an opportunity to interact back.
I love this style, as it makes the presentation into a more of a meet up or workshop conversation amongst peers around the ideas in the presentation rather than Lone Speaker on Podium speaking Truth to Audience.
I will be presenting at 9am (CT) on Wed April 17, 2013 on “Mobile Development on a Shoestring Connection”.
Please come join me, a whole slew of great speakers and topics, and fellow designers & developers, whether you are currently working in Responsive Web Design or Mobile or are RWD/Mobile curious, for the RWD Summit next week. It will be good, stimulating, and great way to get up to date on a wide range of ideas in the RWD and mobile spaces.
Use ’20JEN’ when registering to get 20% off an individual or meeting room ticket!
Look forward to next week at the RWD Summit!

A Minimalist’s Guide to the Mobile Web from BDConf, April 2012

Jenifer Hanen – A Minimalist’s Guide to the Mobile Web – BDConf, April 2012 from Breaking Development on Vimeo.

Thurs 08.30.12 – The nice folks at Breaking Development have published the video with slides from my presentation at BDConf April 2012 in Orlando.
If you say to yourself “I must know more about designing and developing for the mobile web and beyond the desktop”, then get yourself on down to the Breaking Development Dallas coming up in a few weeks – September 24-26, 2012!

Breaking Development: The Sessions, Slides & Notes

Tues 04.17.12 – Yesterday I was quite wrapped up in the nerves of presenting, today I took notes during the Breaking Development Orlando sessions and I have added in the presentations slide embeds as the various speakers have shared them.
My two favorite BDConf presentations from Monday the 16th was Guy Podjarny’sPerformance Implications of Mobile Design” and Stephen Hay’sResponsive Design Workflow“:

Per my usual, my notes are a paraphrase of what is being said during the presentation and what is on the slides, anything is quotes is a quote from the speaker rather than a paraphrase. The notes plus presentation slides can be found after the jump.

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Breaking Development: A Minimalist’s Guide to the Mobile Web

Mon 04.16.12 – Here are the slides from my presentation on “A Minimalist’s Guide to the Mobile Web” from Breaking Development Orlando.
Here is the official description of the talk for the BDConf website: “Designing and developing for mobile devices can be overwhelming in the sheer amount of factors to consider. Questions of where get started or how to retool for fast and lovely mobile sites can send one screaming for the supposed safety of Webkit before running and hiding under an iOS rock. But such fear and trembling is unnecessary and we can go forth in confidence with the minimalist’s guide on data sipping as a legitimate lifestyle, serving responsive images, how to strip that code, and do I really need all this Javascript?”
A video the presentation will be available soon on the BDConf Vimeo channel.
If you are a mobile or web design and/or developer who really would love to attend a great one track, intimate conference on the mobile web, Breaking Development Dallas will held in September 2012.

Appnostic : Time to Pioneer Human Centered Mobile Design

This August, while speaking at the Mobile Javascript Summit, I came out in my presentation as Appnostic, stating that the mobile world is too young for us to get set in dogma on the subject of mobile web vs. mobile native apps but instead we need to be pioneering on all fronts of mobile development and creation. I don’t care if one is creating/developing a mobile native app, a hybrid app, or a web app / site, what really matters is that the human who owns the mobile has a good to great user experience, accomplishment of tasks, and an element of delight. Let’s create, design, and develop in a way that delights the mobile user and moves all of us forward.
Much of the web only for mobile rhetoric is not only limiting but a bit absurd when taken to the logical end. How many of the mobile web only folks would work only in their computer’s browser for every activity, professionally or personally, for months on end? Why ask that of the mobile owner that every task and activity should be accomplished only in the browser?
Two recent articles have pinpointed that now is the time to pioneer mobile design:
Cennydd Bowles makes a clear and concise argument that we need to build and innovate for mobile be it web or native apps:

“No one has this problem about native desktop apps vs. web apps. The same people that decry native mobile apps use Coda, Photoshop, and OmniFocus. Native enthusiasts use FreeAgent, Google Docs, and Basecamp without a second thought. In the desktop world, we already know that whether a native or web app is better depends on what it’s for.”

Go read it.
In another recent article in the Guardian piece on Nokia’s Design EVP, Marko Ahtisaari, makes a great point about giving the mobile user choice:

One of the glories of a mobile is that it is particularly personal and the user should have the choice to use their mobile as they so choose, not how we choose for them. Maybe you prefer to do things in your mobile’s browser, but your next door neighbor loves loves loves native apps, dowloading them mostly but loves ’em anyways. Maybe you have only one ecosystem you will use and all of your devices use that one OS, but maybe your neighbor has a MacBook, an XBox, and an Android mobile and doesn’t care if they are different OSes, in fact they prefer it that way.

The mobile world is still very young and let’s not fight for a small slices of professional territory but instead let’s create great human centered user experiences and happy mobile owners rather than getting set in our ways so early.

The Nokia N9 is Released


Thur 09.29.11 – The long awaited Nokia N9 with much talked about Swipe UI and the Meego/Harmattan OS has now started to ship or will be in a store near you within the next two weeks. Well, in a shop near you if you live in Sweden, Finland, Pakistan, Kazakistan, or China, but if you live in the US, UK, Germany or many other places you are f*ck3d unto the very Ballmer. Yep, only MacroSquish for you if you live in Western Europe or the Western Hemisphere.
Order the Nokia N9 online, even if your local shop doesn’t carry it, it is worth it. The Swipe UI is beautiful and very usable, the hardware delish, and Maemo’s Harmattan with a touch of Meego goodness hiding behind all the UI swipe is a geek’s delight. I have had the Nokia N950 developer phone for two weeks now and it causes mobile envy even in the most dedicated iAddict. If the Nokia N950 turns heads…
Hello lovely little Nokia N9, welcome. Go forth and prosper.

Closet Envy

Sun 07.17.11 – Today I was struck by a serious case of closet envy. Yes, closet envy.
The closet in the room I am staying at in the Camp Camp 8.0 rental house in Truckee is every thing I wish my closet was: big, walk-in, two clothes hanging dowels, shelves, etc.
Oh, wait. The current Closet of Doom at my place in Seal Beach is big-ish in a long way, walk-in, has two dowels for hanging clothes on, and has four shelves. So, why do I have a serious case of closet envy?
The Closet of Doom is less than 30 inches wide, 6 feet deep and over 8 feet tall, which results in it only being good for storing, stacks and stacks, layers and layers of boxes in. The closet in Truckee was roughly 6 feet long and 4 or 5 feet wide, nearly a square and had plenty of room to walk in and reach stuff hung or on the shelves even if it had stuff stored all over the place.
When I am dwelling on closet envy, I think it is time to move, as the Closet of Doom is not going to change shape, size, and its basic lack of usability.