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The 1st annual online, live responsive web design conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in RWD for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Responsive Web Design Summit 2012! Bring the experts to your desktop August 28th from 9AM to 5PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

August 28, 2012 \\ 9AM to 5PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

The New Responsive Web Design Workflow 9am CT

by Trent Walton, Founder & 1/3 of Paravel Inc.

As a designer transitioning from old school web design workflow to Responsive Web Design workflow, Trent Walton and Paravel Studios have adapted to meet the needs of "everywhere web" for their clients and personal projects.

In this session, Walton shares the insights he and his company have gained by changing to this new workflow.

About Trent Walton

Trent Walton is founder and 1/3 of Paravel, a custom web design and development shop based out of the Texas Hill Country. In his spare time, he writes about what he learns at his website, and is co-creator of and contributor to TheManyFacesOf and DesignSwap.


Javascript in Responsive Web Design 10am CT

by Dave Rupert, Lead developer for Paravel, Inc.

At its core, Responsive Web Design is just three awesome CSS/design principles, but sometimes things fall apart during implementation.

Enter Javascript, Bondo for the web, for a new responsive era in website!

This talk will be a roundup of plugins and solutions to help your new responsive site soar.

About Dave Rupert

Dave Rupert is the lead developer for Paravel and host of the ATX Web Show, a podcast about the local web design and development scene in Austin, TX. Most of his attention is focused on current buzzwords: HTML5 / CSS3, Javascript, Rails, Sinatra, and the Mobile Web.


jQuery Mobile and Responsive Web Design 11am CT

by Marc Grabanski, jQuery Specialist

The great promise of the web was inherently responsive. The web was meant to work everywhere and the content in websites was meant to be seen by all.

jQuery Mobile takes the mission of the web to heart and allows any device to see basic content and then through progressive enhancement adds a wide arrange of tooling to get you on the path to building websites that work on any device and screen size.

Although not specifically, "responsive", jQuery Mobile is an amazing base for building responsive websites. From it's CSS theme framework to it's touch friendly inputs and widgets, jQuery Mobile makes the perfect shim to get you started building future friendly websites for any screen size on any device.

About Marc Grabanski

Marc Grabanski is an entrepreneurial web developer out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He currently runs a consulting corporation and is co-founder of two startup companies.

Marc's technical skills are focused towards user interface development, but also span across a wide range of technologies and skill-sets.

This enables him to manage resources remotely to implement new ideas with his consulting company, MJG International, LLC.


Building Responsive Layouts 12pm CT

by Zoe Gillenwater, Author of Stunning CSS3 and Flexible Web Design

You know what responsive web design is. You know why we do it. What you need to know, now, is how to do it.

In this session, you'll learn about two of the core components of responsive web design: fluid/liquid layouts and media queries.

We'll cover fluid and hybrid fixed-fluid layout techniques, tips, and tricks so that you can build robust, flexible layouts without pulling your hair out.

We'll then walk through adding media queries onto a fluid layout to make it fully responsive to a variety of screen sizes and devices. Even older versions of Internet Explorer will get some love with solutions to help them deal with your shiny new responsive layouts.

About Zoe Gillenwater

Zoe is a freelance graphic and web designer, developer and consultant. She is the author of the book Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS and the video training title Web Accessibility Principles for lynda.com, and is working on the upcoming book Stunning CSS3: A Project-based Guide to the Latest in CSS.

Zoe is currently a member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Adobe Task Force and was previously a moderator of the popular css-discuss mailing list. Find out more about Zoe on her blog and portfolio site at www.zomigi.com or follow her on Twitter @zomigi.


Retroffiting Sites for Responsive Web Design 2pm CT

by Ben Callahan, Co-founder of Build Responsively Workshop Series

Not all of us get the opportunity to build a website from scratch with every project.

When you can't wipe the slate clean, responsive techniques can still be used on your sites today and offer a fantastic step forward.

In this session, Callahan looks at options for quickly creating better experiences for users on small screens, giving attendees knowledge they can put to use immediately.

Topics covered:

  • when retrofitting is acceptable
  • creative ways to link retrofit styles
  • additive and subtractive CSS
  • responsive with minimal HTML changes
  • fun real-world examples

About Ben Callahan

President of Sparkbox and co-founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs.

His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.


Adaptive Images in Responsive Web Design 3pm CT

by Christopher Schmitt, Author of CSS Cookbook & HTML5 Cookbook

The open web doesn't stop at our desktop. Smart phones and tablets not only contain more computing power and better browsers than the computers that started the Internet economy, they have better displays.

In this session presented by Christopher Schmitt, we will work through tips and tricks to develop future friendly images in our sites and apps.

About Christopher Schmitt

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher Schmitt is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993.

As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs.

He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force.

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for MSDN, .net Magazine, New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.


Let's Do a Bunch of Simple Stuff to Make Our Websites Faster 4pm CT

by Chris Coyier, CSS-Tricks Web Design Community Curator

The Performance Golden Rule is that 80-90% of the time it takes for a website to load happens on the front end. Since we all care about our website's performance, let's focus on that.

We'll cover some easy things that us web designers can do to make our sites faster.

  • Why we all (should) care about website speed
  • The top three things you can do
  • Tools and services to make things easier
  • Some things you can stop caring about
  • Common failures
  • Taking things further and the future

About Chris Coyier

Chris Coyier is a real world web designer who has been reaching for WordPress to power client sites for many years. He subscribes to the theory that not only is WordPress capable of powering any website it is almost always the right choice.


About the Responsive Web Design Summit 2012

Now that the growth of the mobile Web has outpaced the desktop, Web designers and developers are at a crossroads. The race to keep up with every new device dimension and interface could easily dwarf the pain of dealing with browser quirks, but only if we let it! Take a day to discover the newest Responsive Web Design techniques and change the way you build the Web.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.