Workshops

One half-day workshop is included with your registration to edUi 2010. These workshops will conclude our conference on Tuesday November 9th. You will need to choose which workshop you plan to attend during checkout.

Can't decide? Each workshop leader will also present a one hour general session on a similar topic to their workshop. See the schedule for topics and times.

HTML & CSS The Pillars of the Web

Half Day Workshop Track: Web 101 – Day 2, 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Whether you feel confident in your web knowledge or you’re just learning the basics, there’s benefit in looking at the overall web picture. We’ll discuss how to approach a project, organize your CSS, determine the semantics of your content, and look at the pillars of CSS (the “must know” information you need to build solid, bug-free pages). With the evolution of HTML and CSS (HTML5 and CSS3), we’ll review helpful techniques to make building your web pages and theming your WordPress blog more productive and attractive.

If you just want a little taste of what Stephanie has to say about CSS & HTML, see her one-hour session on Getting Your Feet Wet With CSS.

Presented by: Stephanie Sullivan

Weaving a Web Workflow

Half Day Workshop Track: Toolbox – Day 2, 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

HTML, CSS and Javascript may be the bricks and mortar of the web, but Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash are the tools that web-artisans use as they mold and sculpt their creations. During this workshop, you will travel through a complete web workflow using the tools in Creative Suite 5. Along the way, you’ll learn proper techniques for image  preparation and optimization in Photoshop, how to prototype interactivity before code is written, best practices for assembling standards-based pages using Dreamweaver, why Flash is still relevant in an HTML5 world, and much, much more.

Maybe all that Adobe is just too much for you.  If you just want some Photoshop tips and tricks from one of the masters, plan to attend Greg’s one-hour session, Photoshop Wow!

Presented by: Greg Rewis

Better Design Through Analytics

Half Day Workshop Track: Problem Solved – Day 2, 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

It’s been said that “good designers redesign, great designers realign“.  Design is a continual process of refinement, realignment and improvement.  But how do you decide what needs refining?  Do you make informed decisions or are you grasping at straws in the dark?

Web site statistics hold the key to making informed decisions, but throwing a little Google Analytics code on your site isn’t really enough.

In this half-day workshop you will learn how to use web statistics to better refine your designs.  Get the basics of what all those analytics numbers mean, learn how to set measurable goals, and define conversions.  Then take it to the next level with the Google Website Optimizer, A/B and multivariate testing.

If you’ve already got the basics down and just want to cut to the chase, then plan to attend Nick’s hour long session: Web Metrics an Overview.

Presented by: Nick DeNardis

Rich UI – No Plugins Required

Half Day Workshop Track: The Edge – Day 2, 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everyone wants rich, interactive user interfaces for their web apps.  But what about web standards, future compatibility, open architectures and unnecessary plugins?   Let’s face it, Flash isn’t for everyone.  Well, there’s another way.  Enter HTML5 and Processing.js.

Processing.js is an open programming language for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions for the web without using Flash or Java applets. Processing.js uses Javascript to draw shapes and manipulate images on the HTML5 Canvas element. The code is light-weight, simple to learn and makes an ideal tool for visualizing data, creating user-interfaces and developing web-based games.

In this half-day workshop you’ll learn how to build an interactive timeline application that rivals those currently being built in Flash. All it takes is a <canvas> tag and a little JavaScript.  Bring a laptop and follow along, you’ll be building rich, interactive web interfaces in no time flat and no plugins required!

If you just want the basics, you might want to check out Alistair’s one-hour session, Getting Started With Processing.js.

Presented by: Alistair MacDonald