Christopher Schmitt

designer, web developer, author, strategist, dreamer

Working with the web since 1993, Christopher Schmitt directs Heatvision.com, Inc., a small new media publishing and design firm. The author of several books, including CSS Cookbook and Photoshop in 10 Simple Steps or Less, Schmitt is also a contributor to many web development magazines.

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Speakers Announced for CSS Dev Conf 2013

August 12

To say that I’m excited for CSS Dev Conf this year is a bit of an understatement.

We started planning this year’s event after leaving last year’s venue en route to the airport.

I’m happy to say that the first CSS conference for web builders, CSS Dev Conf, returns for its second year this October–check out the lineup.

Community Voting

While we knew the venue and some of the featured speakers early on, we didn’t know who were most of our speakers were going to be.

To join the lineup featuring great CSS experts like Eric Meyer, Nicole Sullivan, Tab Atkins, and more, the potential speakers had to answer the call for speakers and have it voted for in a double-blind process.

Names were removed from sessions before voting was opened to the community, creating a level playing field: a ballot full of great session ideas without the biases created by name, employer, or gender.

Why do take these laborious steps when we could have reached out to stalwarts in the industry?

Well, it allows for more ambitious and new speakers to step into the limelight that other venues might not give them the chance.

This is the second time we’ve done this–it’s in CSS Dev Conf’s DNA now–and I’m surprised yet again by the awesome topics that were picked.

They weren’t ones I might not have voted for necessarily, but they all sound interesting and can’t be missed.

Best of CSS Dev Conf Tracks

We’re also doing something new this year for CSS Dev Conf that we learned from doing it once already.

The biggest complaint we received was that there were so many aweseome sessions going on at the same time that attendees had trouble making up their mind.

That complaint was actually a compliment to the speakers and their sessions–we had too many awesome talks for people to see!

To help alleviate this problem, we are setting up a Best of CSS Dev Conf tracks.

The top talks of CSS Dev Conf 2013 are going to be repeated at the end of the second day of the conference.

That’s right.

You will get two chances to see the top talks from the conference.

And for the speakers with those great talks? They get The Best of CSS Dev Conf Award and the bragging rights that come with it.

Almost Here

New tricks, great content, gurus and young guns make up the 2nd annual CSS conference. Don’t miss it.

If you haven’t already, be sure to grab a ticket for CSS Dev Conf before the event sells out.

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