Christopher Schmitt

designer, web developer, author, strategist, dreamer

Working with the web since 1993, Christopher Schmitt directs, 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.


For Chloe Weil

July 19, 2014

Before the start of the CSS Summit, Environments for Humans took a moment to make a special announcement regarding Chloe Weil.

We are missing someone special this CSS Summit.

Ari and I first met Chloe when we first did the CSS Summit from ISITE Design’s old office in Portland, OR.

We knew right away she was funny and smart–two qualities we love to see in people.

Every year we would look forward to seeing her and Petra to catch up, like any other people who work on the web. Virtual friends meeting up and picking up the conversation as if no time had passed.

It was through her blog, though, that we realized how talented she was. Whether she was writing a blog post or announcing a project–her writing was thorough, thoughtful, entertaining, and done faithfully to her own voice.

While we love the medium we work in–it’s unique power to communicate vast distances fails mightily to that of a simple, directed kindness.

Take time out of your daily routine to reach out to friends and family–unexpectedly give them a kind word. Thank them by letting them know their hard work, their opinions, their humor, their approach to life is amazing.

Most of us are not sure what to say to a friend who is going through depression. It’s a good idea to consider what you might say if someone you care about asks you for help.

And if you are feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, please talk to someone about it.

If you don’t feel like talking to a friend or loved one, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1–800-SUICIDE.

We asked our attendees from around the world for similar services. Here’s a listing of the few we were able to capture:

If you have more resources, please post them in the comments.

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