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Monthly Meeting - Web Design, UI & UX, Development, Mobile and more

For this month meeting, I would like to invite Matt Tanner as a guest speaker.

Matt grew up with digital. Owner of Firestarter Digital, his background includes everything from business management and marketing to design to programming. Self-taught in web and design development – he also volunteers with local not-for-profit organization Code For Kids and runs in his spare time.

About the presentation: Rapid Prototyping: Build Better Websites While Saving Time & Money

Whether you’re new to building websites or have been doing it for a while, rapid prototyping can help make your processes more efficient. With a focus on front-end development, we’ll go through what rapid prototyping is, tools like Foundation and SASS, and best practices to follow in ensuring your sites are optimized for mobile and accessibility. We’ll review a practical example in a case study following the typical rapid prototyping process and how it significantly reduces design, development and review time without compromising quality or compatibility.

Design critique submissions: We will take design submissions from the group and give it a usability and design critique ending with a list of suggestions. If you have designs for us to review, please send them to me.


6:30 - 7:00 pm: Networking

7:00 - 7:45 pm: Presentation by Matt Tanner

7:45 - 8:00 pm: Q&A session

8:00 - 8:15 pm: Design critique

8:15 - 8:30pm: Wrap up


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  • Alan P.

    Good discussion and topic.

    April 24, 2014

  • Osamu W.

    Excellent keynote by Matt Tanner.

    March 28, 2014

  • Adrian

    Looking forward to the next one.

    March 27, 2014

  • Matt T.

    Hey everyone - I've uploaded the PDF of the presentation to: - Enjoy!

    March 27, 2014

    • Marc R.

      Thanks for the PDF, however the links to all the resources on slide 62 did not render for me. Perhaps it's just me but could you send all those resources?

      Your overview last night was a perfect fit for me and I'm looking forward to diving into the details of your tool set to bring my understanding of how to execute websites up to speed!

      - Cheers, Marc

      March 27, 2014

    • Steph B.

      just cut and paste them into your browser's location bar. Generally in PDFs if there is no www. or http:// with a URL it won't 'automatically'­ render as a clickable link. But cut/paste saves the day!

      March 27, 2014

  • Trish L.

    This email just came in and we were just discussing the book 'Digital Adaptation' last night. Here's a link for those of you who don't get Smashing Mag emails.

    March 27, 2014

  • Matt T.

    Thanks to everyone who came out tonight, glad you appreciated the presentation and please don't hesitate to get in touch if you ever have questions about the material. I'm always more than happy to grab a coffee or pint!

    March 26, 2014

  • Brian L.

    Really enjoyed the session. first time time attending the group meeting and it was a good experience. Definitely want to make this a monthly habit.

    March 26, 2014

  • Trish L.

    The presentation by Matt was informative and well presented. I look forward to checking out some of the links he mentioned and re-applying some forgotten processes. Thanks Matt!!

    March 26, 2014

  • Steph B.

    Good talk Matt, you handled the challenges well.

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Maurice

    I won't be able to make it tonight, but I would be grateful if anyone from the group could recommend a Developer/Programmer to help me with some Wordpress setup and integration.
    Not an exteme amount of work, but definately worth a couple hundred bucks.

    BTW - Tonight event would have been interesting if could attend, because I am of of those UX Designers that believe in wireframes and concepts before any code. I've had this discussion with my colleagues over at ZURB, the founders of Foundation (and some say Bootstrap)...should be a fun night for all those attending.


    March 26, 2014

  • Babak

    Glad to attend the meeting

    March 17, 2014

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