Writing for the Web; Your Browser is the New Photoshop

Start the new decade off right by joining us at the first official Refresh Chicago meetup. We plan to have two presentations, off-the-cuff website critiques, refreshments, and great conversation with like-minded individuals. Writing for the Web: The Right Strategy presented by Shay Howe All too often content is overlooked when designing and building a website. The problem is that users rarely come for the design or experience — they come for the content! Shay Howe will talk about developing the right strategy for web writing, the qualities of great web content, and how to bring that content to life with design. Your Browser is the New Photoshop presented by Matt Puchlerz and Jon Buda Do you spend your days in Photoshop creating comp after comp, all the while wishing for a more efficient means with which to design? The streamlined application of your dreams is now here, and its called a browser. The ever-extending capabilities of CSS now rival those of Photoshop, with designing in the browser quickly becoming the norm. Matt Puchlerz and Jon Buda will show you why web design and front-end development are inextricably linked, and how in-browser design using advanced CSS techniques foster that concept. 25% Off Slick Mac Apps! We've been graciously sponsored by Fuel Collective, makers of fine Mac applications. Join us at the meetup and get a promo code good for 25% off every app they sell.

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  • Francine Z.

    Two excellent presentations. Both offered useful tips, but neither was too technical that it went over my head (granted, only the second one could have possibly done that). And thanks again to Fuel Collective for sponsoring the pizza and to OfficePort for providing the space and slick flat panel (vs the usual projected image).

    January 14, 2010

  • Shay H.

    I had a great time last night and really enjoyed presenting. Thanks to everyone who came out. I hope to see you all again at the next meetup.

    January 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The content of both was great. The Writing for the Web presentation used a lot of advanced terminology that wasn't explained and may have been over the heads of newer developers (even I jotted down a note or two to research later) but had some good pictures to represent many of the ideas. The Browser/Photoshop presentation was the exact opposite - everything was explained really well but unfortunately had very few pictures to go with it. Overall, though, a very good informal seminar.

    January 13, 2010

  • Jon B.

    Amazing turnout tonight. Great people, great conversation. We'll find a less cramped area for the next one. Looking forward to seeing the community grow and the conversation evolve.

    January 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tonight was a really great showing in attendance, by a great group of people who were eager to share their knowledge and learn from others. The presentations were great too. Can't wait for more.

    January 12, 2010

  • Matt P.

    I apologize to everyone for the close quarters. The turnout was better than any of us expected. It seemed as though everyone was having great conversations, and I'm glad to see Refresh cultivating that interaction.

    January 12, 2010

  • Stephen K.

    Great talks and nice ideas.

    January 12, 2010

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