The Raleigh-Durham Web Design Group February Meetup

  • Feb 10, 2009 · 7:30 PM
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Next few meetups....

February: How you (should) use CSS (The speaker hasn't confirmed but we can still talk on it.)
Also Keval has requested to talk about a site,, and get feedback from the group on his design. March: Progressive Enhancement: Best Practice for Best Browsing

April: Video on the Web. Thanks to Dave Curtis of Your Video Team ( for moderating the discussion.

A couple of members have volunteered to lead some discussions this year -- please consider leading one yourself if you feel you or your company does work in one of the topic areas.


2009 Tentative Agenda

Search engine optimization & SEO tools

Internet Explorer: Annoyances, Hacks, and Fixes; or "IE Doesn't Play So Friendly". How & Why to Design for Accessibility

User Interface Tips and Tricks; Accessible Drop-down Menus and Other CSS Designs

The Business of Web Freelancing; business models, pricing, payments The Business of Web Freelancing: Project Management

The Business of Using Freelancers: qualifying suppliers

AJAX: How to Get Started

Content Management Systems: Grokking Joomla

Hackers, Crackers, and Stalkers: Securing Your Site Graphic Design 101

Design vs. Code: Bridging the gaps; or "Switching to the Dark Side"

Web Site Redesign and Renovation: Pitfalls and Best Practice

The whole Shebang: Development and Deployment Strategies; or "Not Taking Stupid Risks"
(Change control, Versioning, Syncronization, Redundancy, DB Design Archiving, Backups) Measuring Web Metrics: Tools and Techniques
(Google Analytics, Web Trends, Metrics after site is deployed)

If you have an idea for a topic or wish to speak ]let me know. I'd be happy to update the agenda.

About the Location

Panera has WiFi access, deep pots of coffee, and plenty of room. Please be polite to the staff and mindful of other customers. We do need to vacate by 9pm so the staff can close up!


The location info has a link to work around problems with Google and Yahoo Maps. The address on the embedded map was tweaked to get the Yahoo link to point to the geographical vicinity. Mitch made a better map on MapBuilder: Map Builder Map of Panera Bread

- Mitch

2008 Past Meetings:
December: What do you want out of the Meetup?
January Topic: Favorite Web Editing and Design Tools
February: Design Templates as "Silver Bullets": Pros and Cons of Web Design Templates
March: Designing with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
April: Search Engine Marketing
May: How it Fits: Scripting Languages
June: Flash Tools (bad showing!)
July: Web architecture overview (bad showing!)
August: Videos and Movies on the Web
September tickler topic: Search Engine Optimization; also mod_rewrite
October: Template Languages: Designing for Content Management Systems and Blogs
November: "Web 3.0" ; Social networking and other trends.

2007 Past Meetings:
Jan: Site critique; What is "Reasonable Disclosure" for a freelancer?
Feb: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
March: Firebug debugger & Firefox extensions (proposed Book swap a non-event)
April: Color - Theory, Web Rules of Thumb, Design Resources
May: Layout - Space, Composition, Template Design & Idioms
June: Fonts - Typesetting jargon, Good Style, Controlling, Tools
July: Vector Art - Basic Techniques, Tools, Resources
August: Bitmaps - Image Editing, Basic Photo Tips, Tools, Resources
September: Human Factors - Interface considerations, Heuristics, Tips
October: AJAX & JS Animation & Libraries
November: Flash Basics & Tools
Dec: Agenda discussion
Special Called Meeting for Dec: Markup Northeast - Dinner & organizational discussion

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to meet everyone, and also to participate in the site critique. I'm just sorry I had to leave before everything wrapped up.

    February 11, 2009

  • Jay R.

    Lots of engagement from the group. A lot of different ideas shared which is very valuable.

    February 11, 2009

  • Pepper O.
    For those new to CSS-based web design, you can go check out this site. The idea behind CSS Zen Garden is that the same html is used and many designers have changed only the css stylesheet page to craft wildly different page layouts without touching the actual html text content. You link on any of ten selection at a time to see the page in different designs. It is the essence of separating presentation from content - pure SEO excellence.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good, intelligent discussion on some very interested Web related topics.

    February 11, 2009

  • Pepper O.

    HI folks. I had a visual of this simple Go To Aid website in my head when I woke up and I couldn't go on with my day without taking 15 minutes to build it. Have a look KEVAL - a gift to you: "";. Oh and by the way I checked to see if this was available and it is: "" which is another easy to visualize title. Great fun folks and I wish you well with your website Keval - it can be a good service for people.

    February 11, 2009

  • Pepper O.

    This was good fun. I enjoyed having us all work on solving a problem together. I also liked getting to the CSS too.

    February 11, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you again everybody for your feedback. I learned a lot of about design and CSS. I hope to take all your feedback into my project for an updated and fluid look and feel.

    February 11, 2009

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