Rapid Site Development with Sass & Compass

Sass gives us the ability to truly separate structure from style. This flexibility opens up many possibilities for architecting sites. For our second NYC Sass Meetup we are excited to have Jackie Balzer, senior front-end developer at Behance, and Steve Berry, user experience designer and founder of Thought Merchants, present on how they have leveraged Sass to build highly customizable sites–quickly.

Jackie recently launched 17 sites in 5 days using Sass. Jackie will take us through a full demo of building a Served site. Steve Berry will be sharing his experiences from his time as Director of User Experience at Efficiency 2.0 where he white-labeled many sites using Sass and Compass. Steve will present on how to leverage the magic of SASS to create a quick style guide to design a site or app.

They will each present for 30-45 minutes and there will be a 5 minute lightening talk on new killer new feature, silent extends.

If you are new to Sass or need any help, please feel free to come early (6:40) and we'll do our best to help answer your questions or get you up and running. We will start around 7:15 to give time for train snafus or that final git push before you skedaddle from work. Come at 7pm for drinks and snacks and to connect with NYC #teamSass

Presenter Bios:

Jackie Balzer is a web developer living in Brooklyn, NY. She loves beer, cats, online shopping, and of course, Sass and CSS. She leads the awesome front-end development team at Behance, paving the way to ultimate CSS modularity, maintainability, speed and efficiency by constantly experimenting and utilizing Sass. She sometimes skateboards and is learning to play the accordion.

Steve Berry is the founder of Thought Merchants (www.thoughtmerchants.com) user experience and design consultancy. Steve works with start-ups, and emerging companies creating usable online and offline experiences. He is an active member of Agile User Experience Group in NYC. Steve previously was the User Experience Director at Efficiency 2.0 translating energy and behavioral science research into simple and engaging experiences. He received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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  • Peter

    One other thing I wanted to share with everyone: Scott Klemmer, a Stanford professor is hosting FREE 5 week HCI online course via Coursera... I have joined and I am sure some of you may be interested...

    May 31, 2012

  • Peter

    know some have an aversion to bootstrap - and don;t want to use less.js... well you don't have to...


    May 30, 2012

  • Mason W.

    Also someone asked me to post the Tint and Shade mixins. They're available here: https://github.com/scottkellum/color-schemer/blob/master/sass/_color-schemer.sass#L100

    But they're very simple:
    // Add percentage of white to a color
    @function tint($color, $percent)
    @return mix(white, $color, $percent)

    // Add percentage of black to a color
    @function shade($color, $percent)
    @return mix(black, $color, $percent)

    May 30, 2012

  • Mason W.

    Someone brought up using Sass to test CSS. At the last Philadelphia Sass meetup Andrew Larken showed off his take on that. ExpectCSS: https://github.com/andrewlarkin/expectCSS

    1 · May 30, 2012

  • Mark R.

    I thought the lineup of speakers was great. I am working on styleguides for a number of sites right now using Sass and Compass so the timing of this topic was great for me. Snacks were top notch, it's always nice to have a healthy fruit option. Thanks!

    May 30, 2012

  • Diego L.

    Really great! Still new to SASS & Compass, but definitely looking forward to learning more :)

    May 30, 2012

  • Peter

    Informative, provided food and drinks, great room, visuals were clear, large and streamed via hangout ... all good!

    May 30, 2012

  • Scott K.

    Thanks to everyone who made it out. You can get the video of the meetup here: http://youtu.be/3Zf861PI-0E

    May 30, 2012

  • Steve B.

    Slide deck for my talk is here: https://speakerdeck.com/u/thoughtmerchant/p/leveraging-sass-compass-to-create-style-guides

    Thank you to everyone for coming out!

    May 30, 2012

  • Peter

    Thank you!

    May 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Peter, from the 7th Ave exit, walk one block east on 34th Street to 6th Ave. Get on the N or R Subway from Herald Sq Station and head downtown to Canal Street. This station puts you right at Canal & Broadway close to 412 Broadway.

    May 29, 2012

  • Claudina S.

    Peter, You can take the ACE to Canal Street stop. There's an exit on W.Broadway/6th Ave that will put you a block away. Other option is to walk one block to Herald Square and take NRQ to Canal. http://bit.ly/JyFJM3

    May 29, 2012

  • Peter

    Whats the best subway to get there from Penn?

    May 29, 2012

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