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Party Like It's 1997 (Or How to Retrofit Responsive)

While designing and building Mobile First is always ideal, many projects don't have the ability do a ground-up build of their product. Sometimes, the reality of the situation is that you simply need to retrofit responsive onto an existing desktop-only site. How can we accomplish this? Can we even get results that are similar to truly building mobile first? What does Party Like It's 1997 mean? Come and find out!

 

Our Speakers

We are going to have two great speakers, with a short introduction session by myself. Time provided, we will end with a round table discussion for questions and answers.

Mason Wendell, Creative Director / VP of Creative at Zivtech

Mason is a Design, CSS, HTML, and Drupal specialist who has been designing and building websites since the early days of the web. He has designed countless sites, written a custom content management system, and an active member of the Drupal community.

Mason's been a Sass user and vocal enthusiast for over four years. He's the creator behind Survival Kit and Breakpoint, co-creator of Sassy Modular Scale, coined the term Coding Designer, and author of many articles on Sass and Responsive Web Design for The Sass Way.

He also built one of the dumbest Sass experiments, sassymothereffingtextshadow.com

Shrinking Websites on Phones

Making a desktop site design responsive is a tricky business. The design decisions made for wider screens don't really make sense on narrow ones, and the css used on wide or legacy sites can seriously stifle a fresh responsive approach. We're going to look at a case study in "mobile last" design, and talk about working with a non-responsive design and designer, converting a fixed desktop design for fluid and small screens, and handling large and unwieldily navigation on tiny little screens.

Josh Kill, Director of Platform at Squarespace

Josh Kill is a developer, designer, husband, and father living on an island in New York City. As Director of Platform at Squarespace, Josh is responsible for the design and direction of all user-facing Squarespace templates as well as Squarespace’s internal and external template development tools. As a former independent web developer, Josh uniquely understands the challenges faced by professionals working in web design. In his past lives, Josh has also been (in no particular order): a fireman, marine biologist, and commercial photographer.

In this Meetup, Josh will be talking about how we handled responsive design at Squarespace, putting an emphasis on the development of new templates and how each section of a website was uniquely built to adapt to multiple screens.

 

It Will Be Streamed

That's right folks! If you would like to get in on the action, we will be live streaming and (with any luck) recording this meetup! We are live streaming on the new Responsive Web Design NYC uStream Channel. The live stream will start approximately at 7:00pm and run until 9:30pm. At around 8:50pm-9:00pm, we are going to have a round table discussion featuring both speakers, Yaw, and myself. If you would like to ask us questions, even if you're not there, tweet your question and include the hashtag #rwdNYC and we will do our best to get to them!

 

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!

Condé Nast will be hosting us on September 19th! If you are confirmed YES to the right, you can start showing up at 6:30pm. If you are on the Waitlist on the right, you can start showing up at 6:50pm and, if there are seats left from the 90 person capacity we have, you will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: the list has already been submitted. Even if a spot opens up here, I cannot change your RSVP in the list submitted to Condé. If you are on the waitlist, show up early to secure your spot! Presentations starting at 7:00pm. Due to security restrictions, you will need to bring ID with you. If you didn't get me your full name by the 12th, I can't guarantee Security will let you in even with ID, even if you're confirmed. I'm sorry about that, but it's their restriction, not mine. There is no food or drink allowed in the auditorium, so please don't bring any. Condé will have water bottles there for us.

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  • Tom H.

    Well done...though a lot more on how to move forward with responsive and less on retrofitting, but moving forward is probably more important.

    September 20, 2012

  • Erica B aka DJ Z.

    Great meetup! excellent organization, great speakers & very awesome that it was streamed. can't wait to hear what else us on tap for NYC RWD. perhaps something about SASS?

    September 20, 2012

    • Sam R.

      Thanks!
      While it's possible (hell, probably) Sass will come up a few more times throughout the meetup's lifetime, there's actually a whole Sass meetup group if you're interested in learning more!
      http://www.meetup.com...­

      September 20, 2012

  • Kai Y.

    Great quality speakers! Topics that were very entertaining and interesting. The tech details were great.

    September 20, 2012

  • Geoff H.

    Well organized and great speakers. Thank you.

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great! Picked up a lot of stray useful facts that I'll get to playing with soon. Thanks for arranging this evening, Sam.

    September 19, 2012

  • Sam R.

    I'd love to have a more flexible one, but it was a restriction of the space. I'm sorry :(

    September 19, 2012

  • Mehboob A.

    Please try and have a more flexible rsvp process.. I'd much rather be here than at this crappy Microsoft meetup.. grrr!!!

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this also be recorded?

    September 19, 2012

    • Sam R.

      We will be using uStream to both stream and record this meetup.

      September 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! Cant make it but definitely gonna watch it when I can.

      September 19, 2012

  • Sam R.

    Sorry to hear that. Get better, and enjoy the stream!

    September 19, 2012

  • Christopher L.

    Just changed my RSVP to "no" due to a broken toe, so there's one more definitely open seat for the wait-listers. Really glad you're streaming it!

    September 19, 2012

  • Beth M.

    Now that some people have cancelled their reservation, will you be updating the RSVPs so that those on the waiting list will be able to join? A coworker is very interested in attending in on this list.

    September 17, 2012

    • Sam R.

      Unfortunately, no. Like I said, I've already submitted the list to Condé Nast and that list cannot change at this point, so the list available on the website is the list of those confirmed and those who aren't for Security.

      That being said, if someone is on the waiting list already, at 6:50 those ont he waiting list will be admitted on a first-come, first-served purpose. Those who are confirmed can start arriving at 6:30. I am doing this in an attempt to get as many people in as I can with the security restrictions that are in place at the venue.

      September 17, 2012

    • Sam R.

      Also, we will be live streaming and (hopefully) recording the meetup so if your coworker isn't able to make it in, they will be able to see it there.

      September 17, 2012

  • Mehboob A.

    Please update the rsvp list? I'm still on the waitlist, but there are spots available now. Much appreciated!

    September 14, 2012

    • Sam R.

      I'm sorry I can't update the guaranteed RSVP list, if I had control over security I absolutely would, but due to this external restriction, I'm not able to.

      Hope this helps.

      September 14, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      i'm sure this is all super frustrating. Thank you, from all of us (if i may speak for the group), for under taking this!

      September 14, 2012

  • Jack H.

    Hey Sam, my legal name is Weichieh Hsu, let me know if there will be a problem.

    September 14, 2012

    • Sam R.

      I've already submitted the list to Condé Nast and unfortunately cannot update it. That being said, it's probable that if you tell Security to look for Jack Hsu but explain that Weichieh is your legal name when you show them your ID that they'll be OK with it, bu I cannot guarantee it because I don't know how security works there.

      September 14, 2012

  • es

    Loving the streaming idea...thank you! I will go with this instead of attending the session. Thank you for doing this, Sam.

    September 14, 2012

  • Nick H.

    Hey Sam, my full name is Nicholas Hudson — just to make sure. Thanks!

    September 13, 2012

  • Azza E.

    Hey Sam, My full name is Azza Elsheikh (it's on page) but wanted to confirm I am ok.

    Thanks for all your help in coordinating Sam! I am super excited about this!

    September 13, 2012

    • Azza E.

      Oh, I RSVP'ed the first day.

      September 13, 2012

    • Sam R.

      Your name matches your Meetup name, you'll be fine.

      September 13, 2012

  • Bill D.

    Legal Name is William Domanick will I have a problem with the name check?

    September 13, 2012

    • Sam R.

      Not sure, but I don't think so with Bill/William. I will let Condé know though.

      September 13, 2012

  • Sam R.

    I will pass your full name along to Condé today and hopefully that'll be fine. I'm not 100% sure how their security works, I just know they want full names, and now I have yours and will do everything I can to make sure they get it.

    September 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. Sorry about this. I feel like a real dolt.

      September 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been RSVPed since the day this opened but it's been under only my first name and not my last (I thought I had the whole thing so i've been a ding dong and now i'm worried it's too late). Am I out or will they still let me in?
    Karol (Karolina) Miekina is the full name :(
    My apologies, Sam.

    September 13, 2012

  • Lori P

    So happy you will be streaming the meetup. I was really bummed thinking I was going to miss out. I'll join you on the Internets next week. Thank you!

    September 12, 2012

  • Lisa D.

    You said reservations closed the 12th...it's the 12th now, and there is one spot left...any chance I can get in? thanks

    September 12, 2012

    • Sam R.

      I will add you to the wait list being sent to Condé

      September 12, 2012

  • suzi a.

    whoops! accidentally changed my RSVP to no and did not mean to. can that be reversed?
    handle was suzi - just updated to suzi arnold.

    September 12, 2012

    • Sam R.

      Fear not, I'll fix that, and you've been submitted already, so again, fear not.

      September 12, 2012

    • suzi a.

      thanks so much!

      September 12, 2012

  • Sam R.

    Just an FYI: no need to cancel your registration if you didn't get me your full name in time. Your handles have been submitted and I will do my best to make sure anyone who puts in their full name until the meetup will have their RSVP updated, I just cannot guarantee it and you may not be able to come in (really depends on how strict Security turns out to be, but I have no control over that)

    September 12, 2012

  • Sam R.

    Just so everyone knows, the list has officially been submitted. More info to come shorty.

    September 12, 2012

  • es

    Just added my full name for the Conde Nast list...sorry I missed your email saying deadline for receiving names list was last night. If need be, I will cancel my rsvp.

    September 12, 2012

  • Sam R.

    As long as I get the guest names by the end of the night I will be honoring the original sign ups

    September 11, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sam, my legal name is I-Ching Wang, just in case they check for IDs. Thanks!

      September 11, 2012

  • Daniel J.

    My guests names are Mario Urena and Zain Raza.

    September 11, 2012

  • Daniel J.

    My full name is Daniel Johnson. I had a guest, Mario Urena, but I don't know if you're still honoring the original sign up.

    September 11, 2012

  • Max C.

    My full name is Max Palmer Chanoch. My two guests are Abhijit Rangnekar and Puneet Sahota

    September 11, 2012

  • Beth M.

    My full name is Beth McCrea. My two guests are Deepti Sharma and Saurabh Chheda.

    September 11, 2012

  • Erica B aka DJ Z.

    Full Name: Erica Borkowski
    Psyched for this meetup!

    September 8, 2012

  • Justin

    "You can dance if you want to, if you don't nobody will...."

    If you want to get started with some retrofitting then you should check out the sparkbox bookmarklet + github project.

    Here's some very quick instructions, http://bit.ly/retro-rwd, but basically you can set up a project on github and upload a specifically named css file with your retrofitting code. Then you visit the site you're retro fitting and hit the bookmarklet and BANG, awesomeness.

    There's a brilliant example of the Apple site already done. Beware though, this does cause severe distractions from actual work.

    August 29, 2012

  • Sam R.

    If anyone has specific questions they'd like to see be answered, or if you'd like to speak, let me know!

    August 29, 2012

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