June Meetup

This is a past event

125 people went



• 6:30: Networking & Pizza

• 7:00: Presentations

Presentation 1: Design from the Content Out

John Eckman

“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” – Jeffrey Zeldman

We’ve all heard that content is king, yet when it comes to designing web experiences we’re still stuck with lorem ipsum and placeholder images, as though the real content didn’t matter.

We’re still designing web experiences from the top down, starting with the desktop view of the homepage, even though they’re more likely to be experienced from the bottom up – starting with a content detail page on a mobile device.

Designing from the content out means starting with atomic elements of content, and building a system of components and layouts based on the real structure of content.


I’m the Chief Executive Officer at 10up, a distributed digital agency with a focus on building great web publishing experiences on open source platforms, primarily WordPress.

Presentation 2: Introducing Mesh & Releasing Your First Plugin on WordPress.org (http://wordpress.org/)

Aaron Ware

Mesh is yet another page builder, but simplified. Get the most flexibility to display content by adding multiple content sections within Pages, Posts, or Custom Post Types.

Efficient and unobtrusive, Mesh was designed to simply extend the functionality of the normal page editor within WordPress to provide the flexibility of building pages in a responsive grid without adding code or editing page templates.

Linchpin first developed Mesh as a tool for their clients to use to better manage their content. Linchpin recently released Mesh on github and the wordpress.org (http://wordpress.org/) repo.

After a short plugin demonstation. Aaron will be walking through the process and strategy to releasing your first plugin on wordpress.org (http://wordpress.org/)

Expect the Mesh demo and thoughts around building the plugin to be roughly 10 minutes w/ Releasing Your First Plugin on wordpress.org (http://wordpress.org/) to be about 30 - 35 minutes with some time for questions


Aaron is President at Linchpin a digital agency in Rhode Island and is a Co-Organizer of WordPress RI and WordCamp RI. You can reach out to Aaron on twitter w/ @aaronware