There are several exciting, upcoming events I've been meaning to blog about but… life's been wild. This is my first blog post since making the move to Phoenix, Arizona, rewriting Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS4, and shooting a video for Pearson on CSS and Dreamweaver. I'll blog again when those two items have release dates. It's safe to say I've been scarce everywhere–except twitter (where I'm stefsull).
Before I miss the opportunity, I'd like to mention that the first, virtual, world-wide conference is this weekend! The <head> conference, created by my friend Aral Balkan boasts an amazing line up of speakers. It would be hard to get this many people from this many places into, well, one place. Some speakers will be speaking live from hubs (like London) and the rest of us will be coming to you live from our own offices or, since it's the weekend, our homes. There are three virtual conference rooms using Adobe Connect Pro (viewed directly in your browser), chat for participants to get to know each other, a room (and events) in Second Life and other creative ways to allow attendees to interact virtually. Since you can't be in all three rooms at once (just like a regular conference), you'll have a year to view any of the presentations you like from the library. The only difference is that you can't ask questions in real time. It's quite affordable and won't cost you anything for travel. Just think of all the emissions you'll save — a truly green conference. I'll present a session Saturday, October 25, at 20:00 – 20:45 (UTC) (that's 1pm in Arizona) called Content is for Everyone. Virtually come out and be part of history in the making!
A conference "in real life" you may want to attend is Adobe MAX. MAX is one of the largest conferences of the year. But don't be afraid, there are tons of small to moderate rooms and the geeks are friendly–particularly at the parties. With the recent launch of CS4, you'll have the opportunity to learn a lot about the new products. There are also sessions on mobile, CSS, interaction design and other more general subjects. I'll be presenting a session on Monday, Nov 17th called, Standards-Based Solutions to Common Web Design Challenges. On Wednesday, I'll present another session called, Common Mistakes Print Designers Make on the Web. This session is particularly good for people being moved from print, into the web space, but the content is also pertinent for people starting out that need to grasp CSS and the fluidity of the web. Be sure to sign up for these soon though — they're filling up fast.
Whether virtually at <head> Conference or in real life at Adobe MAX, be sure to come up and say hello!