We’ve restarted the Friday lunch time seminars with several classes on WordPress: Intro to WordPress and Let’s talk about WordPress Themes. Keep an eye out on our Meetup group and on the SWCP calendar for future talks. Here’s a copy of the slides from the start of the WordPress Themes class.
Andrew Stone of Twittelator fame and other iOS developers from the Cocoa Conspiracy group will be available Tuesday from 9am to 3pm to help other iOS app builders get their projects into shape to deploy. They’ll be snacks and lots of conversation and great information in the Apple developer’s world. Here’s what Andrew says is on the schedule so far:
Tuesday at http://ideasandcoffee.com CocoaConspiracy is providing free help to folks who show up w/ their apps. So far, we have: • Abiquiu Art Studio Tour App v2.0 • A port of a crowd sourced whale watching android app to iOS And I'm sure a few more will come through the door. A great day to teach and learn, meet future clients and participate in something new. Please bring a potluck snack.
Here are some great notes from Bill Bergmann’s class on modern Web technologies. Really useful pointers! Thanks Bill!
THE MOST USEFUL RESOURCES
The Art of the Start Guy Kawasaki
If you read or watch one thing — watch this
Don’t Make Me Think – Steve Krug
Huge selling book on usability testing with cheap methods to determine if your usability is what you think it is.
Letting Go of the Words – Janice (Ginny) Redish
For me this book stands for one important principle — your users are not interested in your novel. They are “satisficing,” getting quick, good-enough answers for what they are trying to do.
Crossing the Chasm – Geoffrey A. Moore
A marketing book on how your product relates to the technology adoption cycle. Every product’s market tends to proceed from a small number of sophisticated early adopters to eventual commodity status on main street. The big money lies between those two markets.
Positioning, Marketing Warfare – Al Ries and other
Your product has a position in your customers mind. (Your web app is not facebook.) Understanding what position you have and the leverage you can exert will help you greatly.
Grouped – Paul Adams
presentation UXWeek 2011 Paul Adams
The theory behind social marketing — a strong counter point to the Al Ries books
The E-Myth – Michael E Gerber
Speaking of leverage — if you don’t find a point of making money by what you do without having to work by using some kind of leverage, you will burn out. Don’t burn out. Find some leverage.
Business Model Generation – Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur et al.
A smash hit among the MBA — provides a general template that covers the bases of planning a business.
Unfolding the Napkin – Dan Roam
No matter what you are trying to do, it will come down to who, what, when, where and how. Dan Roams books teach you a visual method for revealing the 4ws and h in a presentation, or to yourself.
The Non-designers Design Book – Robin Williams
Great training wheels for organizing your web pages.
White Space is Not Your Enemy – Kim Golombisky and Rebecca Hagen
A college-level survey of graphics design, deeply and broadly detailed.
CSS and RESPONSIVE DESIGN
Web Form Design Luke Wroblewski
Luke W designed the forms for ebay, and is a prolific designer and speaker. Learn how to avoid stupid form mistakes from him. You can find many other useful things by goggling his name.
Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook Dan Cedarholm
This book is outdated, but extremely useful for learning the most efficient way to create web pages — by hand. I take that back — template are the most efficient way to create web pages, but knowing how to make one by hand will help terrifically in being able to make many pages.
An exceptionally useful tutorial on making all sorts of lists in web pages.
The big three in responsive design — don’t even doubt that you have to use responsive design.
Two good tutorials on my favorite: skeleton.
jQuery Compressed – Jakob Jenkov
Learning JQuery – Jonathan Chaffer
Another well-written but much more thorough primer on jquery.
GENERAL WEB REFERENCE
Want to use some new html5 feature like canvas? See if your market is using it here. Compatibility tables for support of HTML5, CSS3, SVG and more in desktop and mobile browsers.
Detailed discussions of the million details involved in creating a web page.
Back in May Chris gave an excellent talk on getting started with CSS in WordPress. Here are some references he posted as well:
CSS terminology definitions (I played fast and loose with them—but if you’re curious, here’s what’s true about it)