If there is such thing as a “legend” in our industry, Jeffrey Zeldman just might be it. He was literally one of the first designers for the web. You could even refer to him as the blueprint. He’s written a ridiculously successful book, Designing With Web Standards”, co-founded the “Web Standards Project”, and publishes “A List Apart”. Today, we have a quick fire interview with him. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have, via the comments.
What state do you live in?
Current job title?
Founder, executive creative director
Any new book in the works?
Shhh! Designing With Web Standards, 3rd Edition.
Favorite web dev book that you didn’t write?
- Joe Clark: BUILDING ACCESSIBLE WEBSITES is the best-written “web design” book ever.
- Dan Cederholm: BULLETPROOF WEB DESIGN
is my favorite web-standards how-to.
CMS of choice?
We keep choosing ExpressionEngine.
Don’t use ‘em.
Framework of choice?
None of ‘em. The day someone writes a CSS framework that works for *my* design jobs
is the day someone else will write a COPY framework that creates all necessary content
for all our clients.
CSS Resets: Good or bad?
Necessary, although the best way to use them is the way Eric Meyer advises — as
a combination reset and project framework. For instance, if you know that you want
your line-height to be 1.4 throughout the site, include that in the “reset.” Don’t
reset to 1 and then re-reset to 1.4.
Your life pet peeve?
I’ve been living under George Bush for nearly eight years. “Pet peeve” doesn’t cover
Your web dev pet peeve?
13-year-old arguments (e.g. liquid vs. fixed width) that will never be resolved
because the right answer is, it depends on the project.
Most fulfilling experience as as designer?
Getting browsers to support web standards.
What did you do before becoming a designer/writer?
I failed at music, journalism, and advertising.
Web technology that you’re most excited about?
HTML and CSS are still the ones to beat.
When is the next “An Event Apart” conference?
We held four shows this year. The final show will be held in Chicago on October 13-14.
Who will be speaking?
- Andy Clarke – Author, Transcending CSS
- Curt Cloninger – Author, Hot-Wiring Your Creative Process
- Jason Fried – 37signals
- Robert Hoekman Jr. – Author, Designing the Obvious
- Cameron Moll – Author, Mobile Web Design
- Sarah Nelson – Design Strategist, Adaptive Path
- Derek Powazek – Author, Design for Community
- Jeff Veen – Author, Art & Science of Web Design
- Rob Weychert – Co-author, Web Standards Creativity
- Jason Santa Maria – Designer, Happy Cog
- Eric Meyer – Author, CSS: The Definitive Guide
- Jeffrey Zeldman – Author, Designing With Web Standards 2nd Edition
How much will it cost?
If you order by September 15, the two days (including meals, swag, and party) are
$895. $795 if you order using discount code AEAZTF.
After the event concludes in October, what’s next on your To-Do list?
Well, there’s redesigning the site and structuring next year’s shows. Plus client
projects and changes to A List Apart….
That should do it! Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed, Jeffrey!
SUPER! Thanks, Jeffrey!
Quick Fire With Jeff Croft”
Some of you may have read his successful books. Others might keep track of him via
his popular blog. Nevertheless, Jeff Croft is one of the leading advocates of web
standards today. In this quick fire, Jeff will answer everything from his favorite
music to his “web development pet peeves”. Enjoy!
Checking In With Eric Meyer”
In this interview, Eric talks about where he sees CSS moving as well as his work
life after having another baby girl. If you have any additional questions, leave
a comment and – just maybe – Eric might respond. No promises!
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