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Life Behind The Curve @ Hey!Stac

Life Behind The Curve @ Hey!Stac

The never-ending endeavour to keep up with everything in terms of web development and design. Hopefully it helped a few people in giving some advice in how you can keep up in your own way...

An extended version of the original 5 minute talk given at MKGN #5 created specifically for the fine people who attended Hey!Stac in Leeds on 23rd July 2013.

Westley Knight

July 23, 2013
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  1. Life Behind The Curve
    Or how to keep up-to-date
    with all things web
    Westley Knight - @meteoracle
    Hey!Stac - July 2013

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  2. A little bit about me
    Building websites for over 12 years
    Married with 3 kids
    Always worked in an agency
    I love doing my job
    This makes me
    feel old
    This just backs up my
    statement of being old
    The security of
    a 9 to 5
    Proves I’m a
    proper geek

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  3. I used to do it all
    Web Design DNS Servers
    Email Servers
    Hosting Configuration
    Database Design
    Database Integration
    Flash
    ASP VBScript
    Server Upgrades
    Software Support
    Dial Up Accounts
    Domain Registration

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  4. Now I have more focus
    Front End
    Development
    Information
    Architecture
    User Interface
    Design
    User
    Experience
    Typography
    Responsive
    Web Design
    Content
    Strategy

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  5. Break it down
    How quickly things change
    The amount we have to learn
    How to keep up in your own way

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  6. What I wanted to talk about
    Workflows & Processes
    Responsive Deliverables
    Repurposing Your Tools

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  7. But things move so fast
    http://responsiveconf.com/

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  8. But things move so fast
    http://daverupert.com/2013/04/responsive-deliverables/

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  9. But things move so fast
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/22/repurposing-photoshop/

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  10. How do you keep up to date?
    http://uptodate.frontendrescue.org

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  11. Who to follow on Twitter
    A list of news sites, blogs & podcasts
    Conferences to attend
    Advice on finding your own sources
    78 people
    to follow
    41 in total
    46 of them!
    This is the
    really useful one
    What this site tells us

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  12. Wait, there’s more...
    http://www.creativestag.com/design-development-blogs/
    That’s 98 in
    total now!

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  13. And in practice?
    580+ Articles
    60 Podcast Episodes
    ~50 Hours
    ~45 Hours
    May 2013

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  14. And in practice?
    660+ Articles
    90 Podcast Episodes
    ~55 Hours
    ~67 Hours
    July 2013

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  15. And in practice?
    6 Months!

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  16. Typography
    Boilerplates & Frameworks
    Pre-processors
    What about the tools?

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  17. Boilerplates & Frameworks

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  18. Pre-processors

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  19. That’s a LOT of stuff
    So how do you
    keep up?

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  20. The short answer
    You Can’t

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  21. Threatened by the knowledge of others
    Put myself under pressure to learn
    Been judged for not being ‘up-to-date’
    I’ve doubted my own abilities
    The depressing part

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  22. The good news
    You don’t
    have to feel
    this way

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  23. Learn only what
    you need
    A different approach

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  24. Keep it relevant
    A different approach

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  25. Build an archive
    A different approach

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  26. Some advice
    on advice
    A different approach

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  27. Learn only what you need
    Apply new techniques if relevant
    Save articles for future reference
    Don’t be a sheep!
    So that’s how it’s done

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  28. Don’t worry, be happy
    “The more I read, the more I
    acquire, the more certain I am that
    I know nothing.”
    – Voltaire

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  29. Thanks
    meteoracle.co.uk
    @meteoracle
    [email protected]

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