DrupalCon Austin may have just rolled out of town but things certainly haven’t settled. This was my third DrupalCon (Chicago, Denver and Austin) and, I have to say, it gets better every time!
Photo Credit: Michael Schmid
In just four short days, the Jackson River team packed in a lot of training, community building, knowledge sharing, socializing, and general Drupally hi-jinx that will impact our day-to-day work and the direction of our products and services for a long time to come. Here are a few highlights from the week:
- I had the pleasure of attending the Advanced SASS and Compass for Responsive Web Design training session presented by Sam Richard, Chris Ruppel and Ian Carrico. We took a deep dive into the workflow of building responsively and a suite of tools (Gulp, Singularity, Style Prototype, etc.) that can support and expand our responsive toolkit. Responsive web design was a hot topic throughout the week!
- Semantic Site Architecture presented by Jody Hamilton from Zivtech and Type, Responsively: Design For Readability & Meaning on Any Screen presented by Jason Pamental of H+W Design were my highlight sessions for Tuesday. Semantic Site Architecture touched on the importance of planning and structure to the effectiveness and sustainability of a build with emphasis on great tools like the Build Spec. Type, Responsively explored the best practices for type scale across screen sizes, measurement units, the complexities of @font-face and the techniques you can use to provide a consistent experience.
- Thanks to the Four Kitchens crew, Phillip and I got to try the world famous Franklin’s BBQ!
- The front-end and site building tracks kept rolling Wednesday. Viewception: Three Levels Deep, presented by Brandon Ratzloff, showcased his technique of creating nested views to display complex data. It never fails that I can always learn something new and wonderful to do with Views at DrupalCon! Managing Complex Projects with Design Components, presented by John Albin Wilkins, explored new techniques with web components, CSS layering, utilizing SMACSS and BEM to create more sustainable themes.
- Hands down, the best party I attended all week was Patheon and New Relic’s shindig at Bangers Sausage House & Beer Garden. Drupalistas know how to have a good time and this party was no exception.
- By the end of the conference, I know I wasn’t the only one feeling a little overwhelmed, so it was only fitting to wrap up with the My Brain is Full: Keeping Pace with Front-End & UX Innovations session presented by Brian Wald and David Hwang. Brian and David facilitated a really great conversation about the pace of front-end innovation and how we, as a Drupal community, can make Drupal a more flexible platform for front-end.
- The Jackson River crew met up one last time before heading out at Easy Tiger for a few beers and maybe the biggest (and best!) pretzels in town!
DrupalCon was a fantastic learning experience, a great hub for community building, and an opportunity to show off my current favorite city to friends, colleagues and clients!