“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
– Maya Angelou
I find myself part of, or involved with, a lot of groups. There is something about getting people in the same room to learn or share a common interest that really excites me. I know I have had my share of lolipop moments while attending an event and I hope I’ve been able to give my share back.
Being a developer it’s only natural that I end up talking with a lot of other developers. It has always amazed me how few girl (women) developers there are. When I find one though I always have to apologize in advance because I end up asking them a million questions. The story of how they became interested in development is always intriguing and unique. But most have the same theme, they are not developing because they have something to prove in a male dominated field but instead they started to tinker early on with manipulating their environment to make it better or they wanted to make something their own.
Unfortunately that spark doesn’t always come as a child and women find themselves curious about code, the Web, and mobile after they are already in a career. Doing online tutorials can get someone started but without a community to bounce ideas off, to push, and to help with the few extra resources needed to get something launched, it is hard to stay motivated. This in person group is essencial for long term success when learning anything new.
A few months ago I was talking to Michelle Srbinovich about this very topic. We both handle social media for our organizations, being a girl developer herself and my interest in the same topic we both stumbled across Black Girls Code, who coincidently was having an event on campus. We started talking more and Michelle discovered this much larger community of groups and events for girls looking to learn to code. One of those groups, Girl Develop It, is starting a Detroit chapter.
What is Girl Develop It?
GDI is a nonprofit that empowers women of diverse backgrounds to learn how to develop software. Starting this November, GDI Detroit will be offering affordable classes for women (and men) who want to learn how to code – from introductory HTML/CSS classes to advanced courses for professional developers looking to expand their skill set.
Detroit Chapter kickoff event
Come learn more about Girl Develop It Detroit on Tuesday, October 23rd at Great Lakes Coffee at their kickoff event.
First Class: Intro to HTML & CSS
Want to learn how to build your own website? Already have your own Tumblr/WordPress/etc. site, but want to have more control over it? Interested in learning to program, but want to start small? This class is for you!
We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily-applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way.
The course will be taught by Cara Jo Miller, UI/UX Designer at Are You A Human and co-organizer of Refresh Detroit and WordCamp Detroit.
November 10, 2012 – More details on the Meetup.com.
Interested in helping out?
The success of these events are driven by people like you, if you’ve read this far I can tell you already have what it takes. Attend a class, spread the word, or teach a class. There is someone waiting for you to reach out, your support could be life changing.
Discover more at http://gdidetroit.com.
Back from a week at HighEdWeb and catching up. My RSS reader was stacked with articles and these were the ones that caught my attention. They aren’t organized in any way, so scan the list and I hope you’ll find something to enjoy. 🙂
- VIDEO: Cool example of customers innovating behind…
- The Infinite Grid
- Four Questions You Should Ask Your Interns—Every Week
- Users Love Simple & Familiar Designs – Why Websites Need to Make a Great First Impression
- Alyssa Explains It All, or on being social and open to ideas
- Rethinking the Virtual Tour: An Immersive Experience that’s More Than A Map
- Designing for Next Steps: A Forward-looking User Experience.
- A Special Thanks From Three the HEWEB Way
- The #1 Secret to Getting More People to Open Your Emails
- Quicken Loans’ Innovative and Colorful Offices in Downtown Detroit
- Breaking Development: Mobile Content Strategy
- Live Weather Display Using CSS, jQuery and PHP
- 5 Tools for Managing Multiple WordPress Sites from One Location
- mStoner blog – A Project Managers?s Top 10 to a Successful Redesign
- Susan Talbert Evans Blog – What to do instead of playing designer.
- Touch Gestures for Application Design
- Security vs. Design: Standing at Odds?
- We Think We See It All
- History of Earth in 24-hour clock
- YANSS Podcast – Episode Five
- Surprising Your Customers
- Viewport Meta Tag For Non-Responsive Design
- Do the (extra) work
Life happens; and like most people I take a lot of photos to remember it. My phone automatically uploads photos via Dropbox (shameless referral link), for both immediate access and to ensure all my data is in at least two spots at all times (habit from my life as a developer). As my phone and Dropbox get full I batch import the photos in to iPhoto for long term storage.
By far my favorite part of this process is watching the photos preview as they import. I tend to burst take photos and pick the best one to share at the time, but I never delete the blurry, crooked or duplicate shots. The side effect of this is a stop motion video of what I’ve been up to as the photos are importing.
As I started the process today it made me relive the memories and in itself was bringing back all the emotions of the events. I wanted to capture this so I could replay it later, after a few hundred photos I started recording my screen and the process (really wish I started at the beginning, oh well).
I’ve created stop motion videos before and there is typically a standard stop length in between each photo. With this import process though the files are being transferred at the same time so the time delay based on file size. This creates a really cool effect of stops and bursts through the photos. Really wish iPhoto had a way to reproduce this effect without going through the import process.
2,500 photos later this video of my life over the last few months was produced:
It may be a little meta but the memory of the memories really makes me appreciate everyone and everything around me. And now it makes me want to take more photos.
(15 minutes is a long time to sit through a video without sound, I don’t blame you if you bail) 😛
It’s been more time than usual since I’ve posted a “Friday Links” so this weekend when I found myself at RSS zero I thought it would be a good opportunity to rebrand and post “what I’m reading.” The idea behind Friday Links was far more than just a list of links that were published during the week, these links were able to catch my full attention, which is hard to do with the schedule I have.
The last few weeks have exploded the responsive concept in to a full blown science, even Google Analytics is getting involved with reporting on hard numbers. The links below represent what I’ve been paying attention to and what I feel you should at least take a glance at. Enjoy.
- Reponse to Journey to Universal Accessibility–Part 1
- An Event Apart: What’s Your Problem?
- Being Real Builds Trust
- Usable yet Useless: Why Every Business Needs Product Discovery
- Duke Admissions Redesign: 5 Key Goals
- An Event Apart: Responsive Design Workflow
- Responsive Retrofitting
- An Event Apart: Designing Meetings to Work
- An Event Apart: Properties of Intuitive Web Pages
- Responsive Web Above The Fold
- Lawson on picture element
- position: sticky;
- Data Monday: Mobile Email Open vs. Click Through Rates
- Ability to Steer Company Culture With a Single Word by Relentlessly Repeating It
- How To: Advanced rel=”canonical” HTTP Headers
- An Event Apart 2013
- .htaccess Made Easy
- “Stacking” Responsive Pattern
- Announcing Social Works: A Resource for Developing Effective Social Media Campaigns in #HigherEd
- Google Releases Open-Source Online-Education Software
- How to Create Content Maps for Planning Your Website’s Content
- Responsive Measure
- Do Good Design with David Berman
- Todd Parker, Patty Toland and Scott Jehl Discuss Progressive Enhancement and Web Design
- Steve Krug Discusses Usability
- Colleen Jones Discusses Content Strategy
- “In closing. Not good.”
- VIDEO: Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why words, names…
- 6 Sublime Text features/enhancements that I’ve discovered in the past 5 hours using the app
- Book Review – “Communicating the User Experience”
- mStoner Jobs: Creative Director Opening
- Going Responsive: How UC San Diego Did It
- Are Comments on Websites Effective?
- How to Evaluate a UX Designer for Your Company, or, What Makes a Great User Experience Designer
- The simple power of one a day
- TED: Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards – Timothy Prestero (2012)
- 35 Amazing Pencil Drawings
- Connecting the dots: How my opinion made it into the New York Times today
- People that can “find the time”
- How My Parents Unknowingly Raised Me To Be An Entrepreneur
- Designers meet Pictos Server!