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SMACSS Workshops

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The SMACSS Workshop is a full day of instruction and exercises on writing HTML and CSS using a flexible and modular approach that will improve team efficiency and minimize problems with growing projects. It takes the e-book and brings it to life with practical examples and in-depth discussion.

Is this workshop for you?

Have you ever added !important or added an extra selector just to get something to style properly? Have you found yourself adding more properties to override properties you already set elsewhere in your CSS? Does inspecting an element in Firebug or Web Inspector reveal a long stream of styles being applied, overridden, and reapplied? Then this workshop is for you.

Do you work on larger projects? Do you work with larger teams? Then this workshop is for you.

You need not have played with the latest and greatest CSS3 and know what a vendor prefix is. You will need to know a selector from a property and have a general understanding of CSS-based layouts.

This workshop will shift how you think about writing CSS that will simplify your code, make your project easier to manage, and allow it to grow without creating an increasingly brittle system of dependencies. Your code will also be more portable, making it easier to use code on other projects.

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New Orleans, LA

October 15, 2014


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What is planned for the day

The day is broken down into four sessions of 1½ hours each. That's six hours of hardcore learning! (Plus lunch and two breaks. I don't want you to starve or pass out!)

Part 1: Overview

For the first part of the day, we will take a look at the principles of modular design:

Part 2: In Depth

After the morning break, we will dive even deeper into all the different layers of front-end development including HTML, JavaScript, and, of course, CSS!

Part 3: Process

After lunch, we are examining our process.

Part 4: Exercises and Examples

We will end the day with some hands-on exercises! No, not jumping jacks (although some stretches might be in order). We will take attendees' projects and step through them as a team to determine where we can apply the lessons of the day. We will also look at other live sites (big and small) and see how we can apply the principles of modular design to them.

Looking for a workshop in your area or would like me to speak at your event?

Dismayed that I'm not coming to your town? We can discuss partnering or sponsorship to put an event on in your area. Half-day workshops and conference sessions are also available. Interested in having me speak at your event? Send an email to and we can discuss opportunities.