Charleston Hackathon 2014 Dates Announced

Hackathon Charleston 2014 dates have been announced for August 23rd & 24th, 2014.

Pillaging your neighbors is highly recommend and encouraged.

Judging categories include iOS, Android, Windows, and Responsive Web Applications.  Apparently, rum, fun, and plenty of “booty” will be in store for all software “pirates” of Silcon Harbor.

Check out SPARC’s website for Hackathon Charleston for more information and to sign up for email updates.

Responsive Grid Status Trick w/ Media Queries

responsivetemplatesThese days there are tons of great tools for designing responsive websites, including many built right into the browsers.  But even if you fire up the Responsive Design Mode in Firefox or the equivalent – how do you know what media queries are being fired?

The quick and easy trick is to add a 10 pixel colored bar to the bottom of the site, so that it changes colors as screen width changes. This can make it really easy to tell quickly what media queries are firing.

(you can insert this in your footer, and remove it prior to production):

<div class="responsive-status"></div>


.responsive-status {
/* Width > 980 px */
@media all and (min-width: 980px) { background:red;}
/* 768px < Width < 980 px */
@media all and (min-width: 768px) and (max-width: 980px) { background:green;} 
/* 480px < Width < 769 px */
@media all and (min-width: 480px) and (max-width: 768px) { background:red;}
/* Width < 480 px */
@media all and (max-width: 480px) { background:purple;}

Digital Athens – March 21st

Digital Athens is a day-long event of workshops, seminars, speakers, and networking that brings together students, entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, solution providers, and executives to discuss the Digital Marketing space. This year, we are focusing on developing a “toolkit” where guests will leave the event ready to utilize Digital Marketing techniques to generate value for themselves, their businesses, and their clients.

Topics include:

  • Social Media
  • AdWords
  • SEO
  • Digital Marketing ROI
  • Websites
  • Content
  • Digital Advertising
  • E-commerce

Who, What, When, Where…

  • Friday March 21st
  • 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Holiday Inn Athens
    197 E Broad St
    Athens, GA 30601

Six Web Design Books You Should Read In 2014

Pro jQuery 2.0

by Adam Freeman (10/13)

Since jQuery 2.0 being released last year, dropping a bunch of weight in kb’s along with it’s support for older versions of Internet Explorer this is an overdue read for your’s truly.

Web Designer’s Idea Book, Volume 4

by Patrick McNeil (Available 10/14)

As a proud owner of volumes 2 & 3, I can tell you this is one of the most enjoyable and useful resources I have at the office. It’s simply a few pointers and a ton of screenshots of some of the best web designs out there currently to learn from, emulate, and inspire.

Know Your Onions: Web Design: Jet Propel Yourself into the Driving Sear of a Top-class Web Designer and Hurtle Towards Creative Stardom

by Drew de Soto (Available 3/14)

The title of this book makes some big claims… But, 160 pages for under $15 and I’m hooked. In fairness Drew’s 2012 book has great reviews, and the gentlemen has the CV to back it up.

Building Web Apps with WordPress

by Brian Messenlehner (Available 3/14)

The last couple years in WordPress development have really pushed the once blogging platform to new limits in applications, and I for once expect the trend to continue if not accelerate.

Type on Screen: New Typographic Systems

by Maryland Institute College of Art (5/14)

The follow up to Thinking with Type, finally a book that translates typography in a classical sense over to screens – or in other words a typography primer for 21st century creatives.

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery: UI Patterns for Mobile Applications

by Theresa Neil (Available 5/14)

O’Reilly’s updated Mobile UI patter guide update for the Flat Design revolution?

Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose

by Nicole Fenton & Kate Kiefer Lee (Available 6/14)

Looks like a great read to provoke thoughts on voice and tone as storytelling becomes such a hot trend in digital.

The Greatest Website in Athens Contest

Thought we’d have some fun today, even though it’s not quite Friday.

The submission deadline has been extended to Friday February 21st at 5:00 pm is the final call for website submissions.

athens-greatest-websiteSo the question came up “What’s the Best Website in Athens?”

A place with as much creativity as Athens renders this a very hard question to answer.  However, together with the help of other Athens creatives and the greater public I think we can pen an answer to this question and hopefully start a friendly competition between all of the usual suspects as well as some rising stars from the area.

Rules & Regs.

  1. All submissions must be entered by Friday, February 14th at 5:00 pm using the form below or comments section of this post.
  2. An all star selection committee will be posted by weeks end that will exclude me.
  3. Said selection committee will meet, possibly over a pint or two to discuss submissions and choose the winner.
  4. The winner & runners up will be announced Wednesday February 19th.

Criteria & Eligibility

  • To be eligible the website must be a business based within Athens-Clarke County
  • Websites will be judged based upon their appearance on a variety of devices
  • The main criteria for the selection process will be: User Experience, Style, and Creativity


Bragging rights aren’t enough? 

Having your name associated with The Greatest Website in Athens for the whole world to see into perpetuity still not enough?

Well then, I personally will buy the designer and submitter of the winning design an adult beverage of their choice at an establishment of their choosing, along with as many high fives as one can muster in a 4.5 hour period.

Website Submissions:

Your Name*

Your Email*

Website URL*


Startup Stories w/ Four Athens: Feb 10th

start-something-thinc-week1GATH. Startups. Free.

Georgia Theatre at 6:30 on Monday, Feb. 10. This event is free.

Startup Stories is organized in collaboration with Four Athens, and will be including talks by several local and regional startup community rock stars including:

For those of you who are not yet aquainted with Thinc.:

Thinc. at UGA is an initiative that promotes entrepreneurship and fosters economic development in the region by providing inspiration and advice to those contemplating a plunge into the competitive and exciting world of entrepreneurship.

Feb. 8th ~ Social Media for Artists & Musicians Meetup (Athens)

Any artists and/or musicians either new to Social Media of interesting in more effectively leveraging it in the Athens area should check this out:

Introduction to Social Media and Online Reputation Management for Artists

Free seminar hosted by the Athens Writers Association and Little Bird Social Media for anyone who is interested on managing an online web presence and building an online reputation – critical skills for any artist.

It’s being held at the ACC Library on Baxter Street this Saturday (February 8th) at 3:00 pm. Check out Athens Patch for more info.