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Hmm, this is a little odd.  My computer/network is apparently making 'automated queries'...  
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+Addy Osmani Helluva tutorial here for implementing Javascript PubSub pattern. Thanks! Very clear and concise.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptjunkie/hh201955.aspx
Design patterns are an invaluable tool for modern JavaScript developers, providing us with generalized reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in application design that we can apply to our ...
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These two bills go against everything the web stands for. Do you part to keep them from happening!
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Sena...
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Lately, I've been getting pretty familiar with the whole concept of building the "Responsive Web". There seem to be several schools of thought out there.

Top-Down:
Some people approach RWDesign from a 'top-down' perspective. This implies the idea of building your next application to work and adapt to the desktop browser. Then, after applying several client-side tricks (media-queries, %'s, etc.), your site will adapt to smaller screens like tablets and smart phones.

Bottom-Up:
Others adopt a 'bottom-up' approach often referred to as 'mobile-first'. This concept is identical to the 'top-down' approach but only in reverse. You build for mobile first and through a combination of feature detection routines and resolution checks, you can provide a more appropriate experience to the desktop user.

But lately, I've been in discussions where both of these schools of thought are hemmed and hawed over to the point where people feel as though in each case we are short changing the user. "The desktop user deserves more", and "Mobile web needs to be fast!" etc...

I know I've read this before, and I am certain someone way smarter than me came to this conclusion months before I did:

So I Propose:
The solution is not 'design-first'. It's not 'experience-first' (experience == 'mobile' || 'desktop' || 'tablet').

It's content first. I propose that we consider the UI from the 'content-up'. What are the most important points in our content? How can we get them to the user in a direct, effective, and efficient manor? If this content is important, then how do we deliver it across all platforms with same level of poignancy? Does our content require the use of 'responsive' to be delivered?

Here's an example of something I put together recently that attempts to address first, the content, and then the layout. It's a dynamic grid system that (*appears to be*) smart enough to know what kind of page real estate it has, and then position the content appropriately.

Take it for a spin?
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hey skottey! Thanks for the +1. Its a pretty interesting idea/philosophy. Seems clients are also getting excited about it as well. While I still have this lingering feeling that 'responsive' is the latest buzz word rather than a solution (like 'HTML5'), I still think it warrants some deep dives to discover it's strengths and weaknesses. With all these new screens to build for, we would be fool not to. Cheers!
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+Paul Irish Thanks Patrick.
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Down in Bogotá.  
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+Charles Noling Good luck out in Sydney! #LivingTheDream
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thanks! definitely living in a dream
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+Joanne Tran Scored the early-bird $50 tickets to ACL next year! Awesome!
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thanks, james! i'll be ready for visitors soon, especially as joe goes back to work next week, and i won't have anyone to talk to during the day than a squeaky baby. he's not much of a conversationalist yet.
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Writing code in Houston today. Anyone suggest a place for dinner?
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Doing my best to push the web forward. I like the internet, and most of the time, we get along.
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JavaScript, HTML, CSS are my 'bread-n-butter". Node, Backbone, MongoDb, SASS, and SaSS, API Design, Mobile Tech, Team Leadership
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  • Bloomfire
    UI Architect, 2014 - present
    Tech Lead and UI Architect at Bloomfire; building a cutting-edge knowledge sharing and collaboration platform for enterprise clients. Bloomfire brings conversations and content together to create context and drive purposeful collaboration. We help a company’s employees, customers and partners work better together.
  • Razorfish
    Presentation Layer Architect, 2008 - 2014
    Web development in it's purest form. Team lead and front-end architect for one of the biggest and best agencies in the world. I work with fortune 500 clients to achieve business changing results.
  • Jwm. (Jwaltonmedia)
    Owner, 2000 - 2014
    I freelance from time-to-time.
  • Asuragen, Inc
    Graphic & Web Designer, 2006 - 2008
    In-house lead graphic and web designer at an Austin based Biotech firm who's primary focus is developing drugs to fight and potential cure cancer.
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Austin-based front-end software architect, coffee and craft beer enthusiast. Electronic music junkie.
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