ReactJS Introduction Workshop (Tucson)

On Saturday May 7, 2016 join Rincon Strategies—a Tucson, Arizona based web development shop and Tucson ReactJS organizers—for an in-depth workshop to learn how to build web applications with the popular JavaScript library React. (React is the main library running the new, open-source WordPress.com.)

Details and signup on Eventbrite. Hope to see you there.

SupConf

SupConf—a conference for folks who want to build a career in support—is coming in May 2016.

It’s time we think about support as more than just an entry-level job. Support is a career, a craft, and something to be proud of.

Pretty cool to see this type of focused conference come together around the craft of customer support.

Speaking at ThemeConf

Update: see my slides and notes here, and a full text write-up here.

I’m thrilled to announce my part in ThemeConf, an exciting new conference “for developers and designers who make themes,” organized by Automattic and set in the beautiful landscape of the Lake District (Keswick, UK on September 2–4, 2015).

Recognizing the fact that I don’t make WordPress themes any more, I’m honored to attend, speak, and share a bit of a retrospective on my career in web design and development, including a few stories about how my career in WordPress themes kicked off in 2010.

On a sunny summer day in Winnipeg I sit in The Forks dining area eating delicious fish and chips, the proper way, straight from the newspaper cone. I’m here for the first ever meeting of the Automattic Theme Team.

I’ll talk about my journey of theme craftsmanship—the ups, the downs, the unexpected results. From meeting Ian Stewart for the first time on that hot and humid August day in Manitoba, to my first theme launch on WordPress.com, getting a premium theme marketplace off the ground, shepherding default themes for WordPress.org, to building a team of 30 people strong.

A journey of adventure and learning where my skills have expanded beyond what I’d expected—not just the technical path from web designer and developer to “front-end expert” and WordPress themer—but also writing, speaking, and leading.

I’ll share how in 2015 I’ve now become an apprentice again, in the field of software quality and testing. Working hard at finding tools, skills, patterns, workflow, and process in my new craft. Discovering myself, my passion, my community, and opportunities to learn.

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A special discount for my readers: use code lancetheme for 25% off the ThemeConf registration cost—which at only £49 for the conference and £99 with the workshop is quite a bargain!

WordCamp Buenos Aires 2015

I gave a talk at WordCamp Buenos Aires in May 2015 on finding and choosing the perfect theme.

Slides (in Spanish) are available here: Encontrar el diseño perfecto para tu sitio WordPress. For similar information in English, check out these Jumpstart resources on ThemeShaper.

It was a great event! Well organized and well attended; I was also impressed with the quality level of the presentations: from project management to extending the Customizer to web development psychology. Met a few people I’d emailed or seen online a bit in the WordPress.org community, and I’m very happy to see the WordPress community in South America growing and strong, and it was great to connect with the Argentinean open source community a bit more.

To see more about the event, here’s the #wcba15 hashtag on Twitter and the official WordCampBsAs stream.

(Photo credit: Zulema Ayala.)

WordCamp Las Peñitas: A 1000-Hour Head Start with Underscores

I presented at WordCamp Las Peñitas in May 2014 on the _s WordPress starter theme; how it gives theme designers and developers a thousand-hour head start.

Slides (in Spanish) are available here: Ahorra 1000 horas con Underscores. For information on _s in English, check out these Underscores articles on ThemeShaper.

It was a fun and impactful event! I’m happy to see the WordPress community in Latin America growing and strong, and it was great to connect with the Nicaraguan open source community. Maybe next year we’ll see a WordCamp, somewhere like Guatemala?

To see more photos from the event, here’s the #WordCampNI hashtag on Twitter and the official WordCampNI stream.

Gangplank Tucson Reopens Downtown

You’re invited to Gangplank Tucson’s grand reopening May 22nd, 2013. The new space is smack-dab in the middle of downtown Tucson, across from the Main Library, at 100 N Stone Ave, Suite 110. (Previously in southern Tucson, near the airport, in the Bookman’s warehouse building.)

I’m excited! The local incarnation of the flagship Gangplank in Chandler, Arizona has even more potential now—in this central location—to be the hub for all things open web in Tucson.

What is Gangplank?

Gangplank is a non-profit, collaborative workspace without physical or financial barriers providing resources and education for local entrepreneurs and businesses. Focused on economic and community development, we seek to unite the creative class, bringing together diverse minds to create something greater than the individual and drive entrepreneurship and civic engagement.

WordCamp San Francisco 2012

I attended WordCamp San Francisco this year—my third time in a row. Thoroughly enjoyed the speakers and sessions, networking with partners and friends—plus meeting new folks. Following the main conference, on Sunday, I was part of a very productive Dev Day where 17 (seventeen!) of us hacked on the new default theme for WordPress, Twenty Twelve.

Here are a few photos from the weekend.

If you haven’t been to a WordCamp—I highly suggest it, find here a list of upcoming WordCamps.