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Everything you always wanted to know about viewports but were afraid to ask


Photo by: Dan Govan

Why does responsive design work? Not how, mind you, but why?

Peter-Paul Koch knows.

In fact, he’s made a name for himself (he’s nearly universally known as ppk on the Web, and @ppk on Twitter) as a thought leader on the specifically mobile aspects of mobile web browsers, namely the viewport, and touch events.

Based in Amsterdam, ppk is a mobile platform strategist, browser researcher, consultant and trainer. His website, quirksmode.org, is a one-stop shop for browser compatibility information where you’ll find “hype-free assessments of the major browsers’ CSS and JavaScript capabilities, as well as their adherence to the W3C standards.” QuirksMode logged over 1 million hits per month for the first time in March 2011.

Portland gets to know ppk in May, when he travels to WebVisions PDX for his session, ‘Viewport.’ More

We speak his language

J Cornelius

J Cornelius

Human computer interaction can and should be viewed much the same way we view communication in verbal languages, says J Cornelius, of Atlanta-based Nine Labs. It’s called “digital fluency.”

“For example, there are certain constructs in English, French and Cantonese which those fluent in those languages know, but seldom think about until they are broken. We make an extra effort to communicate with people who don’t speak our primary or preferred language.” According to Cornelius, design should be considered and understood in that same way.

It’s all about communicating well and making sure that the messages are understood. More

Choose your own adventure


It was an adventures-focused decision. For Jenn Downs, “2013 just sucked. It was a horrible year, for a number of reasons.” She found herself asking “What do I really want to do?” more and more frequently. After six years rising through the ranks at MailChimp, Jenn needed a change.

Though an avid punk rocker, she hadn’t played in a band in over a year. The little girl who snuck a radio under her pillow to secretly listen to Braves games after bedtime had become a woman who didn’t even recognize half of the faces on the current roster. She wanted to have time to play music and go to baseball games. She had a growing family business that she wanted to support. She wanted to have more adventures.

So she quit.

It sounds insane to an outsider. Leave a successful company you love, work you enjoy and the safety of corporate life? As John Burroughs instructed, “Leap and the net will appear.” We’ve all had those thoughts at some point, right? More

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