about Dan Rubin

A highly accomplished designer, Dan Rubin has over ten years of experience as a leader in the fields of user interface design and web standards, specifically focusing on the use of (X)HTML and CSS to streamline development and improve accessibility. His passion for all things creative and artistic isn’t a solely selfish endeavor either—you’ll frequently find him waxing educational about a cappella jazz and barbershop harmony, philosophy, web standards, typography, psychology, and design in general.

In addition to his contributions to sites including Blogger, the CSS Zen Garden, Yahoo! Small Business and Microsoft's ASP.net portal, Dan is a contributing author of Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (2nd Edition, friends of ED, 2003), technical reviewer for Beginning CSS Web Development (Apress, 2006), The Art & Science of CSS (SitePoint, 2007) and Sexy Web Design (SitePoint, 2009), coauthor of Pro CSS Techniques (Apress, 2006), and Web Standards Creativity (friends of ED, 2007), writes about web standards, design and life in general on his blog, SuperfluousBanter.org, and spends his professional time on a variety of online and offline projects for Sidebar Creative, Webgraph and Black Seagull, consulting on design, user interaction and online publishing for Garcia Media, and speaking and teaching at events, conferences and workshops around the world.

Online: danielrubin.org | twitter | facebook | flickr

2:00 p.m. — Mastering the Details in Interface Design
Typography, grids, colors, borders, textures, gradients, and drop shadows: using these basic elements of visual design properly — and knowing when not to use them — can challenge even seasoned interface designers. Yet these foundations upon which we craft our designs are often ignored — or worse, they're cast about the canvas with reckless abandon.

Attention to these details can help make a design beautiful — and make an interface more usable and enjoyable. This session combines the science of CSS and markup with the art of layout, typography, and graphics. Learn how to pay attention to the details that matter, and watch as Dan shows examples of how the little things can make a big difference in the quality of a design.

Schedule subject to change.