The Dangers of Being a Web Developer
Post from May 10, 2018 (↻ July 12, 2019), filed under Web Development.
On Monday I had the great pleasure of giving the opening talk at beyond tellerrand in Düsseldorf. The slides are intentionally useless (I opted to focus on the spoken presentation), but hopefully, the talk is not: Check out The Dangers of Being a Web Developer on YouTube or Vimeo *.
As I got approached on the talk’s various references on mostly classic and excellent books, here they are:
- Rachel Aaron’s 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love
- Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think
- Jakob Nielsen’s and Marie Tahir’s Homepage Usability
- B.J. Fogg’s Persuasive Technology
- Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style
- Edward Tufte’s books, all of them
- Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing
- Alfie Kohn’s No Contest: The Case Against Competition
Thank you all who attended the talk, and Marc and team for the great conference and the kind invitation, welcome, and hosting! I can’t wait for the next beyond tellerrand—quite possibly in Berlin this November 🙏
* In confusion and protest of obscure European and German data protection legislation I’m not embedding videos at the moment.
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m a web developer and author. I love trying things, including in the fields of philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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