What’s the Latest with Refresh Detroit?

We noticed we haven’t posted on the site for a while, gosh, it’s been over 1 1/2 years! Yikes!

So, here’s the latest news.

Nick DeNardis and I took time off last year with Refresh Detroit. Our last 2015 event was the annual Accessibility Summit we held at the University of Michigan.

We relaunched Refresh Detroit in 2015 with a remote talk in February by David Brooks, Designing Against Yourself.

In March, Chris DeMars returned to present Block Element Module (BEM). We had a great turnout, with many new members joining the discussion after the talk, with demos of how they’re using BEM in their work.

Do You Even BEM? laptop sticker

Last night, we held our first Geek Dinner, a casual get-together at Broderick Grille, to chat about our work, design, and catch up with other.

Next month, we’re partnering with Metro Detroit WordPress to host the third annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit to raise awareness of digital accessibility in the products and services we design. We hope you’ll join us!

Plans for 2016

We want to hear from you! What are you interested in? What web and design topics, discussions, or presentations do you want to see happening at Refresh Detroit?

Do you have an interesting case study to share?

Or design problem you overcame in your work that you want to talk about? We’d love to have you speak to the group!

Nick and I are planning to send out a member survey to find out what will bring you to our next Refresh Detroit meetup. Expect to see it in the next couple weeks.

Frontend Web tooling – Build steps, managing assets, logistics and consistency. – Oct. 15, 2014

When: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Building a single website is tough in itself but building and maintaining hundreds of sites results in exponential maintenance. Luckily there are frontend tools to help. You’re probably already familiar with a few of them and may use them on a handful of projects. We’ll explore how to use frontend tools to make life easier regardless if you’re working on a single or hundreds of sites.

Focusing on the end resulting HTML, CSS and Javascript brings a whole set of new and evolving tools. This discussion will focus on optimizing workflows with Node.js, NPM, Yeoman, Bower, SASS, Gulp, etc. If this is your first time being exposed to these tools we will walk through why and how to use them. If you’re familiar with some or all, we’ll work together to hone and build upon your skills.

Speaker

Nick DeNardis is Director of Digital Communications at Wayne State University, where he leads the strategy, execution, and implementation of most all public facing digital communications for the university. His team is responsible for websites, social media, and digital signage around campus. They also are responsible for creation and maintenance of several university-wide tools including a content management system, events calendar, RSVP system, HTML email creator, form creator, and short URL system. Nick has 10 years of experience optimizing university websites for a forward moving user experience. He is a nationally recognized speaker, blogger and scientist in discovering and analyzing Web behavior.

Venue and Parking

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the fourth floor.

Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there’s a special event). There’s also limited street parking on Woodward.

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here’s parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF).