Advanced CSS Training Course | July 13, 2005

Like Jeremy, I’m really looking forward to the training course I’ll be running in London next week. If you haven’t noticed the big banner in the sidebar of this site [maybe you read the full RSS feed instead], I’ll be running an Advanced CSS Training Course at the Leathermarket on the 19th Jul. The course is run in association with Vivabit and is intended to be a follow-up to @media 2005.

I’ve been informed by Patrick that somebody has unfortunately had to drop out at the last minute, so there is one space available if you’re interested. However you’ll have to be quick as it’s likely to go in a snap. Places are extremely limited to make sure attendees get that individual service. If you’ve not managed to secure a place, don’t worry as there are plans for more later in the year.

If you are lucky enough to be attending, I’d love to hear from you. How would you describe your current skill level, what things in CSS are you confident with and what are you hoping to learn? Even if you’re not attending, I’d love to know what stage you’re at and what you’re currently struggling with.

Posted at July 13, 2005 4:49 PM


JK said on July 13, 2005 10:46 PM

As for me, it’s hard to find my way to UK being university student (and freelance webdesigner) in Czech republic. The problem is not my free time (because I have holidays at the moment), but price (or rather insufficient money on my bank account :)) However I hope I’ll have some opportunity to visit any of these big webdesign events in near future.
I reckon my CSS and markup skills as advanced, with room to improve, but in Czech republic I think I belong to the top… eh er, ok just kidding :)

lor said on July 14, 2005 9:32 PM

i’d definitely love to attend the next one!

Justin Halsall said on July 14, 2005 10:18 PM

Could you make the Training Course available to those who aren’t as fortunate to be available at the Course (Maybe put up a web version of it or put the presentation online, or even better still, get someone to film it.)

That would be great for those who really really want to be there but can’t cause they live to far away, don’t have the time/resources or a combination of those.

Michael said on July 15, 2005 1:43 PM

… or even contribute an outline to the Wikiversity Web Design course ;-). I remember reading once Andy that you used to facilitate web design classes at a community college? Well i’m trying to help us community facilitators worldwide collaborate on a course that we can still link back to our own quals.

Hope you have fun delivering this CSS course (and sorry for this blatant misuse of your blog :-()

Alun Rowe said on July 18, 2005 9:02 AM

Hi Andy,

I’m one of the lucky few who will be attending your course on tuesday. I’ve already emailed you some problems and the solution you sent works but you’re going to have to explain why at the course!

I do all my page layouts in CSS at the moment but I’m very aware that I’m restricting my designs in order to fit within my known sphere of CSS.

I think one of the biggest CSS problems is still all the workarounds and hacks and as a result CSS maintains it’s “Black Art” image.

See you tomorrow…

Dean Paterson said on July 18, 2005 10:10 AM

Hi Andy,
Have to agree with Justin Halsall, a video version would be well worth paying for, as time and distance is a real problem, but if your planning on doing more of these then would try and get down to London. looked at the rundown of the course on the vivabit site and it appears to fit my css needs perfectly, hope it goes well and looking forward to hearing how its being recived by the people taking part tomorrow.

mugur said on July 20, 2005 7:26 AM

Man i would kill to be there … even as a fly :)
To be honest with you what i’m struggling at the moment is a very long and ugly story … regarding tables, IE and a nation of people that strongly believe those are the “ultimate” in web-design.
Top five web-design company pitch (for a client i was working with at the moment):
… and to achieve a perfect reflection of your company care for it’s image, clients and to ensure a great experience for EVERYONE we will make it (the web site) completly Flash …
I’ve open my mouth and told them a few things about what everyone really means … lost my job in the process. But it felt SO GOOD …:)

Back on track …

My skills with CSS are so (at the moment) that they mostly get in the way of my design ideas ;) I know, I know … time and perseverence. How did you get there Andy? How did you become Andy Budd The WEB MAKER ?

One more thing … say someone will invite you to a workshop or an web standards related event in Romania, will you … ? Theoreticaly …

Alun Rowe said on July 20, 2005 9:30 AM

Well yesterday I was lucky enough to attend Andy Budd’s inaugural Advanced CSS Course.

The course was great and made me realise 2 things. Firstly I’ve got a good understanding of CSS. Secondly theres a whole world more stuff to learn about CSS.

The course was maybe paced a little bit fast but as it was the first run I think we can forgive him!

Overall I’d say that this one day has probably accelerated my CSS learning hugely as Andy has helped me to understand how a lot of my knowledge fits together and filled in a number of the gaps too.

I’ve been on many courses over the last decade from Dreamweaver to Flash to HTML to CSS and this is one of the first to have taught me real world applications and to offer real world solutions.

Now I just need to find similar courses on copywriting, graphic design, Information Architecture…

Lee Pilmore said on July 21, 2005 8:23 AM

I was lucky enough to attend the course and also gained muchos.

My knowledge before hand was by no means novice but reasons why certain ‘unexplicable’ things seem to happen when building with CSS came to light.

Pennies dropped. Lots of pennies dropped!! I’m now much richer and grateful for it.

I’m still laughing to myself about the Duplicate characters bug.

I would suggest a paper version of the presentation is supplied to the attendees. Found myself copying the slides when I wanted to be listening carefully to what Andy was saying.

csilla said on July 23, 2005 10:26 AM

I was the 3rd lucky one on the course last tuesday, and the two fellows before me explained really well what I wanted to say.

It was really useful and made me understand lots of things I’ve just copy-pasted before. The “only” thing I need now is practice…

Thanks a lot.