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Cocoaheads Accessibility presentation

My 2017 speaking schedule kicked off at the February meeting of my local Cocoaheads chapter.

In this talk, entitled Eye on Accessibility, I hoped to convey the importance of accessibility and present practical approaches that designers and developers can use to ensure they adequately support the accessibility features of iOS.

Also presenting at this meeting was my good pal Mike Hay who's excellent talk on Rapid Application Development should not be missed.

Exciting Keynote for iOS update

If you've ever tried prototyping app screen designs using Keynote for iOS, then you'll understand why the highlighted feature is so exciting.

Prior to this update, Keynote for iOS would only play slide decks in landscape orientation. For traditional users of Keynote, this seemed like a logical restriction, but for app prototyping, it was quite the impediment. To get around this, you had to rotate all your slides 90° to simulate how they would appear in portrait orientation.

2015 Fall Speaking Events

This fall, I was presented with an opportunity of being a presenter at two different 360iDev events.

Podcast Appearances

Over the past couple of months, I've had the pleasure of being the guest on a couple of great tech podcasts.

  • NSBrief Ep. 131: Recorded in the hallways at 360iDev, Saul Mora was kind enough to invite me to join him for an episode where we discussed some of the ideas presented in my talk in more detail, despite the fact that I used singletons in one of my examples.

  • iPhreaks Ep. 078: This opportunity came about as a result of my buddy Alondo Brewington who asked if I'd be interested in joining his fellow co-hosts of iPhreaks for an episode or two. In this first appearance, we had a lively discussion on the importance of reducing the complexity of your View Controllers and techniques for accomplishing that goal.

  • iPhreaks Ep. 085: For my second appearance on iPhreaks, we covered prototyping and its valuable role in the app development process. Check the show notes for some of my favorite prototyping tools (both analog and digital).

360iDev Recap

Another great 360iDev is drawing to a close. It was great getting know so many new people and catch up with all the friends I've made over the past 4 times I've attended the conference.

The slides for my Prototyping workshop and View Controllers presentation are can be found on my Talks page. When the session videos are posted, I'll update those pages to include links to them as well. Thanks again to everyone that came out and attendend my sessions!