2015 Review and 2016 Fast Foward

This 2015 year was so incredible that I found it imperative to thank everyone involved in it, at least with a simple post.

First of all, a little review of 2015:

  • 9 subjects done at University (only 25 left until I graduate!!), with an average grade of 7
  • 12 books read, see the list here!
  • 3 blog posts (4 with this one)
  • 85 students brought into the world of web development (Yay!)
  • 8 talks
    • CSSConf, Melbourne, Australia
    • BA Front End (May), Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • WordCamp, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Chicas Poderosas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • GDG Devfest, Buenos  Aires, Argentina
    • BA Front End (October), Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • SassSummit, Online talk
    • Front In Sampa, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1 workshop
    • SassConf, Austin, Texas

It was, for me, an incredible year. So here are the proper thanks to everyone involved: Continue reading

Storyboard Template… For your peace of mind

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I don’t think I ever… tweeted about this, but I’m currently studying for a BA in Multimedia and Interaction Design. That said, animation has grown on me since I was little, and at the age of 15/16 I finally began some out-of-school workshops on Stop Motions and… Web Design. Life took me into the later and I’m thankful for it, but lately I’ve been missing the Art of Animation, feeling that I was unable to fully put that into my daily web development activities. Until… Newton happened. It took me about one month to create that CSSConf AU talk and it opened my mind. I can do animations in the web, no more crying about it.
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In case you are not familiar with them, storyboards are a wonderful way of planning a recording session of any kind. Most of the time, our ego goes up to the sky and we believe that because the idea is inside our heads, the recording will be great. Our ideas are indeed great, but sometimes they don’t work out, why? Because ideas must be put to paper before realization, specially since recording can be expensive and/or take too much time out of our lives. That it’s the reason of storyboards, avoiding mistakes before they happen.

An storyboard is composed of a few keyframes of the animation/recording, in which we draw the type of shot (long shot, medium shot, close-up, etc.), the camera angle and the most important action that is going to happen in that take. Continue reading

Clues to teach & learn Web Design

I began teaching Web Design two years ago at private and public universities of Argentina and it became my second passion (front-end being the first one ❤). Most of my students have no idea of web development until they go through the classroom doors, and it is up to me to give them the tools to build a functioning website in about four months. These are my clues to teach and learn web design (from the basics):

  1. (First things, first.) Never say something is obvious: It isn’t. Not for them! You may have years of experience but they have just walked through your door, the most important thing is not to scare them away, make them comfortable. Nope, not even you were born being Sir Tim Berner’s Lee.

    Back to the Future - Remember old days!

    Recap of the past

  2. A nice recap of the past: Why don’t you tell them how you began? Designing in frames? Tables? Flash? FrontPage?! (I designed my first webpage in Word, just sayin’) How crazy and cool it was to change the user’s cursor into a flaming arrow? Continue reading

CSSConf & USA recap

Eva Ferreira at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

That Harry Potter crazy fan…

First of all, I must admit I never understood miles nor fahrenheit measures. After spending a week in the US… I still don’t get them. It’s been almost a month and I was unable to write my recap on my CSSConf experience and my first journey to the United States. So here it is:

My plans for this journey began in late february, when inflation in Argentina was about 30%, it is now turning out to be 40%… I got hold of my savings and decided to travel. As I was planning on attending CSSConf on Amelia Island I also made arrangements to visit Universal Studios in Orlando (yup, I’m one of those Harry Potter crazy fans). On May 21st I took off to Orlando. Continue reading

Visas and reservations

This week I began the procedure to get my VISA and due to the fact that I was a little confused I decided to ask a friend of mine how to proceed. What she told me did not surprised me, but saddened me: use your Spanish passport, not the Argentinian.

As many Argentinians  I am an immigrant descendent. My grandparents were Polish, German, Portuguese and Spanish and among them all was my second citizenship, my grandmother’s. Even though it took me a lot of time, after two years I finally acquired my Spanish passport and this journey to USA will be the first time I’m using it. But even if this journey is bringing a lot of joy I do feel a little saddened because of the situation. Besides being a 3rd World Country and besides some much corruption why does the procedure of getting the VISA takes so long when you are South American and so little when you are European? I know, statistics. But we are nice people, people! Continue reading