NewBCamp 2.0: Help me pick a topic?

Last year, I presented at the very first NewBCamp. NewBCamp is “a first-of-its-kind conference to introduce Internet novices to some of the finer points of the modern Web world”. The second NewBCamp is coming up quick—it’s on Sunday, February 8.

Last year’s presentation was Introduction to Web Standards. I talked about (X)HTML, CSS, Microformats, and URL as UI. Now, I need to come up with another idea.

I’ve got a couple I’d like to throw out there. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks! Here they are:

Turn Your Design into a WordPress Theme

Turns out, I’ve done a crapload of WordPress themes. I’ve only released one publicly (that’d be Tabigail), but I’ve done a lot of ‘em for folks. It’s almost a game… once I get the design, I try to see how quickly I can turn it into a fully-functional theme. With this presentation, I’d take a very simple one page design (properly built with web standards, of course), break it up, and turn it into a theme.

My Favorite CSS Techniques

Based on the blog post of the same name, this would take some of these examples and actually walk through them, explaining the whats and the whys. Seeing how each CSS declaration affects the rendering could be useful, I think.

Any feedback on which I should do? Thanks!


  1. On January 7th, 2009 at 3:27 pm Scott Markwell said:

    The CSS article has wider appeal. Not everyone uses WordPress or a typical CMS.

    My two cents, which should probably have minimal impact as I won’t be at the event in question. :)

  2. On January 7th, 2009 at 3:30 pm Sara Streeter said:

    Hey Adam! Thanks for blogging about NewBCamp! I would go for the WordPress topic – you can get as basic as creating your own blog, and then you can get in-depth. I’m betting a lot of people would be interested in seeing how easy it is to put up your own basic pages up on the web – thanks!!

  3. On January 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm Adam Darowski said:

    @Scott: You’re the first to bring up the CSS one! As much as I’d love to do that, it seems the the typical newbie is more interested in setting up a blog.

    @Sara: No problem! I’m thinking maybe I’ll handle it as taking a design they were given by a designer (or maybe built themselves) and slicing it & hooking it up. Should be a fun one. :)