Jeffrey Zeldman, king of web standards, will be recognised for his contributions to web design at SXSW on 13 March. We want to hear how he's inspired you!
He's known as the godfather of web standards following decades of tireless campaigning on behalf of web designers and developers everywhere. Now Jeffrey Zeldman is to become the first-ever inductee to the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on the evening of Tuesday, March 13, and in the run-up to the big night we wanted to pay tribute to the great man ourselves. So we've created this special page, where you'll be able to find out more about his life and work, as well as paying your own personal tributes to the author, speaker, campaigner, entrepreneur and all-round good egg.
Tell us what you think!
We want to hear how Jeffrey Zeldman's work has influenced YOUR work in web design and development! Did one of his best-selling books or articles spark your imagination? Did a talk inspire you to create something magnificent? Has one of Zeldman's numerous projects (An Event Apart, A List Apart, A Book Apart, 10K Apart...) influenced your design philosophy? We want to hear your stories, opinions and more: right here, right now!
You've got three ways to let us know how Jeffrey Zeldman has influenced your web building career: via tweet, email or video. Obviously a tweet is the quickest and easiest option, while a longer email or a personal video recording gives you more scope to share your Zeldman memories with the community!
- Video Simply record your video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and send us the link (email@example.com): we'll then embed it on the page!
- Tweet Just write a tweet using the hashtag #iheartzeldman: we'll pick it up and post it on this page for all to enjoy!
- Email and Pictures If 140 characters just isn't enough, then email us your story (with or without pictures) via firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject heading ‘I heart Zeldman’. We'll upload it to this tribute page for all to read!
1995: First website
1995: Pardon My Icons
1996: Illustration for "Tools" page, "Ask Dr Web"
1996: Zeldman.com "core page"
1997: A List Apart launches
1998: The Web Standards Project
1999: Happy Cog
2003: Designing With Web Standards
2004: Blogging breaks out
2006: An Event Apart launches
2009: HTML5 superfriends
2010: Ministry approval
2011: A Book Apart
For all the tweets, check out storify.com/netmag/zeldman-tributes.
By 2000/2ish, I'd quit making websites, so frustrated w/tables & slices. Reading DwWS made me excited & got me back into it. #iheartzeldman— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) February 29, 2012
Posted by: Daniel Davis
Nobody has influenced the hearts & minds of so many web designers as Mr. Zeldman. His impact is epic & global. #iheartzeldman— Jared M. Spool (@jmspool) February 29, 2012
#iheartzeldman for writing with passion & clarity. Giving voice to web pro's. For championing education. All humbly & with class— Patrick Brown (@DVIMedia) February 29, 2012
Why do #iheartzeldman ? B/c he inspires as much as he teaches, yet is constantly a student himself. That's leading an industry by example.— Jason Pamental (@jpamental) February 29, 2012
Zeldman once gave me a reacharound at SXSW. #iheartzeldman— Design Misanthrope (@dmisanthrope) February 29, 2012
#iheartzeldman for being a prophet and bringing enlightenment when my gut told me the web wasn’t supposed to be the tabled crap it was.— Dylan Tan (@moleysepet) February 29, 2012
Five years ago, DWWS inspired me to give Flash a break and take web standards seriously. #iheartzeldman— Brandon Kelly (@brandonkelly) February 29, 2012
Working for the US Gov't building table-based sites in six languages, I knew there had to be a better way. Web standards. #iheartzeldman— William Dodson (@williamvdodson) February 29, 2012
Jeffrey encouraged me to be more than I was. With that inspiration, I started Airbag. We merged shops four years later. #iheartzeldman— Greg Storey (@Brilliantcrank) March 1, 2012
He fought, guided us thro a sea of non-semantic markup and wrote the 10 commandments of web design. And he has a beard. #iheartzeldman— Régis Kuckaertz (@regiskuckaertz) March 2, 2012