Some time ago I had a conversation with a friend that went kind of like this. “So, I was approached about this thing maybe happening. Would you be interested in photographing me for it?” To which I, of course, responded “Yes, please!” This spring that thing was set in motion and after much work by many contributors, Offscreen Issue 15 has been sent to print!
For my part the work involved about 8 or so hours of following Eric Meyer around his home, around town, and all the way to Pittsburgh, PA for Web Design Day to capture what his offline life actually looks like. Then I took all of those photographs back to my office and sifted through them to cull them down to a balanced glimpse into his life outside of web code.
Eric Meyer is known as a leader in web standards development and he is most often tied to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), a code used all over the internet to build better websites. If you have ever used a platform like WordPress, for instance, chances are you might find his name in the code. His current mission is to help web developers help others. In his newest book, Design for Real Life, co-authored with Sara Wachter-Boettcher, they show designers how to design with compassion by keeping in mind the potential emotional states that might bring a user to their site.
Having listened to him speak on this subject at Web Design Day, I can tell you that it’s so worthwhile. Even I was immediately full of ideas about the myriad ways I can restructure my website to better help users who find themselves on my site in an emergency situation. Ideas I will be rolling out as I tweek a few things around here.
As much as I want to share so many of the photos from this shoot, I will instead urge you to go buy the issue and enjoy the interviews as well as the images! If you’re in Cleveland you’ll have to purchase the magazine online, however there are distributers located in cities all over the world so it won’t hurt to pop in and see if your city is one of the lucky ones!