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WordPress Theme Panel at WebVisions 2012

webvisions web technology conference in portland oregonWebvisions is in Portland, Oregon, May 16-18, 2012, and I’ll be there presenting “Crank WordPress to 11” featuring four top WordPress designers and developers showcasing how they have pushed WordPress beyond traditional limits and taking your questions about how they do it and if WordPress can take it.

Friday, May 18, at 1:30PM, I’ll be rocking the Portland Convention Center with Mike Bijon of Metal Toad Media, Jeremy Wilson of Gravitate Design Studio, Taylor Dewey of 10up, and Don Elliott of Elliott Design.

For over eleven years, Webvisions has been a powerful conference for exploring the future of design, content creation, user experience, and business strategies on the web, bringing in people from around the country to this huge event.

Scott Frangos will be there presenting “WordPress, G+ Combo for Content Marketing.” I’ve listed the reasons I’m going and how hard my decisions are, debating between all the powerful speakers on UX, HTML5, CSS3, mobile, content strategies, and social media.

Registration ends soon and is available for the entire event or by the day.

The panel of local web developers and designers will specifically cover:

  • Understanding and defining the “dynamic” elements in a WordPress Theme.
  • Examples of truly rule breaking design tips and tricks in WordPress Theme development.
  • How WordPress Plugins influence design and functionality and when to code within a Theme and when not.
  • Exploring the process of Wireframes to Frameworks to WordPress Themes.
  • Exploring the future of WordPress Theme development, integrating mobile, HTML5, CSS3, and beyond.

There is a free, open to the public hack-a-thon on Tuesday that usually generates some amazing projects and has launched a few startups. The top names in web publishing, coding, programming, design, and development will be there and all week, along with some powerful people rarely seen or heard that are the movers and shakers of the web today.

WordPress Theme Panel Speakers

The following are the amazing WordPress designers and developers panel members:

mike bijon of metal toadMike Bijon of Metal Toad Media
A creative developer, Mike feels the best technology projects result from a balance of left and right brain perspective. Working with agencies, startups, and now Metal Toad Media in Portland Mike has led the technology side of projects for clients across many industries. He has helped and learned from Google, Lucas Arts, The Emmys, Lexus, and many other great companies. Now a believer in the open source community and a WordPress core contributor, Mike merges skills learned from enterprise CMS systems with first-career process design & machine learning skill from Chemical Engineering and graduate Applied Mathematics work. And, the human machine interface for Dreyer’s Ice Cream manufacturing system that started his tech career would have totally rocked if logic controllers could be fronted with HTML5 back then. Metal Toad Media is a design strategy agency, and clients include The National Parks, InFocus, The Emmys, HTML Cross Platform PRoject, Cisco YouTube Channel, Point Loma, Health Research for Action (UC Berkley), Verizon, Levis, and Zing.

jeremy wilson of gravitate designJeremy Wilson of Gravitate Design Studio
Jeremy is the local WordPress Guru for Vancouver-based Gravitate Design Studio. With over 13 years of web development experience, he’s a big fan of building websites that work — especially for the end user — and not just something aesthetically pleasing for the client. When he’s not making WordPress bend to his will, he can usually be found immersed in a podcast or audiobook, or dredging the history of video games to find something enjoyable he hasn’t tried yet. Gravitate Design Studio combines interactive design, custom web, ecommerce, and mobile development with digital marketing and branding, and print. Clients include World Bank, Beyond Borders,, Landerholm Law, Ad Council, Comedian Brad Garrett, Bowen Design comic book designer, and James A. Rohde Consulting.

taylor dewey of 10upTaylor Dewey of 10up
Taylor creates websites for 10up, LLC – a company focused on building awesome, custom WordPress installations. Along with his coworkers, he wrangles code, perfects layouts, and extends core functionality to create custom experiences for clients such as 9to5mac, TechCrunch, and Universal Sports. He chose to work with the web 13 years ago because it is a medium where creativity and technology synergize and, as a virtual product, is constantly evolving into something better. 10up is a WordPress design and development specialty firm specializing in contributing to WordPress core development as well as serving VIP clients such as TechCrunch, Bates College, NBC Universal Sports, Trulia, Global Marketing Ops, 9to5 Mac, Resolute.VC, MoFuse, Hip2Save, and Saturday Market Project.

don elliott of elliot designDon Elliott of Elliott Design
Don founded Elliott Design, Inc. in 2008 with a focus on branding, print, and web design. Developing exclusively in WordPress his company has focused intently on building robust, interactive web platforms with simple and intuitive UI’s. Don’s has a 15 year background in brand development for small to medium size businesses, with a heavy focus on web presence. Some of his clients include Dry Fly Distilling, Adidas, Cliff Bar, Deep Green the Film, Foggia PR, Rylander Law, Almar Tools, Director’s Mortgage, Hasson Realty, Peaks Frozen Yogurt.

Register now and help me put these experts to the test with your great questions. See you there!

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