453 hours until our doors open, but who's counting? We certainly are and we know Matt Sawkill is because 60 minutes later he'll be kicking of the second CSSConf AU!
He's the Technical Director at Thick, a strategic design consultancy with a focus on health, education and public services. Matt will be showing us how our work can make an impact on people's lives in his talk — CSS for humans.
We asked him a few questions to help get to know him better.
What does your usual work day look like?
I don't think I've ever had a "regular" day here. Some of the typical stuff I work on includes building prototypes for user research, code reviews with my team, running workshops on site with clients and writing content for our website. Whatever is going on, there will always be coffee, and Slack.
Who in the industry consistently blows you away with incredible work?
The web first inspired me as a medium for self-publishing and community — so I look up to people like Jeffrey Zeldman and the work he's done with A List Apart. The way Joe Clark writes with attitude about accessibility helped motivate me to take a user-centric path with my work.
I'm always blown away by the strength of Melbourne's local web community — everyone running, speaking at and attending meetups, hackathons and events like this one.
Have you worked in industries other than the web?
Before the web I worked as a caregiver for people with an intelectual disability and in desktop publishing. At my first job writing CSS we were putting inline styles on font tags so I'm grateful to have had a long career in web development.
Clearly, you’ve reached a certain point in your career (because you’re with us!), where do you aspire to get to from here?
I’m at the stage now where I think more about team goals than individual ones. At Thick we're focussed on creating a brighter future for the world so I'm always looking for the next big project that will help us make a positive impact. Having survived the browser wars and championed responsive design, i'd love to still be writing code for the web when the next platform emerges.
Do you skydive, knit, play the banjo, cycle or do anything that isn’t on a computer?
I achieved one of my big life goals last year when I butchered two pigs and smoked, cured and preserved the meat. Not that it would have been possible without watching a ton of Youtube videos first.
Matt and 15 other wonderful speakers will be at CSSConf AU, will you?
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