Chris Converse is one of our core, go-to interactive pros here at HOW. Designer, developer and experienced teacher, he’s multi-talented and versatile. Partner at Codify Design Studio, Chris brings twenty years’ experience to his coding and designing practice–making him, well, a superstar.
In preparation for the HOW Interactive Conference in Chicago this fall where he’ll teach a hands on PSD to HTML/CSS workshop, I caught up with Chris for a few minutes to find out what excites him about being a developer today…
Chris, did you always see yourself as a designer? No. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I had an art teacher in high school, Mr Gudmundsen (who incidentally taught Jimmy Fallon as well). He used to sign me up to design t-shirts for the school plays, school logos, and yearbook layouts. I really liked doing creative things with my time, and decided to pursue that path in college.
Speaking of scripting and other code-based skills, what do you do for HOW Design University? I try to teach designers to take control of their website designs by learning HTML and CSS. My courses on HOWU focus on recreating design comps in HTML that work in web browsers and email.
What’s the most exciting part of being a developer in 2013? I think the ability to create web applications, both for online and offline usage is pretty amazing. What’s more, there are services that can turn those web application into native applications… without any additional development. To me, this demonstrated the power of web standards, and the usefulness of the scripting model to multiply instructions to more powerful applications.
Find out more about transforming your design with code in Chris’s new PSD to HTML course! You’ll be coding design in no time!
Catch Chris Converse, Christopher Butler, David Sherwin, and other web design/development experts at the HOW Interactive Design Conference, November 5-7.