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Building Beautiful Websites with EE—a FOWD workshop from Erskine Design

8th December 2008

We’re very excited to announce that our man Jamie Pittock will be leading a fantastic workshop at the third Future Of Web Design in London on May 1st 2009.

Its a killer, bringing together our passion for building beautiful websites with ExpressionEngine into the not unsurprisingly titled Building Beautiful Websites with ExpressionEngine half-day workshop.

At Erskine we’re all black belts with EE as you may know. However, our Jamie is (in my opinion) second to none with it, and an excellent designer. He’s even the Erskine EE Quality Controller. If I could have anyone teach me the smarter ways of using EE, it’d be Jamie. We receive many requests to share our EE secrets, and this is the perfect opportunity to get a window into our way of doing things. Here is the workshop blurb:

Building Beautiful Websites with ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine (EE) has become known as the publishing platform praised by both developers and designers alike.  Developers love it’s extendability while designers are blown away by it’s powerful but flexible templating system. This workshop will show you tried and tested techniques that help teams build beautiful websites with EE. 

What You’ll Learn
  • How to fit EE’s templating system into your way of working and not the other way around.
  • Why a simple set of naming conventions can make development and maintenance a breeze for all the team.
  • Advanced template management techniques.
  • A toolkit of reliable third-party modules, plugins and extensions your clients will love you for.

Full details.

Hurry, hurry!

We reckon that this will sell out fast, such is the buzz around using EE over the last few months. Head on over to the Future Of Web Design site and get yourself booked.

See you there?

Just about all of us from Erskine are planning to attend FOWD London yet again, so we’ll hopefully see some of you in the workshop, at the conference - and in the pubs.


# Ewan responded on 9th December 2008 with...

Hi Simon - I am hopeful of getting down to this. I’ve been meaning to tinker with EE for a bit now and this seems like a good excuse to do so. Keep up the good work - yourself and Erskine are a great inspiration to me as a junior designer/developer.


# Italian leather sofas responded on 15th December 2008 with...

Hello Simon.
Still testing around with EE. Many thanks for your grear posts…As iv learnt so much from you.

Merry Xmas to you & the whole team.

Have a great 2009

# KeeKee responded on 17th December 2008 with...

Hdy Simon,
  Thanks for the heads up on EE.  I love your site and it never fails to teach me something new every time I stop by.  That’s what I love the most.  Hope Santa fills your stocking with good stuff!!


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