If you’re here for something to republish, please scroll down to the Professional Bio. Everyone else can ignore that bit.

Stuff about me in no particular order:

  • Proudly Canadian, I live in Vancouver.

  • My background is design. These days that means a lot more UX than UI, but I’ve produced my fair share of pixels over the years. I’ve always valued having one foot in the coding world too, starting with Basic in the 90’s, progressing through PHP in the 2000’s, and now reaching for whatever language gets the job done. Lately that’s just been Jekyll & Liquid templating, but has included Processing and Javascript in varying degrees. You can get a better picture on Github if you really want to dig in.

  • I seem to have a knack for running events.

  • I’ve spoken at over 40 conferences in a dozen or so countries. Lanyrd has an incomplete listing of past appearances, fleshing that out is on the to-do list.

  • Aside from the main blog, there are at least two others around these parts: my Beer Log and an all but abandoned Processing sketch journal.

  • I hold beer certifications. I’m a Certified Cicerone® (beer sommelier, basically), I’m also a BJCP–certified beer judge. I actively judge at least a few competitions per year, mostly locally.

  • My main ride is a Look 585 and I try to rack up a few thousand kilometers each year. I rode the Whistler Gran Fondo three years in a row.

  • I’ve fallen out of the habit of photo sharing. You might still find an extremely inactive Flickr account, and an only slightly less inactive Instagram feed.

  • I prefer cooking from scratch when possible. Current favourite recipes include the Serious Eats tomato sauce, the pain de campagne from Flour Water Salt Yeast, and Food Renegade’s lacto-fermented carrots. I’m working hard on perfecting my home Neopolitan-style pizza. This has been slow going but delicious work.


Dave Shea, The Professional Bio

Dave is the creator and cultivator of the highly influential website csszengarden.com, and co-author of The Zen of CSS Design (New Riders, 2005) with Molly Holzschlag.

He most recently spent four years as VP of User Experience at Mobify Inc in Vancouver, Canada. Previously he ran Bright Creative, working on projects for New York University, Google, CNet, Joyent and others. He speaks internationally at conferences and workshops, and was an organiser of the North American arm of Web Directions, a popular international conference series.

His extracurricular interests have included icon design, the Processing visual language, GPS tracking his road cycling trips, and improving his home craft brewing techniques. Find Dave on Twitter as @mezzoblue.