Front-End Design Conference

The Front-end Conference is over, and it was a blast! I had such a great time, meeting guys that I really admire and have been following for quite a long time already through their sites, blogs and twitters. Guys such as Chris Coyer, John Ashenden, Grant Friedman, Jonathan Longnecker, Andrew Maier, Kevin Hale.... and of course Dan Denney aka @webdesignfanboy, the mind behind the event.

Flying to Tampa was really cool, great view from the plane.

I arrived on Wednesday with my cousin Amanda AKA @amlight and we started our journey through these great experiences in Tampa, first with a good indoor surfing, where I almost broke my neck twice. You can check out the video below.

Following my preparation for my speech, the last day before the event, we went to Busch Gardens where we rode some crazy roller coasters. It was very refreshing for my mind. After that, back to the hotel we had a nice time at the pool chatting with Grant Colorburned Friedman. The day ended in a beautiful restaurant with all the speakers together.

Some of the Rides

Myself (@abduzeedo), Grant Friedman (@colorburned), Dan Denney (@webdesignfanboy), Chris Coyer (@chriscoyer), Jonathan Longnecker (@necker47), and John Ashenden (@ashenden) after the speaker's dinner on Thursday night.

The event was fantastic, I was the first one to speak. My speech was about Abduzeedo and the lessons I have learned from it in finding and selecting the right type of inspiration for my work and some of my influences. You can check out the slides below.

Design Inpiration - Fabio Sasso - Front End Conference 2009 from Nate Croft on Vimeo.

All the speakers rocked, Grant Friedman ( showed us how to create brushes and design resources, amazing technique. After the lunch break we had Jonathan Longnecker ( talking about Expression Engine and how it is really good for designers. Chris Coyer was the next and made as laugh with his keynote transitions, but of course showed us his mastery when it comes to CSS and jQuery. Andrew talking about usability and how important it is to follow patterns and keep it simple and usable. Following Andrew Maier (, John Ashenden ( talked about Design Techniques to make a killer app. To wrap up the night Kevin Hale ( delivered a fantastic speech about how to design web apps people love. For the slides visit

The event ended at the after party having fun and talking with such incredible guys.

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I'm a Brazilian product designer based in Oakland, California currently working for Google as a Staff Designer. I am also the founder of Abduzeedo, an award-winning digital publication about design and a personal project that has become the source of inspiration for millions of designers and enthusiasts.

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