Dan Rubin – Designer, Programmer, Barbershop Harmony Vocalist.


Hailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Dan Rubin seems to do just about everything from photography and blogging to back end coding and web standards consulting for Sidebar Creative, Webgraph and Black Seagull. Dan is a contributing author of Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (2nd Edition, friends of ED, 2003), technical reviewer for Beginning CSS Web Development (Apress, 2006), The Art & Science of CSS (SitePoint, 2007) and Sexy Web Design (SitePoint, 2009), coauthor of Pro CSS Techniques (Apress, 2006), and Web Standards Creativity (friends of ED, 2007).

Dan has quite the interesting view of designers. In his blog,, Dan uses the word “we” instead of “I”. This word choice is an interesting one because it not only described himself and his colleagues, but the viewer as well. For the most part, the target audience visiting the site consists of designers, programmers, consultants, etc. therefore using “we” instead of “I” is an appropriate word choice. It is a nice inviting word that encompasses the viewer as well. I feel all warm and included after visiting his web site for only a few minutes. This is inevitably so because he is ultimately an educator. When he is not speaking at conferences, he spends his time as a vocal coach. He sings baritone and bass if you were wondering.

With a great sense of humor, Dan created his blog, with an intent to collectively gather information about, you guessed it, design, technology, and most importantly, the interweb. Dan speaks in colloquial  language that is straightforward and to the point. I think that is the educator in him shining through. I like when educators get off their high horse and use words like, “thingy.” I do not know Dan personally, however after spending some time on his personal site and his blog, I get the feeling that he will be a very interesting speaker.

The DIY Summit is occurring on 9.17.2009. Dan will be speaking on mastering the details of interface design. Im afraid that this topic will be over my head a bit, however, from reading his blog posts, I am sure there will be some nuggets of information that will spill over to logo and web design. Interface design is not necessarily limited to web applications or software programming. When designing a page layout, the same (or similar) techniques are instituted. Typography, grid systems, and color are all relevant to other disciplines, not just web applications.

Aside from all the internet-related work that Dan is preoccupied with, the man knows how to take a photograph or two. Dan shares, with myself,  an affinity for architecture. His photographs are stunning. He accomplishes this with Mamiya, both 32mm and medium format, Nikon, Bronica, and of course Polaroid cameras. I am envious of his collection. see everything at

Dan is going to show us how the little details will improve the quality of our design. I cant wait.



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