Meta Refresh 2014

On the construction of user interface on the web

Criteria for proposing sessions: You must be a practising web designer/developer, and must be able to show how your own work has advanced the state of the web in the past year. You are expected to present original work that your peers — this event’s audience — recognise as being notable enough to deserve a stage.

About Meta Refresh: Meta Refresh is a conference where Design and UI development converge. A beautiful experience on the web is a result of a deep understanding of your user and the nuances of the medium. Meta Refresh aims to be the platform where designers and UI developers exchange ideas and skills and learn from each other.

Format: This year’s edition spans four days, with two days of workshops and two days of conference. All days feature a single track.

We are accepting talks on:

  1. Front-end implementations, mainly workflow, processes, tools and automation,
  2. CSS, animation, UX, trends, and typography, and
  3. Short, crisp talks on front-end tricks.

Talks on implementation have to be about original work. While covering scalability and productivity aspects to explain implementation details, proposers must also explain who is the user and what is the context in which their product is being used. Therefore, how content and design were tailored in each specific instance.

We also invite workshop proposals on:

  1. Build systems such as Grunt
  2. CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap 3 and Foundation
  3. MVC/JS frameworks such as Angular
  4. Animations/UX

Workshops will be held on 12th and 13th February at the TERI auditorium in Domlur, Bangalore.

If you are excited about someone’s work and believe it deserves wider recognition, we recommend you contact them and ask them to submit a proposal.

Last date for submissions: 12 January 2014.
Confirmations: 15 January 2014 onwards.

There is only one speaker per session. Attendance is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will offer a grant to cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world for speakers delivering full sessions (30 minutes or longer). As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. If you are able to raise support for your trip, we will count that as a speaker travel sponsorship.

Travel grants are reimbursed at the end of the conference. You are expected to make your own travel and stay arrangements. We will assist with hotel recommendations, visa letters and general advice on travel.

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Non Accepted Proposals

If your proposal is accepted for a session > 30 minutes long, we will cover your event ticket. If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day you proposed. We’ll send you a code.


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Srihari Sriraman


CSS Driven Design

Submitted Jan 11, 2014

Explore the extent to which you can let your CSS take control of your design process.


There is a scientific process to design. And there is originality and art.
There is room to exploit the scientific process to automate some part of our design workflows.
This talk hopes to inspire the listeners to push the boundaries of letting CSS drive the design.

In the projects I’ve worked on, I’ve noticed some patterns in the design outcome based on the CSS. A clean CSS codebase tends to reflect a clean design. I intend to take concrete examples from my work, and showcase the patterns I’ve noticed.

In the talk, I’ll be taking a deep dive into the following:

  • More maintainability means more reuse. And repetition is good for design.

  • Growing bigger with Repetition and How to write maintainable modules in CSS

  • How to write base styles in CSS that will improve your design

  • Minimalism in CSS, and it’s reflection on minimalistic design

  • Taking advantage of the latest Specifications and CSS preprocessors to drive design

In many ways, this idea is a work in progress. It will have it’s rough edges.
I hope to bring forth a cohesive set of arguments to drive this concept.


The radical design thinking mind

Speaker bio

Srihari worked with C42 Engineering for more than a year, and is now a partner at Nilenso. He is an engineer, with 4-5 years of ad design and 2 years of professional web development experience.

Srihari is a FOSS enthusiast, Gnome, and Gimp lover. He contributed to eclipse in GSoC’2011, made a spotlight-like tool for gimp, and contributes design occasionally to diaspora. He practices minimalistic and user centric design for the web. He loves products and seeks the thrill in solving people’s problems. He blogs, plays basketball, and performs carnatic music ocassionally.


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