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The Happy Cog Way

When Jeffrey Zeldman started our studio in 1999, he established an ethos of openness, sharing, and teaching. Since that time, Happy Cog practitioners have spoken at conferences, written articles, authored books, and published code for others in the industry to learn from our experiences—good and bad.

Earlier this year, Happy Cog partnered with my publishing business, Mijingo, in an effort to share the knowledge of Happy Cog’s many team members and to teach, enable, and empower professionals in what we practice every day.

It is with this heritage and partnership in mind that, this week, we launched The Happy Cog Way, a series of eight instructional courses created and taught by our team. Each course includes a training video, professional transcript, recorded roundtable discussion with the Happy Cog team, and supplemental materials like checklists, talking points, sample code, and additional resources.

Many of the courses were recorded in our Austin office, in a room we created for the purpose of audio and video production. The walls are lined with sound absorption panels; professional mics are mounted on booms; we’ve built a small studio with big goals for expanding in the future. A similar setup is planned for our brand new office in Philadelphia.

Roundtable Discussion

Recording the roundtable discussion for Stephen Caver’s Fundamentals of HTML5 course.

This week, we opened up access to the first video in the series: HTML Prototyping by Senior Designer Patrick Marsceill. Next week, we’ll release the course Responsive Web Design by Designer Sophie Shepherd.

To help make our courses affordable for everyone, we’re offering the entire bundle of courses for only $99 through October 8, 2013. Here is a complete list of the topics we’ll cover:

  • HTML Prototyping
  • Responsive Web Design
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Sass
  • Type Systems
  • Grids
  • Website Deployment

We also want to do something special here at Cognition. Beginning next week, a different member of the Happy Cog team will tackle a topic from The Happy Cog Way right here in this space. These won’t be excerpts from a video transcript or a rehash of what we already talk about in the courses. The upcoming Cognition articles will be completely new pieces on each topic, from a different perspective.

We love sharing our experiences, and we hope you’ll enjoy the upcoming articles and learn something new along the way.

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