Important News

Hi everyone!

We'll be holding a special going meeting with UXPA to celebrate World Usability Day! Be sure and RSVP cause space will likely be a bit limited. Stay tuned for more news about upcoming presentations!

As always, anyone who is interested in becoming an organizer of Refresh Dallas, I would love to have you on board. This is a great opportunity to gain additional leadership, planning, and organizational skills. Not only that but you'll be able to list on your resume an organization with a rich history of great presentations going back nearly 10 years! If you are interested, please contact me and I'll be happy to chat about what you can do to help improve the sustainability of this wonderful organization.

Jeff Whitfield

Next Meeting

Preston McCauley and Brandon Murray


Improving Enterprises


If you plan on attending please RSVP.

Grunt.js and Node.js has quickly become a mainstay for UX designers working in front-end development. 

You don’t have to spend weeks or even months learning Grunt.js to optimize your workflow. With a little thought and creativity you can use it to make complex every day tasks trivial. From compressing your less or sass to ftp’ing your files to server. Grunt.js can do all of this and more.

In this quick walk through we are going to give you an overview of the Grunt.js framework and how it works with Node.js. Don’t worry this will not go into the major technicalities of theses frameworks. Our focus is on getting stuff done. 

Next we are going to show you how to get Node.js and Grunt.js working on your mac / pc. Along the way we will walk you through a few conventions as we setup a very simple Grunt.js script using Javascript / Coffeescript to compile a series of less files to css, minify some javascript, and more.

Finally, we will wrap up by providing you some examples and resources to push your learning to the next level.

As a special bonus, Jeff Whitfield will give a very short introduction of, a static site generator that uses Grunt.js. 

About Preston McCauley

Preston loves pushing the boundaries by developing and designing in the latest future technologies. He is considered to be a futurist within the UX field and loves to showcase his ideas about future UX trends. 

He holds many rolls including: CEO of Project Storytime, LLC and Principle UX /Owner of Clear Site Designs, a Dallas-based consulting firm that specializes in all aspects of experience design & development.

He absolutely loves sharing his 16+ years of experience through articles, tutorials and first hand accounts of every day user experiences via his online publishing venue

He currently resides in Addison Texas and loves to help start-ups define products and bring them to life.

About Brandon Murray

Brandon is Java developer with over 15 years experience. More recently he has been converted over to mobile/ front end development specializing in building iOS apps, mobile web applications. He loves working with new technologies like, javascript/coffeescr­ipt, html5, backbone, jQuery mobile, and objective C. He is also the organizer of the Dallas parse meet up group.


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