Christopher Schmitt

Christopher Schmitt

Author of HTML5 Cookbook at O'Reilly Media

Austin, Texas Area
Online Media

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Christopher Schmitt's Overview

  • Conference Chair at AIGA In Control 2009 Web Design Workshop Conference
  • Digital Communications Director at AIGA Cincinnati
  • IT Project Manager at Senator Claude Pepper Foundation
  • Author of Professional CSS at Wrox
  • Author of Adobe Photoshop in 10 Simple Steps or Less at Wiley
  • Author of Designing CSS Web Pages at New Riders
  • Senior Design Technologist, Production Lead at MindComet
  • Co-Author of XML, HTML, XHTML Magic at New Riders
  • President at Media Collective, Inc.

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Christopher Schmitt's Summary

Christopher Schmitt is the founder of, Inc., a small new media publishing and design firm, based in Tallahassee, Florida.

An award-winning web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid 90s while he was an undergraduate at Florida State University working on a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Graphic Design.

Afterwards, he earned a Masters in Communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies while obtaining a graduate certificate in Project Management from FSU’s College of Communication.

At conferences such as Web Visions and SXSW, Christopher has given talks demonstrating the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is the list moderator for Babble, a mailing list community devoted to advanced web design and development topics.

On his personal Web site, Christopher shows his true colors and most recent activities. He is 6’7” and doesn't play professional basketball but wouldn't mind a good game of chess.


Interactive Project Management, Web Production Management, Web Development, Web design, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, Cross-platform development, ColdFusion, PHP, Cross-browser Testing, Microsoft Access, MySQL, Information Architecture, Interface Design, Section 508/Accessibility Search Engine Optimization

Christopher Schmitt's Experience

Author of CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition

O'Reilly & Associates

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

December 2009Present (4 years 10 months)

Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; E-Learning industry

November 2009Present (4 years 11 months)

Creative Director

December 2001Present (12 years 10 months)

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Internet industry

November 2010February 2012 (1 year 4 months)

Responsibilities including leading a group of volunteers to help promote and revise the web design and development education curriculum. Worked to successfully license the curriculum to The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Author of CSS Cookbook, 2nd Edition

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

January 2006December 2009 (4 years)

As the industry standard method for enriching the presentation of HTML-based web pages, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allow you to give web pages more structure and a more sophisticated look. But first, you have to get past CSS theory and resolve real-world problem.

For those all-too-common dilemmas that crop up with each project, CSS Cookbook provides hundreds of practical examples with CSS code recipes that you can use immediately to format your web pages. Arranged in a quick-lookup format for easy reference, the second edition has been updated to explain the unique behavior of the latest browsers: Microsoft's IE 7 and Mozilla's Firefox 2. Also, the book has been expanded to cover the interaction of CSS and images and now includes more recipes for beginning CSS users.

Digital Director

AIGA Cincinnati

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Design industry

October 2008October 2009 (1 year 1 month)

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Design industry

December 2008June 2009 (7 months)

Designed and organized a unique, workshop-focused Web design conference.

Digital Communications Director

AIGA Cincinnati

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Design industry

May 2008September 2008 (5 months)

IT Project Manager

Senator Claude Pepper Foundation

May 2005June 2007 (2 years 2 months)

Develop and oversee the digitization and migration of late Florida Senator Claude Pepper’s multi-million dollar collection.

Author of Professional CSS


November 2004July 2005 (9 months)

As the preferred technology for Web design, cascading style sheets (CSS) enable Web designers and developers to define consistent styles on multiple pages. Written by leading CSS authors who are also professional programmers and designers, this is the first book to showcase examples of high-profile, real-world Web sites created by world-famous designers using CSS.

Each chapter offers an exploratory look at each designer's process from start to finish and how he overcame each site's unique set of challenges. You'll learn what each designer would have done differently as well as various CSS tips and techniques that were used for each site. This is a resource to which you can turn regularly for more know-how and insights into designing large-scale, professional-level Web sites with CSS.

Author of Adobe Photoshop in 10 Simple Steps or Less


June 2003January 2004 (8 months)

If you are looking to create exciting Web graphics and need to define and edit images quickly and easily, then this book is for you--whether you’re new to Adobe’s latest graphics editing software or you need a refresher on Photoshop’s wide range of resources. Open the book and you’ll discover clear, easy-to-follow instructions for more than 250 key Photoshop tasks, each presented in ten quick steps--or less. Easy - to - navigate pages, lots of screen shots, and to-the-point directions guide you through every common (and not so common) Photoshop challenge--and help you get more done in less time.

Author of Designing CSS Web Pages

New Riders

November 2001September 2002 (11 months)

Go beyond the mechanics of CSS to how to think in the language of web design, and avoid the common pitfalls. Full of examples and deconstruction's to aid in understanding CSS and its application. The ability to use of Cascading Style Sheets is fast becoming a vital tool in the web professional's toolkit. But understanding how to use CSS is not intuitive--it requires a new way of thinking when it comes to building web pages. This book encourages web designers to look at the perceived limitations of the web as a new challenge to their design skills--without relying on HTML for presentation of pages.

The overall theme is to instruct readers to build pages by using relative design techniques: understanding the relationship within the dynamic space of the web rather than the fixed-design "old-school" notions that have been in use for so long.

Senior Design Technologist, Production Lead


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

March 2000November 2001 (1 year 9 months)

Production manager of internal and client Web projects, search engine marketing, internal Web development education sessions, technical documentation and copy writing. Also researched technologies and refined processes in order to improve workflow.

Co-Author of XML, HTML, XHTML Magic

New Riders

June 2000September 2001 (1 year 4 months)

XML, HTML, XHTML Magic is a set of short projects that demonstrate Web authoring techniques. Aimed at Web professionals, it is nicely laid out with an unusually wide page size, making it easier to display code samples and screen illustrations alongside the text.


Media Collective, Inc.

December 1998February 2000 (1 year 3 months)

Sales, managing client relationships, leading production duties, integrating Web design and IT development.

Christopher Schmitt's Certifications

  • Responsive Media

    • License 72E8C8
    • June 2014
  • Twitter Essential Training (2009)

    • License CE2BC6
    • May 2009

Christopher Schmitt's Skills & Expertise

  1. Information Architecture
  2. LAMP
  3. iPhone
  4. Web Design
  5. CSS
  6. User Interface Design
  7. Web Development
  8. HTML
  9. JavaScript
  10. User Interface
  11. PHP
  12. Graphic Design
  13. Flash
  14. SEO
  15. HTML 5
  16. MySQL
  17. Photoshop
  18. Web Analytics
  19. Usability
  20. Illustration
  21. XML
  22. SEM
  23. Accessibility
  24. Copywriting
  25. Web Standards
  26. User Experience
  27. WordPress
  28. Web Applications
  29. Interaction Design
  30. User-centered Design
  31. User Experience Design
  32. Dreamweaver
  33. Adobe Fireworks
  34. Mobile Applications
  35. Adobe Creative Suite
  36. Google Analytics
  37. Multimedia
  38. Front-end
  39. CMS

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Christopher Schmitt's Publications

  • Designing Web & Mobile Graphics

    • PeachPit
    • December 29, 2012

    Graphics are key to the user experience of online content, especially now that users are accessing that content on a multitude of devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

    This book provides foundational methodology for optimal use of graphics that begins with HTML and CSS, and delves into the worlds of typography, color, transparency, accessibility, imagery, and layout for optimal delivery on all the different devices people use today.

    It serves beginners and intermediate web builders alike with a complete foundation needed to create successful illustrative and navigational imagery for web and mobile.

    Coverage includes:

    - lessons on typography, icons, color, and images
    - the latest information on HTML5, CSS3, and other modern technologies
    - in-depth exploration of image formats: GIF, PNG, JPEG, and SVG
    - ways to employ adaptive strategies for responsive web design

  • HTML5 Cookbook

    • O'Reilly Media
    • November 28, 2011

    With scores of practical recipes you can use in your projects right away, this cookbook helps you gain hands-on experience with HTML5’s versatile collection of elements. You get clear solutions for handling issues with everything from markup semantics, web forms, and audio and video elements to related technologies such as geolocation and rich JavaScript APIs.

    Each informative recipe includes sample code and a detailed discussion on why and how the solution works. Perfect for intermediate to advanced web and mobile web developers, this handy book lets you choose the HTML5 features that work for you—and helps you experiment with the rest.

  • InterACT with Web Standards

    • New Riders
    • May 26, 2010

    Laying the foundation for a solid understanding of Web design, this book weaves together industry best practices and standards-based design techniques. Built on practical examples and short exercises crafted to help readers learn quickly and retain information, InterACT with Web Standards covers everything from Internet Fundamentals to building sites with HTML5 and CSS.

Christopher Schmitt's Education

Florida State University

Master of Science, Communication: Interactive and New Media Technologies


Also earned Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the College of Communication.

Florida State University

Bachelor of Science, Studio Art with Emphasis on Graphic Deisgn


Christopher Schmitt's Additional Information

Honors and Awards:

Como Award
Cool Site in a Day
Cool Site of the Month
Gold Addy: Best of Interactive
High Five Award for Excellence in Site Design

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