When I was 12 years old I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. When I was 18 years old I decided that I wanted to be a high school biology and chemistry teacher. When I was 23 years old I accepted my first full-time teaching job as a high school biology and chemistry teacher. When I was 27 years old I decided that I didn’t want to be a high school biology and chemistry teacher any more.
In 1999, I left all security in that full-time teaching job behind and started my own company: Further Ahead. In growing the company I’ve been a hands-on developer, consultant, sales person, administrator, and accountant — and only three of those by choice.
I’m a well-known speaker with a reputation for inspiring and exciting the audience with practical demonstrations and techniques for making web sites and applications easier for everyone to use. In addition to technical sessions, I’m honoured to have delivered several keynote addresses at many conferences over the past 2 years and many full-day workshops focused on accessibility.
As of June 2008, I’m the Group Lead for the Web Standards Project — a grassroots coalition fighting for standards which ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.
I’m also an avid triathlete. I’m not fast, but I’m getting better. You might expect that I’d have a blog about triathlons and training. You would be correct: ironfeathers.ca
Credit goes to Aaron Gustafsson for the photo
Books from Derek
- Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM Scripting (Author)
- From Friends of Ed, released March 19th, 2007
- Be inspired by 10 web design lessons from 10 of the worlds best web designers Get creative with cutting-edge XHTML, CSS, and DOM scripting techniques Learn breathtaking design skills while remaining standards-compliant Here at friends of ED, we know th...
- Web Design in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition (Contributor)
- From O'Reilly Media, released February 21st, 2006
- Niederst discusses everything a web designer needs, from basic principles and HTML to designing for multiple browsers, cascading style sheets, and XML. For a working web designer this book will be an invaluable quick reference, and it is written well enough that...