Idea Foundry: Training by Collective Idea

Hands-on Training Takes a Holiday

Sidebar Workshop Holland, Michigan

Learn front-end development from design to implementation with 4 amazing instructors.

In this full-day workshop from Sidebar Creative, you’ll learn how to plan, design, optimize, build and add interaction to your front-end templates using the latest proven web standards techniques and time-saving tips for production in the real-world.

Basic knowledge of XHTML & CSS, and either Photoshop or Fireworks will help you get the most out of your day (bring your laptop to follow along with the examples).


Dan Rubin

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An experienced visual designer with over 10 years in the industry, Dan’s ability to see things from the user’s point of view is invaluable.

Steve Smith

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A designer, developer, and university educator. Steve can put his knowledge of the web to use in your project — or teach it to your people.

Jonathan Snook

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Working in all aspects of development — from client- and server-side to IA and design — Jonathan’s experience is an asset to any project.

Bryan Veloso

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A designer with a passion for beautiful things. Bryan’s ability to find the correct balance in any design situation is second to none.


CityFlats Hotel

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The Sidebar Workshop training will be held at the CityFlats Hotel located in Holland, Michigan.

Recently certified LEED Gold, CityFlats is a beautiful and comfortable venue for the week.

CityFlats is offering a great rate of $109/night, discounted from $189, for the training. Contact us for details.

There are several other options nearby

Holland, Michigan

A picturesque city on the shore of Lake Michigan, Holland is a beautiful and welcoming place to learn, play and relax.

You'll truly feel like you're on vacation.

How to get here

  • Air

    We're a short ride from Grand Rapids International Airport (GRR). We provide a free shuttle.

  • Road

    Less than 3 hours driving from Chicago or Detroit. Free parking on-site.

  • Rail

    Amtrak trains leave daily from Chicago and arrive 2 blocks from the hotel.

  • Water

    Ferries run from Milwaukee, WI to nearby Muskegon, MI. If you're bringing a yacht, we can help arrange docking.



The workshop will run from 8am–4pm. From 4–5pm Bryan, Dan, Jonathan and Steve will answer your questions, critique your work, make fun of each other—this is where you get to direct the show. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.


After 5:00, join us at the next-door microbrewery for a casual and relaxed few hours of conversation—invite your friends, too!

Idea Foundry will be picking up the the food & drink tab, so you'll want to be there.

Things to bring and take home

A Laptop. Any OS will do. We use Macs, but are friendly towards Windows, Linux, or whatever else you may have. We'll help you get set up before you come.

The first day, we'll give you a book of everything we'll cover in the training. You'll also get access to all the source code we use in examples.

Friends & Family

We warmly welcome you to bring your family or significant other (we've even had roommates and pets). They're welcome to join us at our evening events, and there is lots to do within walking distance during the day. We're glad to give suggestions. So whether you stick with the group or go off on your own, you'll enjoy your stay.


May weather in Michigan, while usually beautiful, can go either way, so bring shorts and a jacket. Averages range from 69°F down to 46°F at night.