Exploring Design: Theorists – Lea Verou

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Lea Verou Photo by: Morgan Roderick

According to The Collins English Dictionary a theorist is someone who develops an idea or a set of ideas in order to explain something.

Lea Verou, who is described by Smashing Magazine [1] as loving code and design equally is a Web designer & developer, Author, Speaker and a Research Assistant.  Her CSS book for O’Reilly explains solving problems with code as opposed to design [2].

Currently she is pursuing a PhD at MIT, doing research in Human-Computer Interaction, specifically end-user programming in the context of data-driven web applications.

She is a Research Assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C.

Software developer proponent of Dabblet [3] (an open-source web application for rapid prototyping of HTML, CSS and JavaScript), -prefix-free [3] (polyfill developing modern browers) and Prism [4] (a syntax highlighting library)

A strong advocate of Web standards and a big supporter of progressive enhancement and graceful degradation. Websites should be usable, if possible, in older browsers she told Scott Gilbertson in a 2013 interview for wired magazine. [5]


Photo by Jeffrey Zeldman Lea Verou: Deep CSS Secrets at An Event Apart Chicago 2013

She has given over 60 talks at web development conferences

She is a Web designer & developer founder at Fresset Ltd (December 2008 – December 2011) Almost everything code or design related in the company.

Her website is lea.verou.me

You can follow Lea on Twitter https://twitter.com/leaverou

A selection of her presentation videos can be found at http://lanyrd.com/profile/leaverou/video/



Verou, Lea (June 2015). CSS Secrets (1st ed.). O’Reilly Media. p. 392. ISBN 978-1-4493-7263-7.

PublicationsSmashing Book #3: Redesign The Web Smashing MediaMay 2012 Co-authored the CSS3 chapter of Smashing Book #3 with David Storey.Authors:Lea Verou, David Storey

CSS Secrets O’Reilly Media June 2015 Better solutions to everyday Web Design problems Authors: Lea Verou


  1. http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/ PrefixFree: Break Free From CSS Prefix HellBy Lea Verou Link: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/prefixfree-break-free-from-css-prefix-hell/
  2. CSS Secrets Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems By Lea Verou Publisher: O’Reilly Media Published June 2015
  3. Dabblet http://lea.verou.me/2011/12/introducing-dabblet-an-interactive-css-playground/
  4. http://lea.verou.me/2012/07/introducing-prism-an-awesome-new-syntax-highlighter/
  5. Gilbertson, Scott (15 February 2013). “Interview: Lea Verou on Why Web Standards Matter and How You Can Help”. Wired magazine (Wired).


. Photo by Morgan Roderick  http://www.flickr.com/photos/morganroderick/6982899366/in/set-72157629569953346|Original (used under the Creative Commons license)

. Photo by Jeffrey Zeldman   https://www.flickr.com/photos/zeldman/9600870404  (used under the Creative Commons license)

. Lea Verou’s CV http://lea.verou.me/cv.html

.CSS Secrets Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems By Lea Verou Publisher: O’Reilly Media Published June 2015


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