We're technologists who are passionate about the mobile web. Cloud Four started when, many years ago, our initial team of four noticed something was changing in our world: connected, portable, always-on devices were becoming mainstream. We left behind our traditional web jobs and came together in 2007 to form Cloud Four, a Portland, Oregon based company laser focused on mobile web technology. It was a good bet to make: within a year we saw products like the first iPhone transform the mobile world.
In our first five years, we've taken on dozens of web projects, founded a local organization, spoken at innumerable conferences and workshops, and most recently we wrote the book on mobile web development. We've also added staff, so we should more appropriately be called Cloud Seven, but hey, we had already printed up a bunch of business cards.
Here at Cloud Four, we live, breathe, and dream the mobile web. If you're ready to engage with us about your mobile project, please drop us a line!
Loves: travel, reading, beauty, the Internet, anachronistic hobbies
Dislikes: chicken liver, putting the duvet cover on the duvet
In 2000, Jason Grigsby got his first mobile phone. He became obsessed with how the world could be a better place if everyone had access to the world's information in their pockets. But WAP was crap so he headed back to the desktop web for several years.
Now Jason spends far too much time thinking about mobile. He founded Mobile Portland a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, promoting and supporting Portland’s mobile community. He co-authored Head First Mobile Web. He is frequently asked to speak about mobile technology and strategy.
The front-endiest of the folks at Cloud Four, Aileen spends much of her time digging around in CSS, shaking her head at browser incongruities and feeling badly about her umask settings. Notable recent achievements include reaching the "acceptance" stage of mourning the death of pixel perfection.
Pro: Tomato red, inset box shadows, browsers that support rgba background colors, Portland
Anti: devices with browsers that only display one or two fonts (looking at you Galaxy S, Kindle Fire and Windows Mobile!)
Secret Shame: preferring the lowercase t in Arial over Helvetica
Tweeting occasionally as @aileen_jeffries
John really likes making well crafted, high performance, usable web services. Good thing, since he's been doing it for more than fifteen years. He's less enthusiastic about exquisite design at the expense of beautiful functionality, but appreciates great design when he sees it. John is a co-founder of several companies - Kavi, Cloud Four, and Lucid Meetings - and is fortunate to have worked with many, many people who are much smarter than him. Get to know him via @jtkeith2.
In his copious spare time, Chris is a writer for This American Life, Mental_Floss Magazine, and lots of other publications. In a previous life, he developed a series of iOS apps for kids, including Peekaboo Barn. He especially enjoys writing about himself in the third person. You can keep track of his tweedy literary endeavors at chrishiggins.com and mildly amusing tweets at @chrishiggins.
Erik is a front-end developer with a decade of experience designing and building things for the web. His primary interests are application architecture patterns, open-source development tools, micro-frameworks, and web fonts. When he's not busy overthinking class names or tweaking type sizes, he enjoys adding to his record collection and film lexicon. You can follow his infrequently shared thoughts at @erikjung.
Loves: lists, order, cupcakes, boots
Dislikes: chaos, IPAs, budget overruns, birds
Tyler’s a designer who isn’t afraid of HTML, CSS, UX, IA or any other acronyms foolish enough to cross his path. He’s also the designerly half of Backabit, makers of fine games for iOS.
This mobile revolution is upon us, and your business needs a website that works on as many devices as possible. Head First Mobile Web is a comprehensive, practical guide to the mobile web, written by Cloud Four co-founders Lyza Gardner and Jason Grigsby.
What we have done lately.