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The design conference for people who make websites.

An Event Apart Atlanta is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on multi-device web design. See the full agenda for details. Sunday from 4:00pm–7:00pm, and all day Monday and Tuesday, take a break and enjoy complimentary espresso, refreshments, snacks, and Wi-Fi at A Lounge Apart, brought to you by Squarespace. See the Monday and Tuesday schedules below for details.

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Day 1:

  1. Ten Commandments of Web Design

    Thou shalt ship. Thou shalt iterate. Love thy reader as thyself. Like their biblical predecessors, the ten commandments of modern web design can inspire us to be and do better. Learn to think noncanonically about responsive layouts, to avoid bearing false visual witness, to keep the content holy, and more.

  2. Strong Layout Systems

    CSS has been the web’s core presentation language for at least a decade, and yet it has always lacked the one thing you would instinctively expect a presentation language to possess: a strong layout system. In its absence, we latched onto floats as would a drowning man and then proceeded to pile on hack after hack after hack. There’s no denying the strategy was effective, but now that era is drawing to a close. With the recent work of the CSS Working Group and multiple vendors, strong layouts are coming to a browser near you; in fact, depending on your specific situation, they may already be here. We’ll explore the fast-emerging CSS enhancements that will one day allow us to sneer at floats the way we sneer at tables today.

  3. Billboards & Novels

    Journey into the science and technique of beautiful, functional type for the web. We’ll explore the technical landscape of screen type, detour into choosing good fonts for the work we face every day. We’ll also delve into science that will equip us to make the business case for beautiful web typography. By the end of our trip, we’ll have discovered the nuances of typesetting that can help our employers and audience get their work done, and enjoy what they’re doing along the way.

  4. Lunch

  5. It’s a Write/Read (Mobile) Web

    On the surface, content is king online. But digging deeper into the underbelly of the web reveals a complex ecosystem of communication and contribution that shapes the web and how we interact with it. What lessons can we learn from the web’s inner workings as we move to a mobile-driven, multi-device internet? Luke will not only lift the covers on where we need to focus our efforts but share lots of practical advice on how as well.

  6. Responsive and Responsible

    Building responsive websites with progressive enhancement allows us to create flexible, future-friendly web experiences that support the widest possible audience with a single front-end codebase. But as we continue to embrace the ever-increasing contexts in which our sites are used, performance and accessibility must remain our highest priorities; we must continually question each code addition, and improve our techniques to ensure they’re best serving users’ needs. This talk will explore the challenges of creating fast and reliable responsive websites, consider common pitfalls, and offer approaches to address them in a responsible way.

  7. Designing for Touch

    Handheld touchscreen design introduces genuine ergonomic issues; it’s no longer just how your pixels look but also how they feel. Learn practical guidelines for touchscreen ergonomics on phones, tablets, and hybrid devices. Among the design patterns and finger-friendly techniques you’ll take home: when and how to embed gestures in your site; how to avoid thumb sprain with the all-too-common endless scroll; how to use sensors to speed or replace touch input; why extra taps are a good thing on small screens; and how complexity can be fat fingers’ new BFF.

  8. A Lounge Apart, brought to you by Squarespace

    We invite you to take a break at A Lounge Apart - a place to chat, check your email, grab a drink, or relax between sessions. A Lounge Apart offers complimentary refreshments and snacks throughout the day with a full open bar starting at 5 p.m. on Monday. There are comfy couches as well as chargers for laptops and mobile devices. Come in and talk shop, beer, Squarespace... or don't talk at all. We're cool with that. Additionally, Squarespace will grant 100 attendees a free Squarespace Developer account for one year (a $240 value) after the event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

  9. Opening Night Party

    Fado Irish Pub
    273 Buckhead Avenue
    Atlanta, GA 30305
    (404) 841-0066

    Media Temple’s opening night parties for An Event Apart are legendary. Join the speakers and hundreds of fellow attendees for great conversation, lively debate, loud music, hot snacks, and a seemingly endless stream of grown-up beverages.  Please RSVP if you’re coming so we’re sure to have enough on hand for everyone!

Day 2:

  1. The Spirit of the Web

    With the explosion of web-enabled devices of all shapes and sizes, the practice of web design and development seems more complex than ever. But if we can learn to see below this overwhelming surface to the underlying web beneath, we can learn to make sites not for specific devices but for the people using them. This presentation will demonstrate how tried and tested principles like REST and progressive enhancement are more important than ever. By embracing the spirit of the web, you can ensure that your websites are backwards compatible and future friendly.

  2. Care to Compare

    As users interact with your website, they take a journey through decisions. Colleen will explain principles from decision science and what they mean for the design and content of your comparisons. You’ll learn why the comparison is a pivot point that will either move your users forward or stop their journey altogether. And, you’ll get practical techniques to transform your comparisons from a neglected dump of content to a useful and compelling guide. No matter whether your site offers products, services, or information, better comparisons will lead more users to decide in your favor.

  3. The Mobile Content Mandate

    You don’t get to decide which device people use to access your content: they do. By 2015, more people will access the internet via mobile devices than on traditional computers; in the US today, nearly one-third of people who browse the internet on their mobile phone say that’s the only way they go online. It’s time to stop avoiding the issue by saying “no one will ever want to do that on mobile;” chances are, someone already wants to. In this session, Karen will discuss why you need to deliver content wherever your customer wants to consume it, and explain how to get started with your mobile content strategy—defining what you want to publish, what the relationship should be between your mobile and desktop site, and how your editorial workflow and content management tools need to evolve.

  4. Lunch

  5. The Real Me: Personality in Design

    While some companies use their brand as an opaque facade to hide questionable practices, others are opening up to their audience and sharing their true personality. The result is a more honest relationship with customers. We will share real world examples of personality in action, explore key business benefits, discuss how to create a design persona, and explain the relationship between brand voice (which must be constant in all media) and tone (which varies in each situation).

  6. Silo-Busting with Scenarios

    Perhaps the biggest cause of bad user experiences is the organizational silo: customers have to talk with three different groups to fix one problem, or use a mobile app that’s nothing like the desktop site, or deal with a retail store associate who has no idea what’s offered online. In this session, Kim will show you how effective scenarios can shift everyone’s perspective away from internal structures. You’ll learn what makes an effective scenario and what scenarios can do that use cases and user stories seldom can.

  7. It’s a Great Time To Be a UX Designer

    After years of wishing we’d be recognized and appreciated for the value we bring, we designers are now highly sought after. The demand for great design has never been higher! Yet, while we’re presented with more opportunities than ever, we also face increased challenges. Mobile design requires us to rethink how we design for screens and interaction. Agile methodology forces us to critically reevaluate best processes and techniques. Learn how we can deliver world-changing designs while our own world is dramatically shifting under our feet.

  8. A Lounge Apart, brought to you by Squarespace

    We invite you to take a break at A Lounge Apart - a place to chat, check your email, grab a drink, or relax between sessions. A Lounge Apart offers complimentary refreshments and snacks throughout the day with a full open bar starting at 5 p.m. on Monday. There are comfy couches as well as chargers for laptops and mobile devices. Come in and talk shop, beer, Squarespace... or don't talk at all. We're cool with that. Additionally, Squarespace will grant 100 attendees a free Squarespace Developer account for one year (a $240 value) after the event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Day 3:

  1. Co-Design, Not Redesign

    Organizations continue to pile features and fixes onto the redesign process. Companies that overlooked mobile are making big changes in a panic, while those with designs suitable for any device aren’t sure what to do next. One thing that won’t change is that people crave easier, faster, and more widespread access to their information and tools. Learn how service design thinking, lean approaches to user experience, and co-design processes offer an alternative to the money pit, and deliver experiences that delight your users.

  2. A Modern Designer’s Canvas

    Finding the right medium to express our ideas on the modern web, without becoming intoxicated by our processes or falling in love with our tools, takes courage. Summing up two days of learning, designer Andrew Clarke shares the lessons that he’s learned that will help you to take what you’ve learned at this conference and build on it to make something even better.

  3. The Map & The Territory

    When we create for the web, we participate in a kind of public art. We code, we design, we build for an audience, shaping digital experiences that provide a service, or that create joy, or that simply connect readers with words written half a world away. But in this session we’ll revisit what we’ve learned about responsive design, and ensure our content, not just our design, is readily accessible to them wherever and whenever they are. In doing so, we’ll look at some ways in which our audience reshapes the way we think about our medium, and see where they might be leading us—and the web—next.

  4. HTML5 APIs Will Change the Web… And Your Designs

    For the last twenty years, we have been creating websites from inside of a certain set of constraints—inside the limits of the technology that runs the web. We became so used to those constraints, we stopped thinking about them. But HTML5 changes many of these limits. The new HTML specs define a lot more than markup—there’s a lot about databases, communication protocols, and how websites & browsers talk to each other. It’s radical stuff that will redefine the creature formerly known as the “web page.” In this talk, Jen will walk us through the new possibilities created by HTML5’s APIs and how they will shape the web of the future.

  5. Strong Layout Systems

    CSS has been the web’s core presentation language for at least a decade, and yet it has always lacked the one thing you would instinctively expect a presentation language to possess: a strong layout system. In its absence, we latched onto floats as would a drowning man and then proceeded to pile on hack after hack after hack. There’s no denying the strategy was effective, but now that era is drawing to a close. With the recent work of the CSS Working Group and multiple vendors, strong layouts are coming to a browser near you; in fact, depending on your specific situation, they may already be here. We’ll explore the fast-emerging CSS enhancements that will one day allow us to sneer at floats the way we sneer at tables today.

  6. Mobile First Responsive Web Design

    Mobile first and responsive web design aren’t simply two great tastes that go great together—they represent far more than that. Mobile first responsive web design is the responsible way to build responsive design—the best way to create something that is both responsive from a layout and a performance perspective. But if mobile first is the right way to approach responsive design, then why are so few people doing it? Dig into why mobile first responsive design matters, and the techniques needed to make it work.

  7. The Real Me: Personality in Design

    While some companies use their brand as an opaque facade to hide questionable practices, others are opening up to their audience and sharing their true personality. The result is a more honest relationship with customers. We will share real world examples of personality in action, explore key business benefits, discuss how to create a design persona, and explain the relationship between brand voice (which must be constant in all media) and tone (which varies in each situation).

  8. A Lounge Apart, brought to you by Squarespace

    We invite you to take a break at A Lounge Apart, in the Hopkins Boardroom—a place to chat, check your email, grab an espresso, or relax between sessions. A Lounge Apart offers complimentary refreshments and snacks throughout the day with an open bar starting at 5:00pm. on Monday. There are comfy couches as well as chargers for mobile devices. Come in and talk shop, beer, Squarespace... or don't talk at all. We're cool with that. Additionally, Squarespace will grant 100 attendees a free Squarespace Developer account for one year (a $240 value) after the event. Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Venue

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta 3315 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326

The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta has arranged a special room rate of $199 plus free internet access for AEA attendees. To get these savings, call (404) 946-9000 and request the “special An Event Apart room rate.”

The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta sets high standards of quality with international flair and southern hospitality. This non-smoking hotel on Peachtree Road puts you close to the Buckhead community’s thriving business and shopping districts, and provides easy access to attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, the High Museum of Art, the New World of Coca-Cola, and the CNN Studio Tour.