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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. Designing for the Responsive, Retina-Friendly Web

    Designing for the flexible web has become a building block system of trial and error. Our workflow foundations from years ago, when the web was a very different place, are now showing cracks when it comes to creating responsive sites. We are desperately in need of a refresh, and, with practical advice aplenty, Sarah will show you how to achieve it. Learn about planning a responsive site, designing and enhancing for retina display, and the taboo subject of pricing.

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  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

    Quality Social
    789 6th Avenue
    San Diego, CA 92101
    (619) 501-7675

    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 so we can be sure there’s enough for everyone!

     

Day 2:

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. Lunch

  5. Upping Your Type Game

    Ever since web fonts became widely available and standards compliant, web designers worldwide have entered into a torrid love affair with type. It's amazing to see live typefaces replace type-as-image stand-ins. But before you consider yourself a typographical expert, hear Jessica out. She will give you more than a lesson on how to use type online. She'll cover type history and terminology that will make your clients cower at your expertise; review the available services; and talk candidly about which are appropriate to use in different circumstances and which are dangerous to the type industry. She'll end with tips on how to make good typographical choices that would do seasoned self-proclaimed type-nerds proud.

  6. Feedback Without Frustration

    Is it possible for developers, designers and clients to talk about designs without wanting to kill each other? Yes! All creators need to know how to solicit and respond to feedback on their work if they want to make truly great things. It starts with an honest look at mistakes creatives make when talking about their work, the dark arts of facilitation, and being a leader instead of just a maker. You'll learn insider tricks for all of these and more in this talk.

  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. A Day Apart: Workshop Day: The Web Everywhere – Multi-Device Web Design

    The web no longer starts and ends on our desktop and laptop computers. Today, the tremendous growth of mobile devices is turning more and more people into multi-device and, as a result, cross-device users. Designing for this reality requires new ways of thinking and building for the web.

    Join Luke Wroblewski, author of Mobile First (A Book Apart, 2012), for an up-to-the-minute, in-depth look at today’s multi-device ecosystem. Learn how mobile provides a foundation for this new reality, how to build on this foundation to reach an ever-increasing set of devices, and where the web will take us next.

    Packed with all-new material, this is an absolutely essential workshop for anyone designing digital experiences in today’s rapidly changing multi-device environment.

    This full-day session follows An Event Apart San Diego and runs 9:00am-4:00pm on Wednesday, May 22. You can register online and save over $100 when you sign up for all three days.

The Venue

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina 333 W Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101-7709

A centerpiece of the San Diego Bay, the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina has arranged special room rates for An Event Apart attendees: just $259/night for a single or double plus free internet access. Call (800) 228-9290 and request the “An Event Apart special rate.” Limited rooms are available at this rate, so don’t delay.

Set in an environment that easily transitions from dynamic meetings to resort-style relaxation and steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, the downtown location provides convenient access to championship golf and popular attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World San Diego, and LEGOLAND California. The hotel features renovated guest rooms with sweeping bay views, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an enticing pool area, and top-notch cuisine at waterfront restaurants.