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The design conference for people who make websites.

An Event Apart Seattle 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. 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. 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. 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.

  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

    Buckley’s in Belltown
    2331 2nd Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98121
    (206) 588-8879

    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. Just Enough Research

    Every product, service, or interface we design in the safety and comfort of our workplaces has to survive and thrive in the real world. This means countless strangers will be using our creations in a chaotic environment over which we have no control. Research is the key to grounding ideas in reality and improving the odds of success, but research can be a very scary word. It may sound like money you don’t have, time you can’t spare, and expertise you have to seek. Fear no more. Learn practical, effective, efficient techniques that work within any design and development process to give you invaluable insight into your users and what they need and value. Not only will you reduce the risk of a wrong guess, you’ll also uncover new opportunities for innovation.

  3. The Nimble Process: Think Before You Design

    Design processes vary from person to person, but there is always room to improve and evolve the way we work. We have many tools to help us achieve polished designs earlier than ever now, but many times knowing which tool or method to choose when can influence the strength of our ideas. Is analog better that digital? At what point do you start working in a browser instead of Photoshop? Learn how getting ideas out quickly through prototyping, sketching, and iteration can help you work and test more quickly, while also working smarter.

  4. Lunch

  5. What Clients Don’t Know (and Why It’s Your Fault)

    When in-house or external clients go out in search of design they often have no idea how to describe what they need, measure what they’re looking for, or evaluate who they might work for and subsequently, the work that’s produced. As designers it’s our job to help site owners and stakeholders figure these things out and to give them the tools and knowledge they need to evaluate whether what we do is what they need. Without that insight clients have nothing to go on but gut instinct and subjectivity. Learn how to give your clients and stakeholders the mental tools and vocabulary they need to help you create more successful sites.

  6. 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).

  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. Workshop: 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 workshop follows An Event Apart Seattle and runs 9:00am-4:00pm on Wednesday, April 03. You can register online and save over $100 when you sign up for both An Event Apart and the workshop.

    Note: The workshop is not a hands-on learning session; 300 or more people typically attend.

The Venue

Bell Harbor Conference Center 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66 Seattle, WA 98121

Gorgeously situated at Pier 66 on the downtown Seattle waterfront, Bell Harbor provides stunning views of the city, and across Elliott Bay to Mt Rainier, plus easy walking proximity to the shops and restaurants of world-famous Pike Place Market. Oh, and did we mention that the facility brags wonderfully comfortable seating, world-class Wi-Fi, and fine catering to keep your tummy happy while you feed your brain with design and code?