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 touch-based design with Josh Clark.
Avoid the check-in line Monday morning by checking in Sunday afternoon just outside the Bay Auditorium at Bell Harbor. We will be fully staffed to get you checked in for the event and to answer any event questions you might have. Be the first to get all the goodies and breeze into the auditorium the next morning!
Understanding Web Design▼
When the institutions we have appointed to judge our best work do not understand the nature or value of that work, then our clients, bosses, and coworkers won’t understand it either. And their lack of understanding can put crippling limits on your professional happiness, your long-term career, and the success of your next project. It is hard enough to achieve good design when every stakeholder on your team understands it. But when half the people on your team, possibly including some key “creatives,” don’t know what you do or why you do it, it becomes impossible to deliver good design—design that delights, that achieves business goals and user goals, that creates communities, and that gives people capabilities they didn’t even know they wanted. Discover how to find the essence of our profession, and learn to become the ambassador for web design that our work and your career deserve.
The Future of Responsive Typography▼
It's a challenging time to be a type designer, but an exciting time for people who make apps and websites. Find out why just putting "real fonts" on the web isn't good enough. Learn about new fonts designed from the ground up to make reading on digital screens a joy instead of a challenge. Take a look at new standards that will give screen designers the same abilities print designers have enjoyed for centuries. Glimpse the future of responsive (and context-specific) type on the web; discover tricks and techniques that can get us almost all the way there today; and find out what we can do as a community to put hacks behind us and bring the experience of great typography to the web for good.
Faster Design Decisions with Style Tiles▼
Diving into responsive design projects can be daunting. Old design practices are cumbersome when thinking in terms of web systems that will span a wide variety of devices and dimensions. What if we had an artifact that not only helped us communicate with clients, but allowed for developers to jump into the project earlier? Style tiles are a design artifact consisting of fonts, colors and interface elements that communicate the essence of a visual brand for the web. They create a strong foundation early in the web design process for talking with clients, establishing a visual language, and working iteratively with developers. Learn how to apply design principles and bring confidence and agility to your process by using style tiles.
When many of us were kids, screen time was how long we were allowed to sit in front of a TV. Screen time today is much more complex. People increasingly move between and simultaneously use screens of various sizes, proportions, and quality as they get online each day. From working around the differences in contrast between devices, to adjusting UI to compensate for different viewing differences; from RESS techniques to combine the best of server-side and responsive techniques, to the magic of vertical media queries and much more, you will gain a deeper understanding of screen time today, and explore new ways to design effective cross-screen experiences for tomorrow.
As web professionals, our jobs require more cross-team collaboration than ever, and that means it’s getting tougher to delineate our disciplines. When was the last time you did “just” design, content, or code? It’s no longer an option to only care about what’s on your plate. Drawing from her experience as a “content therapist,” Kristina will share insights about how curiosity, empathy, and shared ambition will help us all build a better web.
UX Strategy Means Business▼
We are in an age where poor user experiences become the focus of nationwide attention. One doesn’t need to look beyond recent catastrophes, such as Apple’s iOS6 Maps, Healthcare.gov, and the demise of Blackberry’s smartphone to see the necessity of getting the experience right. Yet, what do we know about ensuring that our next design isn’t going down the same road as those that have failed before us? We need to understand how design integrates with our organization’s strategy, to be certain that we’re supporting and enhancing it, not taking away from it. You’ll learn how to integrate user experience strategy with your business’s objectives.
Opening Night Party▼
Amazon is proud to host the opening night cocktail party for An Event Apart attendees. Continue the conference excitement and head to the Amazon campus to mix and mingle with designers from the Kindle and Shopping teams. This will be a great opportunity to socialize with design leaders from the conference, Amazon, and the design community.
Amazon Shuttle provided from the Bell Harbor Conference Center to the Amazon campus. Shuttle rides begin at 7:00pm, running every 30 minutes. Please RSVP so we’re sure to have enough food and beverages for everyone!
The Long Web▼
The pace of change in our industry is relentless. New frameworks, processes, and technologies are popping up daily. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you are not alone. Let's take a step back and look at the over-arching trajectory of web design. Instead of focussing all our attention on the real-time web, let's see which design principles and development approaches have stood the test of the time. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but those who can learn from the past will create a future-friendly web.
Putting Your UI in Motion With CSS▼
SVG is for Everybody▼
While SVG isn’t exactly new, browser support is just getting to the point that we can use it without much worry. Even if we do need fallbacks for older browsers, modern tools make it easy. This makes now the perfect time to learn about SVG and how it can help you in everyday web design. Perhaps the most compelling reason: SVG images look sharp at any dimension with tiny file sizes—which is great for making responsive websites responsibly. You’ll also learn how SVG helps to easily create complex shapes, and how to use it to make icons that are more accessible than with any other web-based icon creation technique. You’ll learn how SVG can make customized complex graphics on the fly, create compelling animations and other interactions, and empower some pretty great designerly effects. We’ll end by discovering a cornucopia of SVG source materials that are easy to find and even easier to work with.
Mind the Gap: Designing in the Space Between Devices▼
There’s untapped magic in the gaps between gadgets. As devices multiply, the new opportunity is less about designing individual screens and more about designing interactions between them—often without using a screen at all! Learn to create web and app experiences that share control among multiple devices, using not only screens but sensors. The technology is already here in our pockets, handbags, and living rooms. Learn how to use it right now.
How Designers Destroyed the World▼
Designers have a responsibility, not only to themselves and to their clients, but also to the wider world. We are designers because we love to create, but creation without responsibility breeds destruction. Every day, designers all over the world work on projects without giving any thought or consideration to the impact that work has on the world around them. This needs to change. In this bluntly honest talk, Mike will invite you to consider your responsibilities as a designer and embrace your role as gatekeeper. You’ll learn how to increase your influence and be moved to use your powers for good.
How To Champion Ideas Back At Work▼
An Event Apart, as the name says, is special indeed. But what happens when you leave? How will you act on what you’ve learned? This talk by master of design evangelism Berkun will show you how to bend the brains of your coworkers and clients to your will! You’ll get great advice on educating, inspiring and leading people who weren’t even at the show. Don’t miss this fun closing talk that will ensure you get as much value from your time after An Event Apart as you did during.
Workshop: Designing for Touch▼
Touchscreens are everywhere now, even the desktop, and this workshop tells you what you need to know to make the most of them. Fingers and thumbs turn desktop design conventions on their head, with the ergonomics of handheld devices demanding entirely new design patterns for both web and apps. Handheld touchscreen design introduces ergonomic concerns that are new to many digital designers; it’s no longer just how your pixels look but also how they feel.
At the same time, touch gestures have the opportunity to sweep away buttons, menus, and windows from mobile devices—but gesture design takes care and education. Find out how to do it the right way. This workshop takes a heads-down, practical, actionable approach to touchscreen—with working guidelines, rich examples, illuminating exercises, and a busload of new rules that bust the “settled” conventions of the desktop. You’ll learn:
- Layout and sizing guidelines for touchscreens on phones and tablets… and desktop, too.
- Emerging gesture conventions and design patterns for both apps and web
- How to make gestures discoverable by educating users with contextual cues
- Techniques for making touch interactions fast and efficient
- How to cope with the reduced real estate left in the wake of giant touch targets
- When the best touch UI is no touch at all; how to use sensors to speed or replace touch input
- Opportunities to push frontiers with entirely new interactions through touch
This full-day workshop follows An Event Apart Seattle and runs 9:00am-4:00pm on Wednesday, April 02. 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 VenueBell 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?