The design conference for people who make websites.
An Event Apart DC 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.
AEA DC will be held at the Westin Alexandria, which has arranged special room rates for An Event Apart attendees. Full Details
General on-site registration for badge pick-up takes place on the afternoon before the first day, and throughout the event.
Leave the brown bag at home! Breakfast, a hot lunch and snacks on both days, access to all parties, and a bag of swag are all included with your conference registration.
Ten Commandments of Modern 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Immobile Web
TVs are the last screens in our lives that haven’t been taken over by computers, but that is about to change. The last year has seen an explosion of SmartTVs many with surprisingly capable browsers. Microsoft recently added Internet Explorer to Xbox 360. Nintendo’s Wii U features a WebKit-based browser. And if the rumors that Apple will release a TV soon are true, web developers everywhere will start to tackle the glass screen hanging on our walls. But even if you don’t have a TV project today, the lessons from TVs help inform the way we’re developing building web pages for the wide range of devices and inputs we face. TVs are a convenient and easy-to-understand framework to look at a series of challenges that all web developers are about to face in earnest.
The Map Is Not 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.
Opening Night Party
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.
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.
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.
Remember how cool it was when you first learned how to tween objects in Flash? That's how Jen feels about using CSS transitions with hovers. In this talk, she’ll take a look at how adding CSS-enhanced hover states to designs can take your work to the next level and examine how these translate to touch devices. CSS transitions are all the rage these days and we'll see how just the right amount of them can keep your aesthetic classy while adding some fun and interactive elements.
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.
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.
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.
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 Washington DC and runs 9:00am-4:00pm on Wednesday, August 07. 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 VenueWestin Alexandria 400 Courthouse Square Alexandria, Virginia 22314
The Westin Alexandria has arranged special room rates for An Event Apart attendees: just $219/night for a single or double plus free internet access. Call (703) 253-8600 and request the “An Event Apart special rate.” Limited rooms are available at this rate, so don’t delay.
Blending sophistication and elegance with the historic surroundings of Alexandria, VA, the Westin Alexandria offers a range of in-house amenities such as 24-hour room service, a heated indoor pool, and complementary high-speed internet access for all An Event Apart attendees. The hotel is located in the exclusive Carlyle section of Old Town Alexandria and is three blocks from the King Street metro station and Alexandria Amtrak station, five miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport, and eight miles from downtown Washington, DC.