It’s an ever-evolving field, they say, and the job of a front-ender these days is broad. It’s not just “I write the HTML and CSS” anymore, if it ever was. It’s part designer, part coder, part empath, part interaction designer, and part futurist. Let’s talk about all that by walking through the process of a site design from scratch with front-end guy par excellence Chris Coyier. Starting from scratch, Chris will work through each stage of the site design process—from lightbulb moment to finished website. This will provide a framework to learn about all the big topics in front-end development and what our jobs really are.
This full-day learning experience is for web designers, front-end developers, and anyone else who has a hand in designing or developing websites. Much of what’s covered will apply to any stripe of interaction design, but the focus will be squarely on web technologies (as opposed to, say, iOS or Android apps). This is not a hands-on, small-group workshop, but rather a full-day in-depth lecture. Typically, upwards of 200 designers and developers attend A Day Apart learning sessions. As with An Event Apart, you’re encouraged to bring your laptop and devices, but doing so isn’t strictly necessary: if you prefer to take sketch notes or write in longhand, more power to you!
How will this happen? Among other things:
- Chris will scaffold out a design in HTML, giving us an opportunity to talk about things like HTML5, semantics, and accessibility in their native contexts.
- Next, he’ll lay out the site in CSS, and in the process talk about things like modern layout techniques (flexbox! grid!), preprocessing, and the role of build tools in the front end process.
- At every turn, Chris will consider performance and user experience, making sure we’re building something for human beings, not spec sheets or portfolios.
- And we’ll think about how to make the offline experience the best it can be, because we never know when someone will suddenly lose bandwidth due to network outages, subway tunnels, or holding the phone wrong.
All this in just one day? Yes! By the time Chris is done building his site from scratch, we’ll have reconsidered not just what we do, but why we do it, and how to do it better. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a master of the HTML arts.