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  1. Arrival Day

  2. Early Registration/Badge Pick-Up

    Avoid the check-in line Monday morning by checking in Sunday afternoon outside the main ballroom. We’ll be fully staffed to get you checked in for the event, and to answer any questions you might have. Be the first to get all the goodies and breeze straight into the ballroom the next morning!

  1. Day 1

  2. Attendee Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  3. Breakfast

  4. Morning Welcome

  5. SEO teams—The UX Ally You’ve Been Missing All Your Life!

    “Where do I rank?” followed by “what do I have to do to rank?” are the most asked questions to SEO teams, but those are mere table stakes—and the typical answers often teem with bad advice. But when SEO is approached the right way, it can be your best friend and the ace up your sleeve. Wil Reynolds will show you how to learn what’s on your customers’ minds when they search for your products & services; how the pandemic has changed how your customers search; how to better align your content with your customers’ needs—and how often you should refresh it; which images work best; how to save money in your marketing budget; and more. You’ll come away equipped to ally and collaborate with your search teams to improve your products and your customers’ lives."

  6. Experimenting with Performance at the Edge

    We have excellent tools today for identifying web performance barriers and finding opportunities to optimize and potentially improve user experience. The problem is, it’s hard to know whether an optimization will help without implementing and testing it, which takes time, incurs risks, and sometimes results in hard work that may never reach production. Recently, tools that enable fast and unobtrusive experimentation entered the scene, giving super powers to those who can wield them. In this talk, Scott will demonstrate ways to simulate and analyze optimizations on live websites without actually changing their code, and assess which optimizations are making the greatest impact on improving user experience across the web today.

  7. Imagining a Fluid Future for Design Tools

    Modern design tools are great, but their efforts to reflect the responsive reality of web design have been lacking. Too often, they’re stuck in static design thinking, or adaptive layouts like mobile, tablet, and desktop. The rise of design systems has helped, allowing for easy preview of responsive patterns. But our design tools aren’t yet equipped to allow designers to move easily from design to code. Where are the tools that allow for truly fluid layouts? What would they even look like?

    In this talk, Jason will look at how our design processes have changed, how design tools should integrate with design systems, and how close we can get to an ideal fluid design tool today.

  8. When New CSS Features Collide: Possibility and Complexity at the Intersections

    We finally got a proper layout system for the web, and each browser release seems to bring with it another new feature that promises more creative, performant, or intuitive CSS. Each new feature is exciting on its own, but where it gets really interesting is when we combine these things.

    In this talk Rachel Andrew will walk you through a recent history of CSS layout, demonstrating how thinking has evolved, and new features have become possible because of earlier decisions. You’ll discover the possibilities, and the complexity that lies at the intersections. Leave this talk with a deeper understanding of how CSS layout works, the inspiration to try combining different features, and a little peek at what might be around the corner.

  9. Transform Your Meetings Into Hybrid Workshops (That People Actually Enjoy)

    Being able to run a workshop is an incredible tool we should all have in our skillset. When they are well run, they save people and teams huge amounts of time, align people, and help driving forward decisions. Workshops are also a rather unique tool because they can be run by anyone in any scenario: you could be an external consultant on a team, an individual contributor on a project, all the way up to the leadership team.

    On the other hand, meetings (and their sibling, calls) end up too often being a waste of time that people dread, and this has been exacerbated as companies shift to be more remote, as they defaulted to unstructured calls as their primary way to collaborate together.

    Erin will provide you in one talk two ideas to bring back with you: how to transform meetings into lightweight workshops and how to improve your organization's approach to meetings... and stop boring people.

  10. Happy Hour

    Join us at A Happy Hour Apart, to be held right outside the main auditorium. We’ll provide tasty snacks and tastier beverages to recharge your body after a full day of recharging your mind!

  11. After Hours: Shop Talk Show LIVE!

    Be part of a special LIVE edition of ShopTalk Show with Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier, who will take questions from attendees, riff on talks from the event, and more. Chris and Dave warned us that you're likely to experience bad jokes, hot drama, strong opinions, and weird takes. Anything could happen, so don't miss it!

  1. Day 2

  2. Breakfast

  3. Attendee Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  4. Morning Welcome

  5. Websites are Good Now

    There are quite a few things in the world of web design and development that have gotten…easy. It's time to take a look at how you’re approaching some of the building blocks of your website, because evolutions in browser technology and tooling have made many things easier and better. We’ll have a look at browser-level improvements in things as fundamental as layout, typography, and animation. And explore tooling level things like media handling, serverless concepts, and hosting.

  6. How to Win at ARIA and Influence Web Accessibility

    ARIA is an often misunderstood and misused tool that has the potential to make the web and dynamic content more accessible.

    In this session, we’ll cover the aspects of ARIA you’ve always wanted to understand but didn’t have the chance to look into.

    We’ll discuss what ARIA is, why it was created, when to use it, when to avoid it and when to choose other alternatives instead.

  7. Cascading Layers of !mportance

    Earlier this year, all the major browsers released Cascade Layers, with the potential to fundamentally change how we write styles – especially in an age of design systems, component libraries, and third-party tools. But fundamental changes require us to re-think how all the pieces fit together.

    We’ve all heard that the ‘C’ in CSS stands for Cascade. It’s the underlying algorithm that drives our entire language, and the main target of frustration when our styles go bad. But why is it there, how is it changing, and why should we care?

    In this deep-dive, we’ll look at the overall cascade, and where Cascade Layers fit. Along the way we’ll need to rethink our CSS conventions, the purpose of !important, and how we build or use third-party libraries. And we’ll take a look at what else is coming over the next few years with @scope and proximity.

  8. Logjams: Unblocking Your Accessibility Backlog

    Ever been under the weight of a giant backlog? Ever had 315 issues show up in one day? And they were all accessibility issues? Accessibility audits don’t have to be bad news! In this talk, Dave will share some lessons he learned tackling a large backlog of accessibility issues. He’ll show how to improve the accessibility audit hand-off process, the development process, and add a bit more dimensionality to your backlogs. You’ll come away with tactical strategies for delivering more accessible products.

  9. Overcoming Grid Reluctance

    Even though CSS grid is already five years old, usage isn't as widespread as it could be — the 2021 Web Almanac showed only about 8% of public sites, and even that was double the share in 2020. We literally waited decades for a great web layout system, so now that we have one, why is it being adopted so slowly?

    There are numerous factors at play that could determine whether a project uses CSS grid or not, and often, it's more of a people challenge than a technical challenge. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to architecting CSS in a large project. In this session, Hui Jing will explore how being more deliberate and thorough when making key decisions can aid us in discovering an approach that works best for the context we are in, whether that’s Grid or something less advanced.

  1. Day 3

  2. Breakfast

  3. Attendee Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  4. Morning Welcome

  5. Animation in Today's Responsive Design

    It's 2022 and both CSS and our approach to responsive design continue to evolve. How should you change your approach to UX animation for today's web and beyond? Things like container queries and user preferences have changed the way we think of responsive design, and they change how we can approach UX animation, too. Looking further ahead, page transitions and other up-and-coming APIs offer even more for the changing landscape of web animation. Learn how the latest changes to the web open the door for greater flexibility in our approach to web animation, and how to continue to design our animations with intention.

  6. Multilingual Design for the Web (and Beyond)

    Preston So will take us on a linguistically informed journey through the surprising breadth and depth HTML and CSS offer today, like support for multidirectional writing, ruby characters, and script-specific text decoration. You’ll learn all the unexpected twists and turns on the road to truly language-agnostic design and UX ... including support for multimodal experiences venturing beyond the web, into realms like voice.

  7. Oh Snap!

    CSS scroll-snap is a classic CSS property, a small, innocent looking API… with huge potential. In this talk, Adam will run through the basics and essentials of CSS scroll-snap, the related properties scroll-padding and scroll-margin, show some great developer tools to help with scroll snap coding, rummage through a bag of snap tricks, and provide a glimpse into potential future features. You’ll come away with the knowledge and tools you need to make your designs snap!

  8. The Nuts and Bolts of Designing for Safety

    “How will our products harm people?” As tech workers, we don’t often ask this question—but we should. Too often, we design for an ideal circumstance that doesn’t account for the complicated personal dynamics our users bring to the table, including dangerous lived realities such as domestic violence. And when we fail to design for our most at-risk users, we end up unintentionally prioritizing their abusers.

    Most of us are motivated to do right by our users, but when it comes to designing for interpersonal safety, how do we actually do that? What does it look like in practice? In this talk, Eva will go in-depth on how to identify, and then prevent and mitigate, tech-facilitated interpersonal harm. Audience members will walk away with:

    • An understanding of some of the ways that tech can be used for interpersonal harm
    • The ability to use the Process for Inclusive Safety to identify harms and uncover solutions for preventing or mitigating those harms
    • Specific strategies for going through the various parts of the process using a Mural template
    • A strategy for getting organized when there are multiple harms to deal with
    • The beginnings of a plan to implement what you learn into your work
  9. Navigating Challenges in Your Design Career

    We all want our careers to level up, and we should want everyone we work with to grow and improve. But what if our processes, our metrics, or even our assumptions block that growth? There are times when the systems we work within can work against us rather than with us. When faced with a difficult obstacle, how do you turn it into an opportunity?

    Fonz Morris will discuss how a challenging passage in his own career made him an advocate for openness in the design team. You’ll gain a better understanding of the benefits of constructive conflict for yourself and your team, and discover new ways to deal with challenges wherever and however they may arise. The same skills will also make it easier to find team consensus on decisions from strategic direction to visual design. Through the clouds, be that visionary who sees the sun.


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