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  1. Arrival Day

  2. Early registration/Badge pick-up

    Avoid the check-in line Monday morning by checking in Sunday night outside the Marina 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. The Fault, Dear Brutus (or: Career Advice From a Cranky Old Man)

    We have met the enemy, and he is us. Many of the professional problems we blame on boneheaded bosses and clueless coworkers actually come from ourselves. Identify career woes you bring on yourself, and learn to get out of your own way. Make yourself irreplaceable. For better meetings, better projects, and a better life, cultivate the professionally and emotionally healthy worker within.

    Plan for a long, deep career. See how improving your sales ability can make all the difference in your work and job. Employees, learn what to do when your work doesn’t reflect your best abilities. Freelancers, find out how to raise your profile and your rates. Master the side project, and use it to make deeper contacts in your community. Above all, free yourself to know (and speak) your mind. You’ll come away full of inspiring new ideas, and brimming with energy and enthusiasm for your work and the people it serves.

  6. Designing for Social Behavior

    Love it or loathe it, social media has been burned into everything we do. Once more, it’s fallen on the head of the trusty, multiple-hat-wearing web designer to become a social engineer. In addition to everything else we do, it’s now our job to design strategies and integrate them into our projects. It’s not just about connecting these services to our apps or websites. It’s about knowing how to craft together behaviors, user experience, and traditional design elements in a beautifully harmonious way that achieves business goals.

    From lessons learned while designing a large social network from scratch, and minus the overly familiar buzzwords and marketing cliches, Sarah will teach you how to truly engage with your users. Discover the real value of social media reciprocity, and learn how to make it work for you. Sarah’s design tips and tricks will help you get those vanity-pleasing, but not particularly helpful, Likes, Friends, and Followers to actually do something for your organization.

  7. Typesetting Body Text Like a Pirate Jedi with a DeLorean

    Typesetting body text for the web is an enormous challenge. It's a complicated, expensive process, and it contradicts tenets of typography that are widely considered fundamental to good design. But doing it well fortifies your brand, lends authenticity to what you say, and clarifies your messages. And body text can act as an anchor, making other design decisions easier. In this new session, Tim Brown welcomes you to hone productive typesetting practices—with many specific tips, as well as a solid overview of the scope, dependencies, and effects of our typographic decisions.

  8. Style Guide Best Practices

    We’re tasked with creating experiences that look and function beautifully across a dizzying array of devices and environments. That’s a tall order in and of itself, but once you factor in other team members, clients, stakeholders, and organizational quirks, things start looking downright intimidating. With so many variables to consider, we need solid ground to stand on. Style guides are quickly proving to be foundational tools for tackling this increasingly-diverse web landscape while still maintaining your sanity. Style guides promote consistency, establish a shared vocabulary, make testing easier, and lay a future-friendly foundation. This session will detail best practices and considerations for creating and maintaining style guides, so you can set up your organization for success.

  9. Responsive Images Are Here. Now What?

    It took nearly four years, four proposed standards, the formation of a community group, and a funding campaign to pay for development, but we finally got what we've been clamoring for—a solution for responsive images baked into browsers.

    Now the hard work begins.

    Learn how to use the new responsive image specifications, which ones are appropriate for which images, and how to tackle the riddle of responsive image breakpoints.

  10. Magical UX and the Internet of Things

    What if this thing was magic? The web is touching everyday objects now, and designing for the internet of things means blessing everyday objects, places, even people with extraordinary abilities—requiring designers, too, to break with the ordinary. Designing for this new medium is less a challenge of technology than imagination. Sharing a rich trove of examples, designer and author Josh Clark explores the new experiences that are possible when ANYTHING can be an interface. The digital manipulation of physical objects (and vice versa) effectively turns all of us into wizards. Sling content between devices, bring objects to life from a distance, weave "spells" by combining speech and gesture. But magic doesn't have to be otherworldly; the UX of connected devices should build on the natural physical interactions we have everyday with the world around us. This new UX must bend technology to the way we live our lives, not the reverse. Explore the values and design principles that amplify our humanity, not just our superpowers.

  11. Opening Night Party

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

  12. IBM After Dark

    It’s a strange and exciting time to be building things for the web. Our industry is changing quickly and the days of siloed roles, waterfall processes, and feature-first development are going, going, gone.

    From the smallest startup to the largest enterprise, the worlds of design and development are merging and are being re-centered around the user. The use of “Design Thinking” as a way to not only empathize and understand our users and their content, but as a means of changing our whole process, can lead to better outcomes for our users (and our clients and businesses) as well as radically change the way designers and developers collaborate. Learn how this change, this focus on users and collaboration, can help us navigate these strange and exciting times and build a better web.

  1. Day 2

  2. Breakfast

  3. Attendee Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  4. Morning Welcome

  5. So…What Do I Make?

    Reports are in from Twitter, Medium, and the like: we can’t make full comps, use Photoshop, or even utter the phrase “visual design” anymore. What’s a designer to do? Has our role evaporated? Fear not: Dan Mall will help redefine the tasks of the modern day designer in light of the multi -device world that snuck up on us.

  6. Building the Media Block Component in Reactjs

    Reactjs is the new hotness, and we were very excited to work with it, but also skeptical. Could a JS framework really help us write better CSS and HTML? Our first few components were clunky and weird, but as we iterated (and our own knowledge grew), we found the results very exciting. We're able to build pages without worrying that we'll have to update every single one by hand if our class names change. We're able to create much simpler interfaces than HTML alone allows. And we are able to choose the best-in-class components to work with, without feeling stuck with a single framework. In this talk, Nicole will walk you through the process she and her team went through to build a media block, headings, and tabs. By the end of the talk, you'll understand what react has to offer and be prepared to experiment with it on your projects.

  7. Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts

    In the early years of the web, there was a lot of variation and experimentation with where to put content on a web page. Then, it seems, we all settled into a handful of patterns and stayed there for over a decade. It wasn’t until the arrival of responsive design that new ideas for page layout started appearing. Now with new CSS properties for layout landing in browsers, we may be about to see a bigger renaissance in layout design patterns. How can we better use the space inside the glass rectangle? What layout innovations could help users better find and focus on what they want? Take a walk through where we’ve been, where we might be going, and how we can better design for the true medium at hand. This talk features practical examples of what's newly possible, along with access to a code repo for you to play with later.

  8. Content in Context Is King

    When most people think of Responsive Design, they think of fluid grids and adapting the layout of components in a site or application. But design goes far beyond layout. How far? We will start by combining content, context, and behavior in ways that let us create truly responsive sites—sites that meet the needs of the people using them, when they’re using them, and how they’re using them. Learn how to use clues like time, location, proximity, capabilities, and preferences to create better designs for users. After accounting for the device’s form factor, capabilities, and features, we’ll look at context of use, and the art of anticipation, delivering a more thoughtful, more useful user experience for everyone.

  9. Responsive Reorganization: Better Collaboration Through Responsible Web Design

    Responsive design has been around for a few years now, and no doubt—it’s totally awesome! It has fundamentally changed web careers, but it exposes some ugly truths about design processes and how people collaborate within organizations. Providing access to content and services across multiple screen sizes forces conversations that fracture traditional ideas about how things are built, and who should build them. Enter new models for collaboration around making decisions to support good responsive design. Some of the most successful responsive design efforts have changed the way organizations work together. Let’s boil down what we’ve learned so far into what works well that can be easily applied in any company, and a few pitfalls to avoid.

  10. The Wonderful World of SVG

    SVG is vector graphics for the web. But fear not, at its heart it’s just a file format, and no harder to use than JPG, PNG, or GIF. If you aren’t yet using SVG, by the end of this talk you’ll not only be anxious to start, but empowered to do amazing things with it. Things like style it with CSS, animate it with JavaScript, or use it to build out an entire icon system for your site. And you’ll know you’re doing the right thing, because you’ll learn how efficient and accessible SVG can be.

  1. Day 3

  2. Breakfast

  3. Attendee Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  4. Morning Welcome


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Set in an environment that easily transitions from dynamic meetings to resort-style relaxation and steps from the Gaslamp Quarter, the downtown location provides convenient access to championship golf and popular attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World San Diego, and LEGOLAND California. The hotel features renovated guest rooms with sweeping bay views, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an enticing pool area, and top-notch cuisine at waterfront restaurants.

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