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An Event Apart San Francisco is a three-day conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.

Schedule

  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. Declarative Design

    Different browsers, different devices, different network speeds…designing for the web can feel like a never-ending battle for control. But what if the solution is to relinquish control? Instead of battling the unknowns, we can lean into them. In the world of programming, there’s the idea of declarative languages: describing what you want to achieve without specifying the exact steps to get there. In this talk, we’ll take this concept of declarative programming and apply it to designing for the web. Instead of focusing on controlling the outputs of the design process, we’ll look at creating the right inputs instead. Leave the final calculations for the outputs to the browser—that’s what computers are good at. We’ll look at CSS features, design systems, design principles, and more. Then you’ll be ready to embrace the fluid, ever-changing, glorious messiness of the World Wide Web!

  6. Eyes on the Prize: Lessons in User-Centered Design

    “Move fast, break things” has been a mantra for tech ever since Mark Zuckerberg used it at Facebook in 2014. We know better now, that we can lose sight of our user’s needs when shipping at the expense of everything else. But how do we actually put user-centered design into practice when urgent deadlines loom large before us?

    In this session, content designer Anita Cheng will share user-centered ways of working from the ultimate high-stress, high-stakes environment: San Francisco’s COVID Command Center at the height of the pandemic.

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  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!

  1. Day 2

  2. Breakfast

  3. Attendee Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  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. Supercharge Your Development with GitHub Codespaces

    What if you didn’t have to install a code editor, configure extensions, or download dependencies to work on a coding project? What if you could drop into any project, from any computer, and just start working? That’s the new reality we’re all living in thanks to GitHub Codespaces.

    GitHub Codespaces is now publicly available with 60 free hours of compute time per month for every user. Learn how to use this new enterprise-level development environment in your browser; how to configure your GitHub repos to pre-install and configure extensions, auto-download npm dependencies, and even launch custom Docker containers—all in your browser.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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.

  1. Day 3

  2. Breakfast

  3. Attendee Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  4. Morning Welcome

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Better Onboarding Through Guided Interaction

    We’ve reached a point where many companies have bought into the need for user onboarding. Woohoo! But, driven by concerns about short-term conversion metrics and feature awareness, user onboarding still often gets reduced to a one-size-fits-all, frontloaded piece of instruction. When this happens, onboarding misses out on supporting longer-term business and user goals, and doesn’t scale as audiences and products change and grow.

    This talk is about how we can move toward better onboarding through the use of guided interaction. You’ll learn what guided interaction means as an onboarding strategy, how to apply it to your product and the user onboarding journey, and how to get your team, ahem, on board.

  8. CSS :has() Unlimited Power

    Ever since CSS2’s child combinator (>) debuted in 1998, authors have asked for a parent combinator: a way to style an element based on what child elements it contains, like styling a link if it contains an image. And for all that time, browser vendors blocked it on the grounds that it would massively degrade performance. In 2022, thanks to innovative approaches in parsing, that suddenly changed. Now we have not only the ability to select parents, but the ability to select elements based on how they relate to other elements, or even entire structures of elements.

    What does this mean? It means we can remove all the class names and JavaScript that have been devoted to marking elements that contains other elements. It means we can select elements based on what follows them, instead of what comes before them. It means we can mark an entire page based on the presence of a single ID, class name, or even element type somewhere within it. It means we have unlimited power, and in this talk, Eric will explore a number of useful patterns, unexpected capabilities, and other ways you can put :has() to use right away.

  9. What If People Weren't the Product?: Building a Web That Loves Humanity

    Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society." As practitioners, what is our role in that shift? Let's explore that question by applying a design lens to the evolution of design itself to see what our next steps might be. How might the growth of personalization have actually moved us away from a person-oriented society? How might engagement, or our definition of it, perpetuate the very systems of oppression we dreamed the web might end? And what if entering into a dialogue with Indigenous design practice could let us imagine a web that heals, supports, and actually cares about people more than it cares about money? These are big swings, but it's about time we took them.

Pricing

Three-Day Pass

December 12-14, 2022

$1,700 through December 11

Your Three-Day Pass includes admission to the three-day San Francisco conference, breakfast and lunch on all three days, access to all social events, and schwag.

Monday-Tuesday Pass

December 12-13, 2022

$1,300 through December 11

Your Monday-Tuesday Pass includes admission to the first two days of the San Francisco conference, breakfast and lunch on both days, access to all social events, and schwag.

Tuesday-Wednesday Pass

December 13-14, 2022

$1,300 through December 12

Your Tuesday-Wednesday Pass includes admission to the last two days of the San Francisco conference, breakfast and lunch on both days, access to all social events, and schwag.

Monday & Wednesday Pass

December 12-14, 2022

$1,300 through December 11

Your Monday & Wednesday Pass includes admission to the first and last days of the San Francisco conference, breakfast and lunch on both days, access to all social events, and schwag.

Monday Pass

December 12, 2022

$800 through December 11

Your Monday Pass includes admission to the first day of the three-day San Francisco conference, breakfast and lunch, and schwag.

Tuesday Pass

December 13, 2022

$800 through December 12

Your Tuesday Pass includes admission to the second day of the three-day San Francisco conference, breakfast and lunch, and schwag.

Wednesday Pass

December 14, 2022

$800 through December 13

Your Wednesday Pass includes admission to the third day of the three-day San Francisco conference, breakfast and lunch, and schwag.

Location

The Westin St. Francis has arranged special room rates for An Event Apart attendees of $299 per night (plus tax) with internet access included. Please use our special reservation link, or call (415) 397-7000 and request the “An Event Apart special rate.” Limited rooms are available at this rate, so don’t delay.

More than just a hotel, The Westin St. Francis on Union Square has been a celebrated destination since 1904. The historic Magneta Grandfather Clock located in the landmark lobby has been a popular gathering spot for generations of travelers, white marble columns, ornate balconies and intricate woodwork transport guests back to the elegance of yesteryear. Discover the allure of the city's most charismatic and vital setting offering the grandeur of the past, coupled with contemporary luxury and style.

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