Three days of design, code, and content with:
Avoid the check-in line Monday morning by checking in Sunday afternoon outside the Bay Auditorium. 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!
Meaningful redesigns start with research. From competitive surveys to making sense of analytics, and from stakeholder interviews to customer research, every fact we uncover is another step in the direction of a design that solves real problems. Don’t have a dedicated researcher on your team? That’s okay! Because we designers and developers should do this work ourselves, anyway. Working with real examples, Jeffrey will show how, the more you learn, the better your designs will work—on multiple levels.
Over the past few years our skill sets have been firmly planted in understanding this new era of multi-faceted web design. While we’ve all been busy making sure our designs adhere to the latest flat trend and performance specifications, we’ve forgotten that what once got us all talking, before we looked under the hood at the code, was visually striking websites. We’ve come to believe that simply re-designing to increase visual pleasure and memorability is somehow not okay. In this talk, Sarah will discuss what designing brands (including personal brands) looks like in 2017 and the social ecosystems that accompany them—without a “golden ratio” overlay in sight.
It’s tempting to create one-size-fits-all onboarding experiences, constrained to a new user’s first day with your product, but onboarding can serve a much broader purpose. Products are constantly evolving, people are constantly learning, and everyone learns at different speeds. In this session, Krystal will share how the principles, patterns, and techniques that underpin good new-user experiences can be effective throughout the entire customer journey. You’ll see how to build a toolkit of educational mechanisms that address a range of users and situations, and you’ll understand how to transform onboarding from a limited time engagement to a long-term system for continued education.
Clients, stakeholders, and users all want “obvious” easy-to-use designs that help them achieve their goals. But making obvious interfaces isn't as obvious as it seems, especially when lots of stakeholders and users are involved. In an in-depth walkthrough of a major redesign for a large-scale mobile application, Luke Wroblewski will take you behind the scenes to explore the thinking, processes, and iterations that go into an “obvious” design change.
Interface animations are most effective when they work in concert as part of the bigger picture. Designing and choreographing your web animation efforts from the top down leads to more effective animations that integrate into your design system. And, defining a motion language for your brand can help your team to develop a shared vision from which to work. In this session, Val will cover guidelines for designing animation that fits your brand, making animation part of your design process, and documenting your animation decisions in your style guide for future use. All the things you need to make web animation work for you and your team.
In this age of device diversity, we’ve been focusing less on pages, and more on patterns: reusable bits of design and content we stitch together into responsive design systems. But those patterns bring puzzles: how should they adapt, and why? And how do we, well, design with them? Let’s look at a few answers to those questions, and start moving our design practices beyond the screens in front of us.
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!
A panel discussion with Chris Coyier, Val Head, and Jeffrey Zeldman
This panel discussion hosted by Jeremy Osborn of thegymnasium.com brings together three noted practitioners of web design to discuss how they stay on top of their respective fields and more importantly, share strategies for ways to access their creativity and stay inspired.
The event will consist of a short introduction of the topic and panelists, 25 minutes of curated questions from the moderator, and 25 minutes of audience questions.
Now that CSS Grid is here, what are we going to do with it? Sure, we can create page layouts very similar to the ones we’ve been using for the last decade, but Grid also opens up a world of new possibilities. Graphic designers of the 20th century fell in love with using grids for their layouts. How might we apply their ideas to the web, and what might have to change? What do we need to think about when designing for this new paradigm? In this far-ranging talk, Jen will explore the realities and possibilities of new layout technologies and how they will change our craft. You'll leave with exciting new techniques and ideas for your design and development toolkit—and, more importantly, with the inspiration to create bold, new, previously unimagined layouts for the 21st century.
Matt Griffin, Director/Producer
What Comes Next Is the Future is a documentary film about the web created by Bearded founder Matt Griffin. It is the story of Tim Berners-Lee’s creation—how it came to be, where it’s been, and where it’s going—as told by the people who build it. In the film, Griffin knits together a narrative by mining dozens of conversations with important figures from throughout the web’s history.
We constantly stress test our work by subjecting it to a wide variety of devices, by simulating different connection speeds, and by testing it under extreme server load scenarios. But have you ever stress-tested your work for unexamined assumptions, emotional minefields, or usability in situations of extreme distraction? With a combination of real-world examples and interactive exercises, Eric will explore a number of ways to QA your work for real life, enabling it to serve more people, more of the time.
Images are by far the greatest bottleneck to performance on the web, and with the average web page size now about 2.5MB large—images taking up 65% of that—we need to tame the beast. Running images through a compression program like ImageOptim is a good first step, but what else can we do? In this engaging talk, Una will survey new image formats and dive deep into image rendering and performance optimization techniques, demonstrating practical approaches to making your web projects noticeably faster.
You’re already aware of SVG. You already know it’s a vector image format. But how does that affect your daily life as a front end developer and designer? In this fun, compelling, and information-packed session, Chris will count down 10 things you could (and should!) be doing with SVG. It’s one of those technologies that is chock full of possibilities and benefits, yet conspicuously missing from most people’s toolbelts. Find out why it deserves a prime spot on yours.
This full-day session, which includes a full breakfast and lunch, follows An Event Apart and runs 9:00am-4:00pm on Wednesday, April 5. Register for all three days and save more than $200 off the cost of registering separately for the conference and A Day Apart.
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:
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.
Gorgeously situated at Pier 66 on the downtown Seattle waterfront, Bell Harbor provides stunning views of the city, and across Elliott Bay to Mt Rainier, plus easy walking proximity to the shops and restaurants of world-famous Pike Place Market. Oh, and did we mention that the facility brags wonderfully comfortable seating, world-class Wi-Fi, and fine catering to keep your tummy happy while you feed your brain with design and code?