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An Event Apart Seattle is three days of intense focus on digital design, UX, and more. If you care about creating the best possible experiences for the people who use your work, and crave concentrated time to level up your skills in the company of your peers, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.

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Event Schedule

  1. Arrival Day

  2. Early registration/Badge pick-up

    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!

  1. Day 1

  2. Attendee Event Check-in/Badge Pick-up

  3. Breakfast

  4. Morning Welcome

  5. The Codependent’s Guide to Design Collaboration

    There are only two problems in working with people: work, and people. When everyone is a special snowflake, with vastly different skills, styles of communication, and professional preoccupations (not to mention personal quirks), how can we all work together to deliver what’s best for our site, our product, and, most of all, our users? Whether you’re the team leader or new to the project, a designer or developer, you’ll learn important collaborative skills as dedicated neurotic and designer Jeffrey Zeldman shares modes of professional engagement that help any individual and every team keep their projects and products on target.

  6. Practical Branding

    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 2016 and the social ecosystems that accompany them—without a “golden ratio” overlay in sight.

  7. Onboarding for Any Situation

    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.

  8. Obvious Always Wins

    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.

  9. Motion In Design Systems: Animation, Style Guides, and the Design Process

    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.

  10. Design Beyond Our Devices

    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.

  11. Opening Night 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!

  12. Evening Session: How to Keep Learning & Stay Inspired

    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.

  1. Day 2

  2. Breakfast

  3. Morning Welcome

  4. Evaluating Technology

    We work with technology every day. And every day it seems like there's more and more technology to understand: graphic design tools, build tools, frameworks and libraries, not to mention new HTML, CSS and JavaScript features landing in browsers. How should we best choose which technologies to invest our time in? When we decide to weigh up the technology choices that confront us, what are the best criteria for doing that? This talk will help you evaluate tools and technologies in a way that best benefits the people who use the websites that we are designing and developing. Let's take a look at some of the hottest new web technologies like service workers and web components. Together we will dig beneath the hype to find out whether they will really change life on the web for the better.

  5. New CSS Layout Meets the Real World

    In a world of evergreen, automatically updating browsers we need to change the way we think about browser support. It makes little sense to sign off on a brief mentioning target browsers when new features may become usable during the course of a project build. To be truly future friendly, we need to build with that future in mind—adding enhancements that our users’ browsers will grow into, release by release, our work getting better without us doing any more work on it. In this session, Rachel will demonstrate with practical examples how to embrace the new layout methods in CSS, without needing to cut off people who are using browsers that haven’t caught up yet, and show you how to get the best from the magic of Flexbox and Grid—without needing to lean on JavaScript and polyfills to get there.

  6. Designing with Grid

    CSS Grid is almost here, but what are we going to do with it when it arrives? Sure, we can create page layouts very similar to the ones we’ve been using for the last decade, but CSS Grid also opens up a world of new possibilities. Graphic designers of the 20th century fell in love with using a grid 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.

  7. Design for Real Life

    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.

  8. The Joy of Optimizing

    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.

  9. 10 Things You Can and Should Do With SVG

    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.

  1. A Day Apart

    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. Plus, if you register before early bird ends, you'll save another $100!

  2. Let’s Build a Website (and Talk About The Job of Front-End Design and Development)

    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 actually building a website. We’ll start from scratch, work through the stages of the process, and end up with a finished website. This will give us an excuse to talk about all the big topics in front-end development and what our jobs really are.

    How will this happen? Among other things:

    • We’ll scaffold out a design in HTML, giving us an opportunity to talk about things like HTML5, semantics, and accessibility in their native contexts.
    • We’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.
    • We’ll use some JavaScript to do things that only JavaScript can do, but we’ll do it in a responsible way that performs well and doesn’t cripple the site if it doesn’t load.
    • At every turn, we’ll 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 we’re done, we’ll have reconsidered not just what we do, but why we do it, and how to do it better moving forward.

     

Pricing

Conference + A Day Apart Pass April 3-5, 2017 $1,340.00 Buy Now!

  • Early Pricing through February 6: $1,340.00
  • Standard Pricing through April 2: $1,440.00
  • At-the-Door Pricing through April 4: $1,540.00

Conference Pass April 3-4, 2017 $1,045.00 Buy Now!

  • Early Pricing through February 6: $1,045.00
  • Standard Pricing through April 2: $1,145.00
  • At-the-Door Pricing through April 4: $1,245.00

A Day Apart Pass April 5, 2017 $549.00 Buy Now!

  • Early Pricing through February 6: $549.00
  • Standard Pricing through April 3: $599.00
  • At-the-Door Pricing through April 5: $699.00

Location

Bell Harbor Conference Center 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66 Seattle, WA 98121

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?

Seating is limited — Register Now!