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  1. 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.

  2. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Web Components, and You

    We’re going to learn about Web Components:

    • How they work
    • How you use them
    • How you style them
    • How you write them
    • Why large companies are leveraging them
    • What makes them different than all the other component frameworks you’ve tried

    But that’s not all. We’ll wrap our heads around the mysterious Shadow DOM. We’ll make 2D and 3D websites. We’ll add super powers to our websites with minimal effort, minimal code, and find ways to progressively enhance our code along the way.

  3. Fluid Design Tools for a Responsive Design System World

    Responsive design broke the traditional web design process. Wireframes and static mockups will never represent the breadth of device experiences. Thankfully, design systems have been a big boon for solving the challenges responsive design created.

    Unfortunately, our design tools haven’t evolved alongside our processes and design systems. They are often stuck in a fixed width world when we’re designing for a fluid medium. 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.

  4. Beyond the Screen: Immersive Design for Spaces

    Immersive experiences driven by extended reality, digital signage, and geolocation are here to stay, whether to captivate us in the built environment or to spirit us away to places we can’t currently visit or visualize. For designers whose canvas is the two-dimensional screen, evolving our skills to fill three-dimensional spaces can feel overwhelming. But immersive design uses many of the same paradigms and principles we’re used to on the web—links and journeys, color and type—with just a few catches. Preston So will walk us through how to extend our expertise with the web into the expanse of the immersive.

  5. Design and Development Considerations for Dual Screen Devices

    Dual-screen/foldable devices are starting to emerge on the market, offering new and interesting opportunities as well as challenges for web designers and web and app developers. Web developers targeting foldable devices want to be able to effectively layout content in a window that spans multiple displays. In this session, Stephanie will take a look at the new web platform capabilities that have been developed in both CSS and JavaScript to make these enhanced experiences possible. We'll touch on a few scenarios that can leverage dual-screen devices for an elevated and progressively enhanced user experience and demonstrate how seamlessly these new platform capabilities integrate into your existing architecture so you can spend more time building and designing to delight users of these devices.

  6. After Hours: The Craft of Feedback

    Poor or unstructured feedback can be destructive not only to our work, but also to the long-term morale of the team. Sometimes even when the content of feedback is good, the delivery can be so rough that it makes it hard to work with. But if we apply the right principles, feedback can be a force for change that allows projects to succeed, and even pushes you and your teammates to grow. Erin delivered this talk at Fall Summit 2021, and it was just so darned good that we’re bringing it to you as a special encore presentation with live Q&A with Erin afterwards.

  1. In and Out of Style

    It’s an exciting time for CSS! It feels like new features are being added every day. And yet, through it all, CSS has managed to remain an accessible language for anyone making websites. Is this an inevitable part of the design of CSS? Or has CSS been formed by chance? Let’s take a look at the history—and some alternative histories—of the World Wide Web to better understand where we are today. And then, let’s cast our gaze to the future!

  2. CSS, JavaScript, & Accessibility

    HTML is, by default, accessible. By simply using “Plain Old Semantic HTML”, we have the ability to create rich and accessible web pages that can meaningfully stand on their own. More often than not, what makes a web page less accessible is the CSS and JavaScript we add to that HTML. With these additions, we can alter the meaning of elements, change their behavior, or even block access to content entirely. In this talk, Ire will explore how CSS and JavaScript can contribute, negatively or positively, to accessibility. You’ll learn when it’s appropriate to use these technologies and how they can be used to make even more accessible websites – from leveraging CSS to adapt experiences to different types of users, to using JavaScript to ensure our dynamic web applications work across all devices.

  3. Browser Compatibility in an Evergreen World

    Take a look at any survey of web developers, and you'll find browser compatibility and differences between browsers top the list of problems we all face. Maybe some things never change, but browser compatibility issues in 2022 are quite different to those we faced 10 or even 5 years ago. In this talk, Rachel will show you practical ways to cope with today's browser differences. You'll also find out how to keep track of when new features land cross-browser, and how to decide when a new feature is safe to use.

  4. 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.

  5. Container Queries: Responsive Components are Coming to Your Browser

    Container queries take responsive design to the next level as a new entry-point for component-based styling. With this new API, you can query parent styles including a parent’s width and style information. This changes the game for responsive interfaces, letting each component own its styling logic, and freeing us from the global viewport. In this talk you’ll learn about how to use container queries from start to finish: everything from setting containment to enabling the functionality cross-browser. It’s an exciting new world out there! Get ready for it!

  6. 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. Establishing a Remote Design Practice From Scratch

    A lot of organizations have been approaching remote work just from a physical dimension, thinking in terms of offices and virtual spaces, effectively retaining endless meetings and getting people in calls that ultimately reproduce many negative aspects of offices without gaining from the freedom that remote work allows. One of the key transformations that should come with remote work is asynchronous collaboration. Whether we’re workers, supervisors, or something in-between, all of us have the opportunity to transform and evolve internal practices to improve our wellbeing, our flexibility, as well as our results. This talk will provide you with models supported by years of experience as well as practical case studies that can be the foundation to bring this change in your company.

  2. Don’t Worry, Be Appy

    When it comes delivering software that deeply integrates with operating systems, the web has historically struggled to compete with compiled apps Many frameworks have sought to bridge this chasm over the years, but they have become less necessary as the web continues to evolve deeper connections with operating systems. In this talk, Aaron Gustafson will walk you through a host of new web platform features you can use today to grant your web projects app-like super powers. Learn the simple steps you can take to improve how users discover and install your software offerings.

  3. I Can :has() New CSS?

    As Jeremy Keith observes on Day 1: “It’s an exciting time for CSS!” And it really is. Container queries, cascade layers, and more browser features are landing fast and furiously — enough so that you may have missed some recent additions to the CSS landscape that deliver a lot of power and flexibility in places you might not expect. In this talk, Eric will dig into the expanding world of selectors, the cascade, and more, as well as address one of the biggest questions of 2022: do we finally, at long last, have a parent selector?

  4. Empathy by Design

    Empathy is a core component of any design process. In order to create functional experiences for your user, customer, or client, you must understand both who that person is and what motivates them to act. Such a perspective highly correlates with success. But what if you don’t know where you’re succeeding when engaging empathy, and where you need a few tweaks? If you’re not sure of the exact ways to make your customers happier and help them feel more connected to your work? Or when you’ve nailed how to truly garner perspective in design, but you’re not sure how to make those behaviors endure for the long haul?

    Sharon will break down the process to make the changes necessary to better engage empathy in design. We’ll determine how to identify the gaps you or your team may have when creating design experiences for your customers; discuss how to lay a foundation for implementation for those changes; and build an accountability model so we can sustain those changes.

  5. The Content Design of Civil Discourse: Turning Conflict into Collaboration

    In the current political climate, it seems like we’ve all but given up on productive, respectful discourse. However, there are simple design and content design choices we can make that encourage collaboration over conflict, even when dealing with hot-button issues. In this session we’ll look at real-world examples of how the way we phrase a question or design an interaction can have a huge impact on the quality of conversation, and the three rules they share.

  6. After Hours: Spring Summit 2022 Wrap-up

    Two web veterans look back on three amazing days of design, code, and content—talking about the themes that emerged and how they came together, sharing the moments that got them the most excited, and offering ideas and resources for further learning after the event.


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  • Admission to all sessions, live Q&A, discussion boards to connect with other attendees, and extra sessions during the event itself.
  • On-demand access to all session recordings and Q&As for the days you are registered for through October 20, 2022.
  • Speaker handouts and resources from some of the world’s top experts.
  • Savings on future live and online events with the alumni discount.

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