AEA Resources: Articles, Links, and Tools From An Event Apart Chicago 2014

An Event Apart Chicago has wrapped. Enjoy these show-related articles, links, and tools courtesy of your fellow attendees and our fabulous speakers.


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Session Reviews

By AJ Troxell

Notes from all 3 days of the show

By Luke Wroblewski

Touchy Subjects: Creating Content for Sensitive Situations (Kate Kiefer Lee)
Atomic Design (Brad Frost)
Mind the Gap (Josh Clark)
UX Strategy Means Business

By Steve Fabre

Notes from the entire event

The Goldmine: Speaker-Related Links and Resources

Kate Kiefer-Lee

Nicely Said
Voice and Tone (MailChimp)
Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
Vernacular Eloquence by Peter Elbow
Editorially’s terms of service, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license
Automattic’s terms of service, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license
MailChimp’s legal policies
Macmillan Cancer Support
Gov.UK’s style guide

Jon Hicks

Iconic (Icon Set)
Design process of the Githib Icon Font ‘Octicons’
Optimizing UI icons for faster recognition
The Noun Project
Spotify Icon Set
Sketch App
Color Emoji in Windows 8.1—The Future of Color Fonts?
Glyphs App
@font-face web font research
Bulletproof Accessible Icon Fonts
SVGO-GUI (SVG Optimiser)
Lonely Planet Icon Process
The Icon Handbook

Brad Frost

Atomic Design
Pattern Lab
Pattern library/style guide resources
Dave Olsen
Dave Olsen on Twitter
Entertainment Weekly
Establishing Design Direction
Responsive Deliverables
Structure Frist, Content Always
Designing with Dynamic Content
Development Is Design
Stylify Me
Interface Inventory
Style Tiles
Element Collages

Jenny Lam


Typography for Lawyers

ROI on Design

Design Management Institute February 2014
“Proving Our Value: Measuring Design’s Return on Investment” Rob Wallace, 2001 DMI Journal Vol. 12, No. 3

Credibility in Design

Credibility in Design: Stanford Edu

Aesthetic Experience Perceptions & Expectations

Marketing actions can modulate neural representations of experienced pleasantness

Design Leadership

Basilica – The Splendor and the Scandal Building St. Peter’s by R.A. Scott
Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design by Maria Giudice and Christopher Ireland


The Brand Gap by Marty Neumier


Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
Subtle Patterns


Great digital lighting & environment examples from Fantasy Interactive
The little big details
Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Don Norman

On critique

How to Get Better Feedback by Scott Berkun

Jeremy Keith

Things You Cannot Unsee (and What They Say About Your Brain) by Alexis Madrigal
The Heliocentric View of the Solar System by Nicolaus Copernicus
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Information Management: A Proposal by Tim Berners-Lee
A Dao Of Web Design by John Allsopp
Designing With Web Standards, 3rd Edition, by Jeffrey Zeldman with Ethan Marcotte
CSS Zen Garden by Dave Shea
How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand
Shearing Layers
Ship of Theseus
Architectural Design Values
An Essay on W3C’s Design Principles by Bert Bos
Progressive Enhancement is still important by Jake Archibald
Sigh, JavaScript by Dan Mall
How many people are missing out on JavaScript enhancement? by Peter Herlihy
Government Service Design Manual
Postel’s Law
What The Web Is And Is Not by Joe Hewitt
“Sites” vs “Apps” by Chris Coyier
World Wide Web, The Project by Tim Berners-Lee
Do Websites Need To Look The Same In Every Browser? by Dan Cederholm
Cutting The Mustard by Responsive News
The Pastry Box by Scott Jehl
Support vs. Optimization by Brad Frost
Future Friendly
Line Mode Browser

Josh Clark

The Multi-Device Landscape

The new multi-screen world study
People swap devices 21 times an hour
Sequential Messaging is Advertising’s Next Great Leap Forward
In praise of boring objects
Putting magic in the mundane
Apple iOS 8 Continuity
Apple Carplay and Android Auto
Android Wear
Android Nearby

Code and Software Prototypes

Happy Together: tap music, maps, URLs, photos, text from phone to computer: (video on Vimeo) | (source code on Github)
Grab Magic: (video on Youtube)  | (video on TED)
Chess via WebRTC
Google Deep Shot

Devices and Services

Myo Armband
Leap Motion
LG HomeChat
Internet-enabled Crock-Pot (!!)

Mike Monteiro

When the Most Personal Secrets Get Outed on Facebook
Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry
Victor Papanek (wikipedia)
An Early Champion of Good Sense
Design for the Real World
Design Is a Job

Jeffrey Zeldman

Understanding Web Design
Art Directors Club: Global Awards and Club
Stanford White Murder
Stanford White
Murder of the Century
Kindle Edition: Ragtime (novel by E.L. Doctorow)
Wikipedia: Ragtime (novel by E.L. Doctorow)
Webby Awards
1997 Interview with Tiffany Shlain (
The Web at 25 (W3C)
Milton Glaser Bob Dylan (Google saved search)
Milton Glaser
Typedia: A Shared Encyclopedia of Typefaces
Rosewood (font) - Typekit
Louis Armstrong
Miles Davis (official site)
Miles Davis (Wikipedia)
John Coltrane