Articles, Links, and Tools From An Event Apart Boston 2016


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Attendee Write-ups

Field Notes, the WordPress Blog: An Event Apart Boston 2016
E3 Writing: 3 Things I Learned At An Event Apart Boston
Hannah Birch: Twitter highlights collection

Speaker Links and Resources

Jeffrey Zeldman

24 ways: Grid, Flexbox, Box Alignment: Our New System for Layout by Rachel Andrew
24 ways: Putting My Patterns Through Their Paces by Ethan Marcotte
A List Apart: Understanding Progressive Enhancement by Aaron Gustafson
Atomic Design (blog post) by Brad Frost
Atomic Design (book, readable online) by Brad Frost
Content Display Patterns by Daniel Mall (
CSS-Tricks:  Complete Guide to Flexbox by Chris Coyier
CSS-Tricks:  A Complete Guide to Grid by Chris Coyier
CSS-Tricks: The Debate Around “Do We Even Need CSS Anymore?” by Chris Coyier
Designing With Web Standards (Wikipedia article)
Future-Friendly Manifesto
Fuzzy Notepad: Maybe we could tone down the JavaScript by “eevee”
Of Patterns and Power: Web Standards Then & Now by Jeffrey Zeldman (

Yesenia Perez-Cruz

GQ Performance Case Study
Emotion & Design: Attractive things work better
Talk: Stefan Sagmeister “Beauty vs. Utility”
The Truth About Download Time
More Weight Doesn’t Mean More Wait
Walmart Performance Case Study
Obama for America Performance Case Study
Fast Enough
Designing Medium
7 Alternatives to Popular Web Typefaces for Better Performance
IBM “Good Design”
Creating Living Style Guides to Improve Performance

Jen Simmons

Examples at
Jen’s on Twitter at @jensimmons
Listen to, especially episodes 115, 114, 81, & 9 for more on layout
Video of Jen’s talk on how to use new CSS now
Video of Jen’s talk, Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts
A blog post by Manuel Rego that gets into the implicit and explicit grid, hinting at just how complicated CSS Grid Layout gets
Round specification
Firefox Nightly

Rachel Andrew

Grid By Example
List of resources for AEA Boston

Josh Clark

Web APIs for sensor-based UI

The full list all W3C JavaScript APIs
Web speech (make/understand speech) (demo)
Web audio (make/understand sound)
Media capture (audio/video/photo)
Web bluetooth
Battery status
Ambient light

Other APIs and dev environments

Physical Web
IFTTT: If This Then That
Alexa Skills Kit for making Alexa apps
Wayfindr standard for beacon-based wayfinding
Open Hybrid for connected devices
Presto Android gesture control with smartwatch
Reality Editor augmented reality for connecting devices

Examples/videos from the talk

Nappy Notifier
Propeller Health asthma control
Amazon Echo
Amazon Dash button
Bluetooth buttons: and flic
Ringly notification ring
Lechal map shoes
Glowcaps medication reminder
Mailchimp Oliver (also: the whole series)
Lifeprint video photographs
THAW phone/screen interaction
Happy Together music transfer (github)
Presto smartwatch gesture control
Grab Magic tv/phone sharing
Reality Editor for connecting objects
Wink Robot Butler
Wayfindr subway navigation for the blind

Framing the imaginative opportunity

Of Nerve and Imagination by Josh Clark
Magical UX and the Internet of Things (video)
Enchanted Objects (book) by David Rose
Hazards of Prophecy (pdf) from Profiles of the Future by Arthur C. Clarke
The Future Mundane by Nick Foster
#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans by Tim O’Reilly

Ethics and values for the physical interface

IOT Design Manifesto: guidelines for responsible design
The Ethical Design Manifesto: a response to surveillance capitalism
The Coming Age of Calm Technology by Aral Balkan
The Nature of the Self in the Digital Age by Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown
Connected // Disconnected by Josh Clark
Wearables and Our Dysfunctinoal Obsession with Screens and Engagement
Living with the Algorithm by Josh Clark
Smartwatches, Wearables and that Nasty Data Rash by Josh Clark

Speculative fiction for potential futures

Curious Rituals
Teacher of Algorithms
TBD Catalog
How smart does your bed have to be, before you are afraid to go to sleep at night? by Rich Gold
Addicted Products: the story of Brad the toaster (video)
Ethical Things: a fan that makes moral choices
Black Mirror tv series (Netflix)

Jeremy Keith


The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage, 01998
Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet by Katie Hafner, 01996
Weaving the Web by Tim Berners-Lee, 01999
The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke, 01979


On Distributed Communications by Paul Baran, 01964
Transmission Control Protocol by Jon Postel, 01980
WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project by Tim Berners-Lee, 01990
The Rise of the Stupid Network by David S. Isenberg, 01997
Delay-Tolerant Networking Architecture by Vint Cerf, et al, 02007
There is a Horse in the Apple Store by Frank Chimero, 02010


Submarine Cable Map by Telegeography
Everyone Has JavaScript, Right? by Stuart Langridge
Government Service Design Manual
Introduction to Service Worker by Matt Gaunt
The Offline Cookbook by Jake Archibald

Related posts on

02014-02-26 Continuum
02014-10-23 Be progressive
02014-11-03 Just what is it that you want to do?
02015-07-02 Baseline
02015-09-06 Enhance!

Further reading

Grade components, not browsers by Scott Jehl, 02013
Building for the device agnostic web by Orde Saunders, 02013
Device-Agnostic by Trent Walton, 02014
Stop Breaking the Web by Nicolas Bevacqua, 02014
The Practical Case for Progressive Enhancement by Jason Garber, 02015
Let Links Be Links by Ross Penman, 02015
Thriving in Unpredictability by Tim Kadlec, 02015
Designing with Progressive Enhancement by Jason Garber, 02015
A fictional conversation about progressive enhancement by Tom Morris, 02015

See also: other links tagged with "progressive enhancement" on

Eric Meyer

Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS crash test
The World is Designed for Men
Flickr faces complaints over ‘offensive’ auto-tagging for photos
Google Photos labeled black people ‘gorillas’
“Edge case” tweet by Evan Hensleigh
Apple Adds Menstrual Cycle Tracking To HealthKit App
Performing a Project Premortem - Harvard Business Review
Design for Real Life
Patients Like Me
Voice and Tone
My Favorite Editing Tip: Read It Aloud by Kate Kiefer Lee
Forms That Work
Help, I’m Trapped in Facebook’s Absurd Pseudonym Purgatory

Cameron Moll

Kevin Spacey speaking at Edinburgh TV Festival
‘Ish’ by Brad Frost
The fastest-growing mobile phone markets barely use apps
Google: The New Multi-Screen World Study
Mail to Self iOS extension
No one’s forgotten how to pinch and zoom
Switching Between Devices Normal for 40% of U.S. Web Users [Facebook Study]
Web Apps & Web Views
Witnessing papal history changes with digital age
@hoyboy: “The CNN iOS app is so bad…”
@caged: “How to browse the mobile web…”
@yarcom: “The publishing industry in one screenshot.”
JotNot Scanner iOS app
Adobe Lightroom Mobile app
Facebook Ads Manager iOS app
MailChimp Voice & Tone

Lara Hogan

Designing for Performance (the book)

HTML format (free to read!)
Buy print & ebook formats


Google, Amazon case studies
HTTP Archive’s “Interesting Stats” average breakdown of assets
Reducing image sizes (blurring JPEG study)
Semantics/repurposability clean up study
Battery life consumption study
Mobile-only internet usage
Taming the Mobile Beast
Seth Walker’s A Public Commitment to Performance
Brad Frost’s Performance as Design

Tools and Techniques

ImageOptim CLI
Wordpress plugin
SVG scrubber and another one
FontSquirrel Font Generator
Tutorial on creating videos of web performance


Gerry McGovern

What Really Matters: Focusing on Top Tasks, A List Apart
The Stranger’s Long Neck, Gerry’s book on top task management
Top Tasks identification services by Customer Carewords
How to conduct a top task analysis, Measuring Usability