Articles, Links, and Tools From An Event Apart Chicago 2019

An in-progress compendium of articles, links, tools, and other resources shared by our speakers at An Event Apart Chicago 2019.

Jeffrey Zeldman, “Slow Design for an Anxious World”

Learn how to create designs that deliberately slow your visitors down, helping them understand more and make better decisions.

Una Kravets, “Extending CSS With SVG and Houdini”

If you’ve ever wanted to customize CSS itself to do something new, you won’t want to miss this talk.

Jason Pamental, “Dynamic Typographic Systems and Variable Fonts: Scalable, Fast, and Fabulous”

Using variable fonts in layouts that work across screen dimensions, accessibility needs, design requirements, and even network speeds.

Eric Meyer, “Generation Style”

A spotlight on generated content that shows how it can be a generator of creativity as well as a powerful, practical tool for everyday use.

Rachel Andrew, “Making Things Better: Redefining the Technical Possibilities of CSS”

By understanding the new medium of web design we can start to imagine the future, and even help to shape it.

The code examples can be found in this CodePen Collection.



Logical Properties and Values

Scroll Snap

Subgrid (Grid Level 2)

Paged Media





Jen Simmons, “Designing Intrinsic Layouts”

Jen walks you through the thinking process of creating accessible & reusable page and component layouts.

Cyd Harrell, “Making Research Count”

How to build a valuable research practice in any company by doing strong small research projects and involving the broader team.

Cheryl Platz, “New Solutions to Old Problems: Voice User Interface Design”

Gain a better understanding of when voice is an appropriate tool, and how to start adapting your design process for these new solutions.

Voice UI fundamentals (Cheryl Platz on Medium):


Advanced VUI topics (Cheryl Platz on Medium):


Multimedia on advanced topics

Further food for thought

Jason Grigsby, “Web Forms: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t!”

See how to amaze and delight your users using new APIs and inputs to make your forms magical.

Web form best practices

Sign-up and login

Checkout and payment


Patty Toland, “The Weight of the WWWorld is Up to Us”

How performance-related decisions (intentional or not) affect our users, tools to measure and assess the impacts of our choices, and techniques to improve web performance and accessibility for all.

Jeremy Keith, “Going Offline”

All the knowledge and code you’ll need to free your website from the tyranny of the network connection.



Progressive Web Apps

Marcy Sutton, “Emerging CSS Techniques and What They Mean for Accessibility”

A look at some of the newest and shiniest CSS techniques, weighing them against accessibility support and browser compatibility.

Val Head, “Making Motion Inclusive”

How to apply web accessibility guidelines to modern web animation, when and how to implement reduced motion, and approaches to building up animated interactions for a solid standards base.

Gerry McGovern, “The Customer-Obsessed Professional”

Become more agile by increasing the amount of customer feedback you receive, and developing faster methods to make changes to your code, content, or design.