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

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

Margot Bloomstein, “Designing for Trust in an Uncertain World”

Consumers and citizens alike turn inward for the truth. By designing for empowerment, the smartest organizations meet them there.

Sarah Parmenter, “Designing for Personalities”

It’s time to create apps, websites, and internal processes that account for still another strand of human diversity: our very different personality types.

Tools I use that are relevant to this work:

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.

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.

Sara Soueidan, “SVG Filters: The Crash Course”

Once you get a grasp of how SVG Filters work, you'll have a very powerful tool in your arsenal that allows you to push the boundaries of what is possible on the Web.

The following series of articles is basically the talk written down in more depth:

More resources that I used to learn SVG Filters and find inspiration from:

Kevin M. Hoffman, “What is Design Ops, and Why Do I Care?”

Just about any process or tool that saves time and money can be “oped,” getting design improvements to those that need it most: the people using our websites and products.

Articles, Videos, Podcasts, and Websites


How would we live without

Laura Martini, “Data Basics”

The way we build products is always changing, and so too is the way we track how people use them—we’ve come a long way from the days of just tracking clicks and page views.

Dave Rupert, “What Has Changed and Where’s it Going?”

Where web technology is going and what choices you might want to consider if you’re making new decisions today to help future-proof your site for tomorrow.

Aarron Walter, “Leveling Up Your Design Communication”

Our work thrives when it’s communicated in language that aligns to the goals of the business and invites participation early and often.

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.

Aaron Gustafson, “Progressive Web Apps: Where Do I Begin?”

How to grow a project from a core, universally-accessible experience to a sophisticated Progressive Web App that ensures users will be able to access your product, no matter what.

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.