An Event Apart https://aneventapart.com/ en-us Wed, 30 Sep 2020 21:19:06 -0700 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 21:19:06 -0700 Fall Digest Quick Clicks https://aneventapart.com/news/post/fall-digest-quick-clicks Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:10:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/fall-digest-quick-clicks Want to get the next set of clicks on the Winter Solstice? Subscribe!

  • Mad genius Lea Verou melds CSS variables with the Cicada Principle to create the effect of randomness in layout flourishes.
  • Improve the legibility and readability of your text, with “The Designers Guide to Letter-Spacing,” by Denis Valentin.
  • In “Webwaste” on A List Apart, An Event Apart speaker Gerry McGovern shares tips on how web designers can design better websites while helping to save the planet. (For more tips, catch Gerry at our Fall Summit!)
  • The :focus-within pseudo-class (already supported in Firefox) is landing in Chrome 86. It “lets developers opt-in to the same heuristic the browser uses when it's deciding whether to show a default focus indicator. This makes styling focus more predictable.”
  • On YouTube: Accessible Color Standards–Designing in the Browser. Free video mini-tutorial by AEA speaker Una Kravets. This short film is all about accessible color, with topics including A, AA, and AAA compliance levels; developer tools for color selection and testing; preference media queries, and more.
  • Who Can Use tells you whether a color combination will pass WCAG guidelines for people with various types of color blindness and vision loss. A great little service by Corey Ginnivan.
  • Get a quick visual guide to where your site’s accessibility could be improved with a11y.css, which aims “to warn developers about possible risks and mistakes that exist in HTML code.” Available for both Firefox and Chrome, as well as in a bookmarklet!
  • Adrian Roselli goes deep into details of ARIA Grid As an Anti-Pattern. “Before using ARIA grid on a project, identify your goals and be prepared to test with users.”
  • “Approach a design system as you would a marathon, not a sprint. You’re laying the groundwork for an extensive effort. By understanding your organization through its product portfolio, you’ll … achieve a stronger and more cohesive experience.” Promoting a Design System Across Your Products by Nathan Curtis in A List Apart. (From 2016 and still just-baked fresh!)
  • Safari has some powerful visualization tools that help you find much better rendering performance by balancing the number of rendering layers. As they note: “Creating too many layers (intentionally or otherwise) can have disastrous results on memory-constrained devices.”
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Fall Summit! https://aneventapart.com/news/post/fall-summit-video Fri, 25 Sep 2020 11:31:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/fall-summit-video Online Together: Fall Summit is a three-day web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 18+ in-depth sessions, live Q&A with the speakers, and one-on-one conversations with special guests. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. Join us online October 26-28.

See the full agenda and register now!

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A Live Interview with David Dylan Thomas https://aneventapart.com/news/post/a-live-interview-with-david-dylan-thomas Thu, 24 Sep 2020 11:37:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/a-live-interview-with-david-dylan-thomas An Event Apart co-founder Jeffrey Zeldman joins cognitive bias expert David Dylan Thomas for a special live interview. David is a first-time AEA speaker at our upcoming Online Together: Fall Summit conference.

Online Together: Fall Summit is a three-day web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 18+ in-depth sessions, live Q&A with the speakers, and one-on-one conversations with special guests. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. See the full Fall Summit agenda and join us online October 26-28.

Learn more about David Dylan Thomas:

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Announcing Our Next Four Fall Summit Meet The Speaker Live Interviews https://aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-live-interviews Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:01:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-live-interviews We are excited to announce our next four installments of our Online Together: Fall Summit Meet the Speaker series. Tune in to the AEA Facebook page for live interviews with our newest speakers, hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer:

All four speakers will be presenting at Online Together: Fall Summit, a three-day virtual web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 18 in-depth sessions, live Q&A with the speakers, and one-on-one conversations with special guests. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. Join us online October 26-28. See the full Fall Summit agenda and register now.

In case you missed it, you can watch our first Fall Summit Meet the Speaker live interview with cognitive bias expert David Dylan Thomas, hosted by Jeffrey Zeldman.

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An Event Apart Presents the Online Together: Fall Summit Agenda https://aneventapart.com/news/post/an-event-apart-presents-online-together-fall-summit Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:19:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/an-event-apart-presents-online-together-fall-summit We’re excited to share our full agenda for Online Together: Fall Summit, a three-day web design conference coming to a device near you, October 26–28. Fall Summit features 18 in-depth sessions, each followed by a live, moderated Q&A session with the speaker, plus unique one-on-one conversations with special guests.

You’ll learn about advanced CSS from Miriam Suzanne and Una Kravets, design systems and patterns from Mina Markham and Jason Grigsby, design engineering from Adekunle Oduye, inclusive design from Sara Soueidan and David Dylan Thomas, and much, much more.

In addition to the 18 presentations, we’re excited to host one-on-one conversations with Wil Reynolds, master of practical SEO, and Jennifer Robbins, web veteran and design guru. Plus a live, end-of-show wrap-up session with An Event Apart co-founders Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer.

Attending An Event Apart boosts your brain, inspires your creativity, and increases your value to your teammates, employers, and clients. With three days full of expert sessions, community networking and sharing, and six months to re-watch the entire conference, wherever and whenever you want, Fall Summit is the ultimate AEA Online Together experience.

And, as a special bonus, purchase a Three-Day Pass and receive six months of on-demand access to our first three Online Together events. That’s six full days of jam-packed content for the price of three.

See the full, detailed agenda on our Fall Summit page, and reserve your spot soon. The first 50 people to register will receive a free collection of e-books written by some of our speakers.

Don’t miss out—see our three-day schedule and register today!

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Articles, Links, and Tools From Online Together: Front-End Focus https://aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-front-end-focus Sun, 16 Aug 2020 06:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-front-end-focus Jeremy Keith, “Design Principles for the Web”

Designing and developing on the web can feel like a never-ending crusade against the unknown. Design principles are one way of unifying your team to better fight this battle.

References

adactio.com

Wikipedia

Ire Aderinokun, “Future-Proof CSS”

When we build a web page, we do it knowing that it could theoretically last as long as the internet itself. The CSS we write today is, or should be, future-proof. But how will your CSS hold up in 10, 50, or even 100 years?

Una Kravets, “Modern CSS Tips and Tricks”

CSS is evolving at a rapid pace, and with the market share of browsers now being widely evergreen, our ability to use modern techniques is growing too. In this talk, Una will go over some of the newer capabilities CSS brings us

Post CSS Plugins

Dave Rupert

As designers, developers, and managers a lot of our lives are spent beholden to the product backlog by creating, assigning, or fixing issues. But accessibility audits don’t have to be bad news!

Aaron Gustafson, “Delivering Critical Information and Services”

Whether your users are trying to access their money, gather health information, attend class, apply for assistance, or any of the other hundreds (if not thousands) of critical tasks people do on the web, your site needs to be prepared to meet their needs.

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An Event Apart Online Together: Fall Summit https://aneventapart.com/news/post/an-event-apart-online-together-fall-summit Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:11:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/an-event-apart-online-together-fall-summit Join us for three days of leading-edge design, code, and content. Presented by 18 inspiring industry leaders, with special guests and more, all coming to a device near you October 26–28.

An Event Apart’s Online Together: Fall Summit brings you 18 essential topics for professionals who take their UX and front-end crafts seriously: inspiring, expert-led sessions filled with takeaways you can put into practice the moment you return to work. Each session is followed by a live moderated Q&A session with the speaker. Just imagine, 3 days of expert talks, community networking and sharing, and 6 months to re-watch the entire conference, wherever and whenever you want.

From crafting truly portable design systems to avoiding cognitive bias in our designs and strategies. From tackling the front-end challenges that come when we design with cross-cultural audiences in mind, to adopting design and development strategies that help fight climate change. Through inclusive design, accessible development, and content that works for your customers and your business; you will learn this and much more.

PLUS, the first 50 people to register will receive a collection of e-books written by some of the people speaking at Fall Summit.

Attending An Event Apart boosts your brain, inspires your creativity, and increases your value to your teammates, employers, and customers. Our Fall Summit is the ultimate AEA Online Together experience. Don’t miss out—register today!

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Articles, Links, and Tools From Online Together: Human-Centered Design https://aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-online-together-human-centered-design Sun, 19 Jul 2020 06:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-online-together-human-centered-design Morten Rand-Hendriksen, “Practical Ethics for the Modern Web Designer”

We need an ethics for our industry, of that there is little doubt. But how do we make it happen? How do we incorporate ethics into our design and development work?

Aarron Walter, “Designing for Emotion Revisited”

How do we design experiences that build trust with skeptics, address people's fears, and are more inclusive of those who have been left out?

Ron Bronson, “The Researcher’s Role in Consequence Design”

In this session, Ron will introduce a framework to empower designers doing research to improve methods of interrogating common assumptions.

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Online Together: Front-End Focus, August 17 https://aneventapart.com/news/post/online-together-front-end-focus-august-17 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 10:13:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/online-together-front-end-focus-august-17 We’re excited to announce the next event in our An Event Apart: Online Together series, a one-day online conference held on Monday, August 17, focused on the technologies of the front end—the latest in CSS advances, best practices in design principles, surviving audits, improving performance, and more.

Not only are tickets on sale now, but the full agenda is confirmed. You’ll hear from:

In addition to live message boards during the sessions, after each session we’ll have a live moderated Q&A with the speaker.

An Event Apart conferences always aim to bring inspiration and provide you with new techniques and ideas that can immediately be put into practice. All six sessions will remain available to attendees, on-demand, for at least six months after the event, including the recordings of speaker Q&A sessions.

Registration is now open, so grab your spot and join us August 17. If you’re affiliated with a non-profit, government, or educational organization, get in touch for a special discounted rate—and alumni of past events can use their special discount code, as well.

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Articles, Links, and Tools From An Event Apart: Online Together https://aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-online-together Wed, 17 Jun 2020 08:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-online-together Rachel Andrew, “Now You See It: Understanding Display”

Understanding the interaction between layout methods will enable you to easily create fallbacks for older browsers, and knowing how the various formatting contexts behave unlocks margin collapsing and the behavior of items inside grid or flex layout. The examples used in the talk are available as a CodePen collection.

Historical

Normal Flow (Block and Inline Layout)

Display Level 3

Box Generation

Writing Modes

Lists

Flexbox

CSS Grid and subgrid

Testing

Preston So, “Well Said: Giving Your Content a Voice”

What makes voice content unique, how spoken content upends chatbot paradigms, and how giving your content a voice humanizes it in accessible but sensitive ways.

Articles

Books

Speaker blog posts

Conference talks

Cyd Harrell, “Rich Research at a Distance”

Conducting meaningful research is even more important as our society shifts to cope with a crisis, and it takes just a little more study design work to set up a flow that keeps your participant comfortable and engaged in a remote session.

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Doing the Necessary Work https://aneventapart.com/news/post/doing-the-necessary-work Mon, 08 Jun 2020 10:25:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/doing-the-necessary-work An Event Apart stands with everyone protesting police brutality and racism, as we always will with people of conscience who want to see the world made better.

There is much work to do, and some of it is in our own house. People have pointed out that our pool of upcoming speakers is overwhelmingly white. Those people are right. We’ve allowed that to happen, should not have, and will do better. We owe it to ourselves and to the community to present a wide range of perspectives, and it’s clear we haven’t looked as widely as we could or should. That is on us, not our speakers.

It will take some time for this to be redressed. While events in the street unfold in days or even hours, event planning happens over months and sometimes years. We’ve asked for help from people who can help us, and are beyond grateful that they’re willing to provide that help. And we’re thinking through ways we can make a positive difference beyond the immediately visible.

To those who cared enough to be forthright with us: thank you. To those who are helping us to do better: thank you. To all those who work every day to make the world a better place for everyone: thank you.

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Full Agenda for Online Together—Human-Centered Design Published https://aneventapart.com/news/post/full-agenda-for-online-together-human-centered-design-published Thu, 28 May 2020 10:30:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/full-agenda-for-online-together-human-centered-design-published We’re delighted to unveil the full agenda for Online Together—Human-Centered Design, coming Monday, July 20.

Spanning the spectrum from good design principles to novel content strategy, to improving load times to emotional considerations, this single-day online event will focus on how to best serve our users as they face unprecedented challenges and stress.

You’ll hear from:

  • Margot Bloomstein, I Brake For Users: Content Strategy for Slower Experiences
  • Ron Bronson, The Researcher's Role in Reducing Consequence Design
  • Scott Jehl, Performance is Accessibility
  • Jeremy Keith, Design Principles for the Web
  • Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Practical Ethics for the Modern Web Designer
  • Aarron Walter, Designing for Emotion Revisited

For detailed session descriptions and more information, visit the Human-Centered Design event page before you head over to the store to get registered. We hope to see you there!

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Full Agenda for An Event Apart: Online Together Published https://aneventapart.com/news/post/full-agenda-for-an-event-apart-online-together-published Thu, 21 May 2020 11:10:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/full-agenda-for-an-event-apart-online-together-published The complete agenda for our first virtual event, An Event Apart: Online Together, is now available! Here’s the rundown:

  • Rachel Andrew, Now You See It: Understanding Display
  • Derek Featherstone, Inclusive Design: Thinking and Doing
  • Cyd Harrell, Rich Research at a Distance
  • Mina Markham, The Mythology of Design Systems
  • Eric Meyer, Remembrance of Tags Past
  • Preston So, Well Said: Giving Your Content a Voice

See the event page for more details like the event time zone, and head over to the store to get registered so you can join us Monday, June 15!

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Announcing An Event Apart: Online Together–Human-Centered Design https://aneventapart.com/news/post/announcing-human-centered-design Tue, 19 May 2020 11:29:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/announcing-human-centered-design We’re excited to announce our next An Event Apart: Online Together event, a one-day online conference held on Monday, July 20, focused on human-centered design—all the ways our work can impact users in personal ways, even when we don’t intend to be so personal.

You’ll hear insights from Margot Bloomstein, Ron Bronson, Scott Jehl, Jeremy Keith, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, and Aarron Walter on topics ranging from designing for emotion to performance as an access barrier, from what we can learn from public service design to the ethics of what we do and how it affects users, and more.

All six sessions will remain available to attendees, on-demand, for at least six months after the event is over, including the recordings of live Q&A sessions with the speakers. As we always aim for with our events, you’ll come away not only inspired, but ready to put new techniques and ideas immediately into practice.

Registration is now open, so grab your spot and join us July 20. If you’re affiliated with a non-profit, government, or educational organization, get in touch for a special discounted rate—and alumni of past events can use their special discount code, as well.

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It’s Time to Get Online Together https://aneventapart.com/news/post/its-time-to-get-online-together Tue, 12 May 2020 14:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/its-time-to-get-online-together As we promised a couple of weeks ago, we’re back to announce our first virtual event, An Event Apart: Online Together.

It’s a one-day online conference covering what you need to know about conducting user research remotely, managing the hard parts of design systems, how CSS is reshaping itself to help you reshape content flows, the ins and outs of inclusive design, and more. And it’s all coming your way Monday, June 15, 2020.

As of this moment, we’re thrilled to have five confirmed sessions:

…and we’re very close to confirming the sixth talk. Stay tuned for even more great content to come!

All sessions will go live on June 15, and will remain available to attendees, on-demand, for at least six months after the event is over, along with recordings of live Q&A sessions with the speakers and any other agenda items. As always, you’ll come away not only inspired, but ready to put new techniques and ideas immediately into practice.

Registration is now open, so grab your spot and join us online, together, this June 15. If you’re affiliated with a non-profit, government, or educational organization, get in touch for a special discounted rate—and alumni of past events can use their special discount code, as well.

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An Event Apart: Online Together https://aneventapart.com/news/post/an-event-apart-online-together Tue, 28 Apr 2020 09:51:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/an-event-apart-online-together For years, An Event Apart has covered topics on responsiveness and adaptability. Now, we’re exploring how we can apply these themes to An Event Apart itself.

We’re working on ways to bring our inspiring speakers and incredible content to you in an online format. We’re working on a one-day, six-speaker online event covering the breadth of topics you’ve come to expect from An Event Apart.

We intend to have this ready for you in the next few weeks. As soon as we have a date confirmed and registration is open, we’ll let everyone know, both here and via email.

We’re also developing another event focusing on inclusive, human-centered design and development, a focus sorely needed in these challenging times. The dates of this event are still to be determined, but we’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Our team is working hard to do this right, because whether it’s in-person or online, we want you to come away from An Event Apart having been educated, inspired, enlightened, and prepared for what’s coming next.

In the meantime, as always, we’ll continue to be an in-depth resource to help you stay on top of your game.

From our family to yours, please stay safe and healthy.

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The Complete AEA DC 2019 Now Online https://aneventapart.com/news/post/the-complete-aea-dc-2019-now-online Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:01:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/the-complete-aea-dc-2019-now-online Normally, we release An Event Apart session videos gradually throughout the year—as a way to provide extra value to attendees and to give people a taste of the AEA experience.

But these aren’t normal times. Everyone’s suddenly working from home, and everyone’s more than a little distracted by current events.

So as of this morning, we’ve published the 12 remaining sessions from AEA DC 2019 in one fell swoop. They join the five videos we’ve already released this year. Every video is fully captioned, so you can watch with the sound off if you like.

Each session offers a unique, expert perspective on aspects of the web, interaction design, and user experience, from our industry’s best speakers and greatest visionaries. So, even if we can’t bring you An Event Apart DC this year, these 17 free videos will let you experience An Event Apart DC last year, as we all look ahead to An Event Apart DC next year.

And should you want to join us in DC next year—or attend any other of our upcoming, announced shows—use discount code AEA2021 to take $150 off any multi-day ticket.

Here’s the full list of all 17 talks from An Event Apart DC 2019, available now. So pop that popcorn, sink into your favorite chair, and learn with An Event Apart. Even if we can’t be together, we can still be Apart.

  1. Slow Design for an Anxious World” by Jeffrey Zeldman

  2. Designing for Trust in an Uncertain World” by Margot Bloomstein

  3. Designing for Personalities” by Sarah Parmenter

  4. Generation Style” by Eric Meyer

  5. Making Things Better: Redefining the Technical Possibilities of CSS” by Rachel Andrew

  6. Designing Intrinsic Layouts” by Jen Simmons

  7. Making Motion Inclusive” by Val Head

  8. Animation on the Bleeding Edge” by Sarah Drasner

  9. SVG Filters: The Crash Course” by Sara Soueidan

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

  11. Data Basics” by Laura Martini

  12. What has Changed and Where’s it Going?” by Dave Rupert

  13. Leveling Up Your Design Communication” by Aarron Walter

  14. Making Research Count” by Cyd Harrell

  15. Progressive Web Apps: Where Do I Begin?” by Aaron Gustafson

  16. Inclusive, by Design” by Derek Featherstone

  17. The Customer-Obsessed Professional” by Gerry McGovern

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“The Customer-Obsessed Professional” by Gerry McGovern—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/the-customer-obsessed-professional-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:56:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/the-customer-obsessed-professional-aea-video This is the Age of the Consumer. Never before have customers had more power, more connectivity, more information, or more tools. Today, it’s not about designing for the customer but with them. Supporting your company’s business and advancing your career in this new age takes three essential skills: Humility, Agility, and Simplicity. Gerry McGovern explores all three in this fast-paced and memorable hour-long session, captured live at An Event Apart DC 2019. You’ll learn to enhance the humility skills of listening, collaborating, and using evidence instead of gut instinct. 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. And master the key metrics of customer simplicity. You’ll leave inspired to improve how you serve your customer, and knowing how to prove to management that making things simpler for the customer is the best business case of all.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 70 hours of great talks for you to enjoy and learn from—all absolutely free! For more insightful presentations by the industry’s best and brightest, come to An Event Apart—three days of design, code, and content for web and product designers. And for free regular updates on all things web, design, and developer-y, subscribe to our mailing list.

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“Inclusive, by Design” by Derek Featherstone—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/inclusive-by-design-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:55:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/inclusive-by-design-aea-video For years, conversations about accessibility have bubbled around designers and developers. We’ve seen waves of hope and despair as mainstream products hit the internet and include or exclude accessibility considerations, and subsequently people with disabilities. Then we hear people state emphatically “We aren’t intentionally excluding people with disabilities!” We hear it. But the reality is this: you’re not intentionally including them either.

In this insightful, hour-long talk from An Event Apart DC 2019, Derek Featherstone walks you through case studies of accessibility and inclusion on the web and with apps. You’ll get an inside look at the techniques he’s used with clients for the last decade, and at the lessons learned that help you move towards a truly inclusive design process. Put that all together, and you’ll leave with a repeatable framework for intentional inclusion in your design.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 70 hours of great talks for you to enjoy and learn from—all absolutely free! For more insightful presentations by the industry’s best and brightest, come to An Event Apart—three days of design, code, and content for web and product designers. And for free regular updates on all things web, design, and developer-y, subscribe to our mailing list.

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“Progressive Web Apps: Where Do I Begin?” by Aaron Gustafson—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/progressive-web-apps-where-do-i-begin-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:54:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/progressive-web-apps-where-do-i-begin-aea-video For the last three years, our industry has been coming to terms with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and what they mean for the work we do every day. Scores of articles, reams of documentation, and dozens of white papers touting the successes and failures in this space can really get your head spinning. It’s easy to get lost in the complexities of service workers, manifests, and oh so many JavaScript frameworks and toolkits. In this hour-long talk, captured live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Aaron Gustafson shows how to apply modern web design and development best practices to your web projects. You’ll learn 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.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 70 hours of great talks for you to enjoy and learn from—all absolutely free! For more insightful presentations by the industry’s best and brightest, come to An Event Apart—three days of design, code, and content for web and product designers. And for free regular updates on all things web, design, and developer-y, subscribe to our mailing list.

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