An Event Apart https://www.aneventapart.com/ en-us Thu, 06 Oct 2022 19:19:28 -0700 Thu, 06 Oct 2022 19:19:28 -0700 Looking Ahead—Insights from Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/looking-ahead-september-2022 Tue, 06 Sep 2022 11:20:00 -0700 Brad Miller https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/looking-ahead-september-2022 September 2022

An Event Apart co-founder Eric Meyer shares his thoughts on the current state of the industry and what’s to come.


It’s true that in these “Look Ahead” pieces I keep banging on about how fast things are moving in the web development space, but they just. Won’t. Stop. Literally the day I’m writing this, Chrome 105 shipped with full public support for both :has() and container queries, both of which are already supported in Safari Technology Previews (and :has() has been there since Safari 15.4), and might be in the public releases of Safari by the time you read this. Or maybe not; Apple doesn’t exactly share their release schedule with me. Either way, it should be soon!

Just think about that for a second. As Miriam Suzanne (who’ll be giving a talk at An Event Apart Denver next month) put it, for years we were told that parent selectors and container queries were impossible for browsers to implement, that they’d never happen. Now they’re both happening; more than that, they’re shipping.

There are other revolutions happening around us, right now, and I suspect most of us don’t even realize it. Cascade Layers are already widely supported, letting you take control of the cascade in ways that make collaboration across teams much simpler. Subgrid is in two of three engines, and coming soon to the third. We’re in a situation where the impossible becomes pedestrian with every new browser milestone. It’s a giddy moment.

So what I see ahead of us right now are some real paradigm shifts in how we manage and maintain our development. Just in CSS terms, there have been so many advances in browsers in the past couple of years that I honestly think there’s an entire ocean of techniques we haven’t figured out yet. In both work and personal projects, in the past three months, I’ve devised more than half a dozen CSS techniques that were utterly new to me. I’ve only had time to document a couple of them on my personal site; I hope to write up more. But let’s be real: inventing new tricks is way more fun than writing down how they work.

And lest you think this is me puffing myself up, there are all kinds of new techniques coming from all corners all the time. The border-image full-bleed technique is one example I saw recently, and I expect there’s a lot more to mine from just that general idea. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the new ideas. There are times I yearn for a Webdev News Network I could check in with once a day.

The point being, I don’t think coming up with a few new techniques is the mark of any kind of genius. It’s just that there are so many possibilities now that all it takes is a few minutes to reflect and a willingness to consider that almost nothing is really impossible any more. Add parent selection and container queries to that? I can’t even imagine what kinds of awesomeness will result. None of us can. But collectively, we can find out.

—ERIC MEYER

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Presenting the AEA Denver 2022 agenda https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/presenting-the-aea-denver-2022-agenda Wed, 10 Aug 2022 05:45:00 -0700 Brad Miller https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/presenting-the-aea-denver-2022-agenda We have a a top-notch event planned for An Event Apart DenverJoin us October 10–12 for our first in-person event since 2019.

An Event Apart Denver features fifteen important sessions presented by industry experts, each followed by a live, moderated Q&A session with the speaker.

Join us to learn:

  • Performance and accessibility with Tolu Adegbite, Scott Jehl, and Dave Rupert
  • Rethinking design with Jason Grigsby, Eva PenzeyMoog, and Preston So
  • Advanced CSS with Rachel Andrew, Hui Jing Chen, and Miriam Suzanne
  • Front-end focus with Chris Coyier and Val Head
  • SEO and UX with Wil Reynolds
  • Improving your work life with Erin Casali and Fonz Morris
  • And more

View the agenda

Attending An Event Apart inspires your creativity, adds to your skill set, and increases your value to your teammates, employers, and clients. With three days of expert insights, community networking, and sharing, An Event Apart Denver is the ultimate learning experience for UX and front-end experts.

Sign up on or before Monday, August 15 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.
 

Don’t miss out.

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Looking Ahead—Insights from Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/looking-ahead-june-2022 Thu, 02 Jun 2022 09:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/looking-ahead-june-2022 June 2022

Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman share their thoughts on the current state of the industry and what’s to come.

Jeffrey Zeldman

What’s next for web design?

Like many of you, I’ve been designing websites for a long time. And after three decades of extraordinarily fast-paced innovation and change, I find myself wondering what’s next. I don’t mean that I wonder what technological advance will achieve standardization and show up in which browser. I mean something more, something bigger.

The big idea

In the early 1990s, the web was its own huge idea: the idea that, from now on, anyone with access to a networked computer could share ideas with anyone else similarly equipped, anywhere in the world.

The web’s invention democratized publishing, empowered self-expression, gave everyone with access the ability to share their truth and find their tribe. Ultimately it would lead to new forms of journalism and fact sharing, new ways to build community, and much more—sadly including chaotic and destructive forces we could not imagine as we first sat at our tiny amber monitors, innocently learning HTML and discovering a world beyond Gopher.

But the story, the big story of the dawn of the web, was democratization through simple, easy-to-learn languages and protocols. And that was phase one.

Enter capitalism

Almost immediately, business and the professions that serve it began shaping the web to new ends. Some of us remained passionate amateurs devoted to experimentation and creative expression. But many others became professional web designers and developers, ushering in two decades of innovation and discovery as we pushed the new medium far beyond its original scope as a platform for sharing basic documents.

In place of one big idea, we had a million of them.

Almost every month, from 1995 on, it seemed there was some brilliant new rethinking—from the early table layouts and typographic hacks to liquid, Jello, and Ice layouts; from server-side interactivity to client-side DHTML to Ajax; from Flash to web standards. We used HTML elements willy-nilly to affect how the type on our page looked.

Then, with the introduction of CSS, we learned better, using markup semantically and letting styles determine how pages looked—at least, when browsers behave correctly.

And as we were learning to separate content from presentation, we also began to make long overdue progress at bringing the web to where it should always have been, by making our pages accessible to everyone—regardless of personal ability or device used.

As web standards became accepted as the way to move the web forward, we began to have Really Big Ideas in fairly quick succession, often in reaction to new tech like the iPhone and Android. Responsive Web Design, Mobile First—it was one sea change after another, often starting on the stage of An Event Apart and the pages of A List Apart.

How do you follow 20 years of visual and interactive innovation?

As I step back and try to imagine the web’s future, I see a mature medium, held together with standards. Things we used to have to pull off by deliberately abusing code or relying on the quirks of browsers we can now achieve with the mature and sophisticated CSS that W3C working groups continue to drop on us.

As the era of the web design pioneer recedes, a new era is emerging, based on the web’s old, original idea: that this is a medium for people—a medium that should be usable, accessible, and both broadly and specifically inclusive.

Instead of memorizing new tricks, we’re deepening our knowledge of what we already know, and learning to be better at anticipating the needs of the people we serve. Not just some of the people. Not just 80% of the people. But all of the people.

This is what the journey of web design has always been about. We lost sight of it when we first began exploring and innovating. We remembered it as we shifted the focus of our innovation from tricks designers and developers get off on, to methods of understanding and helping more people.

Achieving the business goals of our employers while simultaneously improving the lives of our users—with all the detailed experimentation and research such an undertaking requires—will be the Next Big Thing in web design and development, as it is already the focus of An Event Apart’s curriculum.

Let’s make humanism, democracy, and inclusion the real Web 3.0.

—JEFFREY ZELDMAN


Eric Meyer

A few months ago, I said I was excited about the publication of the first public working drafts for both CSS Cascade Layers and CSS Container Queries. I also said there was strong agreement from browser makers to implement them.

What I didn’t expect was that by now, today, just a few months later, Cascade Layers would have shipped in every major desktop and mobile browser. And I don’t mean in preview builds behind flags: I mean full public releases. If you’re coding for an intranet with a known, updated browser population, you could literally start using cascade layers today. The speed of this frankly spun my head like a 5ms rotation animation.

On the one hand, I suppose it might have been low-hanging fruit, because browsers have maintained two cascade layers since 1996: the important layer, and the everything-else layer. That’s how the cascade was defined from the outset. Support for Cascade Layers simply allows authors to add more layers, name them, order them, and use them to group styles together and know that the styles in other layers will override them, or be overridden by them, regardless of selector specificity. The simplest selector in a layer will override anything in the layers below it. The most complex selector in a layer will be overridden by anything in the layers above it.

Flagging rules as important will still allow overriding of things in other layers, but the promise of Cascade Layers is that they can do away with specificity wars, and thus the need for marking certain declarations important to overcome others. Instead, you can slot rules into layers you set up, and let the hierarchy of priorities you define govern which rules will win, regardless of where they sit in the style sheet or how complex their selector.

Think of it: the thing we struggled with for decades, the impetus that created naming methodology after naming methodology in an attempt to “tame the cascade,” can now be relegated to the past. This is going to set off— well, I was going to say a slow revolution in how we structure our CSS, but there might not be anything slow about it. This is a huge step forward, one I’m excited to see unfold and one we’ll be seeing in AEA talks throughout the rest of this year, and I expect for years to come.

—ERIC MEYER

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Articles, Links, and Tools From Online Together: Spring Summit 2022 https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-spring-summit-2022 Sun, 17 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-spring-summit-2022 “Fluid Design Tools for a Responsive Design System World” (Jason Grigsby)

A look at how design tools should integrate with design systems and how close we can get to an ideal fluid design tool today.

Resources

Should Designers Code Hot Takes

Tools Used in Experiments

Interesting tools tackling design system collaboration

“Beyond the Screen: Immersive Design for Spaces” (Preston So)

How to extend our expertise with the web into the expanse of the immersive.

Articles and talks

Books

“Design and Development Considerations for Dual Screen Devices” (Stephanie Stimac)

Dual-screen/foldable devices are starting to emerge on the market, offering new and interesting opportunities—as well as challenges.

“In and Out of Style” (Jeremy Keith)

Let’s take a look at history of the World Wide Web and then cast our gaze to the future!

Blog posts

Presentations

Proposals (email)

Papers (PDF)

People (Wikipedia)

“CSS, JavaScript, & Accessibility” (Ire Aderinokun)

More often than not, what makes a web page less accessible is the CSS and JavaScript we add to the HTML.

CSS & Accessibility

JavaScript & Accessibility

“Browser Compatibility in an Evergreen World” (Rachel Andrew)

Maybe some things never change, but browser compatibility issues in 2022 are quite different to those we faced 10 or even 5 years ago.

“Websites are Good Now” (Chris Coyier)

It's time to take a look at how you’re approaching some of the building blocks of your website, because many things are easier and better than in the past.

“Container Queries: Responsive Components are Coming to Your Browser” (Una Kravets)

With this new API, you can query parent styles including a parent’s width and style information.

“Establishing a Remote Design Practice From Scratch” (Erin Casali)

One of the key transformations that should come with remote work is asynchronous collaboration.

“Don’t Worry, Be Appy” (Aaron Gustafson)

The web continues to evolve deeper connections with operating systems.

“I Can :has() New CSS?” (Eric Meyer)

Recent additions to the CSS landscape that deliver a lot of power and flexibility in places you might not expect.

“Empathy by Design” (Sharon Steed)

What if you don’t know where you’re succeeding when engaging empathy, and where you need a few tweaks?

“The Content Design of Civil Discourse: Turning Conflict into Collaboration” (David Dylan Thomas)

There are simple design and content design choices we can make that encourage collaboration over conflict.

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Meet the Speaker: Stephanie Stimac https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-stephanie-stimac Fri, 18 Mar 2022 09:25:00 -0700 Brad Miller https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-stephanie-stimac Dual-screen design expert Stephanie Stimac joins AEA co-founder Eric Meyer for a special live interview in the latest installment of our Meet the Speaker series. Stephanie is a first-time AEA speaker at our upcoming online event, Spring Summit 2022.

Spring Summit 2022 is a three-day fully-online web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 15+ in-depth sessions, Q&A with the speakers, special After Hours sessions, and more. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. See the full Spring Summit 2022 agenda and register now.

And don’t miss out on our March Special—sign up for a Spring Summit 2022 three-day pass this month, and receive a free copy of Jason Grigsby’s ebook, Progressive Web Apps.

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A Live Interview with Jason Grigsby https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/a-live-interview-with-jason-grigsby Wed, 16 Mar 2022 08:57:00 -0700 Brad Miller https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/a-live-interview-with-jason-grigsby An Event Apart co-founder Eric Meyer joins author and Spring Summit 2022 speaker, Jason Grigsby, in this special live interview.

Tune in above to hear a lively discussion about design systems, Jason’s book, Progressive Web Apps, a preview of our next event, Spring Summit 2022, and much more.

And don’t miss out on our March Special—sign up for a Spring Summit 2022 three-day pass this month, and receive a free copy of Jason’s ebook, Progressive Web Apps.

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March Special: Register for Spring Summit 2022 and Get a Free eBook https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/spring-summit-2022-march-special Thu, 10 Mar 2022 10:50:00 -0800 Brad Miller https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/spring-summit-2022-march-special An Event Apart Online Together: Spring Summit 2022 is just a month away, and we’re excited to offer you something special if you register now:

Sign up for a Spring Summit 2022 three-day pass during the month of March, and receive a free copy of Jason Grigsby’s ebook, Progressive Web Apps.

From the publisher, our sister company, A Book Apart:

Jason Grigsby answers the what, why, and how of progressive web apps, from making the case in your organization to reaching your users in bold, new ways. Build your audience, increase revenue, and widen the web’s reach—all with the power of progressive web apps.

In addition to the valuable insights in Jason’s book, you can also see his session, Fluid Design Tools for a Responsive Design System World, at Spring Summit 2022, April 18–20.

Don’t miss out on this chance to take your career to the next level. See the Spring Summit 2022 three-day schedule and register today!

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Looking Ahead to 2022 https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/looking-ahead-to-2022 Tue, 01 Mar 2022 09:00:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/looking-ahead-to-2022 Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman share their thoughts on the current state of the industry and what’s to come in 2022 and beyond.

Jeffrey Zeldman

How we build accessibility into our digital products may change in the future as the WCAG 3 draft specification—and particularly its new color contrast method, called APCA (Advanced Perceptual Contrast Algorithm)—begins to capture the attention of the web design and development community. Already there are tutorials popping up on the subject, like Dan Hollick’s widely read Twitter thread on “wrapping your head around” the new method.

By all means, have a look and begin thinking about how this method, should it make its way into the final WCAG 3 released specification, might change (and possibly improve) how you create and test for accessible color contrast in your designs.

But as you do so, keep in mind that WCAG 3 is not ready yet—and it won’t be for some time—for reasons that Eric Eggert’s fine essay of the same name clearly explains. To quote briefly,

W3C Working Groups publish drafts to allow the public and W3C members to give feedback. They are explicitly not meant as a recommendation or even as advice. To quote from the W3C process document (emphasis mine):

Working Drafts do not necessarily represent a consensus of the Working Group with respect to their content, and do not imply any endorsement by W3C or its members beyond agreement to work on a general area of technology. […] A Working Draft is suitable for gathering wide review prior to advancing to the next stage of maturity.

Among other concerns, the current WCAG 3 draft deliberately breaks backward compatibility, and the final release will likely follow suit. In sharing the draft, the W3C is primarily looking for our feedback, and offering the rough draft for eager designers and developers to test on prototypes that won’t be used by the public.

Trouble is, our industry is addicted to the new and shiny, and many of us don’t particularly enjoy reading articles nearly as much as we like playing with new tools. Early adopters with insufficient background information might immediately begin using APCA on public-facing sites, doing more accessibility harm than good.

What should you do? You could do nothing and wait for the W3C to finish the spec, but that’s not your style. For 2022, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the emerging standard and perhaps testing it…so long as you follow the wise advice of A List Apart contributing technical editor Adrian Roselli:

You still have to follow WCAG.

If APCA gets you a good color combination that also follows WCAG, great. Use it.

If APCA gets you a color combo that violates WCAG, then you had better confirm with users that it’s better. And then document it in your accessibility statement.

—JEFFREY ZELDMAN


Eric Meyer

It’s been one heck of a couple of years, for lots of reasons. For me, part of that has been working at Igalia, the company that brought us CSS Grid in browsers. I’ve learned a lot in that time, making me hopeful about the web in 2022 and beyond.

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is that the teams at browser makers care about interoperability and stamping out bugs a lot more than we give them credit for. I could describe a whole bunch of ways this is expressed, but I think one of the most obvious is the Compat2021 project. That’s where various browser teams and contributors (disclaimer: Igalia included) agreed on five things to make more robust and interoperable.

And they did! As I write this, the compatibility scores for this project are all in the 90s. Some of them started in the 60s, or even lower (one test set scored 27% interoperable). That means CSS flexbox, Grid, sticky positioning, and CSS transforms are all much more consistent across browsers than they were even in the middle of 2021.

Okay, yes, that’s the past, but it’s laid a path for the future. A sequel project is in the works, and will be more expansive both in terms of the number of things being worked on and the standards from which they’re drawn — it won’t be just CSS this time. By the end of 2022, there should be much better alignment across browsers in a whole host of areas. There should be a formal announcement soon, so keep an eye out for it.

But for me personally, I’m still a CSS fanboy, so I’m super excited about what’s cooking on the CSS stove. Just in December of 2021, first public working drafts of both CSS Container Queries and Cascade Layers were published, with strong agreement from browser makers to start implementing both. Subgrid support should finally be coming to Chrome. There are already early implementations of :has(), a pseudo-class that makes parent selectors possible, with more work promised for 2022.

And those are just off the top of my head. There’s still more being worked on, and it looks like more resources are being devoted to the web platform. Apple announced toward the end of 2021 that they were hiring thirty new engineer positions on the WebKit team, for example. Google continues to support not just a hearty web team, but also efforts like the Open Web Docs project and other work outside Google itself. And there are many other browser teams, whether at behemoths like Microsoft and Samsung or at more scrappy firms like Brave or Igalia, contributing to the overall health of the ecosystem.

We live in interesting times, that much is certain, but the near-future of the web is every bit as interesting, and what’s more, it doesn’t look nearly as grim as everything around it.

—ERIC MEYER

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Presenting the Spring Summit 2022 Agenda https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/presenting-the-spring-summit-2022-agenda Tue, 22 Feb 2022 23:22:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/presenting-the-spring-summit-2022-agenda We have an incredible event planned for Online Together: Spring Summit 2022, coming to a device near you April 18–20.

Spring Summit 2022 features fifteen important sessions presented by industry experts, each followed by a live, moderated Q&A session with the speaker, plus a special bonus session at the end of each day.

  • Advanced CSS with Ire Aderinokun, Rachel Andrew, and Eric Meyer
  • New design frontiers with Stephanie Stimac, Preston So, and Jason Grigsby
  • Tackling organizational barriers with Sharon Steed and David Dylan Thomas
  • Container queries and web components with Una Kravets and Dave Rupert
  • Web platform features with Chris Coyier and Aaron Gustafson
  • SEO and UX with Wil Reynolds
  • Transitioning to a remote design practice with Erin Casali
  • Learning from web standards history with Jeremy Keith
  • And more

Attending An Event Apart inspires your creativity, adds to your skill set, and increases your value to your teammates, employers, and clients. With three days of expert insights, community networking and sharing, and six months to re-watch the days you registered for on-demand, Spring Summit 2022 is the ultimate learning experience for UX and front-end experts.

View the agenda

Sign up on or before February 28 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

Don’t miss out — see the Spring Summit 2022 three-day schedule and register today!

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Announcing Spring Summit 2022 https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/announcing-spring-summit-2022 Mon, 31 Jan 2022 11:30:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/announcing-spring-summit-2022 Three days. Fifteen World-Class Experts. Coming to a Device Near You.

We’re feeling more optimistic than ever that 2022 is going to be great, but due to the current state of the pandemic, our April event will be held online without the live component in Seattle.

We have an incredible event planned for Online Together: Spring Summit 2022, a three-day web design conference coming to a device near you April 18–20.

Over the course of three days, Spring Summit 2022 will feature fifteen important sessions, each followed by a live, moderated Q&A session with the speaker, plus a unique special session at the end of each day.

Attending An Event Apart inspires your creativity, adds to your skill set, and increases your value to your teammates, employers, and clients. With three days of expert sessions, community networking and sharing, and six months to re-watch the entire conference on demand, Spring Summit 2022 is the ultimate AEA Online Together experience.

Sign up before February 22 to take advantage of our Early Bird pricing.

Don’t miss out — see the Spring Summit 2022 three-day schedule and register today!

We’re still hopeful that our other two in-person events this year will take place:

Whether in-person or online, we look forward to helping you take your knowledge and career to the next level in 2022.

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Working Together in Diverse Teams https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/working-together-in-diverse-teams-free Mon, 10 Jan 2022 08:30:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/working-together-in-diverse-teams-free As a special treat to kick off the new year, we’re excited to announce that Farai Madzima’s Fall Summit session, Working Together in Diverse Teams, is now available to watch for free.

This session is just one example of the expert insights you’ll get at An Event Apart conferences. Join us as we head back to the live stage in 2022:

Each event is a mix of education, inspiration, practical takeaways, and deep insight into the future, presented by industry experts and innovators. We’d love to see you there!

Register today

Subscribe to our list to receive emails filled with valuable links and resources throughout the year.

Every day, we work with people who aren’t like us, and it’s a trend that will only grow over time. Working in diverse teams, we share more perspectives and ways of thinking; using these, we can improve the ways we solve problems and build products. On the flip side, like an invisible hand, our home cultures influence how we perform day-to-day tasks at work. This can mean diverse teams are prone to increased conflict and misunderstanding, because cultural biases influence how we deal with conflict, how we handle feedback and critique, and how we communicate.

In this wide-ranging talk, Farai shares underlying principles, practical recommendations, and ready-to-use tactics you can use to become more effective working in diverse teams. When we know more about cultural biases and their influence, we can reduce friction, giving us a better chance to gain the true benefit of working in diverse teams.

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Practical Ethics for the Modern Web Designer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/practical-ethics-for-the-modern-web-designer Mon, 13 Dec 2021 08:30:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/practical-ethics-for-the-modern-web-designer As a special holiday treat, we’re excited to announce that Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s Fall Summit session, Practical Ethics for the Modern Web Designer, is now available to watch for free.

This session is just one example of the expert insights you’ll get at An Event Apart conferences. Join us as we head back to the live stage in 2022:

Each event is a mix of education, inspiration, practical takeaways, and deep insight into the future, presented by industry experts and innovators. We’d love to see you there!

Subscribe to our list to receive emails filled with valuable links and resources throughout the year.

Ethics is front of mind these days, especially in the tech industry. The industry ethos of “move fast and break things” has resulted in real harm to real people—ranging from the erosion of privacy to the deterioration of democracy itself. We need an ethic for our industry. But how do we make it happen? How do we incorporate ethics into our design and development work? This is the question Morten addresses is in his session.

In this talk, Morten lays down a path toward an explicit ethic for web workers by anchoring the work we do in the people we design for, providing a foundation to stand on when building the future for our users.

Register today

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Celebrate the 14th Annual #BlueBeanie Day! https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/celebrate-the-14th-annual-bluebeanie-day Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:00:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/celebrate-the-14th-annual-bluebeanie-day Today is the day thousands of web professionals wear a blue beanie (tuque, toque, hat, etc.) to show their support for accessible web content and the benefits it provides to all, regardless of physical ability or the device they use to access the internet.

Popularized by AEA co-founder Jeffrey Zeldman, the 14th annual Blue Beanie Day seeks to raise awareness of web design features such as progressive enhancement and accessible, semantic markup, and “fight Web Standards Apathy.” The origin of the name comes from the image of Jeffrey Zeldman on the cover of his book, Designing with Web Standards, wearing a blue toque.

It’s easy and fun to show your support for web design and development done right. Put on a blue beanie, snap a selfie, and post it to your blog and social media channels with the hashtag #BlueBeanieDay.

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Practical Tips for Building More Accessible Front-Ends https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/practical-tips-for-building-more-accessible-front-ends Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:48:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/practical-tips-for-building-more-accessible-front-ends Sara Soueidan’s Fall Summit session, Applied Accessibility: Practical Tips for Building More Accessible Front-Ends, is now available to watch for free.

This is just a taste of the inspirational and instructional sessions you’ll experience at An Event Apart conferences. Join us as we head back to the live stage in 2022:

Each event is a mix of education, inspiration, practical takeaways, and deep insight into the future, presented by industry experts and innovators. We’d love to see you there!

Subscribe to our list to receive emails filled with valuable links and resources throughout the year.

In this session — a series of macro case studies from real client projects — Sara Soueidan shares some frustrations, many lessons learned, and a lot of practical tips and tricks for building accessible front-end foundations that you can take and apply in your own projects right away.

This talk is a practical one, chock full of tips for creating more accessible front-end foundations. If writing HTML, CSS, SVG and JavaScript is part of your job, then this talk is for you.

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Don’t Call it a Comeback, We’ve Been Here For Years https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/dont-call-it-a-comeback-weve-been-here-for-years Wed, 10 Nov 2021 10:53:00 -0800 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/dont-call-it-a-comeback-weve-been-here-for-years Since December 2005, An Event Apart has been a mainstay of the web scene, bringing you the latest thinking in front-end development and UX design, as well as previewing what’s coming next. Over the past two years, like so many other event companies, we’ve only put on virtual events, and we’re so grateful that we were able to be online together during these challenging years. And now the time has come: our return to in-person events!

In 2022, we’re bringing the magic back, live on stage, with these shows:

To celebrate our return to live events in 2022, we’re offering Super Early Bird pricing: 22% off three-day passes — our biggest discount ever!

That makes any 2022 event just $1,248 for three full days of inspiration and instruction from the world’s top experts, in-person community networking, resources, and more.

But hurry — our Super Early Bird pricing is only valid through Friday, December 3.

Register today

We’re excited to be heading back to the live stage, and we can’t wait to see you in person!

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Articles, Links, and Tools From Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-fall-summit-2021 Sun, 10 Oct 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-fall-summit-2021 “Building Brands Online” (Sarah Parmenter)

“Our Stylish Future” (Hui Jing Chen)

“How to Understand CSS” (Rachel Andrew)

We do CSS and our own productivity a disservice if we continue to take a piecemeal approach to the language. By learning the key elements that underpin this system, you will find that the rest of CSS falls into place.

“Styling the Intrinsic Web with Cascade Layers & Container Queries” (Miriam Suzanne)

Intrinsic Web Design

W3C

Cascade Layers

Specification
Implementation
Resources

Scope

Specification

Container Queries

2020 Proposals
Specification
Implementation
Resources
Query Units
See Also

“Zero Waste Web Design” (Tom Greenwood)

Zero Waste Living

Books & Resources

Tools

Lightweight Analytics

Hosting

“The Craft of Feedback” (Erin Casali)

“Applied Accessibility: Practical Tips for Building More Accessible Front-Ends” (Sara Soueidan)

Sara shares some frustrations, many lessons learned, and a lot of practical tips and tricks for building accessible front-end foundations that you can take and apply in your own projects right away.

“Elements Heard, Not Seen: Moving from Web Design to Voice Design” (Preston So)

Recent blog posts about voice

My conversational content strategy series

A List Apart and CMSWire articles

Selected talks about voice and voice content

“Justice, Safety, Compassion: Contributing to the Ethical Tech Paradigm Shift” (Eva PenzeyMoog)

Workshops from Creative Reaction Lab

“We're All Writing Our Own Web Standards Now” (Jason Grigsby)

“Built In, Not Bolted On: How to Get Accessibility Right From the Start” (Derek Featherstone)

“Speaking of Accessibility: How Screen Readers Present Your Content” (Melanie Richards)

How does markup become something that screen readers (for example) can understand and interact with on behalf of the user? Together we’ll dive into how assistive tech integrates with the experiences that you create.

How This Works

Accessibility APIs
Accessibility API Mappings
Accessibility Tree
Text Interfaces
Events

Testing

Checkers and Linters
Manual Testing
Some Screen Reader Actions to Try
  • Read line by line
  • Read continuously from a point
  • Jump by headings, landmarks, and links
  • Search the page
  • Interact with tables using table commands
  • Jump by form field
  • Interact with all interactive elements
  • Testing any changes in content or context
Testing with Users

Bug Sleuthing

Mappings
Debugging Tools
Browser Dev Tools
Desktop OS API Debuggers
Where to Report Bugs

Miscellaneous

Browser Rendering Engine Documentation

Image Credits

“That’s Great, but How Do I Convince My Boss?” (David Dylan Thomas)

It’s one thing to know what your organization should be doing, but that’s not always enough to convince the people who sign the checks. How do you get them on board?

Websites

Books

Podcasts

Video

Slack

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Meet the Speaker: Tom Greenwood https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-tom-greenwood Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-tom-greenwood Zero-waste web design expert Tom Greenwood joins An Event Apart co-founder Eric Meyer for a special interview in the final installment of our Meet the Speaker series. Tom is a first-time AEA speaker at our upcoming Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 conference. Tune in Thursday, September 30 at 12pm ET here on this post, Facebook, or YouTube.

Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 is a three-day online web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 15 in-depth sessions, Q&A with the speakers, special after-hours sessions, resources, and more. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. Join us online October 11–13. See the full Fall Summit 2021 agenda and register now.

And don’t miss out on our September specialPurchase a Fall Summit 2021 three-day pass during the month of September and receive a free copy of Eva PenzeyMoog’s new ebook, Design for Safety. And see the full schedule of Meet the Speaker interviews for more!

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Meet the Speaker: Regine Gilbert https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-regine-gilbert Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-regine-gilbert Accessibility research and design expert Regine Gilbert joins An Event Apart co-founder Jeffrey Zeldman for a special interview in the latest installment of our Meet the Speaker series. Regine is a first-time AEA speaker at our upcoming Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 conference. Tune in Tuesday, September 28 at 12pm ET here on this post, Facebook, or YouTube.

Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 is a three-day online web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 15 in-depth sessions, Q&A with the speakers, special after-hours sessions, resources, and more. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. Join us online October 11–13. See the full Fall Summit 2021 agenda and register now.

And don’t miss out on our September specialPurchase a Fall Summit 2021 three-day pass during the month of September and receive a free copy of Eva PenzeyMoog’s new ebook, Design for Safety.

Join us for our next Meet the Speaker interview with zero-waste web design expert Tom Greenwood on Thursday, September 30. And see the full schedule of Meet the Speaker interviews for more!

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Meet the Speaker: Erin Casali https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-erin-casali Mon, 20 Sep 2021 09:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-erin-casali Erin Casali, an expert on getting better feedback, joins An Event Apart co-founder Jeffrey Zeldman for a special interview in the latest installment of our Meet the Speaker series. Erin is a first-time AEA speaker at our upcoming Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 conference. Watch it here on this post, on Facebook, or on YouTube.

Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 is a three-day online web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 15 in-depth sessions, Q&A with the speakers, special after-hours sessions, resources, and more. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. Join us online October 11–13. See the full Fall Summit 2021 agenda and register now.

And don’t miss out on our September specialPurchase a Fall Summit 2021 three-day pass during the month of September and receive a free copy of Eva PenzeyMoog’s new ebook, Design for Safety.

Join us for our next Meet the Speaker interview with accessibility research and design expert Regine Gilbert on Tuesday, September 28. And see the full schedule of Meet the Speaker interviews for more!

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Meet the Speaker: Hui Jing Chen https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-hui-jing-chen Fri, 17 Sep 2021 09:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://www.aneventapart.com/news/post/meet-the-speaker-hui-jing-chen CSS expert Hui Jing Chen joins An Event Apart co-founder Eric Meyer for a special interview in the latest installment of our Meet the Speaker series. Hui Jing is a first-time AEA speaker at our upcoming Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 conference. Watch it here on this post, on Facebook, or on YouTube.

Online Together: Fall Summit 2021 is a three-day online web design conference with an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more—featuring 15 in-depth sessions, Q&A with the speakers, special after-hours sessions, resources, and more. You'll get deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next. Join us online October 11–13. See the full Fall Summit 2021 agenda and register now.

And don’t miss out on our September specialPurchase a Fall Summit 2021 three-day pass during the month of September and receive a free copy of Eva PenzeyMoog’s new ebook, Design for Safety.

Join us for our next Meet the Speaker interview with Erin Casali, an expert on getting better feedback, on Thursday, September 23. And see the full schedule of Meet the Speaker interviews for more!

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