An Event Apart https://aneventapart.com/ en-us Fri, 29 May 2020 05:42:53 -0700 Fri, 29 May 2020 05:42:53 -0700 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
  • Cyd Harrell, Design in Public Service
  • 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:

  • Dan Mall, Hard Things About Design Systems
  • Brad Frost, The Technical Side of Design Systems
  • Rachel Andrew, Now You See It: Understanding Display
  • Derek Featherstone, Inclusive Design: Thinking and Doing
  • Sarah Drasner, Animation on the Bleeding Edge
  • Cyd Harrell, Rich Research at a Distance

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, Cyd Harrell, 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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“Making Research Count” by Cyd Harrell—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/making-research-count Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:53:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/making-research-count It’s hard to do really impactful user research, not just because research techniques aren’t easy but because getting the permission, time, budget, and attention can be huge challenges on their own. In this hour-long talk, recorded live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Cyd Harrell discusses how to build a valuable research practice in any company by doing strong small research projects and involving the broader team. She covers both technical tips (such as how to create simple templates for data recording that make research synthesis easier) and communication advice gained from decades of expanding the reach of research in organizations large and small. If your team hasn’t yet made user research a core part of your design and product work, you’ll come away from this talk with a map of how to start. And if you already do research but see it ignored or dismissed, you’ll hear with new ways to make sure it gets the attention and influence it should have.

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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“Leveling Up Your Design Communication” by Aarron Walter—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/leveling-up-your-design-communication-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:52:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/leveling-up-your-design-communication-aea-video Design is a medium for communication, and to do it well, we must cultivate our own communication skills. Within design teams, we do our best work when we create a culture of feedback shaped by our creative space and our design review process. Beyond the design tribe, our work thrives when it’s communicated in language that aligns to the goals of the business and invites participation early and often. In this hour-long presentation, recorded live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Aarron Walter shares the experiences of real design teams at Apple, Spotify, and other organizations to show how to improve the communication of design both inside your team and with key outside stakeholders. You’ll see how to run effective design reviews and retrospectives which will help you create a culture of feedback that produces better work, helps designers sharpen their skills, and communicates the value of design by making it more transparent and inviting.

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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“What Has Changed and Where’s it Going?” by Dave Rupert—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/what-has-changed-and-wheres-it-going-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:51:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/what-has-changed-and-wheres-it-going-aea-video The web moves fast. It always has. While involved in a large e-commerce redesign (originally built in 2012 during the heyday of responsive redesigns) we identified dozens of “responsive best practices” that are simply no longer necessary or no longer best practices. With a critical eye, we’ve been able to reduce quite a bit of cruft and overhead, which improves the overall customer experience. Consider this talk, captured live at An Event Apart DC 2019, a Responsive Web Design Refresher Course where Dave Rupert looks at problems that are no longer problems and find places you might be able to remove code and improve the user experience.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 60 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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“Data Basics” by Laura Martini—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/data-basics-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:50:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/data-basics-aea-video Whether you work on web or native apps, you’re probably seeing an increased demand to gather data about your product. 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. In this detailed session, recorded live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Laura Martini covers the latest trends in data collection, including ​the best kinds of data to collect from apps versus the web; how to make the best use of crash and other troubleshooting data; and how refined A/B testing can work for you.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 60 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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“What is Design Ops, and Why Do I Care?” by Kevin M. Hoffman—An Event Apart https://aneventapart.com/news/post/what-is-design-ops-and-why-do-i-care Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:49:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/what-is-design-ops-and-why-do-i-care The speed and accountability of front-end work are improved with “dev ops.” Research tasks like recruiting and usability lab management are more efficient with “research ops.” Just about any process or tool that saves time and money can be “op’ed,” getting design improvements to those that need it most: the people using our websites and products. Design Operations, or Design Ops for short, ties it all of this together in one big package. But what does Design Ops mean for you, your work, and your team?

In this wide-ranging talk from An Event Apart DC 2019, Kevin M. Hoffman looks at the design work we know and love through a new lens. By distinguishing workflow from software, outcomes from team structures, and maybe even “agile” from UX, we can give some much-needed love to spaces we inhabit in our work, letting us spend more time being the kind of designers we want to be.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 60 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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“SVG Filters: The Crash Course” by Sara Soueidan—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/svg-filters-the-crash-course-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:48:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/svg-filters-the-crash-course-aea-video When it comes to graphical effects, CSS has come a long way in the last few years, with the introduction of CSS filters and blend modes. However, when compared to effects available in graphics editors such as Photoshop and the likes, CSS is still a long way behind. SVG, on the other hand, comes with a set of filter primitives that enable you to recreate Photoshop-grade effects in the browser, using just a few lines of code.

In this detail-packed talk, captured live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Sara Soueidan gives you a crash course on SVG filters: why they're awesome, how they work, and examples of powerful effects you can create with them. While the syntax and attributes of these filters may seem intimidating and not very friendly at first, once you get a grasp of how they 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.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 60 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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“Animation on the Bleeding Edge” by Sarah Drasner—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/animation-on-the-bleeding-edge-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:47:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/animation-on-the-bleeding-edge-aea-video As a community, we talk about how to animate on the web in terms of what's possible—but where is animation heading? From the intersection of health and animation with biofeedback sensors, to teaching with web technologies, to the very future of what the browser will be capable of animating, we're just getting started. In this engaging talk, recorded live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Sarah Drasner explores the latest bleeding-edge animation techniques, including native-like page transitions with client side rendering… and then pushes them even further.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 60 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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“Making Motion Inclusive” by Val Head—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/making-motion-inclusive-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:46:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/making-motion-inclusive-aea-video It’s a common misconception that things like inclusive design and accessibility only come at the cost of design details like motion, but that’s just not the case. Whether it’s microinteractions, animated illustrations, or larger animated experiences, a little care and consideration can go a long way towards getting the best of both worlds. In this dynamic session recorded live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Val Head shows you how to build animated interactions with inclusivity in mind from the start.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 60 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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“Designing for Trust in an Uncertain World” by Margot Bloomstein—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/designing-for-trust-in-an-uncertain-world-aea-video Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:45:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/designing-for-trust-in-an-uncertain-world-aea-video Who can we trust—and how do our users invest their trust? Expert opinions are a thing of the past; we favor user reviews from “people like us” whether we're planning a meal or prioritizing a newsfeed. But as our filter bubbles burst, consumers and citizens alike turn inward for the truth. By designing for empowerment, the smartest organizations meet them there.

In this wide-ranging talk, recorded live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Margot Bloomstein walks you through examples from retail, publishing, government, and other industries to detail what you can do to meet unprecedented problems in information consumption. Learn how voice, volume, and vulnerability can inform your design and content strategy to earn the trust of your users, and discover how your choices can empower users and rebuild our very sense of trust itself.

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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We’ve Cancelled Our DC and Seattle Events https://aneventapart.com/news/post/weve-cancelled-our-dc-and-seattle-events Sun, 15 Mar 2020 18:00:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/weve-cancelled-our-dc-and-seattle-events With heavy hearts, we’ve come to the decision that we must cancel An Event Apart in both Washington, DC and Seattle this year. We really wanted these conferences to happen, but the present circumstances have made it impossible to put on events in either city, for the time being.

If you were registered for either event, you should already have received email outlining your options for transferring or refunding your registration. If you didn’t receive our email, please contact us to tell us for which event you’re registered, the email address you used to register, and (ideally) your registration confirmation number. We ask that you give us at least 72 hours to reply; while we still strive for same-day service, these are unusual times, and it might take us a bit longer to respond.

As of now, our other events in 2020 are still expected to take place, with the first of them scheduled for June 30 – July 1 in Boston. We’ll continue to monitor circumstances closely and make the best decisions we can for the event and the safety of our attendees, based on the information from the WHO and CDC.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us at service@aneventapart.com.

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“Designing Intrinsic Layouts” by Jen Simmons—An Event Apart video https://aneventapart.com/news/post/designing-intrinsic-layouts-aea-video Tue, 10 Mar 2020 08:07:00 -0700 Eric Meyer https://aneventapart.com/news/post/designing-intrinsic-layouts-aea-video Twenty-five years after the web began, we finally have a real toolkit for creating layouts. Combining CSS Grid, Flexbox, Multicolumn, Flow layout and Writing Modes gives us the technical ability to build layouts today without the horrible hacks and compromises of the past. But what does this mean for our design medium? How might we better leverage the art of graphic design? How will we create something practical, usable, and realistically doable? In this hour-long talk captured live at An Event Apart DC 2019, Jen Simmons walks you through the thinking process of creating accessible & reusable page and component layouts.

Enjoy all the presentations in An Event Apart’s video library! There are over 60 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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