Ok, so this is a bit of a lie since the Special Edition in Washington D.C. is July 30 to August 1 (next week!) so grab your ticket now. For those of us in need of more planning time, there are events in Chicago, Orlando, and San Francisco in August, October, and December respectively.
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Here are four of this year’s speakers you can see at any of the final three events. And to help you prepare and get excited, we’re sharing recordings of their previous presentations.
Val Head, design advocate at Adobe, is presenting Building More Expressive Products.
The products we design today must connect with customers across different screen sizes, contexts, and even voice or chat interfaces. As such, we create emotional expressiveness in our products not only through visual design and language choices, but also through design details such as how interface elements move, or the way they sound. By using every tool at our disposal, including audio and animation, we can create more expressive products that feel cohesive across all of today’s diverse media and social contexts. In this session, Val will show how to harness the design details from different media to build overarching themes—themes that persist across all screen sizes and user and interface contexts, creating a bigger emotional impact and connection with your audience.
Val previously presented Designing Meaningful Animation:
Derek Featherstone, founder at Simply Accessible, is presenting Inclusive UX: Techniques for Everyone.
You and your teams are doing the things that need to be done to create inclusive designs. You’ve been using meaningful, semantic markup from the get-go. You stopped using light grey on slightly darker grey text years ago. Designing and building your apps and sites in an accessible way is just how you work now—you have to try really hard to make things that don’t work with a keyboard. So, what’s next for you? How can you make sure that you’re delivering on the promise of the web by delivering an inclusive design that can be easily used by people with disabilities? In this talk, Derek will tackle the tougher problems through design approaches and practical development techniques that you need to create accessible, modern websites.
Derek previously presented Extreme Design:
Jen Simmons, designer advocate at Mozilla, is presenting Everything You Know About Web Design Just Changed.
2017 saw a sea change in web layout, one that few of us have truly come to grips with. We’re standing at the threshold of an entirely new era in digital design—one in which, rather than hacking layouts together, we can actually describe layouts directly. The benefits will touch everything from prototyping to custom art direction to responsive design. In this visionary talk, rooted in years of practical experience, Jen will show you how to understand what’s different, learn to think through multiple stages of flexibility, and let go of pixel constraints forever.
Jen previously presented Revolutionize Your Page: Real Art Direction on the Web:
Rachel Andrew, co-founder of Perch, is presenting Graduating to Grid.
When CSS Grid Layout shipped into multiple browsers in the Spring of 2017 it heralded the dawn of a new way to do layout on the web. Now that the excitement of launch has passed, Rachel Andrew will take a look at what went right or wrong in these first few months, and offer help to those struggling to transition away from legacy methods. In a practical, example-packed hour, Rachel will help give you the confidence and practical skills to fully embrace Grid layout. We’ll compare common framework patterns to new Grid code, and learn how to create a workflow that is right up to date—a workflow grounded in new CSS, yet able to care for old browsers and ensure a good experience for their users.
Rachel previously presented CSS Grid Layout: