1. Workshops - Mon 3rd
  2. Day 1 - Tue 4th
  3. Day 2 - Wed 5th

Main Stage Track

  1. 8:00am


  2. A photo of Denise Jacobs

    Keynote - The Creativity (R)evolution

    Denise Jacobs

    There's a movement brewing built upon leveraging the transformative power of creativity to help us work and create better so that we can produce work infused with meaning. Discover how by knowing your Why, instilling tiny habits to cultivate your creative spark, and finally, fomenting creative collaboration based on the tenets of improv and open spaces, you can take the spark of Creativity (R)Evolution and use it as the impetus to push you, your teams, and your companies to create Betterness.

  3. A photo of Rachel Nabors

    State of the Animation 2014

    Rachel Nabors

    The post-Flash era is hardly free of animation. CSS animation is quickly becoming a cornerstone of user-friendly UI frameworks, and JavaScript libraries already exist to handle complex, interactive animations. And now there’s a new API coming to town specifically for web animations! In the wake of so much “CSS vs. JavaScript animation” infighting, web animation wonk Rachel Nabors seeks to introduce us to the Web Animations API via the development styles and insights of four distinct groups of people: UI designers, interaction developers, library authors, and the browser teams implementing it.

  4. 10:30am

    Break Time and Animation Hootenanny!

  5. A photo of Yesenia Perez-Cruz

    Design Decisions Through the Lens of Performance

    Yesenia Perez-Cruz

    We design sites for a myriad of devices with varying connection speeds. More and more, we’re discovering the importance of fast page speed. Even 100 millisecond delays in load times negatively impact user experience and conversions. The problem is, making a site fast and lightweight is often at odds with other design goals—like creating visually immersive experiences or meeting all of an organization’s rich-media ad requirements. While a stripped ­down site with no images, set entirely in Arial, is certainly going to be light, it’s not going to accomplish all of our client’s business goals. In this talk, we'll discuss how we can make smarter design decisions, from the beginning of a project, to ensure that our sites perform well. Some topics Yesenia will discuss are optimizing typography and UI, responsive images, and how to get clients on board.

  6. A photo of Senongo Akpem

    Hyperlinks and Story Arcs: Building Non-Linear Narratives Online

    Senongo Akpem

    Our storytelling tools are increasingly fragmented in the digital world but, at the same time, the web is opening up all sorts of exciting possibilities. What does it mean to build a non-linear story in the 21st century? Senongo will show examples of beautifully crafted non-linear digital narratives: disjointed stories, parallel narratives, even embedded memories. The digital tools at our fingertips, from simple hyperlinks to complex animations, mean we can create non-linear narratives that exist as the perfect storytelling format for the web. This talk will provide a set of narrative principles and structures attendees can build on.

  7. 12:45pm


  8. A photo of Ben Jordan

    The Art of Prototyping

    Ben Jordan

    Over the course of a project or product design small assumptions and poor decisions can accumulate. Smart teams invest time to research and plan early using rapid UI prototyping. Combined with usability studies and research, prototypes help teams move in an educated direction.

  9. A photo of Richard Banfield

    You Have a Great Mobile Strategy But Nobody Cares

    Richard Banfield

    If the future is so hard to predict then where do we go to find the best strategies for our (mobile) products and content? In this session we explore what makes us fundamentally human and why that drives the design of great products. We'll use biology to identify the essential tools to get inside the heads of your customers. Our exploration will show us how to find the most important touch points along their journey with your product or service. These tools are the same tools used by leading design-driven companies like Apple, Google and Dyson to develop a remarkable and rewarding experience for their customers.

  10. A photo of Razvan Caliman

    Beyond Rectangles: CSS Shapes and CSS Masking

    Razvan Caliman

    CSS has been missing rich geometry features and this has forced web designers to create within the constraints of the block, trapping content in simple boxes. Things are about to change. CSS Shapes and CSS Masking are two new features which empower web designers to wrap and clip content around complex paths. This talk is a deep-dive into how these features open up new design options. You'll see practical examples, inspiring demos, useful editing tools, and get tips & tricks for using shapes and masks effectively in your upcoming projects.

  11. 3:00pm

    Break Time!

  12. A photo of Remove

    Styling and Animating Scalable Vector Graphics


    Scalable Vector Graphics, or SVGs, are the new big thing in web design today, and for good reason. With the proliferation of retina screens and high resolution displays, we need to adopt techniques that allow us to serve graphics that look good on all screens in all circumstances. Since SVGs offer resolution-independent, fully scalable and crystal clear graphics, it is safe to say that they will play a very big role in the future of web design. In this session, we will go over what you need to know when working with SVGs today. We will cover SVG embedding techniques, making SVGs responsive, animating them, styling them with CSS, and a little more, hopefully saving you a lot of research and time for when you're dipping your feet into the world of SVG.

  13. A photo of Whitney Hess

    Keynote - The Integral Designer: Developing You

    Whitney Hess

    It’s a given that much of our success as practitioners depends on our ability to foster meaningful relationships with our colleagues and customers. But what about our relationship with ourselves? When we ignore our emotions, act against our values, and become indifferent to our surroundings, we lose who we really are and run a much greater risk of not achieving our clients’ goals (and our own). In this talk, Whitney will explore how presence, adaptability, empathy, and influence can be our most effective design tools. And she’ll address how to cultivate these qualities through intellectual, emotional, and physical practices we can integrate into our everyday routines.

Rising stars Track

  1. 8:00am


  2. 9:05am

    Main Stage Only

  3. A photo of Terena Bell

    The Global Web

    Terena Bell

    In 2000, English was the dominant language online by a 26% margin. By 2011, that had dropped to 3%. What do you think that figure will be in 2015? What about 2020? Forget the UN or the EU—the Internet is the true international collective. The Global Web is the new reality. Even if the website you design is never translated—which at some point, it probably will be—you still need to be aware that people from other cultures and other native language backgrounds will be on your page in the future. Whether you realize it or not, being a designer makes you a global designer. So how does increasing internationalization affect the most basic principles like “don’t make them think”? Or logical vs confusing navigation? Or even seemingly unrelated areas like accessibility? You know the basic principles already. But do you know how the way you use them must change?

  4. 10:30am

    Break Time and Animation Hootenanny!

  5. A photo of Cory Simmons

    The Rise of Ratio Grid Systems: Grids' Next Big Evolution

    Cory Simmons

    Grids are probably the most important part of your workflow as a frontend developer. They can speed up your development and make your site responsive without much extra attention. For a long time, developers thought grids couldn't get much better and stopped exploring the limits to which they could be pushed. In this presentation, Cory Simmons will show you how a few great teams have harnessed the power of CSS pre-processors to create some of the most flexible, yet intuitive, grid systems you've ever seen, and he will demonstrate how to code entire responsive layout structures from scratch in literally minutes.

  6. A photo of Brian Fegan

    The Future of Responsive Design Standards

    Brian Fegan

    The ultimate goal of responsive design is to provide a site that adapts to any user regardless of their browser, device, or abilities. In addition to existing web standards, we currently rely on JavaScript and server-side techniques to enable a more responsive experience. This session will explore how web standards can evolve to better adapt to our users’ needs and environments.

  7. 12:45pm


  8. 1:15pm

    Main Stage Only

  9. A photo of Panel of Speakers

    The Web Designer's Toolkit of the Future

    Panel of Speakers

    Just what is the future web designer's role? With increasing expectations on web designers to know UX, UI design, front-end code, project management and more, we'll be discussing what skillset web designers need to stay ahead of the game, the role that automation can play and which tools and frameworks can help you deliver awesome designs. Can you and should you do it all? Join our panel of speakers to find out what you need to pack in your toolkit of the future.

  10. A photo of James Pannafino

    Interdisciplinary Approaches to Web and Experience-Based Design

    James Pannafino

    In this session James will give a holistic overview of how other disciplines can help web professionals develop future projects. He will discuss a broad range of disciplines such as industrial design, psychology, comics, communication and more. James will use his love of diagrams and visual imagery to communicate his research and findings. This session will serve as a palette cleanser, and can help inspire and enlighten future web endeavors.

  11. 3:00pm

    Break Time!

  12. A photo of Aye Moah

    Enhancing the Future of Work with Contextually Aware Tools

    Aye Moah

    Within the last 5 years we have witnessed massive growth in the number of sensors surrounding us - with more to come, as watches and wearables supplement smart phones. Most of the experiences that use contextual data so far bombard people with more information. Contextual information for its own sake is as overwhelming as it is useful. The task of designers should focus on helping the user take the right actions by incorporating the pertinent contextual information they need to make the decisions faster. Deeper layers of contextual information such as location, calendar data, important projects, professional relationships, the urgency of the situation, and even the time of day should be used to facilitate the user's decision-making process. In this talk Moah will show you how the future will involve harnessing contextual information to provide a better user experience, enabling the user to take faster, better decisions. She will use her experience at Baydin to illustrate how you can incorporate this information into your product design and create intuitive, productivity-enhancing experiences.

  13. 4:10pm

    Main Stage Only

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