UI Special and CSS Day will both run from 09:00 to about 18:15, with free drinks at the venue afterwards. We're going to create the final schedule later.
We'll have 16 talks in total; 8 per day. Here are our speakers so far:
UI Special, Thursday 13th of June
Your MC: Sara Soueidan
Sara is a Lebanese freelance front-end web developer working with companies across the globe, building clean, responsive front-ends for Web sites and applications focused on accessibility, progressive enhancement and performance. She also runs workshops on front-end development and writes technical articles on her blog and for various big publications. Sara wrote the Codrops CSS Reference, co-authored the Smashing Book 5, and has been voted the Developer of the Year in the 2015 net awards.
Başak is a multi-disciplinary thinker, educator, designer, and mentor for several startups across the globe. Currently, she is a Director of Design at InVision, helping shape the direction of company's game-changing tools for product designers. Prior to that, she held roles at Microsoft and Foursquare, where she explored the relationship between media, technology and the human element. She is a huge believer in how design, code and storytelling can synthesize into meaningful and intuitive products and services.
Başak has crafted digital experiences for global brands, organizations, and tech companies such as Puma, Red Cross and LG electronics. When she is not working, she travels, takes pictures, paints, and experiments with creative writing.
Brad is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the book Atomic Design, which introduces a methodology to create and maintain effective design systems. In addition to co-hosting the Style Guides Podcast, he has also helped create several tools and resources for web designers, including Pattern Lab, Styleguides.io, Style Guide Guide, This Is Responsive, Death to Bullshit, and more.
Hakim El Hattab
Jared M. Spool
Jared is a Maker of Awesomeness at Center Centre/UIE. Center Centre is the school he started with Leslie Jensen-Inman to create industry-ready User Experience Designers. UIE is Center Centre’s professional development arm, dedicated to understanding what it takes for organizations to produce competitively great products and services.
In the 39 years he's been in the tech field, he's worked with hundreds of organizations, written two books, published hundreds of articles and podcasts, and tours the world speaking to audiences everywhere. When he can, he does his laundry in Andover, Massachusetts.
A.I. is your new design material
Discover the critical role of UX and product design in AI, which is set to define the next era of digital products—and of our work. Learn to use machine-generated content, insight, and interaction as design material in your everyday work. Refit familiar design and UX process to work with the grain of the algorithm, to help the machines solve real problems without creating new ones.
This lively and inspiring talk explores the technologies and practical techniques that you can use today—like right now—not only to make existing products better but to imagine surprising new services. The challenges and opportunities of AI and machine learning are plenty; discover your own influential role, and learn to handle this powerful new design material with care and respect.
Josh is a UX design leader who helps organizations build products for what's next. He is founder of Big Medium, a New York design studio specializing in future-friendly interfaces for artificial intelligence, connected devices, and responsive websites. His clients include Samsung, Time Inc, ExxonMobil, O’Reilly Media, and many others. Josh has written several books, including Designing for Touch and Tapworthy. He speaks around the world about what’s next for digital interfaces.
Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the popular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running schedule, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)
Behind the Story
Storytelling appears to be a magic word when it comes to creating user experience—we use it to evoke design ideals, to summon the creative spirit, or to cry out for a narrative link across the complex world of brand identity, multiple devices and short attention spans. In the context of design, we often talk about using the three-act structure, characters, and how conflict is a key essential ingredient. But is it all there is?
Steph spent a few years learning from the art of making documentaries, crime fiction, novels and the shortest of stories. In this session, Steph will show how understanding the essence and practice of story opens a world of possibilities and adds another dimension to your UX toolset. Better still, it’s less of a mystery than what you might think.
Steph is an independent strategist and researcher. She was most recently the Head of Research at digital agency Clearleft, where she helped companies and organisations build customer intelligence through combining design research with other disciplines. She previously led design research at the Telegraph and spearheaded European customer research with MailChimp. Currently, she is a senior researcher on site at Google with Adecco.
In 20 years of working in the digital industry, Steph has worn many hats, including a product lead for a startup in digital publishing and a director of technology at a digital agency. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and guest lectures annually at the University of Greenwich. When not bound to a digital device, she makes things by hand, grows edible flowers and has a tendency to cook enough to feed a continent at a time. She now lives on her 4th continent on her 4th island in the UK.
With a decade of experience as UX Designer, Stéphanie focused on building a great user experience for anything from mobile apps to complex dashboard up to response websites! She is a Google Dev expert in Product Design and likes to share her passion for her work. She teaches and talks about UX design patterns, mobile UX design and a few other things like PWAs. Her claim to fame: she once helped redesign monitoring panels for tower cranes. Don't hesitate to reach out to her for questions and advice.
CSS Day, Friday 14th of June
Your MC: Tab Atkins
I'm Tab Atkins Jr, and I wear many hats. I work for Google on the Chrome browser as a Web Standards Hacker. I'm also a member of the CSS Working Group, and am either a member or contributor to several other working groups in the W3C.
Vertical Rhythm and CSS Inline Layout Level 3
Elika J. Etemad (fantasai)
Elika is a senior spec-writer in the CSS Working Group and a former Mozilla layout engine QA & dev contributor. Since joining W3C as an Invited Expert in 2004, she’s worked on a long list of specs including CSS2.1, Selectors, Writing Modes, Grid, Scroll Snap, and many others.
Line breaking and related properties from CSS Text
Wrapping text into multiple lines may seem trivial at first, but there's actually a lot of subtleties, and many possible variations. Even more so when you consider the diversity of typographical practices in various languages and writing systems, but even when you don't. Luckily, CSS has tools to help you with that. However, as there is quite a few pieces interacting together, it may not be obvious at first sight how it all fits together, and the somewhat odd naming of the properties doesn't help.
In this talk, Florian Rivoal will do a tour of all the relevant properties, explain how each work, how they interact, how a few special HTML elements and unicode characters fit into this picture, and the differences in behavior associated with different languages. He will also go through some practical limitations of existing implementations and possible work arounds, and will illustrate how to put all this into practice in a number of examples.
Florian is an independent web standards consultant operating from Kyoto, Japan. He is most active in the CSS Working Group which he first joined in 2011 and where he maintains a few specifications, and is an elected member of the W3C's Advisory Board. He used to work on the Opera Software and Vivliostyle, and often hangs out with the Japanese publishing industry.
Heydon is a frontend developer and interaction design consultant, specializing in inclusive design. He wrote Inclusive Components and curates the generative art site mutable.gallery. He's currently working with The BBC to document their design patterns. He likes distorted guitars and greyhounds. He dislikes capitalism and soup.
Lara (@laras126) is fascinated by the profound, yet subtle, overlap between programming, computer science fundamentals, and CSS. She spreads her enthusiasm for this topic through speaking, community involvement, and at her job as a Design Engineer for Penske Media Corporation, where she leads the design systems effort for big media publications powered by WordPress.
Manuel Rego Casasnovas
Manuel Rego is a free software developer working on the Web Platform at Igalia. Over the past few years, he has been working on the implementation of different CSS standards, particularly CSS Grid Layout, in Chromium/Blink and WebKit for which he is an owner and reviewer, respectively. Manuel has also been a member of the CSS Working Group since 2017.
CSS at the Intersection
Throughout the talk I discuss the mental models we construct in tech, the cognitive dissonance we experience when confronted with new ideas, specifically about CSS.
We know CSS has a separate mental model because we keep hearing the same debate rage on: “Is CSS broken or awesome?” This talk is about enabling teams to communicate and accommodate these different mental models. I share examples of effective tools, and how they change the way designers and developers interact.
Natalya (@natalyathree) is a developer, designer, educator, speaker, and occasional sketch note artist. She is a front end developer at The New York Times and an instructor at Harvard Extension School. Previously, she worked as an Art Director in the non-profit world. Natalya holds bachelor's degrees in studio art and psychology, and a master's in creativity and talent development. Encouraging all things multidisciplinary and facilitating collaboration between design and development is at the heart of much of her work. When Natalya is not writing code, she is painting, writing, or drinking coffee.
Sometimes when we look at a polished interface we can acknowledge that it looks good but it’s hard to articulate why it looks good. In this practical session, Steve will be explaining the why. He’ll be looking at a poorly designed UI and refactoring it while providing some of the strategies and techniques designers use to give an interface that polished look.
We’ll be looking at some of the more common problems faced by designers and developers—from simple forms to complex data—showing what a difference a few small cosmetic changes can do to bring design to the next level.
Steve is a multidisciplinary designer from Canada where he runs Duke Street Studio, an independent design and illustration studio. Steve is one half of Refactoring UI, a project started with Adam Wathan to help developers get better at designing awesome UI's. Through a series of blog posts, screencasts, and Twitter tips, the duo have demonstrated that design can be taught with tactics instead of talent.