Explore the Future of the Web



Accessibility for UX Designers

User Experience practitioners are in a unique position to effectively champion accessibility within their teams and organizations. You are trusted advisors and connect with all the right stakeholders for a project, including the people that will use the product you're building. You are most often the person that connects the big picture with in the trenches hands-on work.

CSS3 User Interface Design

Creating compelling, interactive user interfaces can make or break a web page, or web app. Adding interactivity has often meant adding complex JavaScript programming. Now, with CSS3 and its many new properties you can make page elements appear, dissappear, grow, shrink and animate in sophisticated ways, letting you create user interfaces that are not only useful but fun.

Front End Legos:Reusable HTML & CSS

Shay Howe

All too often writing HTML and CSS is an afterthought. Its the work that happens after design is finalized and the product has been developed. Its a necessary task in the process to building a website. Wrong. HTML and CSS are the backbone to every website, and are equally as important as any design or development. After spending some time playing with legos and writing some of code attendees will be able to better organize their code, develop modular styles, and work with CSS specificity.

Play to Change:Using Game Mechanics to Motivate Your Audience

Experience design and game design have a lot in common, and the two worlds continue to come together. It's no wonder - we've all been playing games for millenia, to learn and grow or to get through tough challenges. So how can you incorporate the positive aspects of a game into the experiences you're designing for your customers? Learn more about basic game mechanics, and how they've been used to motivate learning, promote action, and prepare players (like your users) for complex scenarios.

Responsive First:Building Sites That Scale

The rise of mobile devices has meant that audiences are increasingly seeing your designs on smaller and smaller screen. A multi-screen strategy is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity. The most successful way to do this is using a responsive design methodology that allows you to separate content from design and allow the device to choose the best experience.

The Workshop Workshop

You have attended workshops, you have seen them masterfully commanded by other people, and you really want to get a handle on doing this workshop thing yourself. This workshop is the workshop that will help you create and facilitate a workshop of your very own, in whatever workshop fashion you decide upon.


90% of Design is Typography:A Hands-on Guide to Great Web Fonts and Typography

Join typography expert Thomas Phinney for an immersive, hands-on workshop on using CSS3 typographic controls to create great web typography, from the basics of ideal type setting to enabling custom web fonts with @font-face. A live web site will be provided for each participant to practice and experiment on, along with access to WebINK web fonts.

CSS3 Animation

Did you think CSS was just for "prettifying" the web? Join award-winning cartoonist and CSS nerd Rachel Nabors for an in-browser cartooning session. Learn how to use HTML5 audio sprites, CSS3 animations and (very few but very) powerful JS techniques to create cartoons of your own! This fun romp is sure to inspire you while showcasing the bleeding edge of CSS.

Design Studio:A Method for Idea Generation, Critique and Iteration

The Design Studio is a method for idea generation, evaluation, refinement and even elimination. It takes place in a collaborative, fast paced, interactive environment that leads to a shared understanding of the product, the problems it will address and how it will address them. Participants will be presented with an idea for a potential product and a partial scenario describing how a user intends to use the product. They will then be split into teams and, through the Design Studio process, generate, evaluate, and refine their ideas for the product’s design.

Implementing Layouts using CSS3

Chris Mills

It is very surprising that — in the 20 years we've been publishing documents on the Web — we've never really had much in the way of easily manipulable, proper tools for creating web layouts. Even with CSS having very good cross browser support in recent years, positioning doesn't have all the answers, and using floats for multiple columns is a hack. In 2012/2013, we are just starting to see decent layout tools for the web emerge and get support in browsers.

Real World Lessons:Moving to Lean UX

Bill Scott

The workshop will take a look at how Bill has been able to apply Lean UX at PayPal — a place that in recent years has been the total antithesis of the lean startup idea. With very specific examples, he will share lessons learned applying lean to the full product life cycle as well as how it relates to agile development.

Using UX Design Principles and Methodologies in Design Management and Innovation

Mel Lim

Aspiration and joyful satisfaction are intrinsic drives. They are the common denominators of all effort, beginning with design and extending to the client and user experience. What is created externally mirrors what is happening internally. To understand the whole requires learning to engage in empathic internal and external communication across cultures, teams, clients, and customers. This “practice” provides validation, adds to ideation, and forges strategies for demonstrating and building value.