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Bruce Lawson

Bruce Lawson

Bruce advocates open standards for Opera, the web browser. He’s been involved in web standards since 2002 (which is why he looks like that). He was an the Web Standards Project’s Accessibility Task Force, was a member of the W3C Mobile Best Practices Working Group and co-authored the first full-length book on HTML5.

brucelawson.co.uk     @brucel

HTML Responsive Images

Amaze your friends, confound your enemies! Oh, and save bandwidth and speed up your site by sending the correctly-sized images for the device with HTML’s new responsive images capabilities. Bruce proposed the element in 2011, and it’s finally available in all browsers, so learn all about it now and use the techniques tomorrow.

Una Kravets

Una Kravets

Una is a frontend developer on Creative and Community Engineering Team at Digital Ocean, working in its Austin studio. She studied graphic design and computer science in university, spending weekends at hackathons and becoming hooked when she discovered frontend development. Una is a blogger, started the SassyDC and ATXSass meetups, and is a core member of the Open Design Foundation. She enjoys calligraphy and audiobooks – probably at the same time.

unakravets.com     @una

Practical Blend Modes

With the availability of SVG and CSS filters and blend modes, our browsers have become very powerful image rendering engines. From creating faux surrealist effects to 3D images, the artistic possibilities are endless. But how can we integrate filters and blend modes into UI elements? How can we use them in our every day user interfaces to improve performance and aid in design? This talk will cover just that, and show some practical examples of using filters and blend modes.

Ruth John

Ruth John

Ruth has been wireframing, designing and coding for over a decade. She works for a mobile company in the UK, as a technologist in the research and development department, where she advises the business on any new technology they may find beneficial. You can often find her chatting about new mobile & web development techniques, playing with hardware, evangelising about MIDI or ‘Street VJing’.

rumyrashead.com     @rumyra

Let's Talk MIDI

In this enticing and interactive presentation we’ll take a look at MIDI through the Web MIDI API. We’ll talk through MIDI’s past, from digital audio (and of course how it works with the Web Audio API), through it’s present *Show Control* operating fireworks and fountains (what better chance to use it along side the Web Animation API), and then focusing on it’s applications for the future.

Could MIDI be the answer to the Internet of Things protocol format crisis, to low data connection problems and with it’s already built in timing protocols latency problems? Why don’t you come and find out!

Espen Brunborg

Espen Brunborg

Originally from Norway, Espen has spent the majority of his career bridging the gap between traditional graphic design and the internet. He is co-founder and Creative Director of Primate, a small Edinburgh based web agency driven by a love of creativity, curiosity for technology, and a belief that great clients are born from honest relationships.

primate.co.uk     @ebrunborg

The Secret Life Of Comedy

It has never been easier to make a web site, and our digital toolbox has never been greater. At the same time, we seem more concerned with automating our process and systemising design than with creative thinking and generating ideas. Is web design purely about utility? Is it all about convention? Is it a science? Or is there room for beauty, expression and art?

In this talk, Espen will take a tongue-in-cheek look at the state of web design, explore different creative mindsets, and show how adding a pinch of comedy can make a real difference to the bottom line.

Anna Debenham

Anna Debenham

Anna is a front-end developer at Snyk, based in London. She was awarded Young Developer of the Year by Netmag in 2013. She's written a book on Front End Style Guides, and co-hosts a pocast with Brad Frost on Style Guides. When she's not playing on them, she's researching the browsers on game consoles.

maban.co.uk     @anna_debenham

Front-End Style Guides

After interviewing a dozen people with Brad Frost for their podcast on Style Guides for the web, Anna has collated all their findings for this talk on the different kinds that are out there, how they're built, what works (and what doesn't), and what makes them such a useful tool.

She'll give you a tour of some style guides built by companies with a range of different needs and requirements, and you'll learn how to build your own using a range of possible technologies.

Most importantly, she'll show you how to make sure they don't get forgotten at the end of the project, and ways that it can be kept up to date as living documentation well after a site has gone live.

Razvan Caliman

Razvan Caliman

Razvan is a web developer at Adobe where he builds tools and technology to make life easier for web designers and developers.

razvancaliman.com     @razvancaliman

CSS for Decoration

CSS has powerful features intended for decoration: color gradients, shadows, filters, blend-modes, and many others. Their apparent complexity and ever-changing "design trends" means they're often underused and overlooked, sometimes replaced with unnecessary piles of HTML and black magic CSS with side effects so fragile that nobody dares touch ever again.

This talk is a collection of examples and practical use cases for CSS decoration features. From skeleton screens for improving perceived performance, generated polygon backgrounds, app UI details, like ranges, rulers and grids, down to the gratuitous but cool looking textured text and animated background shapes.

Everything done using standards-compliant CSS. No black magic, I promise.

Rachel Andrew

Rachel Andrew

Rachel Andrew lives in Bristol, England. She is one half of web development company edgeofmyseat.com, the company behind Perch CMS. Her day to day work can include anything from product development to devops to CSS, and she writes about all of these subjects on her blog at rachelandrew.co.uk.

Rachel has been working on the web since 1996 and writing about the web for almost as long. Her books include the recent Get Ready for CSS Grid Layout and HTML5 for Web Designers second edition. She is a regular columnist for A List Apart as well as other publications online and print.

Rachel is a keen distance runner and likes to try and encourage people to come for a run when attending conferences, with varying degrees of success! You can find her on Twitter as @rachelandrew and find out what she is up to now.

rachelandrew.co.uk     @rachelandrew

Making the most of new CSS Layout

It is 2016. CSS is now 20 years old, and it has taken this long for us to get a true layout system designed for web pages and applications. A layout system, not based on hacking properties designed for something else entirely, but one that considers the reality of design for the web today.

In this talk I’ll introduce this new layout system, a system encompassing Flexbox, CSS Grid Layout and the Box Alignment Module. We’ll take a look at the mindset shift needed to really take advantage of these modules, and also consider what they mean in terms of accessibility and performance.

Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman

Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. From Minsk in Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany, discovered the passage a passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, a leading online magazine dedicated to design and web development. Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books. He currently works as editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine in the lovely city of Freiburg, Germany.

smashingmagazine.com     @smashingmag

Dirty Little Tricks From The Dark Corners Of Front-End

Do you love the <object> tag, too? How do you feel about perfectly responsive typographic scale and vertical rhythm? Do you feel itchy when t comes to building responsive email layouts? Have you ever tried to work around complex tables, nasty carousels, endless country selectors and complex user interfaces? Well, let’s bring it on!

In this talk, Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, will present dirty practical techniques and clever ideas developed in actual real-life projects, and use many examples to illustrate how we can solve problems smarter and faster. Please take the techniques with a grain of salt. Beware: you will not be able to unlearn what you’ll learn in the session!

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