The Web Platform
March 7–8, 2016: Training
March 8–10, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Designing interfaces and experiences conference sessions

Monday, March 7

9:00am–5:00pm Monday & Tuesday, March 7-8
Foothill D
Jen Kramer (Harvard University Extension School), Heather O'Neill (Pixels for Humans)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
With all the courses available online, it’s easy to access the technical tools needed to build a website. However, the actual process is less clear: what goes on the website, who it's for, and how it should be organized are just a few of the questions that need to be answered before coding can begin. This 2-day training teaches you how to plan and design a website before you begin coding. Read more.

Tuesday, March 8

9:00am–5:00pm Tuesday, 03/08/2016
Foothill G.
Jen Kramer (Harvard University Extension School), Heather O'Neill (Pixels for Humans)
With all the courses available online, it’s easy to access the technical tools needed to build a website. However, the actual process is less clear: what goes on the website, who it's for, and how it should be organized are just a few of the questions that need to be answered before coding can begin. This 2-day training teaches you how to plan and design a website before you begin coding. Read more.

Wednesday, March 9

9:40am–9:50am Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 8/9
Laura Palmaro (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.48, 73 ratings)
The state of web accessibility is rapidly improving. This rising tide lifts all boats by driving quality frontend development. Laura Palmaro explains how we can continue this upward trajectory using the rich array of tools and learning resources now available. Read more.
12:00pm–12:30pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 8
Cathy O Connor (PayPal)
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 8 ratings)
Cathy O'Connor demonstrates why designing with sufficient color contrast is important. Cathy explains the tips and tools you can use to help assess and improve the visual contrast between the content and the background of your web app or service. Learn how to improve the usability and readability of your app for differently sighted users and everyone else as well. Read more.
2:15pm–2:45pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 8
Jonathan Beebe (Ramsey Solutions)
Average rating: ****.
(4.27, 11 ratings)
Typography pervades most facets of our modern lives. We can learn a lot from typography's rich, colorful history as well as from the modern trends that affect every aspect of the design and development of digital products. Jonathan Beebe demonstrates the most effective uses of typography to influence users and explores the current set of problems designers must grapple with. Read more.
3:00pm–3:30pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 8
Christine Park (Basis, An Intel Company), John Alderman (supereverywhere)
Average rating: *....
(1.91, 11 ratings)
Connected devices are accompanying us in the physical world, where we are already focusing our attention and senses on eating, walking, talking, and laughing. Christine Park and John Alderman explain how to design experiences that complement how we perceive, engage, and interact with the world across the range of senses, using sound, haptics, movement, gestures, and pixel-based interactions. Read more.
4:30pm–5:00pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 8
Philip Lew (XBOSoft, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.89, 19 ratings)
Many enterprises today are migrating to mobile or adopting a mobile-first or mobile-only strategy. Because of the special characteristics of mobile and its user base, usability and the user experience take on an increased importance, although there are currently no formal UX standards. Philip Lew lays out critical UX mistakes to avoid and key design principles for success. Read more.
5:15pm–5:45pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Salon 8
Austin Knight (HubSpot)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 18 ratings)
Hold my beer. HubSpot's Austin Knight discusses a drunken usability experiment and the unconventional methods it uncovered for verifying the usability and simplicity of designs. You will discover the resulting impact on bottom-line metrics and walk away with a list of tools that you can use to implement these forward-thinking practices at your company. Read more.

Thursday, March 10

12:00pm–12:30pm Thursday, 03/10/2016
Salon 8
Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 5 ratings)
There are compelling arguments why companies need to care about serving faster pages to their users. Countless studies have found an irrefutable connection between load times and key performance indicators, ranging from page views to revenue. Tammy Everts outlines research-based reasons why you need to care about web performance and what you can do to make your pages faster. Read more.
2:15pm–2:45pm Thursday, 03/10/2016
Club Room
Patrick Fox (Razorfish)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Single-page app architectures present a significant accessibility problem to users of screen readers. Screen readers do not communicate view updates, leading to a confusing, inaccessible experience. Patrick Fox proposes a simple technique that makes it easy to inform your users that a view has changed, which improves the accessibility of your single-page app. Read more.