What Modernizr Teaches Us About Design & Development

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We’ve been designing singular interfaces for the Web since its early days, but the rise of mobile platforms has broken the spell: interfaces need to come in multiple forms, with each of them preferably catered as best as possible to the environment (platform, browser, screen) of the user. But with so many different devices and browser sizes, how can we manage all that?

This session will explain a set of principles—some brand new, some familiar—that help the interface designer and the developer manage these increasing complexities. From both a graphical and technical point of view, we can solve these problems by changing the way we design and build websites.

The first problem is the hurdle of browser support in the age of HTML5 and CSS3, which is solved by the award-winning Modernizr library and the huge number of shims and polyfills the open source community has provided in recent years. Then there’s our approach to designing these cutting-edge websites and -applications, which is in need of a better strategy. Fortunately, better ways are emerging and finding their way to the spotlight.

Faruk Ateş


Creator of Modernizr, Product Designer and former UI Engineer at Apple.


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