Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA

The path to performance

Katie Kovalcin (Sparkbox)
4:10pm–4:50pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom GH
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 8 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Knowledge of responsive web design best practices.


Performance is a rising requirement for building successful websites, but successful performance begins far earlier than development. So how do you get your entire team excited by it, specifically aesthetic-heavy designers? We’ll discuss everyone’s role in performance and how to get all teammates caring.

  • How to get designers excited by performance by demonstrating how their visions can be more accurate with the parameter of performance
  • How to begin incorporating performance into projects by working closely with project managers, sales teams, and practitioners to all be objectively aligned throughout the engagement

Katie Kovalcin


Katie is a designer at Sparkbox. She is the 2014 Net Awards Young Designer of the Year, a teacher for Girl Develop It, and a writer for various publications. She strongly values collaboration with her teammates, performance in design, and beautifully smart design systems. She loves her dog and iced coffee more than anything formerly mentioned.