Date: October 9th - 11th
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
The following is a compilation of my notes that I took during the conference. There is always a possibility I misheard or misinterpreted what the speakers intended, so don't take the notes as gospel. If you think I missed something / wrote something wrong, please open an issue and I would be happy to discuss it there!
Day 1 - October 9th
Ever wonder whether what we do in front-end development has any real impact on the world? Well, you're in luck, Mina gave an inspirational talk on her experience working on Hilary's 2016 presidential campaign and what it was like to be in the hot seat for her site. An incredible story for the books and one I hope you'll get to hear one day!
The future of web development and build tools like webpack promise new and exciting ways to manage our CSS and only deliver exactly the necessary styles for the components on the screen. But right now today, we're still working on lots of projects using build tools like gulp and frameworks like bootstrap that come with a lot of styles we might not use but end up serving to every page.
After this session, you'll have some great ideas and familiarity with tools to help you trim down your unwanted CSS. Tools include:
- Gulp + Sass and the usual suspects
- UnCSS to check views against Sass/CSS PostCSS and ByebyeCSS to list selectors we want to be removed
- Some browser and command line tools and tips to measure and test CSS performance
Typically, "responsive" development is bound to viewport characteristics. Wouldn't it be great if we could style elements to "do the right thing" based on their own width or height, without having to care about the width or height of the browser?
Say goodbye to jump cuts on the web! In this session, you'll discover what makes native apps feel so alive and how we can replicate those movements on the web. Learn how the FLIP technique can smoothly transform flexbox- and grid-based layouts at 60FPS. We'll dive into basic and advanced techniques for animating between states in many different situations with interactive demos.
Why animate layouts (+ many examples) How native apps transition:
- Android's Shared Element Activity Transitions
- iOS's Layout Constraint Animations
The FLIP technique (First, Last, Invert, Play)
- using the Web Animations API
- using GSAP
Additive, interruptible & physics-based FLIP animations
Choreographing FLIP animations
Motion curves (a la Material Design)
Tools, libraries & resources
The tech industry regards burnout like a weird badge of honor. Dave Ruperts holds a roundtable conversation to talk about burnout in the tech industry--bring your stories and ideas how to stop it.
In this talk, I will discuss how moving interactivity into the Design System is not only a good choice today, but is most certainly how you will be creating Design Systems in the future. I'll also be discussing the React-powered Design System I've been helping to create which powers a few apps you might have heard of, including SharePoint, OneDrive, and Outlook for the web.
The new CSS Grid specification is here! Sure, it's fun to play with, but is it truly ready or even practical to use for everyday work? As a designer and front-end developer at a software development agency, I've been using CSS Grid in production websites and it is already making my life easier. In this talk, I'll show you some examples that will include:
- Examples of different syntax and units for CSS Grid
- Fallbacks for older browsers
- How CSS Grid improves accessibility
Day 2 - October 10th
We’re all—I hope!—well aware that performance is important; it’s great for business and it’s great for our users. But things are still not fast enough. With more and more emerging markets coming online, and more and more apps moving to the web platform, we’re reaching an intersection where connections are getting slower and websites are getting heavier. In this talk, we’ll learn just what these emerging markets mean to us, and how we can begin to move in the right direction.
Tables have gotten a bad reputation in the last few years as finicky and hard to work with - partly because they’ve been used for the wrong thing (layout) and partly because desktop friendly wide tables don’t adapt to the narrow screens for mobile devices. But, tables are still the best way to present data for comparison and manipulation. So how can we make them as responsive as the rest of our site? This talk will cover design and code tips for making tables more readable on any screen and more adaptable to small screens.
Wrap-Up Panel: Speakers Q&A By All Speakers
An annual tradition — all CSS Dev Conf speakers together on stage for an hour to answer your last minute questions!
Imagine a product that has been on the market for a number of years without having a designer employed. How can you, as a newly-hired front-end designer, introduce a face-lift and design system without completely interrupting an existing workflow?
- Explaining the value of a design system to your team
- Identifying current problems
- Creating scalable and modular solutions to those problems
- Getting everyone on board and contributing to the new design system
- Simultaneously dumping the old and using the new
Typography is the most important aspect of great design and UX, but can’t come at the expense of performance or we risk our designs never being seen. Variable fonts are coming, and will change everything: with a single font file that can scale in size, width, weight and even x-height—exactly as the type designer envisioned—all controllable via CSS.
- What are variable fonts, and when can they be used
- Why type is the voice of your words, and how that voice just became a chorus
- How to expand the dynamic range of your design with type
- Where to be restrained and when to experiment: think character widths on small screens, or even responding to ambient light with stronger character weights
Just your simple Q&A with everyone's favorite: Dave Rupert. There were lots of discussion around the state of front-end, how he prefers his PC setup over Mac gasp, jokes, and as you can always expect with Dave, lots of laughter.