It’s the opening Monday morning and we arrive at The Westin Chicago not quite bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – it was a long flight – but definitely raring to go. The venue is perfect; its large main hall housing around a thousand people and offering excellent lighting, acoustics and wi-fi. Meanwhile, food and hot drinks are regularly topped up in the large lobby area and there are plenty of opportunities to mill around and chat to fellow attendees.
We also get the chance for a brief chat with some of the speakers. In particular it was great to bend Jason Grigsby’s ear about responsive images – he’d already been a great help from afar with his ten-part post on the subject – and to talk CSS variables with Eric Meyer.
However the main event was the opportunity to sit back and listen to some of the best thinkers and practitioners working on the web today.
Our notes (and to-dos) from the various talks are too long to fit in a single post so we’ve split them up. Check them out below, and hope you enjoy.
- Jeremy Zeldman – Beyond Engagement: the Content Performance Quotient
- Mina Markham – Full-Featured Art Direction for the Web
- Val Head – Building More Expressive Products
- Rachel Andrew – Graduating to Grid
- Eric Meyer – Fit For Purpose: Making Sense of the New CSS
- Laura Martini - Data Basics
- Jen Simmons - Everything You Know About Web Design Just Changed
- Luke Wroblewski - Mobile in the Future
- Jason Grigsby - Designing Progressive Web Apps