1. Your site is being used in ways you may not expect. Between screens small and large, bandwidth constraints, varying capabilities, assistive technologies, and diverse input mechanisms – mouse, keyboard, touch, sensors, device buttons, trackpads, and so on – multi-device development requires an awful lot of consideration to do well.

    The Filament Group's Scott Jehl (co-author, Designing With Progressive Enhancement) is a pioneer in doing it well. And in this 60-minute video, captured live at An Event Apart Boston 2012, he shares advanced and emerging techniques for improving the responsiveness (if you will) of responsive web design despite all the pitfalls, hazards, and unknowns of multi-device development.

    You will learn how to think and build defensively, creating experiences that not only work most anywhere, but take advantage of the latest browser capabilities and are ready for your users’ next move.

    For more Scott Jehl multi-device wisdom, read Luke Wroblewski's notes on Scott's presentation lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1565. You may also enjoy Jeffrey Zeldman's new 60-minute interview with Scott Jehl on The Big Web Show podcast, episode 83 (February 28, 2013) at 5by5.tv/bigwebshow/83 , where the two designers discuss the very latest thinking on a host of design, development, and performance issues.

    An Event Apart Boston 2012 featured 12 great speakers and sessions, plus a full day workshop on designing for mobile and beyond. More free full-length videos from the show will be posted soon. An Event Apart will hold eight conferences in 2013. See aneventapart.com for more.

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  2. Achieving a thorough grasp of typography can take a lifetime, but moving beyond the basics is within your reach right now, as Jason Santa Maria explains in this hour-long design presentation captured live at An Event Apart Boston on June 18, 2012.

    Through an understanding of our design tools and how they relate to the web as a medium, we can empower ourselves to use type in meaningful and powerful ways.

    Learn how to look at typefaces with a discerning eye, different approaches to typographic planning, how typography impacts the act of reading, and how to choose and combine appropriate typefaces from an aesthetic and technical point of view.

    An Event Apart Boston 2012 featured 12 great speakers and sessions, plus a full day workshop on designing for mobile and beyond. More videos will be posted here soon. An Event Apart will hold eight conferences in 2013. Attend the one nearest you, or pick a city you’ve always wanted to visit. For details, visit aneventapart.com.

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  3. Recorded live at An Event Apart Boston 2012:

    Adapting Ourselves to Adaptive Content

    Karen McGrane, Founder, Bond Art & Science

    For years, we’ve been telling designers: the web is not print. You can’t have pixel-perfect layouts. You can’t determine how your site will look in every browser, on every platform, on every device. We taught designers to cede control, think in systems, embrace web standards. So why are we still letting content authors plan for where their content will “live” on a web page? Why do we give in when they demand a WYSIWYG text editor that works “just like Microsoft Word”? Worst of all, why do we waste time and money creating and recreating content instead of planning for content reuse? What worked for the desktop web simply won’t work for mobile. As our design and development processes evolve, our content workflow has to keep up. Learn how to adapt to creating more flexible content.

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    Turns out that the fundamental principles that led to the success of the web will lead you there, too. Drawing on 15 years of web design and development experience, Jeff Veen (Adobe Creative Cloud, Typekit) takes you on a guided tour of what makes things work on this amazing platform we’re all building together. You’ll learn how to stop selling ice, why web browsers work the way they do, and where Rupert Murdoch can stick his business model.

    Captured live at An Event Apart San Diego, November 2, 2010.

    Jeff Veen is currently directing Adobe Creative Cloud, having previously developed Typekit—a widely praised subscription font service that brings real typography to the web for the first time. Jeff was also one of the founding partners of Adaptive Path and project lead for Measure Map, the well-received web analytics tool acquired by Google in 2006, where he managed the user experience group responsible for some of the largest web apps in the world. As a consultant, he has been involved in designing the leading blog and social media applications on the web, including Blogger, TypePad, Flickr, and National Public Radio.

    Previously, Jeff served as the Executive Director of Interface Design for Wired Digital and Lycos Inc., where he managed the look and feel of HotWired, the HotBot search engine, Lycos.com and others. In addition to lecturing and writing on web design and development, Jeff has been active with the World Wide Web Consortium’s CSS Editorial Review Board as an invited expert on electronic publishing. He was also an original columnist for Webmonkey, the author of the acclaimed books The Art & Science of Web Design and HotWired Style: Principles for Building Smart Web Sites.

    An Event Apart, the design conference for people who make websites, is an intensely educational three-day learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is for you.

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  5. Interaction is the secret sauce of the web. Understanding interaction is key to understanding the web as its own medium—it’s not print, it’s not television, and it’s certainly not the desktop.

    Learn how to wield HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to craft experiences that are native to the web in this intellectually thrilling presentation by Jeremy Keith -- author, HTML5 For Web Designers (A Book Apart, 2011), Bulletproof Ajax (New Riders, 2007) and DOM Scripting (Friends of Ed, 2005).

    From AN EVENT APART SAN DIEGO, 2010 -- Nov. 1–2, 2010 Westin Gas Lamp Quarter.

    An Event Apart is the design conference for people who make websites. Founded by Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman, and dedicated to the proposition that the creators of great web experiences deserve a great learning experience, An Event Apart brings together twelve of the leading minds in web design for three days of non-stop inspiration and enlightenment. For more information, visit aneventapart.com.

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