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About Artifact

ARTIFACT is an intimate, 2-day, single-track conference for web designers and developers. A third day of workshops allows attendees to deep-dive into design and development topics.

We are known for our all-star speaker line-ups, fostering a sense of camaraderie in the designer/developer community, and hosting memorable events. We got our start with events in 2013 where we addressed the challenges of designing for mobile devices. It's been five years since our last event, so we decided to get the gang back together for a special 5-year reunion event. In 2019, we expand our scope to creating inclusive sites that work not only for a multitude of devices, but also for all the people who use them.

What We Talk About

At ARTIFACT, we cover a range of emergent technologies and best practices relevant to designers, developers, and the people who manage them. We provide as many practical takeaways as possible, topped off with a layer of inspiration. In 2019, we’ll look at:

  • Design systems
  • Lean approaches to development
  • Accessibility and inclusivity
  • Performance
  • Design and layout with CSS
  • SVG animation
  • How far we’ve come and what’s on the horizon

Who We Are

Jen Robbins

Jennifer Robbins has been designing for the web since 1993 when she designed the first commercial web site, Global Network Navigator, for O’Reilly Media. Since then she has written more than a dozen books on web design for O’Reilly, including Web Design in a Nutshell and Learning Web Design. She co-founded Artifact Conference in 2013 with Christopher and Ari. Once upon a time for fun, she interviewed indie rockers about cooking and food on her early video podcast, Cooking with Rockstars.

Christopher Schmitt

Christopher Schmitt is an award-winning web designer who has been working in the medium for over twenty years. He has a Masters in Communication for Interactive and New Communication Technologies, and is the author of many books. He is currently an Accessibilty Tech Expert for Knowbility.

Ari Stiles

Ari Stiles is a communicator by nature, a writer and designer by habit, and a conference organizer by circumstance. She has helped produce hundreds of hours of design and development sessions with thousands of Web professionals around the globe. You want her on your trivia team. Photo by Annie Ray.

Our Origin Story

In 2012, despite over 20 years of web design experience and authoring 13 books on the topic, Jennifer felt lost when it came to making mobile-friendly web sites. What she wanted was for smart people who were already doing this work to just show her how it’s done.

On August 12, 2012, she put this desire out to the Universe… using Twitter, of course! Just two minutes later, Christopher Schmitt answered her call with “I’m in!” and a conference was born. The combination of Jennifer’s, Christopher’s, and Ari’s years of experience, connections in the web community, and passion for education got ARTIFACT off to a roaring good start.