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  1. Conference Day 1: Monday, Sep 30
  2. Conference Day 2: Tuesday, Oct 1
  3. Workshops: Wednesday, Oct 2

At , Light breakfast in Alamo Highball Lounge

At , Welcome & Announcements

At , David Dylan Thomas will speak about Design for Cognitive Bias

SLIDES: Design for Cognitive Bias

Users' minds take shortcuts to get through the day. We call these cognitive biases. Usually they’re harmless. Even helpful. But what happens when they’re not? In this talk I’ll use real-world examples to identify some particularly nasty biases that frequently lead users to make bad decisions. I'll then talk about some content strategy and design choices we can use in our apps, designs, and platforms to redirect or eliminate the impact of those biases. Finally, I'll explore our own biases as designers and some methods to prevent our own blind spots from hurting users.

At , Chris Ferdinandi will speak about The Lean Web

SLIDES: The Lean Web (with pre-recorded video)

Front end development has gotten a lot more complicated. Preprocessors, package managers, command line tools, CSS-in-JS, the never-ending stream of JS Frameworks… it’s exhausting.

But there’s a simpler way!

In this talk, Kim will share lessons learned about creating and being apart of inclusive environments and crafting inclusive work. Inclusive by design is a daily effort as we all have privilege we navigate. We’ll also look at how we can evaluate our environments and what we design and the ways we can advocate for more inclusivity.

Key Takeaways include provocation and tools for: how you and your team can observe privilege, how you can be a part of creating and advocating for a more inclusive environment, and how you can challenge yourself and your team to design for inclusivity.

At , Kim Williams will speak about Inclusive by Design

SLIDES: Inclusive by Design

Every company is different with specific needs for their design system team. In this talk, Kim will share lessons learned about what it takes to recruit, retain and manage design system teams. We’ll also look at the business side of a systems team, including continuing to secure investment year over year once you have funding.

At , Lunch

At , Mina Markham will speak about Art Direction + Design Systems

Now that we have the tools to superpower our layouts, we can start to reimagine how we approach art direction and design on the web. By taking advantage of technologies, some new and some overlooked, we can create a progressively-enhanced design that’s powered by feature queries; one that’s localized for an increasingly global audience. In this talk drawn from her work for Slack and other properties, Mina walks through her process for enhancing design and shows how little changes lead to big design payoffs.

At , Jason Grigsby will speak about Designing Progressive Web Apps

SLIDES: Designing Progressive Web Apps

If you have a website—particularly one that generates revenue for your organization—you need a Progressive Web App. So where do you begin? How do you decide which features of a Progressive Web App make sense for your users? What tools can make the process easier (or harder)? In this practical session, Jason will guide you through the key design decisions you’ll need to make about your Progressive Web App and how those decisions impact the scope of your project. He'll also teach you how to avoid common pitfalls and help you take full advantage of Progressive Web App technology.

At , Sarah Drasner will speak about The Future of Web Animation

SLIDES: The Future of Web Animation

We talk a lot about how to animate on the web, and what's possible in browsers today, but where is animation heading? In this talk, we'll start with some bleeing edge techniques such as pushing the boundaries of SVG, and creating native-like page transitions, but then we'll push it further. The intersection of health and animation with biofeedback sensors, the future of 3d in the browser complete with what might be possible in devtools and how we would design for these new experiences... this talk will show that in terms of animation on the web, we're just getting started.

At , Brad Frost will give the Closing Keynote: Design Systems Are for People

SLIDES: Design Systems Are for People

Brad will put a nice bow on the Artifact Conference before we say goodbye, and if we know Brad, he'll share some wisdom about design systems too.