15 Oct 2009 1 pm eastern

Chicago Deep Dish

Dan Cederholm and Eric Meyer at An Event Apart Chicago 2009. Photo by John Morrison.

For those who couldn’t be there, and for those who were there and seek to savor the memories, here is An Event Apart Chicago, all wrapped up in a pretty bow:

AEA Chicago – official photo set
By John Morrison, subism studios llc. See also (and contribute to) An Event Apart Chicago 2009 Pool, a user group on Flickr.
A Feed Apart Chicago
Live tweeting from the show, captured forever and still being updated. Includes complete blow-by-blow from Whitney Hess.
Luke W’s Notes on the Show
Smart note-taking by Luke Wroblewski, design lead for Yahoo!, frequent AEA speaker, and author of Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks (Rosenfeld Media, 2008):
  1. Jeffrey Zeldman: A Site Redesign
  2. Jason Santa Maria: Thinking Small
  3. Kristina Halvorson: Content First
  4. Dan Brown: Concept Models -A Tool for Planning Websites
  5. Whitney Hess: DIY UX -Give Your Users an Upgrade
  6. Andy Clarke: Walls Come Tumbling Down
  7. Eric Meyer: JavaScript Will Save Us All (not captured)
  8. Aaron Gustafson: Using CSS3 Today with eCSStender (not captured)
  9. Simon Willison: Building Things Fast
  10. Luke Wroblewski: Web Form Design in Action (download slides)
  11. Dan Rubin: Designing Virtual Realism
  12. Dan Cederholm: Progressive Enrichment With CSS3 (not captured)
  13. Three years of An Event Apart Presentations

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18 Responses to “Chicago Deep Dish”

  1. Manuel said on

    It speaks volumes about LukeW that such an important (popular, influential, respected) member of the community bothers with, and has the humility to, take such detailed notes for all talks. Highly appreciated, and even more respect for him.

  2. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    It certainly does.

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  5. Web Design Lebanon said on

    It wont be as good as being in the conference, but it is very helpful. Thanks.

  6. Eric Meyer said on

    Everyone should study the photo above and then go see what happens when the teleporter experiment goes horribly wrong—or is it right?

  7. Luke Dorny said on


  8. John F Croston III said on

    I have always loved the all of Luke W’s talks and his book is a must read. His notes of all conference panels he attends are just great and worth their weight in gold.

    Thanks, Jeffrey, Eric, and the rest of the An Event Apart for a great conference, I assume, since I could not attend. Looking forward to see you all here in Washington, DC next fall. I have already asked for the days off so I can make, just in case they don’t send me for work.

  9. Arjun Mehta said on

    Wow thanks LukeW for sharing your notes!

    He always has insightful posts and these notes really do peak my interest in attending these types of events all the more. Perhaps Boston in May!

    Thanks for sharing these links Jeffrey.

  10. Candace said on

    Thanks LukeW! You are greatly appreciated. And thanks to Mr. Zeldman for posting the breakdown. Now, if only he could have shipped us a fresh pie from Lou Malnati’s.


    In NY with thin pizza

  11. gregorypeck said on

    Is fire hot or cold?? HOT! Lol.

    First, what is this talk of thin pizza?

    Second, man oh man where is the Flash talk? You can’t have a modern internet without Flash talk.

    Third, Flash is winning, again. jQuery’s time in the sun is gone.

    Fourth, let me tell you about why jQuery’s time in the sun is gone. Because expectations evolve, one day an accordion class is like “WOW”, and then the next day its like “I NEED SOMETHING MORE” (like pizza girl). And then you say jQuery, what ya got, and jQuery says “Meh, I got nothing”, then you say, so do we dev a custom JS app??? And someone says “YES”, ok, lets hire a team of JS scripters, a CSS/XHTML guy, a design guy, and some guy to help them understand each other, and then you say “GO!”. Later you realize that JS in the browser runs like a fat man up a mountain when you put any kind of complexity into the UI experience and changes to the look and feel take forever because it take 3 people to pull off a simple change. Then someone says “HEY WHAT ABOUT FLASH”, and you fire the CSS guy and the intermediary, and tell the designer to just DESIGN using ADOBES AWESOME AS FUCK TOOLS, and they do that and life starts to feel right again…


  12. DN said on

    Sure, gregorypeck, and then they find out you can outsource these projects and save even more money by leveraging another nation’s relative poverty. These people aren’t the future of the web. But hey, let them enjoy their clunky Flash interface while they drown in their own mediocrity. That’s easy to do, too.

  13. John Morrison – Subism Studios LLC – Photography, Design, Production and Consulting » Blog Archive » Getting up to speed… said on

    [...] The next job I had was only a few days ago and it’s one I was personally very excited about. The past two years I have attended An Event Apart Chicago. For the unintroduced An Event Apart is a conference for people who make websites. Put together by Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer, An Event Apart features the leading names in the field and offers rich content and astounding insight into where things are going. It’s been a blast every time I’ve gone, I always learn a ton and have wound up making some great contacts and friends from it. This year I got the opportunity to work the event as it’s official photographer and spent my time working on the images throughout the event and uploading them live through the show. This is something I had experimented with at the Gals’ Guide event but it had a much more profound effect at AEA, not only did my Flickr traffic go through the roof, but I had people stopping me in the conference halls to complement me on my work. This was a service I was glad to provide for the guests of An Event Apart and I look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.  You can find my photos here and Jeffrey Zeldman’s post conference wrap up here. [...]

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  15. Aaron Gustafson said on

    Great job on AEA, yet again, Jeffrey.

    For those who are interested, my slides are up on Slideshare as well.

  16. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    For those who are interested, my slides are up on Slideshare as well.

    Thanks, @Aaron!

    Where else can people find out about eCSStender?

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    It wont be as good as being in the conference, but it is very helpful. Thanks.

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