Your Guide to An Event Apart Boston

The complete schedule for An Event Apart Boston is now online for your reading pleasure.

Join Eric Meyer and your humble host with truly special guest speakers Jason Santa Maria, Jeremy Keith, Joshua Porter, Whitney Hess, Dan Cederholm, Daniel Mall, Derek Featherstone, Aarron Walter, Scott Thomas, Heather Champ, Andy Clarke, and GoodBarry’s Brett Welch for two days of design, code, and content.

An intensely educational two-day conference for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design, An Event Apart brings together thirteen of the leading minds in web design for two days of non-stop inspiration and enlightenment. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.

Educational discounts and group rates are available, and everyone saves $100 during the early bird registration period.

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Coming to a theater near you

Even a down-home family man has to sometimes get up and go talk about design, web standards, and other hot topics. Here (and in the sidebar) are the places I’ll go this year—starting with Princeton University, where I lecture this very Saturday.

Better: Design For Social Causes – Princeton

DESIGN AS PARTNERSHIP

Feb. 28, Princeton University, Betts Auditorium

Good web design is not principally concerned with the decoration of screen space. Rather, like all design, good web design concerns itself with understanding and solving problems. Learn techniques and processes that turn nonprofit (and other) clients into partners and ensure that work is focused on audience needs, not the whims of powerful committee members.

SXSW Interactive – Austin

FROM FREELANCE TO AGENCY: Start Small, Stay Small

Moderator. Panel with Roger Black, Kristina Halvorson, Whitney Hess, Mar. 14, SXSW Interactive, Austin Convention Center, Sat. Mar. 14, 3:30–4:30 PM

The web has always attracted mavericks and entrepreneurs, and a rocky economy makes the freelance life more desirable (or at least more inevitable) than ever. So what happens when your freelance business starts to grow? How big can you get without getting bad? How can freelancers and small teams compete with traditional agencies? Hip freelancers and cool agency heads will answer questions, compare experiences, and tell their stories.

BOOK SIGNING

South by Bookstore, Austin Convention Center, Sun. Mar. 15, 3:30–4:00 PM. I’ll be signing copies of Designing With Web Standards, 2nd Edition.

An Event Apart, 2009

An Event Apart Seattle

May 4–5, Bell Harbor Conf. Center, Seattle

An Event Apart Boston

June 22–23, Boston Marriott Copley Place

An Event Apart Chicago

Oct. 12–13, Sheraton Towers

An Event Apart San Francisco

Dec. 7–8, The Palace Hotel

Besides emceeing with Eric Meyer, I’ll cover the following topics:

A Site Redesign

When and why should you redesign? How can you change the way a site looks, while preserving the way its brand feels? How can “listening to your content” help you retool a design to more effectively (and more excitingly) meet your users’ needs? To uncover these lessons and more, I’ll review the thinking behind my recent redesign of a site you know well.

The Survey, Year Two

Web design is practically the only business in the global economy that is still going at least somewhat strong. Yet, as in years past, not much is known about web designers and developers except what we find out for ourselves. Slice, dice, and digest the data from the second A List Apart survey for people who make websites.

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