The Awwwards Conference is fast becoming the #1 web design conference in the world and they did a fantastic job of assembling a superb group of speakers this year in Barcelona.
There was a good balance of code, design and theory but the following 5 speakers stood out most to me… 1. Progressive Enhancement (Jeremy Keith)
This was a great talk about the increasing complexity of designing for an infinite number of browsers and devices and the increasing temptation to match this growth with increasingly complex solutions.
Jeremy started the talk by trying to rewire our brains to think differently about how we design and develop by making us all see the dog mask in a picture of a duck – something we will never “unsee”! Jeremy then went on to talk about how if we start our designs simply you can build a solid foundation which will almost always ensure a future-friendly site.
I especially enjoyed hearing his views on the ever complicated subject of browser support – to which his answer was simply “stop trying to make websites look the same on every browser” and instead focus on “browser support” not “browser optimisation”. This was music to nearly every developer ear’s in the room and something I think we should all stick to. 2. Designing with Chrome DevTools (Paul Bakaus)
Paul is from the Google Chrome DevTools team and came along to the conference to give us all a sneak preview of improved responsive design controls, rich live editing of animations and more and more fun with colors.
Chrome DevTools is something we use at Clicky use every day and we were so excited to see some of the plans. My favourite was the new animation tools which will be so useful… (see vid below)