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Meaningful metrics and designing globally: two more Responsive Field Day topics

By now, you’ve probably read about Responsive Field Day’s amazing speaker line up and may be wondering just what these paragons of responsive design are going to talk about. We’re happy to announce two more speaker topics:

Sophie Shepherd: Designing for a global audience (and how a pattern library can help)

Sophie ShepherdThe Ushahidi platform is a data collection tool that has been used by over 18 million people in 150 countries, and translated into 49 different languages. As a designer on Ushahidi, Sophie will talk about the challenges of designing for users around the world with varying devices and connections, languages, and digital experiences, and will explain how a pattern library has made this process easier.

Steve Souders: Metrics that matter

Steve SoudersUntil browsers add mind-reading event handlers, we have to search for an alternative way to measure how fast users think our sites are. For decades, the go-to number has been window.onload, but modern and responsive techniques have weakened the relevance of that metric. What are the metrics that DO have meaning for what your users are experiencing?

This summer has flown by and now Responsive Field Day is somehow happening next month! Don’t miss your chance to hear Sophie Shepherd, Steve Souders and our other fantastic speakers on Friday, September 25th in Portland’s Revolution Hall. Get your tickets while you can!

Final Responsive Field Day Speakers!

When we tell people about Responsive Field Day, the most common response we get is, “Wow, that’s amazing lineup.”

My response has been, “And we’re not done yet.”

That’s why I’m so pleased and honored to get to share with you our final speakers:

  • Val Head, our favorite guide on how animation can be used effectively and how it adapts in responsive designs.
  • Steve Souders, whose persistent and patient advocacy for web performance has made the web a better place.
  • Olawale Oladunni and Mini Kurhan, who will share the innovative solutions they designed for Walmart’s responsive hero images.

Val, Steve, Ola and Mini join an already stellar cast:

Thirteen terrific speakers. One amazing day digging into the depths of responsive web design. All for only $175.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?

Responsive Field Day Tickets On Sale Now

Hooray! It’s ticket time! Tickets for Responsive Field Day are now available, and they’re just $175. Register now!

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Three more speakers

It’s not just tickets we’re excited about—we’re also ready to announce three more stellar speakers:

  • Marcy Sutton, a superhero to us from her work on Angular’s accessibility and as co-leader of Girl Develop It Seattle.
  • Sophie Shepherd, who shares the lessons she’s learned designing Ushahidi’s open source pattern library.
  • Tom Dale, a driving force behind Ember FastBoot, which brings server-side rendering to client MVCs.

Marcy, Sophie and Tom join an already illustrious list of speakers:

To be honest, we’re still a bit stunned that we were able to get such an amazing group of speakers. And we still have three more speaker slots to announce!

Get your tickets ASAP!

Look, this is the first time we’ve done something like this so we don’t know how fast tickets will sell.

All we know is that a lineup like this has never been in Portland before and the event we modeled Responsive Field Day on has sold out every year.

So I suggest getting your tickets ASAP and letting your friends and co-workers know to act soon so they don’t miss out.

Responsive Field Day Speakers, Tickets and Community

Late spring. We are now officially entering the marvelous season in Portland. That means gorgeous weather and cheerful citizens from now well into October. This part of the year is why everyone wants to be here. Let’s forget about the rest of the year (hint: dim, misty). Let’s just talk about the wonderful things.

Like Responsive Field Day, this September 25 (Friday) at Revolution Hall here in marvelous-season Portland. We announced the event back in March, but now it’s time to up the ante with some real details.

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The first half of our confirmed speaker roster looks like a dream team of responsive all-stars.

  • Stephanie Rieger, consummate researcher whose humanist talks explore anthropological and technical realms
  • Ethan Marcotte, who, you know, invented Responsive Web Design. And who also weaves a riveting presence in his talks.
  • Jeremy Keith, whose impact on web practices are legion, and who spices up the discourse on any panel.
  • Yesenia Perez-Cruz, who synthesizes her talents in writing, communication and graphic arts for a nuanced perspective on responsive challenges.
  • Jen Simmons, whose powerhouse weekly podcast _The Web Ahead_ is on the required listening list for those who build the web.
  • Brad Frost, whose bounding enthusiasm and thought leadership have helped to lead us toward a clearer responsive future.

And that’s only the first half! We’re kind of giddy with excitement right now. Stay tuned: we’ll announce the rest of our speakers soon.

Tickets and Community

Tickets will go on sale soon. They’ll be $175. We are keeping ticket prices low so that more of you can join us.

Any proceeds from the event will be donated to programs that support open web technologies, the tech community and education.

The whole Cloud Four crew hopes you can join us for Responsive Field Day!

Responsive Images Are Here. Now What?

Responsive images have landed in Chrome and Opera. They are in development for Firefox and Webkit. They are under consideration for Internet Explorer.

This is an amazing accomplishment. To get here, the following happened including many firsts:

  • The Responsive Images Community Group was formed. It now cited as a model for how W3C Community Groups can inform the standards process.
  • There have been four major specifications (picture, srcset, src-n, and the final picture specification) along with many minor iterations along the way.
  • An IndieGogo campaign to fund Yoav Weiss’s implementation of the feature in Blink. The first crowd-sourced funding of a browser feature ever.
  • Hours of time put in by volunteers and browser makers to make sure these standards will work and implementing them in browsers.

After nearly four years and a ton work, we finally have responsive images.

Now the hard work begins.

Responsive images will now go from the limited number of people in the Responsive Images Community Group to the web at large.

Many people will struggle to learn the new tools and to ascertain when it makes sense to use each. Not to mention the navigating the thorny, unsolvable problems of responsive image breakpoints.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been working on ways to help people learn responsive images. The first output of that work will start tomorrow with a presentation called “Responsive Images Are Here. Now What?” at An Event Apart Atlanta. I’m repeating the talk at AEA Seattle and San Diego.

If you want a deeper dive, I’m giving a full day workshop at UX Mobile Immersion on When Responsive Web Design Meets the Real World which will cover images in detail.

The research I did to prepare for those talks has created a backlog of articles that I want to write. Watch this space. They are coming soon.

So responsive images are here, and they are going to be a big deal for the web in 2015. It’s time to prepare for them; to understand how to use them; and to start tackling the tough challenges of integrating them into our sites.

I can’t wait to see how people use these new browser features.

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