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Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts with Jen Simmons

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About the Talk

In the early years of the web, there was a lot of variation and experimentation with where to put content on a web page. Then, it seems, we all settled into a handful of patterns and stayed there for over a decade. It wasn’t until the arrival of responsive design that new ideas for page layout started appearing. Now with new CSS properties for layout landing in browsers, we may be about to see a bigger renaissance in layout design patterns. How can we better use the space inside the glass rectangle? What layout innovations could help users better find and focus on what they want? Take a walk through where we’ve been, where we might be going, and how we can better design for the true medium at hand. This talk features practical examples of what's newly possible, along with access to a code repo for you to play with later.

About the Speaker

Jen Simmons (@jensimmons ( is a designer who builds stuff, too. She’s the host and executive producer of The Web Ahead (, a podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web. Creating websites since 1996, Jen designs innovative sites and products using the latest web technology, pushing the envelope of what's possible.


5:00p Doors open, eat and drink (food and drinks catered by Google; limited veg/GF options available)

6:30-6:40p Announcements

6:40-7:55p Modern Layouts with Jen Simmons

7:55-8:25p Break

8:25p Lightning Talks

• Lightning Talk: JSon Web Tokens with Martin Gontovnikas

• Lightning Talk: Luigi Assom

8:30-8:50p Q&A

8:50p Raffle!**

9:30p Room cleared

* Contact the Organizers if you'd like to give a lightning talk.

** You must be present at the venue to qualify for raffle prizes.


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