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Unic at the Frontend Conference Zurich 2018

At the Frontend Conference in Zurich, held on 30 - 31 August, everything will be revolving around the interface between Design and Technology. On 29 August, 4 workshops will be organised as a prelude to the Conference. Experts from such areas as Web Design, UX and UI are going to be present there.

Now you can participate with Unic in the workshop «Accessible autocomplete widgets that work for all» by Joshua Muheim, Access4all, on August 29, 2018 for half price!

Unic is Diamond Sponsor

Unic has been supporting the Frontend Conference Zurich for six years as Diamond Sponsor. Out of conviction! The Conference is covering a wide range of the latest subjects concerning Web development, which are to be presented in two panels over two days. Always at the interface between Technology and Design.

Under the motto «Where Design meets Technology», 450 participants from all over Switzerland and Europe will come together in the beautiful Alte Sihlpapierfabrik from Zurich`s industrial age to share their perspective with experts from all over the world.

«Access for all» at the Unic stall

At the Unic stall we will not only answer your questions about Unic. As a highlight, you can have your website checked for accessibility at the Unic stall by testers from the «Access for all» foundation. This allows you to see directly whether and how your website can be read by blind users.

24+ lectures in two days

In two parallel panels, over 24 international lecturers will speak on current subjects and trends across the areas of Web Design and Technology.

The internationally renowned speakers include such names as:

  • Josh Clark @bigmediumjosh, UX Design Leader; founder of Big Medium, a New York-based design studio which specialises in future interfaces for artificial intelligence, connected service and responsive websites; author of a number of books, amongst others of «Designing for Touch» and «Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps»
  • Rachel Andrews @rachelandrew, Front & Backend Web Developer; author and speaker; author or co-author of 22 books, among others of «The New CSS Layout»; editor in chief of the «Smashing Magazine»; a Google development expert and an expert invited to the CSS Working Group.
  • Dan Mall @danmall, founder and Creative Director of SuperFriendly – a design collective generating outstanding creative performance for the most exciting and important organisations. Dan brings together surprising Art Direction with intuitive Interaction Design; author of the book called «Pricing Design» and a co-author of the podcast & workshop series called «Businesslogy».

The schedule of both panels is looking excellent this year as well, as it offers an array of inputs on modern Web Development from 8:30 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening.

Lightning Talk by Fredi Bach

Fredi Bach, Senior Frontend Engineer at Unic, will hold a Lightning Talk on «Frontend First Development» on Thursday evening, 30 August 2018, in the Papiersaal. Fredi explains the following topic in his Lightning Talk: «Solve friction between backend und frontend with an API mocking server, GraphQL, automatic server side rendering and a schema first headless CMS of your choice.»

A full day of workshops is taking place on the day preceding the Conference.

Four workshops on 29 August at Belvoirpark

Design for What's Next with Josh Clark

Let’s prototype an AI product! In this hands-on session, you’ll imagine and design a concept product powered by machine learning. Explore the new digital interactions emerging from machine learning, and how you can put those interactions to work today.

Your guide is designer Josh Clark, author of "Designing for Touch" and ambassador of the near future. As we build our prototype together, you’ll learn practical process, technique, and design patterns for designing for machine-generated content and interaction. But you’ll also absorb lasting lessons and perspective for how to design for emerging platforms generally. You will learn new UX techniques for expanding service and brand across fresh-from-the-future technologies like speech, bots, physical interfaces, and artificial intelligence. You’ll leave the day inspired to create — and ready for action.

Design Your Design Organization with Peter Merholz (unfortunately cancelled)

As the move to establish in-house design teams accelerates, it turns out there’s very little common wisdom on what makes for a successful design organization.

In this workshop, Peter Merholz will shine a light on the unsung activities of actually running a design team, the organizational and operational challenges and considerations, and what works and what doesn’t.

The workshop will be structured as a facilitated conversation, light on presentation, with activities to get things going.

We were able to conduct a written interview with Peter Merholz in the run-up to the Frontend Conference.

New Adventures in Responsive Web Design with Vitaly Friedman

With HTTP/2, Service Workers, Progressive Web Apps, Responsive Images, Flexbox, CSS Grid Layout, SVG, WAI-ARIA roles and Font Loading API now available in browsers, we all are still trying to figure out just the right strategy for designing and buildings responsive websites efficiently.

Accessible autocomplete widgets that work for all with Joshua Muheim

While most autocomplete widgets simply aren’t created with accessibility in mind, since the W3C introduced the WAI-ARIA standard in 2014, there exist concise requirements regarding accessible implementations of various interactive usage patterns. Sadly, the WAI-ARIA standard isn’t easy and compatibility varies a lot between browsers and screen readers.

As such, it’s still a pain to create an accessible autocomplete according to WAI-ARIA. Instead of applying WAI-ARIA, it’s possible to create most interactive usage patterns by dividing them into simple HTML form elements, connecting them with some JavaScript, styling them as wanted, and adding only a tiny bit of ARIA here and there for polishing. The result is a widget that relies on rock solid browser standard behavior in most of its functionality - a widget that’s compatible with each and every browser supporting basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript – and as such, assistive devices like screen readers get everything they need for providing good interaction to their users.

In one sentence: it’s a widget that’s truly working for all (and extremely cheap performance-wise).

Get a 50% discount now

Unic offers a 50% discount on the «Accessible autocomplete widgets that work for all» workshop by Joshua Muheim on the 29 August between 9:00 and 17:00 in Belvoirpark in Zurich. Use the following link to pay CHF 274.50 instead of CHF 549 with the discount code «UNIC-A4A»: Get your ticket now.

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