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Talks & Workshops

I very much enjoy speaking at meetups and conferences, running workshops and organising events. Community events allow me to share my knowledge and also learn from all participants. My particular interests lie in design systems and operations, forging closer ties between designers and developers, and enabling teams to build inclusive and accessible experiences.

If you would like me to speak at an event, or if you would like to give a talk or workshop at a FEDSA event, please get in touch.

Talks

A non-exhaustive list of talks I have given over the years.

Modern layout on the web

Devconf

Tracing the history of web layouts and a demonstration of some of the new techniques at our disposal to create modern, designed interfaces with our new layout tools.

Web typography: past, present and future

Devconf

On the intersection of beautiful web typography and performance, inlcuding a discussion of the history of fonts on the web, how to enable rich typographic features, and how to load web fonts efficiently.

Dynamic and performant web typography

CTFEDS

Covering tips for selecting and matching typefaces, the latest techniques for optimising custom font performance, and how to use modern CSS for fluid type that scales seamlessly across devices.

On variable fonts

CTFEDS

A lightning talk on what variable fonts are and how we can use them in our work today.

Web typography: past, present and future

IO

On the intersection of beautiful web typography and performance, inlcuding a discussion of the history of fonts on the web, how to enable rich typographic features, and how to load web fonts efficiently.

Web Typography Now

UX South Africa Conference

A talk covering typography concepts, a short history of type on the web, and a demonstration of advanced techniques for creating beautiful web typography.

Building a front-end style guide with Jekyll

CTFEDS

On the advantages of using front-end style guides, what they should contain, and a practical demonstration of creating a style guide using Jekyll, a static site generator.

Web typography now

CTFEDS

A talk covering typography concepts, a short history of type on the web, and a demonstration of advanced techniques for creating beautiful web typography.

Workshops

Learning CSS layout properties

CTFEDS

Covering new CSS layout techniques including flexbox, grid, box-alignment, writing modes and many more.

CSS Grid workshop

CTFEDS

Focussing on CSS grid and modern web layout techniques.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day workshop

CTFEDS

Focussing on accessibility for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. With Steve Barnett.

Speak up! workshop: the fine art of sharing and presenting

Scrum User Group Cape Town - SUGSA

Workshop on public speaking. With Steve Barnett.

CSS layouts: Flexible boxes and grid

CTFEDS

Workshop on using CSS flexbox and grid for laying out web pages and components.

Open Design Cape Town special event

Open Design

Workshop-style discussion in a Lean Coffee format sharing interesting things, getting inspired, and seeing how Front-end developers can change the world. With Steve Barnett.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day workshop

CTFEDS

Workshop focussing on accessibility for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. With Steve Barnett.

Web Typography workshop Part II

CTFEDS

Part II of a hands-on practical workshop on getting web fonts to work and work well, concentrating on CSS typographic properties.

Web Typography workshop Part I

CTFEDS

Hands on practical workshop on getting web fonts to work and work well, and approaching web fonts from an accessibility and performance point of view.

Open Design Cape Town special event

Open Design Cape Town

CTFEDs workshop as part of The Open Design Cape Town festival focussing on accessibility, Universal Design, and Human-Centered Design. With Steve Barnett.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day workshop

CTFEDS

Workshop focussing on accessibility for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. With Steve Barnett.

Future Friendly UX Design

UX South Africa Conference

UX workshop with Steve Barnett.

Future Friendly UX Design

UX South Africa Conference

UX workshop with Steve Barnett

Open Design Cape Town special event

Open Design Cape Town

A hands-on workshop for making your website even better. A CTFEDs event as part of the Open Design Cape Town festival. With Steve Barnett

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