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The 1st annual online, live FrontEnd conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in Frontend for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the FrontEnd Summit 2014! Bring the experts to your desktop August 21st from 9AM to 5PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

August 21, 2014 \\ 9AM to 5PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Sublime, Vim Editors FTW 9am CT

by Adam Simpson, Developer at Sparkbox

Understanding your tools is vital for any web builder. Your text editor is one of the most important tools to understand in your frontend workflow.

In this session, Adam will deep dive on Vim and Sublime Text and explore their feature sets and advantages.

You'll learn:

  • Why do text editors even matter?
  • What to look for in a text editor
  • Essential plugins for Vim and Sublime Text
  • General tips for Sublime Text and Vim

About Adam Simpson

My name is Adam Simpson, and I'm something of a web designer & front-end mutant. I currently work as a Front-end Developer for Sparkbox, a responsive web shop out of Dayton, OH.

I write down thoughts and opinions over at adamsimpson.net. I tweet over at @a_simpson. I should post more work over at Dribbble, and should really post more code at Github. Finally, but most importantly, I jam out over at Rdio.

I've lived in America, Europe, and Asia - and I like all three - currently I live in Columbus, Ohio.


Tooling for a Better Workflow 10am CT

by Neil Renicker, Developer at Sparkbox

Tweaking our tools is a lifestyle. In fact, it’s a life philosophy: we streamline our tools to make time for the things we really want to do. Why do work yourself that your computer can do for you?

This talk will help you obsessively refine your tooling, so your work becomes quicker, more automated, and less painful.

Here’s what Neil will cover:

  • Learn to be lazy and stop repeating yourself
  • Using the command line as a productivity tool
  • Eliminating mouse clicks
  • Improving your touch typing skills
  • Dealing with distraction and achieving laser focus
  • How to create workflows and processes to make huge productivity gains over time
  • Specific applications (free and open source) to help you become more productive
  • How to make the best old fashioned homemade ice cream in the world*

* Seriously.

About Neil Renicker

I'm a 24-year-old designer, developer, and writer living and working in the Midwest. I?m in with the crew at Sparkbox, where I'm intent on making the web beautiful inside and out.

After hours, I'm working hard to practice my craft. I'm comfortable as a frontend developer, but I?m going deeper by learning Ember and advanced-ish JavaScript. I hone my work by writing here; I think by writing, and learn by sharing, so I invite you to follow along. Feel free to email me.


Design Workflow with Sketch 11am CT

by Clark Wimberly, UX at The Zebra

As the lines continue to blur between design software and browser, raster pixels seem like a worthy first casualty. With a bit of retraining, any designer or front-end worker can be poised to drop Photoshop (and pixels) forever.

Topics include:

  • artboards, pages, and slices
  • raster design gotchas
  • exporting from Sketch
  • pulling CSS from Sketch
  • getting ready to build / handoff

About Clark Wimberly

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.


Streamlining Your CSS with Sass 1pm CT

by Elyse Holladay, Instructor at MakerSquare

By now we all know the features of a preprocessor: variables, mixins, importing, blah blah blah. But there's more to it: Sass should be a powerful tool to make authoring your CSS faster, easier, and more modular.

Elyse will cover some of the various ways to install and compile Sass, including plain command-line Sass, CodeKit, Grunt, and libsass, as well as using Foundation with Compass for rapid prototyping. Not prototyping? Never fear: she'll walk you through some tips and tricks for importing and organizing a new Sass project.

Lastly, she'll look at some advanced authoring tactics that will help you quickly create namespaced modules, design themes that can be changed with one line, responsive testing mixins, and well-documented style guides.

About Elyse Holladay

Information coming soon. ×

Automate Your Tools 2pm CT

by Dave Rupert, Lead developer for Paravel, Inc.

The front end web designer and developer tool chain has become more and more sophisticated over recent years. It's not easy to keep up especially if you have a fear of the command line. We'll take a look at just some of the things in the modern web toolbox covering things like the command line, Git, Grunt, and more.

About Dave Rupert

Dave Rupert is the lead developer for Paravel and host of the ATX Web Show, a podcast about the local web design and development scene in Austin, TX. Most of his attention is focused on current buzzwords: HTML5 / CSS3, Javascript, Rails, Sinatra, and the Mobile Web.


Fearless Browser Test Automation 3pm CT

by John-David Dalton, Program Manager at Microsoft

Browser test automation can be intimidating.

But without test automation, developers waste time unneedlessly testing browsers manually (many times in VMs) or opting to simply not test a range of browsers.

John-David Dalton discusses browser test automation, removes the roadblocks/gotchas, and shows lots of awesome things you can do: code coverage, perf testing, tagging, & more!

About John-David Dalton

I've presented at JSConf US+EU 2010, the Web Optimization Summit 2010, JSConf US 2011 (Track B), and Red Dirt JS (2011). I am a 2011 Microsoft MVP award recipient for IE testing, the author of Benchmark.js (benchmarkjs.com) and a co-maintainer of jsperf.com. I?ve also led the charge in assisting and promoting the ES5+ compliance of JS lib ES5 fallbacks/shims.


The State of Grunt 4pm CT

by Ben Alman, Front-end Developer

In this talk, Ben Alman talks about the state of Grunt, its ecosystem, and its future.

At the end, join in on an extended Q+A session with Ben to ask all your Grunt workflow-related questions.

About Ben Alman

"Cowboy" Ben Alman currently works at Bocoup as Director of Training and Pluginization, where I am responsible for the development of beginner and advanced JavaScript, jQuery and HTML5 training curricula.

In addition to my training and client work at Bocoup, I write articles and give presentations advocating JavaScript and jQuery code organization techniques and best practices.

When he's not creating a new plugin (or writing articles on creating plugins), Ben can be found in the official jQuery IRC channel, helping newbies learn how to $('body').append('hello world').

In addition to web development, Ben is an avid photographer and funk bass player, and can be seen taking photos and playing around the greater Boston, MA area.


speakers from:

many fine organizations and companies

About the FrontEnd Summit 2014

As the web changes for the better, so do our tools. While keeping on top of industry changes is part of the job, fighting our tools that can help us do our job faster and better shouldn't be. In this special FrontEnd Summit, we deep dive into tools--some common like text editors and some relatively new to the scene like Grunt and Sketch--to see how they can help stay on top of cutting edge.

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Free Recordings

Can't make it the day of the conference? Recordings are part of registration, so you can watch the recordings whenever you want!

Within five business days after the event, we will send you information on how to view recorded sessions.

Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

Still have questions? Drop us a line or contact us at e4h@heatvision.com if there's anything else you'd like to know.