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The 1st annual online, live CSS preprocessser conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Sass Summit 2014! Bring the experts to your desktop November 6th from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

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November 6, 2014 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Streamlining Your CSS with Sass 9am 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

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Sass & Style Guides 10am CT

by Mason Wendell, Creator of Breakpoint Sass

Great design, like jazz, needs both harmony and discord skillfully executed in just the right places. On the web, many of our projects are playing sour notes. Let’s get in tune.

Even in the age or Responsive Web Design, many sites are designed from the outside in. Whether the page is defined in Photoshop or, let’s hope, in-browser, many design projects slide out of tune when they get to the second or third page. Components are inconsistent, page and layout dimensions vary, font sizes shift. These details add up. Living style guides have been proposed to address this problem, the trouble is they’re often extracted from the finished project.

Let’s design the style guide first. Start from inside out with the most common aspects of a design language. Instead of envisioning individual pages, work to create a cohesive family of components and layouts that can be assembled into any page. By leveraging a tools that help us create the elements of out design language and visualize them in various contexts, we can make components, layouts, and even working pages that snap together beautifully. It’s the new blank paper.

This session will focus on the principles and benefits of this approach and use real-world examples from client work and personal projects. There will be some technical examples that will range from intermediate to advanced

About Mason Wendell

Mason Wendell is a coding designer and has been since 1996, back when if you had a design you had to code it yourself. More recently he’s become a Responsive Design and Sass expert, working on many large and small projects balancing the roles of designer, front end developer, and performance advocate. He’s the creator behind Breakpoint, co-creator of Sassy Modular Scale, and author of many articles on Sass and Responsive Web Design for The Sass Way. He plays the upright bass, takes pictures, and owns a hammock. He’s currently a Senior Developer and Designer at Phase2.

He also built one of the dumbest Sass experiments, sassymothereffingtextshadow.com


Cutting Edge Sass 11am CT

by Stuart Robson, Curator of Sass News Weekly

With an expedited release cycle, Sass is getting more powerful, faster.

In this talk, Stuart will walk you through some of the exciting features available in Sass 3.3 and the features recently announced in Sass 3.4:

  • The @at-root Directive
  • The improved (&) Parent Selector
  • Maps
  • Selector Functions
  • Source Maps
  • Improved Control Directives & Functions
  • Backwards Incompatibilities

Along the way, Stuart will demonstrate examples of where you could use these new capabilities in your code and discus the things that have changed that could mean your existing code could break or react differently with the latest versions.

About Stuart Robson

Stuart Robinson is a coffee shop guitarist and a front-end developer. He organises London Sass Meetup and curates The Sass News Weekly.


Sass & Understanding Modular CSS 1pm CT

by John Long, Managing Editor of The Sass Way

We’ve all found ourselves deep in the heart of a CSS project struggling with mangled CSS selectors, an array of disparately named files, and a deep and nagging feeling that perhaps our markup is not symantic as it should be. But a new hero is arising in CSS-land: Modular CSS.

You may know him by one of his many names. SMACSS, Object-Oriented CSS, or BEM. Only he has the power to untangle our worst CSS nightmares. Only he can help us lay a foundation for large CSS projects.

In this talk, John Long will delve deep into his bag of tricks to share practical advice about structuring your CSS. We’ll talk about a number of helpful principles for simplifying your CSS and look at how modular CSS applies within the context of Sass. You will walk away challenged with something to apply to your current CSS project.

About John Long

John is a designer and hacker with a passion for pixels and code. He's the managing editor of TheSassWay.com, a blog about getting the most out of Sass and Compass. John is also the creator of Radiant CMS (a content managment system built with Ruby on Rails) and Serve (a rapid prototoyping system for web apps). John works for UserVoice in Raleigh, NC where he lives with his dog Lily.


Sass & Responsive Layouts 2pm CT

by Sam Richard, UI Designer at IBM Watson

Grids are powerful. They provide order to your design and structure to your content, but until we get native grids in CSS they're hard to work with.

When you need to make them fluid and responsive, they get harder. When you need to change a grid from a generic grid system, it becomes a nightmare to maintain. All of this, however, can be made easy and simple thanks to CSS Preprocessing and the right grid framework.

In this session, Sam shows:

  • How choose your girds
  • Why you should use a Grid Framework instead of a Grid System
  • Setting up Grid Framework
  • How to use grids within a Grid Framework
  • Creating compound or asymmetric grids easily

About Sam Richard

Sam Richard is the Senior Front End Developer for NBCUniversal’s Publisher team where he waxes philosophical about Sass+Compass, Responsive Web Design, Drupal, Photography, and, on occasion, bacon. He also makes all of the above, occasionally dipped in chocolate He organizes the New York Responsive Web Design meetup and co-organizes the New York Sass meetup and has spoken at a number of local, national, and international camps and conferences. He also maintains a number of open source projects to make designing in browser and build responsive sites easier.


Putting It All Together with Sass 3pm CT

by Micah Godbolt, Creator of SassBites

Sass isn’t just about Responsive Layouts or Component Based Design. It’s not just for Style Guides or Streamlining your CSS with Cutting Edge tools.

Sass is about completely changing your development process from start to finish.

In “Putting it All Together with Sass”, Micah will be taking the lessons learned today and applying them as we create a single page, responsive website.

This talk will include:

  • A cutting edge workflow using today’s best tools
  • A pragmatic approach to organizing a potentially vast style system
  • Setting up a foundation of grids for all of your content
  • Independent, self contained components that flow with the layout of your page
  • A Style Guide that stays up to date as you work

About Micah Godbolt

Creator of SassBites and Founder of PDXSass, Front End Developer at Phase2, Sass Evangelist, Android Junkie


One Sass File, Many Sites 4pm CT

by Mina Markham, Designer/Front-End Developer

We all know and love Sass. Responsiveness is a no brainer. And the new hotness of Sass 3.4 is, well, hot. But how does all this help to create white label sites? Maintaining CSS on multiple sites with multiple themes can really be quite a pain, especially when working with a team of developers.

Mina Markham will take you through her process of creating a Sass-based ecosystem that make theming sites a breeze. You’ll get to see Sass in all its pro glory, with some Compass, Grunt, and some fun frameworks.

This talk will include:

  • A breakdown of a SMACSS-based style architecture
  • Leavraging functions, mixins and maps to create themes
  • Utilizing Compass to manage images and fonts
  • How to measure your improvements to showcase tangle results

About Mina Markham

Like most creatives, I?m likely to buy something that?s in a pretty box, even if I don?t need it. Likewise, I?ll refused to work with a business with a poorly-designed website, or (gasp) no website at all.

In my spare time, I?m a volunteer advocate at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center & an avid baker. In addition, I have an unhealthy obsession with Italian food, Apple products, cupcakes, musical theatre & Glee.


speakers from:

many fine organizations and companies

About the Sass Summit 2014

At Environments for Humans, we’ve been hosting sessions on Compass and Sass for years as a part of the annual CSS Summit. With Sass being one of the most mature, stable, and powerful professional grade CSS extension languages in the world, the time is right for Sass with it’s own Summit.

Join us for a day of Sass experts discussing the state of Sass and deep diving the features that make our workflow easier: from building style guides, coding complex RWD layouts, and much more.

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 email 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.

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