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The 4th annual online, live responsive web design conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in responsive web design and web performance for an all-new, three-day online conference, the RWD Summit 2015! Bring the experts to your desktop March 10-March 12, 2015 from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

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

Performance \\ Mar. 10, 2015 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

State of the Union for Ecommerce Page Speed & Web Performance 9am CT

by Tammy Everts, Solution Evangelist for Radware

Tammy Everts dives into latest research into the performance of the world's most popular ecommerce sites to answer the question: In the fight to offer shoppers the richest possible content, are retailers helping or hurting the user experience?

We look at web page metrics such as load time, time to interact (the amount of time it takes for a page to render its feature "above the fold" content), page size, page composition, and adoption of performance best practices. Our goal is to obtain a real-world "shopper's eye view" of the performance of leading sites, and to track how this performance changes over time.

About Tammy Everts

As a senior researcher, writer, and solution evangelist for Radware, Tammy Everts has spent years researching the technical, business, and human factor sides of web/application performance. Before joining Radware, Tammy shared her research findings through countless blog posts, presentations, case studies, whitepapers, articles, reports, and infographics for Strangeloop Networks.

Tammy continues to deepen the publicly available body of web performance and UX research by regularly contributing her insights and research findings to the Radware blog, as well as the performance blog Web Performance Today.


Enabling HTTPS Without Sacrificing Your Web Performance 10am CT

by Billy Hoffman, Founder and CTO of Zoompf

A fast website is a crucial component of a great user experience. So much so that a few years ago Google announced that they were using page load time as a factor in search engine rankings.

More recently, Google also announced that they would be favoring websites that use Transport Layer Security (TLS) in its search rankings. TLS encrypts a website's traffic preventing other entities from monitoring its communications.

However, adding this protection introduces more complexity to your website and how it communicates with your visitors, potentially slowing things down and negatively affecting the user experience.

In this session, Hoffman will show you how to implement TLS on your website while keeping it fast and responsive.

About Billy Hoffman

Billy Hoffman is the founder and CEO of Zoompf, a web performance scanning vendor.

Prior to Zoompf, Billy Hoffman was the lead researcher at web security firm SPI Dynamics and served as the research manager for Hewlett-Packard's Web Security Research Group following Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of SPI in 2007.

Billy's work in the field of web security has been featured in Wired, Make magazine, The Washington Post, Slashdot, and in various other journals and Web sites.

Billy has presented his work internationally at security conferences including RSA, Black Hat, and AJAXWorld, and is also the author of the book Ajax Security, published by Addison Wesley in December 2007.

As Billy conducted web security analysis throughout the globe, he consistently noted that the performance of most websites was suboptimal.

He also noted that this lack of optimization resulted in both poor user experiences and lost revenue for website providers.

Recognizing an opportunity to apply his extensive web development skills in this exciting new area, Billy founded Zoompf to develop technology and services specifically designed to optimize website performance.


RWD Bloat 11am CT

by Dave Rupert, Lead developer for Paravel, Inc.

Dave Rupert shares his thoughts on website performance in responsive web design and his approach for reducing the problem.

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.


Strategy Track \\ Mar. 11, 2015 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Responsive Web Design Adoption 9am CT

by Guy Podjarny, Web Performance Researcher and Evangelist

Responsive Web Design is hot. Practically every company I speak to, around the globe, is either going responsive, has gone responsive, or--at the very least--giving it serious consideration. So, with all this buzz, how many websites are actually responsive?

To answer this question, I ran a test on the top 10,000 websites (per Alexa), and checked if they are responsive.

About Guy Podjarny

Guy Podjarny (Guypo), is a web performance researcher and evangelist, constantly chasing the elusive instant web.

Guy focuses heavily on mobile web performance, and regularly digs into the guts of mobile browsers. Guy is also the author of Mobitest, a free mobile measurement tool, and contributes to various open source tools.

Guy was previously the co-founder and CTO of blaze.io, recently acquired by Akamai.


CSS Grids & Flexbox 10am CT

by Rachel Andrew, Author of CSS Anthology

This presentation will take a look at the Flexible Box Layout Module (Flexbox) and the upcoming Grid Layout Module. I'll be explaining what they are and how they work together.

After this session you should:

  • know what these two modules are
  • understand the problems they were designed to solve
  • have access to some simple examples of these modules independently and working together
  • understand when - assuming there is browser support - you should use one or the other
  • understand current and upcoming browser support and existing polyfills

About Rachel Andrew

Rachel Andrew is a web developer and Director of edgeofmyseat.com, a UK web development consultancy and creators of the small content management system, Perch. She is the author of a number of web design and development books including The CSS3 Anthology for SitePoint and the CSS3 Layout Modules Pocket Guide published by Five Simple Steps.

Rachel writes about business and technology on her blog at rachelandrew.co.uk.


Technical Track \\ Mar. 12, 2015 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

SVG is for Everybody 9am CT

by Chris Coyier, CSS-Tricks Web Design Community Curator

While SVG isn't exactly new, browser support is at the point that we can use it without much worry. Even if we do need fallbacks for older browsers, modern tools make it easy. This makes now the perfect time to learn about SVG and how it can help you in everyday web design. Perhaps the most compelling reason: SVG images look sharp at any dimension with tiny file sizes--which is great for making responsive websites responsibly.

You'll also learn how SVG helps make otherwise awkward shapes easy to make, and how to use it to make icons that are more accessible than with any other web-based icon creation technique. You'll learn how SVG can make customized complex graphics on the fly, create compelling animations and other interactions, and empower some pretty great designerly effects. We'll end by discovering a cornucopia of SVG source materials that are easy to find and even easier to work with.

About Chris Coyier

Chris is a web designer and developer. He writes about all thing web at CSS-Tricks, talks about all things web at conferences around the world and on his podcast ShopTalk, and co-founded the web coding playground CodePen.


Scaling Up (and Down) SVG 10am CT

by Amelia Bellamy-Royds, Co-author of SVG Essentials, 2nd Ed.

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) are resolution-independent, which makes them great for responsive web sites. But getting SVG to scale just the way you want can sometimes require creative coding. SVG is both an image format and a document layout language, and it doesn’t behave quite like other graphics or like CSS documents.

This talk will describe different strategies for making SVG scale in different ways to suit your web design, without resorting to JavaScript:

  • Fitting SVG into a limited-size area
  • Scaling icons with the surrounding text
  • Scaling SVG like an image
  • Stretching separate parts of a graphic independently
  • Keeping text legible as a diagram changes size
  • Using media queries to hide or reveal details, or re-arrange entire layouts, at different scales

About Amelia Bellamy-Royds

Amelia Bellamy-Royds is the co-author of SVG Essentials, 2nd Edition (with J. David Eisenberg) and the forthcoming Using SVG with CSS3 and HTML5 (with Kurt Cagle). She’s also a freelance writer specializing in scientific and technical communication, with a particular interest in data visualization.

Amelia has a B.Sc. in Bioinformatics, a Master’s in Journalism, and an unending desire to discover new things. Online, you can find her as AmeliaBR on Codepen, Stack Exchange, or Web Platform Docs. Offline, she lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. If she isn’t at a computer, she’s probably either out on the town grooving to a great band or out in the yard digging in her vegetable garden?when it isn’t frozen solid, that is.


RWD and Raster Images 11am CT

by Christopher Schmitt, Author of CSS Cookbook & HTML5 Cookbook

The web doesn't stop at the desktop anymore. Our image assets need to do more than look good in one context.

In this talk, I look at how raster images--PNGs, GIFs, JPEGs--can be coded up with new browser native HTML elements to deal with multi-device world. And then we look into baking in RWD image workflow for raster images.

About Christopher Schmitt

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher Schmitt is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993.

As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs.

He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force.

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for MSDN, .net Magazine, New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.


RWD and Flexbox Deep Dive 12pm CT

by Zoe Gillenwater, Author of Stunning CSS3 and Flexible Web Design
Session information forthcoming.

About Zoe Gillenwater

Zoe is a freelance graphic and web designer, developer and consultant. She is the author of the book Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS and the video training title Web Accessibility Principles for lynda.com, and is working on the upcoming book Stunning CSS3: A Project-based Guide to the Latest in CSS.

Zoe is currently a member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Adobe Task Force and was previously a moderator of the popular css-discuss mailing list. Find out more about Zoe on her blog and portfolio site at www.zomigi.com or follow her on Twitter @zomigi.


About the RWD Summit 2015

Now that the growth of the mobile Web has outpaced the desktop, Web designers and developers are at a crossroads. The race to keep up with every new device dimension and interface could easily dwarf the pain of dealing with browser quirks, but only if we let it! Take a day to discover the newest Responsive Web Design techniques and change the way you build the Web.

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!
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.