Links for Declarative Design

At the end of next week, I will sally forth to California. I’m going to wend my way to San Francisco where I will be speaking at An Event Apart.

I am very much looking forward to speaking at my first in-person AEAs in exactly three years. That was also in San Francisco, right before The Situation.

I hope to see you there. There are still tickets available.

I’ve put together a brand new talk that I’m very excited about. I’ve already written about the prep for this talk:

So while I’ve been feeling somewhat under the gun as I’ve been preparing this new talk for An Event Apart, I’ve also been feeling that the talk is just the culmination; a way of tying together some stuff I’ve been writing about it here for the past year or two.

The talk is called Declarative Design. Here’s the blurb:

Different browsers, different devices, different network speeds…designing for the web can feel like a never-ending battle for control. But what if the solution is to relinquish control? Instead of battling the unknowns, we can lean into them. In the world of programming, there’s the idea of declarative languages: describing what you want to achieve without specifying the exact steps to get there. In this talk, we’ll take this concept of declarative programming and apply it to designing for the web. Instead of focusing on controlling the outputs of the design process, we’ll look at creating the right inputs instead. Leave the final calculations for the outputs to the browser—that’s what computers are good at. We’ll look at CSS features, design systems, design principles, and more. Then you’ll be ready to embrace the fluid, ever-changing, glorious messiness of the World Wide Web!

If you’d a glimpse into the inside of my head while I’ve been preparing this talk, here’s a linkdump of various resources that are either mentioned in the talk or influenced it…

Declarative Design



Design Tools

Design systems



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@adactio very excited about this, do you know if the talk is going to make it’s way into any virtual spaces at any point, paid or otherwise.

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Previously on this day

11 years ago I wrote Hackfarming Map Tales

A week in the countryside.

12 years ago I wrote Adfonting

An advent calendar for fonts, complete with responsive layout.

12 years ago I wrote Spacelogging

Turning NASA transcripts into hypertext jewels.

14 years ago I wrote Iron Man and me

The story of how one of my Flickr pictures came to be used in a Hollywood movie.

15 years ago I wrote Dripping

Oozing liquid goodness.

18 years ago I wrote Back from Baltimore

I’m back in Brighton after a fairly short and painless jet-stream aided journey from Baltimore.

19 years ago I wrote Bad web whuffie

Here’s a message I sent earlier through the contact page at Macoholics:

19 years ago I wrote Renaissance theme

One week ago I was in Bologna. I was walking through cobblestoned streets lined with red-roofed old buildings. Many of the buildings were painted in the typical Renaissance style of yellows, browns and oranges.

20 years ago I wrote Puerto Muerto

Another weekend, another concert organised by The Gilded Palace of Sin.

21 years ago I wrote The Science Museum

As of today, there is no admission price for the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum.