Jen Simmons of Mozilla

Tech Evangelist

Jen Simmons

Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts

In the early years of the web, there was a lot of variation and experimentation with where to put content on a web page. Then, it seems, we all settled into a handful of patterns and stayed there for over a decade. It wasn’t until the arrival of responsive design that new ideas for page layout started appearing. Now with new CSS properties for layout landing in browsers, we may be about to see a bigger renaissance in layout design patterns. How can we better use the space inside the glass rectangle? What layout innovations could help users better find and focus on what they want? Take a walk through where we’ve been, where we might be going, and how we can better design for the true medium at hand. This talk features practical examples of what's newly possible, along with access to a code repo for you to play with later.

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Friday at 17:30

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About Jen

Jen is a designer who builds stuff, too. She’s the host and executive producer of The Web Ahead, a podcast about changing technologies and the future of the web. Creating websites since 1996, Jen's clients have included CERN, the W3C, Google, Apress, the Annenberg Foundation, and the New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, Jen designed and created the new default theme for Drupal 7, named Bartik. Besides designing for the web, Jen has 20 years experience designing for live performance and for print. Back in the day, she’d make the poster for a film festival one day, mix the sound for a live salsa band the next, and hang a photo exhibit the week after, all while designing the lighting for an upcoming play. In 2006, she created seven-channel digital projections for an opera about Nikola Tesla for the BAM Next Wave Festival. She directed several short films that toured film festivals around the globe, including screening with RESFEST and on MTV Television. She taught video-making to high school kids in San Antonio and film production to college students in Philadelphia. Jen has a MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She lives in New York City.

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