Two Days of Creative Code: a Thank You Note
This Thursday and Friday I went to Paris to attend the dotCSS and dotJS conferences. As I went all alone, I was a bit nervous about the trip (and about how to behave in such a big intimidating group of talented people). Turned out, the organizers did an excellent job at making a giant crowd feel like a cozy get-together. Even the stage looked like a homely jungle-themed living room. I had an amazing two days: I learned a lot, admired the stylish city (and citizens) of Paris and talked to a bunch of nice and like-minded people. And on top of that, I felt that I had pushed some personal boundaries.
5 Things that Made dotCSS and dotJS a Great Experience for Me
- The speakers were a treat. 📣 Every one of them showed craftsmanship, while still all telling a different story.
- The venue was impressive. 🏰 As was the stage decoration. No better place to start a day full of creativity.
- The food was delicious. 🥐 And plenty, too much to taste it all.
- The background music was spot-on. 🎶 From Metronomy to Arcade Fire, it set the perfect mood.
- Everyone was approachable. 👋 Whether it was someone of the organizing team, one of the speakers, or the lady behind the buffet: everyone was friendly and never more than a few steps away.
5 Thruths I Learned at dotCSS and dotJS
1. Radio waves contain a lot more secrets than you might expect.
2. Whether you like the Dropbox rebranding or not, variable fonts are here to stay.
Laurence Penney demoed the future of (web) fonts with his own Axis Praxis tool. Long story short: version 1.8 of the OpenType spec features a very smart way to enable font features like x-height, font weight or italic to be set dynamically. This results in much smaller file sizes and opens yet another world of web typography possibilities. Best of all, even a simple website with only three font variations can benefit from this.
Who thought of developers as boring people, think again. In his talk, Feross Aboukhadijeh unveiled in a hilarious way his holy quest to make the most annoying website possible with today’s browser technology. You should definitely check it out for yourself or read more about it on his blog .
4. Web accessibility is more than technology, it’s also ethics.
Both Marcy Sutton and Suz Hinton talked about accessibility on the web. Suz showed how we can use new technologies like Machine Learning and AI to improve accessibility on almost any website. Marcy, on the other hand, pointed out that making your web projects accessible doesn’t have to be hard and that it’s often a question of caring. If accessibility only matters to you when it’s personal, make it personal. Consciously trying to understand and anticipate to people’s needs is more than an afterthought, it can change both peoples lives and your sales numbers.
5. There are always some syntax parts you did not know about yet.
- Turns out
place-items: centeris short for both
justify-items: center, while
display: contents"unboxes" the target element's children. Saved another 20 bytes thanks to Benjamin De Cock .
- Turns out
- There’s more to media queries than
My last two days at dotCSS and dotJS conference exceeded my expectations. I learned lots of new things, met passionate people and hope to be back next year. Merci à tous!