Web Directions hover 2021

Global, OnlineApril 23 & 30, 2021

The conference CSS deserves

April 23

  • 11:00am–3:00pm AEST (GMT + 10:00)
  • 11:00am–3:00pm GMT (GMT)
  • 1:00pm–5:00pm EDT (GMT-5:00)

What's New In CSS 2021

Adam Argyle, Developer Advocate Google

From risky and may never be in your browser, to stable and just released yesterday; follow Adam as he strolls through proposals, specs and supporting tools for all the this new CSS hotness.

Container Queries & The Future of CSS

Miriam Suzanne, Co-founder Oddbird

Over the last decade Object-Oriented & Responsive design have become the norm – with tools like Flexbox, Grid, intrinsic sizing, and aspect-ratio giving us even more layout control. CSS has always been designed for a responsive web, but that goalpost can shift over time. Now several new CSS proposals like Container Queries, Cascade Layers, Scoped Styles, and Nesting are all aimed at improving the way we write responsive components and design systems.

Break time

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Time for a quick break for a cup of coffee or tea. Chat to fellow attendees and speakers. Or visit one of our fantastic partners.

The State of CSS-in-JS

Mark Dalgleish, Front End Lead SEEK

It’s been six years since Christopher Chedeau’s seminal yet infamous talk on CSS-in-JS. The community has come a long way since then but the experimentation hasn’t stopped. In this talk we’ll look at the current state of CSS-in-JS and examine the trends that are driving the space forwards.

CSS Aspect Ratio

Anton Ball, Front End Developer Doist

Have you needed to maintain an aspect ratio in a layout? Perhaps 16:9 for a video or a 4:3 photograph. Was it more work than you would have thought? There’s JavaScript solutions or the Padding-Top hack that work, but there are sacrifices to these workarounds.

The frustration of maintaining a consistent width-height ratio is about to be solved with modern browsers supporting the CSS Aspect Ratio property. In this talk we look at what aspect ratio is, how we can use it in our code and the problems it’ll solve.

CSS Variables for Real Life

Matt Colman, Senior Software Engineer Atlassian

CSS Variables is still a bit of a buzz word. Many of us have googled it, looked at some examples, maybe even done a tutorial, but how many of us have used CSS Variables in production?

I want to show you how and why we used CSS Variables in production in the new deployments view in Jira. More importantly I want to show you how to spot a potential use case for CSS Variables so you're ready for it when it's staring you in the face! Oh, and our use case is not dark mode or theming!

Refreshment break

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Need a quick breather? Or why not share your thoughts with others attending? We'll be back soon.

Typography superpower with variable fonts and CSS

Ananya Neogi, Frontend developer Shopify

Over the years, there has been a lot of effort in getting typography on the web right. With the advent of variable fonts, we're already witnessing how it improves the experience and even web performance.

We'll explore how adding modern CSS capabilities such as layout grids and custom properties in the mix truly gives us superpowers to create practical dynamic type systems that are accessible, performant and works across various screen dimensions.

Understanding display

Rachel Andrew, Freelance writer of words and code Independent

CSS Layout is all about boxes. We know that some boxes are blocks, and others are inline, and we can change the display type of elements by changing the value of the display property. That property holds the key to much more than this, however. It is the foundation on which all layout is built; the core of the inbuilt CSS layout system. Learning Grid Layout, or Flexbox, without understanding Display, leaves you with a wobbly foundation and more questions than answers.

The real question isn’t “Should I use Grid or Flexbox?” but instead, “How do I want these boxes to behave?” Understanding the interaction between layout methods will enable you to easily create fallbacks for older browsers, and be able to make more informed decisions when deciding how to build any part of your design, big or small.

April 30

  • 11:00am–3:00pm AEST (GMT + 10:00)
  • 11:00am–3:00pm GMT (GMT)
  • 1:00pm–5:00pm EDT (GMT-5:00)

Neurodiversity (and why you hate CSS)

Facundo Corradini, Front-end Developer Independent

Let's face it: you hate CSS, and it seems to hate you too. But what if this was not caused by the quirks of the language, but the very structure of our brains?

In this talk, I'll dive into how the process of “thinking” works differently among individuals, how the Multiple Intelligences Theory can explain why CSS seems alien to both designers and developers, and what can we do to make it "click" in place

The New CSS Logical Properties

Elad Shechter, CSS/HTML Architect Independent

Most of us developers used to think in terms of left and right, top and bottom. This is because, in the early days of the internet, it was meant mostly for uploading documents, and not for the complex website structures we know today.

This is the reason that no one considered the needs of multiple language websites.

But now the new logical properties give us a lot more power to control our websites, no matter which type of language we are using, for example, English, Arabic, Japanese, etc.). All this with minimal styles changing.

Refreshment break

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Need a quick breather? Or why not share your thoughts with others attending? We'll be back soon.

Beyond responsive design: new and future media queries

Kilian Valkhof, Browser Developer Polypane

Responsive design turned 10 years old last year. Since then browser capabilities have changed a lot, and they're set to change even more. We'll explore new and upcoming media queries that will let website authors make websites that respond not just to screen sizes, but to many different user preferences and situations. Learn how to implement these in forward compatible ways with practical tips and examples.

CSS Comparison Functions

Ahmad Shadeed, UX Designer, Front-end Developer Uxable

In this talk, Ahmad will dive into the details of CSS comparison functions by explaining how they work, where and why to use them. More importantly, he will explain how you can use them today with a proper fallback for non-supporting browsers.

Move over TypeScript, here comes TypedCSS!

Rhiana Heath, Software Engineer Blake eLearning

Have you ever wondered how a browser makes sense of CSS properties and values?

Turns out by parsing strings. Everything is a string: 50%, string. 2px, string. 0.5, string. #FFF, string.

So what happens when the browser can't work out what the string is? Such as "width: 24asd;"

It fails silently, warning us with the generic "invalid property value" message. But what if we could assign types to the values? So the browser knew what it was expecting and what was wrong with the value we entered.

This is where the CSS Typed Object Model comes in. It sits under the umbrella of the CSS Houdini API's and assign types to CSS values. So the browser knows it's expecting a number, colour or keyword. This allows for more control over attributes and for more useful errors.

In this talk I'm going to take you through the CSS Typed OM and examples of how we can start using and benefiting from TypedCSS.

Break time

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Time for a quick break for a cup of coffee or tea. Chat to fellow attendees and speakers. Or visit one of our fantastic partners.

How To Draw, With CSS

Michal Porag, Frontend Developer Outbrain

In this presentation, Michal Porag, frontend developer at Outbrain, looks at an amazing, inspirational CSS art and we learn how to look at a non-conditional shapes and recreate them with pure CSS tools.

A special Webbed Briefs

Heydon Pickering, Designer, Developer HeydonWorks

Heydon Pickering's Webbed Briefs are brief videos about the web, its technologies, and how to make the most of them. They’re packed with information, fun times(TM), and actual goats. Yes, it’s a vlog, but it isn’t on Youtube.

For the very first Hover conference, Hayden is making a very special Webbed Briefs.

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hover 2021 will take place across 2 Fridays in April wherever it's most convenient for you.

Getting there:

Get out of bed, make a coffee, wander to your desk, and start right in. Or just watch from the comfort of your bed. If conditions allow watch in your office, or grab a team pass and watch together as a team.

No expensive flights, or long commutes, be part of it wherever you feel like.

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No need for hotel rooms or airbnbs!

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We work closely with our partners and their technologies to deliver world leading online conferences.

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Praise for past Web Directions events

Phil Whitehouse
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.

Phil Whitehouse,
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi

Ethan Marcotte
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!

Ethan Marcotte,
inventor "responsive Web design"

Dave Greiner
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite

Dave Greiner,
founder Campaign Monitor

About Us

Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over 15 years brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, product managers indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.

We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.

We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're switching things up a bit for 2020 and beyond. We'll be organising a growing family of focussed online conferences, and our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit will take place in Sydney as soon as it is practicable in 2021 (all going well).

vignettes from our events, social, speakers and more. Includes Hannah Donovan skylarking.

John Allsopp

John Allsopp has been working on the Web for nearly 30 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.

His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.

His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".

Code of Conduct

For over a decade, we've worked hard to create inclusive, fun, inspring and safe events for the Web Industry.

As part of our commitment to these values, we've adopted a code of conduct for all involved: ourselves, our speakers, our partners and our audience.

If you have any concern or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us.