CSSConf AU 26th & 27th March 2015 Melbourne Meat Market 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne


Andrew Betts

Director of FT Labs, an emerging web tech team at the Financial Times.


Harry Roberts

Consultant Front-end Architect • Writer • Speaker • Previously Senior Developer at BSkyB.


Scott Jehl

Designer/developer who works with the bright folks at Filament Group building websites and applications for clients such as the Boston Globe, LEGO, Global News, eBay, and more.


Claudina Sarahe

NYC-based entrepreneur, front-end architect, organizer, and speaker. She organizes SassConf and runs the monthly NYC Sass meetup.


Sara Soueidan

Freelance front-end web developer, writer, and speaker—focusing on HTML5, SVG, CSS3, and Javascript.


Matt Sawkill

Technical Director at Thick, a strategic design consultancy with a focus on health, education and public services.


Justin Ouellette

Designer and developer of interfaces, real and imagined. Formerly of Muxtape, Tumblr, Vimeo, and the New York Times R&D Lab.


Evangelina Ferreira

Designer, professor and speaker. Works at the National Technological University in Argentina and as freelance web developer.


Benjamin De Cock

User interface designer and front-end developer at Stripe.


Steven Fabre

Product Designer at Campaign Monitor. Lead designer on the Canvas email template builder.


Una Kravets

Front-end designer at IBM Design, Austin. Co-founder of the DC Sass and ATXSass meetups.


Ian Feather

Senior Software Engineer at Schibsted Media. Formerly Client-side Tech Lead at Lonely Planet.


Katie Kurkoski

Web Developer at Getty Images in Seattle. Sasstronaut, nodebot-er and glassblower. CascadiaJS Curator.


Michael Riethmuller

Front-end developer for Department of Human Services. Coastal-dweller. Naturalist-by-proxy.


Fiona Tay

Software engineer on the Core Web team at Airbnb, working on strategy, architecture & tooling.


Kenneth Ormandy

Designer at Surge.sh. Studies type design and organises Type Brigade in Vancouver.

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  1. Introducing Harry Roberts
  2. Introducing Matt Sawkill
  3. Introducing Justin Ouellette
  4. Introducing Evangelina Ferreira
  5. Introducing Sara Soueidan
  6. Introducing Scott Jehl
  7. Introducing Una Kravets
  8. Introducing Benjamin De Cock
  9. Introducing Andrew Betts
  10. Announcing our Diversity Program


Pre-Conference Social

7pm Wednesday 25thth — Bartronica

335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

An open event for the wider Melbourne community in the heart of the CBD. Whether you're coming to CSSConf AU or not, you're invited to join us, meet our speakers and attendees, and play some rad retro video games.

Day 1

Thursday 26th — Melbourne Meat Market

  1. Registration
  2. Welcome
  3. Matt Sawkill

    CSS for humans

    Our roles in a user-centric design process and how our work can make an impact on people's lives.

  4. Katie Kurkoski

    Colour In The Real World

    The history of colour in the physical world: how it works, how artists use colour to trick your brain, and code demos of those tricks.

  5. Coffee time!
  6. Harry Roberts

    4½ Methods for Theming in (S)CSS

    A detailed look at four (and a bit) different ways to provide various types of theming functionality in your UI projects.

  7. Evangelina Ferreira

    Newton meets CSS

    Born 400 years before the web, Isaac Newton, physicist and mathematician, was a visionary. Motion, optics, gravity, and calculus. Although they seem miles apart, CSS and physics must be put together whenever we face animations and transitions. Today, thanks to an unlimited resource of theorems and laws, we can make smoother and more credible animations by simply applying a little bit of physics to web design!

  8. Lunch
  9. Scott Jehl

    Delivering Responsibly

    We will focus on techniques to deliver our CSS (& dependencies) in ways that boost performance and broaden access, without compromises.

  10. Ian Feather

    Fundamentals of Front End Ops

    What's the role of Front End Ops and where does it fit into our development lifecycle? How can it help us build better products?

  11. Cake time!
  12. Fiona Tay

    Bye-Bye Bootstrap Bloat

    As they say, one-size-fits-all usually fits none — and that's the same for CSS frameworks! Just like pants, tailoring a framework gets you a better fit. I'll dig into how and why AirBnB forked Bootstrap for a leaner, meaner UI toolkit!

  13. Benjamin De Cock

    Let's move!

    Animations can make the web engaging, fast and playful. Used judiciously, they can dramatically improve the user experience. Embrace them!

  14. Party!
    Sponsored by SitePoint

Day 2

Friday 27th — Melbourne Meat Market

  1. Doors open
  2. Sara Soueidan

    Building Better Interfaces With SVG

    How SVG's features allows us to build better interfaces by providing us with an accessible and more semantic way for building UI components. I will argue against using some CSS-only techniques and show how they can be replaced with a better SVG approach.

  3. Kenneth Ormandy

    Efficient Web Type, c. 1556

    It’s 1556, and Pierre Haultin is punching a completely impractical, metal font: it’s space-efficient typographically, but far too small to read in print. He intentionally looked for the boundaries type can perform within. Centuries later, we face a similar dilemma...

  4. Coffee time!
  5. Steven Fabre

    Invisible animation

    The impact of animation on the user's experience is often an afterthought. I'm showing how animation can help make any interface more usable by explaining and demonstrating the animation's techniques I've used on the online email builder tool created by Campaign Monitor.

  6. Claudina Sarahe

    NYC-based entrepreneur, front-end architect, organizer, and speaker. She organizes SassConf and runs the monthly NYC Sass meetup. (Talk TBA)

  7. Lunch
  8. Michael Riethmuller

    A CSS Eulogy

    Be prepared to say goodbye to some much loved design patterns and CSS techniques as we look at the remarkable things we've done with them, remember fondly where they came from, why we used them and ask ourselves why (oh why!) are they no longer needed. In our grief we also will look at some new techniques and patterns that you can use now to help you move on.

  9. Justin Ouellette

    Clean and Simple

    The qualities of being "clean" and "simple" are often sought by designers of user interfaces, but what do these words really mean, and how do they differ (if at all?) What makes cleanliness and simplicity so desirable in the first place?

  10. Cake time!
  11. Andrew Betts

    Moving towards web components

    Components, containers and modules, they're the future. But we've got a lot of past too. We need front end development that is unopinionated, compatible with legacy projects, forwards-looking towards web components, and can be used today.

  12. Una Kravets

    Open Source Design: A Call to Arms

    When designers and developers work together from the start, it improves a product's adoption and user experience. But how can we get designers involved and wanting to participate in the open source community from the start? We'll focus on actionable steps and what we can do right now to create a more inclusive open source community.

  13. Conference close

Closing Party

7:30pm Friday 27th — 1000£ Bend

361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

After two mind-blowing days, join us at the impressive 1000£ Bend gallery space for a night of visual installations and live music. There'll be drinks, food, amazing people and disco balls. We wouldn't miss it for the world!


9am Saturday 28th — Melbourne Meat Market

A huge day of hacks, workshops & lightning talks. Free for CSSConf attendees.
More details at decompress.com.au

Code of Conduct

All organisers, sponsors and attendees are required to follow the conference code of conduct. We are committed to providing a harassment-free, professional & welcoming environment for all attendees.

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CSSConf is a volunteer-run, registered not-for-profit.
We're so thankful for the help that we've received by these incredible companies.

  1. Campaign Monitor
  2. Sitepoint
  3. Envato
  4. Ticketing Sponsors

  5. Speaker Sponsors

  6. Diversity Program Sponsors

    JTribe Ferocia

Can your company help? Email sponsors@cssconf.com.au

Call for Proposals

Our Call for Proposals has now closed.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a talk. We will be in touch soon!

Get in touch! team@cssconf.com.au