An Event Apart: Chicago 2013


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An Event Apart Chicago is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.

Not your father's web design conference

Whether the topic is creating the right content and features for your audience, designing pages that are a pleasure to read and use, or beating browsers and web gadgets into submission, An Event Apart’s presenters are as gung-ho about it as you are. Each speaker has made genuine contributions to our industry. Each is a star.

The two-day event takes place in one room, in one track. Whether you call yourself a designer, a developer, or any of a dozen other titles, you will learn with your colleagues—just like you work with them in real life.

  • Should You Attend?

    Should You Attend?

    Just what kind of people are our attendees? A little under half call themselves “designers.“ An equal number prefer “developers.” IAs, UX pros, project managers, writer/editors, marketers, and, yes, clients attend as well.

    AEA attendees, like other conference attendees, want to improve job skills and make new friends and business connections in an intense and fun environment. But unlike typical conference goers, AEA attendees have that gleam in their eye that comes from a belief that quality matters — that through advocacy and hard work, each of us can make a meaningful difference.

    AEA attendees are…

    …professional craftspeople. They keep up with best practices by reading leading authors’ books on design, code, and usability, and by reading leading and emerging websites about web design. Often, they’ll be the person at their company who got everyone thinking seriously about CSS-based design or content strategy.

    …passionate practitioners. They care deeply about not only doing a job well, but doing it right. They care if their web page forms are usable, if their content is findable and invites reading, if their code is optimized and contingency-ready—and view it as almost a personal affront when it isn’t.

    …looking for both inspiration and instruction. They want to take actionable ideas back to the office when the event is over, re-energized by new ideas and techniques that they can use to boost their work to a new level.

    …hungry for what comes next. They’re aware of what’s going on in the field now and even have some idea of what’s on the way, but want to hear from leaders in the field about what they see coming and how we all will cope with the changes.

    …some of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. Really. They’re sharp, experienced, and firing on all cylinders.

    If that’s you, then you should be at An Event Apart.

  • Venue: The Westin Chicago River North

    Venue: The Westin Chicago River North The Westin Chicago River North

    The Westin Chicago River North has arranged special room rates for An Event Apart attendees: just $249/night plus free internet for the duration of your stay. Call (312) 744-1900 and request the “An Event Apart special rate.” Limited rooms are available at this rate, so don’t delay.

    The Westin Chicago River North offers refined accommodations and magnificent views of the Chicago River that will leave you feeling rested and recharged. The hotel is nestled in the heart of the business and theatre districts, trendy restaurants, and art galleries. Guests enjoy scenic views and an ideal location just steps from Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park. This AAA Four Diamond Award winning hotel is a completely smoke-free environment and offers delicious restaurants and a gym. Best of all, it’s the site of the conference. You can walk out of your room and into the show!

  • Founded by web visionaries

    Founded by web visionaries

    Founded by web visionaries Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman, and dedicated to the proposition that the creators of great web experiences deserve a great learning experience, An Event Apart brings together the leading minds in web design for two days of non-stop inspiration and enlightenment.