Fronteers Conference, 9 September 2022, Utrecht

Speakers

We have a spectacular line-up of 6 speakers for you. These are the people who'll be stimulating your mind with thought-provoking talks.

The CSS Cascade, a deep dive

CSS is short for Cascading Style Sheets. But what exactly is this Cascade, and how does it work? What are Origins? What happens when we use an !important somewhere? How do you calculate Specificity? And oh, where do those new Cascade Layers you might have heard of fit in?

In this insightful talk, we’ll take a look under the hood of browsers, and detail how they determine which CSS declarations to apply and which not.

Bramus Van Damme

Bramus Van Damme is a web developer from Belgium. From the moment he discovered view-source at the age of 14 (way back in 1997), he fell in love with the web and has been tinkering with it ever since.

As a Chrome Developer Relations Engineer at Google, he spreads the word on CSS, UI, and DevTools. Before joining Google, Bramus worked as a freelance developer in various front- and backend roles. For seven years he also was a College Lecturer Web & Mobile, educating undergrad students all about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — in that order.

10 Things You Didn't Know About HTTP/3

By now you've probably heard about the new HTTP/3 and QUIC protocols and how they are supposed to make your sites faster and more secure.

However, you probably don't know yet how some of these advanced features like 0-RTT data, connection migration and head-of-line-blocking removal actually work in practice. Nor why Google Chrome splits the QUIC handshake in dozens of small pieces, which it then re-orders randomly for transmission.

So if you're interested in the lower level details of these new protocols, or just want to know why you'll probably have to configure the new "HTTPS" record in your DNS soon, come to this talk and find out!

Robin Marx

Robin Marx is a web performance researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium. He’s the author of various papers on HTTP/2, HTTP/3 and QUIC and has been a contributor in the IETF QUIC working group for multiple years.

He focuses on creating tools for the QUIC and HTTP/3 protocols that help others debug their behavior and performance. He often talks about web performance at international conferences, making the complex situations more insightful to the wider public. On the weekends, he likes to hit other people with longswords.

Debugging web privacy

A tour of a few best practices for privacy on the web. More information about this talk will be available soon.

Maud Nalpas

Maud is a developer relations engineer at Chrome for web security and privacy. Before joining Google, Maud was a full-stack developer leaning towards frontend development. She knows first-hand that the concepts needed to build private and secure websites can feel puzzling and obscure⏤and she's on a mission to change just that.

Maud lives in Berlin and enjoys windsurfing, baking cookies, and playing the guitar off-key.

Beyond the persona

Designers tend to take the average user and design solutions of that average persona by using design and empathy. But to design products and services that are truly inclusive we have to go beyond empathy and asking questions.

In my talk I'll explain why Design Thinking doesn't work and you'll learn how to transform your design process to be really inclusive.

Marie van Driessche

As an user experience designer and teacher, Marie van Driessche (Amsterdam) is fascinated by the way people interact with digital products and each other. Her focus is to design proper, meaningful and inclusive solutions. Currently she works as an user experience designer with a focus on accessibility at Unc Inc. Marie also teaches UX / UI design at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Besides all the above, she loves to kitesurf, gardening and reading cookbooks in bed before falling asleep.

Unlock the Fun!

Creating outstanding typographic designs is not just about choosing the right font. It’s about using all the super powers that font technology offers you today.

In her talk, Ulrike will reveal some playful type experiments that show evidence: type is not just for reading but it’s fun and entertaining, too.

You will learn how to tap the full potential of a font, which will enable you to create stunning designs, leaving your clients with a smile.

Ulrike Rausch

In 2009 Berlin-based type designer Ulrike Rausch founded her own type foundry called LiebeFonts, providing high-quality typefaces with a charming personality and obsessive attention to detail. Her growing portfolio of handwriting fonts has been used in publications, advertisements, and websites all around the world. She also creates custom typefaces for clients.

When Ulrike is not busy with her next font release, she enjoys teaching at art schools and giving type design workshops in her studio.

Together with letterer and writer Chris Campe, she wrote the book “Making Fonts!”, a comprehensive guide to type design and font production.

Lost in Translation

A frontend developer’s job is to look at a design, interpret it, and translate it to HTML and CSS. Unfortunately, information often gets lost in translation because we rely too much on visual aspects of a design, rather than its semantic meaning.

In his talk, Manuel Matuzović uncovers the invisible patterns we should recognise in a design, and how they affect accessibility.

Manuel Matuzović

Manuel Matuzović is a frontend developer who's passionate about HTML and CSS. He works for the City of Vienna where he builds accessible frontends and he’s an auditor, teacher and consultant. He writes about accessibility, HTML, and CSS on his personal blog matuzo.at and htmhell.dev.

And finally, our amazing MC:

Floor Drees

Floor is a Staff Developer Advocate at Aiven, a DBaaS company. Ex Grafana Labs and ex Microsoft, despite not being able to read an analogue clock. Runs a number of conferences and meetups, like the monthly contributing.today panels on open source topics. Your go-to source for dinosaur facts.