Web Design Day 2013

October 25 & 26, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA

Web Design Day 2013

October 25 & 26 2013

The best of web design in Pittsburgh for one amazing day. Now with workshops!

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Our Speakers

Conference Day: Friday October 25th

The Conference day of Web Design Day this year will be at the lovely New Hazlett Theatre.

Workshop Day: Saturday October 26th

New for 2013! Two half-day workshops held at Left Field. Workshop tickets are sold separately for maximum schedule flexibility.

Morning Workshop:
Extensible Working Processes in Responsive Design

Like the universe itself, the Internet is constantly expanding, and the devices we use to access it are multiplying by the day. It should be clear by now that our attempts to match the pace of new Internet-enabled devices is a losing battle.

Responsive design has given us a sane path in an insane world, but keeping our footing in an ever-changing landscape requires us to embrace flux. We must plan flexible, modular solutions; with both our code and designs.

In this workshop Matt Griffin and Patrick Fulton (both of Bearded) will present a new mental model for approaching design problems on the multi-device web, as well as practical applications for our designs and code. We'll look at some of the approaches we use at Bearded to help solve these problems, and delve into the inner workings of incorporating Sass, Compass, and Breakpoint into your workflow so you can:

  • Jump-start every project with a reusable starter kit
  • Be kind to your future self with more organized, maintainable code
  • Modularize your code to make it more friendly to future expansion
  • Come up with a design process and deliverables that allow for flexibility

Afternoon Workshop:
Responsive Patterns

As responsive web design continues to evolve, we’re confronted with difficult problems about how to create adaptive interfaces that look and function beautifully across many screen sizes and environments. How do we handle navigation that’s four levels deep? How do we deal with large data tables? How well do modules like lightboxes, tabs, embeddable maps and more translate to various contexts?

This workshop will take a detailed look at the pros, cons and considerations of many emerging responsive patterns, and will explain how to incorporate them meaningfully in your projects. You'll come away with plenty to think about and plenty to implement when you get back to work.


We‘re completely sold out for both the conference day and workshops! Join our wait list to be notified if any tickets become available.

Tickets are fully transferrable but non-refundable. Contact info@webdesignday.com with any ticket questions or transfers. We've got you covered. If you have any accessibility concerns or questions before attending Web Design Day, we've got you covered on that too.


Conference Day

New Hazlett Theater

We return to the New Hazlett Theatre for 2013! It's a lovely historic site and we get to show you a little bit more of Pittsburgh’s Northside. The Hazlett Theater was built in 1889 as the Carnegie Musical Hall and was dedicated by President Benjamin Harrison. The Theater is part of a historic landmark which also houses one of the first Carnegie Free Libraries in the country.

New Hazlett Theatre
6 Allegheny Square E.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212



For everyone coming from out of town, we‘ve made some arrangements with a nearby hotel to help you out. We have a group rate set up at the Hyatt Place just a short walk from the main venue. Tell them you're with the Web Design Day Group when you make your reservations for a rate of $189 a night.

Hyatt Place
6260 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
Phone: +1 412 321 3000

Workshop Day


Our workshops will be held at the posh Left Field Meeting Space across the street from PNC park and just two blocks from the Hyatt hotel. Left field features ample space, comfy chairs and a lovely rooftop deck to enjoy during breaks.

Left Field Meeting Space
116 Federal St.

Friday Night Party

Commonwealth Press & Sapling Press

The official after party will be at Commonwealth Press. We’ll have food, cake and drinks for you to enjoy. Plus the option to print your own t-shirt and poster designed by local artists Strawberryluna and Ryan Hamrick. Come print, eat, and socialize with our awesome attendees and speakers. It’s so much better than a bar! Don't forget your badge, you'll need it to get in.

Commonwealth Press
2315 Wharton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Sponsor Web Design Day 2013

Help make This year‘s event spectacular! Our attendees will love you for it.
Contact info@webdesignday.com for details on how.


Conference: Friday, October 25, 2013

8:15 AM to 9:20 AM Registration
Morning Coffee & Light Breakfast Sponsored by Celerity
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM Kicking off Web Design Day Right! Val Head & Jason Head
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Tales From A Large Man Aaron Draplin
10:15 AM - 10:25 AM Open Source Life Lessons Rob Wierzbowski
10:25 AM - 11:10 AM Empathy Cannot Be Automated Jenn Downs
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM Break
11:40 AM - 11:50 AM 5 Essential Responsive Design Patterns Made Faster with Sass Catherine Farman
11:50 AM - 12:25 PM Content and Control Sara Wachter-Boettcher
12:25 PM - 1:55 PM Lunch!
Sponsored by Branding Brand
1:55 PM - 2:05 PM Getting to Sign-off Chris Cashdollar
2:05 PM - 2:50 PM Thinking Typographically Brian Warren
2:50 PM - 3:00 PM How to Design for the Man (and not lose your soul) Jen Meyercheck
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
Sponsored by Coffee And Code
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Beyond Mobile: Where No Geek Has Gone Before Josh Clark
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Herding Cats 101 Stacey Mulcahy
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Ending Web Design Day Right! Val Head & Jason Head
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Web Design Day After Party: Party with the presses!

Workshops: Saturday, October 26, 2013

8:30 AM Doors open for morning workshop  
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Extensible Working Processes Matt Griffin
Pat Fulton
12:30 PM Doors open for afternoon workshop  
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM Responsive Patterns Brad Frost

Schedule subject to change without notice.

2013 marks the fifth Web Design Day. Five! We’re so excited! Starting in 2009, this event has aimed to bring the best of Web Design to Pittsburgh in a fun, intimate and affordable event. Organized by G. Jason & Val Head of Refresh Pittsburgh and Viewsource events, Web Design Day is designed to encourage the wonderful community of folks from Pittsburgh and beyond who work to make the web a better place. Check out what we did in 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009.

We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line at info@webdesignday.com