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April 27-29, 2016 / Grapevine, TX

A 3-day Dev/ Tech Conference

2015 Squares Conference
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What is Squares? It's a three-day gathering of techies from around the world. Learn from leaders, designers and innovators in both the non-profit and tech community. It's a great place to mingle with others who share the same passions you do.

01/Speakers

Kim Bost

Product Designer @ Dropbox

Dan Denney

Front-end Developer @ CODE SCHOOL

Michael DeSouza

Product Manager @ InVision

CHRIS LEMA

CTO & CHIEF STRATEGIST @ CROWD FAVORITE

CAMERON MOLL

founder of Authentic Jobs

Phil Coffman

Design Lead @ PCPartPicker

Digital Designer living in Austin, TX. He spends his days as the Design Lead at PCPartPicker and navigating life with his wife and three kids.

Digital Designer living in Austin, TX. He spends his days as the Design Lead at PCPartPicker and navigating life with his wife and three kids.

Val Head

Designer & Web Animation Pro

ANDI GRAHAM

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT @ BIG SEA

MEG LEWIS

FOUNDER & DESIGNER @ GHOSTLY FERNS

Casey Baggz

Developer @ Oven Bits

NATHAN SMITH

Front-End Architect @ TandemSeven

Joshua Sortino

Head of Design @ Pivotus Ventures

Dave Onkels

Squares Emcee

02/The Talks

Design

Designing for Happy Companies: How Getting Weird and Finding a Purpose Created a Design Mission

Meg Lewis

Meg Lewis, the world’s happiest person, shares her hilarious life journey and how it led to finding a purpose. Meg will discuss the benefits of leveraging your quirks to create a design mission. Watch as Meg shares tips for designing personable products through her career designing for happy companies and even happier users. You’ll laugh and cry your way to a happy ending during this unconventional, fun talk!

Design

Unified UX: Designing Unified Experiences Across Endless Screens And Platforms

Cameron Moll

Today's web users are fanatically multi-screen users. They'll add a product to their Amazon cart on a laptop at work and finish checkout on a smartphone in bed. (You too?) Responsive Web Design laid the foundation for designing multi-screen UX within the browser by creating a unified browsing experience. Unified UX aims to build on that foundation by unifying the entire internet experience across devices and platforms. In this session, you'll learn 10 best practices for delivering a unified, consistent user experience regardless of where the digital experience begins, continues, and ends.

Design

Design ≠ Craft

Kim Bost

Being an impactful Product Designer is not only about craft: our design thinking must evolve beyond Sketch files or fancy prototypes in order to be successful. Kim will talk about how her skill set and thinking were challenged and evolved at companies like the New York Times, Etsy and Dropbox.

Front-End

Designing Meaningful Animation

Val Head

Motion design has become a necessary skill for designing and building the modern web. The character and energy that motion brings to an interface is becoming as expected on the web as it is in other media. Great web animation comes from thinking like a motion designer and brand steward, matching the motion we add to our message and design goals. Learn key animation principles such as timing, offsets, and secondary action as they apply to interface design decisions—plus motion principles specific to designing animated interactions. Consider this your crash course on becoming a motion design pro!

Email

You’re gonna love HTML emails

Dan Denney

Using the “compliment sandwich” model, we’ll discuss how good email is, how bad it has been to work with, and how great the community is at fixing the problems and creating tools. We’ll look at some beautiful work, compare code, step through tools, and send everyone off with starter code for your own emails.

Front-End

DNA of a Front-End Dev

Casey Baggz

What are the makings of a successful front-end dev for today's industry standard?

UX

Designing For the Familiar

Phil Coffman

Where I discuss discovering, defining and executing a creative concept, one that should feel familiar to those who are going to use the end product.

Business

Five Product Marketing Mistakes You Don't Have To Make

Chris Lema

There's no good reason to learn every mistake on your own. Life is too short. Learn from Chris and the products he's launched, and the clients he's coached. Come hear several mistakes you can skip right past.

Development

Getting Started with React

Nathan Smith

How to canonize UI approaches and accessibility.

Product

Building a Scalable Product Team

Michael DeSouza

How do you transition from obsessing over every pixel in your product to building an entire team that obsesses over every pixel? Scaling a product team that cares about the product as much as you do takes thought, planning and principles. From recruiting to process and priorities, this session will demystify all of the elements needed to make the transition not only possible, but painless.

Business

Accidental Owner

Andi Graham

Lessons learned moving from freelancing to agency owner.

Product

Sweat the Small Stuff

Joshua Sortino

Do the details really matter? The impact of changing a star to a heart, or changing an input to a dropdown can be easy to overlook but, when pursued, the details could reveal big opportunities. Join Joshua as he studies the small, yet impactful, real-world design decisions from AirBnB, Behance, Medium and more.

03/Registration

SESSIONS
APRIL 28-29, 2016
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WORKSHOPS
APRIL 27, 2016 – Price per class
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04/Workshops

Track 01

  • Chris Michel Treehouse Workshop 01
    8:30 - 10:00 AM

    Sass from beginner to building

    In this workshop, Chris will teach you everything you need to know to get up and running with Sass. From there, we'll build out some UI components using common techniques and tools that are built into Sass.

  • Kurt Cunningham Made By Munsters Workshop 02
    10:30 - 12:00 PM

    Building your own CSS Framework

    For some projects, it's best to roll your own CSS framework. Find out why and how in this workshop, where we'll build out a custom framework based on Sass. We'll also learn a bit of architecture tips to keep your code clean.

  • Andrew Taylor Pantheon Workshop 03
    1:30 - 3:00 PM

    Creating visual WordPress settings pages with the Customizer

    In this workshop I'll show you how to get started with the Customizer to create a better user experience for your option pages. Standard option pages can be a headache for users when they have to go back and forth between the settings and the front-end to view changes. By taking advantage of the WordPress customizer your users can configure settings, see them instantly previewed, in the design of their site, without saving and refreshing.

  • Andrew Norcross Reaktiv Workshop 04
    3:30 - 5:00 PM

    WordPress Plugin Basics

    Plugins are truly what make WordPress so popular. From things as simple as browser title tags to full-scale e-commerce, plugins can turn a vanilla WP driven site into a fully customized experience tailored for your needs. This workshop will dive into the basics of plugin architecture, functionality, and different use cases for both client work and public release.

Track 02

  • Emily Richard Invision Workshop 01
    8:30 - 10:00 AM

    Prototyping with Invision

    Starting a new project can feel overwhelming—especially when you have a large team. During this workshop, you’ll not only learn handy prototyping tips, but also how InVision supports your entire design workflow from ideation to launch.

  • Yakaira Nunez Salesforce Workshop 02
    10:30 - 12:00 PM

    How To Workshop Your Workshop

    Ever had difficulty getting executive buy-in? Generating customer enthusiasm around new products? Engaging product owners into the value of customer-led feedback? Of course you have. So did we at Salesforce. So we created Research Works. A series of research led workshops that help teams across the product development and design spectrum learn directly from their users. With this workshop you will learn the most popular workshops and the techniques & best practices that make them successful. You come away with templates for these workshops and you will build your own workshop.

  • Joel Glovier Github Workshop 03
    1:30 - 3:00 PM

    GitHub for Developers

    Whether you are new to GitHub, or a GitHub power user, this workshop will have something for you. We will cover the basic GitHub concepts, dive into tools for everyday workflow efficiency, and even explore advanced tools for GitHub proficiency.

  • Philip Zaengle Zaengle Corp Workshop 04
    3:30 - 5:00 PM

    Intro to Craft CMS

    Interested in breaking out of your boring old CMS? Craft CMS offers all of the functionality of the major content management systems without the technical debt. Learn why now is the time for Craft, along with all of the fundamentals you'll need to get started.

Track 03

  • Levin Mejia Shopify Workshop 01
    8:30 - 12:00 PM

    Build A Complete Shopify Store For A Client, from Start to Delivery

    There are over 200,000 merchants already using Shopify and hundreds more are signing up every month. All of these Merchants are all looking for web designers and developers to design and build their shop’s theme, set up products, add custom functionality, integrate apps, simplify social media, and so much more. In this workshop, I will teach you how to get started with Shopify’s Theme design language Liquid, setup a Partner Account to access exclusive resources, add and work with products, install apps to add custom functionality, and deliver your development store to production for your client.

  • Ken Tabor Sabre Workshop 02
    1:30 - 5:00 PM

    Responsive Web Design Toolkit

    This workshop is dedicated to helping you create, test, debug, and polish your responsive website before releasing it into the wild. It answers the question, “How can you know if your website will work on a world of devices?” I’ll share with you nuts-and-bolts approaches to help navigate one of the most difficult things you tackle – assuring your customers can best use your websites. I’ll review when to reach for some tools, and when to put them away. Whether you’re already mobile-first, or simply mobile-curious, I’ll deliver a carefully curated set of tools strengthening your workflow, and giving you a power-up to rise above your competition.

$97

/each workshop *

Get your hands dirty with some of the best in the technical industry. You won't regret it. * Track 3 classes are $195 since they are 3.5 hours long.

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05/VENUE

PALACE ARTS CENTER GRAPEVINE, TEXAS


CONFERENCE VENUE:
300 S MAIN ST, GRAPEVINE, TX 76051

WORKSHOP VENUE:
1209 S MAIN ST, GRAPEVINE, TX 76051

In the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine, you'll find the beautifully restored art deco-style Palace Arts Center, home to the Palace Theatre and the Lancaster Theatre. The perfect venue for creative inspiration.



06/Schedule

  • FRI
  • THUR
  • WED
  • FRI

    April 29, 2016
    08:00 am
    REGISTRATION, COFFEE, & CONNECT
    09:00 am
    KICKOFF DAY I
    09:15 am
    SESSION 01: Michael DeSouza - Building a Scalable Product Team
    10:15 am
    SESSION 02: Val Head - Designing Meaningful Animation
    10:55 am
    30 MIN BREAK
    11:25 am
    Session 03: Chris Lema - Five Product Marketing Mistakes You Don't Have To Make
    12:00 pm
    Lunch
    02:15 pm
    Session 04: Dan Denney - You’re gonna love HTML emails
    03:15 pm
    Session 05: Joshua Sortino - Sweat the Small Stuff
    03:55 pm
    30 MIN BREAK
    04:25 pm
    Session 06: Cameron Moll: Unified UX
    07:00 pm
    GOODBYE PARTY
  • THUR

    April 28, 2016
    08:00 am
    REGISTRATION, COFFEE, & CONNECT
    09:00 am
    KICKOFF DAY I
    09:15 am
    SESSION 01: Meg Lewis - Designing for Happy Companies: How Getting Weird and Finding a Purpose Created a Design Mission
    10:15 am
    SESSION 02: Phil Coffman - Designing For the Familiar
    10:55 am
    30 MIN BREAK
    11:25 am
    Session 03: Andi Graham - Accidental Owner
    12:00 pm
    Lunch
    01:00 pm
    Shopify Hangout in Main Theatre
    02:15 pm
    Session 04: Casey Baggz: DNA of a Front-End Dev
    03:15 pm
    Session 05: Nathan Smith: Getting Started with React
    03:55 pm
    30 MIN BREAK
    04:25 pm
    Session 06: Kim Bost - Design ≠ Craft
    07:30 pm
    AFTER PARTY
  • WED

    April 27, 2016
    What to Expect

    WORKSHOP VENUE: 1209 S MAIN ST, GRAPEVINE, TX 76051

    08:00 am
    COFFEE & CONNECT
    08:30 am
    Track 01, Track 02, Track 03: Workshop 01
    10:30 am
    Track 01, Track 02: Workshop 02
    12:00 pm
    Lunch
    01:30 pm
    Track 01, Track 02: Workshop 03; Track 03: Workshop 02
    03:30 pm
    Track 01, Track 02: Workshop 04
    07:00 pm
    Pre Party
  • Pre Party

    Wednesday, April 27th

    Back Porch Grill & Tavern
    210 N. Main Street Grapevine, TX 76501

    Drinks not Included

  • After Party

    Thursday, April 28th

    Delaney Vineyards
    2000 Champagne Blvd Grapevine, TX 76501

    Dinner & Drinks Provided

  • Goodbye Party

    Friday, April 29th

    The Ginger Man
    1512 E. Southlake Blvd. Grapevine, TX 76092

    Drinks not Included

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08/About & Team

WHAT IS SQUARES?

A 3-DAY IN-DEPTH CONFERENCE FOR THE TECH COMMUNITY
Come and reignite your passion and skills at Squares Conference. Squares is a two-day gathering of techies from around the world. Learn from world-changing leaders, designers and innovators in both the non-profit and tech community. Mingle with others who share the same passions you do! Topics will encompass design, UX, front-end, development, business and products. So if you are looking for in-depth HOW-TO sessions, this is definitely the place for you.

The Squares Team

  • ISMAEL BURCIAGA CREATIVE VISIONARY
  • JILL BRAGDON EXPERIENCE ARCHITECT
  • KYLE RUSSELBURG SWISS ARMY KNIFE
  • Kendall Hanna DECOR SPECIALIST
  • LINDSEY ERYN CLARK SOCIALITE
  • DEREK NELSON WEB DESIGNER
  • BRETT BOWDEN THE SWAG SPECIALIST
  • DAVID HEMPHILL WEB DEVELOPER
  • FRANCES YLLANA PARTY COORDINATOR