Speaking

a photo of Jen Simmons speaking at An Event Apart, with the edge of a slide in the background, showing a layout from Vogue Magazine

I love teaching. I love explaining how the web works, how to best implement this technology, how to understand where we are and where we are going. I get passionate about this medium, and enjoy sharing that passion with as many people as possible.

I've presented over 60 times at tech conferences, including SXSW, An Event Apart, Fluent, Ampersand and Respond. My talk, Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts, was awarded Best Conference Presentation at CSS Dev Conf 2014.

Teaching has always been a big part of my art practice. In 1995, I taught weekend SVHS-videomaking and media art classes for teenagers. From 2001–2002, I was an instructor at SAY Sí, an award-winning, intensive media arts program for high school students. Their work was featured at Sundance and invited to the White House. From 2003–2006, I taught 16mm filmmaking, videoblogging and web design as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University. I created the first college course on video and the internet, and was featured in Chronicle of Higher Education.

These days I teach across the world, traveling to conferences, presenting at companies, creating screencasts and blog posts, and by producing The Web Ahead.

Interested in having me present a talk or teach a workshop? Get in touch.

Revolutionize Your Page: Real Art Direction on the Web

slides, resources & more

Progressing Our Layouts

slides, resources & more

Modern Layouts: Getting Out Of Our Ruts

slides, resources & more

Upcoming Events

Previous Events

2017

  • Society for News Design
    Apr 19, 2017 to Apr 21, 2017
    Charlotte, United States
    Designing with Grid

    Slides

  • CSS Layout Club, April 2017
    Apr 13, 2017
    New York, United States
  • An Event Apart Seattle
    Apr 3, 2017 to Apr 5, 2017
    Seattle, United States
    Designing with Grid

    Slides

  • Mozilla Developer Roadshow
    Mar 25, 2017
    New York, United States
    Designing Layouts: The New Superpowers of CSS
  • UIE UX Virtual Symposium: Designing the Details
    Mar 23, 2017
    United States
    Designing with Grid

    Slides

  • The New York Times
    Mar 15, 2017
    New York, United States
    Designing Layouts: The New Superpowers of CSS
  • CSS Layout Club, March 2017
    Mar 8, 2017
    New York, United States
  • CSS Layout Club, Feb 2017
    Feb 15, 2017
    New York, United States
  • CSS Layout Club, Jan 2017
    Jan 17, 2017
    New York, United States
  • CSS Working Group Meeting
    Jan 11, 2017 to Jan 13, 2017
    Seattle, United States

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • DrupalCamp NYC
    Dec 10, 2011
    New York, United States

    Rockin’ HTML5 with Drupal

  • DCWeek
    Nov 4, 2011 to Nov 11, 2011
    Washington, United States

    Code for the Future: HTML5 & Beyond

  • HTML5 Live
    Nov 1, 2011
    New York, United States

    There's Just One Web

    Slides Video

  • Do It With Drupal
    Oct 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, United States
    Designing for HTML5 APIs
  • DrupalCamp Montreal
    Sep 16, 2011
    Montreal, Canada

    Keynote: It’s Not Your Father’s Web Anymore

    Slides Video

  • DrupalCon Chicago
    Mar 8, 2011 to Mar 10, 2011
    Chicago, United States

    Rockin’ HTML5 with Drupal
    Let’s HTML5ify Drupal

    Slides

  • NYC Drupal Meetup
    Feb 2, 2011
    New York, United States

    On the HTML5 + Drupal Working Group

    Slides

2010

  • Southwest Drupal Summit
    Nov 30, 2010
    Houston, United States

    Rockin’ HTML5 with Drupal

    Slides

  • BADCamp
    Nov 13, 2010
    Berkeley, United States

    Rockin’ HTML5 with Drupal

  • DrupalCon Copenhagen
    Aug 22, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Theming the Enterprise
    HTML5 and Drupal Core
    Awesomeness Redefined: Drupal 7 Theming

    Slides

  • Drupal Design Camp Boston
    Jun 19, 2010
    Boston, United States

    CSS3: The Future is Now

    Slides

  • DrupalCon San Francisco
    Apr 17, 2010 to Apr 19, 2010
    San Francisco, United States

    CSS3: The Future is Now
    Why Clicking Buttons in Drupal Sucks

    Slides

2008

  • WordCamp New York
    Oct 5, 2008
    New York, United States

    Video on WordPress

    Slides

2006

  • Vloggercon
    Jun 10, 2006 to Jun 11, 2006
    San Francisco, United States

    The Undiscovered Country
    Pimping Your Blogger Blog

2005

  • University of North Carolina-Wilmington
    Oct 26, 2005
    Wilmington, United States

    Videoblogging and Self-Distribution

  • NAMAC
    Sep 30, 2005
    Philadelphia, United States

    Cinema in Transmission