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.

Designing with Grid

slides, resources & more

Revolutionize Your Page: Real Art Direction on the Web

slides, resources & more

Modern Layouts: Getting Out Of Our Ruts

slides, resources & more

Progressing Our Layouts

slides, resources & more

A Love Letter To HTML

slides, resources & more

Upcoming Events

  • Mozilla Company Retreat: Austin
    Dec 11, 2017 to Dec 16, 2017
    Austin, United States

  • An Event Apart Denver
    Dec 11, 2017 to Dec 13, 2017
    Denver, United States

    aneventapart.com/event/denver-2017

  • Mozilla Company Retreat: San Francisco
    Jun 11, 2018 to Jun 16, 2018
    San Francisco, United States

  • Mozilla Company Retreat: Orlando
    Dec 3, 2018 to Dec 8, 2018
    Orlando, United States

Previous Events

2017

  • TPAC / CSS Working Group
    Nov 6, 2017 to Nov 10, 2017
    Bay Area, United States
  • An Event Apart San Francisco
    Oct 30, 2017 to Nov 1, 2017
    San Francisco, United States
    Designing with Grid
  • CSS Layout Club Oct 2017
    Oct 25, 2017
    New York, United States
  • Dispatches From Five Years in the Future
    Sep 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, United States
  • CSS Layout Club Sept 2017
    Sep 14, 2017
    New York, United States

    Slides

  • An Event Apart Chicago
    Aug 28, 2017 to Aug 30, 2017
    Chicago, United States
    Designing with Grid
  • An Event Apart D.C.
    Jul 10, 2017 to Jul 12, 2017
    Alexandria, United States
    Designing with Grid

    Slides

  • Mozilla Company Retreat: San Francisco
    Jun 26, 2017 to Jul 1, 2017
    San Francisco, United States
  • CSS Day
    Jun 15, 2017 to Jun 16, 2017
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Writing Modes

    Slides

  • UX Burlington
    Jun 8, 2017 to Jun 9, 2017
    Burlington, United States
    Designing with Grid
  • An Event Apart Boston
    May 15, 2017 to May 17, 2017
    Boston, United States
    Designing with Grid, Designing Layouts: The New Superpowers of CSS

    Slides

  • CSS Layout Club, May 2017
    May 11, 2017
    New York, United States
  • Generate Conf
    Apr 27, 2017 to Apr 28, 2017
    New York, United States
    Designing with Grid

    Slides Video

  • 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

  • CSS Layout Club March All Day Workshop
    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