The internet is, without metaphor, just a bunch of servers tied together with wires. Without servers, we'd have no way to share our creations with the world. Yet, in a bit of a paradox, servers are less essential to our work than they've ever been. We can now do things on the front-end that used to require a back end. When we do need a backend, our front-end skills can be put to work, giving us some surprisingly powerful new abilities.
Thanks to An Event Apart for sponsoring this! I originally created and gave this talk at An Event Apart in early 2018. It was part of a larger whole because the editorial team at AEA works closely with the speakers. At AEA, you’ll find that each presentation sheds light on the next—that the event is not merely a collection of disparate talks, but a curated, cutting-edge curriculum for the modern designer, coder, and strategist. A curriculum that continues after the conference ends, with slides, articles, videos and other resources shared freely on our website.
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