16 June 2023

Pixel Pioneers Bristol


An affordable one-day conference of practical and inspiring front-end and UX/UI design talks, featuring eight world-class speakers.

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Our fifth edition in Bristol! This time featuring...


All sessions and timings are subject to change. We will update the schedule as soon as we confirm talks and side events.

Friday, 16 June 2023

  • 8:45


    Doors Open and Registration

    Pick up your conference pass, grab a tea or coffee and start mingling and exploring the sponsors' stands!

  • 9:20



    Phil Hawksworth is back to MC the conference and take you through the day!


  • 9:30

    Talk Details

    Jeremy Keith

    Declarative Design

    Different browsers, different devices, different network speeds… designing for the web can feel like a never-ending battle for control. But what if the solution is to relinquish control? Instead of battling the unknowns, we can lean into them. In the world of programming, there’s the idea of declarative languages: describing what you want to achieve without specifying the exact steps to get there. In this talk, we’ll take this concept of declarative programming and apply it to designing for the web.

    Instead of focusing on controlling the outputs of the design process, we’ll look at creating the right inputs instead. Leave the final calculations for the outputs to the browser – that’s what computers are good at. We’ll look at CSS features, design systems, design principles, and more. Then you’ll be ready to embrace the fluid, ever-changing, glorious messiness of the World Wide Web!

    Read our interview with Jeremy.

  • 10:15

    Talk Details

    Ire Aderinokun

    CSS, JavaScript & Accessibility

    HTML is, by default, accessible. By simply using “Plain Old Semantic HTML”, we have the ability to create rich and accessible web pages that can meaningfully stand on their own. More often than not, what makes a web page less accessible is the CSS and JavaScript we add to that HTML. With these additions, we can alter the meaning of elements, change their behaviour, or even block access to content entirely.

    In this talk, we’ll explore how CSS and JavaScript can contribute, negatively or positively, to accessibility. We’ll learn when it’s appropriate to use these technologies and how they can be used to make even more accessible websites - from leveraging CSS to adapt experiences to different types of users, to using JavaScript to ensure our dynamic web applications work across all devices.

    Read our interview with Ire.

  • 10:55

    Morning Break

  • 11:20

    Talk Details

    Chui Chui Tan

    Designing for Your International Audiences

    Designing an experience that matches what your global customers want, expect and need does not refer just to the visual elements. It also means designing your product propositions, marketing or other business strategies that would ‘work’ best in a specific market.

    Many businesses are convinced that designing for other markets means copying their successful business model in the home country. They believe that localisation is about translation. They design their products without properly understanding what changes are needed and why they are needed. Even big companies do not always get it right.

    In this talk, Chui Chui will discuss how these inaccurate perceptions can lead to flawed business and design decisions. She will also cover how having a clear holistic understanding of your global audiences and their context could lead to a better global market launch and growth. Practical tips will be provided to guide you through the process.

  • 12:05

    Talk Details

    Cassie Evans

    Animating the Impossible

    How best do we achieve smooth UI animations when dealing with DOM changes, responsive layouts, dynamic content and user interaction? Well... we start off by flipping our whole approach upside down. In this session we’ll lift the magicians curtain, take a look at some ‘impossible’ animation challenges, and learn how to approach them using a rather exciting animation technique.

  • 12:45



    See our location guide for recommendations on where to grab a bite to eat.

  • 14:00

    Talk TBC

  • 14:45

    Talk Details

    Morgane Peng

    We’re Not Doing Design Systems Properly and That’s Okay

    How do you ‘do’ design systems? Expectations are so high nowadays. Implement design tokens. Have a dedicated design system team. Get a design system manager. Wait, does your design system even have a name?

    There isn’t one way to do design systems. Ours ticks none of these boxes, yet today, it allows us to build from the simplest to the most complex financial tools, and design systematically across our services. In this session, I’ll share the lessons we learned on prioritising impacts over grip.


    • Understand that there’s no one way to do design systems
    • How to adapt for adoption
    • How to use the design system mindset for large scale pattern-based thinking
  • 15:25

    Afternoon Break

  • 15:50

    Talk TBC

  • 16:35

    Talk TBC

  • 17:15

    End and Social!


Pixel Pioneers Bristol takes place right at the harbourside in the heart of the city. We've put together a little guide to our venues, places to stay and eat, and other great things to see in Bristol.

M Shed
Conference Venue

M Shed

Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, UK

The M Shed, a former 1950s transit shed, is a cultural landmark and now museum telling the story of the city and its unique place in the world. Bristol Temple Meads train station is only a short walk away, and there are also two small carparks nearby.

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