Mina Markham

Senior Engineer at Slack (USA)


Full-featured art direction for the web

Tuesday, 12 March — 15:15

Now that we have the tools to superpower our layouts, we can start to reimagine how we approach art direction and design on the web.

By taking advantage of technologies, some new and some overlooked, we can create a progressively-enhanced design that’s powered by feature queries; one that’s localized for an increasingly global audience.

In this talk drawn from her work for Slack and other properties, Mina walks through her process for enhancing design and shows how little changes lead to big design payoffs.

About Mina

Mina Markham is a front-end architect, international speaker, and lover of design systems. She writes code for a living, currently for the Customer Acquisition team at Slack.

Previously, she built the heralded Pantsuit pattern library for Hillary for America, which was utilized by almost every application housed on hillaryclinton.com during the 2016 campaign. Mina’s work on Pantsuit has been spotlighted in WIRED, Fast Company, and Communication Arts.

A prolific public speaker, Mina has appeared at events worldwide, including CSS Dev Conf, Fluent, and Future of Web Design. In addition, she’s the co-organizer of Front Porch, a front-end conference which prides itself on showcasing and fostering new speakers.

She specializes in building design systems and responsive applications using modular CSS architecture. Additionally, she is active in the tech community, founding Girl Develop It DFW and DFW Sass, and has previously taught for Black Girls Code.

Mina likes ampersands, Oreos, traveling, cupcakes, and the color pink. When she's not crafting sites or teaching others, she is probably in her kitchen baking something chocolatey. Mina graduated from Syracuse University with a dual major in Graphic Arts from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Women’s Studies, and is living proof that you don't need a computer science degree to work in tech. She lives in Oakland, California.

You can learn more about Mina — and check out her current projects — at mina.codes.