Our thoughts from Frontend United Athens 2017

Nathan Lawson at the Parthenon, Athens

From Penshaw Monument to the Parthenon; last week two members of our team grabbed their passports and jetted off to Athens, Greece for Frontend United 2017.

The two-track conference saw over 280 designers, developers and Drupalistas gather at the Danaos Cinema for two days of focused talks and sessions on design, frontend development and Drupal.

The annual conference, which moves from country to country within Europe, aims to “bring developers and designers from across the world together to build bridges for future collaborations and cross-border networking.”

Now in its sixth year, Frontend United has grown from a specialised Drupal conference (formerly known as Drupal Design Camp) to one which now reaches out to specialists from around the globe to share their passion and expertise — knowledge and ideas that can be then fed back into the Drupal project.

As seasoned travellers to conferences across the world, it’s also always a great opportunity to explore the local area — and they don’t come much more historic than Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history spanning 3,400 years.

Before the conference, Nathan and Kevin took time out to explore The Acropolis of Athens — an ancient citadel located above the city which contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

Back at the conference, we were treat to a stellar line-up of speakers from Jeremy Keith, Natalya Shelburne, Leonie Watson and Dan Mall to name but a few — covering a wide spectrum of topics such as accessibility, UX, progressive enhancement and JavaScript.

Advanced CSS Layout using Flexbox and Grid workshop at Impact Hub Athens

Following the conference on Sunday, Nathan and Kevin headed to the Impact Hub Athens for a workshop on Advanced CSS Layout using Flexbox and Grid with keynote speaker and Google Developer Expert, Rachel Andrew. As an invited member of the CSS Working Group, it was certainly helpful to learn from the very best, and our front-end team are now itching to implement their new bag of tricks into our client projects.

We’d like to end by saying a huge thank you to everyone involved in Frontend United 2017 — especially the team of volunteers, speakers and sponsors! We look forward to seeing the community again next year in Utrecht, Netherlands!

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