Martine Dowden

Martine Dowden


Focusing on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, and usable, Martine delivers products that adhere to WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 for accessibility and compliance. She approaches User Experience from both Art and Science, drawing from her degrees in Psychology and Visual Communications. Martine has worked as an artist, educator, and consultant since 2005.

In 2015 her book Programming Languages ABC++ was successfully launched via Kickstarter. Martine is a volunteer webmaster for two organizations and an Assistant Organizer for a new Coworking initiative in her hometown. She has worked with 5 startup companies and is always looking for the next crazy idea.

Martine's Sessions

  • .CSS { display: What? }

    As if CSS wasn't tricky enough as it was, they had to go and add all this new stuff to it like grid and flex… now which one am I supposed to use?

    To make matters worse, all of the new CSS layout techniques use primarily the display property which now has over 40 possible values.

    In this talk we will look at the history of the display property and ways you can use it to display, hide, and layout content.

    Speaker: Martine Dowden

  • Accessibility Cookbook: 10 Easy Recipes

    If you ever use the elevator, subtitles to watch that cat video during a boring meeting, or tabbed through a form, you have used an accessibility feature.

    As a community we understand that accessibility is necessary but when it comes to implementation, we often fall short.

    In this talk you will learn...

    • Why accessibility is important
    • 10 common accessibility fails
    • How to test for them
    • Solutions anyone can implement

    Speaker: Martine Dowden