Meet the CSSConf EU Speakers: Patrick Hamann
Chances are, if you have been following discussions on about performance on the web, you have come across Patrick Hamann. Patrick has been specialising in crafting rich, usable interfaces and applications that can scale on demand and are accessible across all devices, and has been sharing his learnings in various talks. Consequently his talk at CSSconf EU, “CSS and the Critical Path’, will discuss what are the common bottlenecks in the browser from networking to painting and learn how to best optimise, deliver and monitor your CSS to make your websites render as fast as possible.
Patrick currently works as a senior client-side engineer at the Guardian in London where he is helping to build the next generation of their web platform. He is also an active member of the London web development community, speaking and attending the frontend focused meetups we have become accustomed to, and helping to host and organise an array of events at the Guardian including his favorite Function JS London
When not sat in front of a screen he enjoys spending his spare time discovering new food and craft beer.
Hi Patrick! Tell us, what is an upcoming CSS feature that you can’t wait to see widely supported by browsers?
There are too many great specs being developed to mention in one sentence. But the ones that have the most of my attention are:
will-change: Being a performance nerd, I cannot wait for this! The property allows you to inform the browser what kind of changes you are likely to make to an element, so that it can set up the appropriate optimizations before they’re needed (for instance GPU acceleration). If used properly, this is going to enable much smoother, jank-free experiences
blend modes: I was fortunate enough to see Lea give her “Chroma Zone” talk at CSS Conf US, and was blown away by the new blend mode colour functions coming to CSS. I spend a lot of time discussing what is possible with designers, this is something to add to that list.
If you would not work in the web, what else would be your profession?
I very nearly became a primary school teacher; and sometimes still consider giving it all up and doing just that. It is extremely rewarding helping to teach the children of our future, I hope to be able to start merging these two passions with social ventures such as CodeClub.
Will you attend any of the fringe events, and if yes, which ones?
Yes; my friend Daniel Applequist from the TAG is running the Extensible Web Summit which i’ll be attending. We are on the cusp of change on the web and we are moving at such as fast pace., because of this, it is so important that we have a chance to talk about the future of the underlying architecture of the web in the open.
We don’t want to spoiler, but… what is the one thing that you wish everyone in the audience takes away from your talk?
If you could teach someone new to CSS one thing, what would that be?
The box model.
What CSS quirk has cost you the most nerves so far?
The box model.
If you could make one wish: What would you like to change in our industry?
Advertising. We need new responsive display formats and we need them soon. HTTPS. All communication should be secure whilst all data being treated equally and neutral. Binding to scroll events should be banned.
You can follow Patrick on Twitter or check out his projects on Github.
Last Minute Tickets
We managed to open up a few more seats and these last tickets are on sale as of now. This is the last chance to get a ticket for CSSconf EU so be fast and get yours: