Jen Simmons

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Jen Simmons
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Simmons presenting at An Event Apart in 2015
Alma materGordon College, Temple University
Occupationgraphic designer, web developer

Jen Simmons is a graphic designer, web developer, educator and speaker known for her expertise in web standards, particularly HTML and CSS.[1][2] She is a member of the CSS Working Group created by the World Wide Web Consortium[1] and has been prominent in the deployment of CSS grid layout.[3] Simmons is currently a developer advocate at Apple for the Web Developer Experience team for WebKit and Safari. She was previously a designer and developer advocate at Mozilla, where she designed the Firefox browser's Grid Inspector.[4] Simmons runs the YouTube channel "Layout Land"[5][6] and coined the term "intrinsic design" to refer to her philosophy of web layouts that mix fixed, content-sized, and fluid layout.[7] She is a frequent conference speaker at events such as An Event Apart, South by Southwest, Fluent, and SmashingConf.[4]

Simmons earned a BA in sociology from Gordon College in 1991.[8] In 2007 she graduated from Temple University with an MFA in Film and Media Arts. In addition to working on websites since 1998, Simmons is a designer for print pieces and live performance, including projection and lighting design work.[9]

Simmons has been on Twitter since 2007 and has over 50 thousand followers.[10] In 2007, she coined the term "fail whale" for the website's error message illustration that showed during outages until 2013.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b Warren, Tom (2018-01-04). "Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  2. ^ Coyier, Chris (2019-03-04). "CSS Remedy". CSS-Tricks. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  3. ^ CaSE Podcast Team (2017-03-08). "Modern CSS with Jen Simmons". CaSE: Conversations about Software Engineering. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  4. ^ a b "Jen Simmons". Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  5. ^ Slefo, George P. (2019-07-18). "CSS Grid is finally starting to live up to its potential in web design". Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  6. ^ "The 15 best new podcasts for web designers and developers". The Media Temple Blog. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  7. ^ "The Web Layout Revolution: An Interview with Chen Hui Jing". The Media Temple Blog. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  8. ^ "Monday Profile: Jen Simmons". Web Directions. 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  9. ^ "Jen Simmons - An Event Apart". Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  10. ^ "Jen Simmons (@jensimmons)". Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  11. ^ "La vera storia della balena di Twitter" [The real story of the Twitter whale]. La Stampa (in Italian). 24 January 2015. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  12. ^ LaFrance, Adrienne (2015-01-08). "The Story of Twitter's Fail Whale". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  13. ^ Simmons, Jen [@jensimmons] (2007-09-02). "Oh, fail whale, you are making my website fail. No more wordpress-twitter-crossposting" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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