“Where No Web Designer Has Gone Before!” SmashingConf Whistler, Canada

What happens when you combine a practical front-end conference with a spectacular resort experience? Guess what: that’s exactly what we are going to find out with our very first SmashingConf in Canada1— taking place on December 9–12th 2014 in a ski resort paradise Whistler, right next to Vancouver! Ah, right — and tickets are now on sale.2

SmashingConf Whistler, the first SmashingConf in Canada3

About The Conference

At Smashing Conferences, we take good care of the value that the event delivers to attendees. No speaker is selected randomly, no networking activity is an afterthought, and every single talk is thoroughly curated and reviewed. SmashingConf Whistler isn’t going to be an exception: with 2 days of heavily practical front-end talks4 and 7 front-end + RWD workshops5, you’ll leave the conference with a treasure of useful tips and tricks applicable to your work right away.

But it’s not just about tips and tricks though. Every project has issues, problems and valuable solutions that actually worked. That’s why we also feature lessons learned and solutions found, but also strategies, skills and tools you might need every single day. The conference will do just that — uncover front-end techniques and tools that worked, design approaches that worked and failed, why exactly they failed and what decisions were chosen instead.

Whistler7, a little paradise next to Vancouver, Canada. Quite smashing, isn’t it? As usual, we aim for an intimate conference experience with just 400 available seats.8

We like crowded multi-track conferences. No, we don’t. We aim for a small, intimate conference experience with one single track and lots of networking before and after the event, with an attendees jam session, warm-up party and a cable car adventure! And this time it’s topped with spectacular resort adventures from skiing to ziplining, an ultimate Smashing skiing challenge and perhaps even occasional snowball fights — with extraordinary scenery9 that will smash you away! Sounds like fun? It surely is!

Ah, by the way, since the conference will take place right in the middle of the ski season, why don’t you bring along your family or colleagues, and enjoy a vacation that you well deserve together? We’ll do it, and so could you!

To the tickets1710

First Speakers and Workshops

Alright, speakers! The line-up of speakers11 and workshop coaches is almost complete now, but of course we aren’t going to reveal everything just yet. But let’s spice up a bit of your appetite: the first confirmed speakers are listed below. Ready? Set. Go!

Smashing Conference Whistler12
First confirmed speakers, John Allsopp and Lyza Danger Gardner. The venue has a few fireplaces, so guess who will be taking care of them!
  • John Allsopp
    (Dao of Web Design, RWD)
  • Lyza Danger Gardner
    (Mobile Strategy)
  • Paul Irish
    (Performance, Google Chrome)
  • Susan Robertson
    (Front-End, Style Guides)
  • Brad Frost
    (Responsive Web Design)
  • Jenn Lukas
    (Front-End, Workflow)
  • Tim Kadlec
    (Front-End, Performance)
  • Val Head
    (CSS Animations)
  • Stephen Hay
    (Front-End, RWD, Workflow)
  • Yoav Weiss
    (Responsive Images Group)
  • Vitaly Friedman
    (Responsive Web Design)
  • Mystery Speaker
    (Someone you definitely know.)
  • …more speakers will be announced soon!

Hands-On Workshops

We’ll also host hands-on full-day workshops13 with more in-depth practical learnings taught by well-respected designers and developers. Be it performance of responsive websites, UX/design patterns and responsive workflow, offline client-side storage, responsive images or CSS animation, we carefully selected topics that will help you become better at what you do. So if you are going to attend the conference, why not attend a workshop as well?

In fact, if you book a workshop too, you’ll save $100 off the conference + workshop ticket price. Well, enough already. Tickets are on sale now14, you know.

Whistler, Canada15
You deserve a spectacular vacation, don’t you think? Well, what if you combine attending a conference with a memorable skiing vacation? That’s what we thought! Grab your ticket.16

Why This Conference Is For You

The conference is for you because you’ll learn quite a few valuable techniques for your workflow, and you’ll meet fantastic, like-minded people from the industry (no need to mention the ultimate hiking-skiing-adventure-ziplining-snowboarding-networking, right?!). You’ll learn:

  1. Strategies for building fast responsive websites,
  2. Guidelines for designing effective systems in complex projects,
  3. Front-end techniques for smart, delightful animations,
  4. How to build and maintain pattern libraries and style guides,
  5. How to use responsive images today without performance hits,
  6. Where icon fonts and SVG fit and how to use them properly,
  7. Tips and tricks for an efficient workflow in responsive projects,
  8. How to optimize the critical rendering path for better performance,
  9. Strategies for using offline client-side storage meaningfully today,
  10. Common issues, problems and solutions in responsive eCommerce,
  11. Guidelines for selecting an appropriate mobile strategy,
  12. Insights about effective and smart problem-solving,
  13. Guidelines for smarter front-end and CSS architecture,
  14. Advanced front-end tooling and setup,
  15. Mistakes and lessons learned from large projects,
  16. How to increase productivity and stay happy,
  17. …more practical takeaways from various areas of Web design.
To the tickets1710

Ticket Sales And Pricing

Only 400 tickets are available, and we do everything possible to keep our prices fair and affordable. The price for two full conference days is US$549 for early-bird tickets, and US$599 for regular tickets. And again, if you book a workshop as well, you’ll save US$100. Now, enough already±what exactly are you waiting for? You can get your ticket right away.18

SmashingConf NY: Convince Your Boss PDF19
“8 reasons why you should send your incredibly hard-working, deserving employee to the SmashingConf” (PDF20). Quite self-explanatory, really.

Of course, we also prepared a neat Convince Your Boss (PDF)21 (0.15 Mb) that you can use to convince your colleagues, friends, neighbors and total strangers to join you or send you to the event. We know that you will not be disappointed, and neither will they! Still not good enough? Well, just tweet us @smashingconf and we can convince your boss for you — yep, we can be quite convincing, indeed!

We Welcome Lovely Sponsors, You Know

We do everything possible to keep ticket prices affordable for everyone, and we welcome sponsors to help us create a truly unique, unforgettable conference experience. And you can be a major part of it.

We have quite a number of attractive and creative sponsorship packages for you (adventure sponsorship package, anyone?), and we are also flexible and would love to adjust them to your needs. So if you’re interested, please email us at hello@smashingconf.com22 — we’d love for you to be involved!

See You In Whistler!

You’ll find all the information you might need about the locations and hotels23 on the SmashingConf website. We are looking forward to seeing you in Whistler, and who knows, perhaps our paths cross at one of the snowboarding rounds or skiing routes? Grab your ticket24 and see you there?


  1. 1 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/
  2. 2 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration
  3. 3 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/
  4. 4 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/speakers
  5. 5 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/workshops
  6. 6 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/
  7. 7 http://www.whistler.com/discover/
  8. 8 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration
  9. 9 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/locations
  10. 10 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration
  11. 11 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/speakers
  12. 12 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/speakers
  13. 13 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/workshops
  14. 14 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration
  15. 15 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/locations
  16. 16 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration
  17. 17 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration
  18. 18 http://smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration
  19. 19 http://smashingconf.com/pdf/8-Reasons-For-SmashingConf-Whistler-2014.pdf
  20. 20 http://smashingconf.com/pdf/8-Reasons-For-SmashingConf-Whistler-2014.pdf
  21. 21 http://smashingconf.com/pdf/8-Reasons-For-SmashingConf-Whistler-2014.pdf
  22. 22 mailto:hello@smashingconf.com
  23. 23 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/locations
  24. 24 http://www.smashingconf.com/whistler-2014/registration

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

  1. 1

    Any student discounts? I’m a Multimedia design program student from Humber College, Toronto, Canada.

    Thank you in advance

    • 2

      Yes Volodymyr! Please just drop me an email – cat(at)smashingconf.com :)

    • 3

      Vitaly Friedman

      July 15, 2014 7:00 pm

      Sure! You can find the student discounts on the registration page — just send an email to cat[@]smashingconf.com. :-)

  2. 4

    Charlotte Thibault

    July 16, 2014 3:57 am

    Couldn’t you have a contest? I would enter. Win a trip. Amaze everyone especially someone randomly chosen from anywhere in the world. – Well, think about it, all the happy face that person could hold. Maybe even let readers decide. Maybe sponsors could kick in financial support or fun products for all the goodwill they will be building.
    Char Thibault
    p.s. A picture of the Smashing kitty to brighten us all up???? Thanx guys!

  3. 6

    Very excited that the conference is located in BC! Would this conference be suitable for beginner coders like myself? I have html and css experience, but am limited in Javascript and other programming languages.

    • 7

      Based on the speakers and topics I would say it’s intermediate… but please don’t let that stop you! You will learn a lot from it, more importantly you will think differently and be able to tackle problems more creatively. Also you still have some time to get your self more familiar with front end technology :)

      If you have the opportunity to go…take it.

      • 8

        Thank you Alonso! I am currently looking for a good online course to take to supplement my learning, so hopefully by December, i’ll be ready to attend the conference!

  4. 9

    Expert web world

    July 17, 2014 1:28 pm

    A well-designed website is more attractive, more user friendly, and has a realistic atmosphere. Expert web world has a year of experience in website design.See some work at-http://www.expertwebworld.com/website-design.html

  5. 10

    If you purchase a conference+workshop ticket, do you get any discount on a second workshop? Is there an “everything included conference pass” ticket?
    Thanks! I’m excited to attend from Alaska!

    • 11

      Markus Seyfferth

      July 21, 2014 1:48 pm

      Happy that you’re attending! :-) Since the first workshop already is discounted, I’m afraid another discount won’t be available. Lunch is inclusive though. Do feel free to reach out if you have any other questions! :-)

  6. 12

    Will there be an option to watch a live telecast of the presentations or after the event?


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