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Useful Talks And Videos From Web Design Conferences

As a Web professional, you can get great inspiration from a good conference session. While conferences may not bring value to all industries, the Web industry is stacked high with inspirational experts and quiet little geniuses beavering away from small home offices. A good Web conference shines a light on these clever souls and promotes professional growth and shared knowledge.

The number of conferences surrounding the Web design and development field continues to grow as new processes, techniques and other shared experiences, turned learning opportunities, are always presenting themselves throughout the industry. The problem becomes, with so many conferences that are out of reach for one reason or another, how does one catch the highlights from the conference that won’t fit into a 140 character tweet?

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Luckily, more and more conferences are turning to video to capture their events to not only preserve the experience, but to pass it on to those who could not attend. So there are more chances than ever for Web professionals to stay abreast of all the latest industry talks and tips even when they can’t make it to a particular conference in person. We have gathered some inspiring resources and conference talks in this post, just in case you missed them or needed the refresher.

Bringing The Conferences To You Link

As a conference organiser, getting the word out about a conference can be as difficult as it is important. Lanyrd5 is great for the social element, and Eventbrite6 is a no-brainer as the ticket gateway. But what about after the event?

How do you reach the audience that you missed initially? How do you effectively expand the reach of your conference’s most poignant and potent talks? A number of sites have sprung up collating all of this wonderful content. Each with their own take on curating a library of conference videos.

Organized Wonder Link

Organized Wonder7 is a true oasis to find great content. The platform lets you discover the best talks, documentaries, interviews, short films and various other videos across the Web, and you can follow people you admire and share the content you value with others.

Taking a community/social approach to curated conference video, users are able to post video and receive followers, much like Twitter. Organized Wonder is the brainchild of Sawyer Hollenshead8 and features not only conference video, but also interviews and documentaries relevant to the Web industry.

David McCandless – The Beauty Of Data Visualization

David McCandless - The Beauty Of Data Visualization9

  • Frank Chimero – Do Things The Long, Hard, Stupid Way
  • Craig Mod – Nourishing Habits For Nourishing Design
  • Jeremy Keith – All Our Yesterdays
  • Saron Ann Lee – Redesigning Success
  • Rich Hickey – Simplicity Matters Link

Conceived by Ahmed Al-Ajmi, Ontwik10 is a curated library with content being pulled in via YouTube and Vimeo. The sessions on Ontwik tend to be development related with a large number of JavaScript sessions.

Ontwik has a comments feature so users can interact with other viewers and like the other video libraries, Ontwik has featured content on the front page.

Paul Irish – Javascript Development Workflow Of 2013

Paul Irish - Javascript Development Workflow Of 2013 Link

Techpresentations takes a different approach to collating conference video. It’s basically a wiki of technical presentations on various topics. Users can contribute to the site and there are feeds for upcoming events and calls for papers. The site doesn’t actually have conference video, but links to various conference sites. However, the Website’s conference listing is not very comprehensive.

Tim O’Reilly – Keynote Of OSCON 2012

Tim O'Reilly - Keynote Of OSCON 201211

TED Tech Talks Link

TED tech talks17 is a great place to go if you are looking for inspiration and future ideas from brilliant people from around the world. Browse the best talks and performances from TED conferences, TEDx and partner events, by subject, length, or rating. You can also check out TED’s What’s Next in Tech18 theme.

Evan Williams – On Listening To Twitter Users

Evan Williams - On Listening To Twitter Users

Creative Mornings Videos Link

Creative Mornings24 is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. All events are free of charge, include a 20 minutes talk, and are hosted in cities all over the world.

Kelli Anderson – About Design, Physics and Apple Pie

Kelli Anderson - About Design, Physics and Apple Pie25

Besquare Link

Besquare31 is meant to be resource for designers and developers to watch inspirational content when they have the spare time. At present, the content is being pulled in from Vimeo and YouTube. Future content will be hosted directly with Besquare. Plenty of useful features are planned to be rolled out to the site, including streaming of live events and speaker profile pages.

Ethan Marcotte – A Dao Of Flexibility

Ethan Marcotte - A Dao Of Flexibility
  • Josh Brewer – Design Is About Relationships
  • Jeffrey Zeldman – Interview
  • Wilson Miner – When We Build
  • Matthew Smith and Jamin Jantz – Switch: From Freelance To Entrepreneur

Do Lectures Link

DoLectures32. Do Lectures is based on the simple idea that people who do things can inspire the rest of us to go and do things, too. Each year a set of people is invited to come to Do Lectures in Wales, UK and tell what they do. Small Do’s, big Do’s or extraordinary Do’s – definitely all of them are inspiring talks from people who want to change the world.

James Bridle – So What Does The Future Of The Book Look Like In A World Gone Digital?

James Bridle - So What Does The Future Of The Book Look Like In A World Gone Digital?

  • Shira Lazar – Breaking Barriers
  • Mike Beeston – How To Read The Digital Tea Leaves
  • David Hieatt – How Love, Luck And Ideas Got A Town Making Jeans Again?
  • Mickey Smith – Do Trust In The Things You Love

Confreaks Link

Confreaks33. Confreaks records conferences, seminars and workshops. The Website features the five most recent conferences, and the top five most viewed videos of the last seven days, the last 30 days, and all time.

Aaron Patterson – Rails 4 And The Future Of Web

Aaron Patterson - Rails 4 And The Future Of Web

TYPO International Design Talks Link

TYPO Video Portal39 lets you watch talks from innovative designers, professors, marketing experts, scientists, artists, journalists and many more who speak at Typo Conference in London, Berlin or San Francisco, where they present and discuss diverse approaches in the fields of communication and design.

Tina Roth Eisenberg – The Power Of Side Projects And Eccentric Aunts

Tina Roth Eisenberg - The Power Of Side Projects Anfigure Eccentric Aunts

MAD 2011 Conference Talks Link

MADinSpain44 is a Spain based international design event, hosted by the Spanish-speaking online community Domestika. Once a year, some of the best creative designers and agencies gather together in Madrid to share their insights and breathe creativity.

Matt Lambert – Motion Graphics,CGI, And Other Story Telling Elements

Matt Lambert - Motion Graphics And Other Story Telling Elements

JS Conf EU Link

JSConf EU49 JSConf EU events are described as intense, informative, challenging, even exclusive to a certain degree, but above all they’re fun. The JSConf EU 2012 had some of the talks take place in an inflatable transparent plastic bubble.

Michael Bebenita and Shu-yu Guo – Low Level JavaScript

Michael Bebenita and Shu-yu Guo - Low Level JavaScript50

Beyond Tellerrand Conference Videos Link

Beyond Tellerrand is an affordable three-day event with intensive workshops and high-quality talks for Web enthusiasts about design, technology, inspiration and networking.

Des Traynor – Creating Dashboards And Data Visualizations That Resonate

Des Traynor - Creating Dashboards And Data Visualizations That Resonate55

WebShaped Conference Videos Link

Finland’s only frontend conference, Webshaped60 is a one-day event bringing together design and development.

Dan Eden – Moving The Web

Dan Eden - Moving The Web61

The Thinking Digital Conference’s Videos Link

Thinking Digital67 is a three-day event, in an intimate and informal setting, with speakers from the worlds of technology, media, science, industry and the arts. While it has a much broader topic range than just Web industries, Thinking Digital delivers great talks for designer and developers, too.

Cameron Moll – The Burden Of Being Creative

Cameron Moll - The Burden Of Being Creative68

An Event Apart Videos Link

An Event Apart74 is an intensely educational two-day learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based Web design. They present a wide diversity of Web-related talks. Some of the great minds in our industry discuss the newest developments and techniques.

Jeff Veen – How Web Works

Jeff Veen - How Web Works

5D Immersive Conference Videos Link

As today’s digital technology blurs the boundaries between design, environment and storytelling, 5D explores our common goal of shaping immersive experiences through creative world-building. These videos are not focused on Web design and more on design in general.

Gore Verbinski – Reality And Hyper Reality

Gore Verbinski - Reality And Hyper Reality, Pt 4

JavaZone Conference Videos Link

JavaZone84 is one of Scandinavia’s biggest meeting places for software developers. JavaZone has been described as a high-quality, independent conference, and is a forum for knowledge exchange, recruitment and branding. As the name implies this conference focuses on the development side of design. Here be code!

Jonas Bonér – Up, Up And Up: Scaling Software With Akka 2

Jonas Bonér - Up, Up And Up: Scaling Software With Akka 2

Øredev Conference Videos Link

Øredev Developer Conference90 in Malmö, Sweden, is another Web development-oriented conference focusing on subjects such as Java, .Net, Project Management, Web development and Testing.

Some Of The Talks from 2011 You Can Catch Up On Link

Jon Moore – Hypermedia APIs

Jon Moore - Hypermedia APIs91

JSConf 2012 Link

JSConf focuses on two things, presenting mind-altering JavaScript technology during the daytime and providing exceptional “networking” parties during the evenings. One of the key differentiators about JSConf is that it is put on by a (crazy) group of JavaScript developers just like you.

James Whelton – Changing The World One Coderdojo At A Time

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  • Avni Khatri And Chris Williams – Diversity In Computing
  • Christopher Chedeau – JSPP. Morph C++ Into JavaScript
  • Brian McKenna – Roy
  • Nikolai Onken – The Bikeshed Initiative
  • Jake Archibald – AppCache Douchebag

Re:Build 2011 Link

Re:Build97 is a conference about building the Web, drawing speakers from all fields of Web work.

Some Of The Talks from 2011 You Can Catch Up On Link

Neven Mrgan – Bit Depth

Neven Mrgan - Bit Depth98

WebStock Link

Webstock102 is a series of Web-related events with the aim of improving how websites are built through inspiration, education, insightful analysis and practical application. It’s a well-respected conference with thoroughly selected speakers. The archive of the site provides over 120 talks.


Interlink Conference108 is a small hand-crafted event created for all types of creative Web professionals. Explore the intersection of Web design, code, and content during 2 empowering days of curated talks and workshops in Vancouver.

Paul Boag – Unbelievable eCommerce

Paul Boag - Unbelievable eCommerce109

PHP UK Conference Videos Link

PHP UK Conference115. PHP UK Conferences take place once a year in London. They are attended by hundreds of delegates, speakers, sponsors, partners and volunteer assistants, and run by volunteers from the PHP community and elected committee members of PHP London. Among the delegates are professional Web developers and managers, along with some general PHP enthusiasts/evangelists and employment recruiters.

Harrie Verveer – Recognising Smelly Code

Harrie Verveer - Recognising Smelly Code

Build Conference Vimeo Channel Link

Build121 is a five-day design event made up of three days of conference, workshops, lectures & parties – bookended by a day of film and another of music.

Simon Collison – We Are The Explorers

Simon Collison - We Are The Explorers

Breaking Development Conference Videos Link

Breaking Development126 is one of the first conferences devoted entirely to designing and developing sites and applications for mobile devices using the open Web stack.

Matt Menzer – Here Be Dragons: Mobile Web And The Enterprise

Matt Menzer - Here Be Dragonsfigure/a>

Scandinavian Developers Conference Videos Link

SDC131 is about bringing together people who work with software development, to discuss new ideas, views on industry trends, and exchange experiences. It covers all the news about the latest tools and frameworks for both the Java and .Net platforms, as well as plenty about development for the Web, IBMi, and Mobile devices.

Martin Roth – RJDJ

Martin Roth - RJDJ

Keeping it Realtime Conference Link

Keeping it Realtime137 is a melting pot conference for realtime technologies. The event describes itself as being a smaller gathering free of elitists, out of which you can get real big value, like being to talk to everyone and thereby making great connections.

Leah Culver – Why We Chose Long-Poling Over Websockets

Leah Culver - Why We Chose Long-Poling Over Websockets138

99U’s Videos Link

The annual 99U Conference144, held each Spring, brings together 400+ creative thinkers and doers for two days to hear talks from creative luminaries and exchange best practices on making ideas happen.

James Victore – Your Work Is A Gift

James Victore - Your Work Is A Gift145

Mobilism Conference Videos Link

In 2011 and 2012 Mobilism151 invited some of the best speakers from the Web development and the mobile world, as well as representatives from browser vendors, operators, W3C, and tool makers, to guide you through the confusing jumble of platforms, tools, screen sizes, standards, and browsers that is the mobile ecosystem.

Brad Frost – For A Future-Friendly Web

Brad Frost - For A Future-Friendly Web

New Adventures Conference Videos Link

New Adventures156 is a unique and affordable Web design conference in the heart of England.

Robbie Manson – The Mindful Designer

Robbie Manson - The Mindful Designer

Velocity Conference Videos Link

O’Reilly Velocity Conference160 focuses on scalable, fast, and reliable Websites and services. It’s the best place to learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share what has worked (and equally importantly, what has not worked) in real world applications. The focus is on practical, large-scale Web development, presented by experts.

Jay Parikh – Building For A Billion Users

Jay Parikh - Building For A Billion Users

Fronteers Conference Videos Link

Fronteers166 is the Dutch non-profit trade organization of front-end developers, currently uniting some 450 front-end developers across The Netherlands and Belgium.

Chris Heilmann – Reasons To Be Cheerful

Chris Heilmann - Reasons To Be Cheerful167

Frontend Conference Videos Link

FrontEndConf. Two days of inspiring talks on Frontend and UX technologies.

Javier Bargas-Avila – Is Beautiful Really Usable?

Javier Bargas-Avila - Is Beautiful Really Usable?

Day of JS Videos Link

Day of JS173. On Jan 27th, 2011 MJG International put on a free conference at Google HQ. With speakers covering topics such as the state of the mobile Web, mobile javascript frameworks, browser performance and mobile best practices.

Scott Jehl – jQuery Mobile

Scott Jehl - jQuery Mobile

Valio Con 2012 Link

Videos of the talks from the Valio Con 2012179, a Web design and development conference known for having a great vibe and being a lot of fun, like beach and bonfires, giveaways and prizes and easy approachable people.

Jeff Sheldon – On Ugmonk: Building A Brand From Passion Project To Full-Time Gig

Jeff Sheldon - On Ugmonk

There are plenty of extremely valuable conference materials out there. Sites like those listed above will hopefully help to share the knowledge from extremely talented speakers from around the globe. The world suddenly seems like a much smaller and better connected place for Web folks.

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    You mentioned O’Reilly Velocity but O’Reilly Fluent is even more relevant to Smashing Magazine (since it’s Web browsers, JavaScript, and HTML5) :-)

    A selection of some of the talks from May: Brendan Eich – JavaScript at 17, Nicole Sullivan – Don’t Feed The Trolls, Paul Irish – JavaScript Development Workflow of 2013, Ben Galbraith & Dion Almaer, “Web vs. Apps”, Ward Cunningham – “Federated Wiki Mashes Data in Your Browser”.

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    WOW, what a list!

    Even scanning the most interesting parts for me is extensive. But I definitely will take the time :)

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    Seriously, just made my day. What a great roundup of talks. I’ve actually seen a few of these before and the talk by David on data visualizations played a huge part in our company – in how we push analytics out the door to users. Again, great roundup!

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    Jonathan Moore

    November 9, 2012 10:01 pm

    Wow! I’m honored for my talk at Valio Con to be included in the list. Thank you so much for including my talk.

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    Fantastic List, thanks :}

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    Re your listing for Webstock

    You have linked to a Romanian conference called Webstock and, presumably, taken the blurb from their site.

    Yet the talks listed are from Webstock in New Zealand. The two conferences have nothing to do with each other beyond the (copied) name by the Romanian conference.

    It would be appreciated if you could please fix this.

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    Thanks for this great resource! However, can you please fix the link and description for Webstock: you’ve got talks from the NZ-based, original Webstock ( /, yet the description of and link to some conference in Romania that began years later, and appears to be trading off the name of the original.

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    Would you please consider adding to the list? We are building a platform for educational presentations, live workshops and slide-based videos. I think we have some great content that your viewers would find very compelling. Thanks! Jason

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    Past year I was searching for this kind of presentations and talks. Thanks a ton for sharing very useful talks and videos.

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    Jesús Jiménez

    November 11, 2012 2:50 pm

    Awesome compilation, I never heard from some of them.


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    Awesome list, wish I could slow down time to watch every single one of them before it is 2013.

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    Great post just what I need for my ear during my work.

  13. 13

    These are great, thanks! You forgot my favorite conference video site: ( and there are plenty of web design related videos here too:

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    Awesome. These are great resources, especially since you can’t make every conference, or see every speaker at the conferences.

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    Amber-Lee Wolverton

    November 14, 2012 8:47 pm

    E4H ( is a great resource for online conferences. I have been attending their events for years. They also provide you with recordings afterwards in case you missed anything. Right now I am attending the 4th Annual JavaScript Summit and the talks have been so informative!

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    Damian Wielgosik

    November 20, 2012 11:54 am

    If you want to explore more videos directly from Front-Trends conference, not Ontwik, please visit

    Congratulations for an amazing list!

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    As one of hundreds millions of deaf and hard of hearing people, I cannot follow any of online conference videos unless they are accompanied with good quality captions. YouTube auto captions are not acceptable as they are not a “final” product and need to be either cleaned up manually or replaced by professionally done captions. Captioned videos are part of web accessibility requirements. If conference organizers care about accessibility, I would highly appreciate it that they make all of their aural information accessible. Jared Spool makes all of podcasts on his website accessible via transcripts, for example. They also benefit hearing people and improve search results of websites. I wrote an article about the importance of captioning accessibility: Thanks!

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    Fantastic list regarding various web conferencing tools. In addition to above, one can even consider deploying on premise web conferencing appliance such as RHUB appliances in order to conduct company trainings, online meetings, online webinars, seminars, online presentations etc.

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    Akshay Rawat

    April 28, 2013 9:56 pm

    Hi, there is also It covers a lot of conferences related to Ruby, Javascript, Erlang, Python etc. It also has a playlist feature which allows users to discover and then consume it at their pace.

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    Thanks for compiling this fantastic list of videos.Truly awesome collection. Bookmarked.!


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