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What’s the best way to learn? By observing designers and developers working live. For our new conference in New York, expect interactive live sessions, showing how web designers design and how web developers build — including setup, workflow, design thinking, naming conventions and everything in-between.

What’s a SmashingConf like? We’ve prepared a little elevator speech with photos and videos from past events. Also, here’s a Convince Your Boss PDF (0.7 Mb) to convince you-know-who to send you to the event. Obviously.

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Event Schedule

Day 1

  • Doors Open
  • Welcome & Introducion
  • Dan Mall

    Dan Mall will speak on

    The First Minutes of Design

    How do you start from nothing but requirements into something tangible? In this session, Dan Mall will explore and expose the nuances of one of the most difficult parts of design: the beginning. Follow along as he shares tips, tricks, and principles he’s learned over his career for overcoming the tyranny of the blank page.

  • TBA
  • Coffee break
  • Sarah Drasner

    Sarah Drasner will speak on

    Building an SVG Animation from Start to Finish

    In this talk, Sarah will start with only an Illustrator document and by the end, make it move! It's not clear what exactly will move and how- this is something she and the audience will discover together.

  • Tim Kadlec

    Tim Kadlec will speak on

    Auditing Performance (Live)

    In this “this-is-how-I-work” session, Tim Kadlec will conduct a performance audit on the fly. You’ll get a feel for how to analyze the performance of a site using a few different tools, key issues to zero in on, and how to prioritize the results of your analysis.

  • Lunch break
  • TBA
  • Coffee & Snacks
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Closing remarks
  • Party time :-D

Day 2

  • Doors open
  • Welcome back
  • A Mysterious Speaker
  • Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan will speak on

    From Icon fonts to SVG: Workflow, Tools, Techniques and Everything in Between

    Many teams still find themselves struggling to make the switch from icon fonts to SVG. SVG icon systems seem more complex and require a different workflow. But even though some techniques do, there are many options available for creating and embedding SVG icons systems that I'm sure everyone — regardless of their workflow — will find one that works for them. For example, did you know there are 3 different ways to create and embed SVG sprites?

  • Coffee Break
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Lunch time
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Coffee & Snacks
  • Josh Clark

    Josh Clark will speak on

    Design in the Era of the Algorithm

    The design and presentation of data is just as important as the underlying algorithm, and designers have an urgent role to play in crafting the emerging generation of AI interfaces. Designer Josh Clark explores a rich trove of examples—at once entertaining and sobering—to unearth design principles for creating responsible machine-learning applications. Learn to use AI as design material in your everyday work. Adapt to the machines’ weird, unexpected, or flat-out-wrong conclusions. And above all, scrub data for bias to create the respectful and inclusive world we all want to live in.

  • Closing remarks and Goodbye!




340 West 50th Street New York, NY, 10019

Located right in the heart of the bustling Theatre District, we’ll be hosting SmashingConf NY at New World Stages. Expect comfortable seating, a beautiful quintessential New York atmosphere, and a very warm welcome.


Microsoft Technology Center

11 Times Square New York, NY, 10036

The Microsoft MTC (Microsoft Technology Center) is right in the heart of Times Square. Close to transportation and endless food and entertainment options, this technology hub is located at 11 Times Square (with the entrance on 8th Ave).

🎟 Get Your Ticket!

Hurry up: Early Bird Tickets are only available until the end of July.
We reserved 25 student tickets, too — just send your ID to Mariona.
(Ah, tickets are cheaper with a Smashing Membership, you know.)

Conference Tickets (October 23-24, 2018)

Workshop Tickets (October 22)

  • Sarah Drasner
    Intro to Vue.js

Workshop Tickets (October 25)

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Why Should You Attend?

Pretty much because of the value SmashingConf will provide. We’ll explore how designers and developers work, design and build and how they approach problems strategically. Think of it as a playbook with handy rules of thumb for your next projects: it can’t get more practical than this.

Take a look at some of the videos from previous events, and check out some of the photos—The Smashing community is truly smashing, fun, inclusive and a delight to be a part of!

Watch SmashingConf Videos
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Conference photos by our good friend Marc Thiele.

Convince your boss (PDF)
“8 reasons why you should send your incredibly hard-working, deserving employee to the SmashingConf” (PDF). Quite self-explanatory, really.

Need to convince your manager to send you to the SmashingConf? No worries, we’ve got your back! We prepared a neat Convince Your Boss (PDF) (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. Still not good enough? Well, tweet us @smashingconf and we’ll help you out — we can be quite convincing, too, you know!

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Accessibility Statement

SmashingConf is committed to providing an inclusive, accessible, and safe space for all attendees.

The Conference will be held at New World Stages, a wheelchair accessible theatre located on 340 West 50th Street in Manhattan. description: >- Located right in the heart of the bustling Theatre District at 340 West 50th Street, New York.

The Workshops will take place at Microsoft’s Technology Center just off the Times Square, between 41st and 42nd Street. All workshop rooms are fully wheelchair accessible. The workshops will take place on multiple levels within the building.

What To Expect

  • All talks will be in English.
  • Dietary requirement-compliant, healthy, nutritious food will be served throughout the day.
  • Snacks (fruits) and drinks (coffee, tea, water) will be available at all times.
  • Wi-Fi (pw: icecream) and power outlets will be available.
  • For the conference, the lobby area is flat, with a lift between areas, while the theater consists of a stepped rake. There are reserved sections for those with moblity restrictions.
  • For the workshops, the Microsoft’s Technology Center consists over multiple levels, with elevators available on all levels.
  • Anyone with mobility, hearing or vision concerns can reserve seats.
  • Our bathrooms are multi-stall and handicap accessible.
  • Service dogs are welcome.
  • The party will be after the 1st conference day, at a location TBD, and we will be providing alcoholic beverages as well as soft drinks.
  • A Code of Conduct team is available throughout the entire event and parties to address any incidents, microaggressions or ableisms.
  • Our speakers have been advised to avoid using epilepsy-inducing videos and animations, however we cannot fully guarantee compliance.


If you’re in need of any further assistance, or have questions, do not hesitate to contact Amanda (our event producer) at