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Quality matters. With our conferences1 and full-day workshops2, we aim to bring the best web design experts close to you. If these workshops don’t help you expand and strengthen your craft, what will?

SmashingConf Barcelona (October 17–18)

The web is changing all the time. Meet SmashingConf Barcelona6, an event for designers and front-end developers to catch up and to level up. On October 17–18, we are returning to the magical Palau de la Música Catalana with two packed days of hands-on, practical sessions by some of the most respected members of our industry.

About The Conference

In the brave new responsive web, techniques that used to be established in the past, are getting revised and abandoned. Design workflow changes. Front-end solutions adapt. Performance optimizations get refined. And creative, holistic design thinking is required more then ever. It ain’t easy to keep up with all those changes, and that’s where our community conferences come into place.

In Barcelona, we’ll explore new front-end challenges, UX strategies and design patterns that you can apply to your work right away. No fluff, no theory: just hands-on, practical and on point — things that worked well in real-life projects, with talks and workshops by practitioners from the industry.

SmashingConf Barcelona 20177

With SmashingConf Barcelona 2017, we’ve set to challenge you to explore solutions that you’ve never considered before: master techniques, skills and all those fancy front-end superpowers and UX strategies. Can we achieve that? Well, try us!

Nothing obvious, nothing superficial. Just actionable insights that you can apply to your projects right away. From visual design to front-end performance, and from UX to eCommerce. Taking place on June 13th–14th, at New World Stages, in the very heart of Barcelona’s Theater District.

Our Speakers

For this year’s line-up, we invited experts who have worked with both small as well as large companies, ranging from Clearleft to Nike, and Google. Get ready, set, go:

SmashingConf Barcelona Speakers Chris Coyier and Anton & Irene10

First Confirmed Speakers

Hands-On Workshops

We’ll also host hands-on full-day workshops25 with practical techniques and strategies taught by practitioners in the industry. 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.

    Workshops on Monday, October 16th


  • Brad Frost26
    Atomic Design: Process & Patterns by Brad Frost27 Oct. 19th • This full-day masterclass takes a deep dive into the world of responsive web design, covering everything including broad concepts, strategy, how responsive design affects process, responsive design patterns and principles, and more. Read more…28
  • Horace Dediu29
    Persuasive Design by Horace Dediu30 Oct. 16th • This full-day workshop will take you through the principles of persuasion using techniques of cinematography and visual storytelling. Whether one-on-one or in front of millions on TV, presentations are the primary means of persuasion in business. Read more…31
  • Smashing Conference Barcelona Workshop32
    Smart RWD Patterns & Front-end Techniques by Vitaly Friedman33 Oct. 16th • In this full-day workshop, Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, will present clever front-end tricks and strategies for building responsive websites with pattern libraries, SVG, Flexbox, CSS Grids, Accessibility, responsive images, performance tricks, service workers and HTTP/2. Yes, all of it. Read more…34
  • Workshops on Thursday, October 19th


  • Anton & Irene35
    Concept, Create, And Sell! by Anton & Irene36 Oct. 19th • Where most digital agencies spend days, sometimes weeks crafting ideas and generating designs, Anton & Irene believe that the pressure of time gets the creative juices flowing and will make you come up with solutions you would never have considered had you been given more time to reflect. Read more…37
  • Smashing Conference Barcelona Workshop38
    Advanced SVG Animation by Sarah Drasner39 Oct. 19th • In this full-day workshop, Sarah will teach you the basics of the SVG Animation development and the essentials needed to start using these techniques in production environments for animations both large and small. Read more…40
  • Smashing Conference Barcelona Workshop41
    Convincing Clients And Colleagues The Right Way by Paul Boag42 Oct. 19th • This full-day workshop offers practical guidance on the most critical skills you need in your career; the ability to persuade. Persuade colleagues and clients to take a risk, to step out of their comfort zones and embrace change. Read more…43

$798 (ca. €676 incl. VAT)

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Save $100 on the regular price!

Why This Conference Could Be For You

This event focuses on the practical. You’ll learn many valuable techniques for your workflow, and you’ll meet fantastic, like-minded people from the industry. You’ll learn:

  1. Strategies for building fast responsive websites,
  2. Clever psychological techniques for smarter interfaces,
  3. Techniques and guidelines for better mobile UX,
  4. Guidelines for scalable CSS and JavaScript,
  5. Techniques for better interaction design and typography,
  6. How to optimize for performance and content delivery,
  7. Gotchas and guidelines with SVG, CSS Grid, HTTP/2,
  8. Mistakes and lessons learned from real-life projects,
  9. Responsive design patterns for future-ready websites,
  10. How to move away from generic solutions towards designs that exhibit soul and personality.

Download “Convince Your Boss” PDF

We also prepared a neat Convince Your Boss (PDF)45 (0.15 Mb) that you can use to convince your boss, 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 — we can be quite convincing, too!

SmashingConf Barcelona: Convince Your Boss PDF46

“Eight reasons why you should send your incredibly hard-working, deserving employee to the SmashingConf” (PDF47). Quite self-explanatory, really.

We also 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 options for you, and we’d love to adjust them to your needs. So if you’re interested, please contact us via — we’d love for you to be involved!


$499 (ca. €422 incl. VAT)

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Tickets available now →.

See You In Barcelona!

We are looking forward to seeing you in Barcelona, and who knows, perhaps months after the conference is over, you’ll look back at your workflow, at your projects and at this very article realizing that it wasn’t far off after all. After all, it’s a conference where anything can happen, right? See you there!



Upcoming Smashing Workshops In 2017

We love bringing people together, and creating a friendly atmosphere for everybody to share and to learn. Our community events are for professionals, like yourself, who want to improve their skills and make a difference. No fluff, no theory — just actionable insights immediately applicable to your work.

Full-Day In-House Workshop? Sure!

We love fixing existing problems. Is your company struggling with legacy systems or a suboptimal workflow? How about front-end issues or responsive design? Well, perhaps we can help. We’d be more than happy to run in-house workshops for your company, tailored specifically to your needs. Get in touch.50

We are flexible about the topics and the format of the workshops. What we really want is to help you solve your problems. Here are just some workshops ideas that we could run:

  • Responsive Web Design
    (e.g. clever tips, techniques, workflow, strategy)
  • Advanced Front-End Techniques
    (e.g. CSS/JS architecture, Sass, LESS, maintanence)
  • Performance Optimization
    (e.g. refactoring, optimization for mobile)
  • User Experience
    (e.g. mobile UX, design patterns, usability testing)
  • Conversion Rate Optimization
    (e.g. checkout process, Web forms)
  • Building and Debugging Web Apps
    (e.g. tools, strategy, maintenance issues)
  • Sketching and Wireframing
    (e.g. sketching interfaces)
  • …and more topics.

Interested? Brilliant! Let’s see what we can do! Just send a short email to vitaly@smashingconf.com51 and simply describe what problems you’d like to solve. We’ll do our best to deliver the most value and effectively address your issues. And don’t worry about the pricing, we’ll find a fair pricing for sure. Yes, it’s that easy!

Let’s talk.52

In-house workshops in your company.


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  1. 1

    I am interested to sign up for this workshop:
    Responsive Design: Smart Front-End/Performance Techniques (Nov 19th 2014)

    Before that, I have a few questions:
    1) What is the format or tool required for this online workshop?
    2) Are we allowed to record the video/audio?
    3) Is it a lived meeting? (workshop video/audio available after the workshop hours)

    Thank you.

    • 2

      Vitaly Friedman

      November 17, 2014 7:23 pm

      Dear Justin,

      Thanks for your interest! Now, to your questions:

      1. We are using GoToWebinar to run the workshops, but of course we will provide you with the details regarding the tools and everything, so no worries!

      2. I will be recording the video/audio, of course.

      3. The video/audio will be provided per request after the workshop, but I would need a solid promise that they won’t be uploaded somewhere public. I hope you understand!

      Thanks, Justin!

  2. 3

    Gopal sharma

    April 10, 2015 6:02 am

    I am interested to signup for this work shop: responsive websites, CSS Animation .
    Before that I have a few question
    1)Is this workshop will also provide in India?
    2) Is there any discount for students?
    3) what is the mean of online workshop? Is there any charge for this like: Registration form fee.

    • 4

      Markus Seyfferth

      April 10, 2015 8:14 am

      Hi Gopal, thanks for your interest! :-)

      To your questions:

      1) Yes, the CSS Animations Online Workshop is available in India, too. Keep in mind that it start’s at 9:30 p.m. IST.

      2) Yes, available upon request. Please do send us an email with your scanned student ID to

      3) The online workshop is available for $49 and lasts for about 2-2.5h. You’ll need to register through a dedicated link, which you’ll receive the day before the workshop starts.

      For any other question, feel free to reach out at Thanks! :-)

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    Andy Mortimer

    June 9, 2015 11:52 am

    Im looking to sign up for the Smart Front-end/Performance techniques on the 26th June, I have a few questions.

    1. We want to display the workshop in our office so a few of us can watch is this allowed, and do we still only need to buy one ticket or is there a group ticket option that we should buy?

    2. What format is the video provided in after the event and how do we receive this?

    • 6

      Markus Seyfferth

      June 25, 2015 6:17 am

      Hi Andy,

      1) It would be just fair if you buy 2-3 tickets for the whole group. :-)

      2) We’ll be recording the seminar, and provide the slides and the video afterwards.

      Feel free to ask whenever you have any further questions!

  4. 7

    I want to buy tickets for the SF Conference in April. Can we do that yet? We have the budget this quarter, but not sure about later.

  5. 8

    Hi Vitaly et al
    I am pleased I discovered your website. However, I got worried when I saw the dates on the comments section; some go way back to 2007. This gave me the impression that your website might be not current. I am pleased that there are some 2015 dates on this page. Is there some way that you can have the latest comments on your homepage first. I really like the stuff on your site.
    Many thanks

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    how do I change the speed of the picture rotation on the home page

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    November 20, 2015 8:38 pm

    Hi Vitaly!

    I attended the SmashingComf last year and am super excited about the 2016 conferences! I was wondering if you are planning on a conference in New York again this year. I’m impatiently waiting for the listing of conferences for 2016!!!!

    I can hardly wait!

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    Just wondering if there are any more online-only workshops available or scheduled? Or, if I were to buy/register for one that takes place during the conferences, would I be able to participate remotely? Thanks!

  9. 16

    Hi SmashingMag, where in SF is SmashingConf SF taking place? Do you have a more specific location than city name?

  10. 17

    Please plan to conduct a session or workshop in India (Hyderabad). There are so so many of us waiting to get a Smashing experience!!

  11. 18

    Is there any way to get access to these workshops remotely? A recorded version? Webcast? Something?

  12. 19

    Do you hold conferences in the United States?

  13. 21

    Hey Vitaly,

    I’m not sure if you’re the best person to mention this to, but in the ‘How to Convince your boss—8 reason on why you should attend the Smashing Conference’ There are 2 typos.
    1) Professionals is only spelled with one s in reason 5.
    2) and frustrating has an added ‘o’ after the ‘ti.’

    I figured this might be a easy fix for one of your designers. Just though I’d mention it, incase some people are doing any copy pasta for this event.


  14. 22

    Hello… Interesting fonts…. but someone doesn’t know how to spell Darth Vader’s name!

  15. 23

    Hi, will there be any workshops or conferences in the UK?

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    Hi, do you have any conferences planned for 2018?


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