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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 New York (June 13–14)

While designing for the web today, there are so many unknowns that getting things right appears to be a task that requires quite… special abilities. Don’t you feel like Wonderwoman or Superman when squishing that annoying CSS/JavaScript bug or improving front-end performance, or making the UX workflow smooth at your company? Well, we do! Now, we also love sharing, and as we know from Superman, “Do good to others, and everybody can be a Superman!” To the tickets →6

About The Conference

When we organize a conference, we make sure that it provides a lot of value for everybody involved. We don’t care about volatile trends and we don’t believe in overnight success stories. Every success requires hard work and many failures along the way. There are lessons learned, takeaways, and problems solved, but also many sketches and designs and ideas and prototypes thrown away because they didn’t work. We’re interested in how problems are solved—ideas that failed, and why exactly they failed and what decisions were chosen instead.

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With SmashingConf New York 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 New York’s Theater District.

First Confirmed Speakers

For this year’s cast, we’ve invited experts who have worked in small as well as large companies. People who spend day and night working and playing with web technologies. It doesn’t get more practical than that, does it? But with great power, comes great responsibility. Get ready to challenge these super speakers:

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SmashingConf New York Workshops

Our workshops offer the opportunity to come to grips with new ideas and techniques in real depth, with a full day spent on the topic of your choice. It’s a great way to round off your conference experience, and we provide lunch, too. By registering for a workshop while buying your conference ticket, you save $100 on the regular workshop ticket price.

Workshops on Monday, June 12th

  • Brad Frost22
    Atomic Design by Brad Frost23 June 12th • 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…24
  • Yuko Shimizu25
    Good Ideas Make Great Illustration by Yuko Shimizu26 June 12th • Let’s work on a whole bunch of mini projects and exercises for a day to flex your brain and mind so you can start thinking and working like a real illustrator. Yuko is here to help! Read more…27
  • Horace Dediu28
    Persuasive Design by Horace Dediu29 June 12th • 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…30
  • Umar Hansa31
    The Modern Front-End Workflow Bootcamp by Umar Hansa32 June 12th • In this workshop, Umar Hansa, a senior front-end web developer at Springer Nature, will share obscure practical workflow tips, tricks and techniques that will supercharge any developer’s workflow. Read more…33
  • Vitaly Friedman34
    Smart Responsive UX Design Patterns by Vitaly Friedman35 June 12th • In this brand new workshop, Vitaly Friedman (editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine), will cover practical techniques, clever tricks and useful strategies you need to be aware of when working on responsive websites. From responsive modules co clever navigation patterns and web form design techniques; the workshop will provide you with everything you need to know today to start designing better responsive experiences tomorrow. Read more…36

Workshops on Thursday, June 15th

  • Eric Reiss37
    An Introduction To Service Design by Eric Reiss38 June 15th • Service design combines key elements from user-experience design, interaction design, and quality management to create long-term value. In this full-day – workshop, you’ll discover the basic elements of each of these disciplines and how they work together to raise customer satisfaction, increase conversions, and enhance key events along the customer journey. Read more…39
  • Joe Leech40
    Psychology for Design and UX by Joe Leech41 June 15th • A practical way to understand how the human brain works and apply that knowledge to User Experience design. You know somethings are ‘good design’ and some things are ‘bad design’ for UX but have never been quite sure why this is so? Learn the psychological principles behind how our brain makes sense of the world and apply that to user interface design. Read more…42
  • Sara Soueidan43
    Mastering SVG by Sara Soueidan44 June 15th • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) are the new big thing in web design today, and for a good reason. SVG is going to be one of the fundamentals of web design, and getting a grip of it and how to use it is becoming more important as its usefulness becomes more obvious every day. Read more…45
  • Smashing Conference New York Workshop46
    New Front-End Adventures in Responsive Design by Vitaly Friedman47 June 15th • In this full-day workshop, Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, will present practical techniques, clever tricks and useful strategies you need to be aware of when working on any responsive design project. Most techniques are borrowed from mid-size and large-scale real-life projects, such as large e-commerce projects, online magazines and Web applications. Read more…48

Why This Conference Is For You

The Smashing experience is like walking in a little cozy place around the corner. You know everybody in person, and you have an authentic, intimate, personal experience. With lots of learning, sharing and networking along the way. Well, it won’t be the ultimate event of your life-time, but for front-end and UX, it will inspire you and push your boundaries significantly.

You’ll learn:

  1. Strategies for building fast responsive websites,
  2. Clever techniques for better front-end,
  3. Strategy to break out of the generic layouts,
  4. Approaches for better visual/brand identity design,
  5. Guidelines for building pattern libraries,
  6. How to build accessible and future-proof UIs,
  7. Mistakes and lessons learned from large projects,
  8. How to apply psychology in design decisions,
  9. How to improve conversion rates in eCommerce projects,
  10. How to tackle complexity when building a delightful, responsive user experience.

$998 $1098

To the tickets →49

Buy conference + workshops tickets and save $100.

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.53

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.com54 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.55

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!

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    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!

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    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!!

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    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.



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