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Quality matters. With our 1conferences 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?

Upcoming Smashing Conferences In 2016

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.

SmashingConf Barcelona (Oct. 25–26)

We have an incredible line-up of 16 knowledgeable and engaging speakers, a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, a truly unforgettable 1-track 2 full conference days, as well as 6 workshops! Our mission is to explore real-life web design problems and techniques that are relevant and applicable to your work straight away. Join us for a few special days of friendly conversation, learning, and new ideas — we’d love to see you there!

Tuesday, Oct. 25th

Wednesday, Oct. 26th

  • Mystery Speaker End of the World
    (Someone you definitely know, and respect)
  • Laura Elizabeth15
    From Pages To Patterns: Pattern Libraries For Mid-Size Projects
  • Jonathan Snook16
    Responsive Web Apps With Container Queries
  • Jen Simmons17 Mozilla
    Revolutionize Your Page: Real Art Direction On The Web
  • Adrian Zumbrunnen18
    Designing Choice
  • Christian Holst19 Baymard Institute
    Conversion Rate Optimization Techniques In Ecommerce
  • Maciej Cegłowski20 Pinboard
    The Website Obesity Crisis
SmashingConf Barcelona 201621

$499 (€371 plus VAT)

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Barcelona Workshops

On Monday, October 24th and Thursday, October 27th, we’ll be hosting our hands-on full-day workshops23 at IED Barcelona24 with practical techniques and strategies taught by leading 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.

  • Sara Soueidan25
    Mastering SVG by Sara Soueidan26 Oct. 24th • SVG is the new big thing in web design today, and for a good reason. In this workshop, Sara will go through an entire SVG workflow from creating, exporting and optimizing SVGs, to styling and animating them. Read more…27
  • Stephen Hay28
    Responsive Design Workflow by Stephen Hay29 Oct. 24th • Forget fixed-width Photoshop comps and overproduced wireframes. Yesterday’s web design deliverables fail to take into account the demands of responsive web design. Stephen will introduce a new workflow for today’s web. Read more…30
  • Smashing Conference Freiburg Workshop31
    Smart UX Design Patterns by Vitaly Friedman32 Oct. 24th • 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 to 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…33
  • Jonathan Snook34
    Scalable CSS by Jonathan Snook35 Oct. 27th • Being able to sketch is like speaking an additional language that enables you to structure and express your thoughts and ideas more clearly, quickly and in a engaging way. For anyone working in UX, design, marketing and product development in general, sketching is a valuable technique to feel comfortable with. Read more…36
  • Christian Holst37
    eCommerce Checkout Patterns by Christian Holst38 Oct. 27th • In this full day checkout optimization workshop Christian Holst, research director at the Baymard Institute, will share their newest checkout usability test findings, uncovered during the past 7 years of large-scale testing of e-commerce sites and from working with clients like Etsy, Office Depot, Sears, Kohl’s, Nike, John Lewis, Carnival, T-mobile,, The North Face, etc. Read more…39
  • Smashing Conference Freiburg Workshop40
    New Adventures in RWD by Vitaly Friedman41 Oct. 27th • 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…42

$798 $898

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Join a workshop and save $100 on the conf-ticket!

Our Public Full-Day Workshops

Additionally to running conferences, we also organize public and in-house workshops all around the world. Here’s an overview of the upcoming ones in 2016:

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.51

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.com52 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.53

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! :-)

  3. 5

    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!

  8. 15

    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?


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