Smashing Conferences & Workshops

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Great conferences are all about learning new skills and making new connections. That’s why we’ve set up a couple of new adventures for SmashingConf 2018 — just practical sessions, new formats, new lightning talks, evening sessions and genuine, interesting conversations — with a dash of friendly networking! Taking place in London, San Francisco, Toronto. Tickets? Glad you asked!

SmashingConf London / #perfmatters / Feb 7–8

Performance matters. Next year, we’re thrilled to venture to London for our brand new conference fully dedicated to everything front-end performance. Dealing with ads, third-party scripts, A/B testing, HTTP/2, debugging, JAM stack, PWA, web fonts loading, memory/CPU perf, service workers. Plus lightning community talks. Schedule and details.

A queen cat welcoming you a Smashing Conference in London, February 7 to 8, 2018
SmashingConf London: everything web performance. Feb 7–8.

Speakers and Topics

Over the two days, we’ll cover pretty much every aspect of front-end performance: from rendering to debugging. Two days, one track, 14 speakers and 7 hands-on workshops. 50 early-bird-tickets now on sale.

£379 £459

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SmashingConf San Francisco / #breakout / Apr 17–18

The classic. With our third annual conference in San Francisco, we want to explore ways and strategies for breaking out: leaving behind generic designs and understanding the new techniques and capabilities available today. We care about the solutions we come up with, and the approaches that failed along the way. In San Francisco, we want to find out the why, and how, and what we all — as designers and developers — need to know today to be more productive and make smarter decisions tomorrow. Schedule and details.

A queen cat welcoming you a Smashing Conference in San Francisco, April 17 to 18, 2018
SmashingConf SF: breaking out of the box. Apr 17–18.

Speakers and Topics

A wide range of everything web-related, covered in 2 days, with a single track, 14 speakers and 8 hands-on workshops. CSS Grid, Design systems, new frontiers of CSS and JavaScript, accessibility, performance, lettering, graphic design, UX, multi-cultural design, among other things. 100 super early-bird-tickets now on sale.

  • Addy Osmani
    Modern Loading Best Practices Google Chrome
  • Yiying Lu
    Cross-Cultural Design Disney, Twitter
  • Trent Walton
    Building the Next Generation of Websites Paravel
  • Rachel Andrew
    CSS Grid Perch
  • Huijing Chen
    Web Typography Where East Meets West
  • Michael Riethmuller
    Beyond Media Queries Fluid Typography
  • Joe Leech
    Psychology and The Perfect Design cxpartners
  • Josh Clark
    Design in the Era of the Algorithm Big Medium
  • Jessica Hische
    From Pencil To Vector
  • Aaron Draplin
    Bold Designs DDC
  • Mystery Speaker
    Somebody you know, and respect. Macaw
  • US$499 $599

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    SmashingConf Toronto / #noslides / Jun 26–27

    What’s the best way to learn? By observing designers and developers working live. For our new conference in Toronto, all speakers aren’t allowed to use any slides at all. Welcome SmashingConf #noslides, a brand new conference, full of interactive live sessions, showing how web designers design and how web developers build — including setup, workflow, design thinking, naming conventions and everything in-between. Schedule and details.

    A queen cat welcoming you a Smashing Conference in Toronto, June 26 to 27, 2018
    SmashingConf Toronto: no slides, live sessions only. Jun 26–27.

    Speakers and Topics

    Interactive live sessions on everything from organizing layers in Photoshop to naming conventions in CSS. Live workflow in Sketch and Photoshop, design systems setup, lettering, new frontiers of CSS and JavaScript, CSS Grid Layout, live debugging, performance audits, accessibility audits, sketching, graphic design, data visualization and creative coding. 100 super early-bird-tickets now on sale.

    CAD$640 $705

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    To give everybody a chance to buy ticket in time, we are releasing all tickets in batches this time. The first batch of super early-birds are available right away: fetch them before they fly out!

    Full-Day In-House Workshops? Sure!

    Is your company struggling with legacy systems or a suboptimal workflow? How about front-end issues or responsive design? I’m there to help. I’d be more than happy to run in-house workshops for your company, tailored specifically to your needs. Get in touch.

    I’m totally flexible in terms of topics and the format of the workshop. What I 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 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.

    In-house workshops in your company.