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SmashingConf San Francisco 2018
San Francisco

With our third annual conference in San Francisco, we want to explore strategies for breaking out: leaving behind generic designs and smelly code base. We want to find out the why, and the how of outstanding and fast experiences, and what we all need to know today, to be more productive and make smarter decisions tomorrow.

One track, two conference days, 14 brilliant speakers, and just 500 available seats. CSS Grid, Design systems, new frontiers of CSS and JavaScript, accessibility, performance, lettering, graphic design, UX, multi-cultural design, among other things. We can’t wait to meet you there already! Need to convince your boss? Check the Convince Your Boss PDF (83 kb).

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The Speakers

  • Michael Riethmuller
    Beyond Media Queries
  • Huijing Chen
    Web Typography: Where East Meets West
  • Josh Clark
    Design in the Era of the Algorithm
  • Joe Leech
    Psychology and The Perfect Design
  • Rachel Andrew
    Unlocking the Power of CSS Grid Layout
  • Trent Walton
    Are We Having Fun Yet?
  • Aaron Draplin
    Tall Tales From A Large Man
  • Yiying Lu
    Cross Cultural Design in the Age of Globalization
  • Addy Osmani
    Fast By Default: Modern Loading Best Practices

Event Schedule

Day 1

  • Doors Open
  • Welcome and Intro
  • Aaron Draplin

    Aaron Draplin will speak on

    Tall Tales From A Large Man

    Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bonafide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design.

  • Rachel Andrew

    Rachel Andrew will speak on

    Unlocking the Power of CSS Grid Layout

    In this talk Rachel will show you practical ways on how to unlock the full potential of the CSS Grids, and more.

  • Coffee Break
  • TBA
  • Joe Leech

    Joe Leech will speak on

    Psychology and The Perfect Design

    What exactly is the perfect design? Well, that's what you will find out in the session. We'll look at the three aspects that define the perfect design and how you can make it work in your projects.

  • Lunch Break (boxed lunch provided)
  • Trent Walton

    Trent Walton will speak on

    Are We Having Fun Yet?

    In this talk, Trent will share his successes and confess his failures in trying to chart a path down the road towards a better way to build together.

  • Addy Osmani

    Addy Osmani will speak on

    Fast By Default: Modern Loading Best Practices

    Optimizing sites to load instantly on mobile is far from trivial. Costly JavaScript can take seconds to process, we often aren't sensitive to users data-plans and browsers don't know what UX-critical resources should load first. Thankfully there's a lot we can do to give our users a MUCH better loading experience. Watch Addy Osmani (and friends) illuminate new loading best practices for diagnosing and making real world sites load instantly today.

  • Yiying Lu

    Yiying Lu will speak on

    Cross Cultural Design in the Age of Globalization

    In this talk, Creative Director Yiying Lu will share her branding design, illustration and typography projects from a multi-cultural & linguistic aspect. She will showcase and talk about her cross cultural design practices for global companies and organizations, such as Disney Shanghai, NYU Shanghai, Twitter, Cre8 Summit, 500 Startups, the Dumpling Emoji Project and so on. This talk will take audiences on a journey of exploring creativity within cross-cultural communication in the age of globalization.

  • Closing remarks
  • Party

Day 2

  • ...And so the Mystery begins
  • Michael Riethmuller

    Michael Riethmuller will speak on

    Beyond Media Queries

    Media queries have always been a cornerstone of responsive design but the role of media queries is changing. It's now possible to make websites with responsive properties that are not tied to specific breakpoints. Learn how to use fluid typography, responsive SVG, adaptive flexbox components, CSS grid and custom properties to create unique responsive solutions that go beyond media queries.

  • Coffee Break
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Lunch Break (Boxed Lunch Provided)
  • Huijing Chen

    Huijing Chen will speak on

    Web Typography: Where East Meets West

    Modern CSS gives us the ability to set type for a dynamic medium, which is something relatively new, and requires us to look at typography with a fresh perspective.

  • 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.

Workshops

Locations

Conference

Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon Street San Francisco CA, 94123

Originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to exhibit works of art, this beautiful structures is one of the top tourist must–see locations in San Francisco. Renovated and reopened in 1970 — and updated in 2009, this stunning architecture and lavish theater is somewhere we are so happy to call home for a few days!

Workshops

SF State University - Downtown Campus

Westfield San Francisco Centre 835 Market Street, 6th Floor San Francisco, California 94103

The Downtown Campus of San Francisco State University is unlike any campus we’ve seen before. This unique campus takes place on the 6th floor of the Westfield San Francsico Centre, with all classrooms configured around a vertical glass-enclosed atrium that offers wonderful views in all directions from the historic sky-lit dome, across to adjoining classrooms and below to shopping activity.

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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Get Your Ticket!

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We reserved 50 tickets for small startups and students, too — just send us an email to Markus.


Conference Tickets

  • Early Bird
    Conference Ticket
    549
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    Conference + Workshop Ticket
    998
  • Regular ticket
    Conference Ticket
    599

Workshop Tickets

  • Sarah Drasner
    Intro to Vue.js
  • Barry Munsterteiger
    Critical Design Thinking

Workshop Tickets

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