With so much happening on the web, what is essential and what should you pay attention to? SmashingConf NYC 2018 will explore how new web technologies, findings and emerging front-end/UX techniques can make us all better designers and developers.
On Oct 23–24 2018, we’ll dive deep into everything from Progressive Web Apps, Vue.js, Webpack, performance patterns, and CSS tricks all the way to accessibility, eCommerce UX, DesignOps, and strategies for better planning and estimates. With Sara Soueidan, Dan Mall, Sarah Drasner, Jason Grigsby, and many others speakers and workshops .
The night before the conference we’ll be hosting a FailNight , a warm-up party with a twist. The sessions will highlight the stories nobody likes to talk about but which are invaluable to get better and smarter at what you do: stories about how we all failed at one point or another — be it at a small or big scale. Sounds like fun? Well, it will be.
Speakers & Workshops
One track, two conference days, 15 speakers, and just 400 available seats. With highly practical talks featuring techniques and strategies that you can apply to your work right away. Here’s what you should expect:
Design Workflow and Process
Dan Mall — SuperFriendly
Refactoring and UI Improvements With CSS
Design In The Era Of AI & Machine Learning
Josh Clark — Big Medium
Web Font Loading Optimization
Monica Dinculescu — Google
Productivity, Pushing Ideas Forward
Serverless and Vue.js
Sarah Drasner — Microsoft
Progressive Web Apps
Jason Grigsby — Cloud Four
Graphic Design Workflow
Chiara Aliotta — UntilSunday
Setting Up Webpack
Sean Thomas Larkin — Webpack Core Team
Web Performance Best Practices
Patrick Hamann — Fastly
- … plus Tim Kadlec (Performance Audit), Laurence Penney (Variable Fonts), Michael Flarup (Icon Design), and, of course, the Mystery Speaker .
Workshops At SmashingConf New York
Our workshops give you the opportunity to spend an entire day on the topic of your choice. SVG? Vue.js? Performance? Whatever it might be that sparks your interest, we’ve got you covered. A ticket for the full-day workshop is $499, and if you combine it with a conference ticket, you’ll save $100 on the regular workshop price. Seats are limited.
Workshops on Monday, October 22nd
Dan Mall on
Design Workflow For A Multi-Device World
In this workshop, Dan will share insights into his tools and techniques for integrating design thinking into your product development process. You’ll learn how to craft powerful design approaches through collaborative brainstorming techniques, and how to involve your entire team in the design process. Read more…
Josh Clark on
Design For What’s Next
Spend a day exploring the web’s emerging interactions and how you can put them to work today. Your guide is designer Josh Clark, author of Designing for Touch and ambassador of the near future. As you move into newer design tools — speech, bots, physical interfaces, artificial intelligence, and more — you’ll learn the tools and techniques for prototyping and launch these new interfaces and get answers to foundational questions for all your projects. Read more…
Sarah Drasner on
Intro To Vue.js
Vitaly Friedman on
Dirty Little Tricks From The Dark Corners Of eCommerce
In this workshop, we will use real-life examples as a case study and examine refinements of the interface on spot. The goal is to set up a very clear roadmap on how we can do the right things in the right order to improve conversion and customer experience. That means removing distractions, minimizing friction and avoiding disruptions and dead ends caused by the interface. Read more…
Workshops on Thursday, October 25th
Paul Boag on
How To Convince Clients And Colleagues The Right Way
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…
Sara Soueidan on
The CSS & SVG Power Combo
The workshop with the strongest punch of creativity. The CSS & SVG Power Combo is where you will learn about the latest, cutting-edge CSS and SVG techniques to create creative crisp and beautiful interfaces. We will also be looking at any existing browser inconsistencies as well as performance considerations to keep in mind. And there will be lots of exercises and practical examples that can be taken and directly applied in real life projects. Read more…
Tim Kadlec on
Building Performant Websites
Performance is a critical consideration for online experiences. We don't stand still on the web. We click links, we expand menus, we move from page to page — we are constantly having our experiences shaped by how quickly each of these interactions takes place. Read more…
Vitaly Friedman on
Smart Responsive UX Design Patterns
In this workshop, Vitaly Friedman, co-founder 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…
New York City is buzzing with energy and excitement — the perfect backdrop for SmashingConf. Just like in past years, we will welcome you at the New World Stages , an old movie theater renovated into one of the top off-Broadway houses, just off the Times Square district. Workshops will take place at the Microsoft Technology Center right in the heart of Times Square, close to transportation and lots of food and entertainment options.
Why This Conference Will Be For You
Each SmashingConf is an intimate, familiar experience. A gathering of new and old friends, good conversations, and lots of sharing and learning. At SmashingConf New York you will learn how to:
- Drastically improve the accessibility and overall experience of your components and interfaces,
- How to scale up your web app with serverless functions & Vue.js (and safe hosting costs),
- How to make a website more performant, resilient, and accessible,
- How to convince your bosses and clients to give their approval,
- How to take full advantage of Progressive Web App technology,
- How to avoid the typical pitfalls of the handover process,
- What to consider when using AI in your products,
- How to load web fonts fast by default,
- … and a lot more.
Download “Convince Your Boss” PDF
Think your boss needs a little more persuasion? We’ve prepared a neat Convince Your Boss PDF that you can use to tip the scales in your favor to send you to the event.
See You In New York!
We’d love you to join us on this exciting adventure. Let’s spend some memorable days together to explore the hidden corners of front-end — and hunt for some new treasures, too, of course. See you there!