A warm welcome to the 3rd SmashingConf Barcelona, taking place on October 17th—18th, right at the sunny Mediterranean seaside. Come join us at the one-of-a-kind Palau de la Música Catalana, a design wonder, classified as heritage of humanity.
A Community Event For Web Designers
We'll be keeping to our trademark mission, to make SmashingConf a unique, valuable and friendly event for everybody involved. We always keep a strong focus on practical, actionable learning—with speakers packing as many useful techniques, tips and tricks into their sessions as possible. 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.
With a lineup of 15 brilliant speakers and the best scenarios to offer you a valuable and unforgettable 1 track, 2 full conference days and 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!
Some speakers aren’t fond of it, some speakers love it, but we thoroughly curate every single talk and work alongside our speakers to make sure it fits nicely within the overall theme of the conference. For our Barcelona Conference, we've put together a line-up that'll make your jaw drop!
First Confirmed Speakers
Anton & Irene
Work/Life Balance in Agency Business
Front-End • CSS Tricks
Analogue Craft in a Digital Future
Collaboration & Design Systems
Picking Your Clients
Establishing a UX Culture
Modular Design Systems • Futurelearn
Building Robust Websites • Clearleft
Front-End, Perceived Performance
Google, Emojis in Chrome
(Someone you definitely know, and respect.)
Our workshops offer the opportunity to get 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.
Smashing Workshops on Monday, Oct. 16th, 2017
Alla Kholmatova on Reaching For Particles On The Web: Modular Design Workshop
October 16th • In her new workshop, Alla Kholmatova, the interaction designer behind the open education platform FutureLearn, explores how we can design and build responsive interfaces that would stand the test of time. Read more...
Horace Dediu on Persuasive Design
October 16th • 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...
Gemma O’Brien on Lettering Workshop
October 16th • This class will give an overview of the differences between writing, lettering and typography before moving into a series of short exercises to demonstrate key principles of letter construction, rhythm, contrast, composition, balance and techniques of letter customization (swashes, flourishes, decoration). Read more...
Vitaly Friedman on Smart RWD Patterns & Front-End Techniques
October 16th • 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 eCommerce projects, online magazines and Web applications. Read more...
Smashing Workshops on Thursday, Oct. 19th, 2017
Anton & Irene on Concept, Create, And Sell!
October 19th • Where most digital agencies spend days, sometimes weeks crafting ideas and generating designs, Anton & Irene believe that the pressure of time gets the creative juices flowing and will make you come up with solutions you would never have considered had you been given more time to reflect. Read more...
Brad Frost on Atomic Design: Process & Patterns
October 19th • 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...
Sarah Drasner on Advanced SVG Animation
October 19th • In this full-day workshop, Sarah will teach you the basics of the SVG Animation development and the essentials needed to start using these techniques in production environments for animations both large and small. Read more...
Paul Boag on How To Convince Clients And Colleagues The Right Way
October 19th • 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...
The home of the conference will be one of Barcelona's most magnificent buildings – the Palau de la Música Catalana – built from 1905 to 1908. It was built by the architect Domènech i Montaner and his team of associates. The team included some of the foremost artists of the age, including Pau Gargallo and Eusebi Arnau, who created the sculptures.
The Palau is a masterpiece of the Catalan modernist archictecture and represents an essential reference in the cultural and social life of Barcelona today, as well as an artistic landmark of outstanding beauty and a highly prestigious music venue.
Our workshops will take place in the IED School of Design situated in Gracia, one of the most famous and colorful neighgourhoods in Barcelona!