Taking place on September 12–13, SmashingConf Freiburg will be packed with smart solutions ranging from front-end to design to UX — and a few delightful surprises along the way. It’s the week we look forward to all year long; a few days of friendly conversation, learning and new ideas, set at the foothills of the beautiful Black Forest.
Our mission; to explore real-life web design problems, projects and techniques in a way that’s relevant and applicable to your work straight away. A single track with 15 speakers means a focused, well-curated learning experience, and an intimate environment of just 260 attendees ensures a friendly atmosphere!
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.
We are interested in how to solve problems and ideas that failed, and why exactly they failed. Specifically, we’ll look at mid- and large-scale projects, techniques, tools and the lessons learned along the way. We'll also be putting a particular emphasis on networking, creating an atmosphere that encourages friendly conversation and new connections between everyone present; expect photo walks, contests, an incredible party and plenty of extra surprises along the way. But we won't reveal everything at once!
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 Freiburg Conference, we've put together a line-up that you won't believe:
Monday, Sept. 12th
• Dave Rupert
Real-Life Responsive Web Design • Paravel
• Monica Dinculescu
Styling the shadow DOM • Google
• Lyza D. Gardner
Service Workers • Cloud Four
• Adrian Holovaty
TBA • Soundslice
• Una Kravets
Editing Images in CSS • IBM Design
• Sarah Drasner
SVG Animations • Trulia
• Roy Tomeij
Sass, Front-End • AppSignal
• Aaron Gustafson
TBA • Microsoft
Tuesday, Sept. 13th
• Mystery Speaker
(Someone you definitely know, and respect)
• Paul Lloyd
Responsive Principles • Guardian
• Denys Mishunov
• Nathan Curtis
Design Systems • Eightshapes
• Polle de Maagt
Crafting for #worlddomination
• Eva-Lotta Lamm
• Oliver Reichenstein
Information Entropy • Information Architects
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 Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Eva-Lotta Lamm on “Sketching With Confidence, Clarity And Imagination”
September 14th • 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...
Nathan Curtis on “Scalable Design Systems”
September 14th • The role of design with large organizations is expanding, spreading across product teams and influencing decision-making at higher and higher levels. This scale makes it increasingly challenging to align designers and product teams to deliver cohesive, consistent experiences across a customer journey. Read more...
Vitaly Friedman on “Dirty Responsive Design Tricks And Techniques”
September 14th • 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...
At SmashingConf, we always strive to host events in the most memorable of venues. In Freiburg, our home will be the magnificent “Kaufhaus” – a stunning, central venue that blows our audience away every year.
The historic "Kaufhaus" (Merchants' Hall, built 1520-30) is the venue for the two days of conference and one of the workshops.
It is a symbol of the importance of trade in medieval Freiburg. The municipal market, customs and financial administration building is identified as a center of trade by its arcades hall. Its façade is decorated with coats of arms and statues indicating the city's links with the House of Habsburg.