For the fourth year in a row, we're returning to Oxford, UK. Our one-of-a-kind venue, Oxford Town Hall, will once again be bursting at the seams with 400 friendly, passionate web designers and developers and a roster of knowledgeable speakers, ready to share smart front-end/UX techniques of our trade.
A Community Event For Web Designers and Developers
Discussions about design trends and visual style are often very subjective and they rarely provide actionable, valuable takeaways. Nothing beats a conversation about what worked and what didn’t work in actual real-life projects and what decisions were made along the way. That’s exactly what we’re setting off to explore in Oxford — accompanied by a lot of learning and networking in the beautiful pathways and gardens of legendary Oxford.
The two conference days (14th and 15th March) are flanked by optional full day workshops (13th and 17th March), offering attendees the chance to delve deeper into their topic of choice. No fluff, no theory — just curated quality content, stellar and diverse speakers, a personal and intimate atmosphere — all in a beautiful and historic Oxford Town Hall in Oxford, UK.
Code of Conduct
We embrace respect and tolerance with our code of conduct. Be friendly, be cool, and be smashing to each other. Networking is important, and we always organize many networking activities, and we will not tolerate any kind of disrespectful behavior. There’s no room for it at the conference. Full stop.
Some speakers aren’t quite fond of it and some speakers love it: we thoroughly curate every single talk and work alongside our speakers to make sure that each talk fits nicely within the overall theme of the conference. We don't have all speakers yet, but we'll have speakers who are passionate about their work and who’ve learned a thing or two from their own experiences:
Brand Designer • Uber, Pepsi
Interaction Designer, Front-End • Fauna
Data Visualization, SVG, D3.js • Astronomer
Digital Strategy, Business
a Mystery Speaker
(Somebody you definitely know, and respect.)
...more speakers will be announced soon!
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. More workshops will be announced soon!
Smashing Workshops on Monday, March 13th, 2016
Vitaly Friedman on “Smart UX Design Patterns”
March 13th • In this workshop, Vitaly Friedman (editor-in-chief 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 co 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...
Smashing Workshops on Thursday, March 16th, 2016
Vitaly Friedman on “New Adventures In Responsive Web Design”
March 16th • In this workshop, Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, will be looking into a strategy for crafting fast, resilient and flexible responsive design systems by utilizing all of those wonderful shiny web technologies we have available today. We'll also talk about dealing with legacy browsers and will cover a few dirty little techniques that might ensure that your responsive websites will stay relevant, flexible and accessible in the years to come. Read more...
In the centre of Oxford, next to the world famous Christ Church College, and just a stone's throw from the iconic Radcliffe Camera, lies The Oxford Town Hall. The Smashing Conference will be held in the beautiful Main Hall; an amazing example of the Victorian Gothic Revival style.
We think you'll be blown away. From the amazing plasterwork and vaulted ceilings, to the enormous pipe organ and the chandeliers, you're in for a treat! Ready? Go!