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January 30 2014

14:10

The Mystery Is Resolved: The Rain That Never Stops, Cakes and Frightened Cats


  

Everybody loves a good riddle, but when you design one, you never know how it will be perceived until you try it out. The new Smashing Mystery Riddle didn’t emerge over night, and after weeks of fine adjustments and many — many — test runs, we prepared some coffee, pressed that shiny “Publish” button and, you know, started waiting for tweets. And now, exactly two days later, it’s time to reveal the mystery and announce the winners. Oh, you want to figure it out first? Well, then please close this tab since there are (obviously) spoilers in this post.

The Mystery Riddle

Admittedly, the new riddle turned out a bit harder than the previous one. Again, we didn’t want it to make it easy and we also didn’t want to make it too hard since most people would just drop it at some point. We did want to challenge you to be creative and think hard though, and finding this sweet spot of complexity took time and patience. So within the five weeks since the initial idea was conceived, we ran 17 various tests on various variations of various animated GIFs.

Well, obviously we got some of the testers totally confused and disoriented, and probably also annoyed and frustrated, and perhaps even angry since they had to stare at the infinitely looped GIFs for quite some time. Over the first two weeks of testing, out of 14 people not even one single person could solve the riddle! Now, that did not make for happy testers for sure! (Oh those poor, poor souls!).

In fact, once you start running tests and introduce little variations of GIFs, and edit the hints and change file names, you start interpreting things that are just not there, and you start seeing animated GIFs all over the place. At some point we started thinking about running looped animated GIFs within looped animated GIFs within looped animated GIFs (“Inception”), and we even created prototypes for that. (Seriously.)

Inception
The Inception idea was interesting to explore, but failed miserably in our tests, confusing testers. Large view.

Guillaume, the designer of the GIFs, wasn’t happy with this idea, and we weren’t sure what the heck we were doing. Also, testers went insane and complained about massive headaches and eye strain. That’s not a feeling you want to explore. Well, most of you at least. Going back and forth in our prototypes and drawing boards, by the end we had something that we felt was just right, and on average took around 38 minutes to solve.

Level 1: The Flying Voyage

Well, the rules were the same, and the game wasn’t much different either. We presented a mysterious animated GIF that contained a hidden message which had to be found. Once you resolved the mystery, you’d see a Twitter hashtag displayed in plain text. So again, just like last time, there wouldn’t be any room for vague interpretations. The solution would be displayed in plain text. And the only hint was to watch out for the file name. And just like the last time, the main difficulty was finding the right idea to pass level 1.

Smashing Book Mystery
Level 1: The only hint was to watch out for the file name.

So how does it work? Well, if you look very closely at the animation, you’ll notice a steaming cup of coffee on the table with a sign: “Do Not Drink Hot”. Is there a way to cool down the cup of coffee? Initially, we wanted to have something like a responsive animated GIF, which would change depending on the screen resolution, and which would kind of simulate the cooling down of the coffee with JavaScript and/or media queries. However, this would be a bit too easy to detect for our smart audience, so it was a no-go.

Smashing Mystery Heat Map
Surprisingly, you can see many clicks outside the image on the right side — perhaps this is where the birds were supposed to fly out? We’ll never find out. Large view.

Now, if you watch out for the file name like you are asked to, you’ll discover that you are expected to catch the birds. Since it’s an animated GIF and it isn’t linked, clicking on any area of the image won’t help at all. Neither would an analysis of the color levels or frames lead you anywhere. Some readers noticed that a Twitter hashtag potentially could be a hex color code, so we started receiving lots of very… well, interesting tweets containing various hex values for the Twitter birds and surroundings in the room. It must have taken quite some time, but this was the wrong direction to take. Sorry about that!

So, how can you catch the birds? Well, since nothing is clickable, you have to change something else. Ah! Right. Let’s try changing the file name of the image to something like… open-the-window.gif?..

Still catch the birds
Changing the file names doesn’t really help. You still have to catch the birds.

Aha! So that’s a blind alley. Well, there is a steaming coffee pot on the table. Are you getting closer? Or is it just a distraction? Well, there is a note at the bottom. Changing image URLs won’t get you anywhere. That’s a bummer. But you are now supposed to look outside the window and notice what kind of birds you see. Well, they look like… Twitter birds, right? And according to the file name, you still have to catch them.

Okay, so you could just head over to Twitter and do a simple search for “Catch the birds”. Well, it isn’t particularly helpful. (Except that there are quite a few frustrated readers like us, though, so that’s probably a good thing. Well, at least we aren’t alone out there!). But wait: could #catchthebirds be the hidden hashtag? Well, potentially, yes, but the riddle clearly says that the hashtag will be hidden in plain text, so probably not.

But wait a second. If the hashtag doesn’t seem to be right, what about the Twitter handles? Let’s try to @CatchTheBirds. Bingo!

Smashing Book Mystery
Level 2.
@CatchTheBirds would help bring you to Level 2.

Landing on “The Flying Voyage”, it looks like you are on the right path, and you’ve passed level 1. It wasn’t too easy, so a coffee break is probably well-deserved before we proceed to the next level. Oh wait, the coffee — what about that sign on the table saying “Do Not Drink Hot”? Could it be a key as well? @DoNotDrinkHot. Right on! At this point you are supposed to start feeling pretty awesome.

Indeed, the hints for each level are hidden somewhere on Twitter, so the question now is how to use the clues in animated GIFs and file names to pass the levels. Well, this will involve quite a bit of work.

Level 2: The Book Jungle

So, you are brought to another animated GIF, and it looks like the main character already got his coffee and is now reading the book. The file name says that “something is wrong here” but there’s nothing wrong with a cat being afraid of thunder… right? So what else could it be?

Smashing Book Mystery
Level 3: The file name says there’s “something wrong here”… but what could it be?

The couch? Check. The window? Check. The tree? Check. The table? Check. The portraits on the wall? Check. The book? Wait a second. Isn’t the Smashing Book held upside down? The cover of the book is displayed on the right page so how can the character actually read it? Could it be that we have to flip the book somehow or turn it around? Perhaps with, well, @FlipTheBook, @TurnTheBook, @TurnOverTheBook or @RotateTheBook?

Smashing Book Mystery
@TurnTheBook would help bring you to Level 3.

Excellent. You’ve reached level 3 and apparently you are halfway through! You deserve warm milk, cookies, and probably a donut as well. Apparently, that cat afraid of thunder was just a sneaky distraction—you better watch out for those! Let’s proceed to level 3.

Level 3: The Broadway

Okay, the book is now in order, and that mysterious person keeps drinking coffee and reading the book. The file name says that “these donuts are making me thirsty…” Now this sounds familiar. Isn’t it a reference to Seinfeld? Maybe that’s where you should look, or maybe it’s just yet another distraction. In fact, if you think about it, that character can’t be that thirsty since he keeps drinking all the time. Could it be that it’s the cat who is thirsty? Let’s try to @FeedTheCat. Oh, well. It was worth a shot.

Smashing Book Mystery
Level 3: These donuts are making me thirsty…

But what do we know now? We know that @CatWantsMilk, so what if we @GiveCatSomeMilk? Alternatively, we could @FeedTheBlackCat as well. But doesn’t the cat look a bit bored? And since it’s playing with the ball of wool, perhaps it just wants to be distracted? Indeed, that cat is a @BoredBlackCat, so we could also try @PlayWithTheCat, right?

Smashing Book Mystery
@PlayWithTheCat would help bring you to Level 4.

Right! But wait a second. Different Twitter handles contain tweets leading to different URLs, and yes, it was intentional. Some handles lead to smashed.by/map while others lead to smashed.by/journey. However, both handles lead to the final level 4.

Now that was a tough one. At this point you should start feeling proud of yourself. Time to get your donuts, and move to the final level.

Level 4: The Dome

So, we can see a similar scene, but it looks like it isn’t about the book any longer. The mysterious character seems to be busy examining the New York map, so he must be preparing for the trip already. Now there is something really weird about that clock making quick rounds on the wall. Could it be somehow connected with time travel, or time ticking too fast, or something like that? Or is it a just another distraction?

Smashing Book Mystery
The final round in the mystery wasn’t necessarily the most difficult one, but it took quite some time to get your head around.

The clue in the file name is the question “Where are you going?”. Well, obviously you are going to New York, but there really is nothing you could do with “New York” alone. The main prize for solving the riddle is a trip to New York as well as a SmashingConf NY ticket.

So where exactly will the conference take place? Oh, okay, the TimesCenter, right off Times Square. Wait a second. Times. Square. Could it be a hint? On the wall, we have a clock showing the time, and we have a square and something that looks like a map. Could @TimeSquareMap be a solution? It is indeed! Now obviously, @TimesSquareMap would be a solution as well (and so would @TimeSquareLine and @TimesSquareLine), but your path will probably cross Times Square as well, so you could just go @ToTimesSquare as well.

Smashing Book Mystery
“Nothing like a good ol’ cake”. But you know, cake is a lie, right? An alternative final GIF animation in the Smashing Mystery.

If you followed another path, you’d land at a different URL with a different animated GIF. You won’t find a map on the wall but instead a chocolate cake with a cherry on top. But wait a moment. The cake is a lie, so is it another distraction or isn’t it? If you follow the same train of thought as with the alternative animated GIF, you probably will end up with @TimeSquareCake or @TimesSquareCake. Could it be…? Is it…?

Smashing Book Mystery
Phew! @TimesSquareMap revealed one of the final hashtags: #TimeSquareCircle.

Yes! Now you solved the mystery, and as it turns out you really are awesome! The secret hashtag is now displayed in plain text in the tweets from these accounts. Now that was quite a journey, wasn’t it?

Mystery Solved! And The Winners Are…

You didn’t have to discover all the secret hashtags, but potentially you could find #TimeSquareLine, #TimeSquareCircle and #TimeSquareCenter. In fact, within two days over 400 readers found at least one of these hashtags which we didn’t really expect.

Some of you were quicker than others. While the first riddle back in November was solved within four minutes (!), this one took more time to crack. The first correct hashtag was tweeted by @typeform 53 minutes after we hit that shiny “Publish” button, with more and more tweets containing the right answer shortly after that. In fact, it turned out that our dear readers are absolutely smashing indeed: #TimeSquareCenter, #TimeSquareCircle and #TimeSquareLine.

The first place was earned by the person who was the quickest to solve the riddle. We allocated prizes to the other lucky winners randomly, though the requirement was that at least one of the hashtags had to be found. The winners can select any prize of their choice (be it a bag, a Smashing Library account, printed books or anything else). And they all get the Smashing Cody Stress-Relief Ball, too. All winners have been contacted. The winners are:

Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who participated! We hope we didn’t waste too much of your productive work time (and didn’t cause too many headaches either).

Behind The Scenes

Guillaume Kurdjian
Guillaume Kurdjian is a 22-year-old freelance illustrator and animator from Nantes, France. Guillaume likes to experiment with stuff on his computer and climb trees.

Just like the last time, we worked with talented Guillaume Kurdjian on a series of animated GIFs for the riddle. This time the thread was a bit longer, and after thorough discussions and prototypes, we ended up with over 30 different GIFs, drafts, and ideas that were thrown away, as well as the ones that made it to the final stage.

All designs were a series of iterations to make the overall riddle not necessarily perfect, but just right. So a big “thank you!” to Guillaume for following through and being so enthusiastic and kind about all the changes made.

At almost every point throughout the design process we wondered if Twitter might suspend some of the accounts. With 42 Twitter accounts registered over five weeks (we considered using different synonyms), we are still receiving lots of notification emails every single day. And, oh my, it really wasn’t easy to find meaningful Twitter handles that were still available.

Scenery
Guillaume designed the scenery first; it was a starting point for the mystery riddle.

Besides, you have to work within Twitter restrictions on the accepted characters and the number of characters per Twitter handle (15 chars). It took quite a lot of testing and playing around on the Twitter registration page, and lots of alias emails to make it all work, and lots of CAPTCHAs to be filled in, and obviously, lots of coffee to stay sane! Since we had already played with file names for the first riddle, we had to be a bit more creative about how readers moved between the levels. The critical point was the clue given if the reader changed the image URL in the browser, and it took a lot of experimentation to get it right.

Where are you heading?
Actually, we wanted to use TimeSquareCircle as a final Twitter handle, but we couldn’t register it due to Twitter’s length restrictions. So we tried TimeSquareLine, TimeSquareMap and TimeSquareCake instead.

Initially we wanted to use Mystery: Level 1, Mystery: Level 2, etc. as Twitter names, but that would make it searchable via Twitter, so we decided to use code names for each level, according to the King Kong storyline that we’ve used throughout Smashing Conference New York, so the user journey went from The Voyage, to the Book Jungle, to Broadway, to the Dome.

Waiting for round 3 already?
Are we waiting for round 3 already?

So this is it! It was quite a journey, but we hope it was worth it. We are really sorry about all the unproductive hours that you spent solving the riddle. Well, kind of. Now, are you ready for the third round? ;-) Stay tuned!


© Vitaly Friedman for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

Tags: Events

January 28 2014

13:20

“The Eighth Wonder Of The World!” Smashing Conference NYC 2014


  

SmashingConf NYC 2014 won’t solve all complex problems, but once it’s over you’ll know how to conquer yours. Our new conference in New York has 1 track, 2 conference days, 7 workshops, 18 excellent speakers and just 350 available tickets. With a heavy focus on networking and practical takeaways from real-life projects, you really don’t want to miss out on this one. To the tickets.

About The Conference

When we organize a conference, we make sure that it provides a lot of value for everybody involved. 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, but also many sketches and designs and ideas and prototypes thrown away because they didn’t work. We are interested in how problems are solved—ideas that failed, and why exactly they failed and what decisions were chosen instead.

Smashing Conference New York 2014
SmashingConf NYC 2014 is a two-day event taking place at the TimesCenter in the very heart of New York. We won’t conquer all complex issues, but you’ll learn how to conquer yours.

And this is what the conference is about: lessons learned in front-end, UX, workflow and other design-related disciplines. This is what we encourage our speakers to share and what we are all going to explore in the conversations before, during and after the conference days.

Networking is important, and we’ll provide many opportunities for networking throughout the conference. Ah, and the party — oh, the party! You’ll remember that one! Taking place on June 17–18th 2014 in the lovely TimesCenter just next to Times Square in New York City, the conference will be nothing short of smashing. Booo-yah, baby!

To the tickets

First Confirmed Speakers

Okay. Ready for the first confirmed speakers? Get set. Go!

First Speakers in SmashingConf New York City 2014
First confirmed speakers, Brian Suda and Divya Manian. Divya might even volunteer to run the legendary party in the evening — you never know!

  • Brian Suda
    (Data visualization, SVG)
  • Divya Manian
    (HTML5 Boilerplate, Adobe)
  • Scott Jehl
    (Responsive Web design)
  • Oliver Reichenstein
    (UX, typography, iA Writer)
  • Aarron Walter
    (User experience)
  • Jonathan Hoefler
    (Typography, H&FJ)
  • Andy Hume
    (Front-end optimization)
  • Cassie McDaniel
    (Storytelling, UX, Mozilla)
  • Tim Brown
    (Web typography)
  • Eva-Lotta Lamm
    (Sketching, UX, UI, Google)
  • Jonathan Snook
    (Front-end development)
  • Mark Boulton
    (Grids, Web design)
  • Dan Rose
    (Photoshop, visual design)
  • Mystery Speaker
    (Someone you definitely know.)
  • …more speakers will be announced soon!

To the tickets

Hands-On Workshops

We’ll also host hands-on full-day workshops with practical techniques taught by masters of the craft. Be it responsive HTML newsletters, Photoshop techniques for responsive design, SVG techniques, or strategies for delightful UX, we carefully selected topics that will help you become better at what you do. So if you are going to attend the conference, why not attend a workshop as well?

In fact, we reserved 50 early-bird tickets for $549, and if you book a workshop too, you’ll save $100 off the conference + workshop ticket price. Well, enough already. Tickets are on sale now, you know.

Times Center
If you always wanted to visit New York, or just happen to live around the corner (well, more or less), that’s just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Grab your ticket.

Why This Conference Is For You

The conference is for you because you’ll learn many valuable techniques for your workflow, and you’ll meet fantastic, like-minded people from the industry. You’ll learn:

  1. Strategies for building fast responsive websites,
  2. Smart SVG techniques for scalable, future-proof designs,
  3. Clever Photoshop techniques for RWD workflow,
  4. Tricks to design and build responsive HTML newsletters,
  5. Insights about effective and smart problem-solving,
  6. Hands-on techniques for sketching interfaces,
  7. Techniques and guidelines for good Web typography,
  8. Guidelines for smarter front-end and CSS architecture,
  9. Advanced front-end tooling and setup,
  10. Guidelines for delightful, engaging UX,
  11. Mistakes and lessons learned from large projects,
  12. How to increase productivity and stay happy,
  13. …more practical takeaways from various areas of Web design.

To the tickets

Ticket Sales And Pricing

Only 350 tickets are available, and we do everything possible to keep our prices fair and affordable. The price for two full conference days is $549 for early-bird tickets, and $599 for regular tickets. And again, if you book a workshop as well, you’ll save $100. Yay! Get your ticket right away.

SmashingConf NY: Convince Your Boss PDF
“8 reasons why you should send your incredibly hard-working, deserving employee to the SmashingConf” (PDF). Quite self-explanatory, really.

We also 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 — we can be quite convincing, too!

We Welcome Lovely Sponsors, You Know

We do everything possible to keep ticket prices affordable for everyone, and we welcome sponsors to help us create a truly unique, unforgettable conference experience. And you can be a major part of it.

We have quite a number of attractive and creative sponsorship packages for you, and we are also flexible and would love to adjust them to your needs. So if you’re interested, please email us at hello@smashingconf.com — we’d love for you to be involved!

See You In New York!

We are looking forward to seeing you in New York, and who knows, perhaps we can tackle more complex problems that we thought we would! See you there!

Times Center
The conference will take place in the lovely TimesCenter, right off Times Square in New York. It doesn’t get any more central than that. Grab your ticket.


© Vitaly Friedman for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

Tags: Events

January 22 2014

16:50

Conferences Round-Up: Upcoming Web Design Events (Jan. 2014 – Jun. 2014)


  

2013 has come and gone, delighting us with a plethora of inspirational, educational and fun conferences. You should start planning 2014 right now to make sure that you don’t miss your chance to get away from your desk and meet some brilliant minds and peers — face to face!

In this roundup of conferences, we are happy to present you all of the upcoming Web-related conferences, starting from January. This might be just the time to get a ticket to conferences in warmer climes! For now, we’ve included conferences up to June, so make sure you don’t miss your favorite one.

Get to know your peers in the Web design community and absorb an enormous amount of information in only a short period of time. Keep in mind that visiting a conference is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the latest techniques directly from distinguished authors and speakers.

And by the way, thank you for your kind and helpful comments on previous conference roundups. Keep ‘em coming! If you know of an upcoming event that you think shouldn’t be left out on this list, just let us know in the comments section below!

The list is quite lengthy, so let’s dive in.

January 2014

The Design of Understanding 2014
“A one day conference looking at how ideas are designed to be more understandable. We look within and beyond the discipline of Information Design to related fields too – this year with speakers from government, product designcomics, toy makers and magazines.”

  • When: Jan. 24, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

The Design of Understanding 2014

Mobile Web+DevCon: San Francisco 2014
“Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI) is excited to host Mobile+Web DevCon 2014, now in its fourth installment. Anyone interested in learning, from the best, solutions for mobile app and web development and design to enhance their business strategy should attend.”

  • When: Jan. 28-30, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobile Web+DevCon: San Francisco 2014

Renaissance 2014
“The first day of Renaissance will inspire us with a great builder’s story and some amazing creative tools. On the second day, we’ll roll up our sleeves and dig into some tough but essential topics for successful app making. On Friday we’ll take a critical look at the state of the iOS app business and explore new areas for growth and app making.”

  • When: Jan. 29-31, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Renaissance 2014

Take Off 2014
“Your first European tech conference (of the year). Community backed non profit tech event taking place in Lille, between London, Brussels and Paris.”

  • When: Jan. 30-31, 2014
  • Where: Lille, France

Take Off 2014

February 2014

FOSDEM 2014
“FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of open source software. Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is widely recognised as the best open source conference in Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 1-2, 2014
  • Where: Brussels, Belgium

FOSDEM 2014

Jfokus 2014
“Jfokus is the largest annual conference for everyone who works with Java in Sweden. The conference is arranged together with Javaforum Stockholm. Javaforum is a Swedish developer community and an official Java User Group (JUG) with premier purpose is to support Swedish developers. During three days, you will have an unique opportunity to keep yourself updated with the latest development of the Java platform through numerous interesting sessions.”

  • When: Feb. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Jfokus 2013

Respond 2014
“A festival of Responsive Web Design for designers and developers of the multi-device Web.”

  • When: Feb. 4-5, 2014
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Respond 2014

Lift14
“Lift Conference is one of Europe’s key events about innovation and digital technologies. It features a special blend of inspiring speeches by some of the world’s best speakers, truly interactive workshops, exhibitions of interactive media projects and prototypes to play with …and the legendary Fondue!”

  • When: Feb. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Geneva, Switzerland

Lift14

Interaction14
“Interaction14 will explore the wide diversity of interaction design practices and seek inspiration from related disciplines. Four days of workshops, presentations and social events.”

  • When: Feb. 5-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Interaction14

Visualized 2014
“Join us as 30+ innovators of the industry take to the stage for discussions on data stories that matter. Stay tuned as more presenters are announced in the weeks to come.”

  • When: Feb. 6-7, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

Visualized 2014

Webstock 2014
“A spectacular of astounding talent & splendour set to edify, enlighten, dazzle & delight.”

  • When: Feb. 10, 2014
  • Where: Wellington, New Zealand

Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit: San Francisco 2014
“Join us at the Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit (MMSS) on February 11-13, 2014 in San Francisco, CA to better understand how to truly drive revenues with an integrated mobile strategy. With mobile website and app usage rising exponentially, now more than ever is the time to adopt a mobile marketing strategy.”

  • When: Feb. 11-13, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit: San Francisco 2014

jQuery Conference San Diego 2014
“jQuery Conference is about bringing together experts from across the field of front-end development to bring you up to speed on the latest open-web technologies. Get the latest on jQuery and related projects, code architecture and organization, design and implementation practices, tooling and workflow improvements, and emerging browser technologies.”

  • When: Feb. 12-13, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

jQuery Conference San Diego 2014

Tag-It
“Be inspired and keep up with the latest trends and opportunities. Build networks and contribute to the recruitment and human resource development in the North. A conference tailored to those who work in IT, web or digital solutions.”

  • When: Feb. 12-13, 2014
  • Where: Tromso, Norway

Tag-It

Meta Refresh 2014
“Meta Refresh is an annual conference on the construction of user interface on the web and mobile. This year’s edition features two days of workshops (with limited seating capacity) and two days of conference featuring a stellar line-up of speakers from around the world.”

  • When: Feb. 12-15, 2014
  • Where: Bangalore, India

Meta Refresh 2014

London JS Conf
“London JS Conf is a brand new JavaScript Conference from the team behind London JS, the monthly JavaScript meet-up in London.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: London, England

London JS Conf

EdinburghJS February 2014
“The long awaited EdinburghJS meetup begins this year on the 13th February! The event will be hosted in TechCube and feature two talks from local JavaScripters, plus pizza and drinks. Tickets are free but due to venue restrictions spaces are limited, so please register here if you plan to attend.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: Edinburgh, UK

EdinburghJS February 2014

The Product Owner
“Inspirational talks on innovative products by their product owners.”

  • When: Feb. 13, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, UK

The Product Owner Oxford meetup

Awwwards – Love Days
“Romantic and inspiring days for passionate web designers. We’re living in a truly exciting time; when new technologies, trends, and ideas are in full bloom all over the internet. To celebrate this, we are bringing together well-known web designers, visionaries, and innovative thinkers to inspire, teach, and help us uncover the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.”

  • When: Feb. 13-14, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

Awwwards - Love Days

In Control Conference 2014
“A great line-up of 12 internationally recognized educators and industry leaders that includes Dave Rupert, Estelle Weyl, Val Head, Daniel Ryan, and more.”

  • When: Feb. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Orlando, USA

In Control Conference 2014

An Event Apart: Atlanta 2014
“An Event Apart Atlanta is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on mobile design with Luke Wroblewski.”

  • When: Feb. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

An Event Apart: Atlanta 2014

UX Riga 2014
“The first ever Usability & User Experience design conference in Latvia.”

  • When: Feb. 20, 2014
  • Where: Riga, Latvia

UX Riga 2014

Snow*Mobile 2014
“There will be meaningful discussion about Mobile Development (iOS, Android, Window Phone, Mobile Web) in Madison. Learn strategies and gain best practices for the rapidly changing mobile landscape.”

  • When: Feb. 21-22, 2014
  • Where: Madison, USA

Snow*Mobile 2014

TOCA ME Design Conference
“The TOCA ME design conference will facilitate critical discussions on the issue of design and provide opportunities for Munich-based designers and creative persons to network with representatives of design centers from around the globe.”

  • When: Feb. 22, 2014
  • Where: Munich, Germany

TOCA ME Design Conference

DevNexus 2014
“Atlanta’s most exciting conference for professional software developers is back in 2014! Come discover how the industry’s best minds use the latest technologies to build solutions to business problems. Network with other Atlanta software developers, and study real life case studies in application design and development.”

  • When: Feb. 24-25, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

DevNexus 2014

Usability Week San Diego
“NN/g’s Usability Week helps you get up to speed on user experience best practices, so you can plan, create and manage successful user interfaces.”

  • When: Feb. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

Usability Week San Diego

Mobile World Congress 2014
“Mobile World Congress is the blueprint for the NEXT big innovation. Whatever is coming NEXT will likely be born at Mobile World Congress 2014 – either announced on stage during our Conference programme, showcased in our award-winning Exhibition, or conceived during one of the thousands of meetings taking place during the week.”

  • When: Feb. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Mobile World Congress 2014

ConFoo Conference 2014
“ConFoo is a non for profit, multi-technology conference including PHP training, talks on HTML5, PHP, Cloud Computing and many industry topics.”

  • When: Feb. 24-28, 2014
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

ConFoo Conference 2014

Reasons:London
“Reasons:London returns for a 2nd time to Old Street, London. An affordable single dayer, with an awesome line-up of speakers. Kicking off at lunchtime on Friday 28th Feb is the perfect way to finish your working week and start your weekend!”

  • When: Feb. 28, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

Reasons:London

jQuery Europe 2014
“International speakers and web pioneers show the newest trends and techniques for web, apps and smart TV development with jQuery. Two days of conference with awesome sessions, one additional day of jQuery training and lots of opportunities to meet and greet with developers from all Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

jQuery Europe 2014

March 2014

Kod.io 2014
“Kod.io is a developer conference from Europe. It brings people from various programming disciplines together in order to create the ideal environment to share knowledge.”

  • When: Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Linz, Austria

Kod.io 2014

Intro to Ember
“In this course, you will be building a full-fledged Ember application from the ground up. As you build the application, we will explain the concepts behind each feature that you will need to implement.”

  • When: Mar. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: SW Portland, USA

Intro to Ember

Wearables DevCon
“Wearable computing devices are the next Big Wave in technology. And the winning developers in the next decade are going to be the ones who take advantage of these new technologies EARLY and build the next generation of red-hot apps.”

  • When: Mar. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Wearables DevCon

QCon London 2014
“QCon highlights the most important development topics driving innovation – things you should be doing now or researching for your next project – presented by the doers in our community. Our conferences bring practitioners together with attendees who influence innovation in their teams.”

  • When: Mar. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: London, UK

QCon London 2014

UX Hong Kong 2014
“User Experience Hong Kong (UXHK) is a learning event dedicated to bringing all product and service design disciplines together, from research, marketing, design, technology and the business to name a few, who are interested and passionate about designing great experiences for people and business for a better world for all.”

  • When: Mar. 6-8, 2014
  • Where: Hong Kong, China

UX Hong Kong 2014

Mdevcon 2014
“The conference is by mobile developers, for mobile developers. We have two days with multiple tracks, designed in such a way that whether you’re an android, iOS or other mobile platform developer, there’s always at least one session that should be of interest.”

  • When: Mar. 7-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mdevcon 2014

SXSW Interactive Festival
“An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.”

  • When: Mar. 7-11, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

SXSW Interactive Festival

India Technology Tour March 2014
“Zenith Society invites extraordinary achievers around the world to participate in high-impact business travel opportunities. By unlocking valuable contacts and networks of influencers we help you take your passions to the next level.”

  • When: Mar. 8-20, 2014
  • Where: India (Mumbai, Bengaluru, Agra, Delhi)

India Technology Tour Jan 2014

Fluent 2014
“O’Reilly Fluent spotlights the emerging methods, tools, and technologies of the Web Platform. Developers, UX/UI designers, and project teams come to Fluent to share their experiences and expertise—and to learn what they need to know to stay competitive.”

  • When: Mar. 11-13, 2014
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Fluent 2014

STLUX 2014
“A one-day user experience conference where professionals come together and explore current research, trends, and best practices in creating phenomenal user experiences.”

  • When: Mar. 14, 2014
  • Where: St. Louis, USA

STLUX 2014

JSConfUY 2014
“JSConfUY is the first JavaScript conference in Uruguay featuring Paypal’s Doug Crockford.”

  • When: Mar. 14-15, 2014
  • Where: Montevideo, Uruguay

JSConfUY 2014

wroc_love.rb 2014
“We had a dream, of a not-for-profit event organized by the community. Shaped by the speakers ready to fight with arguments, but always in a friendly atmosphere and with mutual respect. With an audience that values diversity of opinions and experiences and can also express its voice on stage. We believe that we can fulfill this promise with your little help.”

  • When: Mar. 14-16, 2014
  • Where: Wroclaw, Poland

wroc_love.rb 2014

WebCoast 2014
“A physical meeting place for those of us who work, play and socialise on the web. A market place where we can exchange ideas and opinions, knowledge and inspiration.”

  • When: Mar. 14-16, 2014
  • Where: Göteborg, Sweden

SmashingConf Oxford 2014
“With our upcoming SmashingConf Oxford 2014, we’ll explore real-life projects, workflows and hands-on insights that we all can learn from and use right away. Same game, same rules: 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 18 excellent speakers!”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, England

SmashingConf Oxford 2014

NSConference 6
“NSConf isn’t just about super speakers, awesome networking and loads of learning. It’s about that feeling you take away when you leave. The feeling you can take on the world – one app at a time.”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Leicester, England

NSConference 6

Makerland
“3 days of talks and intensive workshops on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, iBeacons, micro-location, robots and everything you can label as ‘Internet of things’. Dive into the world of hardware and learn how to build stuff.”

  • When: Mar. 17-19, 2014
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

MobileTech Conference 2014 (Spring Edition)
“Sustainable mobile strategies require a high level of technical and strategic knowledge. Due to its cross-platform concept the MobileTechCon has become one of the most important events in Germany for the mobile industry.”

  • When: Mar. 17-20, 2014
  • Where: Munich, Germany

MobileTech Conference 2014 (Spring Edition)

Webkongress Erlangen
“Webkongress Erlangen has been conceived as a forum for the exchange of information between Web developers and Administrators. Its main focus lies on emerging technologies and trends in the field of web technologies. In 2014 the main subjects will be accessibility, user-friendly Web design and Content-Management-Systems.”

  • When: Mar. 20-21, 2014
  • Where: Erlangen, Germany

Webkongress Erlangen

JavaLand
“JavaLand 2014 is opening its gate for two days only. Be there when the new conference becomes the center of Germany’s Java-development scene. Knowledge transfer, Networking and good conversations meet adventure, fun and action!”

  • When: Mar. 25-26, 2014
  • Where: Brühl, Germany

JavaLand

IA Summit 2014
“The way we find information, the devices and interfaces we use to find it, and the methods behind it all create frustration, joy, and affect the lives of everyone we know. The IA Summit is the premiere, community-curated, and community-run gathering on the ever-evolving disciplines of information architecture, and experience design.”

  • When: Mar. 25-30, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

IA Summit 2014

JS.everywhere(2014) Europe
“The JS.everywhere() conference demonstrate how strong are JavaScript and HTML5 to build and deploy Web and mobile community as well as B2E, B2B and B2C professional application using widely supported Web Standards. 4D is glad to organize the 5th edition of JS.everywhere() and is working hard to provide you again an awesome experience.”

  • When: Mar. 27-28, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

JS.everywhere(2014) Europe

RubyConf Philippines 2014
“Join us in the first ever Ruby conference in the Philippines. Get to know the vibrant local community in 2 days of great Ruby talks and other exciting activities.”

  • When: Mar. 28-29, 2014
  • Where: Manila, Philippines

RubyConf Philippines 2014

Beyond the Desktop Conference
“Beyond The Desktop focuses on new, emerging techniques for web development and design for mobile devices. Our speakers are hand-picked to make sure you get challenging, well-delivered talks from a variety of different perspectives.”

  • When: Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2014
  • Where: Dallas, USA

Beyond the Desktop Conference

An Event Apart: Seattle 2014
“If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on touch-based design with Josh Clark.”

  • When: Mar. 31 – Apr. 2, 2014
  • Where: Seattle, USA

An Event Apart: Seattle 2014

April 2014

RWD Summit 2014
“The 3rd annual online, live responsive web design conference.”

  • When: Apr. 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Online

RWD Summit 2014 online conference

Berlin Expert Days 2014
“The Berlin Expert Days conference promises to hold the promise of the previous years and deliver worthy industry knowledge with over 50 talks in two days.”

  • When: Apr. 3-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Berlin Expert Days 2014

WebVisions
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.”

  • When: Apr. 3-4, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

WebVisions

WebExpo Prague 2014 Conference
“Sharing best web creation practices helps creators build better web applications effectively and with a joy. We believe that it makes users happy as well.”

  • When: Apr. 4-5, 2014
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

WebExpo Prague 2014 Conference

UX Salon 2014
“UX Salon mission is to bring you the most updated information in the UX world, practical tools and inspiration for your day-to-day work. UX Salon is a group dedicated to the professional practice and learning of user experience design. This April, join us for two days of networking and great talks by design professionals and leaders in the industry.”

  • When: Apr. 6-7, 2014
  • Where: Tel Aviv, Israel

UX Salon 2014

IDC 2014: Information Design Matters
“2014 is the 30th anniversary of an almost continuous series of IDA conferences, so we plan to celebrate this through reminiscences and surprises.”

  • When: Apr. 7-8, 2014
  • Where: London, England

IDC 2014:Information Design Matters

Future Of Web Design
“What makes Future of Web Design different from other design conferences? Experience. We’ve been producing web design conferences for almost a decade, and are intimately familiar with the trends, technologies, and stars that make the web beautiful. Our two-track event means you always have a choice — you’re not locked into one room and one track. And we record every session for all attendees, so you’ll never miss a thing. As always, content is king.”

  • When: Apr. 7-9, 2014
  • Where: London, England

Future Of Web Design

UX Immersion Mobile Conference
“The best mobile experiences follow users from one place to another no matter what device they use. They seem to effortlessly fuse content, context, and user behavior. The result means we can start a video on our commute, keep watching at our desk, then pick up where we left off once we get home. UX Immersion Mobile dives into what it takes to create these kinds of seamless experiences.”

  • When: Apr. 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Denver, USA

UX Immersion Mobile Conference

TEDx Charleston 2014
“We will open your mind, inspire your heart and make you aware that even the smallest ideas and actions can have exponential impact on our community and the world.”

  • When: Apr. 8, 2014
  • Where: Charleston, USA

TEDx Charleston 2014

Funka Accessibility Days
“Funka Accessibility Days is northern Europe’s largest conference on accessible ICT. We are proud to welcome some of the world´s leading experts on web accessibility to the beautiful city of Stockholm.”

  • When: Apr. 8-9, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Funka Accessibility Days

QCon São Paolo 2014
“The QCon São Paulo 2014 will take place in the new location and will have 10 tracks of content, the most ever, plus two tracks solutions. There will be six rooms simultaneously in large installations WTC Events Center, with over 60 speakers discussing and presenting the most innovative and current trends in software development topics.”

  • When: Apr. 9-11, 2014
  • Where: São Paolo, Brazil

QCon São Paolo 2014

MadWorld 2014
“MadWorld 2014 is the premier technical communication and content strategy conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists.”

  • When: Apr. 13-15, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

MadWorld 2014

Industry 2014
“Industry is back with another carefully curated selection of talks covering a range of topics. 8 Speakers will provide insights in to their work and offer ways to make us all better at what we do.”

  • When: Apr. 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Industry 2014

Craft Conf 2014
“CRAFT is about craftsmanship, which tools, methods, practices should be part of the toolbox of a modern developer and company, and it is compass on new technologies, trends. You can learn from the best speakers and practitioners in our community.”

  • When: Apr. 23-25, 2014
  • Where: Budapest, Hungary

Craft Conf 2014

JS Unconf
“Unconf means unconference. There is no schedule or speaker list in advance. Everybody can apply with a talk. Everybody can vote for talks. The talks with the most upvotes will be picked.”

  • When: Apr. 26-27, 2014
  • Where: Hamburg, Germany

JS Unconf

An Event Apart Boston 2014
“An Event Apart Boston is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on mobile design with Luke Wroblewski.”

  • When: Apr. 28-30, 2014
  • Where: Boston, USA

An Event Apart Boston 2014

May 2014

DotYork Conference 2014
“A one-day conference for people who make websites. We’re planning on sitting 200 of you in a cinema for the day, and putting six great speakers in front of you. It’ll be inspirational, fun, and affordable.”

  • When: May 1, 2014
  • Where: York, England

DotYork Conference 2014

FutureJS
“A conference about JavaScript, fresh ideas and what’s to come in our browsers.”

  • When: May 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

FutureJS

ConverSE 2014
“Welcome to the conference for everyone working with technology in creative ways. Learn from experts. Hang with friends. Be entertained and inspired.”

  • When: May 1-3, 2014
  • Where: Columbia, USA

ConverSE 2014

Things
“ThingsCon is a two-day conference about the future of the hardware business ranging from Internet of Things, wearables and connected devices to 3D printing and new manufacturing techniques.”

  • When: May 2-3, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Things

ARTIFACT Conf 2014
“ARTIFACT is an intimate two-day, single-track conference that helps WEB DESIGNERS and DEVELOPERS adapt their tools and processes to the challenges of designing for a MULTI-DEVICE world.”

  • When: May 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

ARTIFACT Conf 2014

DATA 2014: Creative Technologies Summit
“DATA Interactive 2014, an annual celebration of creativity and innovation in Pittsburgh, PA. In its sixth year, this event showcases the coolest new art and technology projects, and, this year is expanding to include a national creative technology think tank where big thinkers get together in small spaces to share and create new big ideas.”

  • When: May 7-8, 2014
  • Where: Pittsburgh, USA

DATA 2014: Creative Technologies Summit

WebVisions Portland 2014
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: May 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Portland, USA

WebVisions Portland 2014

Front-Trends 2014
“Check out the newest installment of the Font-Trends conference with many notable industry speakers.”

  • When: May 7-9, 2014
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

Front-Trends 2014

The Geek Gathering
“The South East Europe and Balkan Dev Conference with the coolest name in the business is back.”

  • When: May 8-10, 2014
  • Where: Osijek, Croatia

The Geek Gathering

droidcon 2014
“droidcon is all about Android, meeting the Android community, learning about the latest develops and giving you a stage to talk about your apps and solutions or just discuss a problem you are facing.”

  • When: May 8-10, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

droidcon 2014

ScotlandJS 2014
“JavaScript keeps growing and growing. It is the language most repos on GitHub are written in! Scotland JS aims to bring together 30+ local and international speakers and to enable attendees to share their experiences and learn we are introducing a new Discussion Track.”

  • When: May 9-10, 2014
  • Where: City of Edinburgh, Scotland

ScotlandJS 2014

JavaCro’14
““JavaCro’13” was our 2nd International Java conference in Croatia which gathered in 2,5 days over 200 participants and presented 50 attractive sessions, including Java evangelists keynotes. And now we proudly present JavaCro’14 3rd International Java Conference in Croatia!”

  • When: May 12-14, 2014
  • Where: Porec, Croatia

JavaCro’14

JAX 2014
“JAX represents Europe’s leading conference series about enterprise technologies, agile methods and software architecture.”

  • When: May 12-16, 2014
  • Where: Mainz, Germany

JAX 2014

Laracon 2014
“Laracon is a conference centered around the Laravel framework. The first Laracon was held in Washington, DC on February 22nd and 23rd, 2013.”

  • When: May 15-16, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

Laracon 2014

Service Design in Government
“The UK’s event for Government Service Design” is bound to be the conference of the year for developer working with government systems.”

  • When: May 15-16, 2014
  • Where: London, England

Service Design in Government

TYPO Berlin 2014 »Roots«
“TYPO Berlin 2014 Roots is dedicated to the lasting values of design, which have accelerated at a dizzying speed thanks to total digitalisation – from the first draft right up to production.”

  • When: May 15-17, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

TYPO Berlin 2014 »Roots«

OFFF Barcelona 2014
“Dubbed a “creativity festival,” OFFF has been functioning as a reference point for creators, artists, programmers, theorists, students and enthusiasts interested in post-digital culture and free contemporary creation in the worlds of art and design for just over a decade now. The 2014 edition will see contributions from a huge variety of creators.”

  • When: May 15-17, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

OFFF Barcelona 2014

Port80 2014
“Pow wows for web folk! We run events for people who design or build websites, who are involved with the designing/building of them or who are just plain old interested.”

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Newport, Wales

Port80 2014

jQuery UK 2014
“Last year we doubled the conference size and kept the winning formula of amazing speakers and seriously good content and added exciting extras like a Rising Stars speaker track and our now famous jBeery festival as part of the after party. jQuery UK 2014 is going to be even better!”

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Oxford, England

jQuery UK 2014

PragueJS
“Advanced Javascript topics for rising developers” in one of Europe’s most romantic cities.

  • When: May 16, 2014
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

PragueJS

SHiFT Conference 2014
“SHiFT is a conference where design and technology are discussed in a language that everyone can understand, to nurture creativity and innovation and help society progress to a better living.”

  • When: May 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

SHiFT Conference 2014

The South Web Experience
“One day of lectures to learn and start conversations plus one day of practice and experimentation. Two evenings to get to know and build relationships.”

  • When: May 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Toulouse, France

The South Web Experience

Society for Technical Communication Summit 2014
“The Summit is packed with more than 80 sessions over the three full workdays with topics covering all aspects of technical writing, editing, project management, and publication production.”

  • When: May 17-21, 2014
  • Where: Phoenix, USA

Society for Technical Communication Summit 2014

beyond tellerrand 2014
“For a friendly and inspiring community. Workshops and talks for web enthusiasts. Get your dose of design, tech, inspiration and networking!”

  • When: May 19-21, 2014
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

beyond tellerrand 2014

SDD 2014
“SDD (Software Design & Development) is an annual conference for software designers, developers and architects, which takes place at the Barbican Centre in London. We bring together some of the world’s foremost software development experts, and put together an intensive five-day programme of in-depth technical sessions and workshops on a wide range of key topics.”

  • When: May 19-23, 2014
  • Where: London, England

SDD 2014

HighEdWeb Michigan 2014
“THIS TIME…IT’S PERSONAL. The HighEdWeb Regional Conference in Michigan is designed for all higher education web professionals — from programmers and developers to communicators and designers — who want to explore the unique web issues facing colleges.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Ann Arbor, USA

HighEdWeb Michigan 2014

La Conf Paris 2014
“A conference to share wonderful food with the coders, entrepreneurs and visionaries who build the things you love.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Paris, France

La Conf Paris 2014

UX Lausanne 2014
“UX Lausanne is the first Western Switzerland event dedicated exclusively to User Experience Design. We look forward to connect you with some of the most influential UX practitioners, leading thinkers, talented developers and innovative designers.”

  • When: May 22-23, 2014
  • Where: Lausanne, Switzerland

UX Lausanne 2014

Semi-Permanent Sydney
“2014 will see an exciting reinvention of Semi-Permanent. We’re expanding the world’s premier design conference into a fresh festival of art, design and creativity. New additions to the event mean more levels of entertainment, interaction and inspiration than ever before, so if this isn’t already an unmissable event on your creative calendar, it is now.”

  • When: May 22-24, 2014
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Semi-Permanent Sydney

IA Konferenz 2014: Brand Experience
“The IA Konferenz, the german conference for information architecture, is the yearly meeting of the german language IA and UX community.”

  • When: May 23-24, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

IA Konferenz 2014: Brand Experience

Mobile Trends for Business & Mobile-IT EXPO
“Krakow will witness the first edition of the Fair Solutions and Mobile Technologies Mobile-IT . The event is devoted to issues related to the effective use of mobile technology in both the private and public sectors.”

  • When: May 27-28, 2014
  • Where: Krakow, Poland

Mobile Trends for Business & Mobile-IT EXPO

CSS Conf 2014
“CSSConf is where developers come together to talk about building the world’s most engaging user interfaces. The presenters push the boundaries of what is possible — talking about the latest technologies, cutting edge techniques, and tools. We look forward to seeing you on Amelia Island!”

  • When: May 27, 2014
  • Where: Florida, USA

CSS Conf 2014

JSConf US 2014
“JSConf has been the launch pad for many of the greatest things that we now take for granted on the web. This year will be no exception thanks to our famously unique call for speakers process designed to spotlight the new faces and ideas in the community.”

  • When: May 28-30, 2014
  • Where: Amelia Island, USA

JSConf US 2014

UX London 2014
“We bring engaging industry leaders from around the world, a format which combines inspirational talks with lively, hands-on workshops, and a flexible ticket structure that lets you immerse yourself in the whole event, or just the days most relevant to you. Not to mention that the venue – and even the food! – are an experience in themselves. This is a UX conference with a difference.”

  • When: May 28-30, 2014
  • Where: London, England

UX London 2014

Bulgaria Web Summit 2014
“Bulgaria Web Summit is the new name of the conference, which started back in 2004 under the name WebTech and then was renamed to P2P Conference. We started WebTech in 2004. The aim was to provide a forum, where people, interested in web programming, development, Internet entrepreneurship and so on, could meet and exchange ideas.”

  • When: May 31-Jun. 1, 2014
  • Where: Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Web Summit 2014

Collision
“Collision is our first major tech conference in the United States. If you want the chance to join 500 tech industry leaders, as well as a select group of early stage startups, this May in Las Vegas then simply apply for a 2 for 1 ticket above. It’s free to apply, and takes less than a minute.”

  • When: May, 2014
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Collision Conference in Las Vegas

June 2014

webinale 2014
“Business, Design and Technology are the foundation to success on the Web. Only who has mastered the combining all three disciplines has the necessary tools to design successful digital business models.”

  • When: Jun. 1-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

webinale 2014

International PHP Conference Spring 2014
“The International PHP Conference is a globally recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology. Once again, the conference will explore key topics and core technologies for developers and decision makers.”

  • When: Jun. 1-4, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

International PHP Conference Spring 2014

DrupalCon
“DrupalCon remains one of the most affordable tech conferences around thanks to support from our generous sponsors.”

  • When: Jun. 2-6, 2014
  • Where: Austin, USA

DrupalCon

CSS Day 2014
“CSS Day is an event for intermediate and advanced CSS developers featuring eight world-class speakers and eight world-class sessions.”

  • When: Jun. 4, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

CSS Day 2014

UXLx: User Experience Lisbon 2014
“Come to sunny Lisbon for 16 hands-on workshops to hone up your skills and 10 inspiring talks from thought leaders in the field. Apply for one of the 10 talk slots to share your experiences. After hours, meet fellow UX Pros from all over the world in our great parties and meetups.”

  • When: Jun. 4-6, 2014
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

UXLx: User Experience Lisbon 2014

Scotch on the Rocks
“Scotch on the Rocks is our annual gathering of web technologists, bringing together some of the brightest minds from across the globe. Focusing on development, best practices and human experience, Scotch on the Rocks has built a reputation as a must attend event.”

  • When: Jun. 5-6, 2014
  • Where: City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotch on the Rocks

Kerning 2014
“Kerning features a day of workshops and a Conference day full of talks. Kerning offers a very interesting chance to meet developers, gurus, managers and innovators from all over the world. Kerning is a non-profit event.”

  • When: Jun. 5-6, 2014
  • Where: Faenza, Italy

Kerning 2014

2014 M-Enabling Summit
“The M-Enabling Global Summit is the only program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible and assistive applications and services for senior citizens and users of all abilities, a market of more than one billion users worldwide, with considerable untapped potential.”

  • When: Jun. 9-10, 2014
  • Where: Arlington, USA

2014 M-Enabling Summit

Web Conference at Penn State 2014
“A community of higher education, web and other professionals from Penn State and around the world who engage, interact and share knowledge about the web. With Will Wheaton!”

  • When: Jun. 9-11, 2014
  • Where: Pennsylvania State College, USA

Web Conference at Penn State 2014

QCon New York 2014
“QCon aims to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the enterprise software development community.”

  • When: Jun. 9-13, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

QCon New York 2014

Ready to Inspire XL
“Ready to Inspire is a brand new conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of today’s craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Jun. 10-13, 2014
  • Where: Leiden, Netherlands

Ready to Inspire XL

PUBKON Conference
“Two days full of diverse topics and lectures around Publishing with some of the best speakers from Germany.”

  • When: Jun 12-14, 2014
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

PUBKON Conference

PePcon 2014: The Print + ePublishing Conference
“The InDesign event of the year! Find answers and valuable insight on publishing for eBooks, print, iPad/tablets, interactive documents, and more! Be inspired by fresh ideas and new products.”

  • When: Jun. 15-18, 2014
  • Where: Chicago, USA

PePcon 2014: The Print + ePublishing Conference

Future Insights Live
“Web Design Conferences. Mobile App Developer Events. Tech Workshops.”

  • When: Jun. 16-20, 2014
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Future Insights Live

SmashingConf New York 2014
“The Smashing Conference finally crosses the Atlantic with 2 days, one track, 18 brilliant speakers, and hands-on, practical and useful talks. Big Apple, here we come!”

  • When: Jun. 17-18, 2014
  • Where: New York, USA

SmashingConf New York 2014

UX Scotland 2014
“From the organisers of UX Cambridge comes another practical UX conference. Now in its second year we expect UX Scotland to be even bigger and better than our 2013 event.”

  • When: Jun. 19-20, 2014
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

UX Scotland 2014

WebVisions Barcelona
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Since 2001, we’ve built a loyal audience of designers, developers and industry leaders.”

  • When: June 19-22, 2014
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

WebVisions Barcelona

Generate Conf
“The conference for web designers and developers, presented by .net magazine and creative bloq.”

  • When: June 20, 2014
  • Where: New York City, USA

Generate Conf

mLearnCon 2014 Conference & Expo
“The premier mLearning conference and expo … mLearnCon is focused on every aspect of mobile learning including management strategies, platforms, operating systems, authoring tools and technologies, content design and development, and best practices.”

  • When: Jun. 24-26, 2014
  • Where: San Diego, USA

mLearnCon 2014 Conference & Expo

Open Source Bridge
“Open Source Bridge is an annual conference focused on building open source community and citizenship through four days of technical talks, hacking sessions, and collaboration opportunities.”

  • When: Jun. 24-27, 2014
  • Where: Portland, Oregon

Open Source Bridge

enterJS 2014
“JavaScript is the only language that allows consistent and continuous development of Web apps from UI to server-side. enterJS discusses the resulting challenges businesses face in a series of talks and workshops.”

  • When: Jun. 30-Jul. 2, 2014
  • Where: Cologne, Germany

enterJS 2014

More Links for Keeping Up

Here are a few links that will also help you keep up with the newly scheduled design and/or development conferences being shared through Lanyard that have been sorted out by category:

Where Are You Going?

If you are going to any one of these events, we’d love to hear about this in the comments section below! What are you most excited about? And what are you looking forward to learning and experiencing?

Our next events list will come out mid 2014, so keep your eyes and ears open! And by the way, the Smashing team is constantly organizing a series of workshops, as well as the Smashing Conferences this year — it would be wonderful and a great honor to meet you personally someday!

Please take a minute to participate in this poll:

(il, ea, vf)


© Jan Constantin for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

January 07 2014

14:49

Smashing Newsletter #100: Here’s To Another Hundred Issues!


  

This newsletter issue was sent out to 171,629 newsletter subscribers on Tuesday, January 7th 2013. If you are not subscribed yet, feel free to subscribe to our email newsletter anytime.

Editorial

100 newsletter issues, twice every month, published and sent out tirelessly over the last two years. What started as a humble little project back in 2010 is now a part of our editorial, a part that we wouldn’t want to miss. Finding and featuring all these little side projects, techniques, resources and crazy ideas is so rewarding and so much fun, so of course we’re just getting started! Do you have a project to share? Tweet us any time: we do read every single tweet that we receive, you know.

Editorial

We also like conferences, but you know that already, too. So are you ready for something… special? Alrighty! We are coming to New York, baby! SmashingConf New York will take place on June 17th–18th 2014. As usual, we will have one track, 2 full days, 18 brilliant speakers and 350 truly smashing attendees. Of course, with fair and affordable ticket prices.

The tickets will go on sale at 2pm CET on January 28th, 2014. Since we have only 350 seats available, make sure to set your alarm clock! We also have a Smashing Book Mystery (ready for Round 2, folks?) coming up on the front page at exactly the same time. And the prize for the winner will be a two-way-flight to NY, hotel and a conference ticket. Sounds smashing enough for you? Well, pull out that alarm clock, will you?

This is going to be quite a year. We’ve got many surprises coming your way in the next few months, but we never said it wasn’t going to be fun. Keep that cup of coffee or tea ready every second Tuesday and stay tuned with the Smashing Newsletter, folks! ;-)

— Vitaly (@smashingmag)

Table of Contents

01. Freebie: Infinity Icon Set, A Journey Into Space
02. Designing In The Open
03. There Is No Average Joe
04. Shape Hover Effect With SVG
05. Mobile Devices + Twitter + World
06. Screencasts For Web Developers
07. Tickets Deserve A Redesign, Too
08. Conferences All Over The World
09. Let’s Talk About In-house Workshops!

1. Freebie: Infinity Icon Set, A Journey Into Space

Space. The Universe. Infinity. Do you tend to get fascinated by these terms and the stories based on them? Well, perhaps we can bring a little bit of the outer space into your earthly projects. Infinity Icon Set features spaceships, satellites, asteroids and solar system planets. This free set was designed by Adam Katyi for To Infinity And Beyond, a space art exhibition of 40 Hungarian graphic designers and painters currently on display in the Budapest Planetarium.

Freebie: Infinity Icon Set, A Journey Into Space

This pictogram-dingbat font allows you to create your own space story, i.e. the lowercase and capital latin letters are the main space icons. You can find the whole solar system once you start typing in numbers. Please note that this freebie is meant for non-commercial use and can be downloaded only if you pay with a tweet or Facebook post. The icon set will soon be updated with new characters, so make sure you stay tuned! (ea)

2. Designing In The Open

It’s sad but it’s just the way it is: in corporate settings, it’s quite common to sign NDA agreements before starting a new project. So in the end, you can’t share what you’ve learned, and often you can’t really reuse the techniques and tools you’ve developed. But have you actually tried to convince the client to design “in the open” instead?

Designing In The Open

There are quite a few projects that involve the open source community into the projects, presenting the source code on GitHub or just explaining the process and releasing the development files for everybody to download. Gov.uk Frontend provides the full source code of the Gov.uk website on GitHub; The Guardian’s responsive website on GitHub is available as well; and both BBC and National Geographic provide many tools, too. In fact, Brad Frost makes a compelling argument for designing in the open and provides some ideas on the benefits of the approach and how to convince customers to follow this idea. Why not try it out? (vf)

3. There Is No Average Joe

Who do you design for? Do you rely on archetypes to build the best user experience possible, or do you build around an average user, let’s say a 34-year-old woman with 2.3 children? The question leaves a lot of room for discussion. A thought-provoking read on this controversial subject is Susana Gonzalez Ruiz’s article “Designing for the extremes (or why your average user doesn’t exist)“.

There Is No Average Joe

Designing for an average user, so the idea of the article, creates dysfunctions because the “average” is nothing but a formula, a result of statistics that has little to do with real people. A possible solution to increase the experience for every user would be to design for the extremes first so the rest will take care of itself. Very interesting thoughts that have already fueled some discussions on Twitter. (cm)

4. Shape Hover Effect With SVG

Do you remember those dark times when we used JavaScript to mimic hover effects onMouseOver? By using CSS, we finally found a way to easily adjust any CSS property on :hover, but we still couldn’t properly play around with shapes. However, if you combine CSS, SVG and a bit of JavaScript, you can create any kind of hover effect using any shape defined in SVG.

Shape Hover Effect With SVG

In their article on Shape Hover Effect With SVG, Mary Lou shows how to use the Snap.svg library for just that. The idea is to create a SVG with one path that represents the shape background for some caption and to morph that path into another one on hover. It doesn’t sound very difficult, and it really isn’t. The only issue is that you still need to use JavaScript for the hover effect—which is suboptimal. But perhaps that’s something for you to play with for your next project? (vf)

5. Mobile Devices + Twitter + World

Here’s one for you: collect data from more than 280 million tweets posted from mobile phones, analyze this data, study the geographic location, visualize it on a map and explore geographic usage patterns in unprecedented detail. That’s exactly what Mapbox Twitter Gnip has done.

Mobile Devices + Twitter + World

The visualization displays which mobile phones were used at a specific location, with Android, iPhone and Blackberry users mapped onto the map with corresponding dots. Apparently, iPhone is used a lot in urban areas and city centers while Android is more popular in rural areas. (vf)

6. Screencasts For Web Developers

You can learn a lot from an article or a detailed tutorial, but if you really want to understand a certain technology or tool, it’s great to sit next to someone who has a wide understanding and is able to answer all of your questions. Even better: you can sneak a peek behind their workflows, too!

Screencasts For Web Developers

Well, perhaps you shouldn’t be annoying to your colleague all of the time, so why not get a cup of coffee, biscuits and check a video screencast instead? Chris Coyier’s screencasts often feature interesting workflows and tools, e.g. Build Podcast is all about tools, libraries and techniques. Breakpoint Show is dedicated to developer tools and time-saving techniques. Any other suggestions? Let us know on Twitter! (vf)

7. Tickets Deserve A Redesign, Too

Matthew Lew loves concerts and is among one of the millions of people who buy tickets from Ticketmaster. Being a graphic designer, Matthew couldn’t help but ponder about the design of the tickets. What he noticed was quite alarming. Apparently, in 2013, Ticketmaster tickets looked pretty much the same like they did in 1979. According to Matthew, they looked like code spat out by a faceless robot.

Tickets Deserve A Redesign, Too

However, robots aren’t the ones who buy and read these tickets. So where on earth (or on the ticket, to be more precise) is the human element? Matthew decided to present a comprehensive redesign of the tickets which you may actually want to consider for real. If you’re all warmed up now and are looking for other problems to solve, try redesigning a currency or even airplane tickets! (ea)

8. Conferences All Over The World

Hurry, the new year has already begun! Just like every year, there are a huge number of Web design events and conferences that will be held… so, how do you plan on keeping track of all of them?

Conferences All Over The World

Alex Cowles was having trouble keeping track just like most of us, and has gone ahead and created a simple calendar that seemed to be the best solution: Conference Calendar. This way it’s a little easier to see what’s on and when. We should certainly meet at one of them, don’t you think?! (kv)

9. Let’s Talk About In-house Workshops!

We love fixing existing problems. Is your company struggling with legacy systems or a suboptimal front-end workflow? Well, perhaps we can help. We’d be more than happy to organize in-house workshops in your company, tailored specifically to your needs.

Let's Talk About In-house Workshops!

Sketchnotes from a Smashing Workshop (sketched by Elisabeth Irgens).

We’re flexible about the topics and format of the workshops, but what we really want is to help you solve your actual problems. What about responsive design, advanced front-end techniques, performance optimization, UX, conversion rate optimization, sketching and wireframing, or even debugging?

If you’d like to have an in-house workshop, just get in touch with Vitaly and shortly describe what problems you’d like to solve. Don’t worry about the pricing either, we’ll find a fair pricing for sure. Yes, it’s that easy! (vf)

The authors in this newsletter are: Esther Arends (ea), Cosima Mielke (cm), Kristina Vogt (kv), Iris Lješnjanin (il), Vitaly Friedman (vf), Christiane Rosenberger (research), Elja Friedman (tools).


© Smashing Newsletter Team for Smashing Magazine, 2014.

December 03 2013

18:14

November 26 2013

13:02

Life Is Too Short For A Broken Front-End, So We Created A New Smashing Book


  

It’s done: our brand new Smashing Book, full of smart, time-saving tips for crafting fine websites. Neatly packed in a gorgeous hardcover, the book features practical front-end techniques from well-respected Web designers. 498 pages. Hardcover and eBook. Available today. Get the book now.

Get the new Smashing Book.
Get the new Smashing Book.

About The Book

The book isn’t concerned with trends or short-lived workarounds. It’s focused on the actual design process—the why of the decisions we make as we craft websites. With New Perspectives, we look into lessons learned from mid-size and large projects and explore new, uncharted territories in Web design: mainly front-end, but also back-end, responsive design, typography, psychology, customer support, and content strategy.

The Smashing Book #4
Smashing Book #4 is quite thick indeed. Large preview

Written by well-respected designers and developers, the book contains lots of actionable takeaways that will help you improve your workflow. Think of it as a reliable playbook for issues that keep following you in every project. No, this book won’t change your life forever, but it will challenge you to look differently at how you build websites today. Available as print and eBook.

Why This Book Is For You

This book is for you because you’ll discover plenty of valuable, time-saving techniques that will improve your workflow right away. You’ll learn how to:

  1. Create a robust, scalable front-end,
  2. Write maintainable, futureproof code,
  3. Keep websites slim and fast,
  4. Bake performance into the workflow,
  5. Build lightweight responsive sites,
  6. Fix mobile rendering issues,
  7. Build adaptive, smart interfaces,
  8. Apply obscure back-end techniques,
  9. Design with better Web typography,
  10. Establish and maintain a content strategy,
  11. Minimize and optimize customer support,
  12. Understand how people think and decide,
  13. Sharpen a new idea and follow it through.

Not convinced yet? Alright. Let’s take a look at the table of contents.

The Smashing Book #4
A look inside the book. Harry Roberts’ chapter on CSS architecture. Large preview

The Smashing Book #4
Large preview

The Smashing Book #4
Large preview

Table of Contents

We invited respected designers and developers who have a story to tell and experiences to share. The chapters have also been reviewed by active members of the community such as Jonathan Snook, Inayaili de León, Tim Brown and Sean Coates—just to name a few. Feel free to download a free sample to look inside (PDF, ePUB, Kindle, 14.74 Mb).

AUTHOR CHAPTER DETAILS Vitaly Friedman Preface

Summary The Web is dynamic and versatile—coding techniques aren’t black and white, and so our decisions always emerge from those shady gray areas. In the preface, Vitaly argues why Web design today requires new, pragmatic, open-minded approaches and why it’s so important to look at our craft from new, unconventional perspectives.

Keywords best practices strategy trends perspectives.

Harry Roberts Modern CSS Architecture and Front-End
Harry Roberts

Summary With websites getting bigger, their dev teams growing larger, and their goals becoming more tightly defined and, I dare say, more important, we need to take another look at how we actually build them. It’s no longer practical to spend days and days thoroughly hand-crafting code; a much more rapid, powerful and pragmatic approach is needed. In this chapter we are going to take a whirlwind tour of a new approach to building more powerful front-ends for the Web today.

Keywords semantics misconceptions Object-Oriented CSS code structure file organization CSS selectors portability naming conventions.

Nicholas C. Zakas Writing Maintainable, Future-Friendly Code
Nicholas C. Zakas

Summary Code is code no matter where you go, and code has a tendency to get messy as it gets large and old. Things start to break, you find it hard to figure out why bugs are occurring, and there are parts of the codebase that seem to be “magic”. On a large project with many developers, the problem is magnified. How can everyone work in the same codebase in such a way that making changes in the future are easy? That’s what this chapter seeks to answer.

Keywords code smell conventions code style comments architecture SMACCS documentation design document.

Christian Heilmann The Vanilla Web Diet
Christian Heilmann

Summary Maybe we should take a break in our drive to be cool and new and innovative the whole time, simply for the sake of being so, and check what we are doing — analyze our eating habits, so to say. I call this the Vanilla Web Diet, much like people have started to call using JavaScript without libraries vanilla JavaScript. Here are some ideas and thoughts you can bear in mind to help slim down an existing website or your next app.

Keywords legacy browsers browser-specific code jQuery frameworks consistency conditional loading lack of support is an opportunity.

Tim Kadlec Culture of Performance
Tim Kadlec

Summary Websites are getting fatter and fatter at an alarming rate. The issue is not the competence of Web developers. The issue is also not just technological: a lot of smart optimizations are usually implemented to get the weight down. Instead, the issue is the lack of a well-established culture of performance—a total commitment to performance from the entire team that would drive and influence decisions during the project cycle. Given the incredibly important role performance plays in the user experience, this is a disastrous mistake to make.

Keywords performance case studies visualizing performance performance budget the 20% rule testing atomic design perceived performance optimistic interfaces preloading content.

Mat Marquis Robust, Responsible, Responsive Web Design
Mat Marquis

Summary Responsive Web design is starting to get a reputation—and not the kind of reputation that it rightfully deserves. The most common death knell we’ve heard ringing out is that every page of a responsive site is fated to weigh in at a couple dozen megabytes and there isn’t a single thing that any of us can do about it. This trend is on us, and you don’t see any carpenters writing blog posts about how hammers are a failed methodology because of the times they dropped one on their feet. We can do better than blaming our tools for our mistakes.

Keywords Responsive Web design presumptive enhancement progressive enhancement accessibility Ajax-Include pattern conditional loading responsive images and video.

Addy Osmani Finding and Fixing Mobile Web Rendering Issues
Addy Osmani

Summary While network performance is important and JavaScript execution is usually quick, many find that rendering (painting pixels to the screen) is their bottleneck. This can be a challenge as mobile devices are underpowered when compared to our desktop systems. To hit 60fps, we sometimes need to go beyond JavaScript as the sole performance bottleneck for our pages and spend more time investigating paint and layout issues. This chapter explores some of the core causes of jank in sites and applications.

Keywords performance 60fps rendering jank faster animations hardware acceleration diagnosing slow paint times workflow remote debugging.

Aaron Gustafson Designing Adaptive Interfaces
Aaron Gustafson

Summary Design, as a concept, is a tricky little beast. Design does not exist in a vacuum. Each step in the process of building an interface should add to the experience. In the end, independent users may have differing experiences of the interface, but no one is denied access to a good experience. To create truly exceptional designs, we must not only reduce the friction inherent in completing a task, but we should make it (dare I say it) fun! We must reconcile aesthetics with usability.

Keywords empathy the layer cake constraints lazy loading construction flows JavaScript support adaptive components atomic design.

Paul Tero Obscure Back-end Techniques and Terminal Secrets
Paul Tero

Summary You wake up one morning, look at the browser window, check the Widget 3000, click on a button and there’s nothing. What happened? Help! The Internet is gone! We’re going to cover a lot of ground in this chapter, from routers to servers, from error logs to PHP hacks. I’ll start with the worst case scenario and work inwards, exploring the infrastructure of the Internet and the make-up of a Web server, imparting lots of little tips and commands along the way, opening up a new perspective on how websites can stop working — and be fixed.

Keywords back-end techniques networking router DNS traceroute servers firewalls Denial of Service HTTP administration error management PHP errors .

Marko Dugonjić The Next Steps For Web Typography
Marko Dugonjić

Summary In this chapter, we’ll cover the big picture first — with not too frightening context models and a list of actors that participate in content creation and publishing — and continue with practical details, with plenty of code examples and tips. Among other things, we’ll cover typefaces and Web typography in general, organization and performance, typesetting and advanced CSS techniques.

Keywords universal typography multifaceted model structured content responsive Web typography font delivery and distribution rendering engines macrotypography combining typefaces type library CSS organization fonts as progressive enhancement subsetting Base64 encoding white space hierarchy modular scales subhead styles advanced CSS techniques.

Corey Vilhauer The Two Faces of Content Strategy
Corey Vilhauer

Summary There are two faces to content strategy: the people we’re targeting (our users), and the people who are doing the targeting (our editors). We’re responsible for making great websites. But we’re also responsible for making websites that are usable from the editor’s standpoint. We are the people who make the Web; we are also those responsible for helping those who sustain it.

Keywords editors content workflow content discovery auditing strategy assigning roles execution governance editorial triggers.

Rachel Andrew Supporting Your Product
Rachel Andrew

Summary Providing a good customer experience is really important in support. The customer may make that initial contact feeling annoyed about your product. They have an issue, and it isn’t doing what they wanted it to. Your aim should be not only to solve their problem, but to leave them feeling more positive about your product than they would if they hadn’t had the issue that brought them into support in the first place.

Keywords support as a marketing tool feature requests core use case difficult customers the end client problem pricing models minimizing support tools no FAQs policy support statistics social media future-friendly support.

Nishant Kothary The Design of People
Nishant Kothary

Summary The goal of this chapter is to introduce you to the human being as the center of every success or failure in our lives. But not in that tired way we’re all guilty of where we commiserate and vent on Twitter. Or the way where we publish blog posts about the bureaucratic deadweights that are the true bottlenecks to innovation. Let’s resist the convenient cover of insanity. Let’s stop putting more lipstick on the pig, and instead explore why the pig is so darn ugly in the first place. That is, let’s talk about the root of the problem instead of the symptoms.

Keywords psychology communication design reviews the Sally-Anne test theory of mind cognitive bias illusions of mind strategy.

Christopher Murphy On Creative Spirit
Christopher Murphy

Summary So, how do you establish an idea generation culture? How do you open the proverbial floodgates and unleash an endless supply of new and original ideas? Is it possible to adopt strategies that allow us to reliably generate meaningful ideas, which we can then execute skillfully? I believe, by adopting a simple mental framework and embracing a core set of strategies, it is.

Keywords idea-generation techniques priming the brain digital toolbelt sketchbooks strategy centralized office café culture the Lego office.

Harry Roberts Nicholas C. Zakas Christian Heilmann Tim Kadlec Mat Marquis Addy Osmani Aaron Gustafson Paul Tero Marko Dugonjić Corey Vilhauer Rachel Andrew Nishant Kothary Christopher Murphy
From left to right: Harry Roberts, Nicholas C. Zakas, Christian Heilmann, Tim Kadlec, Mat Marquis, Addy Osmani, Aaron Gustafson, Paul Tero, Marko Dugonjić, Corey Vilhauer, Rachel Andrew, Nishant Kothary and Christopher Murphy

Technical Details

  • 498 pages, 16.5 × 24.0 cm (6.5 × 9.5 inches).
  • A high-quality embossed cover with a little surprise,
  • Quality hardcover with stitched binding and a ribbon page marker.
  • The eBook version is included in the printed book for free (PDF, EPUB, Kindle).
  • Airmail delivery from Germany ($5 worldwide shipping, check delivery times).
  • Available as print and eBook.

Get the new Smashing Book.
Get the eBook. Get the Hardcover + eBook

If you’ve already ordered the book, then it’s really only a matter of days until you receive it. Until then, the complimentary eBook is waiting for you in your Smashing Shop dashboard. At this very moment, all orders are being shipped from Germany by airmail. Of course you get the eBook automatically once you’ve ordered the printed book, so you can start reading right away.

What Reviewers Say About The Book

Still not convinced? Well, a few reviewers had the chance to read the book beforehand, and share their feedback without any strings attached. Should you get it? Let’s see:

Dudley Storey

“Smashing Book 4 provides logical, practical, real-world examples of what’s wrong with modern sites and how to fix them. [..] I want the Web to win. But to do so, Web development has to match its age and live up to the responsibility it has earned. The book takes a big step in guiding that transition for both products and people, making it a book I would very strongly recommend for everyone involved in Web development.”

— Dudley Storey, Review: Smashing Book 4

Jordan Moore

“The Smashing Book 4 is excellent value for money. [...] [It's] conference quality topics in the palm of your hand, permanently committed to paper (or the medium of your choice) ready for you to consume whenever you want. The Web has grown up and The Smashing Book 4 is the perfect field guide for making and maintaining things for a future-friendly Web.”

— Jordan Moore, Review: Smashing Book 4

Jamie Maon

“Currently reading a preview of Smashing Book #4. Each chapter updates you on one important area of Web development and Web design which is really useful given the hectic pace seemingly every aspect of our industry is moving at. Nice to have it all distilled in one book.”

Jamie Mason

Janko Jovanovic

“Just reading Smashing Book 4 and I can strongly recommend it. Full of practical and useful Web design stories.”

Janko Jovanovic

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, we are right here to answer them. We love our customers, and we’d love to help you in any way or just listen to your story. So please feel free to ask questions via Twitter @smashingmag — we’ll get back to you right away. Just in case: here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

Questions What are the costs for shipping to my country?
The shipping cost for one book or a bundle is $5 — wherever you are in the world. We ship everywhere worldwide. We are paying a share of the shipping costs ourselves to make it possible for anyone to purchase the book. Our prices are transparent: we don’t have any hidden costs, and we won’t confuse you with tricky calculations. What you see is what you pay! What about delivery times?
All books will be shipped via air mail to keep delivery times as short as possible. You can find the anticipated delivery time for your country in the delivery times overview. We are starting to ship the books today. Will the book be available in other languages?
Maybe in future, but we have not made arrangements for that yet, so please don’t hold your breath. Is Smashing Book #4 available as an eBook?
Yep, sure. The book is available in PDF, ePub and Amazon Kindle formats. Feel free to download a free sample to look inside. You can get the eBook right away. What payment methods are accepted?
We accept PayPal, VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Of course we use a secure connection, with 256-bit AES encryption and a green GeoTrust Extended Validation SSL CA certificate. And no, we don’t store your credit card data on our servers. Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes, absolutely! No risk is involved. Our 100-day full money-back guarantee keeps you safe. Don’t hesitate to return your purchase. You’ll get your money back—no ifs, ands or buts about it. I have a question that is not covered here.
Please leave a comment below, or get in touch with us via the contact form or via @SmashingSupport on Twitter. We would love to help you in any way we can, you know that.

Thank You

Thank you so much for your support, everybody—we truly appreciate it. The book has been quite a journey for us, and it’s our privilege to share this journey with you. We hope you’ll love the book just as much as we do. We’re looking forward to your feedback. Ah, and have you solved the Smashing Book #4 Mystery Riddle yet?

Get the new Smashing Book.
Get the new Smashing Book.


© Vitaly Friedman for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

Tags: Events Books
13:00

The Smashing Book Mystery: Have You Figured It Out Yet?


  

To celebrate the long-awaited release of our new Smashing Book (yaaaay!), we’ve prepared a little mystery for you. Below you’ll find an animated GIF that contains a hidden message. Once you resolved the mystery, you’ll see a Twitter hashtag displayed in plain text.

Are you ready? Action! (Hint: watch out for the file name).

Smashing Book Mystery
A hint: watch out for the file name.

What Can You Win?

Among the first readers who tweet us with the hashtag we’ll raffle a quite extraordinary, smashing prize (and a couple of other Smashing extras):

  • a ticket to the Smashing Conference Oxford 2014,
  • a roundtrip flight to Oxford, UK,
  • full accommodation in a fancy hotel,
  • full access to the Smashing eBook Library,
  • any Smashing workshop ticket of your choice,
  • a signed edition of the Smashing Book #4,
  • a truly Smashing laptop bag,
  • your very own Smashing caricature, designed just for you.

Please notice that to avoid spoilers, comments are closed for this post. And sorry, we aren’t going to make it too easy for you. Alright. Let’s get to work. Have you figured it out yet? ;-)


© Vitaly Friedman for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

Tags: Events Books

October 22 2013

12:45

SmashingConf Oxford 2014: It’s All About Practical Takeaways


  

We love organizing community events that leave everyone with memorable, long-lasting impressions. With our upcoming Smashing Conference Oxford, we’ll explore real-life projects, workflows and hands-on insights that we can all learn from and use right away. Same game, same rules: 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 18 excellent speakers and just 350 seats. The tickets are now on sale.

Beautiful SmashingConf sketchnotes by Elisabeth Irgens.
Beautiful SmashingConf sketchnotes by Elisabeth Irgens. She’ll be joining us in Oxford as well. Image credits.

Because discussions about design trends and visual style are often very subjective, they rarely provide actionable, valuable takeaways. Nothing beats a conversation about what worked and what didn’t in actual real-life projects, and what decisions were made (or ideas discarded) along the way.

Learning & Networking, The Smashing Way

That’s exactly what we’re setting off to explore: insights into how we, designers and developers, solve real-life problems and what workflows we use to solve them intelligently. Specifically, we’ll look at mid- and large-scale projects, as well as techniques, tools and the lessons learned along the way.

Smashing Conference Oxford 2014
Be among the first ones to grab a seat!

Of course, a good conference is not just about practical takeaways; it’s also about as much networking as possible. So we’re preparing a series of special events before, during and after the conference to make sure that you have enough time for beers and… well, conversations during beers.

Same game, same rules: 1 track, 2 conference days, 5 workshops, 18 excellent speakers and just 350 available seats. The main conference days are Tuesday and Wednesday, 18–19 March, 2014. However, it might be a good idea to arrive during the weekend before because networking activities will start on Sunday.

To the tickets →

Great Speakers, Great Workshops

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. For the Oxford conference, we’re very happy to welcome Ben Bodien, Josh Clark, Andrew Clarke, Joe Leech, Wilson Page, Lea Verou, and — of course — the Mystery Speaker among the first confirmed speakers. You can find more information on the Speakers page.

Smashing Conference Oxford 2014
To keep our tradition of holding conferences at unique places, we did not choose lovely Oxford randomly. The venue for the SmashingConf Oxford 2014 is the amazing Oxford Town Hall. Large view.

We’ve prepared five full-day practical workshops that will take place before and after the two main conference days. On Monday 17 March, Ben Bodien, Josh Clark, Joe Leech and Lea Verou will provide hands-on classes on front-end, UX and designing for mobile and touch. On Thursday, we’re delighted to have Andrew Clarke leading his responsive Web design class.

It can’t really get more practical than this, can it? Well, it can! We want to make your learning experience as valuable as possible, so if you purchase a Conference Ticket + Workshop ticket, you save 10% off the regular price (almost €70)! Student discounts (25% off) are available on request as well.

To the tickets →

Location And Prices

We didn’t choose Oxford randomly. It’s perhaps the quintessential English city: a gorgeous maze of winding streets, ancient college buildings, eccentric traditions and some very fine hostelries. Every inch of the city centre is packed with history, and no route you choose will disappoint. Made famous by its world-class university, Oxford is just wonderful for exploration and inspiration. And open areas by the flowing Isis river, ponies grazing and some of the best sunsets out there are within walking distance! Don’t you deserve a vacation?

oxfrod-cupola oxford-study oxford-park oxford-streets
Oxford, lovely Oxford. This is what’s expecting you in Oxford during your stay for the Smashing Conference 2014. Image credits: simononly, Jeff Xia, mariosp, kk

We will also set up an open-stage session a day before the conference, so you can publicly speak about your own experiences and discuss what worked and hasn’t worked for you. We’ll also put a list of all attendees on the website, so you’ll know beforehand who is coming and perhaps even organize a trip to Oxford together?


Keep an eye open for these bright SmashingConf flags — they’ll be in Oxford before you know it! Image credits.

Taking notes already? No worries! We’ll send you a detailed guide with all the tips and ideas and recommendations and suggestions for pubs, restaurants, sightseeing and getting around the city. We’ve prepared an overview of hotels in Oxford, too — sometimes “Smashing Conference” are the magic words when booking! The city is known for many student and AirBnB apartments as well, but please be quick — there aren’t that many available options.

The price per ticket is €369 / $498 (incl. UK VAT 20% and all booking fees). Be sure to consider booking a full-day workshop as well (€349 / $449) — if you buy both a conference ticket and a workshop, you save 10% off the price right away. Three days of learning, sharing, networking — it’s getting better and better! The conference venue has only 350 seats. And yes, the tickets are on sale now.

To the tickets →

Sponsors, Dear Sponsors

We pour our heart and soul into creating a friendly, memorable and inspiring community event for everybody involved. Our goal is a valuable community event with practical talks, neatly packed with lots of learning, sharing and networking opportunities.

We keep ticket prices affordable for everyone, and we’re happy to welcome sponsors to help us make the conference smashing in every possible way. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please drop me an email at vitaly@smashingconf.com.


A little sneak peek of the last Smashing Conference in Freiburg.
Can you spot the Mystery Speaker?

  • “Smashing Conference 2013: it was smashing all right and not only because the Smashing Band performed a song “Like a rounded corner” by Bruce Lawson, but the lineup and the presentations were truly smashing.” — Emanuel Blagonic
  • “Totally Smashing. The conference gave us so many insights and tips about the industry that we could not miss this year’s edition!” — frontkom
  • “This conference was well worth the money and I hope we will make it next year. Well done Smashing Magazine!” — 14islands
  • “The two days of talks offered a very good balance of design-, philosophy-, typography-, and development-based topics. [...] Thanks to all who attended, organized, cared, spoke and made this an overall very great event!” — Welearned.net
  • “It was an immensely successful conference [...] The talks, the beer and the interesting people definitely made me want to go visit Freiburg again next year!” — The Next Web

We love our sponsors: you make the event possible, and we’d be honoured to have you involved! Intrigued? Check the SmashingConf coverage on Lanyrd, you won’t be disappointed.

Questions?

Follow us at @smashingconf and get more details on the SmashingConf 2014 website. Also, more speakers will be announced soon, and since it’s a Smashing conference, you should expect a few surprises, but we’re not going to reveal them just yet. If you have any questions, send us an email at hello@smashingconf.com — we’d love to assist you in every possible way and would be humbled and happy to welcome you to Oxford in March!

Ah, and make sure to bring an umbrella with you, of course. But that goes without saying, doesn’t it? Cheers!

Get your ticket!


© Vitaly Friedman for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

Tags: Events

October 17 2013

06:30

GA Dash: Newcomer teaches Newcomers HTML5 for Free


  

Online-learning resources are great ways to gain knowledge at your own pace and in topics you are truly interested in, unlike typical school education. There are quite a few institutes promising to help you evolve your skills in whatever field you like. If you are about to embark the web design or development ship, just recently a fresh alternative came to life. It’s name is Dash. It was created by General Assembly, NYC-based course provider of real-life classes with online attachments. Dash works project-based and can be used for free.

October 10 2013

12:41

Fix That Bug Already: New Smashing Front-End & UX Workshops


  

With so much going on in the industry, there is probably that one topic that you’d love to finally understand but never had time for. Or your company has a problem, and you aren’t sure how to address it? Well, we’ve got your back with a line-up of hands-on full-day workshops in London and Berlin — just for you.

Workshops in London, UK

Dan Rubin Visual Design Essentials by Dan Rubin
Action and intent—that’s what the great designers focus on. In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques on how to manage the process, translate ideas into designs and even how to deliver a constructive critique. Read more… Vitaly Friedman Responsive Design by Vitaly Friedman
In this workshop, Vitaly will present practical techniques, clever tricks and useful strategies from real-life projects that you will definitely find quite useful when working on any responsive design project. Read more… Addy Osmani The Front-End Warrior by Addy Osmani
This is a workshop aimed at front-end intermediates who want to learn more about how modern front-end tooling can help save their time and improve (nay, automate) their front-end development workflow. Read more… Aaron Gustafson Adaptive Interfaces by Aaron Gustafson
By being flexible in our approach and embracing the unknown, we can create user experiences that are intended to vary from device to device, browser to browser, and network to network. Read more…

More workshops in London →

Workshops in Berlin, Germany

Remy Sharp Node.JS by Remy Sharp
This workshop is a fully packed day of learning resources and exercises to get you quickly up and running with all the fundamentals you need to create your own Node.js-backed application. Read more… RWD Workflow by Stephen Hay
This workshop is geared toward designers who aren’t afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone, as well as front-end developers who are heavily involved in the design process. Read more… Shipping Your Product by Rachel Andrew
In this workshop you will learn from Rachel’s experience in launching a product, creating an action plan tailored to your own product idea, listing the things you will need to do to launch your own product, and more! Read more… Prototyping For Designers by Dan Rubin
With the help of Dan’s workshop, you’ll learn how to prepare for and perform a basic usability test, and tips on how to incorporate testing into your existing design workflow. Read more…

More workshops in Berlin →

This isn’t the final list, though. Even more Smashing full-day workshops are underway — please stay tuned! It would be our great pleasure to personally meet you at one of the workshops. If you, your colleague, boss, relative, neighbor or anyone else has a question, feel free to drop us an email. We aren’t going anywhere, you know.

Cheers, and stay smashing!
Cat, Nadja, Jan & Markus

Front page image credits.


© Cat Clark for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

Tags: Events

September 10 2013

07:43

Smashing Conference Live — Day 2


  

Over the next two days, we’ll be bringing you all of the insights, photos, and highlights from Smashing Conference — live from the conference venue. Our team will be posting updates from the early morning to the late evening on both days to bring you as close to the conference as possible.

Smashing Conference Live — Day 2

Bookmark this page to follow the updates in real time. You can also track the tweets from the conference by following the hashtag #smashingconf and permalink for the live updates. Please note that no live stream is available, but all videos will be made available for free after the event. You might want to check out the schedule of the conference as well and the report from day 1.

Tuesday, September 10th 2013

12.57


  

https://twitter.com/rowdyrabouw/status/377382062338375680


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12.56


  

https://twitter.com/tkadlec/status/377384846538330112


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12.51


  

“What defines a great web experience? For example, a consistent frame rate… Why should we care about it? The frame rate can directly impact engagement and conversion rate. It matter if you want engaged users.” — Addy O.


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12.28


  

https://twitter.com/turkutuuli/status/377377856328044544


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12.26


  

“I’ve never built anything without a performance flaw of some kind. We all have to ship things. Face your performance demons! Don’t feel bad poking at pages. Don’t feel like you’re asshole looking at performance issues. It’s ok!” — Addy O.


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

12.19


  

“Become BFFs with how browsers work.” — Addy O.


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12.15


  

The one and only Addy Osmani on stage now — yeeeehaw!!


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12.00


  

“How do you test your type faces before you buy them? Do you actually test them? Did you hear of temporary licenses…? Or, what we did is we thought of test fonts. So you can just go and get the font from us and test how it works.” — David B.


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11.52


  

“What is great type for, if you cannot use it easily?” — David B.


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11.46


  

“Sans are like T-Shirts. They are pretty much all the same.” — David B.


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11.37


  

“I’m really bad at artistic freedom. I don’t know what to do if I don’t have my guidelines.” — David B.


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11.26


  

Designers use type families all the time, but what is the logic behind developing larger type families such as the ever-growing Skolar type system? David Březina discusses various approaches of making type families functional, easy to use, and cross-platform… and also how to stay sane while doing that! ;)


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

11.15


  

Congrats to another round of poster giveaway winners!

Image credits — eldh:

#vscocam #smashingconf

Image credits — codebryo:

Cataddicted #smashingconf

Image credits — tinakesova:

#smashingconf postcard sent! Office, beware :)

Image credits — simontheis:

a lovely cat beside a waterfall in Freiburg at #smashingconf @</a><a href=brad" height="306" src="http://distilleryimage1.ak.instagram.com/bc723bfc19ea11e3984522000a1f8ad9_6.jpg" width="306" />

Image credits — pattydelgado:

#freiburg #smashingconf


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11.04


  

https://twitter.com/smashingconf/status/377347752721518592


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10.42


  

Jason S.M. refers to Wally Wood’s wisdom: “Never draw anything you can copy, never copy anything you can trace, never trace anything you can cut out and paste up.”


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10.30


  

https://twitter.com/awenro/status/377347792521666560


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10.23


  

https://twitter.com/hofmannsven/status/377343772029636608


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10.18


  

“Good design happens around good constraints.” — Jason S.M.


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10.15


  

“Use whatever you need to tell your story… Actually holding type in my hand taught me how type reacts and made me understand type in whole different way. What if I could get people understand the physicality of type? What if I could get them that same idea?” — Jason S.M.


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10.08


  

Now live on stage: Jason Santa Maria!


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09.56


  

“We are designers and builders, but most of all we are map makers.” — Ethan M.


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09.49


  

“Maybe some problems can’t necessarily solved with more code. And maybe we can invite our users in our design and let them help us solve our problems.” — Ethan M.


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09.45


  

https://twitter.com/sortenke/status/377343467355381760


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09.42


  

“How can we design more sustainably for the Web?” — Ethan M.


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09.38


  

https://twitter.com/smashingconf/status/377330137588432896


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09.34


  

“Something is always lost in translation. There is always a gap between a thing and the representation of it.” — Ethan M.


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09.25


  

“We’re starting with the smallest piece of design. With every responsive process we work on we are building a new map of the Web. But we are only just beginning. Our map is far from complete.” — Ethan M.


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

09.20


  

“We are getting away from pages and starting to think of small layout systems.” — Ethan M.


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09.05


  

Dum dum dum dummmm… The moment we’ve all been waiting for… The mystery speaker is… *drumroll*… the one and only, Ethan Marcotte!


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09.00


  

Have you guessed who the Mystery Speaker is yet? All we know is that his second name is Klaus Schmidt! But WHO IS THIS KLAUS?


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08.20


  

Are you ready for Day 2? Unfortunately the weather isn’t really playing along (it’s raining!)… Please don’t forget to bring along your coats and umbrellas as well as your attendee badges as you head back to the Smashing Conference venue this morning! :)

Image credits — thatpita:

It's pouring rain in Freiburg, but warm and cosy inside the beautiful #smashingconf venue.

Image credits — cable_ready:

My


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08.15


  

Good morning everyone! Hangover? No worries, we’ve got coffee ready for you! And some beautiful Bavarian accordion music:


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September 09 2013

18:39

Smashing Conference Live — Day 1


  

Over the next two days, we’ll be bringing you all of the insights, photos, and highlights from Smashing Conference — live from the conference venue. Our team will be posting updates from the early morning to the late evening on both days to bring you as close to the conference as possible. You can also track the tweets from the conference by following the hashtag #smashingconf and permalink for the live updates.

smashing conference live day 1

Bookmark this page to follow the auto-updates in real time. Please note that no live stream is available, but all videos will be made available for free after the event. You might want to check the schedule of the conference as well.

Here are some of the highlights of Day 1:

Monday, September 9th 2013

07.00


  

Getting things ready for Smashing Conference 2013. It’s a beautiful day in Freiburg — the sun is shining and there’s barely a cloud in the sky. Everyone is up, bright and breezy, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone at the Kaufhaus.

Sunny Freiburg

Morning Glory #smashingconf


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07.15


  

We’re getting the flags ready to hang outside the Kaufhaus:

smashing mag flags

And here they are! Look out for them blowing in the breeze. Join the queues of designers and developers and watch out of the crew handing out t-shirts. Exciting!

Good Morning! #smashingconf


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08.00


  

Badges are all set and ready to go!

Attendee bags are all ready and full of surprises!

Some of the goodies inside the attendee bag:

#smashingconf

Love to do html&css 4 living @ #smashingconf


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09.15


  

What a surprise! The world’s first and best Web design boy band perform Bruce Lawson’s “Like a Rounded Corner”. We’ve got Dan Mall on keyboard, Nishant Kothary and Brad Frost on guitar, and Dan Rubin singing — what a performance!

Of course, photos weren’t enough — we just had to record, Bruce!


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09.45


  

Elliot Jay Stocks tells us his story, walking us through his flash websites with their on-load music, pixel fonts, and other crimes against the Web. But what’s been important are his side projects. Your side projects represent your passion and you never know what can grow from them. They can have a huge impact on your career.


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10.20


  

Dan Mall talks about creating a visual inventory. Present your client with a bunch of websites that have solutions to the problem that you are having. Use these to ask questions that start conversations. Solve your clients’ problems using the successes and failures of others.


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10.45


  

Need some directions? Cat shows the way to the Smashing Lounge.

smashing lounge

If you need to chill out on some sofas, buy some Smashing Magazine books, or you just want to meet Cody, come along and say “Hi!”

welcome to Smashing Conference. #freiburg #germany #wordpressdotcom #smashingconf


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10.50


  

Dan Mall suggests that we change the phrase designing in the browser to “deciding in the browser.”


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10.55


  

If you need some help or have some questions, speak to the crew. You can’t miss those orange t-shirts!

smashing crew


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11.10


  

Grab a snack, have come coffee, and make sure to chat to all of the other attendees. When we come back Tim Kadlec will be talking about “Deliberate Performance” and Inayaili de León Persson about “The Most Important Part of your Job”.

Or just take some pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures:

Taking pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures. #smashingconf #meta


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11.37


  

Make sure you say “Hi!” to our wonderful sponsors. They’re the guys that make it possible! Here are some of them in person:

Rukzuk

rukzuk sponsors

Inline Manual

inline manual

WordPress.com

wordpress

Fotolia

fotolia


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12.03


  

Tim Kadlec talks about the importance of performance:

He’s given some great advice on setting a performance budget. Make sure that your page doesn’t go over that budget. This gives you a framework to decide whether you include a feature in your site or not. For example, your client wants you to add a carousel – to stay within budget you can decide to either:

  1. Optimize – optimize the carousel
  2. Remove – remove something else from the website
  3. Don’t include it at all. If something isn’t important enough to replace something there then it doesn’t need to be on your website.

This framework gives you something tangible to talk about with your boss or clients and helps you to make decisions.

@tkadlec

Respect the people that come to your site:

  • respect their time, don’t make them waste their time waiting for your website to load.
  • respect their money – people on a mobile network can get charged a lot of money to download your website.
  • respect their desire for content.

Embrace constraints!

Here are some notes by @verpixelt:


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12.29


  

If you’re working from home, Inayaili de León has got some great advice. Stay in touch with your team, share news with other people, use Skype and Google Hangouts. Pick up the phone.

#smashingconf … @</a><a href=yaili speaking" height="306" src="http://distilleryimage6.ak.instagram.com/02bfe890193a11e3968922000a1fbe74_6.jpg" width="306" />


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13.00


  

Lunch time! Be sure to try out the Freiburger Wurst at the Münsterplatz! Highly recommendable! ;)

Lunch #smashingconf #vscocam


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13.12


  

Wi-Fi At The Conference:

A huge Thank You to our technical team for taking care of the Wi-Fi. The attendees also sincerely appreciate it:


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14.00


  

We gave away five Startup Vitamins posters to 5 SmashingConf attendees who’ve shared some really eye-catching #smashingconf snapshots — wouldn’t you agree? :)

Nice Butt ;) #smashingconf

Beautiful conference location #smashingconf

Taking pictures of people taking pictures of people taking pictures. #smashingconf #meta

Mixing the epoches #smashingconf

Beat this for a venue! Awesome place for #smashingconf


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14.27


  

How do you find your passion and follow it? Should we take jobs that we aren’t passionate about? Is it possible to pay attention to detail in something you don’t care about? Dan Rubin explains…


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15.03


  

A few insights into Andy Hume’s talk on “Real Life Responsive Design”:

Now at #SmashingConf: Real Life Responsive Webdesign


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15.56


  

Afternoon break! Grab a pretzel everyone!

Smashingpretzels at #smashingconf

And play some good ol’ football:


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16.30


  

What lessons can we learn from the web’s inner workings as we move to a mobile-driven, multi-device internet? Luke Wroblewski up on stage talking about where we need to focus our efforts on and to share lots of practical advice on how as well.


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16.38


  

At what point does mobile use overtake traditional web use? At the mobile moment!


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16.47


  

“Almost 70% of all smartphone use happens in the house.” — Luke W.


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17.09


  

The question isn’t just “How do we design for mobile creation?”… it’s “How do we design for multi-device creation?” — Luke W.


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17.16


  

Here’s that Chrome Racer that Luke W. showed off. All from inside the browser – incredible!


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17.30


  

https://twitter.com/tkadlec/status/377091598867509248


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17.41


  

Jake Archibald rocks the stage with a couple of simple snippets of HTML and JavaScript… aaaand proves to be a Games of Thrones fan ;)

«Your Browser Is Talking Behind Your Back» by @jaffathecakeat the #smashingconf

Watching Vitaly watching virtual Vitaly at #smashingconf


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18.25


  

Here are the winners of the second poster giveaway — just beautiful!

http://instagram.com/p/eCjL_BtUmn/

#SmashingConf

Lunch at #smashingconf !

Outside the windows at #smashingconf

Quack, quack. #smashingconf


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18.27


  

It’s time for a quick break. Let’s get back around 7:20pm, grab a beer (provided) and join the evening talk!

If you want to head right to the party, that’s cool, too. Here is the map: http://www.smashed.by/confmap — the doors open around 9 PM.

Back to the evening talk at #smashingconf .


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19.35


  

The evening session with @indiegamemovie just kicked off, everyone has a cold beer in their hands… and it’s only the first day, folks! ;-)

8:36pm - Evening talk at #smashingconf about Indie Game - The Movie

Q&A w/ the makers of «Indie Games : The Movie» at #smashingconf


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20.50


  

https://twitter.com/benmacgowan/status/377126203616137216


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21.00


  

And now we’re all off to the attendee party — yaaay! A huuuge thank you once again to @wordpressdotcom for hosting tonight’s party — everyone is in for a truly fantastic evening! :-)

Thank you, dear attendees, for all your tweets, snapshots and wonderful feedback — we sincerely appreciate it! We look very much forward to seeing you tomorrow! Rock on!


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September 05 2013

20:50

The Seven Years That Changed Everything


  

Today is the day when it all started — the day when this little website launched back in 2006. Today, we celebrate our seventh anniversary, and you, dear readers, are the ones who have made it possible and kept us going.


Sorry about that heavy 0.5Mb GIF, but after all it’s our little birthday today and this GIF has been circling around the office for ages now.

Time For A Little Story

A couple of months ago, I was on a night train on my way to one of those countless Web design conferences. Being offline with a ridiculous roaming rate is always a good excuse to get some work done, and the music streaming from my good ol’ headphones helped me to focus on the draft of the chapter I was reviewing for our upcoming book.

At a late stop, a dark-haired guy in his 30s stepped into my coach, politely asking whether the seat next to me was taken, then carefully placing his bag right next to mine. From his bag, he pulled out his laptop, his Moleskine and a set of exquisite Japanese pens — ones you wouldn’t find in any regular stationery shop. He looked like an artist at first glance, but at the same time was running Coda on his laptop.

Once he had everything in place, he pulled out a few books from his bag — all of the usual suspects, I assumed: a couple of Five Simple Steps books, a few printouts with sketches and mind maps, some A Book Apart volumes. Then I kept my breath for a moment — I suddenly glimpsed our very own Mobile Book, still neatly and tightly packed and wrapped.

You see, I’ve never seen someone read our books before then. You know how it is: You create something, send it into the wilderness of the Web, only to be surprised when you discover that people out there actually use this thing whose trail wanders from tweet to tweet, from one designer to the next.

Conversation in a train
Best things always happen to you when you don’t expect them at all. A random conversation at any point of time can change and redefine everything. (Image credit: Duane Romanell)

I struck up a conversation with my neighbor, asking him his name and where he comes from, whether he is an artist and what he does for a living, what it’s like to be a freelancer, and what the industry is like in general. He replied eagerly, and so the conversation led from design to development to culture to UX to personal struggles and successes, as the train moved along in the dark night.

“So, how do you keep improving your skills?” I asked.

“You know, experimenting with stuff, playing around with what’s out there.”

“I guess going to conferences as well, then?”

“Yep, that too. And then there is this pretty cool magazine. It’s called Smashing.”

I smiled, resisting the urge to say something.

At some point, the conversation drifted off, and I returned to my editing duties, while my neighbor started drawing in his Moleskine, jumping from one Japanese pen to another as the light was dimming. Suddenly, he slowly leaned towards his bag, reached for the Mobile Book and started examining it. He unwrapped the book slowly and gently leafed through its pages. He kept turning the book from one side to another, helped only by the flagging light from the side of the coach. Not long after he unwrapped it, I could hear a page flip every two minutes as my neighbor was reading the book.

I couldn’t look away. The book we’d been working for almost 10 months was actually being read by someone right in front of me. At this point, I knew almost every single page of the book by heart, and I knew exactly which pages contained grammar or spelling mistakes that our readers had flagged. I didn’t say anything, though — of course.

As the time passed and I continued editing the chapter, I kept hearing the pages flip. The coach was silent and almost empty, yet this little whisper of flipping was full of something… remarkable and meaningful — something that I would remember for a long, long time after that trip.

I spent almost the whole night editing that one monolithic chapter, finishing just before the sun rose, as my neighbor continued flipping through the book every couple of minutes. I will never forget how, upon closing my laptop, I realized that even hours later the Mobile Book was still there, serving its purpose as the night wore on.

Blow Out The Candle!

Since then, I always remember how worthwhile and empowering every single minute we’ve invested in Smashing Magazine felt in those few hours on the train.

Seven Years — And Counting!

This little website was launched exactly seven years ago today. We didn’t have an ambitious goal. We didn’t have a master plan. We just wanted to do what matters to us and provide value to our colleagues, fellows designers and developers out there. That train trip of mine is one of the reasons we are still doing it today. The trip throughout all these seven years changed everything for me, and these years still drive us in new directions and towards new challenges. And for this I am eternally, eternally grateful.

These seven years have changed everything because what we do does matter after all, and because you matter to us.

Our Birthday Present — To You.

We put our heart and soul into producing books that we love and that you will hopefully love, too. Good is not good enough, and we do everything we can to create beautiful and valuable artefacts of their time and keep them affordable to everyone worldwide.

To celebrate our little day today, we have prepared a little something for you. Well, obviously we can’t buy a round of beer for you just yet, but we do have something a bit more… permanent and special: a Smashing stress relief ball. That, and of course, for any printed book you grab, the international shipping is on us this week. But hey, don’t worry, no strings attached.

The Stress Relief Ball: Smash Me! — $7 (7€)

This adorable little fleecy fellow is super squishy and will put a smile on anyone’s face. Cody is a goodie that’s most certainly nice to have for your desk; he’s a great listener and an efficient stress absorber. Price is $7 (7€), with free shipping. You can also print your own Cody (PDF), you know. We’ll be giving away Codys to 30 people who comment on this post.

Stress Relief Ball
Grab the ball!

Smashing Book #3 Bundle (Print + eBook) — $27 (27€)

Our last Smashing Book contains practical coding and design techniques and features contributions from Aarron Walter, Rachel Andrew, Lea Verou, Christian Heilmann, Andy Clarke and Dmitry Fadeyev. If you want to know how to design websites today, don’t miss this bundle. Two damn good printed books and two eBooks in one fell swoop. Price is $27 (27€), with free shipping.

Smashing Book #3 Bundle (Print + eBook)
Smashing Book #3 Bundle (Print + eBook)

Smashing Book #3 + Mobile Book Bundle (Print + eBooks) — $47 (47€)

Here is a bundle of our two most recent books, which complement each other well. The Smashing Book 3 provides insight into the general design and coding workflow, while The Mobile Book has a strong focus on mobile techniques and strategies, the mobile landscape and mobile UX. That’s two high-quality print books and four eBooks in one fell swoop. Price is $47 (47€), with free shipping.

Mobile Book and Smashing Book #3 Bundle
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Tags: Events

August 23 2013

12:14

Conferences Roundup: Upcoming Web Design Events (Sept. 2013 – Feb. 2014)


  

This year has already offered us lots of fantastic Web conferences and events, and guess what, it still hasn’t come to an end! You can continue to plan ahead and make sure that you don’t miss your chance to get away from your desk and meet some brilliant minds and peers — face to face!

In this roundup of conferences, we are more than happy to present to you all the upcoming Web-related conferences. We start with September (which is actually just around the corner) but nevertheless, there still might be a chance for you to grab that ticket! We’ve included events until early 2014, so make sure you don’t miss your favorite one.

Get to know your peers in the Web design community and absorb an enormous amount of information in only a short period of time. Keep in mind that visiting a conference is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the latest techniques directly from distinguished authors and speakers.

Since there is no way for us to include every possible event, we are thankful for any heads up from any of our readers! If you know of an upcoming event that you think shouldn’t be left out on this list, just let us know in the comments section below!

The list is quite lengthy, so let’s dive in.

September 2013

Reasons To Be Creative
“Bringing together some of the most respected and brilliant minds from the worlds of design, code, art and education to share their passion, knowledge, insights and work. Reasons to be Creative is 3 days, 3 tracks with over 45 speakers.”

  • When: Sept. 2,3,4 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

reasonstobecreative

MobileTechCon 2013
The platform transcending concept of the Mobile TechConf aims to spread know-how in the field of mobile technologies, which requires high levels of technical and strategic knowledge.

  • When: Sep. 2-5, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, German

MobileTechCon 2013

Herbstcampus 2013
This tech conference for software developers, architects and project managerswill feature 4 days of software development and technology talks focused on .NET and Java.

  • When: Sep. 2-5, 2013
  • Where: Nürnberg, Germany

Herbstcampus 2013

iOSDevUK 3
“iOSDevUK is a 3 day indie-oriented iOS developer conference with twin tracks – one pretty techie, and the other full of things that you need to know about iOS development – business, design, graphics and other interesting stuff.”

  • When: Sep. 3-5, 2013
  • Where: Aberstwyth, UK

iOSDevUK 3

UX Cambridge 2013
“UX Cambridge is a community-driven, practical User Experience 3-day conference for software, mobile and web applications.”

  • When: Sep. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Cambridge, UK

UX Cambridge 2013

Lighthouse 2013
“Lighthouse’s digital culture conference, Improving Reality, is returning for a third year this September. Expect tours through worlds that artists are growing rather than making, critical revelations of the systems and infrastructures that shape our world, and narratives of radical alternative futures.”

  • When: Sep. 5, 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

Lighthouse 2013

Blend Conference 2013
A generalist conference featuring 50 diverse speakers sharing ideas and conversations about user experience, design, and web development.

  • When: Sep. 5-7, 2013
  • Where: Charlotte, USA

Blend Conference 2013

dConstruct 2013
“dConstruct 2013 is a gathering of smart and entertaining people poking at the intersection of technology and culture.”

  • When: Sep. 6, 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

dConstruct 2013

TypeTalks 2013
“In its third edition, the TypeTalks symposium is coming back to its hometown, Brno. Expect great atmosphere, a small event with friendly colleagues, and great speakers who have something to say. A day full of proper lectures will be preceded by an ultra-democratic evening of extra-short presentations (aka TypeShorts™) and an infodesign workshop.”

  • When: Sep. 6-7, 2013
  • Where: Brno, Czech Republic

TypeTalks 2013

Tech Fest NW 2013
“TFNW is the little sister to MusicfestNW, the towering music festival (34,000 attendees), that has taken over the city of Portland for five days each year since 1995. In 2012, we added three days of tech programming, to honor and explore the technology, startups, and design culture that make Portland a digital hub.”

  • When: Sep. 6-8, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

Tech Fest NW

Unhosted Unconference and Hackathon 2013
“Unhosted web apps invade the hills of central Bohemia” for 4 days.

  • When: Sep. 6-10, 2013
  • Where: Belfort, France

Unhosted Unconference and Hackathon 2013

IndieWebCamp 2013
“Join us at Lighthouse for two days of a BarCamp-style gathering of web creators building and sharing open web technologies to empower users to own their own identities & content, and advance the state of the indie web.”

  • When: Sep. 7-9, 2013
  • Where: Brighton, UK

IndieWebCamp 2013

Nodeland Conference 2013
“NodeConf.eu is a full 3-day event, with a very limited number of tickets. At NodeConf.eu you will be staying in NodeTown, a village on the Island of NodeLand.” And it’s all about — you’ve guessed it — Node.

  • When: Sep. 8-11, 2013
  • Where: Nodetown, Nodeland (but really in Ireland)

Nodeland Conference 2013

Usability Professionals | Mensch & Computer 2013
The Usability Professionals Conference aims to convey critical information and knowledge on the subject of Usability and User Experience through practical lectures, tutorials and workshops. It is an excellent opportunity for “newbies” to connect with peers and exchange ideas and information.

  • When: Sep. 8-11, 2013
  • Where: Bremen, Germany

Usability Professionals | Mensch & Computer 2013

Smashing Conference 2013
“The Smashing Conference is back! In September 2013, Freiburg will once again welcome speakers and Web design enthusiasts and professionals from around the globe. Be part of the experience!”

  • When: Sep. 9-10, 2013
  • Where: Freiburg, Germany

Smashing Conference

Webdagene 2013
“Webdagene is Norway’s premier conference for web communicators with 400 attendants in 2012. The conference is hosted and organized by Netlife Research, a leading Norwegian user experience consultancy.”

  • When: Sep. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: Oslo, Norway

Webdagene 2013

UX STRAT 2013
“UX STRAT brings together UX leaders, strategists, researchers and senior practitioners to discuss the latest trends in strategic experience planning and design. Join us for an event that will help you take experience design within your organization to the next level.”

  • When: Sep. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

UX STRAT 2013

Mobility and the Modern Web Conference
“Evolving out of the 2011 & 2012 MWF Conferences, the 2013 MMW Conference will focus on the standards and practices of the modern web, open-source frameworks and tools that make it easy to get going with mobile and responsive design, and examples of how mobility is reshaping learning and research.”

  • When: Sep. 10-12, 2013
  • Where: Los Angeles, USA

Mobility and the Modern Web Conference

ConvergeFL 2013
“3 slammin’ days of web design & dev action designed to give you Hadouken like abilities.”

  • When: Sep. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: Jacksonville, USA

ConvergeFL 2013

SmartDevCon 2013
“The conference SmartDevCon is orientated at companies and specialists connected with modern device solutions that within recent years have dominated and redefined this market segment.”

  • When: Sep. 12-14, 2013
  • Where: Katowice, Poland

SmartDevCon 2013

CSSconf.eu 2013
“CSSconf.eu is a conference dedicated to the designers, developers and engineers who build the world’s most engaging user interfaces. From the community, for the community.”

  • When: Sep. 13, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

CSSconf.eu 2013

Generate 2013
“Generate is the first conference created by .net and Creative Bloq. As you will see from the schedule, we’ve been lucky enough to attract an excellent bunch of speakers that includes well-known faces such as Mark Boulton, Oliver Reichenstein, Stephanie Rieger and Stephen Hay, as well as some brilliant rising stars.”

  • When: Sep. 13, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Generate 2013

MobileUXCamp DC 2013
“MobileUXCamp DC is a mobile technology themed BarCamp. We aim to bring together mobile enthusiasts, explorers and professionals to share the current state and their visions for the future direction of mobility.”

  • When: Sep. 14, 2013
  • Where: Washington, DC, USA

MobileUXCamp DC 2013

JSConf EU 2013
“JSConf EU, the labour-of-love conference for the JS community in Europe.”

  • When: Sep. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

JSConf EU 2013

Fluxible 2013
“Spend two days learning from the pros, making new friends and connections, and having fun. Plus, get free admission to the Festival of Interstitial Music.”

  • When: Sep. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Kitchener, Canada

Fluxible 2013

Barcelona Ruby Conference 2013
“Barcelona Ruby Conference is run by Codegram Technologies, a Ruby/Rails shop from Barcelona”, that is quite commited to the open-source community.

  • When: Sep. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Ruby Conference 2013

Lean Day: West
“Two days of workshops and talks detailing case studies and best practices implementing lean startup and lean UX in the enterprise.”

  • When: Sep. 15-17, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

Global Design Forum 2013
“The Global Design Forum is the pre-eminent agenda setting event for design, staged during and organized by the London Design Festival.”

  • When: Sep. 16-17, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Global Design Forum 2013

Web & PHP Conference
“This is a three-day conference that will immerse you in a world of continuously evolving web technologies [including] PHP, security, testing, architecture, frameworks, cloud, HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, UX, mobile web or web-based mobile apps”.

  • When: Sep. 16-18, 2013
  • Where: San Jose, USA

Web & PHP Conference

Objective-Cologne 2013
“An international Cocoa/Objective-Conference at the heart of Europe” in the beautiful, historic German city on the banks of the Rhein river.

  • When: Sep. 17-18, 2013
  • Where: Cologne, Germany

Objective-Cologne 2013

ModUX 2013
“ModUX 2013 Conference is a three-day community focused conference dedicated to bringing together thought leaders in the desktop and mobile web industry. Join us at ModUX this year to get the latest and the greatest about Sencha frameworks and tools, listen to what experts have to say about the future of desktop and mobile web, and hang out with some awesome developers from companies around the world.”

  • When: Sep. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

ModUX 2013

onGameStart 2013
“The first HTML5 Game Conference”.

  • When: Sep. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: Warsaw, Poland

onGameStart 2013

Strange Loop 2013
“Meet us in St. Louis, Sept 18-20th, 2013, to make connections with the creators and users of the languages, libraries, tools, and techniques at the forefront of the industry. Topics include emerging languages, concurrent and distributed systems, new database technologies, front-end web, and mobile apps.”

  • When: Sep. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: St. Louis, USA

Strange Loop 2013

From The Front 2013: The Frontend Brothers
The From The Front Conference is back. Last year this frontend conference was very popular and had a great line-up. What do they have in store for us this year?

  • When: Sep. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Bologna, Italy

From The Front 2013: The Frontend Brothers

Circles Conference 2013
“A place to learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators for the creative community.”

  • When: Sep. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Grapevine, Texas, USA

Circles Conference 2013

Monitorama EU 2013
“We had a great time in Boston and now we’re bringing it to the other side of the pond! Join us at the Urania venue in Berlin to hear talks from leading open source developers and web operations “thought leaders”. Afterwards, we’ll take what we’ve learned and bring it to life during the Hackathon.”

  • When: Sep. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Berlin, Germany

Monitorama EU 2013

WebExpo Prague 2013 Conference
“A unique event in central Europe which connects people from different areas of the Web – business, development and design.”

  • When: Sep. 19-21, 2013
  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic

WebExpo Prague 2013 Conference

JSFoo 2013
“JSFoo is India’s only national JavaScript conference series, with previous editions in Bangalore, Pune and Chennai. This year’s Bangalore edition is a flagship two-day event.”

  • When: Sep. 19-21, 2013
  • Where: Bangalore, India

JSFoo 2013

DIGITIZED 2013
“On its third edition, Digitized takes the step from national to international. And further more, by taking advantage of its location and the timing it aspires to serve a three point mission: Work-Learn-Fun. This year’s digitized attendees will have the chance to pick any combination of its three components.”

  • When: Sep. 20-21, 2013
  • Where: Athens, Greece

Digitized 2013

Nickel City Ruby Conference 2013
“Visit Buffalo, NY for 2 days of Ruby, learning, and discussion with speakers and the large local tech community.”

  • When: Sep. 20-21, 2013
  • Where: Buffalo, USA

Nickel City Ruby Conference 2013

Tÿpo St.Gallen 2013
“The three-day symposium on Typography is held at the School of Design in St. Gallen, and runs from 20 to 22 September 2013. Numerous top-caliber speakers will grapple with the space between letters – the white space.”

  • When: Sep. 20-22, 2013
  • Where: St.Gallen, Switzerland

Tÿpo St.Gallen 2013

Edge Conference 2013
“Edge is a new kind of non-profit one-day conference on advanced web technologies for developers and browser vendors, raising funds for Girls Who Code.”

  • When: Sep. 23, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Edge Conference 2013

The Dare Conference
“You’re a troublemaker. You can’t ignore the clash between today’s soulless production-line culture and the digital revolution, which rewards connection and openness. Our outdated organisations need your help—and yet, you can’t change the world on your own. Join us in London for a three-day conference where we dare to take risks, be vulnerable, and do work that matters.”

  • When: Sep. 23-25, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

The Dare Conference

SmartWeb Conference 2013
“SmartWeb is a conference organized for web designers & developers, interaction specialists, UX designers, and web entrepreneurs. During the eight session program, attendees will discover the latest trends in modern web and mobile development, and meet your peers and great people from web industry.”

  • When: Sep. 24, 2013
  • Where: Bucharest, Romnia

SmartWeb Conference 2013

PhoneGap Day EU 2013
“Web Conferences Amsterdam, the organization behind the successful Mobilism conference, is organizing our 2nd annual European conference dedicated entirely to PhoneGap. Part conference, part celebration, expect a fun and informative day packed with people who are using PhoneGap as part of their mobile app development.”

  • When: Sep. 24, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

PhoneGap Day EU 2013

NAGW National Conference 2013
“NAGW’s National Conference is the best education for the least cost: three full days plus pre-conference training workshops, including most meals, for a low-cost rate.”

  • When: Sep. 24-27, 2013
  • Where: Louisville, USA

NAGW National Conference 2013

AGI Open London
“In the spirit of openness, AGI Open offers a programme of dialogues. And as well as designers being interviewed and interrogated, delegates to the event will have a chance to meet the speakers and discuss the hot issues of the day with them.”

  • When: Sep. 26-27, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

AGI Open London

Login Conference
“LOGIN is the conference for developers and professionals, executives, venture capitalists, designers in the gaming and technology industry, including Mobile game development, MMOG development, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network development, Online game development, Console game development, and digital distribution.”

  • When: Sep. 26-27, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Login Conference

WebVisions Chicago 2013
“WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.”

  • When: Sept. 26-28, 2013
  • Where: Chicago, Illinois, USA

WebVisions Chicago 2013

euroia 2013
“As in previous years, our conference does not have a specific theme. Rather, we will be putting together an English-language programme that represents a wide range of subjects – from hard-core search strategies, to more general user-experience topics. All proposals have to be written in English.”

  • When: Sep. 26-28, 2013
  • Where: Edinburgh, UK

euroia 2013

CocoaConf Columbus 2013
“CocoaConf Columbus is a developer conference focused on all things Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. We’ll be rounding up some of the smartest and most passionate developers in the region for two days packed with Cocoa grooviness: engaging technical sessions, informative panels, good times, and opportunities to get out and meet the community.”

  • When: Sep. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Columbus, USA

CocoaConf Columbus 2013

Over the Air 2013
“Over the Air is an event that defies easy description. It’s a celebration of creativity. It’s a festival of all things mobile. It’s a place where attendees can learn about technologies, trends and techniques. It’s a sleep-over. It’s a two day party. It’s an event where practitioners of creative and technical disciplines can come together to learn from each other. It’s about recognizing software development as a creative discipline.”

  • When: Sep. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Bletchley Park, UK

Over the Air 2013

Shropgeek (R)Evolution
“The last three years have proved so popular, we are making Shropshire’s favorite web conference a full day event in 2013. Planning is underway and we already have some great speakers lined up. Including Elliot Jay Stocks, James Whittaker and Laura Kalbag.”

  • When: Sep. 27, 2013
  • Where: Shrewsbury, UK

Shropgeek (R)Evolution

Rencontres Django 2013
This event joins the francophone fans of “Django” for a week-end of talk and collaboration in lovely Belfort, France.

  • When: Sep. 28-29, 2013
  • Where: Belfort, France

Rencontres Django 2013

An Event Apart: Austin 2013
“An Event Apart Austin is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.”

  • When: Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2013
  • Where: Austin, Texas, USA

An Event Apart: Austin 2013

GOTO Aarhus 2013
“GOTO Aarhus is an premier software development conference designed for developers, team leads, architects, and project managers. At GOTO, the program is created by developers for developers.”

  • When: Sep. 30 – Oct. 4, 2013
  • Where: Aahrus, Denmark

GOTO Aarhus 2013

 

October 2013

LXJS 2013
“A 2-day not-for-profit by-the-community and for-the-community international conference about the New Worlds of JavaScript [set\ in a movie theater from the early 50s in the heart of Lisbon and with pre, during and after parties, this is not your average conference.”

  • When: Oct. 2-3, 2013
  • Where: Lisbon, Portugal

LXJS 2013

Inspire Conf Sao Paolo 2013
“Ready to Inspire is a brand new conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of today’s craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Oct. 2-4, 2013
  • Where: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Inspire Conf Sao Paolo 2013

MEDIT Symposium 2013
“Starting this year, an exciting Software Development Conference is planned in the heart of the Mediterranean. The event features two full conference days with multiple tracks, providing a community for learning, networking and tracking innovation in software development.”

  • When: Oct. 3-4, 2013
  • Where: Milazzo, Italy

MEDIT Symposium 2013

Joomla!Day UK 2013
“Joomla! Day UK 2013 will bring together some of the world’s leading Joomla specialists and fellow developers for a full weekend of conferencing, networking and exploring Joomla together in an inspiring and friendly environment.”

  • When: Oct. 5-6, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Joomla!Day UK 2013

WordCamp Europe 2013
“The biggest WordPress conference in Europe, organized by the community, for the community. Our curated list of speakers will be from all over the world, showcasing the best and brightest in Europe, and bringing in international heroes to meet you all.”

  • When: Oct. 5-7, 2013
  • Where: Leiden, Netherlands

WordCamp Europe 2013

Captivate Conference 2013
“Over hundred experts from film, games, music & mobile industries. From Keynotes to workshops and master classes you will find something to learn, a new way of approaching business or your career.”

  • When: Oct. 6-8, 2013
  • Where: Austin, USA

Captivate Conference 2013

DIBI 2013
“Web Designers & Developers reap a 2 track event for both sides of the Web coin. DIBI 2013 promises thought provoking speakers along with work enhancing Seminars all wrapped up in a closing Party and Hackfest.”

  • When: Oct. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Gateshead, UK

DIBI 2013

Delight 2013
“The event features a unique lineup of inspiring case studies, workshops and keynote presentations, as well as peer networking with fellow experience design, digital, marketing, and business leaders.”

  • When: Oct. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

Delight 2013

Semi-Permanent Stockholm 2013
“Semi-Permanent combines speaker presentations, exhibitions and parties into a festival of creativity. A refreshing look at the current state of the art and design world – both educational and inspiring.”

  • When: Oct. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Semi-Permanent Stockholm 2013

Future of Web Design 2013
“What makes Future of Web Design different from other design conferences? Experience. We’ve been producing web design conferences for almost a decade, and are intimately familiar with the trends, technologies, and stars that make the web beautiful. Our two-track event means you always have a choice — you’re not locked into one room and one track. And we record every session for all attendees, so you’ll never miss a thing. As always, content is king.”

  • When: Oct. 7-9, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Future of Web Design 2013

2013 Design Research Conference
“Practicing designers, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs will present a variety of perspectives on balancing multiple creative forces amidst complex systems and issues.”

  • When: Oct. 8-9, 2013
  • Where: Chicago, USA

2013 Design Research Conference

JingJS 2013
“JingJS 2013 is a two day conference focused on JavaScript and Node.js technologies. This developer driven event will bring together notable figures from both the Chinese and international JavaScript communities to share their knowledge and passion for JavaScript.”

  • When: Oct. 9-10, 2013
  • Where: Beijing, China

JingJS 2013

Internet & Mobile World 2013
“Get your update on digital, mobile & software technologies in a 2 day condensed event. Participate to over 50 knowledge seminars presented by more than 30 international speakers.”

  • When: Oct. 9-10, 2013
  • Where: Bucharest, Romania

Internet & Mobile World 2013

Brooklyn Beta 2013
“Brooklyn Beta is an annual gathering of some of the friendliest folks on the Web.”

  • When: Oct. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: New York, USA

Brooklyn Beta 2013

Big Des Moines 2013
“Four-hundred of the nation’s most heartfelt hustlers, builders, change agents and doers will come together to hear stories and best practices from more than a dozen notable speakers, create lasting connections within the regional and national community and walk away with an energy to follow their passions.”

  • When: Oct. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: Des Moines, USA

Big Des Moines 2013

ATypI Amsterdam 2013
“This year’s conference takes its theme, “Point Counter Point,” from an early form of polyphony in music, in which multiple melodies combine to build a composition; this interplay of point and counter point also embodies the way visual communication is created and perceived, and it reflects the back-and-forth dialogue that characterizes so much of Dutch cultural history.”

  • When: Oct. 9-13, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

ATypI Amsterdam 2013

Fronteers 2013
“Founded in 2007, Fronteers is the non-profit trade organization of Dutch front-end developers. Its goals include the professionalisation of our trade, (improved) recognition of the front-end discipline, and improving the position of Dutch front-end developers in their company and the web design/development world in general.”

  • When: Oct. 10-11, 2013
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fronteers 2013

Big Android BBQ 2013
“The Big Android BBQ is the world’s preeminent mobile technology conference for Android developers, hackers and enthusiasts. With more activities, sessions and exhibitors than previous years, the Big Android BBQ 2013 is bigger and better than ever before.”

  • When: Oct. 10-12, 2013
  • Where: Dallas/Fort Worth, USA

Big Android BBQ 2013

Paris-Web 2013
Paris-Web, the conference by people who make the web, explores the themes of Web accessibility, digital design and open standards.

  • When: Oct. 10-12, 2013
  • Where: Paris, France

Paris-Web 2013

The Digital Barn 3
“A little digital and web event for designers, developers and geeks set in the charming town of Barnsley. Now in it’s third year of awesome the all-day event provides two rooms packed with a mixture of well-seasoned and newbie speakers alike.”

  • When: Oct. 11-12, 2013
  • Where: Barnsley, UK

The Digital Barn 3

Transbay Fest 2013
“Based in San Francisco, California, the Transbay Fest is an innovative modular event series that celebrates film, transmedia, video, apps, games and augmented reality and acts as a catalyst for conversation, exploration, action and engagement through four modules:” Media, Interactive, Conference and Social Sessions.

  • When: Oct. 11-12, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Transbay Fest 2013

RuPy 2013 Conference
“RuPy is a unique conference that brings together communities from different state-of-the-art programming languages Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Clojure and related technologies.”

  • When: Oct. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: Budapest, Hungary

RuPy 2013 Conference

The Geek Gathering Conference
“The Geek Gathering is about JavaScript, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Web Application Security and Hybrid Web Development with a splash of science and dancing.”

  • When: Oct. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: Osijek, Crotia

The Geek Gathering Conference

SHiFT : Social and Human Ideas For Technology
“An exciting, international two day event, gathering some of the brightest, most ingenious minds of our time together, to peer into the future.”

  • When: Oct. 12-13, 2013
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

SHiFT : Social and Human Ideas For Technology

Sass Conf 2013
“Introducing SassConf, a two day conference devoted to modern front-end development. Prepare yourself for a fantastic two day conference; day one will be filled with talks from big players in the Sass and Front-End communities and day two will be an unconference where you will be able to break out into smaller groups to talk and work.”

  • When: Oct. 12-13, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Sass Conf 2013

CFCamp 2013
“The CFCamp has established itself as a fixture for ColdFusion developers and offers this year again many interesting sessions by well-known speakers. In addition to the two day conference there will be an interesting program of free courses, sessions, the CFAcademy and a fantastic party!”

  • When: Oct. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Germering, Germany

CFCamp 2013

UCDA Design Conference 2013
“The UCDA Design Conference provides you an opportunity to get an in-depth look at some of the issues facing designers and communication professionals both in and out of educational institutions.”

  • When: Oct. 12-15, 2013
  • Where: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

UCDA Design Conference 2013

MobileCON 2013
“The MobileCON™ conference is 100% business and mobile IT focused—the only event of its kind. This user conference meets trade show is a one-stop shop for learning how to solve your most pressing problems in mobility. Join us for thought leadership, actionable education, peer-to-peer learning and solutions shopping.”

  • When: Oct. 16-18, 2013
  • Where: San Jose, USA

MobileCON 2013

Mobilize 2013
“Five years ago, Mobilize was the first conference of its kind to outline the future of mobility after Apple’s iPhone exploded onto the scene. We continue to track the hottest early adopters, the bold visionaries and those about to disrupt the ecosystem. This year we’ll cover: the internet of things and industrial internet, Mobile big data and new product alchemy, Wearable devices, BYOD and mobile security.”

  • When: Oct. 16-17, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Mobilize 2013

Big Design Events 2013
“The Big Design Conference is four intense days of learning within the scope of Strategy, Mobile, User Experience, Gaming, Code Development, Usability, and Film Design.”

  • When: Oct. 17-20, 2013
  • Where: Dallas/Fort Worth, USA

Big Design Events 2013

Midwest UX 2013
“Next fall, user experience designers, developers, makers, students and educators from around the Midwest are invited to meet peers, advance the discipline and make make the third Midwest UX Conference the biggest and most colorful.”

  • When: Oct. 17-19, 2013
  • Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Midwest UX 2013

WDC2013
“As always we’re putting together the best value 1 day conference money can buy. We have listened to feedback, made notes and corrected mistakes and think 2013 will be something to write home about. We have lined up some of the top speakers in the web industry to educate and inspire you in what you do every day.”

  • When: Oct. 18, 2013
  • Where: Bristol, UK

WDC2013

DevFest Vienna 2013
“DevFests are large-scale community events throughout the world, following the tradition of Google DevFests and organized by local user groups.”

  • When: Oct. 18-20, 2013
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

DevFest Vienna 2013

The Realtime Conference 2013
“RealtimeConf is a not-for-profit event assembling the diverse developers and doers who push forward the bleeding edge of the web. Our mission is to help you bring open communication to the Open Web.”

  • When: Oct. 18-19, 2013
  • Where: Portland, USA

The Realtime Conference 2013

Phoenix Design Week 2013
“Phoenix Design Week connects the design community with a series of interactive events, exhibitions, presentations and a conference. The weekend conference brings internationally-recognized keynote speakers alongside local design authorities as part of an enlightening week celebrating all aspects of design.”

  • When: Oct. 18-25, 2013
  • Where: Phoenix, USA

Phoenix Design Week 2013

NSScotland 2013
“This second year of Scotland’s first conference for Mac and iOS developers is loaded with content for both beginners and more experienced programmers. In addition to our popular single-track two day weekend conference, we are offering a choice of two full day tutorials.”

  • When: Oct. 19-20, 2013
  • Where: Edinburgh, UK

NSScotland 2013

User Interface 18 Conference
“Dig into two days of daylong workshops and one day of practical talks by UX experts in usability research, persuasion, teamwork, planning, and UI and product design.”

  • When: Oct. 21-23, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

User Interface 18 Conference

Breaking Development Nashville 2013
“Web design and development for beyond the desktop. We are coming back to the city of Nashville, Tennessee for another great Breaking Development! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.”

  • When: Oct. 21-23, 2013
  • Where: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Breaking Development Nashville 2013

CSS Dev Conf 2013
See the “Best and Brightest Minds in the CSS Community” at the Stanley Hotel in the Rocky Mountains.

  • When: Oct. 21-23, 2013
  • Where: Denver, Colorado, USA

CSS Dev Conf 2013

HTML5 Developer Conference 2013
“HTML5DevConf continues to grow into the largest independent technical software developer focused conference in the known universe, with the finest technical speakers in the cosmos.”

  • When: Oct. 22-23, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

HTML5 Developer Conference 2013

Apps World 2013
“Apps World has grown to be the leading global multi-platform event in the app industry. This year’s Earls Court 2 event is set to be the biggest yet with over 250 exhibitors and over 8000+ attendees including developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals registered for two days of high level insight and discussion.”

  • When: Oct. 22-23, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Apps World 2013

Future of Web Apps 2013
“Future of Web Apps (FOWA) is returning to London for the 7th consecutive year bringing you three days of the best in the world of web development, business and entrepreneurship, all covering future focused subject matter. From JavaScript, API’s, Node.js and CoffeeScript to Realtime, HTML5, Funding, Startups, Data Analysis and more – there is something for everyone!”

  • When: Oct. 23-25, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Future of Web Apps 2013

Droidcon London 2013
“London’s biggest Android Conference. Fun times were had at Droidcon London 2012! The Android community came out in full swing to present their latest apps, their niftiest solutions, and most innovative applications of Android.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Droidcon London 2013

Frontiers of Interaction 2013
“It is a bit hard to define FoI as a conference or an event, it is more a hybrid show. Its unusual format creates an immersive experience featuring music, interactive and artistic installations, demo sites and keynotes, and makes it an ideal venue for thinkers and doers, managers and entrepreneurs, innovators and academics, early adopters and long-term geeks.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: Milan, Italy

Frontiers of Interaction 2013

Web Directions South 2013
“Australia’s biggest event for the web industry: Be inspired by the web’s biggest thinkers. Learn from world leading experts in Web design & development, UX and Interaction design. Connect with your peers from around the country and around the world.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Web Directions South 2013

Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2013
“Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2013 offers a unique opportunity to connect in-person with the ColdFusion community including engineers, developers and peers. Interact with other ColdFusion developers and the Adobe ColdFusion team, inspire other developers with your ColdFusion expertise and bring new information back to your organization, further expand your ColdFusion knowledge and expertise.”

  • When: Oct. 24-25, 2013
  • Where: Las Vegas, USA

Adobe ColdFusion Summit 2013

Books In Browsers
“Books in Browsers is a small summit for the new generation of internet publishing companies, focusing on developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online storytelling, expression, and art.”

  • When: Oct. 24-26, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

Books In Browsers

#TIDE 2013
“We want to provide a unique event that can inspire not only the current and future generations, but all of those people that can benefit from hearing these ideas. We also want to have a bit of fun too so we will try to keep the event as laid back as possible and naturally there will be sand, sea, ice cream and all sorts of seaside frolics.” Also, you can learn to surf.

  • When: Oct. 25, 2013
  • Where: Scarborough, UK

#TIDE 2013

Pittsburgh Web Design Day 2013
“Web Design Day is a one-day conference designed to bring the best of modern Web Design to Pittsburgh. Spend the day with high-end presentations from some of the best and friendliest in our industry and lunching with the best set of attendees around. Then leave the digital aside just for a while for a party and printmaking fun exclusively for Web Design Day attendees.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Pittsburgh Web Design Day 2013

Star Tech Conf Santiago 2013
“The great conference that brings together world renowned stars in software development and local tech experts to talk about HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Java, Python, Mobile and more.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Santiago, Chile

Star Tech Conf Santiago 2013

CocoaConf Boston 2013
“The CocoaConf 2013 fall tour brings us to Boston for our New England debut. Two days of awesome technical sessions, awesome panels, awesome good times, and awesome opportunities to get out and meet the community. The day before CocoaConf Boston, we’ll be opening for the big show with three pre-conference workshops and tutorials, led by a line-up of renowned trainers and authors in the Apple developer community.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

CocoaConf Boston 2013

Compute Midwest 2013
“Compute Midwest is a 2 day convergence of tech in Kansas City: new people, new ideas and new frontiers. With 1 conference, an all-star lineup of speakers, a hackathon & 2 parties, Compute Midwest provides a fantastic opportunity to connect you with 500+ forward thinking tech minds.”

  • When: Oct. 25-27, 2013
  • Where: Kansas City, USA

Compute Midwest 2013

Mozilla Festival 2013
“The Mozilla Festival is an annual gathering of passionate thinkers and inventors from around the world who meet to learn from each other and help forge the future of the web. MozFest is 3 days of productive skill-sharing through hands-on sessions.”

  • When: Oct. 25-27, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

Mozilla Festival 2013

push.conference 2013
“push.conference is a unique inspiring event for the interactive professional field. It unites the established UX/ UI scene with the potential and skillset of a new generation of creative coders and technologists on two amazing days in Munich.”

  • When: Oct. 25-26, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

push.conference 2013

WebTech Conference 2013
The Web Tech Conference is all about Web related technologies, from HTML5 to Web security.

  • When: Oct. 27-30, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

WebTech Conference 2013

International PHP Conference 2013
“The International PHP Conference is a globally recognized event for PHP developers, webworkers, IT managers and everyone interested in web-technology. Once again, the conference will explore key topics and core technologies for developers and decision makers.”

  • When: Oct. 27-30, 2013
  • Where: Munich, Germany

International PHP Conference 2013

The Email Design Conference
“We love email, and we love great design. Join us as we explore how modern UI/UX concepts extend to the email experience, and demonstrate how careful planning, strategic guidance and stellar design can lead to dramatic results. Spark your creativity, learn new techniques and connect with like-minded practitioners in two full days of amazing talks.”

  • When: Oct. 28-29, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

The Email Design Conference

T3CON13
“This year’s TYPO3 conference is centered around three themes and will extend beyond the TYPO3 project’s scope only. A wide variety of international speakers will give there vision surrounding Community, Future and Business all relating to Content Management.”

  • When: Oct. 29-31, 2013
  • Where: Stuttgart, Germany

T3CON13

November 2013

Antarctic JS
The first JavaScript conference on the last continent will be an online conference, possibly attended by penguins. So far there is very little information about it. But be on the lookout for speakers in tuxedos.

  • When: Nov. 1-Dec.1, 2013
  • Where: Antarctica

Antarctic JS

Ampersand NYC 2013
“Ampersand is an affordable one-day event for knowledgable web designers and type enthusiasts. Ampersand NYC will be a fabulous day of nitty gritty details in all aspects of web typography, presented by experts in typeface design, layout, typesetting, and front-end development.”

  • When: Nov. 2, 2013
  • Where: New York City, USA

Ampersand NYC 2013

Artifact Conference 2013
“ARTIFACT East is a two-day, single-track conference for DESIGNERS who are adapting to the challenge of designing for a MULTI-DEVICE world. ARTIFACT EAST features (nearly) the same amazing line-up of speakers and sessions as Austin, so if you were one of the many who were not able to get a ticket to that sold-out event, here’s your chance.”

  • When: Nov. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Providence, USA

Artifact Conference 2013

PLAY & MAKE 2013
“PLAY & MAKE is an event running for 13 years and was formerly known as Flashforum Konferenz or FFK. The event is NOT about games or gaming. It is for everybody who is interested in technology and design. Tinkerers, makers, creative coders, designers … you name it.”

  • When: Nov. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Düsseldorf, Germany

PLAY & MAKE 2013

edUi Conference 2013
“Focusing on the universal methods and tools of user interface and interaction design, as well as the unique challenges of producing websites and applications for large institutions, edUi is a perfect opportunity for web professionals at institutions of learning—including higher education, K-12 schools, libraries, museums, government, and local and regional businesses—to develop skills and share ideas.”

  • When: Nov. 4-6, 2013
  • Where: Richmond, USA

edUi Conference 2013

UX Intensive 2013 Seattle
“UX Intensive is a four-day workshop series for intermediate- level professionals wanting to take their practice to the next level. Examining the four key elements that contribute to successful interactive experiences, each day includes fun, hands-on activities designed to build skills and provide a framework that participants can immediately put into practice.”

  • When: Nov. 4-7, 2013
  • Where: Seattle, USA

UX Intensive 2013 Seattle

W-JAX 13
W-JAX is the leading Java conference. Find out from renown speaker from all over the world what made their projects a success. The agenda will include anything from Java Technologies, Software Architecture to Management Methods and Enterprise Architecture.

  • When: Nov. 4-8, 2013
  • Where: München, Germany

W-JAX 13

J. Boye Aarhus 13
“The J. Boye Aarhus 13 web and intranet conference offers 3 packed days with international experts and inspiring case studies.” It will be a multi-track cross-industry event with evening socials where you can rub elbows with experts and peers.

  • When: Nov. 5-7, 2013
  • Where: Aarhus, Denmark

J. Boye Aarhus 13

Topconf Tallinn 2013
“Topconf Tallinn offers ideal opportunities for learning, networking and tracking innovation occurring in the Java, Mobile, .Net, OpenSource, Lean/Agile, Architecture New Languages & Process communities.”

  • When: Nov. 6-7, 2013
  • Where: Tallinn, Estonia

Topconf Tallinn 2013

UX New Zealand 2013
“UX New Zealand 2013 will be a 3-day user experience design conference – the first dedicated UX conference in NZ. It will start with a day of hands-on workshops; and will then have two full days of presentations.”

  • When: Nov. 6-8, 2013
  • Where: Wellington, New Zealand

UX New Zealand 2013

FITC Web Unleashed 2013
“FITC is back in New England for Web Unleashed 2013 with a ton of learning and collaborating opportunities over a two-day period: day one features a wide range of conference sessions focusing on front-end development and day two takes a deep dive into specific topics with hands-on workshops.”

  • When: Nov. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Waltham, USA

FITC Web Unleashed 2013

Ready to Inspire 2013
“Ready to Inspire is a conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of todays craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Nov. 7-8, 2013
  • Where: Chicago, USA

Ready to Inspire 2013

UCD2013
“UCD2013 is a unique User-Centred Design conference in London. UCD2013 explores how User-Centred Design is applied in a variety of disciplines. The conference focuses on UK based speakers who are the best in their field representing a variety of different organizations and companies.”

  • When: Nov. 8-9, 2013
  • Where: London, UK

UCD2013

Joomla! World Conference 2013
“The Joomla! World Conference returns for the second consecutive year, bringing together the worldwide Joomla! Community for three days of learning, connecting, and sharing.”

  • When: Nov. 8-10, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

Joomla! World Conference 2013

QCon San Francisco 2013
“QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.”

  • When: Nov. 11-13, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

QCon San Francisco 2013

Build Conf 2013
“In 2009, Build started out as a one-day web design conference. In the last four years it’s not only grown to become a week-long festival, but it’s also become home to a community of exceptional, hard-working designers, travelling to attend from across the world. In 2013, Build will come to an end. We’ve got something really special planned.”

  • When: Nov. 11-15, 2013
  • Where: Belfast, N. Ireland

Build Conf 2013

Jornadas Chilenas de Computacion UCT 2013
“The Latin American and the International HCI communities are invited to exchange ideas, methods, approaches and techniques that aim designing interactive user experiences. We believe that in the field of HCI, not only we must come to a technology that can be used and appreciated by as many people as possible, but also to romote intercultural exchange and cooperation between people with different backgrounds and needs.”

  • When: Nov. 11-15, 2013
  • Where: Temuco, Chile

Jornadas Chilenas de Computacion UCT 2013

DEVOXX 2013 Belgium
“Java is at the roots of this conference, come learn about what’s new in Java SE/EE, JSRs, JDK8, modularity and much more at Devoxx.” However, there will also be talks about HTML5, Cloud Computing, and pretty much every other subject relevant to Wed developers.

  • When: Nov. 11-15, 2013
  • Where: Antwerp, Belgium

DEVOXX 2013 Belgium

Foresight & Trends 2013
“FT ’13 builds on what you currently know, adds to what you don’t know, contextualizes through pragmatic examples and puts you to work through implementation workshop intensives. Learn exactly HOW to synthesize visionary knowledge and make it COMMERCIALLY relevant for you and your business.”

  • When: Nov. 13-15, 2013
  • Where: Los Angeles, USA

Foresight & Trends 2013

CascadiaJS Conference 2013
“CascadiaJS is a two-day conference on the cutting edge of JavaScript. Browser, server, OS – we cover it all.”

  • When: Nov. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Vancouver, Canada

CascadiaJS Conference 2013

ITDevCon 2013
“The two-day Conference is structured in 3 parallel sessions. Speeches are 65 minutes long and cover live demos, best practices and all of your questions! You can choose your favorite topics and plan your personalized agenda!”

  • When: Nov. 14-15, 2013
  • Where: Verona, Italy

ITDevCon 2013

CocoaConf Atlanta 2013
“Finishing up the 2013 fall tour, CocoaConf will be in Atlanta, Georgia, for the first time ever. We are pleased to be partnering with the celebrated Big Nerd Ranch for our Atlanta event. Join us for an intense period of nerdery — the nerdiest the region has ever seen. With over 25 technical sessions, panels, keynotes, and opportunities to get out and meet the community, CocoaConf Atlanta is just the event your languishing inner nerd needs.”

  • When: Nov. 15-16, 2013
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

CocoaConf Atlanta 2013

TechPhx 2013
“TechPhx started as a two-day workshop for podcast buffs and has grown phenomenally over the past few years into an unconference for new media enthusiasts and professionals including bloggers, podcasters, writers, musicians, social media fans and content creators of every kind.”

  • When: Nov. 16-17, 2013
  • Where: Tempe, USA

TechPhx 2013

Ready to Inspire 2013 Sa Paolo
“Ready to Inspire is a conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of todays craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Nov. 18-19, 2013
  • Where: Sao Paolo, Brazil

Ready to Inspire 2013 Sa Paolo

JavaScript Summit 2013
“Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web’s most notable experts in JavaScript and jQuery for an all-new, three-day online conference, the JavaScript Summit 2013″.

  • When: Nov. 19-21, 2013
  • Where: Online

JavaScript Summit 2013

The Ultimate Developer Event 2013
“The Ultimate Developer Event is a brand-new conference focused on bringing developers of all types together for two days of inspiration, education, and fun. The Ultimate Developer Event is perfect for developers of consumer and business apps, front-end or back-end engineers, mobile app developers, information architects, open-source contributors, students, startup founders, hackers, Trekkers, and anyone else who believes technology is going to save the universe.”

  • When: Nov. 20-22, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

The Ultimate Developer Event 2013

The Email Design Conference 2013 Boston
“We love email, and we love great design. Join us as we explore how modern UI/UX concepts extend to the email experience, and demonstrate how careful planning, strategic guidance and stellar design can lead to dramatic results. Spark your creativity, learn new techniques and connect with like-minded practitioners in two full days of amazing talks.”

  • When: Nov. 21-22, 2013
  • Where: Boston, USA

The Email Design Conference 2013 Boston

Capitole du Libre 2013
Le Capitole du Libre is an event focus on Libre in general and the the Libre platform in particular. However, the event will also host some web-based talks and workshops.

  • When: Nov. 23-24, 2013
  • Where: Toulouse, France

Capitole du Libre 2013

Handheld Conference 2013
Handheld’s motto “Big Ideas For Small Devices” says it all. It’s conference on and around mobile devices with a great lineup, a day of workshops, and a great party with karaoke and specially brewed beer.

  • When: Nov. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Cardiff, UK

Handheld Conference 2013

RubyConf Argentina 2013
“We are very proud to present the third edition of RubyConf Argentina, a regional conference about Ruby and related technologies.” RubyConf is the largest Ruby event in the Spanish speaking world.

  • When: Nov. 27-28, 2013
  • Where: Buenos Aires, Argentina

RubyConf Argentina 2013

UX People 2013
“Conference about design, UX, interface and interaction design”, featuring “The best experts and leaders in the field of design and UX”.

  • When: Nov. 30, 2013
  • Where: Minsk, Belarus

UX People 2013

December 2013

dotJS 2013
“dotJS is a single-day, single-track event where the best JavaScript hackers in the world appear on a crazy beautiful stage. Like last year, the lineup will feature only hackers and gurus but the talks will be slightly more technical.”

  • When: Dec. 2, 2013
  • Where: Paris, France

dotJS 2013

An Event Apart: San Francisco 2013
“An Event Apart San Francisco is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. Join us for twelve great speakers and sessions, plus an optional day-long workshop on multi-device web design.”

  • When: Dec. 9-11, 2013
  • Where: San Francisco, USA

An Event Apart: San Francisco 2013

January 2014

February 2014

Ready to Inspire 2013 Leiden
“Ready to Inspire is a conference about the craft of web design, type and code. It has workshops, live music, meetups and parties, but above all an exciting lineup of todays craftspeople and mind blowing new faces.”

  • When: Feb. 1-5, 2014
  • Where: Leiden, Netherlands

Ready to Inspire 2013 Leiden

Jfokus 2013
“Jfokus is the largest annual conference for everyone who works with Java in Sweden. The conference is arranged together with Javaforum Stockholm. Javaforum is a Swedish developer community and an official Java User Group (JUG) with premier purpose is to support Swedish developers. During three days, you will have an unique opportunity to keep yourself updated with the latest development of the Java platform through numerous interesting sessions.”

  • When: Feb. 3-5, 2014
  • Where: Stockholm, Sweden

Jfokus 2013

ConveyUX 2014
“ConveyUX is about making software easier and more enjoyable to use through the use of the latest techniques in user research and design. Featuring experienced practitioners who will present a blend of short, inspiring talks combined with longer, more in-depth workshops. The content is centered about four key areas: Wordage and Visual Design, User Analysis and Testing, Mobile and Multi-screen, Pure and Applied.”

  • When: Feb. 5-7, 2014
  • Where: Seattle, USA

ConveyUX 2014

Interaction14
“Interaction14 will explore the wide diversity of interaction design practices and seek inspiration from related disciplines. Four days of workshops, presentations and social events.”

  • When: Feb. 5-8, 2014
  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Interaction14

ng-conf 2014
“The world’s first Angular Conference in Salt Lake City” will be featuring the Angular team.

  • When: Feb. 16-17, 2014
  • Where: Salt Lake City, USA

ng-conf 2014

Dev Nexus 2014
“We will be having an incredible line-up of presenters covering a wide array of crucial topics. This year we are expanding to 8 tracks with 70 sessions and 2 keynotes! In addition to providing great content for Java developers, DevNexus is a very valuable networking opportunity. This event attracts Java/JVM talent from the South-East’s largest corporations, software companies and consulting organizations.”

  • When: Feb. 18-19, 2014
  • Where: Atlanta, USA

Dev Nexus 2014

Meta Refresh 2014
Meta Refresh will be “on the construction of UI on the web”.

  • When: Feb. 21-22, 2014
  • Where: Bangalore, India

Meta Refresh 2014

ConFoo Conference 2014
“ConFoo is a non for profit, multi-technology conference” including PHP training, talks on HTML5, PHP, Cloud Computing and many industry topics.

  • When: Feb. 24-28, 2014
  • Where: Montreal, Canada

ConFoo Conference 2014

jQuery Europe 2014
In 2013 jQuery Europe featured “International speakers and web pioneers showing the newest trends and techniques for web, apps and smart TV development with jQuery. Two days of conference with awesome sessions, one additional day of jQuery training and lots of opportunities to meet and greet with developers from all Europe.”

  • When: Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014
  • Where: Vienna, Austria

jQuery Europe 2014

More Links for Keeping Up

Here are a few links that will also help you keep up with the newly scheduled design and/or development conferences being shared through Lanyard that have been sorted out by category:

Where Are You Going?

If you are going to any one of these events, we’d love to hear about this in the comments section below! What are you most excited about? And what did you learn and experience? We are looking for your personal stories and first-hand insights!

Our next events list will come out in the beginning of 2014, so keep looking out! And by the way, the Smashing team is organizing a series of workshops and the Smashing Conference this year — it would be wonderful to meet you someday!

(il) (ea)


© Jan Constantin for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

August 15 2013

18:06

Grab Your Bag and Join Us: Full-Day Smashing Workshops In Germany


  

Quality has and will always matter to us. With our full-day workshops in Freiburg and Berlin, we aim to bring together only the most talented, skilled and passionate experts from various fields of Web design close to you. Well, if these workshops won’t help improve your workflow and skills, what will? Seriously.

Save 50€ On Your Next Workshop!

We listen to your thoughts, and we listen carefully. Let us know where you’d like us to organize the next Smashing workshops in the comments to this post, and we’ll do our best to come to you! In the meantime, you can save 50€ on the next workshop of your choice — all you need to do is subscribe to our Events mailing list below:

Voilà! You should have received your discount code within the email confirmation! Please note that this code is valid until the 9th of September 2013.

Workshops in Freiburg, Germany

Brad Frost's Workshop Responsive Design by Brad Frost
Take a deep dive into the world of Responsive Web design, how to deconstruct interfaces down to their atomic elements, and how to introduce design systems into your workflow. Read more… Smashing Conference 2013 Typography by Dan Mall
Wanna take your type game to the next level? We’ll jump right into the nuances of great typography: Assessing what gives type personality, drawing type, choosing, comparing and pairing typefaces. Read more… Lea Verou Regular Expressions by Lea Verou
We’ll start with the very basics and progressively enhance your knowledge until you’re coding regular expressions like a champ. You’ll leave with awesome regular expressions skills, not just a vague idea of what you can do with regex. Read more… More workshops in Freiburg →

Workshops in Berlin, Germany

Jonathan Snook's Workshop CSS Architecture by Jonathan Snook
A full day of instruction and exercises on writing HTML and CSS using a flexible and modular approach that will improve team efficiency and minimize problems with growing projects. Read more… Remy Sharp Node.JS by Remy Sharp
This workshop is a fully packed day of material and exercises to get you up and running quickly. You’ll learn all the fundamentals you need to create your very own Node.js-backed application in no time. Read more… Eva-Lotta Lamm's Workshop Sketching Interfaces by Eva-Lotta Lamm
We’ll be exploring when and how to use sketching in the design process, how to run a collaborative sketching session with a group of people and how to make your sketches communicate more efficiently. Read more… More workshops in Berlin →

We look forward to finally meeting you at one of the Smashing workshops! If you have any questions, please don’t hesistate to just drop us an email and we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!

Stay smashing!

(vf) (cc)


© Cat Clark for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

Tags: Events

July 10 2013

10:39

May The Fourth Be With You: Add Your Twitter Avatar To The Smashing Book #4


  

If you’ve spent the last few months under a rock, then we’ve got a surprise for you. We are working on two brand new Smashing Books. The first, New Perspectives on Coding, will cover state-of-the-art techniques, case studies and coding strategies — all neatly packed into a gorgeous printed hardcover (and available as an eBook, of course).

So if you’ve always wanted to leave a trace of yourself to posterity, now you can (well, kind of). From the very first Smashing Book, we’ve reserved space to feature our readers in the book, and our fourth undertaking will be no exception.

Add Your Twitter Avatar To The Book!

A picture says more than a thousand words, and a Twitter avatar says more about one’s personality than a name ever could! So, following our tradition, we welcome you to submit your Twitter avatar for a double-page spread in the (printed and digital) book. Space is very limited, with only 750 slots available, so please be quick!

How Does It Work? Easy!

  1. Type in your Twitter username, and — voilà — your spot it reserved!
  2. We’ll grab your avatar automatically and will notify you about the status of the submission via email.

Submit Your Avatar Into The Book!

Presto! And if for some mysterious reason, you happen to feel like a Jedi afterwards, well, why not tweet about it using the hash tag #feellikejedi? No pressure: just sayin’!

What Is The Book About?

We’ve assembled a remarkable lineup of authors for the book. All of them are well-respected designers and developers who will be divulging practical insights, design strategies and hands-on tools as they share new perspectives on Web design today. Here is a quick summary of the book’s theme and table of contents.

Summary

Smashing Book #4: Coding

What works in theory sometimes doesn’t quite work as expected in practice. In this pragmatic book, well-respected designers and developers analyze their personal experiences, failures and successes from working on common front-end issues, and share the tools they use to tackle these issues effectively. You’ll learn state-of-the-art techniques and strategies to make your workflow more effective.

The book will feature valuable insights into large-scale projects, front-end architecture, maintainable code and responsible responsive Web design. It will also uncover smart front-end strategies, CSS and JavaScript tricks and obscure back-end techniques, and it will explore what it takes to improve performance for faster and more robust websites and Web apps.

Table of Contents

AUTHOR CHAPTER DETAILS Addy Osmani Rendering Performance Optimization For Mobile
Addy Osmani

Whether it’s on desktop or mobile, users want their web experience to be snappy, smooth and delightful. What this means is that even if the browser is busy rendering the page (i.e drawing it) or loading in content, the user should still be able to scroll around and interact with it without any slow-down. No one likes seeing visual glitchyness.

In this chapter, Addy Osmani, the mastermind behind Yeoman and Devtools, provides a walkthrough on how to find and fix visual jitter in your pages. If you care about providing fast and smooth experiences, you will care about this chapter, too.

Keywords: tools, techniques, strategy, workflow, optimization, rendering.

Harry Roberts Breaking Good Habits: CSS Architecture For Tomorrow
Harry RobertsThe Web is changing. Are you keeping up? We’ve outgrown the methods of yesteryear and it’s now up to us to update the unwritten rules of web development to fit the new landscape. This chapter explores some misconceptions about CSS, encourages a change in attitude in front-end development, explores practical approaches of and lessons learned in object-oriented CSS development, code structure, code management, naming conventions and verbosity of HTML.

You’ll explore a new frame of mind that is better equipped for building more powerful, pragmatic front-ends.

Chapter keywords: CSS, OOCSS, BEM, architecture, strategy, semantics, code structure, front-end, naming conventions, performance.

Nicholas C. Zakas The Roadmap to Maintainable, Clean and Effective Code
Nicholas C. Zakas Code is code no matter where you go, and code has a tendency to get messy as it gets large and old. What if you need to make changes? What if you didn’t anticipate the additional features that would be required? What if the project ends up going in a different direction? Can your code adapt?

We are rarely taught how to deal with messy code. However, someone is going to have to maintain that code. That someone might be you next month or it might be someone else next year, but someone eventually will need to maintain that code. On a large project with many developers, the problem is magnified. How can everyone work in the same code base in such a way that making changes in the future are easy? That’s what this chapter is about.

Chapter keywords: maintenance, architecture, conventions, code style, documentation, components, legacy code, testing, CSS, JavaScript.

Tim Kadlec The Culture of Performance
Tim KadlecThe Web has a serious weight problem and the users are the ones who suffer as a result. The impact of improved web performance is no minor detail: by caring a lot about how fast our websites and applications are, we can explore new markets, gain increased revenue, improved business metrics and better user satisfaction. But how do we bake performance into the design process? We must make performance part of the discussion from the very beginning of the process, and we must be concrete about it.

Chapter keywords: performance budget, optimization, speed, efficiency, mobile, latency, loading, rendering

Paul Tero How To Fix The Web: Obscure Back-end Techniques And Terminal Secrets
Paul Tero Imagine that you wake up one morning, groggily reach for your laptop and fire it up. You’ve just finished developing a brand new website and last night you were proudly clicking through the product list. The browser window is still open, the Widget 3000 is still sparkling in its AJAXy newness. You grin like a new parent and expectantly click on “more details.” And nothing happens. You click again, still nothing. You press “Refresh” and get that annoying swirling icon and then the page goes blank. Help! The Internet is gone!

This chapter starts with the worst case scenario and works inwards, exploring the infrastructure of the Internet and the make-up of a Web server, imparting lots of little tips and commands along the way, opening up a new perspective on how websites can stop working and be fixed.

Chapter keywords: back-end, DNS, servers, networking, infrastructure, SSH, firewalls, DOS, hacks, debugging, backup, Apache, security.

Aaron Gustafson Building Adaptive Interfaces
Aaron Gustafson To create truly exceptional designs, we must not only reduce the friction inherent in completing a task, but we must reconcile aesthetics with usability by designing adaptive interfaces. Smartly built interfaces offer a continuum of experience. So what if we architect our interfaces to adapt to the capabilities of our user’s devices in order to ensure a positive experience, even if it’s not an identical one?

In this chapter, Aaron explores the layers of a typical Web experience and breaks down the development process into manageable steps that enable accessible, functional and empathetic interfaces. He also describes his own process and various techniques that help him to achieve this very goal in daily routine.

Chapter keywords: adaptive interface, progressive enhancement, empathy, layer cake, constraints, lazy loading, UI Construction Flow, JavaScript, adaptive components, patterns, style tiles

Mat Marquis Robust, Responsible, Responsive Web Design (Filament Group’s Case-Study)
Mat Marquis Responsive Web design is starting to get a reputation, and not the kind of reputation that it rightfully deserves. The most common death knell we’ve heard ringing out—lately, anyway—is that every page of a responsive site is fated to weigh in at a couple dozen megabytes and there isn’t a single thing that any of us can do about it.

There are good solution though. We can’t blame responsive Web design for mistakes that we, developers, have been making. This is on us, and you don’t see any carpenters writing blog posts about how hammers are a failed methodology because of the time they dropped one on their foot. We can do better than blaming our tools for our mistakes. This chapter is about exactly that: tools, techniques, lessons learned and practical tips to manage responsible responsive designs in real-life projects.

Chapter keywords: Responsive Web design, responsive images, conditional loading, progressive enhancement, optimization, CSS, JavaScript, workflow, optimization, case-study.

Andy Hume Real-Life Responsive Web Design (The Guardian’s Case-Study)
Andy Hume Ensuring good cross device and cross browser experiences has always been a thing, but browsers adoption of media quieries solved a key problem and let us jump forward very fast. This chapter looks at some lessons from implementing on Guardian and discussions with others like BBC, Boston Globe. In a world where the number and diversity of browsing platforms is increasing every day these orgs understand the value of having one platform and codebase for delivering their web products.

Chapter keywords: Responsive Web design, optimization, performance, RESS, case-study.

Christian Heilmann Vanilla Web Diet
Christian Heilmann When we go out and use our mobile devices or wireless that is available in cafes and hotels things don’t look as bright as they do on our incredibly fast connections at home. There, the larger part of our time is consumed looking at spinning animations telling us something is loading and many a time we are being told that “the connection is wonky” and that we should try again.

That’s a sign of the Web being broken. It’s time to fix it. Let’s try to take a break in our drive to be cool and new and innovative the whole time and check out what we are doing — analyze our eating habits so to say. Christian Heilmann calls this the “Vanilla Web Diet,” much like people start calling using JavaScript without any libraries “Vanilla JavaScript.” This chapter explores some of the fundamental ideas and thoughts that you can apply to slim down your next app or existing solution.

Chapter keywords: optimization, performance, speed, strategy, browsers, quality of code.

Addy Osmani Harry Roberts Nicholas C. Zakas Tim Kadlec Paul Tero Aaron Gustafson Mat Marquis Andy Hume Christian Heilmann
Authors of the “New Perspective on Coding”, a book about state-of-the-art techniques, strategies and workflow for Web developers.



A tasty early preview of Anna Shuvalova’s beautiful illustrations for The Smashing Book #4: namely, for Christian Heilmann’s chapter “Vanilla Web Diet” on the left, and Mat Marquis’ chapter “Robust, Responsive, Responsive Web Design” on the right. (Large view)

Technical Details

Smashing Book #4: Coding


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

June 11 2013

13:22

Smashing Conference 2013: A Community Event That Will Change Everything


  

Guess what? The Smashing Conference is coming! 2 single-track conference days, 3 full-day workshops, 16 excellent speakers, and only 300 available seats. We’d be honoured to welcome you in our home town Freiburg, on September 9–11th 2013, at the foot of the legendary, beautiful Black Forest in Southern Germany.


You can enjoy the well-known “Münsterwurst” opposite the conference venue, also known as a “lange Rote”. Of course, there are also vegetarian tofu sausages available. Image credit.

SmashingConf 2013: We Are Building The Web

We want the Smashing Conference to be a unique, valuable and friendly event for everybody involved. Not only do we want to provide new perspectives into Web design in general; more importantly, we want the event to focus on how exactly we, designers and developers, work, design and code to solve real-life problems.


Tickets can now be purchased via the SmashingConf 2013 page.

We’ll explore in detail what techniques, strategies and tools we use, but also what lessons we can learn from our personal experiences, successes and failures. Smashing Conference is a conference about how we work and play — and how we build the Web today.

Get your ticket!

Speakers and Workshops

We’ve invited excellent speakers who all have something to share, be it personal experiences or case-studies on large projects. We’re very happy to welcome Jason Santa Maria, Dan Mall, Luke Wroblewski, Dan Rubin, Inayaili de Leon, David Březina, Andy Hume, Tim Kadlec and — of course — the Mystery Speaker among the first confirmed speakers. You can find more information about the talks on the SmashingConf 2013 Speakers page.


Taking notes the old-fashioned way. Image credit.

We are also happy to announce 3 full-day and 1 half-day practical, hands-on workshops that will take place after the two main conference days: Dan Mall will be teaching how to be the typographer you were born to be, Dan Rubin will be exploring how to design for User Experience, Luke Wroblewski will be exploring how we can improve Web forms for mobile, and Addy Osmani will be teaching how to become the real front-end warrior.

Does it all sounds good to you? Well, it gets even better: If you purchase a Conference Ticket + Workshop ticket, you can save 15% off the regular price! So what are you waiting for?

Date, Location, Prices

The conference will take place on 9–11th of September in 2013 in the Historic Merchant Hall in our lovely home town Freiburg, Germany. We have only 300 seats, so the number of tickets is very limited. Also, we’ve blocked every single hotel in town for you — you can select your hotel at the SmashingConf 2013 Location page (“Smashing Conference” is the magic word for hotel booking!).


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AirBnB could be a good option as well, but be fast — there aren’t many rooms available. Freiburg is known for being a vacation place, so perhaps you’d like to combine the conference with a relaxing family vacation in the skirts of the Black Forest? We’ve prepared some information about the location of Freiburg, so you don’t get lost in the suburbs of the Southern Germany while travelling here. Now if that isn’t an experience of a life-time, what is? (No, seriously, you will enjoy it!).

The price per ticket is €369 (incl. VAT). We’re organzing 3 full-day (€349) and 1 half-day (€229) workshops. Make sure to actually consider booking a workshop as well — if you buy both a conf ticket and a workshop, you save 15% off the price right away. Three days of learning, sharing, networking — it’s getting better and better! No lunch will be provided, but drinks and snacks will be provided, of course.

Get your ticket!

Sponsors, Dear Sponsors

We keep the ticket prices affordable for everyone, and we’re happy to welcome sponsors to help us make the conference smashing in every possible way. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Vitaly at hello [@] smashingconf [dot] com. We love our sponsors, and you make the event possible, and we’d be honoured to have you involved!


Snapshot of SmashingMag’s 2012 Conference badge and lanyard. Image credit.

  • “This conference was well worth the money and I hope we will make it next year. Well done Smashing Magazine!” (Source)
  • “The two days of talks offered a very good balance of design-, philosophy-, typography-, and development-based topics. [...] Thanks to all who attended, organized, cared, spoke and made this an overall very great event!” (Source)
  • “It was an immensely successful conference [...] The talks, the beer and the interesting people definitely made me want to go visit Freiburg again next year!” (Source)

Questions?

Follow us at @smashingconf and get more details on the SmashingConf 2013 website. Also, more speakers will be announced soon, so get ready to be smashed with a few exciting surprises and announcements!

Questions? Shoot us an email anytime at hello@smashingconf.com — we’d love to assist you in every possible way and would be humbled and happy to welcome you in our lovely home town Freiburg this September!

Auf Wiedersehen!

Get your ticket!


© Vitaly Friedman for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

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12:11

Our Clean Up Week: Keep Calm And Stay Tuned (With 15% Off Smashing Products!)


  

This week at Smashing Magazine, we’ve decided to reflect on and analyze performance, navigation, code base, style guides, content, customer support, our tools and our internal processes — basically everything. That’s why Smashing Magazine will be unusually quiet for the rest of this week.

Our Clean-Up Week: When Slow Is Good, And Offline Is Better
Smashing Magazine is getting all polished up just for you!

We’ll be using this week to reflect each and every crack in Smashing Magazine that has been nagging at us. No distractions, (almost) no emails, tweets or Facebook updates, no Skype calls — just 60 hours of focused, uninterrupted work.

While we’re (kind of) away this week, we’d be more than happy to leave you with a 15% discount on all of our lovely Smashing products — whether it’s a Smashing Book, an eBook, the entire Smashing Library, or even a Smashing Workshop. If you’ve ever thought about picking one of these up, now is the time to do it. We’d like to express a sincere thank you for all of your support, and for following us throughout the years!

Special Prices For Special Smashing Readers

The total value of all of the eBooks in the Smashing Library is around $270. While you would already save more than $170 with the regular price, the special discount this week will save you another $15 — but only from the 3rd until the 9th of June! Of course, more excellent eBooks are in the pipeline, including our long-awaited Smashing Book 4, which will be released in a few months. Now is the best time to take advantage of this offer because the Smashing Book 4 will also be discounted by 15%, and you will get it with free worldwide shipping, too! This special offer is valid for a very limited time and won’t come again.


We’re offering 15% off all Smashing products from 03. – 09. June 2013.

Our eBooks cover a wide range of Web design-related topics:

  • Front-end development (CSS, HTML5, JavaScript),
  • Responsive Web design,
  • Mobile,
  • UX design,
  • Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks,
  • WordPress,
  • Web app development,
  • and much — much — more!

The Smashing Library is not the usual sort of library where you borrow a book and have to bring it back after four weeks. Our eBooks are lent DRM-free, available in MOBI, EPUB and PDF formats. They do not expire and may be downloaded repeatedly. All of the books released while you are a subscriber are yours. You don’t need to return anything — everything is just yours!

Printed Books

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The Smashing Library Comes With These Features:

  • Vote on upcoming Smashing eBooks and topics for the library.
  • Enjoy reading two to three new Smashing eBooks a month, about topics chosen by the library’s community.
  • Get all Smashing eBooks ever published and our editorial flagships: the Mobile Book and the Smashing Book series!
  • The eBooks come DRM-free, will not expire and may be downloaded repeatedly.
  • The cost is only $8.25 per month, and you’ll be billed $99 once a year. Every eBook released while you are a subscriber is included.

Sign up!

Corporate and educational customers can take advantage of special licenses, too! Get in touch with our chief marketing guy, Stephan. Please don’t forget to state the type of company or institution you represent (e.g. educational, corporate, etc.) and its size (i.e. number of students or employees), and include a link to your website.

Thank You For Your Support!

We’ll be back next week with fresh new content — keep calm and stay tuned!

Best Regards,

The Smashing Team


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

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May 09 2013

11:54

The Smashing Editor’s Choice: A Free eBook


  

Nearly half a year ago, we introduced our eBook subscription model, also known as the Smashing Library. We knew we were onto something good, realizing that the Smashing Library was the next step in offering quality content — at a price you’ll still be able to afford all of the coffee you need to stay up long enough to read the entire library and, of course, the free eBooks.

The Smashing Library Subscription
A subscription to the Smashing Library is only $99 a year.

A subscription to the Smashing Library grants you unlimited access to all of the previously published Smashing eBooks, as well as a guaranteed 24 new eBooks throughout the year. This includes all digital versions of the Smashing Book series, including the The Mobile Book and the upcoming Smashing Book #4.

And our library is getting even more smashing. We didn’t want to limit the library to just our own content, so we are now including a growing number of industry-related eBooks. These books are by authors who aren’t necessarily affiliated with Smashing Magazine but who produce great content. In addition to saving more than half off the regular bundle prices, as a subscriber to the Smashing Library, you will get the opportunity to vote on what we publish next and what new eBook downloads will be automatically available in your Smashing Shop dashboard.

The Smashing Library Catalog Download
Download the “Smashing Library Catalog” (PDF, 2.8 MB) and get started today!

The Smashing Editor’s Choice

To give you a taste of what to expect from the eBooks in the Smashing Library, we are happy to present you with The Smashing Editor’s Choice: A Smashing Library Treata free eBook that contains a wide range of topics, including new coding techniques, user experience strategies, responsive design and mobile solutions by some incredibly prolific and knowledgeable authors. Well-known names such as Lea Verou, Christian Heilmann and Dmitry Fadeyev have contributed fascinating chapters on various subjects.

The Smashing Free eBook Download
Sign up below to receive your free copy of The Smashing Editor’s Choice.

The Smashing Editor’s Choice eBook is only a sample of the kind of quality Smashing eBooks that are available in the library. We select only the best articles, wrap them in a user-friendly layout, and make them available in the three most common formats, PDF, EPUB and Kindle. And because we don’t want to impede your use of the eBooks, they’re all DRM-free.

If you like this eBook, then you’ll love the Smashing Library. Just fill in your email address below, and you will receive access to a download link to your free eBook copy of The Smashing Editor’s Choice, as well as our bi-weekly Smashing Newsletter, which is full of useful tricks, techniques and tweaks.

Get a link to the free eBook via email:

What Subscribers Think of the Smashing Library

Coming up with the subscription library model took meticulous planning and careful editorial work. Adding eBooks on a monthly basis and keeping up with industry trends take passion. Luckily, we have a lot of that. From the beginning, we had a feeling that the library would be popular, and with the surprisingly positive launch, you proved us right:

“A perfect resource for a full-service Web-dev company. I own and operate a Web development company. This provides a vast store of wisdom for daily operations across the board.”
Taylor Black

“Unbelievable bargain! This is indeed a great offer if you’re thinking about purchasing several books and if you want to keep up with current developments. Very curious about what’s yet to come this year!”
Joachim

The best magazine is up with the best books. I recently received “The Mobile Book.” That was awesome, and I hope this will be 38X awesome. Worth reading!”
Erik Royall

“Great books, nice offer! I already own Smashing Book #3 and was thinking about buying the mobile/coding bundle when I stumbled upon this offer. Been reading (almost) nonstop ever since, loving it so far! Thanks, Smashing!”
Bernd

We try to make the Smashing Library worthwhile by adding new content regularly and by giving you, the subscriber, the choice of what we publish next. All downloads, eBook polls and news are accessible through your personal Smashing Shop dashboard. Have a look at what the library looks like when you’re logged in:

Inside the Smashing Library
A preview of the Smashing Shop dashboard.

Thank you all for your support over the years, everyone! You’ve been truly smashing!

(al) (il)


© The Smashing Editorial for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

May 08 2013

11:36

Psst! Smashing Magazine Is Hiring! We’re Looking For A Senior Editor


  

Editorial work at Smashing Magazine is a difficult, challenging process. It requires patience, focus and thoroughness. Our readers have high expectations, and our authors expect sophisticated editorial guidance. That’s what we are known for, and that’s where we could use your help. We’re looking for a hard-working editor with technical experience to support and complement our team.

Such an editor can’t be found on any of the innumerable job boards out there. Because the position is one of the most important to our publication, we are looking for the best editor from our community — someone who truly understands Smashing Magazine and what it stands for. We would never otherwise publish a job opening on our front page — in this case, we made an exception.

Where? Freiburg, Germany.

We’d love to welcome you onto our team in Freiburg, Germany (Google map). In addition to enjoying the beauty of this student city, with its medieval city center, lovely vineyards and proximity to the Black Forest, you’ll also have France and the Swiss Alps just around the corner. Of course, you’ll also enjoy the playful spirit and open-mindedness of Smashing Magazine’s international team members, who like to work as hard as they party.

Freiburg
(Image: Björn Freiberg)

Your Responsibilities

We prefer that our team members focus on a few important tasks and do them well. Here are some of the tasks and responsibilities you will have:

  • Continually acquire and communicate with authors, in accordance with our editorial process and publishing policy.
  • Plan, edit, perform quality control on and publish articles on Smashing Magazine.
  • Shape and contribute to the editorial direction of the magazine.
  • Refine the content strategies for existing and future content.

What We’re Looking For

We are looking for professionals who know exactly what they’re doing. Here’s what we expect from you:

  • A strong sense of craftsmanship in your work — whether in writing, editing, communication or simple HTML.
  • Be curious to experiment and get creative with new forms of content and with design- and coding-related topics.
  • Know and understand what it takes to make high-quality content for the Web.
  • Be familiar with the Web design community and the industry in general.
  • Be willing to challenge authors to leave their comfort zone, and make every article stand out from the crowd by being interesting, engaging, appealing — perhaps even extraordinary.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. We’d love for you to have solid experience in copywriting as well, but that’s not necessary.
  • Knowledge of Web design is necessary, both technical and non-technical, but we don’t expect you to be a ninja in all of it — a jack of all trades is just fine!

Web Designer Wanted

How to Apply

Interested? Fantastic! Please send your cover letter, résumé, work samples and URLs of relevant websites to me, Vitaly Friedman, at the following email address:

vitaly [at] smashingmagazine.com

We have a lot of exciting ideas for the magazine — we just need people who we would love to work with and who we can trust to make these ideas a reality. With your help, we can make this magazine even better and richer than it has ever been.

We look forward to your application.

(al)


© Vitaly Friedman for Smashing Magazine, 2013.

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