SmashingConf Freiburg 2022

Hybrid Event

SmashingConf is a friendly, inclusive event which is focused on real-world problems and solutions. 2 days, 1 track, 14 speakers, 300–400 attendees and a bunch of hands-on workshops.

SmashingConf speakers rarely show slides: they show how they work — their setup, techniques and shortcuts for getting work done in live interactive sessions. So expect everything from refactoring and debugging to sketching and redesign, live. SmashingConf is focused on front-end and UX, but it covers everything web, be it interface design or machine learning. That means a packed bundle of diverse, actionable insights for your work.


Learn more about Manuel Matuzović

Manuel Matuzović is a front-end developer who's passionate about HTML and CSS.

Manuel Matuzović speaks about Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation
A frontend developer’s job is to look at a design, interpret it, and translate it to HTML and CSS. Unfortunately, information often gets lost in translation because we rely too much on visual aspects of a design, rather than its semantic meaning. In his talk, Manuel Matuzović uncovers the invisible patterns we should recognise in a design, and how they affect accessibility.

Learn more about Michelle Barker

Michelle is a Senior Front End Developer at Ada Mode, with an interest in green tech and creative coding. She is author of front-end blog CSS { In Real Life }, a writer for Smashing Magazine, Codrops and CSS Tricks.

Michelle Barker speaks about CSS Layout

CSS Layout
Michelle will be talking about Modern CSS Layout. Do we need to say more? ;-)

Learn more about Andy Bell

Andy Bell is a designer and front-end developer, based in the U.K.

Andy Bell speaks about Be the Browser’s Mentor, not Its Micromanager

Be the Browser’s Mentor, not Its Micromanager
We look at how we can hint the browser, rather than micromanage it by leaning into progressive enhancement, CSS layout, fluid type & space and modern CSS capabilities to build resilient front-ends that look great for everyone, regardless of their device, connection speed or context.

Learn more about Ben Callahan

He’s focused his energy most recently on developing a maturity model for design systems, articulating the anatomy of design systems, and chronicling his findings about workplace culture in the tech space.

Ben Callahan speaks about Design Systems

Design Systems
Design systems have vast scopes and complexities—and no two are the same. That’s why establishing a collective vocabulary around design systems is key to unifying a team that can develop and mature a design system for long-term success. In this talk, Ben will present a perspective on how to gain real value from your design system based on years of research and experience. He'll offer a way to create a shared understanding inside your organization leading to a healthy systematic design practice.


In-person €649 Livestream €200


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Historisches Kaufhaus
Münsterplatz 24
79098 , Freiburg

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Deep Dive On Accessibility Testing, with Manuel Matuzović
7 Sep 2022
Historisches KaufhausMünsterplatz 24Freiburg
“Oh, and by the way, the site has to be accessible!” — Wait! What? How? What does accessible even mean? Semantic HTML, right? Is there more? How do I test accessibility? Do I need special hard- or software? Are there tools I can use? How do I discover and fix accessibility bugs? How do I assure my site stays accessible? Can I automate testing? … So many daunting and overwhelming questions, if you don't know how to get started. Manuel Matuzović guides you through the first steps and takes a deep dive into automated and manual accessibility testing.
Architecting Design Systems, with Nathan Curtis
Historisches KaufhausMünsterplatz 24Freiburg
Design systems are expanding in organizations, spreading design and code across product teams and influencing decision-making at higher and higher levels. This scale makes it increasingly essential to establish an architecture in design tools and code frameworks that can endure and evolve over time. A design system brings designers, developers, and products together. It is a platform to identify, decide on, and document what to share, whether a visual style, design patterns, front-end UI components, and practices like accessibility, research, content strategy. This workshop exposes you to essential foundations of the features, tools, and practices involved — to equip you with techniques and activities to harden, spread, and sustain a system yourself. We’ll cover foundations from visual style and UI component design to technical and collaborative practices that get designers and developers to work together to make a robust, high-quality system together.
Designing For Complex UI, with Vitaly Friedman
Historisches KaufhausMünsterplatz 24Freiburg
Not much can surprise us when it comes to interface challenges. We can design a decent card, a well-rounded accordion, an accessible modal and an exquisite hamburger navigation. But what if there are slightly more complex UX challenges ahead of us? Well, complex UI doesn’t have to be complicated. In this online workshop with Vitaly Friedman, UX consultant and creative lead behind Smashing Magazine, we’ll dive deep into dissecting how to solve complex design problems. Whether you’re working on a complex nested multi-level navigation or creating enterprise grade tables, this workshop will give you the tools you need to excel at your work.

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