Below you'll find the schedule for our 5th SmashingConf in Freiburg. We’ll keep this page regularly updated with all new speakers and sessions, so be sure to keep checking in! Stay updated.

Monday, 12th | Tuesday, 13th

08:00 Doors Open
9:00 Welcome and Intro

Real-Life Responsive Web Design: Lessons Learned

The Web is neither black nor white. Usually, as designers and developers, we need to come up with pragmatic solutions that work best within given constrains, and they often look very differently from what optimal solutions are supposed to be. In this talk, David Rupert will look back into the project that he’s worked on at Paravel Inc. and present insights into the techniques, strategies and workflow for mid-size and large responsive design projects.


Practical Blend Modes

With the availability of SVG and CSS filters and blend modes, our browsers have become very powerful image rendering engines. From creating surrealist effects to 3D images, the artistic possibilities are endless. But how can we integrate filters and blend modes into web components? How can we use them in our every day user interfaces to improve performance and aid in design? This talk will cover just that, and use some practical examples to demonstrate the power of CSS effects.

11:05 Morning Break


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The Pragmatist’s Guide to Service Workers

Service Workers are buzzy and exciting, a collection of Web APIs that do all sorts of handy stuff. Yet you’re a busy web dev. You’ve got sites to build, web apps to code. Let’s decode the complexities of Service Worker capabilities, breaking them down into concepts, recipes and examples.

We’ll get you ready to build real-life useful stuff without the need for an overwhelming or distracting investment of time and energy.

13:15 Lunch Break

Beyond the Toolkit: Spreading a System Across People & Products

A design system is made up of parts: visual style, UI components, code, editorial, and often more. We know how to design, build, deliver them is like any other digital product development process. And there’s the rub: your system is a product in and of itself, applied to an enterprise’s ecosystem of other products built by autonomous teams of designers and developers.

Your strategy needs answers to “What products will use it, when and to what extent?” “Who's our audience?” “Who participates and contributes?” “What groups must we align with?” “Who wants it, and — really — who doesn’t?”

We’ll explore ways to identify and prioritize how to engage your enterprise's people and products as you spread and sustain a system over time.


The Features of Highly Effective Forms

Web forms are complex beasts with many moving parts. That’s one of the reasons they're so challenging to build well. In this session, Aaron Gustafson will walk you through the process of creating a form—from planning to production—and give you sage advice for improvement. You’ll learn ways to keep forms focused, how to leverage HTML5 for better user interaction, and a variety of design techniques to enhance forms’ usability. Whether you have one form or a thousand, you’ll leave this session with a much better handle on how to take them from distressing to delightful!

16:25 Afternoon Break

🎉🐱✨or: How I didn’t fix emoji in Chrome

Last year, in the dark days of the web, Chrome couldn’t render emojis. Monica tried to fix it, failed, and has been obsessed with bringing unicode to the people ever since. Why do you sometimes get a square instead of a 🍕 if you type U+1F355?

How do skin coloured emoji work? How do you add a dinosaur emoji to the spec, which is decidedly lacking? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, this talk is for you.

17:30 Closing Remarks
20:00 Party Time!

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