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.


🎉🐱✨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.

11:00 Morning Break

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.



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13:10 Lunch Break

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.


Innovative SVG Animations

By now most Front-End Developers know the benefits of working with SVG: great support, resolution, and scalable images that can reduce the needs for multiple HTTP requests and be easily scaled to multiple viewports. But SVGs are capable of so much more. In this session, we’ll manipulate vectors with a myriad of creative techniques, ranging from the practical, such as data visualization with React, to the delicate, such as imitating candle smoke with morphing path data. We’ll use SVGs as a window with clipPath, push the boundaries of the CPU with filters, and even combine techniques to create otherworldly effects.

16:10 Afternoon Break



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18:20 Closing Remarks
20:00 Party Time!

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