Below you'll find the schedule of the Smashing Conference Oxford. And we do have some surprises for you—but they are not included in the schedule, of course. Stay updated.

Tuesday, 17th | Wednesday, 18th

08:00 Doors Open
09:00 Welcome and Introduction!

A Good Writer Is a Good Thinker

We are all united in a common goal: to grow as designers – to become better and to improve – in both our work and in our lives.

In this talk, Christopher Murphy shares the secret to growing as a professional: Writing. Writing, whether publicly or privately, shapes you as a person. Writing is a process, a process through which new ideas are developed, challenged and tested. As David Weinberger put it, many moons ago, you can, “write yourself into existence.”

Regardless of your specialism – designer or developer – Murphy will explore the critical role that discovery engines, latticeworks of mental models, and the humble written word can play in improving our thought processes and, by extension, our abilities.

In short: Writing matters. Hugely.


The Business of Design: How To Be Slightly Less Terrible At Making Money For What You Do

Meagan will tell anyone who will listen that the business part is the hardest part of design for her, and as someone who regularly tweets about taking a day off to recover from Burrito Regret, you might be surprised she’d pretend to be an expert at managing a design company. But what all her past ineptitude means is this: I’ve made a lot of mistakes when it comes to making money for my work, and I want everyone to benefit from these failures.

I’ll share the lessons I’ve learned about getting the work you want, ensuring a project is a success, and getting paid for it when you’re done. Before you think “well that sounds soulless, I’m going to the NBC Studio Tour during her talk,” I should also tell you that thinking hard about how to be a better business person has also made me a better human being. So come share in a celebration of us all being slightly less terrible.

11:00 Morning Break

Don’t Give Them What They Want, Give Them What They Need

In the Summer of 2013, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea decided to 'refresh' their website with a view to updating their templates and implementing a responsive web design. One year later, what the Council actually ended up with was a fundamentally changed website, redesigned from the inside outwards, putting the needs of residents first.

Richard Rutter will tell the story of how the redesign was achieved, how the internal battles were won, and the practical and pragmatic routes taken to ensure to success. It was a bumpy ride, so hold on tight!


Responsive Images are here!

Up until recently, Responsive Web design often meant using one of the various Responsive Images hacks or take a performance hit. Nowadays, that is no longer the case.

After over 2 years of community effort, we have finally reached the stage where a native responsive images solution is part of the Web Platform.
The picture element and the srcset attribute are now shipping with Chrome and Opera, and the implementation in other browsers is well under way.

In this session we will discuss the various use cases the specification handles, the native solution and matching syntax for each one of them, practical advice regarding these new markup patterns, the state of current implementation efforts and what other image-related solutions may come in the future.

13:10 Lunch Break

Rethinking Publishing

In this talk, Peter Bil’ak will examine the ways that current publishing practices are rooted in the 19th century, and how in order to move forward, we may have to go back to the roots and reconnect with readers. He will also talk about his recent project, “Works That Work” magazine, which set out to rethink publishing paradigms, starting with its financing, distribution and production.


Enhancing Responsiveness with Flexbox

Flexbox and responsive web design go great together, like peanut butter and jelly. Flexbox gives you more control over the things you care about in a responsive layout—like order, alignment, and proportional sizes of your boxes—and lets the browser figure out the rest—the math-y stuff that computers are good at, like the exact dimensions that are needed on the boxes to perfectly fill the available space. You can create much more complex and reliable layouts with flexbox than you can with floats, table display, or inline-block, all with far less CSS.

In this talk, you’ll learn which features of flexbox are particularly suited to responsive layouts and how you can harness them today by applying flexbox as progressive enhancement. We’ll look at examples of responsive page components and patterns that you can enhance further by layering flexbox on top of other layout methods, ensuring all users get a good experience.

16:20 Afternoon Break

Back To The Future: The Re-Evolution of Web Design

The web has evolved so quickly that the tools we use to create it haven't had time to catch up. We've designed in the browser; we've designed in Photoshop; but neither satisfies the needs of modern web designers. However, a revolution is rising and new tools are reimagining our craft. Questions as to the need for front end development are racing through the web. Join us for a romp through Web design’s past, an examination of its present and a look into its unexpected future.


Is Blink The New IE6?

Blink is the rendering engine that powers Chromium-based browsers like Chrome and Opera. Devs love it, and devs hate IE6. So how could Blink become the new IE6? Come with me on a journey down memory lane to a time when the Netscape dinosaurs ruled the earth and IE6 was the best thing since sliced pennyfarthings, and we’ll ask ourselves if history is repeating itself.

18:30 Closing Remarks
21:00 Party Time!

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