Schedule

Below you'll find the schedule for SmashingConf NYC 2016. We’ll keep this page regularly updated with all new speakers and sessions, so be sure to keep checking back from time to time! Stay updated.

Tuesday, 14th | Wednesday, 15th

8:00 Doors Open
9:00 Welcome!
9:20

Paper, plastic & pixels

Brendan likes to cut things up then splice them together in different ways to make new things. In this talk, he takes you through some of his work and the thought processes behind that work. From generative installations to 3D printed data to the Internet of Things, Brendan shows the fun, eclectic nature of being a designer in the 21st Century and how we’re only just getting started!

10:10

Atoms, Modules and Other Fancy Particles: Building a Pattern Language For The Web

As many of us move away from designing pages toward designing systems, one concept keeps coming up: modularity. Modular systems promise to be scalable, maintainable, and easier to work with – but what if the “system” we end up with doesn’t perform as well as we expect? What if the result is disappointing – an overly simplistic “patched together” design, that’s not nearly as scalable and adaptable as we’d hoped?

In this talk we’ll look at what it actually means to have a resistant design system and a shared pattern language in your team. We’ll talk through the steps to get there, as well as mistakes, stumbling blocks, and lessons learnt.

11:00 Morning Break
11:30

Dynamic Static Site Strategies (and Other Tongue Twisters).

Are we over-engineering? What is the real effort in developing, hosting and maintaining sites which have many moving parts? The cost of serving static sites has never been lower. And front-end development practices have never been richer. Couldn't we harness this better and make life simpler without dumbing down?

In this talk we'll explore some unexpected capabilities and characteristics of "static" sites. We'll look at ways to use emerging tools and services to create robust, high performance websites which can be more dynamic than some of their heavier and more costly brothers and sisters.

12:20

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 go over how to increase engagement and performance with examples and case studies. 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.

1:10 Lunch Break
2:30

Performance Under Pressure

Look. You’re busy people. You’ve been hearing a lot about the importance of building highly performant websites over the past few years, and there isn’t much there to argue with—not in a vacuum, at least. The trouble is, you and I have plenty of important things to worry about already: flexibility, maintainability, and accessibility, just to name a few. We only have so much time and our clients only have so much budget. Performance can end up an afterthought; an “if we have time at the end of the project” ticket languishing in an issue tracker somewhere, forever.

Well, if you’re performance-minded but strapped for time, I have some good news. It doesn’t have to be a stand-alone phase, and it doesn’t have to be
something we sell to our clients and bosses; it doesn’t have to be a big deal at all, really. We can sneak some minor—and some major—performance improvements into the ways we’re working right now. We can build a faster experience for our users without slowing ourselves down.

3:20

Driving Culture Change with Design

Building amazing digital services is a dream we all have, but many of us are working for companies that aren't quite with the programme yet. With a few examples from how we made huge and lasting changes within the UK Government's digital services, I'll describe how you can help steer your products onto better seas through simple culture change tricks and using design to set the pace.

4:10 Afternoon Break
4:40

Graphic Design in the 21st Century: Is the Internet Killing Creativity?

Is the internet, for all its technology, best-practice guides, metrics and measurements making us better designers? Or is it killing creativity, homogenising ideas and undermining the notion of original thought? Join me as I explore how the practice of graphic design has changed since the information revolution.

5:20

Adapting to Input

Responsive Web Design has forced us to accept that we don't know the size of our canvas, and we've learned to embrace the squishiness of the web. Input, it turns out, is every bit as challenging as screen size. We have tablets with keyboards, laptops that become tablets, laptops with touch screens, phones with physical keyboards, and even phones that become desktop computers.

In this session, Jason will guide you through the input landscape, showing you new forms of input like sensors and voice control, as well as new lessons about old input standbys. You'll learn the design principles necessary to build web sites that respond and adapt to whatever input people use.

6:20 Closing remarks
8:30 Party Time!

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