Smashing Conference


Smashing Magazine and beyond tellerrand teamed up to bring you the very first Smashing Conference — a friendly, valuable and inspiring community event that will help us all become better at what we do. Please spread the word about it on Twitter, Facebook, your blog and where ever you can. And to make this as easy as possible, we have produced some assets.

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The First Smashing Conference

The first Smashing Conference is a three-day event for Web designers and Web developers, to be held on the outskirts of the Black Forest in the sunny city of Freiburg, Germany. We have invited outstanding, inspiring speakers, and we look forward to a day full of stimulating, intense expert workshops.

Days one and two are dedicated to high-quality talks by some of the most well-respected experts in today's Web industry, giving you the chance to get up close and personal. A party will give you an opportunity to relax and network after the program of the conference's first day. Day three features full-day workshops to elevate your knowledge and experience.

The Smashing Conference takes place from September 17th to 18th, 2012. Workshops will be held on the 16th and 19th. Early-bird tickets start at €249.00, and regular ticket price is €359.00—both including German VAT (19%) and all booking fees. Student discounts (25% off) are available upon request as well.

We are sold out already, but we have a waiting list. If you want to get on the waiting list, please email waitinglist[at] with your name, email address and the number of tickets you'd like to have. We still have a few tickets left for the workshop of Jonathan Snook (on the 19th) and for the second workshop of Andy Clarke (on the 16th). We might be able to help you out!

The workshops take place in the hotel Zum Roten Baeren in Freiburg, Germany
The conference's workshops will take place in the hotel "Zum Roten Baeren" in Freiburg, Germany. This is how the hotel looks from inside out. Image credit.

Why the Smashing Conference?

Since 2006, Smashing Magazine has delivered useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers around the world. The design community is full of talented and hard-working folks who come up with brilliant ideas every day. Smashing Magazine provides a platform to share and discuss the work and knowledge of the best designers and developers out there, chase down the latest developments in the industry and stay on top of new techniques, methods, workflows and tricks. Six years later, it’s time to take Smashing Magazine's philosophy to the next level.

The conference moves beyond online communication and aims to bring Web designers and developers closer together. We want to provide an inspiring, forward-thinking event where you can connect and network with others on a personal level in a stunning yet friendly environment. We want to deliver the same high-quality content that Smashing Magazine delivers, while adding a personal element to create an experience that brings great value to everyone involved.

beyond tellerrand is running events since more than 12 years already. Intensive workshops and high quality talks for design, code and web enthusiasts plus a big portion of networking. The community character of beyond tellerrand belongs as much to the events as the good organization and its familiar atmosphere. All this with ticket prices starting from 99 Euro (including 19% German VAT and booking fees).

The conference will take place in the Historical Merchants Hall
The legendary Historical Merchants Hall, a late-Gothic building built between 1520 and 1530. Its façade is decorated with statues and the coat of arms of four Habsburg emperors. An exquisite location for the very first Smashing Conference. Image credit.

Would You Like To Cover The Event?

Would you like to cover the Smashing Conference? Don't hesitate to contact us via press[at]smashing-media[dot]com for interview requests with our editor-in-chief, Vitaly Friedman, or the conference's coordinator, Marc Thiele. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Journalists are granted free access to the conference upon official accreditation.

Smashing Conference Facts Sheet

  • What? A social event for Web designers and developers, featuring experts from the Web design community
  • Who? The main organizers are Smashing Magazine’s Vitaly Friedman and Beyond Tellerrand’s Marc Thiele
  • When? September 17-19, 2012 (conference on 17-18, workshops on 16th and 19th)
  • Where? Freiburg, Germany
  • Conference venue: Historisches Kaufhaus, Freiburg
  • Workshop venues: Historisches Kaufhaus, Freiburg and Hotel Zum Roten Bären, Freiburg
  • Tickets: 350
  • Ticket prices: Conference passes start from €249.00. Student discounts are available.

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