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We will be back in again in San Francisco for our fifth SmashingConf. In April we will be back in Fort Mason in the Marina District. Expect a friendly, valuable and inspiring community event that will help web designers and developers alike, become better at what we do.

The main focus of the conference is to give new insight into how we can work together to solve current design problems or brainstorm workflow solutions! Use the experience of your fellow attendees and speakers to create new ideas or develop old thoughts and tasks. Two workshop days and two full conference days, neatly packed with practical talks on smart techniques, clever strategies, useful tools, as well as lots of learning, sharing and networking.

Smashing Conference San Francisco 2018

The Smashing Conference is a four-day event for professional web designers and web developers, to be held in the purpose-built Fort Mason in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, directly at the Bay. We have invited outstanding, inspiring speakers, and workshop leaders who will make up a day full of stimulating, expert workshops.

We’d like to explore what works and doesn’t work in actual real-life projects. That’s why the conference will be focused on practical takeaways, workflows and hands-on insights. The goal is that every talk will deliver tangible, actionable points that we all will be able to learn from and use right away.


On Monday, April 15rd and Thursday, April 18th, we’ll host full-day workshops at the Fort Mason - Building C. We’re also preparing a pre-conference-evening for attendees to meet before the event so stay tuned for more information on that!


Tuesday and Wednesday are conference days, dedicated to high-quality talks by some of the most well-respected and talented experts in the industry. We always keep the friendly and informal atmosphere at our events, so grabbing a drink or coffee with a speaker won’t be an issue. A party in the evening will give you an opportunity to relax and network after a long first day.


The ticket sales start on Tuesday, September 4, with the Super Early Bird ticket price $399.00 USD — including all booking fees.

We reserved 20 discounted tickets for students and non-profit organisations — send us an email at and we’ll get back to you right away!

You can save $100 when purchasing both a conference ticket and a workshop. Student discounts (50% off) are available upon request as well.

Why Smashing Conference?

Since 2006, Smashing Magazine has been delivering 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. We provide 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.

In 2012, we teamed up with Marc Thiele from BeyondTellerrand to take Smashing Magazine’s philosophy to the next level and create the very first Smashing Conference. The event was a huge success, and a lot of fun, so we were delighted to run it again in 2013, with the same location, the same format, the same fantastic atmosphere and new first-class speakers.

The conference moves beyond online communication and aims to bring web designers and developers closer together. We want to provide a forward-thinking event where people can connect and network with others on a personal level in a beautiful yet friendly environment.

We aim to deliver the same high-quality content as our readers have come to expect from Smashing Magazine, while adding a personal touch to create an experience that brings great value to everyone involved. We’d love you to share how you work, design, code and build the web today and how we can all benefit from our experience to get better at our work.

Smashing Conference Facts Sheet

  • What? A community event for web designers and developers, featuring experts from the web design community
  • Who? The main organizers are Smashing Magazine’s Vitaly Friedman and the Smashing Team
  • When? June 25-28, 2018 (conference on 26th and 27th, workshops on 25th and 28th)
  • Where? Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Conference venue: Fort Mason, Cowell Theater, Marina District, San Francisco
  • Workshop venue: Fort Mason, Landmark Building C, Marina District, San Francisco
  • Tickets: 400
  • Ticket prices: Conference passes cost $350.00 USD. Student discounts are available.

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