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Want to learn shiny new things about front-end and design? Our friendly, knowledgeable and approachable speakers will help and inspire you. You’ll also have time to ask all your questions!

We will announce our first speakers and workshop teachers soon! Our speakers and workshop teachers are the best in their fields, and they love to share what they know, how they work and what drives them. On top of that, they are all smashingly nice, and really want to help!


Our speakers show how they work — their setup, techniques and shortcuts for getting work done in live interactive sessions. So expect everything from refactoring and debugging to sketching and redesign, live.

Vitaly, the one who loves ironing, front-end, UX and has tons of crazy ideas.

Tejas and Vitaly during SmashingConf 2022
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  • Chiara Aliotta

    Chiara Aliotta

    An award-winning designer, Chiara Aliotta is the founder of Until Sunday, a creative agency that encapsulates her obsession with colour, typography, and detail. Chiara wears many creative ‘hats’, with years of experience as a graphic designer, art director, and brand consultant under her belt. Not only does she write and speak regularly about design-led storytelling, she has also directed impactful visual brand development for renowned global organisations.

    Whether she’s creating an immersive digital journey or a compelling design for print, Chiara’s ideas are characterised by the enduring power of storytelling. She skilfully combines her deep understanding of classic tales, with an instinctive sense of what makes a story memorable, to create user experiences that pack an emotional punch.

    Born in Italy, Chiara now resides on the beautiful island of Syros with her husband, with whom she co-runs an art gallery and a personal lifestyle project, The Pattern Tales.

    And because at Smashing Magazine, cats are the protagonists… Her beloved cat Kissa provides inspiration… and the occasional cuddle!

  • Brad Frost

    Brad Frost

    Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the book Atomic Design, which introduces a methodology to create and maintain effective design systems.

    In addition to co-hosting the Style Guides Podcast, he has also helped create several tools and resources for web designers, including Pattern Lab,, Style Guide Guide, and This Is Responsive.

  • Fabricio Teixeira

    Fabricio Teixeira

    Fabricio Teixeira is a designer based in Brooklyn, NY. He’s a design partner at digital product agency Work & Co, and the founder of design publications UX Collective and DOC. Fabricio has been shipping digital products for the last 18 years, for brands like Google, Samsung, Mailchimp, Equinox, Vistaprint, and several others. Member of the Awwwards jury, IxDA jury, Adobe Design Circle, and AdCouncil UX Committee. Big believer in user-centered design and knowledge sharing. He’s not verified on Twitter.

  • Christine Vallaure

    Christine Vallaure

    Christine is a UX/UI Designer with over ten years of experience and founder of She has worked internationally, in-house, and remotely on projects for leading brands, agencies, and startups. She cares deeply about creating well-thought-through and aesthetic products, and she firmly believes that designers should understand code and that UX/UI is a match made in heaven.

    Currently, she is running full-time and also writing about Design & Code on Medium and Smashing Magazine.

    She loves Figma, sunshine, and Dieter Rams. She also hates writing about herself, so let’s meet in FigJam instead!

  • Nick DiLallo

    Nick DiLallo

    Nick DiLallo is a writer based in Brooklyn. He specializes in helping companies integrate writing with design to launch great brands and digital products. His approach blends copywriting with UX writing, and he's written extensively about the way good writing can help make the internet better for everyone.

    In his career, he's worked at top digital agencies like Huge and Work & Co. And he's worked with some of the world's most admired companies, including Airbnb, Apple, Etsy, IKEA, the MTA, and Planned Parenthood.

  • Stéphanie Walter

    Stéphanie Walter

    Stéphanie is a world renowned User Researcher and Designer. She focuses on enterprise UX, building user-centered, inclusive and accessible products and services. She helps clients deliver successful projects. She has been sharing her knowledge on her blog, in conferences and workshops. She discusses a wide range of topics: mobile UX, enterprise UX, cognitive biases to accessibility, inclusive design and designer-devrel.

    You can follow her on social media for qualitative curated UX design content. In her day-to-day life, Stéphanie enjoys drawing, riding her bike in Luxembourg, exploring new recipes and playing video games. She’s better at keeping her teammates alive in video games than her plants. But, she tries.

  • Claudio Guglieri

    Claudio Guglieri

    Claudio Guglieri Is The Head Of Design At Opal Camera, The Makers Of The Opal C1, The First Professional Webcam. He lives in San Francisco and his past experiences include working for agencies like Huge, Elephant, B-Reel and Fantasy as well as in-house teams at Lonely Planet, Oculus and Microsoft to name a few, where he led the visual direction of Fluent Design, their current design language. Claudio has extensive experience working across all spectrums of product design, marketing and leading multidisciplinary teams.

    Claudio cares deeply about interactive design, emotional experiences and helping others to achieve more through his work. Over the years his work has been awarded by the Emmy Awards (digital product design Nickelodeon App), the One Show Interactive, and the European Design Awards among others.

    Claudio’s contribution to the design industry includes inspirational talks at events such as TEDx, UXWeek by Capital One, AIGA, OFFF events and Awwwards!

  • Mystery Speaker

    Mystery Speaker

    Obviously, our Mystery Speaker is a bit of a… well, Mystery. In true smashing style, you can expect something wonderful. Make sure to set your alarm on day two of the conference, because you don't want to miss this.

  • Vitaly Friedman

    Vitaly Friedman

    Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. When he is not writing or speaking at a conference, he’s most probably running front-end/UX workshops and webinars. He loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems.

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