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A lot of balloons at SmashingConf SF 2019.

You probably know the drill: 2 days, 1 single track, 10 speakers.

Both days start at 10 AM CDT (check your time), and we’ll finish around 4 PM on both days. Join us for talks, interactive sessions, followed up with a time for Q&As and discussion zones. Ah, and the best bit: on both days you can play an active role — interacting with speakers and other attendees.

Looking forward to meet you!

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Our speakers rarely show slides: they 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. Once we have most speakers confirmed we will be releasing the schedule.

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

Conference Tuesday, 13th | Conference Wednesday, 14th

Tuesday, 13th – Conference

9:00 AM

Doors Open

10:00 AM


10:10 AM

Let’s Build A Design System!

Build a design system in less than an hour? That's crazy. But not entirely impossible. In this session, Brad will demonstrate how to use Pattern Lab to simultaneously build both a design system's front-end components and several screens of a real pilot project.

Throughout the talk, he'll discuss topics like front-end code architecture, designing in the browser, modular development best practices, designing with dynamic data, and more.

11:10 AM

When Variables Cascade

The Cascade makes CSS unique as a language – forcing us to revisit even the most common programming features: the variable. We might think that CSS variables (custom properties) simply replace Sass or other pre-processors, but the reality is much more interesting. Cascading variables open up a range of new possibilities, and can even be turned back on the cascade itself! We’ll look at how cascading variables work, and a full range of practical use-cases that are totally unique to CSS.

12:10 PM

A Tech Talk About Building Web Sites

In this talk I will say words about building and maintaining web sites in the year 2020. As these words are being spoken aloud, I will occasionally simultaneously type text into a code editor and save the text to nonvolatile memory causing a web browser to refresh and show the updated page rendering.

1:10 PM

Lunch Break

🥗 Let's have lunch, while enjoying DJ Tobi's tunes. What are you going to have?
Have you found the Smashing Members stand already?
1:55 PM

Designing With Words: An Introduction to UX Writing

You’ve done the research. Presented prototypes. Triple checked your color contrast. Everything’s coming together, until someone tries to create an account using the new site. “LOG IN ERROR! Operation Failed,” the field shouts, with no hint of a potential solution.

UX writing communicates what visuals cannot, adding clarity, credibility, and consistency. In this talk, we’ll discuss ways to think strategically about the words in your designs, from onboarding flows to field labels. You’ll learn what makes great writing great—and ultimately, how to design words that create a seamless experience.

2:55 PM

Shop Talk Show

Join Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert who will be recording Shop Talk Show, Live from SmashingConf Austin.

3:35 PM

After Party 🎱

Don't leave us yet, we'll be hosting a little party! Join us for a little quiz, live DJ performance, silly dance moves, and design & coding challenges.

Wednesday, 14th – Conference

Timings Around The World

  • CityTime
  • Austin, USA 🇺🇸10AM–4PM
  • San Francisco, USA 🇺🇸8AM–2PM
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 🇧🇷12PM–6PM
  • London, UK 🇬🇧4PM–10PM
  • CityTime
  • Antwerp, Belgium 🍫5PM–11PM
  • Kyiv, Ukraine 🇺🇦6PM–12AM
  • Mumbai, India 🇮🇳8:30PM–2:30AM
  • Singapore, Singapore 🇸🇬11PM–5AM

Our Global Partners

  • Mozilla
  • Netlify
  • Shopify
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Hopin

Our Austin 2020 Partners

  • SpeedCurve
  • Balsamiq