The hunt for shiny front-end & UX treasures has begun! For our eight SmashingConf — in our lovely hometown in Germany — we’ll explore how to apply psychology to UX, design workflow, refactoring, moving to a static site setup, CSS Grid techniques, performance, deployment patterns for HTTP/2 and how to provide better estimates and pricing.
We’re happy to confirm the first speakers who will share what they learned in their work on stage. Please note that while the titles might change, the topics are unlikely to change.
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Guillaume Kurkdjian spends his childhood walking on beached jellyfish on the shore of the Atlantic ocean and then blow up firecrackers in the vineyards of the Brittany countryside. In 2011, he created the webzine wertn.com, a collection of artists interviews found around the world. After a master’s degree in marketing, he finally chooses to devote himself to his true passions, illustration and animation. He moved to Paris in 2015 and sign with the London-based agent Handsome Frank (Malika Favre, Jean Jullien, Tom Haugomat).
Today, most of its clients are abroad (Apple, Cartoon Network, Toyota, Lyft, Huffington Post, IBM). He works mostly for the web but also loves print, especially book or magazine covers (The New Scientist, Computer Arts, Usbek&Rica). And you might know him from The Smashing Magazine mystery riddles. He has trouble dealing with loneliness and likes to climb trees.
Sara Soueidan is a Lebanese freelance front-end UI/UX developer working with companies across the globe, building clean, responsive front-ends for Web sites and applications focused on accessibility, progressive enhancement and performance.
She also runs workshops on front-end development and writes technical articles on her blog and for various big publications.
Sara wrote the Codrops CSS Reference, co-authored the Smashing Book 5, and has been voted the Developer of the Year in the 2015 net awards.
Val Head is a web animation expert, author, and Design Advocate at Adobe. She is the author of Designing Interface Animation, published by Rosenfeld Media, teaches CSS Animation on lynda.com, and curates the weekly UI Animation Newsletter.