After a run of successful events in Freiburg, Oxford, Whistler and New York, we're incredibly excited to announce that we're taking the Smashing Conference to LA in 2015, bringing our own take on great conference experience to a whole new audience. Expect a friendly, valuable and inspiring community event that will help us all, web designers and developers, to become better at what we do.

The main focus of the conference is to provide insights into how we can solve real-life design problems and what workflow we can use to solve them intelligently. Two workshop days and two full conference days that will be neatly packed with practical talks on smart techniques, clever strategies, useful tools, as well as lots of learning, sharing and networking opportunities.

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.

Smashing Conference LA 2015

The seventh Smashing Conference is a four-day event for professional web designers and developers, to be held in the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA. We have invited outstanding, inspiring speakers, and we look forward to several days full of stimulating, expert workshops.

On Monday, April 27th and Thursday, April 30th, we'll be hosting full-day workshops. We're also preparing a pre-conference evening for attendees to meet before the event, with a range of talks by the attendees.

Tuesday and Wednesday are conference days, dedicated to 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 beer 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, Dec. 2nd, with early birdies at $549 and a regular ticket price $599 — all booking fees included.

You can save $100 when purchasing both a conference ticket and a workshop. Student and charity discounts (25% off) are available upon request.

Why the 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, and so we were delighted to raise the bar for ourselves to create an amazing, memorable, intimate event outside our comfort zones, with events in Oxford, UK and New York City, USA.

Our LA conference will move beyond online communication and aim to bring web designers and developers closer together. We want to provide a forward-thinking event where you 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 that Smashing Magazine delivers, while adding a personal element 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.

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Would You Like To Cover The Event?

Would you like to cover the Smashing Conference? Don't hesitate to contact us via vitaly[at]smashingconf[dot]com. 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 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? April 27-30, 2015 (conference on 28-29th, workshops on 27th and 30th)
  • Where? At Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Tickets: 450
  • Ticket prices: Conference passes cost $599. Student & Charity discounts are available.

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