Schedule

Below you'll find the schedule of the Smashing Conference New York. And we do have some surprises for you—but they are not included in the schedule, of course. Stay updated.

Tuesday, 16th | Wednesday, 17th

8:00 Doors Open
9:00 Welcome Back!
9:10

The Missing Slice of Pie

Think of the humble pie chart. Simple and ubiquitous, yet surprisingly difficult to create with Web technologies in a flexible, maintainable way. Faced with this simple goal, Lea will take you on a colorful interactive journey through several aspects of CSS and SVG and will sweep you off your feet with clever ways to use them.
At the end, you will have your pie and animate it too, but do not be fooled: the real takeaway of this talk has little to do with pie charts and a lot to do with problem solving via the tools the Open Web Platform offers us today.

10:00

Frontend Infrastructure at Etsy

The scope of Etsy's frontend is massive - our JavaScript codebase has grown by 50% in the last year to more than 4,000 files totaling almost 1 million lines. Due to Etsy's dedication to continuous deployment, the code running in production changes 25 to 50 times every day. Because of our experimentation-driven development cycle, there may be multiple production versions of our features at any given time.

These factors can lead to uncertainty and fear with rolling out upgrades, deleting old code, or confidently making changes. We'll see how the Frontend Infrastructure team works within this ecosystem to mitigate those risks, manage the asset build pipeline, build tools to understand our frontend, automate migrations & delete as much code as possible.

10:50 Morning Break
11:10

Getting the most out of WebPageTest - Hands-on with tips, tricks and advanced features

There are a lot of different ways to use WebPageTest to get the most out of it for your performance testing and optimization efforts. Here we will go through live examples showing you how to get the most out of it:

  • Basic performance testing and things to watch out for (locations, connectivity, first view, repeat view, consistency, the pitfalls of scores/grades)
  • Testing and analyzing the visual experience
  • Drilling into browser interactions (scripts, layout, etc)
  • Testing multi-page flows and single-page apps
  • Testing the performance and failure modes of content (particularly third-party content)
  • Automated testing through the API and integration with CI tooling
  • Deploying private instances

To the video of Patrick's talk:

12:00

Life on planet Fintlewoodlewix

As people working with web technologies and on the web we've reached a stage where we should be happy with how things turned out for us. Instead, we seem to be unhappy a lot and chasing our own tail trying to solve problems that actually only exist for ourselves. Time to take stock and see what we do to make ourselves more grumpy than we should be and what we could concentrate on instead.

12:50 Lunch Break
2:30

Counting Stars: Creativity Over Predictability

Our industry has matured into something that’s very different from the almost joyfully naive, creative designer’s playground that it was when I started. While we focus our thoughts onto processes, methods and mechanics, instead of ideas, we’re losing the creative ‘soul’ of our work. I’m hopeful that all’s not lost and that we can make work that’s memorable if we focus as much on creativity as we do on implementation.

3:20

Magical UX and the Internet of Things

What if this thing was magic? The web is touching everyday objects now, and designing for the internet of things means blessing everyday objects, places, even people with extraordinary abilities—requiring designers, too, to break with the ordinary. Designing for this new medium is less a challenge of technology than imagination. Sharing a rich trove of examples, designer and author Josh Clark explores the new experiences that are possible when ANYTHING can be an interface.

The digital manipulation of physical objects (and vice versa) effectively turns all of us into wizards. Sling content between devices, bring objects to life from a distance, weave "spells" by combining speech and gesture. But magic doesn't have to be otherworldly; the UX of connected devices should build on the natural physical interactions we have everyday with the world around us. This new UX must bend technology to the way we live our lives, not the reverse. Explore the values and design principles that amplify our humanity, not just our superpowers.

4:10 Afternoon Break
4:30

Design and Happiness

In 2008 a comprehensive book titled "Things I have Learned in myLife so far" was published by Abrams. Solo shows on Sagmeister Inc’s work have been mounted in Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne, Berlin, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Miami. He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents. In 2012 young designer Jessica Walsh became a partner and the company was renamed into Sagmeister & Walsh. A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.

Stefan Sagmeister will explore the possibilities to achieve happiness as a person and as designer, his tactics to make sure his work remains a calling without deteriorating into a job as well as the chances to design pieces that induce happiness in the audience. Lots of clips from his upcoming documentary feature: The Happy Film will be shown.

5:30 Final Words
6:00 Photowalk

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