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Michael Flarup at SmashingConf NY in 2018

Want to learn new things on front-end and UX? Aching for fresh inspiration and learning new skills? Let our speakers help and inspire you.

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. Let our speakers and teachers help and inspire you. On top of that, they are all smashingly nice.

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Yeah, okay. @smashingconf has been an unforgettable experience this year as my first time, and honestly, I’d love to go back over and over and over again because it really is that good.

  • Cassie Evans

    Cassie Evans

    Cassie is an international speaker and developer with a background in graphic design and motion design. She has written for CSS-Tricks and Codrops and has thrown workshops for Smashing Magazine. She currently works as a creative developer and educator at GreenSock.

    When learning to code she was blown away by how supportive the web community was and loves nothing more than giving back and passing this knowledge on to new developers. Her favourite motto for teaching others is "assume zero experience but infinite intelligence".

    She loves creating and encouraging spaces for people to share, learn and bounce ideas off each other.

    When she's not tinkering on the web, she's off having adventures in the English countryside with her best pal Brody — the most wonderful dog in the world.

  • Steve Schoger

    Steve Schoger

    Steve is a designer and partner at Tailwind Labs — the folks behind Tailwind CSS, Tailwind UI, and Refactoring UI. He is mostly known for the design tips he shares on Twitter and his UI design breakdowns on YouTube.

    More recently, he has been building Heroicons — a collection of free, SVG icons for the web.

  • Harrison Wheeler

    Harrison Wheeler

    Harrison build teams, inspire through storytelling and communicate complex design ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences to ensure that products are as effective as they are beautiful.

    Currently, he’s a UX Design Manager at LinkedIn, where he focusses on people management and building the vision for consumer and enterprise experiences.

    Outside of work, he enjoys contributing to the UX Design community through articles, interviews and speaking about all things UX design. This interest inspired him to launch Technically Speaking with Harrison Wheeler, a podcast about BIPOC designers, entrepreneurs & technologists sharing their unique stories of triumph and resilience.

  • Jason Pamental

    Jason Pamental

    Jason is a Principal Designer at Chewy.com, helping lead their design system efforts across ecommerce, enterprise, and native mobile app experiences. Prior to joining Chewy, he led the team in creating a new web platform for the State of Rhode Island; redefined the typography and design system for the State of Georgia Digital Service; and helped numerous type foundries, web browsers, and software companies figure out how to make the most of the new variable font format in their products and brands.

    Jason also researches and writes on typography for the web: a collection of newsletters on his site RWT.io, author of Responsive Typography from O’Reilly, as well as articles for .Net Magazine, PRINT Magazine, HOW, Monotype.com, TYPE Magazine, and others. He’s also a frequent guest on podcasts, and an author of online courses for Aquent’s Gymnasium platform and Front-end Masters, and has presented at over 100 national and international conferences. He also had the honor of being inducted into the Rhode Island Design Hall of Fame in 2019.

    The real story: mainly he just follows Leo around Turner Reservoir, posting photos on Instagram.

  • Una Kravets

    Una Kravets

    Una Kravets is a Brooklyn-based developer who's making the web more styleable as a Developer Advocate at Google Chrome. Previously, she was the Director of Product Design at Bustle Digital Group and worked on building maintainable design systems as a UI Engineer at both DigitalOcean and IBM Design.

    She also co-host two web development podcasts: Toolsday, and the CSS Podcast, as well as the web video series Designing in the Browser. She creates technical illustrations called Dev Doodles, does brush lettering and calligraphy, and started technical meetup groups in Washington and Austin.

    Talk
    Web UI
    On the web
    https://una.im
    On Twitter
    @una
  • Henri Helvetica

    Henri Helvetica

    Henri is Head of Developer Community at WebPageTest, who has turned his interests into a passionate mix of site performance engineering and pinches of user experience.

    When not reading the deluge of daily research docs and case studies, or auditing sites, Henri can be found contributing back to the community: Toronto Web Performance Group meetup + Jamstack TORONTO organizer + curating conference content or volunteering his time for lunch and learns at various bootcamps.

    Additionally, you can find him frequenting conferences and touching base w/ the community - all with a radiant smile. Otherwise, Henri focuses on running the fastest 5k possible (surprise surprise).

  • Christine Vallaure

    Christine Vallaure

    Christine is a UX/UI Designer with over ten years of experience and founder of moonlearning.io. 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 moonlearing.io full-time and also writing about Design & Code on Medium.

    She loves Figma, sunshine, and Dieter Rams and hate writing about myself, so let’s meet in Figjam instead!

  • Átila Fassina

    Átila Fassina

    Átila Fassina is on a mission to make code simple. When not recording screencasts or courses, you may find him either writing and talking about jamstack, performance, or developer tooling.

    Currently, he works as Senior Developer Experience Engineer at Xata and he writes for Smashing Magazine.

  • Laura Kalbag

    Laura Kalbag

    Laura Kalbag is a British designer living in Ireland, and author of Accessibility For Everyone from A Book Apart. She’s founder of Small Technology Foundation, a tiny organisation advocating for and building small technology designed to increase human welfare, not corporate profits.

  • Guillaume Kurkdjian

    Guillaume Kurkdjian

    Illustrator and animator based in Paris, Guillaume creates colorful and living mini worlds, populated by friendly characters and curious vehicles.

  • Eva Ferreira

    Eva Ferreira

    Evangelina Ferreira is a Front-end developer and teacher. She currently works as a UI Developer and has been teaching web technologies at the National Technological University of Argentina for more than five years.

    Throughout her career Evangelina has been deeply involved in the Argentinian web community. She enjoys giving workshops and talks and since 2015 she has been organizing CSSConf Argentina, an international non-profit event that brings experts from all around the globe to speak about web technologies.

    In her spare time she loves reading W3C drafts as much as Harry Potter, creating animations and playing with her cats.

  • 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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