For our workshops, we invite experts in front-end & UX, with years of experience on anything from accessibility and web performance to design systems and UX. They aren’t just experts, but also experienced teachers and speakers.
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Fantastic first day of design system workshop with @brad_frost — interesting and engaging as always! Pure delight to listen to him talk about his insights and experiences from building design systems in the wild. #inspired #designsystems @smashingconf
Amelia Wattenberger is a Staff Engineer prototyping our way to future developer experiences at GitHub Next. She has lived at the intersection of web development, design, and data visualization for the past decade, and is the author of Fullstack D3 and Data Visualization.
Harry is an independent Consultant Web Performance Engineer from the UK. He helps some of the world’s largest and most respected organisations find and fix their site-speed issues.
He is both a Google- and a Cloudinary Media- Developer Expert, and has consulted for clients from the United Nations to the BBC, General Electric to the Financial Times, and a whole host more.
When not doing client work, he writes, teaches, and speaks about the entire gamut of front-end performance. When not doing work at all, he’s probably out on his bike.
Stefan Baumgartner is a software architect, trainer, and consultant based in Austria. Since the late 1900s, he has published writing for Manning, Smashing Magazine, and A List Apart.
His most recent work is “TypeScript in 50 Lessons”, a book all about TypeScript published by Smashing Magazine.
In his spare-time he organizes ScriptConf, TSConf:EU, and the local Rust meetup in Linz, and is host of the German-language Working Draft podcast.
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.
Yuval Keshtcher is a former ux designer and a ux writer now running the UX Writing Hub and host the Writers in Tech podcast. UX writing Hub is a writing and education platform, their extensive UX Writing Academy program is the first and only UX Writing Bootcamp in the world helped training and transition thousands of Writers in tech.
- On the web
- On Twitter
Rinaldo Ugrina is a leading UX auditor at the Baymard Institute, where he has helped some of the worlds leading e-commerce companies improve their website UX (incl. “Nike, Etsy, Amazon, Google, etc”) and is an expert on Baymard Institute’s more than 67,000 hours of large scale User Experience testing — findings currently used by 71% of all Fortune 500 e-commerce companies. In his workshops Rinaldo will share specific test findings from this vast research dataset, specifically covering UX pitfalls learned from testing the worlds leading Mobile E-com Sites.
Amit is an experienced web developer, doing mainly front-end, specializing in CSS, animations, and creative coding.
Amit has spent the last few years researching and exploring the boundaries of CSS, carefully learning its 3D capabilities and animation options, and using it to create countless spectacular 3D animations that are frequently featured on some of the most respectable websites and newsletters.
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.
She loves Figma, sunshine, and Dieter Rams and hate writing about myself, so let’s meet in Figjam instead!
Gerry has developed Top Tasks, an information design framework that helps identify what truly matters to people, design an information architecture, and measure the ability of people to complete top tasks.
It was developed over a 15-year period and has been used more than 500 times. Microsoft, Cisco, NetApp, Toyota, IBM, the European Union, US, UK, Dutch, Canadian, Norwegian, and Irish governments have used it.
A highly regarded speaker, Gerry has spoken about designing simpler digital experiences in more than 40 countries. He has written eight books. His latest is called World Wide Waste: How digital is killing the planet and what to do about it.
The Irish Times has described Gerry as one of five visionaries who have had a major impact on the development of the Web. He has appeared on BBC, CNN and CNBC television, partaken in various radio shows, and featured in numerous print media publications. He is the founder of Customer Carewords, a consultancy that implements the Top Tasks framework.
Steph is a strategist and design researcher. She is the Head of Research at dxw, a UK digital agency specialising in creating public services that improve lives. In 2021, she was a senior research consultant with Healthily, a health startup based in London. Prior to that, she was a senior researcher on contract at Google, working on their internal product suite that keeps Google’s services up 99.999% of the time. She was the Head of Research at Clearleft, working with clients such as Spotify, Virgin Holidays and Greater London Authority. She also previously led design research at the Telegraph and spearheaded European customer research with MailChimp.
In 20 years of working in the digital industry, Steph has worn many hats, including the product lead for a startup in digital publishing and a director of technology at a digital agency in Montreal. She is also a regular speaker at conferences and guest lectures annually at the University of Greenwich. She has a completely unrelated addiction to writing science-fiction short stories. When not bound to a digital device, she makes things by hand, grows edible flowers and has a tendency to cook enough to feed a continent at a time. She now lives on her 4th continent on her 4th island in the UK.
Denys is also a public speaker enjoying the discussions on performance, psychology, soft skills, and, of course, frontend technologies.
After working with many international companies, big and small, Denys is a Staff Frontend Engineer at GitLab, the all-in-one solution for DevOps processes.
Stephanie Eckles is a front-end focused SWE at Microsoft. She’s also the author of , author of ModernCSS.dev which provides modern solutions to old CSS problems as in-depth tutorials, and is the creator of StyleStage.dev, and author of SmolCSS.dev and 11ty.Rocks.
Steph has over 15 years of webdev experience that she enjoys sharing as an author, egghead instructor, and conference speaker. Her most recent working experience has largely involved leading and co-creating enterprise design systems. She’s an advocate for accessibility, scalable CSS, and the Jamstack (especially Eleventy). Offline, she’s mom to two girls and a cowboy corgi, and enjoys baking.