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Meet friendly live workshops on front-end, design and UX.

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

  • Ivan Akulov

    Ivan Akulov

    Ivan is a Google Developer Expert, web performance consultant, and full-stack software engineer. His web performance experience has helped hot startups and Fortune 500 companies like Google, Framer, and Appsmith. He currently runs the web performance consulting agency PerfPerfPerf.

    Outside of work, Ivan has been digital-nomading since mid-2020. He enjoys exploring modern art, discovering lesser-known electronic and techno artists, and obsessing over serif typefaces.

  • 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.

  • Gerry McGovern

    Gerry McGovern

    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.

  • Stéphanie Walter

    Stéphanie Walter

    Stéphanie is a world renowned User Researcher and Designer. She focuses on enterprise UX, building user-centered, inclusive and accessible products and services. She helps clients deliver successful projects. She has been sharing her knowledge on her blog, in conferences and workshops. She discusses a wide range of topics: mobile UX, enterprise UX, cognitive biases to accessibility, inclusive design and designer-devrel.

    You can follow her on social media for qualitative curated UX design content. In her day-to-day life, Stéphanie enjoys drawing, riding her bike in Luxembourg, exploring new recipes and playing video games. She’s better at keeping her teammates alive in video games than her plants. But, she tries.

  • Zell Liew

    Zell Liew

    Zell is a developer who loves to figure things out. He goes deep to figure out the principles and implementation details of the concepts he learns, and loves to share this through his courses (like Learn JavaScript, Mastering Responsive Typography) and Understanding Async JS. Over 100,000 developers a month learn through his blog where his publishes his findings.

    On the web
    https://zellwk.com/
    On Twitter
    @zellwk
  • Aarron Walter

    Aarron Walter

    Aarron Walter is VP of design publishing at InVision, drawing upon fifteen years of experience running product teams and teaching design to help companies enact design best practices. Aarron founded the UX practice at MailChimp and helped grow the product from a few thousand users to more than 10 million.

    His design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of major corporations, startups and venture capitalist firms. You’ll find Aarron sharing thoughts about design on Twitter @aarron, and as the cohost of the Webby nominated Design Better podcast.

    On the web
    http://aarronwalter.com
    On Twitter
    @aarron