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
Harry is an award-winning Consultant Performance Engineer from the UK. With a client list ranging from the United Nations to Google, the BBC to the Financial Times, he has helped some of the world’s largest organisations make their websites faster.
He also holds positions as a Google Developer Expert, where he shares web performance research and findings, and as Performance Ambassador for SHIFT Commerce, where he aims to make ecommerce faster from the inside out.
Dan Mall is a creative director and advisor from Philly. He’s the founder and CEO of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that helps in-house teams make better digital products with design systems. Dan is an enthralled husband & dad, author of Pricing Design, and co-founder of SuperBooked, a service that helps you find work with a little help from your friends. He writes about design and other issues on http://twitter.com/danmall and on his industry-recognized site, danmall.me.
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.
Ivan is a full-stack software engineer and performance consultant. He’s running PerfPerfPerf, a web performance consulting agency, where he worked for clients like Google, Framer, and Hugo. He is a Google Developer Expert, an international speaker, and a web performance consultant.
A few years ago, Ivan was able to write a medium-complexity webpack config from memory. Later, though, he discovered Next.js and Gatsby – which made his life quite easier. He still loves webpack, though! In his spare time Ivan enjoys discovering rare French electronic artists.
Lea is currently busy teaching HCI & web programming and researching how to make web programming easier at MIT. She is the author of bestselling advanced CSS book CSS Secrets and has worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, and is one of the few Invited Experts in the CSS Working Group.
Lea has also started several popular open source projects and web applications, such as Mavo, Prism, and Awesomplete. She tweets @leaverou and blogs at lea.verou.me. She holds a MSc in Computer Science from MIT. Despite her academic pursuits in Computer Science, Lea is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.
Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the book Atomic Design, which introduces a methodology to create and maintain effective design systems.
In addition to co-hosting the Style Guides Podcast, he has also helped create several tools and resources for web designers, including Pattern Lab, Styleguides.io, Style Guide Guide, and This Is Responsive.
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 13 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.
Paul Boag is a leader in conversion optimisation, digital strategy and user experience design. He has been working with diverse organisations such as The European Commission, PUMA and Doctors Without Borders for over 25 years. Through consultancy and training, he helps organisations better connect with today’s digital consumers.
Paul is also a well-respected figure in the digital sector. Author of six books, including Click, Digital Adaptation and User Experience Revolution. Finally, he is a prolific writer for numerous publications, including his blog, and regularly speaks internationally.
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.