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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

  • Miriam Suzanne

    Miriam Suzanne

    Miriam is an artist, engineer, and open-web advocate. She’s a co-founder of OddBird, Invited Expert on the W3C CSS Working Group, and Sass core contributor who enjoys pushing the boundaries of web technology.

    These days she’s working on specifications for Container Queries, Scope, and Cascade Layers in CSS; extending the Sass color module to support wide-gamut colors; and learning to crochet socks.

  • Nathan Curtis

    Nathan Curtis

    Nathan co-founded EightShapes with Dan Brown in 2006. He’s passionate about information architecture, UX, front-end dev, and leads design systems consulting at EightShapes. He wrote Modular Web Design in 2009, blogs frequently on Medium.com today, and speaks regularly at events worldwide.

  • Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer and musician, known for his work with Google Fonts and Adobe Fonts. He is the author of Universal Principles of Typography (Quarto, 2024).

    His 20-year career as a designer and design leader started in the music industry in the early days of web design, before expanding to web, app, print, and branding projects for clients such as Microsoft, Virgin, InVision, and MailChimp. After founding the typography magazine 8 Faces in 2010, Elliot joined Typekit (now known as Adobe Fonts) as Creative Director, before going on to take CD roles in companies big and small. He and his work have been profiled in publications such as Communication Arts, Creative Review, Computer Arts, Page, The Independent, .Net, and Design Week.

    Since 2007, Elliot has been a familiar face at design and tech conferences around the world. Past highlights include TYPO, An Event Apart, South by Southwest, and The Type Directors Club NYC.

    Elliot was also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the award-winning lifestyle magazine Lagom. Since closing the magazine, he now records electronic music as Other Form. He lives just outside Bristol, UK.

  • Andy Bell

    Andy Bell

    Andy Bell is a designer and front-end developer from the UK who founded Set Studio. He's worked in the design and web industries for over 15 years, and in that time, has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world like Google, Harley-Davidson, BSkyB, Unilever, The Natural History Museum, Oracle, Capita, Vice Media and the NHS.

    In that time, he's worked on both extremely large projects for huge organisations and tiny projects for small startups, allowing him to refine his CSS authoring processes and also share that knowledge by co-authoring Every Layout and the web.dev Learn CSS course.

  • Susan Weinschenk

    Susan Weinschenk

    Susan Weinschenk has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is the Chief Behavioral Scientist and the CEO at The Team W, Inc. She is a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, start-ups, governments and non-profits. Dr. Weinschenk is the author of several books, including 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, 100 MORE Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, and How to Get People to Do Stuff.

    Her clients include Disney, Zappos, Western Governor’s University, the European Union, Discover Financial, and United Health Care. Dr. Weinschenk is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, and writes two popular blogs — one at the Team W website and “Brain Wise: Work better, work smarter” for Psychology Today.

  • 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.

  • Andy Bell

    Andy Bell

    Andy Bell is a designer and front-end developer from the UK who founded Set Studio. He's worked in the design and web industries for over 15 years, and in that time, has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world like Google, Harley-Davidson, BSkyB, Unilever, The Natural History Museum, Oracle, Capita, Vice Media and the NHS.

    In that time, he's worked on both extremely large projects for huge organisations and tiny projects for small startups, allowing him to refine his CSS authoring processes and also share that knowledge by co-authoring Every Layout and the web.dev Learn CSS course.

  • Stéphanie Walter

    Stéphanie Walter

    Stéphanie is a User Researcher and Inclusive Designer who focuses on building user-centered, inclusive and accessible products and services. She spent the last 12+ years helping her clients deliver successful projects in different industries (banking, financial, automotive, healthcare, press, travel, etc.)

    She likes to share her passion for her UX work all around the world. She has taken this beyond her successful blog, conferences and workshops. She discusses a wide range of topics, including mobile UX, enterprise UX, cognitive biases, inclusive design, design process and designer — developer relationship. You can follow her on social media for qualitative curated UX design content.

  • Manuel Matuzović

    Manuel Matuzović

    Manuel Matuzović is a freelance front-end developer, auditor, teacher, and consultant who’s passionate about HTML and CSS. He writes about accessibility, HTML, and CSS on his personal blog matuzo.at and htmhell.dev.

  • Brad Frost

    Brad Frost

    Brad Frost is a design system consultant, front-end developer, speaker, writer, musician, and artist located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. As a principal and design system consultant at Big Medium, he helps teams establish and evolve design systems, establish more collaborative workflows, and create better software together. He is the author of the book Atomic Design, which introduces a methodology to create and maintain effective design systems. He co-hosted the Style Guides Podcast and has helped create several tools and resources for web designers, including Pattern Lab, Styleguides.io, Style Guide Guide, This Is ResponsiveDeath to Bullshit, and more.