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Our online workshops aim to give the same experience and access to experts that you would have in an in-person workshop, without needing to leave your desk or couch. All video recordings are included, so if you miss a session, you can re-watch any time.

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Blown away by all the knowledge I’ve soaked in from @rachelandrew’s online CSS layout masterclass. Incredible how much you can learn about a thing you thought you already knew just by hearing it explained again. Thanks for organising this @smashingconf #smashingconf ✨


  • Smart Interface Design Patterns, 2020 Edition

    with Vitaly Friedman

    Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, December 1–15
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) (18:00 – 20:30 CET)

    Are you ready for a design challenge? In this series of online workshops, Vitaly Friedman, creative lead behind Smashing Magazine, will be taking a microscopic examination of common components and design patterns in modern interfaces — on desktop and on mobile.

    We’ll study 100s of hand-picked examples and we’ll be designing interfaces together, starting from accordions, to mega-drop-downs, sliders, feature comparisons, car configurators — all the way to timelines and onboarding. And: We’ll be reviewing and providing feedback to each other’s work.

    Read more... or Register →


  • Andy Bell
    On the web
    piccalil.li/
    On Twitter
    @hankchizljaw

    Building A Design System With CSS

    with Andy Bell

    Workshop, 5×2h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, December 3–17
    09:00 — 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    The ability to create and maintain a good design system cannot be overstated. And arguably the best way to implement one is by using one of the most versatile computer languages in the world: CSS.

    In this workshop, Andy Bell will teach you how to set up a good, scalable design system with CSS.

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  • Christian Nwamba
    On the web
    www.codebeast.dev
    On Twitter
    @codebeast

    Build, Ship and Extend GraphQL APIs from Scratch

    with Christian Nwamba

    Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, January 5–19
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    GraphQL seems shiny on the frontend, and front-end developers love it because of the flexibility to pick and choose the right size of data for our UI. However, the developer experience of trying to build a backend that supports a GraphQL API can get ugly.

    During this workshop, you will learn how to build a GraphQL API in just a few minutes with an amazing developer experience using Hasura. You will also learn how to wire it up to a front-end app.

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  • Adam Silver
    On the web
    adamsilver.io/
    On Twitter
    @adambsilver

    Form Design Masterclass

    with Adam Silver

    Workshop, 4×2h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, January 19–27
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    At first glance forms seem easy but look around the web for 30 seconds and you’ll find a million and one usability issues that stop users from doing the very thing the form was designed to help them do.

    After this workshop, you’ll be able to design forms that avoid these problems because you’ll have the mindset, principles and techniques to make user-friendly forms that people can complete quickly and easily.

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  • New Adventures In Front-End, 2021 Edition

    with Vitaly Friedman

    Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, January 21 – Feb 5
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    With HTTP/3 + QUIC, Service Workers, Micro Front-Ends, JAM Stack, PWA, TypeScript, Web Assembly, AVIF, Variable Fonts, CSS Custom Properties and clamp(), Client Hints and Resource Hints, CSS Subgrid and SVG2, we all are still trying to figure out just the right strategy for building websites and apps efficiently. We want to use all of these technologies and smart processes, but how can we use them efficiently, and how do we achieve that within a reasonable amount of time?

    We’ll explore a resilient, actionable strategy for building fast, scalable experiences. We’ll look into accessibility, text compression, image optimization, web font delivery, critical CSS, CSS layouts, JavaScript delivery, and improving Core Web Vitals along with performance bottlenecks. We will also explore tooling, how to make sense of DevTools network waterfalls and performance flame charts, WebPageTest, and a few little utilities along the way.

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  • Building Modern HTML Emails

    with Rémi Parmentier

    Workshop, 4×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, February 2–10
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    Coding HTML emails is a beast of its own with lots of differences from coding web pages. This workshop will make you reconsider everything you know about coding HTML emails and hopefully make you love the craft.

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  • Cassie Evans
    On the web
    www.cassie.codes
    On Twitter
    @cassiecodes

    The SVG Animation Masterclass

    with Cassie Evans

    Workshop, 5×2h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, February 11–26
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    SVG animation is a brilliant way to bring personality and character to an online experience. But in an industry focused on metrics, these whimsical details are often overlooked or undervalued.

    In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to craft delightful animations, which will help you deliver more engaging digital products.

    Read more... or Register →


  • The CSS Layout Masterclass

    with Rachel Andrew

    Workshop, 2×2h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, February 16–17
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    We’ve been learning CSS and CSS for Layout in the same way since we broke free of table-based layouts in 2001. However CSS has grown up and over the last few years a proper and consistent system for layout has emerged.

    In this all-new workshop, Rachel will take you through this new system for layout, giving you the ability to properly understand and use CSS Layout with real understanding of why things behave as they do.

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  • Susan Weinschenk Guthrie Weinschenk
    On the web
    theteamw.com

    On Twitter
    @thebrainlady
    @

    Behavioral Design Workshop

    with Susan Weinschenk, Guthrie Weinschenk

    Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, March 18 — April 1
    09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

    Learn how to apply recent research in brain and behavioral science and behavioral economics to engage, encourage, and persuade the people that use your products and services.

    In this workshop, Susan and Guthrie share the latest research on what grabs and holds attention, how people make decisions, how context affects behavior, and what motivates people to take action.

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  • Our Previous Workshops

    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, Sept 1–16
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      The architecture and development approach known as the Jamstack enables teams of any size to develop apps at any scale at speeds that seem unbelievable — all while improving reliability and maintainability and reducing overhead.

      This workshop will dive deep into the fine mechanics of the Jamstack and teach you how adopting its architecture enables your team to build and ship faster.

      Jamstack! Building Apps From Idea to Production in Hours, Not Weeks

      with Jason Lengstorf


    • Workshop, 4×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, June 18–26
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Coding HTML emails is a beast of its own with lots of differences from coding web pages. This workshop will make you reconsider everything you know about coding HTML emails and hopefully make you love the craft.

      Building Modern HTML Emails Without Going Mad

      with Rémi Parmentier


    • Workshop, 2×2h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, Sep 10–11
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      We’ve been learning CSS and CSS for Layout in the same way since we broke free of table-based layouts in 2001. However CSS has grown up and over the last few years a proper and consistent system for layout has emerged.

      In this all-new workshop, Rachel will take you through this new system for layout, giving you the ability to properly understand and use CSS Layout with real understanding of why things behave as they do.

      The CSS Layout Masterclass

      with Rachel Andrew


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, June 16–30
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Accessibility is critical in a world where services are increasingly only available online. By adopting an accessibility mindset and making improvements throughout the design and development process, we can truly make an impact in people’s lives.

      This workshop will cover how to approach accessibility with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using modern tools and techniques to eliminate barriers to access in web projects.

      Front-End Accessibility Masterclass

      with Marcy Sutton


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, July 2–17
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      In eCommerce, an average abandonment rate is around 65–68%. This is usually caused by ambiguous copywriting and severe problems related to finding or understanding products, or a painfully slow checkout. We can’t bring the abandonment rate to 0, but we can shave off at least 15% with some smart and straightforward optimizations. So let’s do just that!

      With this series of 5×2.5h workshop sessions, we’ll set up a very clear roadmap on how we can show the right details and ask for the right data in the right order and at the right pace to improve conversion and customer satisfaction. That means removing distractions, minimizing friction and avoiding disruptions and dead ends caused by the seemingly beautiful UI.

      Buy! The eCommerce UX Workshop

      with Vitaly Friedman


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, Sep 17 – Oct 2
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      According to the State of Javascript 2019 survey, Vue.js is one of the frameworks developers are most interested to learn. If you always wanted to get to grips with it but didn’t know where to begin, this workshop is for you.

      Natalia, Vue.js core team member, will teach you how to get started with Vue.js, from setting up the infrastructure to building a full application.

      Vue.js: The Practical Guide

      with Natalia Tepluhina


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, July 7–21
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Design systems provide solid ground for us to stand on as we tackle the increasingly diverse and fast-moving digital landscape. This workshop will tackle all that goes into creating and maintaining successful design systems.

      Creating and Maintaining Successful Design Systems

      with Brad Frost


    • Workshop, 2×2h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, July 28–29
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Design for delight was the mantra of many teams a decade ago, but our world and the web have since changed, bubbling up a complicated range of emotions in us all. It’s time to do more than delight. Let’s take a more sophisticated approach to design to address the challenges of our times.

      Designing for Emotion Masterclass

      with Aarron Walter


    • Workshop, 4×4h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, August 6–14
      09:00 AM — 1:00 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      “Hack Yourself First” is all about building up defensive skills for software developers. We’ll explore common risks and attacks in the browser, SQL injection, XSS, CSRF, HTTPS, password cracking, Content Security Policy, Session Hijacking, Subresource Integrity, Brute Force Attacks and Automating Attacks. You’ll leave with practical techniques to better understand security and protect your apps.

      Web Application Security Masterclass: “Hack Yourself First”

      with Scott Helme


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Mon & Tue, Aug 17–31
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Learn how to apply recent research in brain and behavioral science and behavioral economics to engage, encourage, and persuade the people that use your products and services.

      In this workshop, Susan and Guthrie share the latest research on what grabs and holds attention, how people make decisions, how context affects behavior, and what motivates people to take action.

      Behavioral Design Workshop

      with Susan Weinschenk, Guthrie Weinschenk


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Wed & Thu, Aug 19 – Sep 3
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Browser automation helps us create resilient web applications by ensuring they are battle-tested through end-to-end tests.

      On the other end of the spectrum, they also help create a whole new field of websites and services, through techniques such as browser scraping. In this workshop, you will learn browser automation from the ground up.

      Front-End Testing and Advanced Browser Automation

      with Umar Hansa


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, September 22 – Oct 6
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Are you ready for a design challenge? In this series of online workshops, Vitaly Friedman, creative lead behind Smashing Magazine, will be taking a microscopic examination of common components and design patterns in modern interfaces — on desktop and on mobile.

      We’ll study 100s of hand-picked examples and we’ll be designing interfaces together, starting from accordions, to mega-drop-downs, sliders, feature comparisons, car configurators — all the way to timelines and onboarding. And: We’ll be reviewing and providing feedback to each other’s work.

      Smart Interface Design Patterns, 2020 Edition

      with Vitaly Friedman


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, Aug 20 – Sep 4
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      This workshop has been canceled.
      Designing for culturally diverse audiences both fun and hard. It’s also a skill you can learn to master. In this workshop, experienced and award-winning designer Yiying Lu will take you on a journey of exploring cross-cultural design through colorful logos, whimsical illustrations, and symbolic typography designs.

      After the workshop you will be more equipped to make the right decisions and be very inspired by Yiying’s energy and work.

      Designing for a Global Audience

      with Yiying Lu


    • Workshop, 5×2h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, October 8–22
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      SVG animation is a brilliant way to bring personality and character to an online experience. But in an industry focused on metrics, these whimsical details are often overlooked or undervalued.

      In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to craft delightful animations, which will help you deliver more engaging digital products.

      The SVG Animation Masterclass

      with Cassie Evans


    • Workshop, 2×2h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, June 11–12
      10 AM– 12:30 PM CEST (Central European Time)

      We’ve been learning CSS and CSS for Layout in the same way since we broke free of table-based layouts in 2001, however CSS has grown-up and over the last few years a proper and consistent system for layout has emerged.

      In this all-new workshop, Rachel will take you through this new system for layout, giving you the ability to properly understand and use CSS Layout with real understanding of why things behave as they do.

      The CSS Layout Masterclass

      with Rachel Andrew


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, May 28 – June 12
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      In this exclusive debut, Harry is going to share some of his closest secrets. Over the course of several sessions, we’ll take a journey from the back-end to the front, auditing the performance of real websites.

      Web Performance Masterclass

      with Harry Roberts


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Tue & Wed, May 12–26
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Are you ready for a design challenge? In this series of online workshops, Vitaly Friedman, creative lead behind Smashing Magazine, will be taking a microscopic examination of common components and design patterns in modern interfaces — on desktop and on mobile.

      We’ll study 100s of hand-picked examples and we’ll be designing interfaces together, starting from accordions, to mega-drop-downs, sliders, feature comparisons, car configurators — all the way to timelines and onboarding. And: we’ll be reviewing and providing feedback to each other’s work.

      Smart Interface Design Patterns, 2020 Edition

      with Vitaly Friedman


    • Workshop, 6×2h + Q&A • Thu & Fri, May 7–22
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      From building beautiful sites to maintaining complex design systems across multiple applications, CSS is the web-language of design.

      Join Miriam for a deep-dive into the heart of CSS: how it works, what makes it special, and how we can harness it for resilient and maintainable design systems that scale. Rather than learning a single convention or toolkit, you’ll learn the fundamentals that all conventions share – how to think with CSS, and make smart decisions for your own project.

      Resilient Web Systems with CSS & Sass

      with Miriam Suzanne


    • Workshop, 5×2h + Q&A • Mon & Tue, October 12–26
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Back by popular demand, Harry is going to share some of his closest secrets. Over the course of several sessions, we’ll take a journey from the back-end to the front, auditing the performance of real websites.

      Web Performance Masterclass

      with Harry Roberts


    • Workshop, 4×2h + Q&A • Apr 27 – May 5
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      A workshop on how to use psychology to evaluate and dramatically improve the performance of your website, app — and the design process along the way. With many real-world examples and interactive exercises.

      Psychology For UX and Product Design

      with Joe Leech


    • Workshop, 2×2.5h + Q&A • Wed & Thu, October 28–29
      4 PM – 6.30 PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Design for delight was the mantra of many teams a decade ago, but our world and the web have since changed, bubbling up a complicated range of emotions in us all. It’s time to do more than delight. Let’s take a more sophisticated approach to design to address the challenges of our times.

      Designing for Emotion Masterclass

      with Aarron Walter


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Apr 22 – May 6
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Design systems provide solid ground for us to stand on as we tackle the increasingly diverse and fast-moving digital landscape. This workshop will tackle all that goes into creating and maintaining successful design systems.

      Creating and Maintaining Successful Design Systems

      with Brad Frost


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Fri & Sat, November 6–20
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Accessibility is critical in a world where services are increasingly only available online. By adopting an accessibility mindset and making improvements throughout the design and development process, we can truly make an impact in people’s lives.

      This workshop will cover how to approach accessibility with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript using modern tools and techniques to eliminate barriers to access in web projects.

      Front-End Accessibility Masterclass

      with Marcy Sutton


    • Workshop, 4×2h + Q&A • Wed & Thu, November 18–26
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      When somebody first hits your website, you have only a few seconds to get their attention and then only a few more to encourage them to stay. So how do you use those valuable few seconds? How do you design a landing page that works?

      In this masterclass, Paul Boag will show you how you can improve your landing page using a mixture of techniques from design, copywriting, psychology and marketing.

      Designing Websites That Convert

      with Paul Boag


    • Workshop, 2×2h + Q&A • April 14–15
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      We’ve been learning CSS and CSS for Layout in the same way since we broke free of table-based layouts in 2001, however CSS has grown-up and over the last few years a proper and consistent system for layout has emerged.

      In this all-new workshop, Rachel will take you through this new system for layout, giving you the ability to properly understand and use CSS Layout with real understanding of why things behave as they do.

      The CSS Layout Masterclass

      with Rachel Andrew


    • Workshop, 5×2.5h + Q&A • Apr 2–17
      09:00 – 11:30 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

      Are you ready for a design challenge? In this series of online workshops, Vitaly Friedman, creative lead behind Smashing Magazine, will be taking a microscopic examination of common components and design patterns in modern interfaces — on desktop and on mobile.

      We’ll study 100s of hand-picked examples and we'll be designing interfaces together, starting from accordions, to mega-drop-downs, sliders, feature comparisons, car configurators — all the way to timelines and onboarding. And: we’ll be reviewing and providing feedback to each other’s work.

      Smart Interface Design Patterns, 2020 Edition

      with Vitaly Friedman