Smashing Conference


After two overwhelming Smashing Conferences in our hometown Freiburg, Germany, we're very happy to take the conference on the road and bring the third edition of the Smashing Conference to Oxford, UK — a friendly, valuable and inspiring community event that will help us all, Web designers and developers, to become better at what we do.

The main focus of the conference is to provide insights into how we, as designers, solve real-life design problems and what workflow we are using to solve them intelligently. One workshop day and two full days with practical talks on smart techniques, clever strategies and useful tools, neatly packed with lots of learning, sharing and networking opportunities.

Smashing Conference Oxford 2014

The third Smashing Conference is a three-day event for professional Web designers and Web developers, to be held in the one-of-a-kind Oxford Town Hall in lovely Oxford, UK. We have invited outstanding, inspiring speakers, and we look forward to a day full of stimulating, expert workshops.

We'd like to explore what works and doesn't work in actual real-life projects. That's why the conference will be focused on practical takeaways, workflows and hands-on insights. The goal is that every talk will deliver tangible, actionable points that we all will be able to learn from and use right away.

On Monday, March 17th, we'll be hosting full-day workshops . We're also preparing a pre-conference-evening for attendees to meet before the event, with a range of 20-min-talks by the attendees.

Tuesday and Wednesday are conference days, dedicated to high-quality talks by some of the most well-respected and talented experts in the industry. We always keep the friendly and informal atmosphere at our events, so grabbing a beer with a speaker won't be an issue. A party in the evening will give you an opportunity to relax and network after a long first day. On Thursday we also have an additional workshop by Andrew Clarke to further elevate your knowledge and experience in Responsive Web Design.

The ticket sales start on Tuesday, October 22nd, with the regular ticket price €369.00 / $498.00 — both including UK VAT (20%) and all booking fees.

You can save 10% (almost €70) when purchasing both a conference ticket and a workshop. Student discounts (25% off) are available upon request as well.

The conference will take place in the Oxford Town Hall in Oxford, UK
The conference will take place in the "Oxford Town Hall" in Oxford, UK.
This is how the conference venue looks from inside out. Image credit.

Why the Smashing Conference?

Since 2006, Smashing Magazine has been delivering useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers around the world. The design community is full of talented and hard-working folks who come up with brilliant ideas every day. We provide a platform to share and discuss the work and knowledge of the best designers and developers out there, chase down the latest developments in the industry and stay on top of new techniques, methods, workflows and tricks.

In 2012, we've teamed up with Marc Thiele from BeyondTellerrand to take Smashing Magazine's philosophy to the next level and create the very first Smashing Conference. The event was a huge success and a lot of fun, and so we were delighted to run it again in 2013, with the same location, the same format, the same fantastic atmosphere and new first-class speakers. With the upcoming Smashing conference taking place in Oxford, we are now raising the bar for ourselves to create an amazing, memorable, intimate event outside our comfort zone.

The conference moves beyond online communication and aims to bring Web designers and developers closer together. We want to provide a forward-thinking event where you can connect and network with others on a personal level in a beautiful yet friendly environment.

We aim to deliver the same high-quality content that Smashing Magazine delivers, while adding a personal element to create an experience that brings great value to everyone involved. We'd love you to share how you work, design, code and build the Web today and how we can all benefit from our experience to get better at our work.

The conference will take place in the Oxford Town Hall
The legendary Historical Merchants Hall, a beautiful historic building built in the late Victorian era. An exquisite location for the very first Smashing Conference in the UK. Image credit.

Would You Like To Cover The Event?

Would you like to cover the Smashing Conference? Don't hesitate to contact us via vitaly[at]smashingconf[dot]com. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Journalists are granted free access to the conference upon official accreditation.

Smashing Conference Facts Sheet

  • What? A community event for Web designers and developers, featuring experts from the Web design community
  • Who? The main organizers are Smashing Magazine’s Vitaly Friedman and the Smashing Team
  • When? March 17-19, 2013 (conference on 18-19th, workshops on 17th and 20th)
  • Where? Oxford, UK
  • Conference venue: Oxford Town Hall, UK
  • Workshop venue: Oxford Town Hall, UK
  • Tickets: 350
  • Ticket prices: Conference passes cost €369.00/$498.00. Student discounts are available.

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