Below you’ll find the first confirmed talks for SmashingConf Toronto 2018. We’ll add more talks throughout the next couple of weeks, so be sure to keep checking in! Stay updated.

Tuesday, 26th | Wednesday, 27th

08:30 Doors Open
9:30 Welcome and Intro

The First Minutes of Design

How do you start from nothing but requirements into something tangible? In this session, Dan Mall will explore and expose the nuances of one of the most difficult parts of design: the beginning. Follow along as he shares tips, tricks, and principles he’s learned over his career for overcoming the tyranny of the blank page.


Even More CSS Secrets

CSS Secrets was a series of talks that were loved by audiences all around the globe and led to Lea’s bestselling book “CSS Secrets”. The premise is simple: Ten surprising yet practical things you didn’t know you could do in CSS, live-coded in Lea’s trademark interactive presentation style.

This talk will include new juicy secrets related to CSS Variables, grid layout, variable fonts, among other things. Prepare to be inspired again as Lea debuts ten all-new feats of advanced CSS wizardry, which will help you understand CSS at a much deeper level.

11:30 Coffee break!

Machine Learning in the Browser

Machine Learning in the browser? Really? How? In this talk, we’ll use machine learning to analyze images directly on the client side and on the fly. We’ll use Vue.js to handle photo uploads, Axios for the API calls, and we’ll build a fun app that analyzes and automatically generates SVG that the user can play with. She'll ask for some audience participation as she builds out a completely new and unique application!


Performance Audit (live)

Tim will be looking into a workflow for finding and dealing with performance bottlenecks and explore common performance problems appearing in websites and apps. We’ll dive deep into different tools, patterns and common strategies for faster and resilient experiences on both stable and fragile connections.

13:40 Lunch Break and Lunch-time Session

Applying Psychology And 13 Years Of UX To Get The Details Right And Leapfrog The Competition

Mr Joe will take you on journey, showing how to take an average website and make it exceptional. Joe will talk through a framework for looking at the interactions you design everyday and making them as good as they can be. Then we’ll look at how to take your site to the next level 💥, redesigning the experience live based on psychology and UX theory.


You can sketch. (You might just not know it yet.)

Sketching is a great tool for designers (well, actually for anyone who needs to think about complex problems and communicate with others) to have in their skill set. It’s fast, efficient and everybody can do it. Everybody? Yes, everybody… even you.

In this hands-on session, Eva-Lotta will show you some basic techniques to start sketching your ideas. You'll get some hands-on practice on how to sketch simple pictures to inject into your everyday notes and work. She’ll show examples of how easy-to-do sketches can help make your thoughts clearer, your notes more structured and your communication more engaging.

You are invited to sketch along, learn-by-doing right in the session and walk away with a neat little visual vocabulary that you can use straight away in meetings, workshops or your secret notebook.

If you think you are rubbish at sketching and want to get a fun kick-start to getting into using pen and paper (again), this session will be just right for you.

Get your pens ready!

16:50 Coffee Break

Designing Across Cultures

Coming soon!


Things That Don't Have A Thing To Do With Graphic Design

As a graphic designer, I'm lucky to make things for all kinds of things. But more and more, I'm realizing the profound impact it has on the things in the rest of my life. Things in my backyard. Things that holds things. Things on the open road. Things in my bank account. Things for my nephew. Things for people I'll never meet. And things on one of the saddest days of my life. That's a lot of things. Plus, we'll update you on all the things we've been up to, aside from all these things. Tons of new things to talk about!

19:00 Closing Remarks
20:30 Party Time!


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