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Aaron Draplin at SmashingConf SF 2018.

The hunt for shiny front-end & UX treasures has begun! For our fifth SmashingConf San Francisco, we’ll explore how to apply psychology to UX, design workflow, refactoring, moving to a static site setup, CSS Grid techniques, performance, deployment patterns for HTTP/2 and how to provide better estimates and pricing.

Below are the speakers who will present their workflows, techniques and strategies at SmashingConf San Francisco. If you want to stay updated on the latest speakers and topics, please follow us on Twitter.

  • Brad Frost

    Brad Frost

    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,, Style Guide Guide, and This Is Responsive.

  • Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan is a Lebanese freelance front-end UI/UX developer working with companies across the globe, building clean, responsive front-ends for Web sites and applications focused on accessibility, progressive enhancement and performance.

    She also runs workshops on front-end development and writes technical articles on her blog and for various big publications.

    Sara wrote the Codrops CSS Reference, co-authored the Smashing Book 5, and has been voted the Developer of the Year in the 2015 net awards.

  • Miriam Suzanne

    Miriam Suzanne

    Miriam Suzanne is an author, artist, and web developer in Denver, Colorado. She’s a co-founder of OddBird web agency, a member of the Sass core team, and a W3C Invited Expert on the CSS Working Group.

    Miriam has been building web sites, applications, and design systems since the early days of CSS. After creating Susy for responsive layouts in 2009, and then True for Sass unit-testing, she became a core developer on the Sass project. More recently, she has also become a member of the CSS Working Group, developing new features like Cascade Layers, Container Queries, and Scope. She’s also a prolific teacher – offering CSS workshops, and speaking at conferences around the world. She’s a co-author of Sitepoint’s Jump Start Sass, a staff writer for CSS Tricks, and was a founding teacher on the Mozilla Developer youtube channel.

  • Chris Coyier

    Chris Coyier

    Chris is a web designer and developer. He created and runs CSS-Tricks, a website all about building websites, now going strong for 10 years.

    He is also the co-founder of CodePen, a playground for front-end web development. It’s a social development environment for front end designers and developers.

    Chris has spoken at events and given workshops all over the world, as well as written two books: Practical SVG and Digging Into WordPress.

  • Anna Migas

    Anna Migas

    Anna works as a Software Engineer at the web security company, Castle. She is always trying to find ways to make people fall in love with coding and has a long history of organizing coding workshops for WebMuses and Rails Girls.

    In her spare time she is into skateboarding, travelling and reading books.

  • Darin Senneff

    Darin Senneff

    Darin Senneff is a freelance designer and developer based in Brooklyn, NY. With a background in design, development, and animation, he marries the visual and technical worlds to create experiences that are innovative and emotional (and sometimes even a little bit weird). Formerly the Director of Design at Column Five, and Art Director at Blueprint Interactive, Darin now works with startups, tech companies, and agencies to create fun and usable interfaces.

  • Jennifer Brook

    Jennifer Brook

    Jennifer is a staff design researcher at Dropbox where she helps teams discover and solve meaningful problems through the power of fieldwork, facilitation, co-creation, and visioning.

    Over the past 10 years, she's worked with organizations like Art+Feminism, The New York Times, Apple, Vice, and O'Reilly to redesign existing products and invent new ones.

    She loves riding funiculars, ferries, bicycles, and her Vespa. 🛵

  • Steve Schoger

    Steve Schoger

    Steve is a multidisciplinary designer from Canada where he runs Duke Street Studio, an independent design and illustration studio. Steve is one half of Refactoring UI, a project started with Adam Wathan to help developers get better at designing awesome UI’s. Through a series of blog posts, screencasts, and Twitter tips, the duo have demonstrated that design can be taught with tactics instead of talent.

  • Jen Simmons

    Jen Simmons

    Jen Simmons is a Designer and Developer Advocate at Mozilla, where she advocates for web standards and researches the coming revolution in graphic design on the web.

    Jen launched her first client website in 1998 and spent years making sites for small businesses, arts organizations, and creative individuals. Her more well-known clients include CERN, the W3C, Google, Drupal, Temple University, and the Annenberg Foundation.

    Besides designing for the web, Jen has years of experience designing for live performance and for print. Her projection and lighting design work has shown at theaters including the BAM Next Wave Festival, the National Theater of Belgrade, The Off Center, and Jump-Start Performance Co. Her short films toured film festivals around the globe, including RESFEST, Media That Matters, and on MTV Television. Jen is the host and executive producer of The Web Ahead. She taught digital media to high school kids in San Antonio and film production to college students in Philadelphia. Jen earned a MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She lives in New York City.

  • Jeremy Wagner

    Jeremy Wagner

    Jeremy Wagner is a web developer living on the client side. He specializes in web performance, and writes about it when so inclined. He’s also the author of The WebP Manual, a guide on the WebP image format for Smashing Magazine.

  • Katie Sylor-Miller

    Katie Sylor-Miller

    Katie is a Staff Software Engineer on the Front-end Systems team at Etsy, where she advocates for and implements front-end best practices in collaboration with product engineers and designers. She is passionate about front-end architecture, design systems, accessibility, front-end performance, and teaching others.

    Katie co-authored the Design Systems Handbook, but her proudest accomplishment is creating to share her hard-won knowledge of how to get out of your git messes with a bit of humor (and a lot of swears).

  • Jason Pamental

    Jason Pamental

    Jason Pamental is a strategist, designer, technologist, and author of ‘Responsive Typography’ from O’Reilly and articles for publications and sites like Typecast,, .Net Magazine among others. Having worked on the web since 1994 in a range of capacities, he’s an overall web & typography nerd who specializes in being a generalist.

    Jason has led both creative and technical efforts for major universities, NFL and America’s Cup teams, Fortune 25 corporations and many others. He also co-hosts a weekly web show called Talking Drupal, and follows @aProperCollie around Turner Reservoir in the morning, posting photos on Instagram.

  • David P. Simon

    David P. Simon

    David Peter Simon is a design researcher on Dropbox Paper, where he helps designers envision experiments and product managers answer roadmap-defining business questions. Before Dropbox, David worked as a consultant in 12 countries on 6 continents, with clients including Amnesty International, Standard Bank, GUCCI, hepsiburada, UNICEF, and the UK government. Outside work, David enjoys surfing small waves, cooking with a glass of wine, and playing peek-a-boo with his niece.

  • Mystery Speaker

    Mystery Speaker

    Obviously our Mystery Speaker is a bit of a… well Mystery. In true smashing style you can expect something wonderful, so we’re very excited.

Our San Francisco 2019 Partners

  • Tito
  • Netlify
  • Deque Systems
  • Indigo Design
  • Mozilla
  • Shopify
  • Medium
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Dropbox
  • SpeedCurve
  • Balsamiq
  • Mode
  • Smartbear
  • Stickermule
  • Twilio
  • UX Pin
  • Abstract