Smashing Conference


In 2012, the crew at Smashing Magazine decided it was time to turn the content and community of their site into a more physical experience; Smashing Conf Freiburg was born! A couple of years, and several sell-out events in Europe and America under our belt, we're delighted to be bringing the latest edition of Smashing Conf to Whistler, Canada — a friendly, valuable and inspiring community event that will help us all to become better at what we do.

The main focus of the conference is to provide insights into how we, as designers and developers, can tackle real-life problems, and how we can utilise workflow to solve them intelligently and creatively. Two workshop days and two full days of single track conference, packed with practical talks on smart techniques, clever strategies and useful tools. All rounded off with lots of learning, sharing and networking opportunities — oh, and just a little bit of adventure…

Smashing Conference Whistler 2014

The latest Smashing Conference is a four-day event for professional Web designers and Web developers, to be held in the purpose-built Conference Center, nestled at the foot of the Whistler Blackcomb mountains. We believe we have a line up to rival any other event out there, and believe that these experts coupled with the incredible atmosphere of Whistler are going to prove an unforgettable combination.

The conference's primary goal is the exploration of practical, actionable problem solving in Web design. We're asking each speaker to craft a talk that's focussed on making our attendees' workflow smoother and smarter. Our goal is to send you home with a head spinning with new ideas, and a tool belt full of new tips, tricks and techniques.

The conference will take place in the Whistler Conference Center, BC
The conference will take place in the "Whistler Conference Center, BC".

On Tuesday, December 9th, we'll be hosting full-day workshops . We're also preparing a pre-conference Jam Session for everyone to connect before the event, with a range of short attendee micro talks.

Wednesday and Thursday 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 really memorable "Après Smashing" party in the evening will give you an opportunity to relax and network after a long first conference day. On Thursday we also have additional workshops to further elevate your knowledge and experience in a range of topics.

The ticket sales start on Tuesday, July 15th, with the regular conference ticket price € 449.00 / US$ 599.00 — including all booking fees.

You can save US$ 100 when purchasing both a conference ticket and a workshop. Student discounts (25% off) are available upon request as well.

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 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, 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. Following that success, we raised the bar, taking Smashing Conf to Oxford UK, and New York City.

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.

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 Events Team
  • When? December 9th - 12th, 2014 (conference on 10th-11th, workshops on 9th and 12th)
  • Where? Whistler, Canada
  • Conference venue: Whistler Conference Center
  • Workshop venue: Whistler Conference Center
  • Tickets: 400
  • Ticket prices: Conference passes cost €449/US$599.00. Student discounts are available.

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