We love running our event in New York, and given that it sold out a long way in advance we think that you do too. If you didn’t manage to get a ticket, this post should give you a feel for what happened. We also have the video of the presentations to share with you.
Enjoy this roundup, and if you want to be there in person for one of our events next year, tickets are on sale right now!
The main focus of the conference is the speakers and the presentations they bring. As with all of our 2019 events, some speakers opted to present without slides.
In the tables below, I’ve linked to slides for those talks which had them, plus the video of each presentation. Enjoy two days worth of learning from the comfort of your own couch!
The Day One Collaborative Doc created by attendees is full of takeaways from the first day of the conference.
|Speaker Name||Talk Title||Video & Slides|
|Dan Mall and Brad Frost||Designer vs. Developer||Video, Slides|
|Marcy Sutton||Garbage Pail Components||Video, Slides|
|Trine Falbe||Designing For Kids Is Not A Game||Video, Slides|
|Denys Mishunov||I Built A Frankenstein Monster:
3 Stories Of Migration
|Maggie Wachs||Lessons Learned From A Decade Of Building Pattern Libraries||Video, Slides|
Check out the Day Two Collaborative Doc for more resources and thoughts from our attendees and speakers.
Our mystery speaker was dina Amin. The Smashing Team love her Instagram!
Mystery speaker was soooo good! Dina’s talk about the stop motion animation and her videos blew the minds away of the audience! Enjoyed every bit of it #smashingconf 🗽#animation #productdesign pic.twitter.com/YRS41ou9LZ
— Naresh Baleswaran (@nareshbabub) October 16, 2019
We then enjoyed talks covering a wide range of topics from our day two speakers.
|Speaker Name||Talk Title||Video & Slides|
|dina Amin||Mystery Speaker||Video|
|Harry Roberts||Demystifying Vim, Live!||Video|
|Sara Soueidan||Applied Accessibility: Practical Tips For Building More Accessible Front-Ends||Video, Slides|
|Remy Sharp||Using A Modern Web To Create 1980s Horrible Slow and Loud Loading Screens||Video|
|Scott Jehl||Move Fast And Don’t Break Things||Video|
|Miriam Suzanne||CSS is Rad||Video, Slides|
Our workshops are a big part of each of our Smashing conferences. We held busy workshops the day before and day after SmashingConf New York, at the Microsoft Technology Center. Here is what attendees could choose from.
|Dan Mall and Brad Frost||Designer / Developer Collaborative Workflow|
|Scott Jehl||Lightning Fast Web Performance|
|Marcy Sutton||Building Accessible Sites With Gatsby|
|Vitaly Friedman||Smart Responsive UX Design Patterns|
|The Deque Team||How To Translate Wireframes Into Accessible HTML/CSS|
|Rachel Andrew||Next Steps With CSS Layout|
|Remy Sharp||Modern Universal React Dev With Next.js|
|Harry Roberts||Front-End Performance: Building Faster Websites|
|Vitaly Friedman||New Front-End Adventures|
— Misha Trombley (@mishhmich) October 17, 2019
A conference isn’t just about the talks and speakers. We want to make spaces where attendees and speakers can learn from each other and share experiences in a more informal setting. We want to offer something for everyone — from the party-goers to the fitness enthusiasts, and everyone in-between! So at lunchtime, we had lunch sessions: On Day 1, we saw the “Web We Want” panel discussion from Microsoft, and on Day 2, Deque ran a session for those who wanted to learn more about accessibility over a plate of lunch.
We also invited people who organize community meetups in the local area onstage to tell the audience about their group.
— Tobias Löfstrand (@tobeleaf) October 15, 2019
The SmashingConf run is becoming a fixture, and in New York we had Central Park to run around. We started just as it was getting light and joined the runners of New York for a lap of the park.
The Jam Session this time round was hosted by Shopify. Attendees spent time socializing and hearing some lightning talks from Tiffany Tse, Rachel Weil, April Ellsey, Timirah James, Jordan Patterson, and Taylor Poulos.
We also had a party after day one which was held at The Waylon, where there were some nice craft beers and a lovely outdoor space to enjoy. Luckily the torrential rain didn’t arrive until day 2!
Want To Join Us in 2020?
We packed a lot into those few days! If you were there, we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. It was great to meet so many of you.
In 2020 we’re back with many more cats, mysteries and 4 friendly and inclusive conferences. Join us in:
- San Francisco — April 21–22, 2020.
- Austin — June 9–10, 2020.
- Freiburg — September 7–8, 2020.
- New York — October 20–21, 2020.
The team are already hard at work making these events as amazing as those we have enjoyed running for you this year. Grab an Early Bird ticket and we’ll see you there!