Front-End Design Conference

Front-End Finale!

Daniel Ryan Rachel Smith Ben Callahan Question Bermon Painter Chris Coyier Jason VanLue

Portland community, we really want to meet you!

Pricing Change

For our last Front-End Conf and the conf's last gift back to the community, we've nixed the $199 price. We're now allowing anyone to register for whatever they would like to donate.

Why we're doing this

My wife Cherrie and I have been running the Front-End Design Conference since 2009. All of the prior events have been in St. Petersburg, Florida, but we're running this next one in Portland on August 22nd.

The original point of the conference was to give back to the community. I had been learning so much from people who shared online and I knew that it would be quite a while before I could give back in a technical way. I thought that I could give back by organizing a day for people to learn, share, and have some fun. It has gone very well in St. Pete, but we're struggling with Portland.

The good news is that we have a fantastic location (the Gerding Theater at the Armory) and 7 awesome speakers, who will be covering a wide range of front-end design and dev topics. What we're missing is a big group of like-minded people to celebrate with.

Running an event comes with risk, both financially and socially. At this point, the conf will run very deep in the red but there is something more important than that. The speakers agreed to spend their time preparing a talk and a few people have registered assumedly hoping to get to spend the day with them and some other great people.

We can deal with the financial loss because I can always work more and make up the money. What we can't risk is the chance of disappointing our friends who are speaking and the people who have registered. I don't know what it is that has prevented registrations so far. It could be the dates, lack of promotion on my part, the price, etc. What I can change is the price and the amount of promotion. So, as the conf's final gift back to the community, we're making the event donation only. Pay whatever you think it's worth or that you can afford and come out to spend the day with us in Portland.

If you can't make it out, would you please do me one favor and share this? I'd really appreciate it and I bet anyone who comes out will too.

Thank you,
Dan Denney

Thank you, MailChimp!

Portland, Aug 22 - 23

Our first event in Portland is also our last time running the Front-End Design Conference. We hope to meet many of the awesome members of the Portland community that we have heard so much about.

Conference rate for the Portland Marriott City Center is $189/night. The online link expired but you can still get the rate by calling 1-503-226-6300 and telling that you're with the conference.


Aug 22, 9:30am - 5:30pm, 7 Presentations

Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209


Aug 23, All day

While learning from the presentations is the focus of conferences, the conversations outside of them are often the best part of the event. They are what lead to friendships, work opportunities, and collaboration.

Rather than have a second day of presentations, we're hoping to get people from the event together to explore Portland and hang out.

Details aren't finalized, but we're lining up some creative jam sessions, some hiking/outdoorsy fun, and times for talking shop over the amazing food and drinks in Portland.

Register Now

Want to know what the vibe is like? See what went down in St. Pete in July!

Some really nice things people have shared...

You can also see what people shared (while Twitter still has them available) on tagboard.

Speakers and Schedule

August 22

8:30am - 9:30am

Registration and Breakfast

9:30am - 9:40am


9:40am - 10:30am

Human First Web Design

  1. Daniel Ryan

  2. Web Developer & Consultant
  3. WayPaver

10:30am - 11:20am

Animating the web in a post-Flash world

  1. Rachel Smith

  2. Front-End Dev
  3. Active Theory

20 Minute Break

11:20am - 11:40am

11:40am - 12:30pm

Small Screen Nav

  1. Ben Callahan

  2. President
  3. Sparkbox

12:30pm - 1:20pm

Fostering Collaboration with Pattern Libraries and Rapid Prototyping

  1. Bermon Painter

  2. Design/Developer Hybrid
  3. Founder of Blend Conf


1:20pm - 2:50pm

2:50pm - 3:40pm

SVG is for Everybody

  1. Chris Coyier

  2. Designer, Writer, Podcaster
  3. CodePen, CSS-Tricks, ShopTalk

20 Minute Break

3:40pm - 4:00pm

4:00pm - 4:40pm

Contextually Aware Web Design

  1. Matthew Carver

  2. Author of The Responsive Web.

4:40pm - 5:30pm

A Study In Pixels: Design, the World, and the Other Side of the Screen

  1. Jason VanLue

  2. Executive Director
  3. Envy Labs


The purpose behind this second day is to get like-minded people spending some time with each other. Confs are a great time for meeting new people and Portland is a wonderful city to enjoy together. We're hoping for something like these super kind words from Angela Trego Crist:

We'll list the available meetups closer to the final day. Meanwhile, if you'd like to suggest one...


There is still a chance of running a design-oriented workshop and we'll release details as soon as possible.