Front-End Design Conference

Front-End Finale!

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

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.

136 spots remaining!

Register for $199

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

11:20am - 11:40am

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.