A conference about Dev & Design

Confront / Malmö, Sweden / 5 October 2018

About Confront

What is Confront?

Confront is a conference about dev and design. It’s a full day event in Malmö, Sweden, focusing on the dialogue between developers and designers. Confront is all about community, dialogue, sharing and building bridges.

We, the team behind Confront, believe in these two disciplines as equal parts of the creative process when we talk about and build digital products for the web. We want to create a hub for leading developers and designers to share their passion, knowledge and ideas related to the industry of development and design.

If you, like us, would like to: discuss what you’re excited about and where our industry is heading, confront status quo and push boundaries, be curious and excited about the known and unknown and share, discuss and learn from others; then Confront is a place for you.

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What you get

A ticket to Confront conference on October 5th 2018 includes
a full day pass for 1 person to:
– Talks, workshops and keynotes
– Delicious breakfast
– Yummy lunch
– Bottomless coffee/tea
– Swedish fika
– Groovy afterparty
And yes, there will be surprises too!

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Early bird Sold out!

1900 SEK

Regular

2700 SEK

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3500 SEK

Speakers

Look who's talking

We’ve gathered a mix of developers & designers to share their ideas and knowledge within their fields. There will be a mix of talks & workshops!

More speakers will be announced continuously, stay tuned.

Speaker
Developer
Auth0
Siddharth Kshetrapal (IN)

We need to talk about how we build user interfaces

Building high quality interfaces that are consistent across products and teams is hard. When we reach a point where design and development tools converge and our workflows will have to embrace each ot...

Building high quality interfaces that are consistent across products and teams is hard. When we reach a point where design and development tools converge and our workflows will have to embrace each other, we might be faced with a LOT of work. Collaboration between designers and developers has been a pain point since, well forever? But fear not, Design Systems is the solution!

Join Sid for this practical talk to learn what a design system is, how to build it from scratch and how to convince your boss that it’s something worth investing in!

Sid is a developer and builds design systems at auth0. He spends most of his time working with React and expanding his knowledge as a designer. When not working at auth0, Sid runs a sticker company for fun. He also likes to play football and surf.

 

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Speaker
Designer
Independent
NUFF (CA)

The Discomfort Zone: From Interfaces to Installations

In 2017, after a decade working as a designer, Nuff and a friend were invited to make an interactive light sculpture. Completely out of their depth, they relied on their existing skills, learning new...

In 2017, after a decade working as a designer, Nuff and a friend were invited to make an interactive light sculpture. Completely out of their depth, they relied on their existing skills, learning new ones on the job.

Focusing on this experience, Nuff will share how physical installation projects have made him a better digital designer, how design skills make for great art, and why he believes the best work happens outside comfort zones.

Nuff has a hard time colouring inside the lines. A multidisciplinary designer, he uses whatever he can to make a mark—from apps to logos, to giant glowing crystals. His work spans client driven, self-initiated, and public projects.

 

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Speakers
Art Director / Developer
Your Majesty
Sheldon Lotter & Valerie Fuchs (NL)

Dev & Design: How close is too close?

Looking at the increasing blend of Development and Design within project teams, job profiles and industries, we couldn’t help but wonder: Where are the boundaries? What is mine and what is yours? An...

Looking at the increasing blend of Development and Design within project teams, job profiles and industries, we couldn’t help but wonder: Where are the boundaries? What is mine and what is yours? And how do we feel when we go too far?

In their roles as Art Director and Web Developer, Sheldon and Valerie decided to temporarily become their own guinea pigs and mess around with the other discipline. How does a developer feel when a designer suddenly directly edits their CSS files? How does a designer feel when a developer starts to freestyle on their Sketch designs?

During this talk, Valerie and Sheldon want to share the surprising, painful and enlightening lessons they learnt.

Once upon a time, Valerie was a Marketing Manager. After falling in love with code, she decided to jump ship, become a Web Developer and console.log(life). At ‘Your Majesty’, she now writes code for digital products and services and never hesitates to bother her talented co-workers with billions of questions about the ‘why’.

Valerie is also hosting her own event-series ‘Cafe Robot’ in Amsterdam, which aims to create an inclusive community for newbie web developers & code hobbyists.

Sheldon is an Art Director at ‘Your Majesty. He is coming from sunny Durban, South Africa where he was born and raised. Sheldon’s work sits at the intersection of design, technology, and strategy, bringing these disciplines together to solve a wide range of problems. He loves learning and experimenting, exploring new technologies, tools and disciplines to further evolve his craft.

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Speaker
Web Stuff Do-er
Clearleft
Jeremy Keith (UK)

The Layers Of The Web

Do you ever get overwhelmed by the ever-changing nature of web design and development? Exhausting, isn’t it? How are you supposed to know which technologies and tools you should invest your time in...

Do you ever get overwhelmed by the ever-changing nature of web design and development? Exhausting, isn’t it? How are you supposed to know which technologies and tools you should invest your time in? Will they stick around or will you just have to relearn everything in another few months? Join Jeremy as he takes a tour of the past, present, and future of working on the web. From the building blocks of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript through to frameworks and libraries right up to the latest and greatest Progressive Web Apps, this talk will examine our collective assumptions with a critical eye. By learning from the past, we can make sensible design decisions today to build the web of tomorrow.

Jeremy Keith lives in Brighton, England where he makes websites with the splendid design agency Clearleft. You may know him from such books as DOM Scripting, Bulletproof Ajax, HTML5 For Web Designers, Resilient Web Design, and, most recently, Going Offline.

He curated the dConstruct conference for a number of years as well as Brighton SF, and he organised the world’s first Science Hack Day. He also made the website Huffduffer to allow people to make podcasts of found sounds—it’s like Instapaper for audio files.

Hailing from Erin’s green shores, Jeremy maintains his link to Irish traditional music running the community site The Session. He also indulges a darker side of his bouzouki-playing in the band Salter Cane. Jeremy spends most of his time goofing off on the internet, documenting his time-wasting on adactio.com, where he has been writing for over fifteen years.

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Facilitator
Designer
Sketch Ambassador
Silvia Bormüller (DE)

Design & Prototyping for Devs w. Sketch & Framer

Note: This is a warm-up event, with limited seats, on Oct 4, read more at the bottom.

Silvia Bormüller is one of the leading Sketch & Framer teachers out there. She is an independent User Experience / User Interface Designer from Munich and also an official Sketch Ambassador. Besi...

Silvia Bormüller is one of the leading Sketch & Framer teachers out there. She is an independent User Experience / User Interface Designer from Munich and also an official Sketch Ambassador. Besides she is the founder and organizer of Sketch and Framer Meetups in Munich. Silvia has long year experience in designing and prototyping for mobile and web.

Learn how to get started with Sketch – one of the best tools for user interface design. We’ll cover all the basics you need to know to build your first user interface design. Together we’re going to design small user interface projects. On top of that, you’re going to learn all about the workflow of designers working with Sketch. Once you have mastered the basics in Sketch you’re going to learn how to bring your designs to life with Framer – one of the best tools for interactive prototyping. Together we’re going to learn all the fundamentals you need to know to start designing and building your own interactive prototypes.

At the end of the workshop you will have learned how to create UI designs, how designers are handing off their work to developers and how to create UI animations and interactions.

Note that this session is a warm-up event on Oct 4. It has limited seats and the registration will open later on. Everyone who’s bought a ticket will be noticed about it.

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Speaker
Product designer
Bustle
Una Kravets (US)

The Magic of CSS Houdini

Una is the Director of Product Design at Bustle Digital Group, and previously worked as a UI Engineer at DigitalOcean, and IBM Design. She’s given talks on CSS and image optimization around the wor...

Una is the Director of Product Design at Bustle Digital Group, and previously worked as a UI Engineer at DigitalOcean, and IBM Design. She’s given talks on CSS and image optimization around the world, and has written for various online publications such as A List Apart, 24 Ways, Smashing Magazine, and SitePoint. Una also co-hosts the Toolsday podcast, and started both the Washington, DC and Austin, TX Sass Meetup groups.

If you ask Una, Houdini is the future of CSS. This spec allows developers to write web worklets and access the CSS Object Model for the very first time. In this talk, Una will walk through some of the magic we can create by using Houdini with the Paint Worklet API and what we will be able to build with Houdini in the future.

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Speaker
Front-end developer
Slides
Hakim El Hattab (SE)

Making Better Presentations

Hakim is a front-end developer who loves to work on experimental JavaScript projects. He’s the co-founder of Slides.com, a platform for creating and sharing presentations. In this talk Hakim wil...

Hakim is a front-end developer who loves to work on experimental JavaScript projects. He’s the co-founder of Slides.com, a platform for creating and sharing presentations.

In this talk Hakim will share his experience turning reveal.js–an open source HTML presentation framework–into a fully featured online presentation platform. He’ll talk about how a small developer-only team can approach design and share practical tips for building better and more enjoyable user interfaces. Expect lots of demos.

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Facilitators
Technologist & Designer
Topp
Emil Wasberger & Hanna Edghill (SE)

Expression by Algorithm

Hanna is a Visual Designer specializing in user interface design, animation & illustration. After having worked closely with interaction designers and engineers, Hanna highly values being part of...

Hanna is a Visual Designer specializing in user interface design, animation & illustration. After having worked closely with interaction designers and engineers, Hanna highly values being part of all steps in a process; seeing an idea grow from words, to visuals, to prototype and then into a product.

Emil is a Design Technologist with a background in computer science and graphics programming. He has a long history of working with design in innovation and production contexts. He’s responsible for developing the Design Technologist practice at Topp.

Algorithmic expressions can be about the joy of creating the unexpected, but it can also be a necessary mindset for developing design systems that are adaptive and can evolve over time. We find this emerging skillset in the intersection between programming and creativity. In this workshop you’ll hear Hanna and Emil explain how it works and why it’s needed. You’ll get to explore algorithmic content creation hands on.

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Speaker
Product Designer
Toptal
Jenny Shen (NL)

Build bridges, not walls - Design for users across cultures

Jenny Shen is a Senior UX/Product Designer at Toptal who creates digital products for companies across the globe. With a passion for helping people grow in skills and confidence, she mentors designers...

Jenny Shen is a Senior UX/Product Designer at Toptal who creates digital products for companies across the globe. With a passion for helping people grow in skills and confidence, she mentors designers under her mentorship program. In her spare time, she is advocating for diversity and empowering women to succeed as the founder of Ladies that UX Amsterdam, the largest female-focused tech community in The Netherlands with ~2000 members.

As Internet access expands to the far corners of the world, product makers have the chance to see their work used by millions of people worldwide.

To create products for international users, we must be aware of the full range of human diversity with respect to language, culture and other forms of human difference. If the product doesn’t adapt to users’ differences and the rapidly changing world, our work will not truly meet the users’ needs.

Join this talk to hear how Jenny, a globetrotter of 50+ countries, designed for users in Europe, North- and South America, Asia, and Southeast Asia.

 

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Speaker
Developer / Designer
Sveriges Radio
Prakash Khatri Chhetri (SE)

Redesign by Iteration

Prakash is a front-end developer and designer at Sveriges Radio. He has a passion for animations and gifs. On his spare time he creates illustrations, writes music and plays in a band called Rymden, H...

Prakash is a front-end developer and designer at Sveriges Radio. He has a passion for animations and gifs. On his spare time he creates illustrations, writes music and plays in a band called Rymden, Hej.

Prakash will share insights from his work at Sveriges Radio, where they’re facing a big redesign of the whole site. Learning that transforming static visual mockups to code just took too long, they started doing all redesign directly in the browser. Component after component.

To kill your design-darlings can be hard. Finding the energy to re-think and re-do as well. Join this talk to feel a little more at ease when handling larger visual redesigns. And get inspired to keep challenging your design and iterate on it over time!

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Facilitators
Developer / Designer
Technigo
Tjejer Kodar (SE)

Coding for Designers – A beginners crash course

Note: This session has limited seats, read more at the bottom.

During this session you’ll start learning how to bring your designs to life with code. It’s a crash course in beginner’s HTML & CSS and we expect you to come as a beginner. It wi...

During this session you’ll start learning how to bring your designs to life with code. It’s a crash course in beginner’s HTML & CSS and we expect you to come as a beginner. It will be an interactive workshop, mixing lectures with coding. You need to bring your own computer to join!

The team behind Technigo and Tjejer Kodar have taught over 1000 people programming on popular courses and camps on locations like Barcelona, Berlin, Stockholm, London etc. Recently the team started their full-time school Technigo in Stockholm, with intensive boot camps for creatives and anyone that would like start working with front-end development in just 3 months. They have a history of making programming for everyone and have an impressive number of 80% women on their full-time programs. The founders, Hanna Pettersson and Sandra Hindskog are engineers and designers with a background from working with companies like Spotify, King and Doberman.

Note that this session has limited seats. The registration will open later on. Everyone who’s bought a ticket will be noticed about it.

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Speaker
Design Lead
Ustwo
Paul Hamilton (US)

Nobody is an island: Moving design beyond the individual

Paul is Design Lead at the New York studio of Ustwo, where he blends design, branding and strategic thinking to create unique and memorable products. He has explored the future of Maps with Google, sh...

Paul is Design Lead at the New York studio of Ustwo, where he blends design, branding and strategic thinking to create unique and memorable products. He has explored the future of Maps with Google, shaped a classical music service for Universal Music, and evolved how sneakerheads cop shoes from Nike. He is a D&AD New Blood judge, and his work has been recognized by the IxDA and Webby Awards.

The user-centered mindset has pushed designers to focus so intently on the individual, that it has become easy to forget a world exists outside of them. As a result, the products we build have evolved to simply soothe the pain of people’s interactions with the world, with cultural context and meaning losing out to function and efficiency.

Should designers continue on this path, society risks looking narrow and monotonous, stripped of the richness of the collective human experience. Paul will explore alternatives to personal empowerment driving the products we make, and the possibilities of unmooring ourselves from Silicon Valley thinking – instead framing the services we build as culture itself.

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Sounds good, right? Get your Regular ticket here before they sell out!

Practicalities

The venue

Confront will take place at Slagthuset MMX, a classic old pearl from 1904, in the heart of Malmö located right behind the Central station. We figured, a full day dedicated to dev and design in a big, light and airy venue? Not so bad. Even better, it’s a 25 paces walk from Comfort Hotel and a 5 min bike ride from Ohboy Bike Hotel.

How to get here

Slagthuset MMX,
Jörgen Kocksgatan 7a,
21120 Malmö,
Sweden

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here: hello@confront.se

Hotel deals

In need of a hotel stay during Confront? We gotchu! We’ve teamed up with not one, but two hotels to give you sweet deals that fit your needs and lifestyle best; Comfort Hotel and Ohboy Bike Hotel. Rooms starting at 850SEK/night.

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Flights

For those coming to Confront from outside of Sweden: the best way to get here is to fly to CPH airport and take the train to Malmö Central station. The view is pretty and the train ride takes 20 minutes. Convenience for the win! You arrive in the city center, pretty much next to all locations you’ll attend during Confront (venue, hotels, party). You can also search for flights to MMX airport.

Trains

For those coming to Confront from other cities in Sweden: the best way to get here is to take a train to Malmö Central station. Have a look at SJ and Snälltåget. You arrive in the city center, pretty much next to all locations you’ll attend during Confront (venue, hotel, party). Both comfortable and environmental friendly, awwwyieh!

Bus, Bikes & Taxis

The most popular way to get around in Malmö is probably by biking. Malmö is a great bike city, you can get almost anywhere in under 20min. If you stay at Ohboy Bike Hotel you get a bike with your room, if not you can rent a bike with Malmö By Bike. There’s also great bus connections with our public transport. Lastly, there’s lots of taxi companies such as Taxi Kurir and Taxi Skåne.

 

Warm-up events

Check out these free warm-up events

1 June 2018 16:30

Pizza-talk: Self leadership in design

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1 June 2018 17:30

Post-pizza-rock: After work

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31 August 2018 17:00

VIP release: Bolts

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Sponsors

The more the merrier

Friends for diversity

Sponsors & partners

Although we work hard, a big part of making this possible lies in the hands of our sponsors and partners. Want to get involved and support us? Get in touch! We’re always looking for new friends.

Hooray for diversity!

We’re happy to have friends helping us out to make this a day where diversity flows. Because only diversity makes the real magic. You can help out too by sponsoring tickets which then will be given to underrepresented groups in tech, or someone that’s not able to attend Confront otherwise. A concept inspired by the awesome Nordic.js.

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