March 29, 2019 • Innsbruck • Werkstätte Wattens

Vitaly Friedman in Innsbruck

New Adventures in Front-End, 2019 Edition

With HTTP/2, Service Workers, Progressive Web Apps, Responsive Images, Flexbox, CSS Grid Layout, SVG, WAI-ARIA roles and Font Loading API now available in browsers, we all are still trying to figure out just the right strategy for designing and buildings responsive websites efficiently. We want to use all of these technologies and smart processes like atomic design, but how can we use them efficiently, and how do we achieve it within a reasonable amount of time?

In this workshop, Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, will be looking into a strategy for crafting fast, resilient and flexible responsive design systems by utilizing all of those wonderful shiny web technologies we have available today. We'll also talk about dealing with legacy browsers and will cover a few dirty little techniques that might ensure that your responsive websites will stay relevant, flexible and accessible in the years to come. Beware: you won’t be able to unlearn the things that you’ll learn in the workshop!

This workshop will cover:

  • Component-based workflow and tooling,
  • Architecting and building pattern libraries and design systems,
  • Designing with Logic Fold using Custom Properties,
  • Layout techniques (Flexbox and CSS Grid),
  • Variable Fonts, and how to get started with them,
  • Image optimization techniques,
  • Web font loading strategy and options,
  • Deferring and lazy-loading JavaScript,
  • Dealing with 3rd-party content using IntersectionObserver,
  • Setting performance thresholds and budgets,
  • Performance optimization strategy (best practices + HTTP/2), including transition from HTTP to HTTPS,
  • Utilizing Service Workers for caching and better performance,
  • Maintenance issues and dealing with legacy browsers,
  • Common front-end challenges and solutions.

Workshops include

  • A full day with Vitaly Friedman to the topic you selected
  • Refreshments throughout the day. Coffee, soft drinks, etc.
  • Snacks and cake throughout the day
  • A lunch break with tasty food


The workshop needs at least 10 participants to happen. Should the workshop be cancelled, we will refund your bought tickets. Otherwise, tickets cannot be refunded, but reassigned. You can assign your ticket three days before the workshop


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Your Trainer

Vitaly Friedman

Creative lead at Smashing Media, Front-End/UX consultant

Vitaly loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. Born in Minsk, Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany until he discovered a passion for typography, writing and design. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine back in 2006, a leading online magazine for designers and developers. His curiosity drove him from interface design to front-end to performance optimization to accessibility and back to user experience over all the years.

Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books. He currently works as creative lead of Smashing Magazine and front-end/UX consultant from the lovely city of Barcelona, Spain, consulting European Parliament, Haufe-Lexware, Axel-Springer and a few other companies.