Inspiring web design conferences to attend in 2016

Who doesn’t love a great design conference, right? They’re the perfect place to get inspired and meet other creatives. Whether you’re looking to potentially give a talk or just mingle with others in your field, there are tons of conferences out there that should be on your radar.

To help you find the perfect one to attend, here are a few exceptional conferences for designers to attend in 2016.

1. Webstock

February 9–12. Wellington, New Zealand.

“Webstock itself is a celebration of the web and its makers — the creativity, the magic, the craft and everything in between.”

Celebrating its 10th year, the 2016 Webstock conference is sure to be the best one yet. With a focus on looking at the challenges that have been overcome and those that still need to be faced, this conference is sure to jumpstart your year with creativity and productivity. Plus, who doesn’t want to attend a conference in New Zealand?

2. SmashingConf Oxford

March 15–16. Oxford, England.

“The conference will be packed with smart real-life solutions and techniques, ranging from front end to design to UX — and a few delightful surprises along the way.”

The SmashingConf Oxford is going to be an action-packed two-day event. With 14 speakers and full-day workshops, there’s certain to be something for everyone. Plus, if you’re excited about networking, there will be 350 attendees. Get your business cards ready!


March 17–18. Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Dibi is a major international conference for UX designers and web developers, featuring 16 inspiring presentations from those shaping the future of the web.”

Dibi has been around since 2009 and is the go-to conference for UX designers and web developers. With presentations from some of the top industry thought leaders, not only will you learn a lot, but you’re sure to meet some pretty cool people.

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4. ConvergeSE

April 13–15. Columbia, SC.

“It’s for designers with a free heart and a love of details. It’s for the developers who code for joy and are filled with a passion for technology. It’s for the love of the web and the love of our community. Converge SE is for you and me and everyone.”

ConvergeSE is the conference for anyone dedicated to making the web a beautiful place. And if you’re looking to put yourself out there and give a talk this year, they’re still looking for presenters! ConvergeSE is sure to bring an awesome presentation line-up (whether you’re in it or just attending) so you definitely won’t want to miss out.

5. Industry

April 20. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

“The conference will be packed with practical content and techniques covering everything from design to front-end web development.”

Get down to business with this practical conference featuring some fantastic speakers and full-day workshops. Plus, with an attendance cap of 150 people, it’s a little smaller than some of the other conferences, making it easy to establish new relationships.

6. Generate

April 22. New York City, NY.

“We’ve gathered together some of the biggest names in web design for Generate New York including Cameron Moll, Una Kravets and Dan Mall as well as some fantastic new speakers, with more still to be announced.”

Generate is a powerful conference in New York that started three years ago. One day, two tracks, and some impressive speakers that you won’t want to miss.

7. Future of Web Design

April 25–27. London, England.

“We proudly bring you the 10th annual Future of Web Design Conference, THE event for web designers and developers who want to be on top of their game in usability, responsive design, UX, HTML, CSS and front-end development.”

The Future of Web Design is another conference celebrating its 10th anniversary. Featuring hands-on workshops, incredible speakers, and high-level strategy sessions, this conference will help you take your skills to the next level.

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8. The IA Summit

May 4–8. Atlanta, GA.

“The world’s most prestigious gathering of information architects, user experience designers, content strategists, and all those who work to create and manage information spaces.”

This conference brings people together to solve problems and break new ground. The IA Summit is meant for anyone in the industry, whether you’re a pronounced thought leader or just starting out in the business.

For eight more inspiring conferences to attend this year, check out the original article on The Layout.

Know of an exceptional conference that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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