17 inspiring web design conferences to attend in 2017
Web design conferences are the perfect venue for learning new tricks, making real connections, and finding inspiration to achieve all of your wildest design dreams this year. From small local events to some of the largest conferences in the world, there are lots and lots to choose from.
Whether you’re ready to try talking at one or just looking do a little mingling, there are a whole bunch of conferences for web designers that should be on your radar. To help you find the perfect one, here are 17 inspiring web design conferences to attend in 2017!
February 13-17, Wellington, New Zealand
Webstock is a celebration of the web and the people who make it so wonderful. Featuring industry leaders talking on a wide range of subjects, this conference covers just about everything that web designers face from the challenges and struggles to the creativity of the craft. Register here.
March 1-3, San Francisco
While this is a fantastic conference for web designers, it’s also ideal for anyone fascinated by apps and mobile design. Featuring a variety of speakers with design and development experience, Mobile + Web DevCon will be a great place to network and share ideas with other creatives in the field. Register here.
March 30-31, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dibi (short for Design it; Build It), has been around since 2010 and is the go-to conference for creative designers and 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 inspiring people. Register here.
April 4-5, San Francisco, California
The SmashingConf San Francisco is going to be an action-packed two-day event. With a great line-up of speakers and hands-on workshops, you’re sure to learn a lot about front-end design, user experience, and just general web design concepts. Register here.
April 19-21, St. Petersburg, Florida
The FEDC (Front End Design Conference) is a conference for web professionals who love their community, the web, and learning. It’s a great place to connect with other designers and share ideas on how to make the web a better place for everyone. Register here.
April 20-21, Oxford, England
UX in the City is a community-driven, practical user experience conference. It’s a hands-on event that aims to improve your skills and increase your professional network. It’s the perfect conference for any designer who wants to provide their users with an exceptional experience!
April 27-28, New York
Generate is a powerful conference in New York that may be short, but it packs a punch. One day, two tracks, and some impressive speakers covering practical frontend solutions, design solutions, exceptional eCommerce experiences, and so much more. You won’t want to miss it! Register here.
May 2-6, Chicago
HOW always brings a wonderful mix of tips, knowledge, and inspiration to everything they do, and the HOW Design Live conference is no different. It’s one of the largest gatherings of creative professionals where you’ll have the opportunity to network with some of the greatest people in the industry. Register here.
May 4-5, Sydney, Australia
Respond is a responsive web design conference located in Australia that’s all about creating a beautiful online experience, no matter what device the user is on. Whether you’re a responsive pro or starting to learn best practices, this conference is a great venue to bounce ideas back and forth. Register here.
May 9-10, Salt Lake City, Utah
Front is a case study conference, meaning it’s two full days of real-world case studies from user experience designers and product managers. The whole objective of this conference is to help you grow your career and connect with other designers like you. Register here.
June 1-2, Los Angeles
This conference from Awwwards is sure to be a great one for any web designer. There will be 20 talks over the course of two days, plus an after party so you can mingle with fellow conference goers and start making some incredible connections. Register here.
June 7-9, New York
This conference from Behance will definitely leave you inspired and ready to create. There’s an incredible speaker line-up, plus expert-hosted workshops to give you a chance to get hands-on experience with a new skill or discipline. Register here.
June 14-16, Columbia, SC
ConvergeSE is the conference for anyone dedicated to making the web a beautiful place, whether you’re a designer who loves the details or a developer with a passion for technology. If you attend this conference, you’re sure to meet other passionate creatives who also want to create a better web experience. Register here.
September 6-8, Grapevine, Texas
Circles is an incredible conference that’s full of inspiration. Their mission is to help creatives of any experience level propel their ideas forward and reignite their passion. They’ve got a great speaker line-up, incredible panels, and a stellar theme. Register here.
September 18-20, San Francisco
TechCrunch Disrupt is a conference like no other. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest together for presentations, a 24-hour Hackathon, the Startup Battlefield competition, and much more. It’s a great way to get involved and network with some awesome people. Register here.
October 12-14, Minneapolis
The AIGA Design Conference is a huge event – you can expect over 100 speakers and thousands of attendees. The networking opportunities are nearly endless, plus you’re sure to take away some incredible inspiration. Don’t miss out! Register here.
December 11-13, Dever
An Event Apart is an incredibly educational conference for anyone passionate about web design. It’s three days of intense focus on digital design, UX, and so much more. Plus, the Denver location is a special edition conference, meaning there will be 18 speakers (instead of the standard 12). Register here.
That’s it for our roundup! Know of an exceptional conference for web designers that didn’t make the list? Let us know where you’re headed this year in the comments below!
Thank you for an awesome article! It would be great if you could include the App Design & Development Conference that’s taking place on 22-23 June 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
What a nice list. I think you should add the biggest digital design conference in Denmark, Design Matters: https://designmatters.io/
It is in Copenhagen — September 27–28 2017, and so far Instagram, Uber, Spotify, IBM Design and Zendesk are invited to talk about design. The theme is always ‘New movements in Digital design’, but this year is focuses on ‘Failing’, ‘Invisible UI’ and ‘Designing for Diversity (Accessibility).
Thanks for sharing, Julie! Design Matters looks like an awesome design conference to attend :)
Thanks for sharing. like to visit dibi conference in scotland.
I would love to go few of them.
Mirror Conf is a conference designed to empower designers and front-end developers who have a thirst for knowledge and want to broaden their horizons. It aims to create the perfect set to blur the differences between these two worlds and point towards a more collaborative future.
Date: October 10—13
Location: Braga, Portugal
Hey, I was just there! Such an excellent conference. Really hoping I can make it out there again next year!