Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of Smashing books and a curator of all Smashing Conferences He is a creative lead of Smashing Magazine and UX consultant in Europe and abroad, working with European Parliament, Haufe-Lexware, Axel-Springer and a few other small and large companies. Vitaly loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. Born in Minsk, Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany. While writing algebra proofs and preparing for software engineering at nights in the kitchen, at the same time he discovered passion for typography, interface design and writing. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine back in 2006, an 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.