Every industry is fluid, but perhaps none so much as that of web design and its constantly changing demands, expectations, and methods. From HTML5 and CSS3 to jQuery, even the very standards on which we build our online empires are changing, and this requires any one of us who is serious about being a cutting edge designer to do everything that we can to stay ahead of the game.

Take your interweb development efforts to the next level by attending any one of these four conferences for a serious web designer:

1. South by Southwest Interactive

South by Southwest Interactive

If you’re in need of guidance and inspiration where your web design business is concerned, there is simply no better place to go for it than South by Southwest Interactive! Featuring five full days of programming that ranges from keynote speeches to hands-on workshops, SXSW combines all the best in interactive media with the nitty gritty of developing for the internet.

No matter your goals and educational needs, you are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for here, and the eclectic crowd and topic coverage with help you to leave with a full dose of motivation and passion for your work, as well!

When and Where: As is always the case, the city of Austin, Texas, will provide the backdrop for South by Southwest Interactive 2013, taking place from March 8-12, 2013.

2. Future of Web Design

Future of Web Design

No matter what aspect of web design your job sees you tackling on a regular basis, you can bet that it involves keeping a keen eye on the future, and that’s exactly what the Future of Web Design conference wants to help you to do!

This event aims to provide you with all of the information and techniques that you’ll need to be an effective web designer both today and tomorrow, using a day of workshops and two days of keynotes and presentations to get the point across. You’ll join the best and brightest of your colleagues throughout the proceedings, helping you to gain uncommon insight and build your contact list, even as you take in the main festivities.

When and Where: Pay a visit to jolly old England and check out The Brewery in London from May 13-15, 2013 in order to take in the Future of Web Design conference.

3. An Event Apart San Francisco

An Event Apart San Francisco

If education in web design is your goal in attending an event this year, consider An Event Apart as your destination! Promising three full days of Q&A sessions, speakers, and hands-on workshops, this conference aims to be a one-stop-shop for designers in need of both learning and inspiration, bringing you together with colleagues from around the world in order to share views, goals, and ideas.

Besides the regular festivities, this year’s An Event Apart will tag on a full day-long session on the art of designing for multiple devices, resolutions, and formats, helping you to get even further ahead of the curve by exploring the endless possibilities offered by the burgeoning mobile revolution!

When and Where: The beautiful city of San Francisco, California will provide you with everything you need while you attend An Event Apart from December 9-11, 2013 – check out the best rates on the coziest accommodations at SanFranciscohotels.net!

4. Web Visions Portland

Web Visions Portland

Like the previous event, Web Visions is one that aims to explore what is around the corner in web design, helping you to acquire the tools that you need to continue to be an effective – and serious – web designer in the , days, months, and years ahead.

For three days, Web Visions will expose you to hundreds of like-minded professionals, including leaders in many fields, as everyone shares their expertise and experience, making this an excellent opportunity for information-gathering, especially if you’re interested in design trends and ever-changing standards!

When and Where: WebVisions will visit a few cities around the United States this year, including Portland, Oregon, from May 22-24, 2013. Consider visitng some art shows as well to get inspired! Here’s a good list.