Dennis is senior vice president of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). He is responsible the digital teams for the three networks, as well as brand initiatives like TBS and Just For Laughs’ annual comedy festival in Chicago, the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Classic Cruise and TNT’s Dramatic Difference project. He is also responsible for brand-related commerce initiatives, such as TCM’s extensive online store.
D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator. She teaches Black Arts Movement, Black World Ritual Performance, Arts of Africa, and Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation at Columbia College Chicago. For the last fifteen years, her work has bridged the disciplines of interior design, site-specific sculpture, public art practice, and science fiction.
Senongo is a design lead at Cambridge University Press, where he works to create clean, simple websites for a global user-base. For over 6 years, Senongo has worked for a variety of clients in the US and Japan, designing interactive experiences and consulting on digital strategy. Senongo grew up in Nigeria, West Africa.
Noam is a Product Designer at Adobe. He lead the design of Adobe Post and invented Scroll Effects for Adobe Muse CC. Noam combines his love for prototyping and UX research to create experiences that people love. Outside of the office, you'll find Noam taking pictures of the world. Say cheese!
Marta is an interface designer at Swwweet, a small Barcelona based web design studio. When she's not messing around with CSS, she is teaching workshops on web technologies and helping organize local events like Webcat.
Fred Armisen, co-creator, co-writer and co-star of Portlandia, is also in his ninth season on Saturday Night Live. On SNL, Armisen took on the role of then Democratic Presidential nominee and now U.S. President, Sen. Barack Obama, as well as New York Governor David Paterson. Armisen began his career as a musician in the Chicago-based post-punk band Trenchmouth as well as playing with the Blue Man Group.
Isabelle is a french media art curator, critic and author, specializing in video and computer games, web animation, digital cinema, retrogaming, 8 bit music and machinima. She has coordinated ISEA 2000 in Paris and Video Cuts 2001, Centre Pompidou, Gaming Room Villette Numérique 2002, Paris, Tour of the Web 2003, Centre Pompidou, featuring French and international artists.
Faruk is a designer, developer and web standards educator with a strong passion for accessible techniques and progressive enhancement. Now busy with a new startup of his own, Faruk previously worked as Lead Designer at Apture, User Interface Engineer at Apple, and before that he built and designed Content Management Systems at a startup in The Netherlands.
Chris Avore, Managing Director of Product Design at NASDAQ OMX, is changing how the stock market (recognized as the home for innovation and technology) thinks about design.
Carla Axtman is a Digital Media Strategist & Online Communications Consultant, working with clients to develop their presence and voice online. Carla strategizes, creates and implements comprehensive online strategies for progressive campaigns, public affairs and non-profit clients. She was part of the successful team that elected Jeff Merkley to the US Senate in 2008.
George is the co-founder of Greater Good Studio, an award winning consultancy that designs tool for positive behavior change. He is also a tenure-track Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He brings 7 years of design consultant experience at IDEO, working across the healthcare, consumer packaged goods and consumer electronics industries.
Paul spent his childhood obsessed with making things and complaining about how nothing worked the way it should. Not much has changed since then. He is now a creative leader who partners with companies to solve complex problems through design. Prior to this he worked as Director of Industrial Design at Ziba Design and as a Senior Designer at Seymourpowell in London.
Elizabeth began her career in user experience design in San Francisco in the late '90s when she joined the staff at the pioneering consultancy, Cooper, leading projects in domains including medical devices, enterprise software, online shopping and products merging industrial and interaction design.
Ricardo Baeza-Yates is VP of Research for Europe and Latin America, leading the Yahoo! Research labs at Barcelona, Spain and Santiago, Chile, and also supervising the lab in Haifa, Israel. He is also part-time full professor at DTIC, UPF.
Miquel is a professor at the Barcelona School of Informatics, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, having worked almost twenty years as a systems engineer at a multinational computer. And, last but not least, is also editor, translator, author and award-winning specialist in the narrative genre known as science fiction.
Crystal is a product designer who brings a decade of experience in the user-centered design craft. Tiny, but terrifically loud, she helps teams create products that people love. Unwilling to make assumptions about process or product, Crystal tests her own and other’s theories through practical experimentation. This led her to create such unlikely products as a pie food cart and a robot that scans the Internet for color trends.
Gorman is the author of seven novels and directed/wrote the indie features Friends (WIth Benefits) (2009) and You Are Alone (2006), the horror comedy cult-classic Psychos in Love (1986), and most recently completed Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements, which Rolling Stone named one of “the seven best music documentaries of the year”
Jamie is a Digital and Social Media Strategist at Janrain where he helps Fortune 1000 companies integrate emerging technologies into their websites to improve user acquisition and engagement. He has built online communities since 2004.
Allison is a maker and a coach. She makes websites for fun and pdf forms to sell on Etsy. More importantly, though, she coaches fellow geeks who are feeling stressed and stuck. No one should suffer from burnout and Allison wants to make sure you have the right strategies in place. Formerly a UX designer and partner at a local web design and development firm, Allison now spends most of her time helping others learn to love life as much as she does.
Sherra is a degreed designer and perpetual advocate of design leadership. In her role as Director of User-Centered Design at Cadence Group, she works alongside librarians, records managers, and research professionals to support the creation and evolution of user-centric digital communication and knowledge management solutions.
Michael Bergmann recently retired from a lifelong career at Nike as an Innovator, Developer, Director and Ambassador to the Brand and is currently the Founder of IncubatorU, LLC. Throughout his 30+ years at Nike, Michael wove technologies and processes to improve design decisions, sustainability and performance and had the honor to work on a variety of innovations including the most durable rubber compound in Tennis to the revolutionary FlyKnit technology.
Joel is a Southern California native working as a Mobile UX Designer at Google. Aside from Google Analytics and Android, he also advises on other startups in the valley and spends his free time hosting The Blnce podcast.
Andy is one of the leading members of The Yes Men, a culture jamming activist group. Their exploits in "identity correction" are documented in the films The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix the World.
Adam is the founder of Bier Legal, P.C., a San Francisco-based boutique corporate law firm serving technology and design clients on both coasts and in Spain, France, Germany, and Israel. He represents numerous startups, including Cozy, Open Air Publishing, and Ipsy, as well as early employees and investors of prominent Silicon Valley companies.
A creative developer, Mike feels the best technology projects result from a balance of left and right brain perspective. Working with agencies, startups, and now Metal Toad Media in Portland Mike has led the technology side of projects for clients across many industries.
Kate makes piles of work about the things that we buy (and want) and the emotions attached to our stuff. She also happily thinks and draws for good people and companies. She have been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006 (ouch).
Nathan is an interactive developer at digital agency Bradley and Montgomery who loves exploring new technologies and making things with them. Nathan has a wide-range of experience and knowledge in standards-based web development and web architectures. He has worked on interactive experiences for the NBA, Microsoft, Chase and others.
After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a BFA in Graphic Design, Carrie kick started her design career in Holland for Internet publishing powerhouse Bol.com. Since then, she has lent her talents to numerous companies in need of strategic design thinking, pattern creation and systematic approaches to web design.
Nick Blanchard-Wright is Lead Software Developer at Temboo, where he helps make it delightfully easy to use and combine 100+ APIs from all over the web. With a background in biology, as well as over a decade in web app development, he is particularly interested in how APIs can unlock the potential of existing data sets, especially in science and government.
Throughout Laura’s nearly 20-year career, she’s focused on creating meaningful content and experiences that connect people and brands. She enjoys helping clients understand where and how to focus investments in content and digital experiences for maximum impact. Laura has worked with leading companies that include SapientNitro, Manifest Digital, Sears Holdings and the National Association of Realtors. She is currently the VP of Strategy and Content at MU/DAI.
Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the founder and CEO of Interlude, a technology company that designs, develops, markets and enables the creation of interactive videos. Through Interlude's patented technology, Bloch has ushered in a new norm for online storytelling that allows users to actively engage with online video in a multi-layered experience, and to create new experiences on their own. In Israel, Yoni is a successful rock musician and performer with three top-selling records. He has produced and recorded tracks for Israel's biggest artists, composed music for TV, film and theater, and was a judge in the Israeli version of “American Idol.”
Margot is the principal of Appropriate, Inc., an independent brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston. For more than a decade, she’s worked with retailers, universities, and other organizations to engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity through both traditional and social media.
Kerry is a vice president and principal analyst in Forrester's customer experience research practice and the coauthor of Forrester's latest book, Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business.
Michael Boeke is a designer, product guy, and startup veteran, who currently designs and produces software at online payments company Braintree. He focuses on applying design thinking and modern technology to shake-up traditional (read: boring) industries.
Dr. Ian Bogost is Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (where he is also Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Media) and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC. His research and writing considers videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on political games and artgames.
Nate is the co-founder of Bolt | Peters, author of Remote Research, and creator of Ethnio, which is a web app being used around the world to recruit live participants for research.
Like most creative professionals, Thea Boodhoo has always loved rad science stuff like dinosaurs. Unlike most creative professionals, she loved it so much she decided to see what happened if she donated her career to it. Now she proudly lists her work with spectacular, world-renowned paleontologists Bolor Minjin, Kenneth Lacovara and Daniel Chure at the top of a long client list that also includes boring, obscure brands like Activision, Nike, Target, Visa and Audi. She founded Creatives For Science to help bring creative professionals and scientists together to make science even more awesome.
Julie (JB) Booth is a veteran UX / PO currently adapting years of User Centered Product Design with Agile Software teams into the fast-paced business of direct to consumer retail at Columbia Sportswear. JB leads the UX practice for the E-commerce team where she has incorporated Lean UX techniques into improving customer experience and lifting conversion for the SOREL, Montrail, Mountain Hardwear and Columbia online brands.
Don has been a professional software developer in Chicago since 1990 during which time, he has had the great fortune to work at many types of companies employing varied technologies. He co-founded The Mobile Makers Academy and is the lead instructor, ushering much needed iOS development talent into new careers. Don is currently leading classes at The Mobile Makers Academy and mentoring at Dev Bootcamp, and he has been an outspoken advocate for women and girls in tech.
Guy Bourgault has been helping brands craft digital customer experiences for more than 15 years. Guy Joined Connective DX in 2011 from Xerox Corporation, where he was responsible for User Experience Design for Xerox.com on a global level as well as a portfolio of customer and partner-facing digital experiences. When he’s not researching, designing or testing, Guy can reliably be found on the slopes of Mt Hood, carving turns and sipping cocoa with his two children.
Margot Bowman is an artist and designer working across moving image, new media, fashion, creative direction and illustration. She is co-founder of 15Folds, an online GIF Gallery, and Creative Director of Auria, a luxury sustainable swimwear brand. Other ongoing projects include the Painted Truths series and the digital projects, everythingissoamazing.com and W.E.T.
Leslie is the Chief Operating Officer at Guide, a software company focused on turning online news, social streams and blogs into video. She has been named one of the top female executives in the technology industry by Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Jane Dough, Inc. Magazine and Mashable. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Leslie also is a regular contributor at Forbes on the topic of female entrepreneurship.
John is the CTO and Co-founder of Cozy. Before Cozy, he co-founded Seabright Studios, a San Francisco-based user experience firm. He started his career as a network security engineer at Capital One (before the caveman television adverts). After fighting the bad guys for years, he focused his energy on design simplicity and fast, elegant code.
Paul is a co-founder and managing partner at i/o ventures, an early stage startup accelerator in San Francisco. He's also founded 3 other seed funds based in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia & Eastern Europe. Previously he founded and served as the CEO of 3 companies including Lefora, Meetro, and Paragon Five.
Tim Bray has founded two companies, helped raise five rounds of venture capital, edited the official specifications of both XML and JSON, written over a million words on his blog, and worries a lot about the Web’s future.
Raymond grew up in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota, playing lots of music and making lots of zines at Kinko's (back when Kinko's was cool, remember?). He's been building websites since 1997. Fifteen years later, his work has improved.
John considers himself a pragmatic software architect and has designed and built systems for companies such as Sun, 3Com, eBay and Silicon Valley start-ups. He currently works at Netflix designing and building distributed, scalable Customer Service applications in the cloud.
Chrissie leads user experience research for GitHub. As a UX designer, her work at Mozilla on Firefox websites and various startups has largely solved for growth and new user experiences. She loves learning how people learn and teaches design classes for General Assembly. Chrissie wrote a dissertation on the history of airline stewardesses, ask her about that!
Charlie brings passion for the power of collective problem-solving, global expertise in launching new ideas, developing community-focused business models, and driving executive-level organizational strategy. Prior to starting Context Partners, Charlie was executive director of Changemakers at Ashoka, pioneering the world of philanthropy through open innovation for social change. His work included building an online community of more than 100,000 social entrepreneurs from 125 countries and connected more than $50 million in philanthropic funding.
Corinne Erly Brown is Senior Information Architect and Web Manager with Seattle Public Utilities. In 2011, the City of Seattle won Best of the Web award from the Center for Digital Government for the third year in a row. Past clients have included QVC, Ford Motor Company and Christopher Lowell.
Emanuel is the Director of Design Strategy at Citizen where he leads a hybrid practice that brings together strategic analysis and experience design to help Citizen clients achieve more meaningful outcomes with their products and services. Emanuel is also leading Metadata, a research program that utilizes Citizen’s Connected Thinking model as a means to surface analysis and insight within emerging market segments, industrial transformations and technology shifts.
Gary Brown first developed interactive essay analysis software for San Diego State in 1984. He was among the first to develop learning management software and to implement online surveys and student evaluations.
Carrie is a writer, musician and actor. Her television career debuted in 2011 with her new series Portlandia, in which she stars with Fred Armisen (SNL). Brownstein co-created and co-wrote the series with Armisen and Jonathan Krisel (SNL; Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). In its freshman season the series received such critical acclaim as, "happenstance beauty" by The New York Times, "An eccentric, surprising little microbrew of a show" by TIME Magazine and "funny and charming" by The Los Angeles Times.
Richard Bruning is currently a freelance writer, graphic designer and artist. In the late 80s, he was DC Comics’ Design Director, working on such landmark books as WATCHMEN and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. In recent years he served as Creative Director and was responsible for DC’s web presence and its first online original comics imprint, Zuda.
Paul organizes the UX STRAT conference, and leads the UX Strategy and Planning group on LinkedIn. His consulting clients have included The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, SAP, Lowe's, Delta Air Lines, Cisco, Philips, Macy's and Bloomingdales, and GE. Paul teaches user experience to graduate business students at the University of Georgia, and is co-authoring a book on Experience Strategy for Morgan Kaufmann.
Bob is currently the Senior Manger for User Experience working with Best Buy’s Interactive Digital Experiences team. His work focuses on user research and interaction design for mobile and alternative interfaces, and the integration of digital experiences into physical environments.
Chris spent the majority of his early career looking into people’s cupboards trying to figure out why they behave the way they do. These days he is an expert in translating insight into actionable strategy, connecting people with products, services and brands. His experience covers a range of global insight, strategy and trend programs and has covered multiple product categories.
Neal is a digital product architect and founder of ProductCamp.LA and PMA.LA. He built and sold two startups and is the author of the book, The Smarter Startup.
As senior vice president of marketing for IFC, Blake Callaway is a member of the network’s leadership team responsible for all aspects of brand marketing, with a focus on ratings and revenue growth.
Silvia is passionate about UX, specializes in conceptual design, business innovation and strategy, and loves to connect supposedly unconnected dots. Her expertise lies in understanding problems, identifying needs and constraints to create valuable products and services. She believes that organizational transformation is about people, not processes, and that organizations with happy people perform better and achieve better results in the long run.
Guillem Camprodon is an industrial designer working in projects that range from the Internet of Things to Digital Fabrication. He has a Bachelor in Arts of Design by the Elisava Design School and a Fab Academy diploma by the Fab Lab Network in collaboration with the MIT. He has been involved with IAAC and the Fab Lab BCN since the Fab Lab House project and he is currently a researcher in the Projects department, where he helps developing new services and technologies that involve the Architecture, Energy efficiency and the Internet.
John Carlin is the co-founder of Funny Garbage, one of the first digital design companies. He started his career as an art writer, curator and professor and created one of the first successful AIDS benefits in the entertainment business—Red Hot + Blue.
Chelsea has spent the last 6 years getting her hands on various technologies. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2013. During her time in college, Chelsea worked a total of 10 technical jobs, ranging from Software Engineer in Test to Full Stack Developer.
Davide, better known as Folletto, is an user experience designer and startup advisor with a hybrid background in design, psychology and technology. Believing as Leonardo DaVinci reportedly said that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, he is specialised in social experience design, behaviour change and motivation applied to interactive and social systems.
Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and UX Designer from Portland, Oregon. Her main focus is applying anthropology to mobile computing and social software. Case has spoken at various industry conferences including MIT's Futures of Entertainment and Inverge: The Interactive Convergence Conference, Ignite Portland and Ignite Boulder.
Carolyn has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 16 years, as a consultant and practice leader for companies such as Open Text and Manifest Digital. Now an independent consultant, her areas of specialty include design strategy, team workshops, interaction design, information architecture, and user research and modeling. She has co-authored A Project Guide to UX Design with Russ Unger (now in its second edition) and Adventures in Experience Design with Anna van Slee. Due to her work in teaching and mentoring students and start-ups, Carolyn was named one of "Chicago's Tech 50" by Crain's Magazine.
David grew up in Portland, and later moved to New York City for a spell. His comics and illustration have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the New York Observer, and Portland Monthly. He is the author of the graphic novels David Chelsea In Love and Welcome To The Zone and the how-to book Perspective! For Comic Book Artists and its sequel Extreme Perspective!
Kari is a Democratic political consultant whose commentary on the Heisman Trophy is regularly sought in sports coverage, and his site StiffArmTrophy.com has correctly predicted the winner of the trophy every year from 2002 to 2012. He is the founder and publisher of BlueOregon, the state's most widely read political blog. He was the longest-running weekly guest on the Portland talk radio station KPOJ.
Dana has helped all kinds of teams learn how to make better design decisions by giving them skills to gain knowledge about the people using the designs. Many of those people are county election officials in the US. She’s been working on improving the voter experience by doing applied research on ballot design, language in ballot instructions, and usability for election workers.
Nate is the Director of Strategy at Cooper. In his role, he blends the decisiveness and collaborative skills of a Product Manager with the acumen of an Economist to build bridges with people and organizations. Equal parts teacher and student, Nate leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership.
As director of the strategic prototyping group at Microsoft Corp., Jonathan leads the group that creates prototypes of technologies that look out five to ten years in the future. The team conceives tangible realizations of ideas and technologies that they believe will enhance people’s productivity, lifestyle and entertainment.
Brad internets hard, as does the rest of JESS3 where he is the Director of Interactive Strategy. He brings experience as a Creative Design Director and Content Strategist with an understanding of interpersonal and group dynamics to his primary responsibility - telling damn good stories.
Jeff Cohen is currently the Chief Instructor of Code Academy here in Chicago, and teaches the beginner-focused Web Development course. He has worked with object-oriented programming languages and application frameworks for more than 15 years. In 2008, Jeff started Purple Workshops, conducting beginner-level workshops in Ruby, Rails, and agile software techniques.
A specialist in UX and Design Thinking, Ian teaches organisations to look at the world through the eyes of their customers. His design consultancy, UXdna, drives transformation by introducing customer-centred thinking and practice into the corporate culture.
Jonathon Colman isn't ignoring you, he's just introverted. Despite this, he's a Webby Award-winning UX content strategist at Facebook, the social network. Yeah, he’s surprised by that, too. Jonathon served overseas in the Peace Corps and worked in conservation nonprofits for almost a decade. Previously, he was the principle experience architect at REI and managed global digital marketing for The Nature Conservancy. He’s spoken at over 70 tech events on five continents.
Thubten is a serial tech entrepreneur, new media publisher, international public speaker and a designer of human interaction. He began his tech marketing career at Apple Computer in 1990, where he realized his path was to help ordinary people maximize their use of technology. He is a Co-Founder of Pitchlandia, Founder & CEO of WePost Media, the Founder and Publisher of Startup Chronicle, the Founder of NewTech PDX, and a Co-Host of The Startup Show.
As an Experience Design Director with Mad*Pow in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Adam combines his interaction design experience with his background in Computer Science, Film and Visual Design to create effective, efficient, and easy-to-use applications, websites, and interactive media.
Following his studies in graphic design, Steven—a California native—continued his education at the advertising department of Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena. Over the last 15 years, he has worked for international consumer brands including Marc Jacobs, Red Bull and Quiksilver, as well as the high-end industrial lighting company Zumtobel. Steven places people at the centre of his work. He focuses on the concept and design of contemporary brands in relation to the connected experience. He is driven to create relevance by connecting people with one another. Steven is also a guest typography lecturer at Miami Ad School in Berlin.
J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features that web designers and developers take for granted today. He is the President of Nine Labs, an experience and strategy consultancy where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services.
Scott is a digital marketing researcher and competitive marketing strategy instructor at Arizona State University. He was previously Head of Search Engine Optimization at tech accessory maker ZAGG.
Ian is a creative director, designer, and interaction developer. Over the last ten years, he has continually devised new interaction models and led creative teams to bridge design and technology. He is now Creative Director of Huge/KingCoyle, an innovation lab focused on design, culture, and craft.
Jason is a long standing leader in the Web design community, well know for being able to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences. His most recent book is CSS3 Visual Quickstart Guide available in finer book stores everywhere.
Andy is a co-founder of Orbit Media, an award winning, 35-person web design company in Chicago. Over the past 13 years, Andy has provided web strategy advice to 1000+ businesses. He has written hundreds of articles on topics including search optimization, social media and Analytics. He is also the author of Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing.
Andrew designs products and services that delight people and exceed business expectation. Nearly 20 years of experience in visual, interaction and product design have given him a deep perspective on creating meaningful experiences for consumers.
Christian Crumlish leads product and user experience teams to deliver amazing cross-channel experiences. He is director of product at CloudOn, co-chairs the monthly BayCHI program and has been director of messaging products for AOL, curator of the Yahoo design pattern library, and a director of the Information Architecture Institute.
Richard manages a team of Information Architects and User Experience Designers at Vanguard, where he passionately advocates designing experiences within the context of user and business goals and measuring success and failure.
Josh is a content inventor and content strategist. He comes up with ideas and strategies to bring content alive and meet your goals. He produces his own original ideas—and brings yours to life. Josh has frequently worked with educational and non-profit institutions and brings his understanding of political and social issues—as well as a love of learning, teaching, kids, and parenting to the mix.
Liz is co-founder and chair of the MFA in Interaction Design Program at the School of Visual Arts and an independent consultant, working with businesses to explore the relationship audiences have with their products and services through design research, information architecture, and design leadership.
Andy Davidhazy has always followed a very natural curiosity in life, with very little regard for artificial boundaries and orthodoxy. His values and passion for storytelling, the craft and making of things, and walking slow with an open mind were on display in 2015, when he documented his 2600 mile hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail by taking a self portrait at every single mile of the trail. The time-lapse video he created immediately went viral, garnering millions of views, international press, and providing others the courage and motivation to go outside or keep moving forward.
Joe is CTO and Technical Director at White Horse, a digital agency in Portland, Oregon. He has spent the last decade and a half challenging the web to do more, do it faster, and make it more meaningful. He has worked on projects for companies such as Microsoft, Intel, and Coldwater Creek.
Aldo helps corporations and startups to navigate disruptive change. With Claro he provides business innovation and service design in the context of disruptive changes in society and business, such as the personal data economy, internet of things (IoT), new models of ownership and value exchange networks. Aldo is a strategist with a strong analytical capability and business acumen, coupled with creativity and passion for understanding people.
Erica Decker has designed engaging, usable, cross-device experiences for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and upcoming companies alike, and believes that fast-paced, iterative, holistic design is the best way to drive product innovation
Bill DeRouchey is a principal designer for GE, tackling massive design problems involving business processes, design systems, and analytics, currently focusing on jet engine performance and service. He's been shaping, framing and distilling information for over 20 years, as creative director, product manager, interaction designer, interaction architect and writer.
Andrew is UX Director at Essence Digital's London office. He uses his expertise to define, design and build cross-platform digital interfaces with a key focus on quality, usability and creating the most engaging experience possible for the user.
Taylor creates websites for 10up, LLC - a company focused on building awesome, custom WordPress installations. Along with his coworkers, he wrangles code, perfects layouts, and extends core functionality to create custom experiences for clients such as 9to5mac, TechCrunch, and Universal Sports.
Carla enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. In her studio she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital.
Joseph is a User Experience Architect focused on designing effective and innovative on-line and mobile applications. With over a decade of experience in software design and user research, Dickerson has made it his mission to make technology easier for people to use.
Patrick has spent his career using the web to create connections between audiences and organizations. To form those connections he sketches ideas and stretches ideas; makes stuff and fakes stuff; combines things and refines things. It’s a process that leads to work that resonates with users and generates positive impact for businesses. He currently leads the interaction design practice at Manifest where he partners with great colleagues and clients.
Dustin DiTommaso is a designer and researcher focused on using design to influence and transform people’s attitudes, behavior and motivation. As Vice President of Experience Design at Mad*Pow, Dustin designs products and directs programs that incorporate behavior change and gameful design for clients ranging from innovative start-ups to Fortune 500’s.
Brian Doll runs marketing at GitHub. A business and technology hacker who's been building things online for 15 years, Brian's engineering career led naturally to... marketing? It's true.
Founder + Creative Director of Antharia, Jordan is a relatively sane day-walker, buddhist, philosopher, and digital and traditional artist.
For the past 6 years, Jenn Downs swung her way through the jungle at MailChimp from support to tech writing to UX Design Research. In January of 2014 she was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug and left MailChimp to start a family business.
Aaron is the founder of the Draplin Design Co., a company that proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity and Illustration categories. Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, Draplin makes stuff for Field Notes, Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Esquire, Nike, Old 97s, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Eaux Claires, Poler, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Rhett Miller, Dawes, Nixon Watches, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that.
Ronnie Duke is a product development engineer at Blue River Interactive Group. Prior to joining Blue River, Ronnie owned a design and web development company, Mod Media, which was recently acquired by Blue River in March of 2014.
Carolynn is the CEO and Marathon Program Facilitator for Portland Ten, an education company which runs and licenses financial literacy programs for high performance entrepreneurs & business leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. Under Carolynn’s direction, Portland Ten alumni have generated more than $18MM in revenues and funding since 2009.
A developer and strategist, Gene heads the Emerging Technology practice for Connective DX. Gene works with clients to craft strategies that align with their broader digital strategy and business goals, and leads an interdisciplinary team developing innovative mobile and wearable applications. Prior to joining Connective DX, Gene founded and ran Portland-based firm Anomaly Incorporated for 14 years, specializing in web and mobile application development.
Don started Elliott Design in 2008, bringing together design from print to web. Services include graphic and digital design, web design, brand development, strategic planning, and social media and public relations.
Megan is a strategic designer and researcher, experienced in using ethnographic research to discover people’s needs and draw insights from large amounts of complex data. She is a creative problem-solver and approaches projects from an innovative perspective to create meaningful experiences for people. Having worked on several large projects at Claro which look at disruptive shifts in technology, society and business, she is currently exploring the emerging business landscape of the Internet of Things and its development and opportunity spaces.
Andrea has been at NCSA for 10 years. She started as a recruiting coach in volleyball right after playing volleyball in at South Carolina-Aiken. She moved into product in 2011 and took the reigns of the product management team in 2012. During her tenure as VP, NCSA grew to almost 50 million in revenue and moved into Crain's Fast 50 over 3 years. She now oversees a team of 6 product managers and analysts.
Kate Ertmann is a businesswoman, seasoned speaker, thought leader and a charitable advocate. A child actor for kid's television programming and commercials, she renounced her Hollywood hopes in favor of a telecommunications degree from Ohio University.
Carolina is a forward thinking researcher, lecturer, and facilitator. Sustainability, creativity, systemic thinking, and a pro-active mindset shape her role as a designer and citizen of the world. She has worldwide professional design experience in the industrial and governmental arena. In addition she has extensive experience in design teaching and facilitating workshops ranging from the academia to the industry.
Marcus Estes has produced open source software for the nonprofit sector, worked with fashion and entertainment icons Stella McCartney and Kanye West (don’t ask), and has no idea how to gracefully complete this sentence.
Claire is a writer and artist working in Los Angeles, California. Her "day job" is as the singer and co-author of the conceptual multimedia disco-pop band YACHT. She managed Portlandia's Facebook presence and currently edits the show's blog on IFC.com.
Tami Evnin is a builder of kick-ass applications as a Product Designer at Nasdaq OMX and an international award winning artist, mobile designer and product designer.
Derek Featherstone is an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web development. He is the lead of Simply Accessible Inc., a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private
Passionate about life and interaction, Frederico is an envagelist fixed on developing highly productive and effective teams. For the past 11 years, he has promoted and transmuted large and small organizations, in the pursue of excellence through User Experience, Agile, and Innovation.
Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile
For nearly 20 years, David has had the opportunity to combine his love for retailing with a knack for being a technology geek. He's proud to have worked with large Fortune 500 companies and smaller firms to develop e-commerce and marketing strategies that dramatically grow sales. His experience includes Egghead.com, Nautilus/Bowflex, Made In Oregon and is currently with Moonstruck Chocolate.
Meagan Fisher is an owl-obsessed designer who spends a lot of time thinking about how we work: with each other, with our users, and with the evolving web. As a freelancer she's partnered with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to agencies to charities; she's currently the Creative Director at a Brooklyn-based video hosting startup called SproutVideo.
Steve is the content nerd-herder and responsive design fanatic at The Republic of Quality, in Vancouver, Canada. He leads the charge on the creative end of our projects, coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. On the global stage he's a sought-after speaker on topics like responsive web design, UX, open source, design thinking, and web process.
Laura Fitton, HubSpot's Inbound Marketing Evangelist, previously co-authored Twitter for Dummies and founded oneforty.com. Laura is credited with convincing Guy Kawasaki and thousands of tech execs that Twitter would have real business value. She founded the first Twitter for Business consultancy, Pistachio Consulting, in 2008 and has been speaking professionally about the business use of Twitter since 2007.
Heavily influenced by DIY and skateboard culture, Ben spent his early years churning out posters and album covers for punk rock and indy bands. Early in college he founded Temporary Residence Records. Since then, Ben has spent the last 12 years working with various marketing and advertising agencies on digital campaigns, website designs, video spots and application design.
Matt Fordham brings looks and brains to the interactive department at WINTR. In his 11 years of industry experience, he's assumed the roles of designer as well as front-end and back end developer working with brands like Sony, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks and more - but the alliteration is fun so we'll stop there.
Since Scott gave up his first blogging tool -- a manual typewriter -- for a black and white Mac Plus, he has fast forwarded as a Marketing Communications professional through corporations and agencies, in Advertising, and Publishing.
Mark is the former editor-in-chief of Wired Online, and was an editor at Wired magazine and Wired Books from 1993-1998. He was Playboy magazine's technology columnist for three years. He has appeared on The Colbert Report (twice) and the Martha Stewart Show, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, Business Week, The Hollywood Reporter, Wired, and other national publications.
For the past 13 years Jesse Freeman has been on the cutting edge of interactive development with a focus on the web and mobile platforms. As an expert in his field, Jesse has worked for VW, Tommy Hilfiger, Heavy, MLB, the New York Jets, HBO and many more. Jesse was a traditional artist for most of his life until making the transition into interactive art and hasn't looked back since.
Nina is a game designer with an interest in making games that tell stories about real, ordinary people. She strives to create mechanics and context that help players step into the shoes of another person. Her games help players embody lived experiences that may be very different from their own. She has a brand new game out called Cibele. You can find her poetry on GitHub.
Christian’s upbringing in the world of impeccable German design shaped his love for Porsche and his obsession with perfect detail. He holds numerous patents and has created a range of award winning designs throughout his career. Besides Evolve, Christian has a passion for giving his knowledge back to the next generation of creatives as a Professor for Industrial Design at San Jose State University.
Ryan Freitas is the co-founder and product lead of about.me, now an AOL property. He is a long-serving practitioner, consultant and speaker within the interaction design and UX communities. As an advisor and seed investor, he remains an outspoken voice on how startups should approach product design.
Darby Frey is a software engineer and consultant who has worked on web and mobile applications for many clients including Groupon, Toyota and Paramount Pictures. With a passion for creating scalable and maintainable applications he is always striving to create elegant solutions to complex problems. Currently he is working with Belly in Chicago to create the world's best customer loyalty platform.
Tim is the author of media and marketing books that are used for professional development and by higher learning institutions in the U.S. and Europe. He is an avid environmentalist, a cyclist, and owner of Mightybytes, a triple bottom line-friendly B Corp in Chicago that creates rich user experiences to tell client stories, brand their products, and meet business, technology, and marketing needs.
Jason is the co-founder and President of 37signals, the Chicago-based web-application company. He has co-authored all of 37signals' books, including the upcoming, "Rework," as well as the 'minimalist manifesto,' "Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application" He also helps to maintain the company's popular blog, Signal vs. Noise, and is regularly invited to speak around the world on entrepreneurship, design, management, and software.
Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to designers and developers.
Leo has over 25 years of industry experience - as a veteran designer who has worked in bricks-and-mortar architecture (Cal State Licensed), product design (from consumer gifts to industrial tools), software application development and emerging businesses. He has been both an individual contributor and manager of design/development teams, and has been a long running advocate of expanding User Experience into strategic business functions.
Brad Frost is a mobile web strategist and front-end designer at R/GA in New York City. He is the creator of Mobile Web Best Practices, a resource site aimed at helping people create great mobile and responsive web experiences.
Ben helps to lead Method’s interaction design team in San Francisco. His twelve years of experience span working within teams large and small, both in-house and consultancy, and from startups to corporate behemoths.
Antonio is the Portfolio Lead at Northern Lab, Northern Trust's internal innovation startup focused on client and partner experience design. Before that he led gravitytank's interaction design discipline and social innovation practice. Prior to working in innovation, Antonio was strategic director of Firebelly Design, a socially responsible design studio in Chicago.
Dan is the co-founder and creative director at UX at Code and Theory, a creative agency that creates products, content and brand campaigns across platforms. The full suite of services offered touch nearly every industry, from fast food to cosmetics to major magazines, and tout a client list of household products and brands, including Dr Pepper, BURGER KING, Maybelline New York, Vogue, the LA Times and Mashable, to name only a few.
The new frontier of web development is complex. Lyza seeks ways to make it easier, more fun, and, with hope, future friendly.
Scott is a maker of things and has trouble being more specific than that. Best known for his interactive Still Life project, he recently escaped the world of advertising and is now on a full-time quest to create delightful works that blur the line between art and technology.
Justin is a creative professional living in the Portland area. He is passionate about great brands, mobile apps, and data visualization. As Chief Creative Officer at FreeRange 360, Justin Garrity oversees creative efforts including branding, product marketing, user experience, and customer experience.
Steve Gaynor is co-founder of independent video game studio The Fullbright Company and was writer and designer of the Company's first game, Gone Home.
Debra Gelman is a researcher, designer and strategist in the field of interactive children’s media. She has worked with PBS Sprout, Scholastic, Crayola, Pepperidge Farm, Campbell’s Soup, Georgia Public Television and other companies to create sites, mobile apps and virtual worlds for kids.
Ferran has been actively involved as an author, teacher and manager of diverse educational initiatives trying to link education and ICT: courses and seminars about instructional technologies and methodologies of teaching, creativity, collaborative learning and curriculum development.
Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. It’s an approach that helped Hot Studio grow into a full-service creative agency and one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses. Recently, Maria joined Facebook as its Director of Product Design.
Heather is critically acclaimed comedian, social artist and speaker. She is a leading innovator in the art of creating large scale live interactive performance. Her work in theatres, universities, and conferences (including keynotes and presentations at Google, Web 2.0, SWSWi) demonstrates how the social web can be a landscape in which machines serve people and not the other way round.
Allison is Managing Director & Vice President of Time Warner Investments, where she is focused on equity investments in companies that directly enhance Time Warner's ability to meet specific strategic goals, including the delivery of new services, enhancement of an existing product, entry or expansion into a key strategic market, completion of a strategic partnership, and critical research and development.
Andy is a pragmatic creative, shaping his work around a deep understanding of people, technology and markets. He's been a digital native since 1994 when he was wrote a documentary called "Secrets of the Internet". After a few years playing around in the games and interactive TV industries he fell in love with mobile, and now runs the Madrid studio of Fjord, a leading Service Design agency.
Timothy is a designer, illustrator & art director based in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Ford, J.Crew, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Previously, Timothy worked in-house at Apple Inc. where he helped integrate Apple’s visual language, domestically and internationally. Prior to that, he was a senior designer with the experiential design firm Collins, where he worked for clients such as CNN and Microsoft. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications, including the Art Directors Club Young Guns award, GDUSA’s “People To Watch” and Print magazine’s “New Visual Artist.”
Jesús is currently based in Fjord (Design & Innovation from Accenture Interactive) US, working for clients such as Citi, Harvard Medical School and ESPN, and leading a team of more than 30 designers. He believes in open dialogue, using the right tools to achieve timely problem-solving, and keeping the work meaningful and exciting for everyone.
As an evangelist for design ethnography, Kelly Goto is dedicated to understanding how real people integrate products and services into their daily lives. Goto is principal of gotomedia, LLC, a global leader in research-driven, people-friendly interface design and strategy for web, mobile, and product solutions for clients including Samsung, Hyundai, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Adobe, and Seiko Epson Japan. Her book, Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow That Works, is a standard for user-centered design principles.
Jason is a mobile web strategist, co-founder of CloudFour.com and MobilePortland.com, and co-author of Head First Mobile Web. Jason has a proven track record of identifying upcoming trends and positioning clients to take advantage of new technology. He specializes in helping customers determine the best way to accomplish their business objectives online.
Lakecia is the Technical Assistant for Justin Rattner, Corporate Vice President of Intel Labs and Chief Technology Officer of Intel Corporation. She was named a 2009 Modern-Day Technology Leader by US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine, and honored at the 23rd Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Global Competitiveness Conference.
Miquel is the cofounder and director of TheLoveComes Communication Agency and TheLoveComes Foundation. Both entities share the vision of using creativity and social innovation strategies to support NGOs and to influence companies leaders, opinion makers, artists and creative minds to challenge the established world order.
Always imbued with the spirit of an entrepreneur, Sarah launched the hybrid agency Harley & Co. in the spring of 2012, with a particular focus on working education related start ups and venture capital firms. Bridging the divide between the analytical and creative, Sarah's diverse background has included a stint as a UN delegate, along with various consulting positions within the public health, education and workforce development sectors.
Mamoon is a General Partner at The Social+Capital Partnership, an early stage Venture Capital firm based in Palo Alto. Mamoon has invested in and served on the boards of some of the most disruptive software companies of recent times including Box, Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Castlight Health, Act-On Software, Cloudon and Wave.
Laura Hammond is a UX researcher with a background in information science, focusing on information seeking behavior. Laura's interest in information retrieval makes her insights from usability testing particularly useful, as she has a keen eye for gathering nuances on approach and user goals.
A designer by conviction, Oliver makes digital services tangible from opportunity to delivery. In his function as Service Design Lead at Fjord, he leads multi-disciplinary teams of designers, researchers and developers. His core objective is to gather a holistic view on the task at hand to focus on core aspects of the service. His industry experience ranges from telecommunications to products and transportation.
As president and founder of Nebo, Adam helps oversee brand strategy, user experience and creative direction for the 50 person independent agency. His passion is helping clients craft interactive experiences that connect with their customers and believes that a good user interface shouldn't require instructions.
Beth Harrington is an independent producer, director and writer. Working largely in the public television realm, she has enjoyed working relationships with both Oregon Public Broadcasting and WGBH. Her films reflect her great love of music, history and popular culture. Her film Welcome to the Club about the pioneering women of rockabilly was honored with a 2003 Grammy nomination.
John is a transmedia producer at I Have Robots who has been building cross platform media strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. He has a passion for developing not only next generation media solutions, but evolving the capacity of story telling utilizing technology as well as human psychology to enrich the media experience.
Matt Haughey is a veteran of the Internet, starting from the first days of blogging when he created MetaFilter and later with his work on Blogger. He helped launch and design Creative Commons and most recently has helped Slack share their vision for making everyone's working lives simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.
Robin thrives on solving problems through code. He's a Digital Tinkerer, Head of Developer Relations at Pusher, former Technical Evangelist at Mozilla, and book author. In his spare time he experiments with new technology and data visualisation, often at the same time.
Nancy Hechinger is on the full-time faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. She has a diverse background in education, including multimedia and film production and the development of interactive museum exhibits, and publishing.
Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people and is now at Mozilla.
Shawn focuses her personal passion for accessibility on bringing together the needs of individuals and the goals of organizations in designing human-computer interfaces. Her book Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design offers an approach for developing products that are more usable for everyone. Shawn leads the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) education and outreach activities promoting web accessibility for people with disabilities.
William Hersh, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
William Hertling is a software engineer and developer community manager at HP, where he works on web and mobile print experiences. He is also the author of the award-winning Singularity science fiction series about the emergence of artificial intelligence, social reputation, and other near-future issues. Wired called his first novel, Avogadro Corp, "chilling and compelling."
Whitney is a user experience design consultant based in New York City. She helps make stuff easy and pleasurable to use.
Holly is a content strategist at Facebook, where she works on products that help people report pornography, work through something difficult—like thoughts of suicide—and protect their account from hackers. In April, Holly gave a talk about Facebook's new suicide prevention experience at a conference for the American Association of Suicidology. She's been doing content strategy since before it was a thing, at places like Expedia, Microsoft and Allrecipes.com.
Andrew Hinton is an information architect at The Understanding Group, and the author of Understanding Context, published by O'Reilly in 2014. Andrew is a frequent, internationally invited speaker at design conferences, and a founding member of the IA Institute. He has nearly 20 years' experience helping clients and employers of all shapes and sizes make better places with information.
Eric V. Holtzclaw is CEO of User Insight, a user experience strategy and consulting firm. Eric has spent 20+ years creating opportunities through the practical application of emerging technologies and trends in business resulting in the founding of multiple start-up companies to include one of the first profitable Internet enterprises
Andrew Hoppin is co-founder and CEO of New Amsterdam Ideas, a New York-based company that is currently implementing open-source "Gov 2.0" and “OpenGov” software solutions for a range of governments, and also helping to launch the new Technology Strategy office for New York City’s IT organization.
Sarah started her career in interaction design in 1991 at the Yale Center for Advanced Instructional Media, creating award-winning interactive instructional software. She was an instructional technologist at Dartmouth College for 11 years before becoming Director of Web Strategy and Design. She is a renowned author of four books on web design and accessibility whose latest book is A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences.
As a designer and user interface engineer, Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products, and he specializes in user interface design and development.
Kevin Hoyt is a Developer Advocate at IBM where he has been actively involved in furthering web technologies. He focuses on mobile application development, cloud services, and the Internet of Things. Kevin is a maker, hardware entrepreneur and alumni speaker at WebVisions.
Todd is the The Maverick Institute's founder and pioneered the application of lean production principles to knowledge transfer. With more than 25 years of experience at European, Chinese and US-owned companies, he’s seen just about everything the business world can throw at you.
Samuel is a UX consultant with a deep focus on user onboarding. He's the person behind UserOnboard.com, a website that provides annotated teardowns of popular web apps' first-run experiences. He loves improving onboarding success rates for SaaS products just as much as he loves to talk shop on Twitter at @SamuelHulick.
Daniel is CTO and cofounder at WebGL pioneers Bevelity in Barcelona, Spain. Bevelity enables professional 3D content providers to create, publish and share 3D scenes using their cloud-based platform.
NoAA has worked in digital media since 2001, and is a diverse designer specialising in brand experiences, digital products and services. She co-founded ANTARTICA in 2007, a strategic user experience design firm. In her role as creative director, NoAA has worked with startups and large companies to help discover and design new brand and digital experiences for growth in diverse markets.
Emily Inlow-Hood is passionate about inspiring people to engage in social good. She is the social media lead at PATH, an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation, where she helped build their social media presence from the ground up.
Aaron Irizarry is a Sr. Product Designer for Nasdaq OMX, lover of heavy metal, foodie, and a master of BBQ arts. You can find some of his thoughts and presentations on the conversation surrounding design at over at discussingdesign.com.
Avi is the owner of IoT News Network, an independent resource for the Internet of Things, and is a longtime interactive and web design professional with thirteen years of experience.
Jonatan is an Assistant Professor of Business at Parsons The New School for Design, where he is also the director of the new Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management, which will launch in Fall 2012.
Hazel Jennings is Instagram’s first content strategist. Previous gigs include Hotwire.com, and a bunch of start ups in Pittsburgh, PA. She’s also a filmmaker, feminist and minimalist living in a 200 sq. ft studio apartment.
The future is Brian David Johnson's business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation, his charter is to develop an actionable 10 -15 year vision for the future of technology. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool.
Lynne d Johnson works with brands and agencies to engage consumers through content-driven conversations that build passionate communities all with the goal of providing value for people while driving business ROI.
As principal of Content Science, Colleen has advised Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and boutique brands on content and user experience strategy. Colleen shares insights from her consulting in her two books with New Riders: Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content and Does Your Content Work?
Peter is associate professor at Toronto’s largest design school, OCAD University, and teaches in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation graduate program. Peter founded and leads Redesign, an innovation research firm now based in Toronto.
Adam is an Internet of Things evangelist, founder of @ConnectSense, VP at @GridConnect, entrepreneur, husband, father, Gamer, geek, and hip hop fan with a sneaker problem.
Tim is web developer living and working in northern Wisconsin. His diverse background working with small companies to large publishers and industrial corporations has allowed him to see how the careful application of web technologies can impact businesses of all sizes.
Dennis is the Design Director at WSOL. His focus is on helping clients realize the importance of user-centered design, and developing elegant and intuitive websites.
For 18 yrs, Gabe has been designing interactive exhibits and interfaces, and leading teams to create innovative experiences. In 2003 he founded Belle & Wissell in Seattle–a studio that crafts memorable, participatory experiences by blending inventive design and technology.
Jeremy is technical director at Clearleft. He wrote the books DOM Scripting, Bulletproof Ajax and most recently HTML5 For Web Designers, but what he really wants to do is direct. His latest project is Huffduffer, a service for creating podcasts of found sounds.
Phillip is a veteran software programmer specializing in multi-user and single-page apps for devices and desktop. His long tired career goes all the way back to the beginning of the CDROM era, through the Internet, and now onto mobile. Along the way, he’s had to adapt to countless new technologies.
As a writer, speaker and general software nerd, Jim Kidwell evangelizes the effective integration of fonts in creative workflows. Focusing on how effective font and digital asset management can affect all levels of an organization - from the legal, creative and branding standpoints - Jim has shared his unique perspective with audiences at SXSW, Future of Web Design and more.
Dan Klyn has accrued 18 years of experience in information architecture practice, and is co-founder of The Understanding Group. He's interested in planning, strategy and architecture for places made of information, likes coffee an awful lot, and teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Peter-Paul Koch is a mobile platform strategist, browser researcher, consultant, and trainer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He specialises in the mobile web, and especially mobile browser research. He has won international renown with his Fronteers, the Dutch association of front-end professionals, and advises mobile and desktop browser vendors on their implementation of Web standards.
Johanna has been working in User Experience since 2004. After gaining experience in both in-house and agency-side roles, she is now a product lead at Sidekick Studios, applying design thinking, agile and lean startup to problems that matter. Her background is in Information Design and Human-Computer Interaction.
10K Apart, Lost World's Fairs, The New Microsoft.com, MIX Online, A Website Named Desire, and Build: These projects have earned Nishant the fond nickname "Honey Badger" amongst his peers. You can find his writings on Smashing Magazine, UXMag, MIX Online, and his blog, Rainypixels.
Jason Kunesh is the CEO of Public Good Software, a social enterprise software startup in Chicago. Previously, he was Director of User Experience & Product at Obama for America, a founder of Fuzzy Math, on the founding team of ThePoint (which grew up to be Groupon), an early designer at Orbitz, an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bouncer at the Green Mill.
Scott is the CEO of Urban Airship, a mobile services platform provider in Portland, Oregon. He is widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure.
Robert was a game designer before he was anything else. Over the years he has also cultivated a love for storytelling, research, and, of late, all things design. Currently, he works as part of the User Experience Product Design Team within Intel’s Sales and Marketing IT Department. An involved member of the Portland design community, Robert serves as Vice Chair of Game Lab Oregon, Chair of StumpQuest Games Fest, and collaborator with Design Week Portland.
Throughout her years as a strategic partner for several leading global pharmaceutical companies, Veron’s projects fall across a variety of contexts – from insight gathering research, patient experience programme design, strategic brand launches and implementations, patient and healthcare professional digital tools. At the core of the solutions she creates is design that embodies user centricity and humanizes technology.
Jenny is a co-founder of Jackson Fish Market, a hybrid startup and design consultancy focused on making and designing beautiful software experiences. They’ve shipped over dozens of software products in the past 8 years. Their latest product is A Story Before Bed – the first (and only) service that lets parents, grandparents, and children record video of themselves reading children’s books and play it back as often as they like on the Mac, PC, or iPad.
Amélie is a product designer at a small startup who combines her love for user experience and design anthropology to make great products. She made her first foray into design and development making Sailor Moon and DBZ websites. Don't be afraid to say hello (especially if you have food).
An expert in the field of data visualization, Jason lectures frequently on the subject of infographics and helped create and teach the Columbia University course “Visualization of Information,” offered as part of the school’s M.S. program in Information and Knowledge Strategy.
Frederic has spent more than five years covering news and providing analysis about technology, the industry and consumer tech related to the Internet with potential to influence industry direction. At TechCrunch, his focus spans from emerging technologies and niche startups to major product advances by industry titans – all innovation focused. Before he joined TechCrunch in 2012, he founded Silicon Filter and wrote for ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite).
An unstoppable, award-winning social media entrepreneur, speaker and visionary, Jensine is the founder of World Pulse, an action media network devoted to bringing women a global voice. Today, using the power of interactive digital media, World Pulse connects over 50,000 women from 190 nations - including those from villages using internet cafes and cell phones - into a powerful force for change.
Matt Lavoie started his career in art by drawing on the walls of his mom’s dance studio at age 2. He is crazy about finding elegant solutions in a world of complex constraints, talking with users to determine root problems, and getting everyone involved in creating amazing experiences.
Bruce Lawson evangelises Open Web Standards for Opera. He's been active in Web Standards since 2002, working with the Web Standards Project, the W3C Mobile Best Practices Working Group and developer education. He co–authored Introducing HTML5, the first full–length book on the subject.
Lee is the Founder and Chief Explainer of Common Craft and author of The Art of Explanation - Making Your Ideas, Products and Services Easier to Understand. Since 2007, the company has won numerous awards, created explanations for the world's most respected brands and earned over 50 million online video views.
Wm is a principal engineer at Flightstats, where he draws lots of airplanes, airports, weather, and other things on maps, and a Fellow at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he has worked with some amazing artists on web-based, virtual reality, and location-based mobile projects
Mike is passionate about helping brands meet the needs of people through meaningful digital products and services. He has worked across industries in entertainment, technology, health and communications for companies such as Intel, Wacom, SiriusXM, Research in Motion, TDK, Proctor & Gamble, and Microsoft.
Jason Lengstorf is the founder of Copter Labs, where he builds marketing sites for companies like Intel, PlayStation, and Precision Nutrition. His interests cover the full stack: from marketing to design to development. Outside of Copter Labs, Jason is a speaker, author, consultant, and a mediocre bartender.
Traci has over 10 years experience as a professional interaction designer and user researcher, and currently works at Avid.
Janice is the founder and executive director of ChickTech, an organization dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. In the past, Janice has run Embla Consulting, a marketing and business consulting firm for small businesses.
Golan Levi has a diverse background in a number of fields including; architecture, industrial design, trend analysis and interactive design. He currently develops interface concepts for mobile and web applications, focusing on user experience.
For over 15 years, Donna Lichaw has helped businesses such as Atlantic Records, Citi, Bloomberg, Seamless, Apartment Therapy, and WNYC to create, launch, and innovate digital products, campaigns, and services. Emphasizing a unique mix of strategic storytelling, design, and development, she drives teams to think big and get measurable results by starting small. In addition to running her product strategy and consulting practice and building and training design and product teams, she is on the adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Donna is currently writing a book about using narrative structure to design successful products and services for Rosenfeld Media.
Intent on actively shaping a better world, Mel Lim is committed to understanding the processes of designing brands, and the ways they impact businesses and customers, both socially and environmentally. With over 15 years of international experience in project management, user experience design, and brand development, Mel established her own studio – MLD – in 2003.
Gastón Lisak is a designer/artist passionate about people, daily life and time, and he his work lets him focus on experience design, user generative content and ephemeral installations. Upon graduation, he was awarded the prestigious bronze LAUS, in recognition of his final project "The Future is Now: Co-Creation in Times of Change". Gastón was selected to became a researcher at FABRICA, Communication research centre of Benetton in the north of Italy, where he was responsible for the creation of visual pieces in the Social and Artistic program at Benetton Live Windows. There he has developed "Hidden Beauty" and "SafeToSpeak," which were selected by United Nations to be shown at Times Square, New York and Piccadilly Circus, London.
Victor started his career in information technology, building systems at the Boston Consulting Group, DDB Needham, and others. He went on to work as a user interface designer, contributing to over 40 software and Internet products. As a manager at Razorfish and a co-founder of the Management Innovation Group he consulted with companies such as General Electric, Cisco, and J.P. Morgan.
Emily has been the Director of Communications and Development for The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project) since 2008, overseeing areas such as fundraising, strategic partnerships, special events, business development, web content and marketing. By bringing hands-on media training and education directly to low-income communities and schools citywide, The LAMP is a leader in empowering people of all ages to be active participants in digital culture, and shape the media landscape.
Tim is a Partner at Foolproof, one of Europe’s largest experience design companies. He leads Foolproof’s Strategy & Planning practice, developing and deploying their experience strategy framework, methodologies and expertise across a range of global clients. As a UX strategist, he works with global brands such as Sony, Shell, HSBC and Santander to map and understand their existing customer ecosystems and build the UX vision, roadmap and KPIs for transforming their businesses around the new breed of digitally connected customers.
Jesse Lozano is the CEO Co-founder of Pi-Top (CEED LTD). Jesse became interested in technology while writing on FOREX and financial news at the City AM, one of London's premier financial publications. During his time there he created an online development consultancy that had clients spanning from Tim Hall a noted photographer featured in National Geographic, to clients in the House of Lords and House of Commons.
Ivo is the Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director of Global Mentorship and Partnership Program at Girls in Tech. She is passionate about leading, nurturing and mentoring the next generation, especially young girls, whose aspire to be in technology. She is the advocate of encouraging positive, inspiring and improving lives of the young girls to gain an entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills.
Greg has spent the last 18 years working on various telecommunications and distance education projects within the state of Oregon. Greg's current project is building online teaching and learning tools for the Oregon Department of Education's Oregon Virtual School District program.
Alessandro is the cofounder and director of TheLoveComes Communication Agency and TheLoveComes Foundation. Both entities share the vision of using creativity and social innovation strategies to support NGOs and to influence companies leaders, opinion makers, artists and creative minds to challenge the established world order.
MT Maloney is a freelance digital artist and digital media professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His animated works have screened in 5 continents, the latest of which premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Sheryl has been in the digital space for over 14 years. She has a passion for mobile technology, application development and building social media experiences. Her expertise lies in leading teams to implement mobile applications, web development, e-commerce engagements, email marketing, social media campaigns as well as product strategy and development.
Divya is working on features in existing Adobe tools to help make the new world of responsive web design better for everyone. Previously, she worked at Opera, advocating the use of web technologies while contributing to open source projects and books on web development.
Abby is Director of Research at Claro Partners, a Barcelona-based firm focused on helping clients navigate disruptive shifts in business and society. She leads the company's research explorations into disruptive opportunity spaces such as the personal data economy, the internet of things, the rise of micro-business, and new value exchange networks.
A leading content strategist since 1999, Hilary helps associations, nonprofit organizations, and corporations improve their practices for content creation, governance, management, and promotions. Her firm, Content Company, a Chicago-based content strategy consultancy, works with clients including the American Bar Association, Endocrine Society, Institute of Food Technologists, Allstate, Intuit, and California State University.
Vicent Martí used to make videogames, but he sold out because he likes to wear expensive clothes. Or any clothes at all. He now works full time as a systems engineer at GitHub, focusing on security and performance issues on the backend. He's also the maintainer of libgit2, the Git library that powers GitHub's backend and native clients. He takes long showers because he enjoys smelling nice.
Toni is an alumni of the La Salle MBA International program and Marketing Manager of Securiforest, a company dedicated to providing peace of mind through technology.
Spiros is an experienced professional in the creation of scalable and sustainable digital product. He is currently working as a web developer in Edenspiekermann, Berlin, and as such he designs websites. His mission is to bring down the silos between designers and developers, thinkers and implementers, creatives and functionalists. Additionally, Spiros is Chief Technology Officer at Basketo.co, a global fruits and vegetables marketplace.
Trained as an actor and copywriter, Humberto became an entrepreneur at the age of 21 after a short career in advertising. Since then he has always tried to put together humanities, technology and design to create different ecosystems where innovation thrives. His vision of creativity as a management tool to help individuals and teams fulfill their potential has been the keystone of all his professional projects.
Matt is Adobe’s Accessibility Evangelist. His work includes providing guidance on accessibility-related subjects to Adobe’s product teams, as well as advocating principles of accessibility and universal design to the public at large.
Ross Mayfield is the Vice President of Business Development at SlideShare, developing strategic partnerships and helping organizations engage with the world's largest professional sharing community. He has been an advisor to SlideShare since its founding. He is also currently Chairman & Co-founder of Socialtext, the Enterprise Social Software pioneer, and was the founding CEO.
Paul McAleer is a UX person who has been working in design since 2000, and he firmly believes design is the way he can empower people to be their very best selves. This philosophy is expressed through Paul's work: he's a UX Manager at the renowned agency Rightpoint, and the co-host of the podcast Designing Yourself. His work ranges from growing and leading UX teams in times of change, to developing cross-channel product strategy efforts and conducting internal workshops.
Dean is a senior digital strategist at Wieden + Kennedy Portland.
PJ makes applications, software, and products that are easy to use, effective, and powerful, and that produce meaningful results for users (which always leads to meaningful results for businesses). He's a UX Design Lead at Amazon, where he leads a nimble and powerful team of ultra-talented UX designers and web developers.
David is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com.
Bibiana has worked in TriMet’s Information Technology Department since 1997 and currently leads a team of innovative web developers and analysts as the IT Manager of Geographic Information Systems and Location-Based Services.
Susan came to Mad*Pow from Bentley University, where she worked in the Design and Usability Center, while earning her M.S. in Human Factors in Information Design. Prior to that, she worked as a Product Manager for Constant Contact. Susan is an old hat at consulting, and has worked with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 firms. She has experience in online education, retail, business services, financial products, and healthcare industries.
Peter recently joined Groupon as it's VP of Global Design. Prior to that, Peter was most notable as co-founder of premier UX consulting firm Adaptive Path. Peter's personal professional mission is to understand why it's so hard for businesses to sustainably and repeatedly deliver great experiences, and to figure out how core business practices must change in order to do so.
Mike Merrill is the world’s first publicly traded individual. He was featured in the 25th anniversary edition of Wired, The Atlantic Monthly, and on the Today Show. You can buy shares in him by visiting the website where he’s actively traded: http://kmikeym.com/
Jeff is the founder of Grassroots Initiative, a non-profit election consulting firm, and in 2009 helped organized the first entirely online public election in U.S. history for the NYC Department of Education.
Jewel is a project choreographer at Temboo and a community developer who plays at the intersection of art and technology. She's spent the past 18 years becoming a digital generalist and growing businesses, having worn hats such as designer, developer, architect, business systems analyst, user personal experience evangelist and strategist.
Mike runs Mule Design Studio. It’s a nice place. They do good, quality work. He makes paintings with words on them. He picks fights with the Tea Party on Twitter. He lives in San Francisco with Erika Hall, his son Henry, and his dog Rupert.
As a girl, Mitzi asked her parents if she could get a car when she turned sixteen. They agreed, with a caveat: Mitzi would have to work for it and build it herself – a tradition she’s continued with her 2 boys. At sixteen, with a 1964 Mustang Fastback complete, Mitzi launched into a lifelong pursuit of making.
Ronel is head of the Interactive design program at the visual communication department at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem where he has taught for over 12 years. In 1997, he founded Mantis, a leading design firm in Tel Aviv, where he lead and directed hundreds of web related projects for internationally acknowledged brands, museums, television broadcasters, and global corporations.
Andrew Mottaz is the Founder of ProtoShare, the online mockup and wireframing tool. He has been building great user experiences since 1999. For the last 5 years, he has been focusing on helping development teams integrate UX processes.
Thor is CTO and co-founder of Get Satisfaction who founds and advises startups that make a difference to real people. He’s a Web pioneer who bridges design and technology, and a true believer in social entrepreneurship.
Karen Munro is the Head of the University of Oregon, Portland Library and Learning Commons. Previously, she was the E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley, and the Literatures Librarian at the University of Oregon. She holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, as well as an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She's interested in better library design.
Lander is an interaction designer and independent experience design consultant living in sunny Barcelona. He works with international companies and organizations in the field of experience design and strategy, conceptualizing and designing digital products, systems and processes. He truly believes that everything is connected.
Skip Newberry serves as President of the Software Association of Oregon, an organization that supports Oregon's software industry through initiatives that promote, connect and advocate for technology companies and professionals.
Brian is the founder of Sub-Genre Consulting, focusing on business development projects in the entertainment and cultural industries as well as helping filmmakers, artists and organizations to distribute content and connect with audiences through innovative uses of new technology. He was most recently CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), where he conceived and launched the Reframe project, a unique initiative that is digitizing and make available thousands of films for DVD, streaming and video on demand.
Torie Nguyen is the co-founder of Crafty Wonderland: Portland's art + craft extravaganza. Crafty Wonderland produces a large scale craft fair twice a year at the Oregon Convention Center and also has a retail store in downtown Portland featuring the work of over 175 local artists and crafters. Torie also has her own line of handcrafted jewelry called Totinette.
Kent is widely known in both the online video and entertainment communities as an online video pioneer. In 2005, he co-created the web series Ask A Ninja, one of the first breakout success stories on YouTube. The series has been viewed over 160 million times, quoted on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, featured in the New York Times, Wired, and numerous other publications and blogs.
Ethan is from Coos Bay, Oregon. With no formal training in art, he first self published his own comics in high school. After working on obscure comic books like Creep and Puppet Terrors, and his own debut graphic novel the Weevil, Nicolle's humor series Chumble Spuzz was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication in 2009. He currently has an animated series in production and creates the acclaimed web comic Axe Cop with his 7 year old brother Malachai Nicolle.
Malachai is an 8-year-old from central Washington. He started creating Axe Cop with his much older brother Ethan when he was only 5. Malachai loves video games, cartoons and secret attacks. He hopes to grow up and become a chemist that can create chemicals that give people the ability to instantly learn karate, or become a wizard soldier.
Rick serves as Program Manager, eGovernment and Technology Initiatives, at the City of Portland, Oregon. In this role, Rick is responsible for supplying process and technology to the City’s open data, open standards, and open software solutions.
In his day job as a Managing Director at Cooper, Chris designs products, services, and strategy for a variety of domains, including health, financial, and consumer. In prior experience he’s developed kiosks for museums, helped to visualize the future of counter-terrorism, built prototypes of coming technologies for Microsoft, and designed telehealth devices to accommodate the crazy facts of modern healthcare.
Viktor is CEO and Cofounder at WebGL pioneers Bevelity in Barcelona, Spain. Bevelity enables professional 3D content providers to create, publish and share 3D scenes using their cloud based platform.
Josh Northcott is the Manager of Web Operations at Esri in Redlands, California. He also works as a consultant to help startups and local businesses establish a strong web presence in their industry.
Brad is a user experience designer and researcher located in St. Louis, MO. Over the course of his career he has helped clients in the financial, health care management, public utilities, and pharmaceutical management industries. He’s provided them with deep insight into their customers and users needs, and designed engaging experiences that were catered directly for those needs.
Silicon Valley native Megan Williams is a Senior UX Designer and spends her days focused on developing and improving PayPal’s Consumer digital wallet. Her designs focus on creating simplified and intuitive experiences. In addition to her passion for design, Megan also loves mentoring and coaching for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls - an all-female player, full-contact, flat track roller derby league based in Santa Cruz, CA.
Vailey Oehlke was appointed director of libraries for Multnomah County in 2009. She began her career at the library in 1997 as a youth librarian in the School Corps program. After six years, she joined the staff of the downtown Central Library, first as a section administrator and then as its director. She became the library system’s deputy director in 2008 and was promoted to director a year later.
Nuno is an Australian business designer who has spent the last years bringing design thinking and methodology into organisations. He is advocate of designs shifting value from product to process. Nuno has worked in Australia and Europe, across various disciplines from product design through to strategy and business development.
Miquel is Associate Professor of Information and Communication Technologies at UPF in Barcelona, Spain, where he teaches and conducts research on wireless communications and technolgy and society issues as head of the NeTS (Networking Technologies and Strategies) Group.
Phil is senior vice president of programming and scheduling for TNT and TBS. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing all programming, scheduling and acquisition selection strategies for the two networks
Mihnea is a Computer Scientist working for Adobe and a core contributor to the CSS Regions implementation in Webkit, the HTML rendering engine. His previous endeavors include working on the CSS Exclusions and CSS Shaders prototypes and keeping the WebKit component inside the Adobe AIR runtime up to date.
Gabe Paez is a creative technologist dedicated to pioneering new forms of digital storytelling. In 2014 he founded WILD to manifest impossible ideas and deliver unexpected, interactive, immersive experiences for live events and exhibits. Most recently his team created Ctrl Alt Pdx, a game played live on the side of a building in SE Portland.
Chris is the founder of Wisdom + Craft and has over 18 years of strategic, creative, and analytical User Experience-related practice, Chris has served in a variety of institutions ranging from small boutiques and startups to the enterprise such as Merck, McGraw-Hill, EMC, Merrill Lynch, CBS, TribalDDB, and GeometryGlobal – he gets the Bootstrappers and The Powers that Be.
The Portland, Oregon based Pander Brothers are a multi disciplinary creative media team who write and direct films and music videos as well as write and illustrate graphic novels. Their award winning feature film SELFLESS premiered at ComicCon International in 2009 and was picked up by Entertainment 1 (E1).
The Portland, Oregon based Pander Brothers are a multi disciplinary creative media team who write and direct films and music videos as well as write and illustrate graphic novels. Their award winning feature film SELFLESS premiered at ComicCon International in 2009 and was picked up by Entertainment 1 (E1).
Aaron is a Portland-based iPhone and PHP developer interested in solving practical problems with technology. In his free time, he enjoys geolocation, linguistics, and building home automation systems and IRC bots with a sense of humor. For the past 3 years, he has been tracking and visualizing his location every 6 seconds, making him a frequent presenter at the Portland data visualization group.
Nam-ho leads the implementation of creative web strategy, online community and mobile solutions at Forum One, working with non-profit, governmental and issue-driven organizations to increase their impact. Nam-ho has been active in web technologies and crafting user experience for over 12 years working in the US and Korea, and is a founding member of TEDxSeoul and MobileUXCamp Seattle.
David (panel moderator) is a veteran performer of The Second City, IO Theater, Improv Institute, and Annoyance Theatre. He studied under Del Close in the early 80s and became part of the first iO Harold team, Baron's Barracudas. He appeared in four Mainstage revues at Second City, where he performed alongside Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Joel Murray, and Bob Odenkirk. He has also performed in plays at Steppenwolf Theatre and the Goodman Theatre. Since 2002, he currently performs with T. J. Jagodowski in "TJ and Dave," one of the more popular running improv shows performing both in Chicago and New York.
Mona combines positivity, timeless wisdom, sharp design thinking and a little bit of magic glitter with her 15 years of experience in design and research to help you see around corners and realize a kind of success you didn’t necessarily expect. She started Motivate Design in 2009 to create a place where clients could get what they want, rather than what an agency needs to sell. She teaches design research and strategy at Parsons The New School for Design and balances her hypersonic speed by being a certified yoga instructor. She holds a M.S. in Marketing Communications from Boston University and a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University. You can catch Mona on LinkedIn or Twitter and say “hello” to the Motivate Design team at @Motivate_Design.
Pamela is co-founder of Change Sciences, a user experience research and strategy firm for Fortune 500s, startups and other smart companies in financial services, tech, entertainment, healthcare and ecommerce. Over the past 15 years, she’s logged thousands of hours in the field trying to better understand how people use technology and run hundreds of UX studies on almost every type of site you could imagine.
Blanca is a tireless content strategist whose passion is to work with and engage the creative and innovative potential that people have inside.
David Pescovitz is co-editor of Boing Boing, a technology and culture Web site with several million monthly readers, and a research director with the Institute for the Future, a non-profit forecasting thinktank. He is also editor-at-large for MAKE: magazine, the DIY technology quarterly. Pescovitz co-wrote the book Reality Check, based on his long-running futurist column in Wired magazine where he is still a correspondent. He has also written for the New York Times, Scientific American, Popular Science, the Washington Post, Salon, and New Scientist, among many other publications.
Clarissa Peterson is a UX designer and web developer, and co-founder of Peterson/Kandy, a Montreal-based digital agency specializing in creating responsive websites. Clarissa frequently speaks and gives workshops on responsive design, mobile strategy, and user experience. She is the author of Learning Responsive Web Design: A Beginner's Guide, published in 2014 by O'Reilly Media.
Gemma Petrie is a Senior Design Researcher at Mozilla where she leads research for Firefox Mobile. She has a passion for learning about people and designing meaningful products and experiences for a global audience. She co-organizes the Chicago UX Book Club and chiDUXX, a networking and mentoring group for Chicago women in UX. Gemma has a background in nonprofit development and her MLIS from the University of Illinois.
Thomas is product manager and font library curator for the WebINK web font solution from Extensis, in Portland. He is a typographer and type designer whose typeface Hypatia Sans is an Adobe Original. He regularly teaches type design with the global Crafting Type workshops, and has been a repeat guest lecturer for the MA Typeface Design program at the University of Reading, England.
Scé Pike has been defining user experience strategies for Fortune 500 companies for more than 15 years. As Chief Experience Officer at Citizen, she drives the user experience vision for all Citizen customers, including AT&T, Intel, HTC, NBC, T-Mobile, Samsung and Disney/ABC.
Ana Pinto da Silva leads design for Microsoft’s Strategic Prototyping and Advanced Strategies Group (StratPro). Her work synthesizes her interests in design, storytelling, architecture and emerging technologies with her deep passion for creative collaboration. Ana’s previous experience includes game development, architecture, and interactive media. Her work has garnered several awards including the Al Falah Grant from U.C. Berkeley in 2002 and a Webby Worthy Award in 2003.
Jason is the VP of Mobile for Storycode, a 6D Global company. Long before he started architecting mobile communication for enterprise apps, he was a creative director and producer of mixed media products for advertisers, brands and non-profits. As an author and publisher he won multiple IPA outstanding achievement awards for his work in large format photojournalism and pop-culture books and his work has been translated in eight languages. He is currently dedicated to helping companies reinvent H2H (human to human) communication for a mobile era through user interface and user experience design.
Alex is an interactive developer with a passion for uniting creative ideas with beautiful code and turning them into something that makes you smile. Previously focused in the Flash realm, he is now neck-deep in the world of web standards while making HTML5 games and experiences at Bradley and Montgomery.
Vince started as Executive Director at Oregon's film office late in 2008, and in 2009 he helped bring in the highest amount of film and television production to the state since the office's inception. In 2011 Oregon nearly doubled the output of 2009 thanks to three successful television series ("Portlandia", TNT's "Leverage", and NBC's "Grimm"), one feature ("Gone" due in theaters in February) and several animation projects including LAIKA's "Paranorman".
Steve Portigal is the founder of Portigal Consulting, a bite-sized San Francisco firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. His work has informed the development of mobile devices, medical information systems, music gear, wine packaging, financial services, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories.
Richard Powell is a UI developer and designer from Newcastle, UK. When he's not building Server Density, a SaaS product for managing server infrastructure, he gives jQuery and backbone workshops.
Corey holds a Master's Degree in Anthropology and worked as an Anthropology instructor for over 10 years. He left the academy 8 years ago so that he may dedicate himself to providing digital strategy and direction to clients in the publishing, education, and entertainment industries as the Director of Experience Strategy at the Portland-based company Neologic. Corey is a Fellow of Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination and he regularly publishes and presents on the future of digital media. He recently contributed the closing chapter to the book Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture.
Jasmine is a content strategist at Facebook. She recently helped launch Facebook’s new legacy contact feature, which gives people more options for what happens to their account after they pass away. Last year, Jasmine gave a talk at #dareconf in London about how to STOP being an expert and become a more effective collaborator.
Casey Pugh is a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web. In 2009, Casey was inspired to use the Internet and an ever-ready pool of passionate Star Wars fans to crowdsource the classic film Star Wars IV: A New Hope. This pet project turned into a labor of love and creativity on a large scale. Nearly a thousand fans came together to participate and the resulting movie is equal parts fun, kooky, and dearly nostalgic.
Louise is a champion of new growth opportunities and leader of strategic innovation at Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America. She drives the design, development and commercialization of market driven product innovations that transform consumers’ experiences with everyday products in the home. Louise leverages design thinking methodologies to identify, define, prototype and test new product applications that result in incremental market growth and expansion into new domains.
Melody is a content strategist at Facebook. She uses language to shape products for over a billion people, including Facebook Photos, Camera, and the new Poke app.
Dorelle is currently the design strategist for Intuit’s Harmony Design Language, she is committed to crafting compelling and delightful user experiences.
Magga Dora is a senior experience designer at Mad*Pow, with a background in psychology and computer science. She has been involved in software development since the turn of the century, and has been teaching human computer interaction to engineers and computer science students for over a decade. User experience is Magga Dora's passion and profession, and she firmly believes that people's lives can be improved by creating good user experiences.
Gina is a brand engagement specialist who seeks out creative solutions for marketing and business challenges. Her work has delivered positive impact for world-class brands like McDonald's, JCPenney, United Airlines, Radio Shack, Whole Foods and more.
With six years in recruiting and ten years producing and developing for some of Seattle's top creative networks, Heidi Raynor has perfectly cultivated the ability to identify a need and turn an idea into reality. Having worked all angles of creative, Heidi's had her hands in everything from HTML to Design and it shows in her solid recruiting capabilities.
Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press, an independent publisher that showcases important new projects by contemporary photographers. Renaldi's forthcoming monograph,Touching Strangers, will be published by the Aperture Foundation in the spring of 2014.
Robert is a Director of Strategic Technology Development at the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. His work – and that of the Office of Strategic Technology Development (OSTD) – is dedicated to enhancing technology-led civic innovation throughout New York City government.
Chris is a lead experience designer at Adaptive Path. He started a journeyman career in information architecture and product strategy in 1997 and over the past 14 years has applied a combination of IA, graphic and interaction design to successful products and services for both large enterprises and start-ups.
Graham is one of the Founding Partners of Zinc, a Design & Innovation Lab, based in Barcelona. He has spent most of his 15 year career helping to grow and develop some of the best creative consulting firms in the world, spanning many different disciplines including, branding, interactive / web design, marketing, innovation and user centric design.
Jennifer Roberts is a library advocate and activist in Southern Oregon. In 2007, county commissioners shut all four branches of the library due to lack of funding, leaving 82,000 people without access to any library services whatsoever. In response, a group of committed citizens formed Josephine Community Libraries (JCLI), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. With heavy reliance on volunteers and a mixture of donations, sponsorships, and grants, JCLI has been operating the libraries since 2009. Sadly, voters in Josephine County voted down a library district in November 2014. However, JCLI remains committed to acting as a bridge to long-term public funding for the library and to providing responsive, innovative library services to our community. JCLI's story has been featured in Library Journal, The Oregonian, American Libraries Magazine, and iCNN.
Luis Daniel Rodriguez grew up in Ecuador, South America and now lives and works in Washington D.C. He received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Florida and has completed graduate coursework in film and screenwriting. He has worked for the last 11 years as an interaction designer and web developer in various online startups, U.S. government agencies in the Washington D.C. metro area and higher education institutions.
Syracuse, NY native Dan Rose is a User Interface Designer at WSOL. An advocate of side projects, he's the creator of Photoshop Etiquette, a guide to discernible web design. His affinity for workflow and Photoshoppery are evident in his talks, articles, and screencasts.
Kevin is a General Partner at Google Ventures, where he primarily focuses on early-stage and seed investments. He has deep roots as a founder and serial entrepreneur, and brings this experience to advise Google Ventures' portfolio companies.
Lou Rosenfeld is an independent information architecture consultant, and founder and publisher of Rosenfeld Media, a publishing house focused on user experience books. He has been instrumental in helping establish the fields of information architecture and user experience, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within those fields.
Liora rosin is a trained product designer, specializing in research, trend analysis, concept and product development. She currently works as a curator of various design projects and exhibition and as a tenure design lecture in the industrial department of the Bezalel, Arts and Design Academy, Jerusalem.
George is currently the CTO of CCLI. Prior to that he was CTO at ISITE Design and has been working the web long enough to remember when it was cool to use the blink tag. In that time he built a few websites, spoke at some conferences, ran some user groups and wrote some witty articles. Currently his focus is on building systems that can deliver content and user experiences across content channels and devices.
Douglas Rushkoff is author of fifteen bestselling books on media, technology, and culture including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and, most recently, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. He made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders, wrote the graphic novels ADD and Testament, and originated concepts from "viral media" to "social currency." He's Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, and lectures around the world about media, society, and change.
Terry is a Developer Evangelist for Adobe. The job basically entails helping developers using Adobe technologies to be successful. His focus is on web and mobile technologies including expertise in both Flash and HTML. Previous to that, he spent a decade working in various technical roles at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrea serves as First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, a system of 80 branches supporting all Chicago neighborhoods. She leads program planning, design and evaluation and supports system-wide strategy and organizational development. Before joining the Library leadership team, she served as Chief of Staff to Chicago Public Schools CEO, where she led strategy development and implementation of district-wide initiatives and oversaw foundation, corporate and government grant development and partnerships.
For 20 years, Dan Saffer has been designing everything from apps to wearables and everything in between. Currently he’s VP of Product at Mayfield Robotics, where he’s preparing to launch an adorable home robot. Dan is the author of four acclaimed books on design, including his latest, Microinteractions, which Scott Berkun called “the best design book in years.”
Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated eight times he finally won two Grammies for the Talking Heads and Brian Eno & David Byrne package designs. He also earned practically every important international design award.
In 2008 a comprehensive book titled Things I have learned in my life so far was published by Abrams. Solo shows on Sagmeister Inc’s work have been mounted in Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne, Berlin, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Miami. He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and lectures extensively on all continents.
Anoop Sahgal has global experience in leadership roles that span product marketing, product management, and business development in high technology. In his current role within Industry Strategy and Marketing at Adobe, he works with technology executives to help grow their businesses through best in class digital marketing strategies.
Jonathan Sampson is a Program Manager on the "Project Spartan" team focusing on the Developer Ecosystem. He has been a web developer for nearly two decades and has been focused on investing in the developer community for over a decade. Jonathan lives in Bellevue, WA with his wife and two children.
Stephanie Sansoucie leads the experience strategy, design research and experience innovation practices at Kohl's Corporation. She brings deep omnichannel expertise focusing on user experience, customer experience, e-commerce, service design, organizational transformation and digital strategy. Her recent initiatives involve customer experience, omnichannel strategy, business process transformation, team leadership and experience design.
Daniel Sauble is a UX Designer at Puppet Labs. He designs interfaces, sketches on copious swaths of whiteboard, and curates the UX team’s pattern library.
Charlie is a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe and has over 15 years experience working at both startups and large corporations. Over his career he has worked in 3D animation, mobile gaming, and web tooling.
Christopher is the founder of Heatvision.com, Inc., an Austin-based new media publishing and design firm, and co-founder of Environments for Humans, a leader in web and mobile conferences. An award-winning web designer who has been working in the medium for twenty years, Christopher interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman as an undergraduate at Florida State University.
Brandon is a Senior Interaction Designer at Huge in Brooklyn, NY and is responsible for leading projects in the user experience department at their Brooklyn office. He currently oversees a replatforming project for Google's DoubleClick work and frequently contributes to new business pitch efforts.
Sharon is the co-founder and CEO of e-commerce innovator Moxie Jean, the online destination for high quality, like-new baby, kid’s and maternity clothes. Moxie Jean was voted by moms as the “Most Awesome” online consignment site through the Red Tricycle Awards, won a Chicago Innovation Award in 2013 and was a 2012 portfolio company of renowned tech accelerator Excelerate Labs (now Tech Stars Chicago).
Bill has always enjoyed technology (25 years). And he has always enjoyed interacting with people (even longer). It was a natural to blend the two loves together.
Kit is the community manager and home page curator for SlideShare, the largest content sharing website in the world. Kit spends most of her waking hours looking at and listening to content on the Web. She views hundreds of PowerPoint presentations every week, and as the founder of BumperTunes, listens to wonderful and terrible samples of new music.
Xavier is Associate Professor of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and Director of the Music Technology Group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. After a multidisciplinary academic education, he obtained a PhD in Computer Music from Stanford University in 1989 with a dissertation on the spectral processing of musical sounds that is considered a key reference in the field.
Mark's diverse marketing and communications career has taken him across the United States, working in global brand development, advertising, public relations and writing.
Tomer Sharon is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Google Search in New York City and author of the upcoming book, "Lean UX Research for Entrepreneurs".
Dave is the creator and cultivator of the highly influential website csszengarden.com, and co-author of The Zen of CSS Design (New Riders, 2005) with Molly Holzschlag. He speaks internationally at conferences and workshops and was an organizer of the North American arm of a popular international conference series, Web Directions.
Nathan was the founder and chair of the ground-breaking Design MBA programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA. This program prepares the next-generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful by uniting the perspectives of systems thinking, design thinking, sustainability, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework.
Over the last twenty years Boon has had job titles like site producer, content specialist, information architect, interaction designer, user researcher, stage manager, and voice-over actor. Between bouts of title whiplash he’s helped build some very big things, some very small things and learned a lot along the way. He’s a lover of new cocktails and old records. He can be found on twitter at @boonerang and he’d love to swap stories over a beverage.
Kendra is a Managing Director at Cooper. Her goal is to nurture and empower designers, to educate businesses on the value of design, and to provide the tools to integrate design at the core of business innovation, process, and decision-making As an educator, speaker, and designer, she has brought product strategy, service design, and business guidance to companies ranging from Fortune 500s to startups in a range of categories, from healthcare systems and medical devices to retail environments, consumer electronics, financial services, enterprise management, and more.
Karen is a creative director at This Is Pop - a casual game developer best known for stylish, transgressive confections made for Adult Swim. She also runs a separate consultancy, working with educational and social issue game makers to conjure more play from their rigorous ideas and more rigour from their playful ones.
A lapsed Philosophy major with an MFA in theatrical lighting design and 16 years experience in the web industry, Eve is either a quirky dinner party guest or a source of random knowledge. As the Creative Director at Beaconfire, a web design & development firm that works solely with nonprofit organizations, she has brought her pixel-driven leadership and unyieldingly conceptual eye to leading non-profits.
David Sloan joined The Paciello Group (TPG) in 2013, teaming up with Sarah Horton to build the company's Accessible User Experience service. He provides pragmatic, practical advice to help organisations produce digital experiences that are as accessible and positive as possible to all users, regardless of disability.
Nowadays being responsible for a team of project leads overseeing concept, design, usability and quality assurance, Michiel has his backgrounds in frontend development. He has lengthy experience both as project manager and frontend developer on projects large and small. Smooth user interfaces is what he likes as well as nerdy code tricks. Michiel a master of arts degree in Leadership & Digital Communication, which might explain him being that direct.
Peter Smart is a designer, speaker and writer from the UK, working with global organisations to drive innovation through user-centred design. He has a reputation for pushing boundaries and doing creative things with the web, from travelling 2517 miles to solve 50 Problems in 50 Days using design, to co-creating ViziCities: visualising real-world cities in realtime using big data and the power of the web.
Peggy is an internationally-known speaker and highly-respected personality in the media world educating businesses and consumers on the latest technological advances shaping everyday lives. She is a recognized pioneer in the M2M and IoT space and an outspoken advocate and supporter of security and connected devices. Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Connected World magazine and its sister publication Constructech, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co.
Study in contrasts, Renaissance man, a doer who will not be denied. Both a technologist and a writer by training, his sense for how to engage while informing has consistently put David in marketing leadership roles. Innovation and commitment to results set McBru’s tone: whether spearheading industry-first awareness campaigns, crafting heroic headlines, or devising lead-nurturing programs, David solves creative challenges without the burden of “that can’t be done.”
Tyesha is a Strategic Experience Designer who's been heads-down in research and analysis, thinking and designing, testing and planning, collaborating and innovating for over 15 years. She spends her time consulting in user experience, creative direction and digital strategy.
Nick Snyder is a front-end developer, designer, speaker, and writer currently based in Boston, MA. As a Creative Technologist at Mad*Pow, Nick combines his knowledge of design and front-end development to create rich and engaging templates.
Innovation strategist Lisa Kay Solomon works with leaders to solve their high-stakes issues with new frameworks and practices. Her method helps leaders not only address today’s most vexing business challenges, but also accelerate progress on their greatest opportunities.
Copywriter. Design junkie. Multitasker. Dreamer. Optimistic despite of everything. I'd love to become a vegetarian but I live in Barcelona and there's (delicious) jamón serrano all around. I love dogs but I'm far too irresponsible to take care of one. That's why I only have a digital agency instead.
Krystal is the Program Manager of Oregon Story Board and brings her design and technical background to digital storytelling businesses, helping them develop strategies and tactics for growing their businesses in the state. She gets very excited about the intersections of culture and technology.
Jared is the founder of User Interface Engineering, the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.
After 12 years of customer focused work at companies like Amazon.com and Microsoft, Samantha Starmer now leads experience, design and information architecture teams at REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.). She is passionate about evangelizing and creating holistic customer experiences across channels, time and devices.
Joe Stewart is a Partner at Work & Co, a digital product design company based in New York & Portland. He leads design and branding across all client engagements, including projects for Virgin America, Target, and YouTube. Prior to founding Work & Co, Joe was Partner & Global Creative Director at Huge.
Tyler designs mobile and responsive websites as part of Cloud Four, and touchscreen games as co-founder of Backabit. His iOS game "Ramps" was featured as an iPhone Game of the Week, breaking the US App Store Top 10 at its peak.
Robert has worked in digital communication since 1995. He studied in Switzerland and the Netherlands and then worked for some of the bigger German and Dutch agencies. Robert spent five years as a Business Consultant for PWC and IBM in The Netherlands. Since 2006 he has been back to design and communication; since 2009 as a partner at Edenspiekermann in Berlin. With two decades of professional experience as a designer and consultant, Robert is the Head of Digital Products and Services at Edenspiekermann in Berlin.
Denise Su is a UX researcher with a background in psychology, culture, and innovation. She has a knack for turning subtle and unspoken patterns in human behavior into meaningful and actionable insights. Her expertise includes the gathering and analysis of qualitative data through ethnographies, usability testing, deep interviews, focus groups, and customer experience journey mapping.
Jacob is a Senior Product Manager at Adobe, helping make the web a more beautiful place. A designer / developer, now trapped in a Product Manager’s body, is working on Adobe’s next generation web design tools. This self-professed tools nerd now uses web standards to create tomorrows tools.
Chris is an independent product manager and business strategist at Databox. He specializes in product optimization using a blend of customer analytics and customer psychology.
Dalila Szostak designs future experiences in transportation, wearables and the intersections between the two. Her work involves uncovering that which we need, want and love and incorporating those as requirements into the design cycle. Dali specializes in international research and has conducted workshops and published her work in a wide range of academic and industrial gatherings globally.
Ken Tabor is a veteran product engineer with years of experience developing consumer-driven products on cutting-edge technologies. A frequent speaker at conferences, and a dedicated blogger, he constantly shares his passion for using open source technology.
Kevin comes to ShopIgniter with 13 years of experience in eCommerce and Social Media. Previously the VP of Business Development for the Dachis Group and Co-founder of StepChange, he oversaw the strategy and development of more than 250 social media experiences for leading brands and agencies.
Dave brings nearly 15-years of experience in product design, digital media and new product innovation. While at IDEO, he taught courses in design methodology, visual thinking and prototyping in Stanford University's Design Division.
Steve holds faculty appointments in the Department of World Languages & Literatures at Portland State University and in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His interests and research include the semiotic ecologies of new media and online gaming environments, cultural-historical and usage-based approaches to language acquisition, and theoretical investigations of language, communication, and human development.
Annette Thurston is executive director of Citizen, leading strategic mobile design initiatives for its key accounts, including Intel, AT&T, and adidas. Her background in art history and antiquities, as well as her life-long design career spanning advertising, brand strategy, web, and mobile design, has helped her develop artfully innovative experiences that enhance the lives of users.
Baratunde is a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically. Yes, he votes. Regularly. With an ancestry that includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building and a mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black liberation struggle, Baratunde has long been taught to question authority. It helps that he was raised in Washington, D.C. under crackhead Mayor Marion Barry.
Christian is the guy designers are ambivalent about. He’s not a font guy. He’s the business guy—the one who works the odd hours creating and maintaining relationships with some of the largest companies in the world. Over the past decade, he has led business development efforts for numerous agencies on three continents. Now Christian manages Edenspiekermann Los Angeles, the newest office of the global design agency. Founded by graphic design legend Erik Spiekermann, the agency focuses on creating brand identities and digital products for forward-thinking companies.
John is the president of PositivEnergy Practice, an urban systems engineering firm based on data-driven decision-making for sustainable new building design, retrofits, and urban master planning. In 2012, the White House recognized John as a ‘Champion of Change’ as part of a group of creative individuals engaged in building stronger communities through innovative approaches to problem-solving.
Mark Trammell designs technology and studies how people use it. Trammell's work includes tenures with Obama for America, Twitter, Digg, PayPal, the Web Standards Project Educational Task Force, the University of Florida, and the United States Navy. His facial hair has been named Best Beard in Tech, Best Beard of SXSW 2011, and is champion of the @BrianWilson38 Beard Bracket.
Paul is a Developer Evangelist for Adobe Systems who loves to demonstrate the power of HTML5 to create award-winning work for desktop, mobile and tablet devices. Paul has been an Adobe Certified Instructor for over a decade, producing content for AdobeTV.co and has earned “top author” status at Lynda.com.
Des is UX Lead at Intercom, a customer relationship management and messaging tool for web app owners. In this role Des works on interface design, customer communications, and all content & messaging within the tool itself.
Alice Twemlow is a British-born writer and educator based in New York. She is chair and co-founder of the Design Criticism MFA program at the School of Visual Arts and also a PhD candidate in Design History at the Royal College of Art in London. Alice is a contributor to Design Observer and writes about design for publications including Eye, Design & Culture and the New York Times Magazine.
Jason is a founder and managing director of Inzovu, an international organization aimed at fixing social systems by design. Most recently, Inzovu has applied disciplines ranging from architecture, service design, design research and brand strategy to complex challenges proposed by the University of Southern California School of Social Work and the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Brian has more than 20 years’ experience in interactive design and has held positions with The New Group, Wieden+Kennedy, Publicis & Hal Riney, Lucas Learning Ltd., and Grey Entertainment NYC. His project experience is broad and varied, having completed projects for Starbucks, Nike, Coca-Cola, Saturn, Hewlett-Packard, KinderCare , Mountain Hardwear, Estée Lauder and WebMD to name a few. Brian’s expertise encompasses branding communications design for interactive, responsive and educational environments.
Russ Unger is an Experience Design Director for GE Capital Americas where he leads teams and projects in design and research . He is co-author of the book A Project Guide to UX Design, Designing the Conversation, and the forthcoming Speaker Camp for Peachpit Press (Voices That Matter). Russ is also working on a book on guerrilla design and research methods that is due out well, sometime.
Javier is a web designer and front-end developer from Bilbao living in Barcelona. He started Swwweet, his own web design studio with his wife in 2009, and they've been since building beautiful experiences for small businesses and startups alike.
Dr. Geke van Dijk is co-founder and Strategy Director of STBY in London and Amsterdam. She is also the initiator and chair of the Service Design Network Netherlands, and co-founder of the Reach Network for Global Design Research. Geke has a background in ethnographic research, user-centered design, and services marketing & innovation. She is passionate about exploring the ways people co-produce their customer journeys by picking and mixing from multi-channel service touch points.
Anna is passionate (in, ahem, a professional way) about two industries: Play and Health. As Director of Product Development at Marbles: The Brain Store's Workshop, she is fortunate to marry her most favorite pursuits by creating fun products that build better brains.
Scott is a CSS Ninja who has been creating web sites for over 15 years. He lives in sunny Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter, and spends his free time playing video games and watching movies. He is probably not a Cylon.
Lorelle was one of the first crash test dummies for WordPress Themes and Plugins. Since 2003, she has beaten WordPress into submission and lived to tell tales and provide training programs and consultation to businesses and groups worldwide. She is a senior editor of the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users.
Some say Morgan’s first word was “Internet.” Since then, she’s demonstrated an uncanny knack for deciphering the complexities of the web. At age 16, she was selected to enroll in college two years early at the Georgia Academy of Mathematics, Engineering & Science. After graduating from Oglethorpe University, she spent years as a web analyst and Internet marketing consultant for Shell Oil, Qualcomm, and Cox Communications, among others.
Vinay Venkatraman is the founder and CEO of Leapcraft - a design driven innovation consultancy based in Denmark. Prior to this Vinay co-founded CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design) in 2006. Vinay helps shape the strategy and content for numerous initiatives through consulting, teaching and research lead initiatives. He is trained as a product & interaction designer in India and Italy. His cross disciplinary approach to design has in the past have spanned design of consumer products, software and film visual effects.
Lea works as a Developer Advocate for W3C. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, which she fulfills by researching new ways to use them, blogging, speaking, writing, and coding popular open source projects to help fellow developers. She is a member of the CSS Working Group, which architects the language itself.
Khoi is a blogger at Subtraction.com, former design director at NYTimes.com and founder of Lascaux Co., a company that combines the transformative power of social networks and multi-touch tablets to let people from all walks of life make art — and have fun doing it—in a wholly new way.
Olga is the UI and UX designer of The Digital Marvels, a brand new NYC based startup. Community enthusiast, she coordinates Design Jam Barcelona together with other open web champions in the city of Barcelona.
Sara Wachter-Boettcher is a content strategist and writer based in Tempe, Arizona, where she helps clients stop creating endless content and start building strategies that are sustainable, meaningful, and future-ready.
Jessica is a designer & art director working in New York City. She is a partner at the New York based design studio Sagmeister & Walsh. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts & speaks internationally about design and creativity. Her work has won awards from most design competitions including Type Director’s Club, Red Dot, Art Director’s Club, SPD, D&AD, Print, and Graphis. Her work has also been featured in numerous books & magazines & exhibitions.
Jeannie Walters is the CEO and Founder of 360Connext, a global customer experience consulting firm dedicated to creating fewer ruined days for customers- improving loyalty, customer retention, and overall customer experience. She is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) and the Chicagoland Ambassador for the Customer Experience Professionals Association. A global speaker, Jeannie has presented to audiences at TEDx, Customer Experience World in London, Next Generation Customer Experience in San Diego, and many more.
Dreamer of the future. Cathy is always looking for ways to apply design thinking to solve complex problems and create meaningful solutions. Cathy builds businesses and open new markets based on the belief that the design thinking can really change the world. She has worked across the globe in North America, EU, and MENA serving the worlds biggest businesses providing innovation consulting for the last 10 years.
Todd Zaki Warfel is a craftsman who loves designing with data, grids, and type. As a Sr. UX Designer at Inflection, he's currently tackling big data design challenges for mobile, tablet, and desktop applications.
Brett Waskelewicz is a Partner and Creative Director at Wondersauce, a creative agency in New York City & Columbus, Ohio.
Janell is the Volunteer Development Manager for the Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Portland. She is dedicated to enriching the culture of volunteerism in her organization, and in her community. You may find her delivering donuts to volunteers...in a full panda suit.
Brad Weaver is a UX Designer/Front-end Developer and the founder of Suckerpunch Studios. He designs, he codes, he writes, he UXs, he slices and dices, and lives in Atlanta, y'all.
Rick Webb currently serves as a consultant to Tumblr on Marketing and Revenue, a mentor to Tech Stars NY, and as a venture partner at Quotidian Ventures. Finally, Rick is the founder and CEO of Secret Clubhouse, a tech coworking space in Williamsburg, NY.
As the Executive Creative Director of WebMD Health Services, John’s work is guided by purpose, passion, simplicity, beauty, innovation and surprise. He is responsible for crafting online experiences that change behavior and ultimately improve lives.
Thomas Wendt is a design strategy and research consultant based in New York City, specializing in user research, experience strategy, design thinking, and innovation. He works with clients to help them better understand their customers through rigorous research methods, framing of key user needs and problem areas, and providing structure to ideation sessions.
Thomas leads Second Story Labs, an incubator for new ideas and projects that explore the innovative use of technology to create cutting-edge interactive experiences.
Jeff is the Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic and has worked on Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, Avengers, The Chronicals of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Star Wars: Episode III and other acclaimed, visual effects driven films.
Dylan is a web generalist currently wearing the hat of user experience designer at Apptio. He does a lot of front-end design while trying to build a fully iterative UX lifecycle into an enterprise software development team.
Dan Williams has been working in recruiting for creative and marketing services for the last 6 years. When he started in the industry, most of his orders were split between print and other traditional media and web design (remember that term?!). Since then, the industry has become solidly focused on user-experience design and development in the interactive and digital realms.
Luke Williams is a leading consultant, educator, and speaker specializing in design thinking and innovation strategy. For more than a decade, he has worked internationally with industry leaders like American Express, GE, Sony, Crocs, Virgin, Disney, and Hewlett-Packard, to develop new products, services, and brands.
Jeremy is the local WordPress Guru for Vancouver-based Gravitate Design Studio. With over 13 years of web development experience, he's a big fan of building websites that work -- especially for the end user -- and not just something aesthetically pleasing for the client.
Known to his friends as “Captain Empathy”, Brian is CX researcher and strategist with over 15 years experience in understanding people through primary research. He’s conducted all forms of user research in the insurance, retail, finance, travel, and healthcare industries.
Taylor still uses pen and paper a lot to sketch the interactive ideas she brings to life at WINTR. She's had a mind-map of a history including as a copywriter, information architect and UX designer - she's convicted that one informs the other and it's proven to serve clients across industries.
With 15 years of development and ecommerce experience, Alan is directly responsible for the innovative ideas, roadmap and future direction of the platform. Working closely with the technical expertise of the development team, those ideas are turned into reality. In his spare time (about one day per month) Alan enjoys racing vintage Porsche’s at the Portland International Raceway.
Konrad works as an Interactive Product Manager for Viacom in Berlin. He likes clear user experiences and pragmatic solutions. Overseeing the lifespan of products such as websites and apps, as well as working on improving services, communication and workflows, he regularly gets to work with experts in various digital playing fields. Besides some detours into print and graphic design, he also holds a master’s degree in Scandinavian Studies, which can only be seen as an odd way to express his love for minimalism.
Bruce provides strategy, vision, and leadership for Second Story's creative output. He helps establish new initiatives and creative directions, along with providing leadership to oversee the efficient, collaborative execution of the interaction design development processes.
Mark has been working as a creative professional and technologist for nearly twenty years, partnering with Fortune 100/500 companies and non-profits to craft meaningful experiences for digital UIs and ecosystems in new technologies. He shares his thoughts as an international speaker and writer. In his personal life Mark is a daily meditator, soccer addict, father of five, and husband of one.
Indi is an independent consultant who has guided more than 50 mental model research projects, using methodology she developed. Solving people's problems and inventing reliable methods to produce solutions has been Indi's passion. She was a founding partner of Adaptive Path and is a lifetime member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Gino is the CEO and founder of Cozy, the company on a mission to bring peace of mind to renters, property managers, and landlords everywhere. Before Cozy, he led design teams at Splunk, Flickr, and Kosmix.
Mara is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard. On Switchboard people ask for what they need and offer what they have to give within a community they trust. She started Switchboard because she forgot the password to the alumni database at her alma mater, and this effectively shut her out of that network. She thought this was crazy.
Although he is a fresh face among the UX community, Andrew Zusman has made a splash. A man of many hats, Andrew is a writer, speaker, and designer. After careers as an historian focused on social and intellectual history and an author of several educational books, Andrew discovered user experience design and describes his attachment to the field as an addiction. Andrew studied experience design at Israel’s Netcraft Academy and has since worked as a user experience designer in Israel.
Cathy Zwicker is a mom, artist + seamstress that lives and works in SE Portland. Under the name Bossa Nova Baby, she creates one of a kind clothing and accessories using screen printing and both machine and hand embroidery.