Aarron Walter is the Director of User Experience at MailChimp, where he strives to make software more human. Aarron is the author of Designing for Emotion from A Book Apart. Aarron taught design at colleges in the US and Europe for nearly a decade, and speaks at conferences around the world. His design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of startups and venture capitalists. He tweets about design under the moniker @aarron on Twitter.
Brian Suda is a master informatician working to make the web a better place little by little every day. He was an invited expert in the W3C's GRDDL working group and wrote the book Designing with Data. Looking into the future and across many disciplines, he's able to spot trends and ride the wave along with the early adopters. His own little patch of Internet is http://suda.co.uk, where many of his past projects and crazy ideas can be found.
In 2005, Jesse gained worldwide attention for coining the term “Ajax” and defining the concepts behind this emerging trend in web technology. Since then, Ajax has become one of the driving forces in Web product design, and Jesse’s leadership role in this trend has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek.
Jesse is a frequent speaker, addressing audiences around the world on product design, user experience and innovation. Jesse is a co-founder of Adaptive Path, a user experience strategy and design firm, and co-founded the Information Architecture Institute.
Eva-Lotta is a User Experience Designer and Illustrator, grew up in Germany, worked in Paris, and is now based in London, where she works as an Interaction Designer at Google. Eva-Lotta regularly takes sketchnotes at various design conferences and has published her visual notes in a series of books.
She also teaches sketching and is interested in exploring the area of Visual Improvisation - looking at the parallels between sketching and improvisation to explore how some of the principles from her regular theater improvisation practice can be used to inspire visual work.
Scott Jehl is a web designer and developer who works with the bright folks at Filament Group, where he creates websites and applications for a range of clients (including the recent responsive design of the Boston Globe). Scott is an active contributor to the open source community, frequently releasing ideas and projects on Github that focus around accessible, sustainable, and performance-oriented practices for cross-device development. Scott enjoys writing and speaking about web design, having co-authored the book Designing with Progressive Enhancement in 2010. Scott is also a jQuery team member, most recently leading the development of the jQuery Mobile project.
Fabio Carneiro is an Email & User Experience Designer at MailChimp, where he spends his days neck-deep in HTML email, designing and developing versatile, responsive templates for more than 4 million MailChimp users. He loves helping others conquer email design, and has given talks at the Atlanta Web Design Group, ConvergeSE, and Litmus, recorded a course for Treehouse, and shared his expertise with publications like Smashing Magazine.
Jonathan Snook writes about tips, tricks and bookmarks on his blog. He has also written for A List Apart, 24ways, and .net magazine, and he has coauthored two books, The Art and Science of CSS and Accelerated DOM Scripting. Most recently, Snook has written the eBook SMACSS, sharing his experience and best practices on CSS architecture. Jonathan also works on the design team at Shopify.
Divya is one of those talented, hard-working and friendly Web craftsmen who care a lot about what they do and how they do it. She has been contributing to many open source projects such as HTML5 Please, HTML5 Boilerplate and Move the Web forward, worked at Opera as a Web opener, and now works at Adobe as a product manager. She also like writing DMs on Twitter in all caps.
Oliver Reichenstein studied philosophy in Basel and Paris. He worked as brand consultant for Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux for four years. In 2003, he moved to Tokyo where he founded his design agency, Information Architects iA).
Information Architects was founded in 2005 in Tokyo. It quickly grew into “one of the most famous design agencies in the world” (Corriere Della Sera). Today, iA has offices in Tokyo, Zurich and Berlin. iA’s client list includes, among others, Zeit Online, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Ringier, Krone, Internazionale, Freitag, Tages-Anzeiger, Pro7Sat1, and SBS. With over 1,000,000 apps sold, iA Writer has become the best selling writing app for iPhone, iPad and Mac behind Apple’s own Pages.
Syracuse, NY native Dan Rose is a User Interface Designer at WSOL. His affinity for workflow and Photoshoppery led him to create Photoshop Etiquette, a guide to discernible web design. Dan serves as the Graphics section editor for Smashing Magazine, and is the pioneer of events such as Syracuse Sync and Create Upstate. On Twitter he's @dblizzy.
Meagan is a Web designer living in New York. She is probably one of the nicest people in the industry, helping, sharing and caring about what she does and how she crafts websites. Meagan also has a lot of respect for owls who are smart and creative creatures.
Jonathan Hoefler is a typeface designer and founded The Hoefler Type Foundry. Named one of the forty most influential designers in America by I.D. Magazine, Hoefler's publishing work includes award-winning original typeface designs for Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and many more. Perhaps his best known work is the Hoefler Text family of typefaces, designed for Apple Computer and now appearing everywhere as part of the Macintosh operating system.
Andy builds websites and Web applications. He currently works in the software architecture team at the Guardian. Formerly at Clearleft, Microsoft and Multimap where he has worked on projects for the BBC, Mozilla, Gumtree, Channel 4. Sometimes he writes articles for .net Magazine, and Computer Arts Projects, and speaks at conferences like South By Southwest, Responsive Day Out, and Edge.
Cassie is a designer at Mozilla, working on the Webmaker project to help enable Web users everywhere to become web makers. She also started Women && Tech, made lots of things you can see in her design portfolio, and has published a lot about design, technology, and even some fiction and poetry.
Mark Boulton runs a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, working with clients such as ESPN, CERN, Al Jazeera and Drupal. In the past, he worked for the BBC and Agency.com, designing experiences for all manner of clients and people across the world. He also runs a small publishing imprint, Five Simple Steps, and a tool for making grids for web: Gridset.
Ann is an unemployed actress reduced to homelessness by the Great Depression. Rescued from the streets by filmmaker Carl Denham, she's been travelling with him to Skull Island aboard the tramp steamer S.S. Venture and met a love interest in the ship's first mate, Jack Driscoll.
Once on the island, she's been captured by natives who subsequently offered her as a sacrifice to Kong, whom they worship as a God. Despite Ann's sheer terror, Kong fell in love with her and took her to his home inside a massive cavern atop Skull Mountain. She's been rescued from the cavern by Driscoll and his comrades, only to be ruthlessly pursued back to the native village by an enraged Kong, who would stop at nothing to get her back. As a result, an intense battle ensued, culminating in the destruction of much of the village and ultimately, the gigantic ape's live capture. Currently Ann is an unemployed actress.
Can you guess who is going to be the Mystery Speaker?