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Kristina Halvorson is the CEO and founder of Brain Traffic, a world-renowned content strategy consultancy. Brain Traffic delivers content strategy, large-scale audits, and digital content development to clients around the world. Their team of strategists includes some of the best-known names in the content strategy community, and their work continues to redefine and evolve industry best practices.
Steve works at SpeedCurve on the interplay between performance and design. He previously served as Google's Head Performance Engineer, Chief Performance Yahoo!, and Chief Performance Officer at Fastly. Steve has pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, the HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly.
Patty cares about designing quality responsive websites with performance in mind. She works as a partner at Filament Group and has more than fifteen years consulting experience with corporate and institutional clients, with a focus on communicating complex messages across a range of media.
Patty's expertise lies in developing robust information and communication strategies, including branding, constituent analysis, information architecture and system design, and writing. Prior to founding Filament Group, Patty worked at ZEFER Corp., US Peace Corps, Kohn Cruikshank Inc. and Harvard Business School.
Trent Walton is founder and 1/3 of Paravel, a custom web design and development shop based out of the Texas Hill Country. In his spare time, Trents writes about what he learns at his blog, and on Twitter. Trent’s wife has put him on a font allowance.
Rachel Andrew is a front and back-end web developer, author and speaker. She has written several web development books, including chapters for two Smashing Books and is an A List Apart columnist, writing about the business of web development. She also writes about business and technology on her own site at rachelandrew.co.uk. In addition to offering consultancy services through the company she founded in 2001 – edgeofmyseat.com – Rachel is also one of the developers of the content management system, Perch.
Jake works in Google Chrome’s developer relations team, working on specs, testing implementations, and ensuring developers have tools to make their jobs less painful. He’s a big fan of time-to-render
optimisations, progressive enhancement, and all of that responsive stuff.
Andrew Clarke is a designer, author and speaker known for his design work, books, conference presentations, and contributions to the web design industry.
Jeffrey Zeldman (the godfather of web standards) once called him a “triple-talented bastard.” If you know Jeffrey, you’ll know how happy that made Andrew.
Over the last sixteen years, Andrew has made designs for amazing clients and written two books, Transcending CSS and Hardboiled Web Design. Andrew has given over 50 conference presentations, and hosted workshops and training events for other web professionals all over the world.
Andy is a user experience designer, partner at Clearleft and curator of dConstruct and UX London. He is one of the founding partners at Clearleft and also plays a supporting role at Fontdeck. As a leading authority on interaction design, Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like The Web 2.0 Expo, An Event Apart and SXSW. dConstruct is one of the most popular design conferences in the UK. UX London is the UK's first dedicated usability, information architecture and user experience design event. Andy is also the driving force behind Silverback, a low-cost usability testing tool for the Mac.
Aaron Draplin is a designer and founder of Draplin Design Co. (DDC), located in the mighty Pacific Northwest. The DDC has rolled up its sleeves on a number of projects related to print, identity, web development, and illustration. Priding itself on raftsmanship and quality, the DDC has made stuff for Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Red Wing, Burton Snowboards, Ford Motor Co., Hughes Entertainment, and even the Obama Administration.
Peter Smart is a designer, speaker, and writer from the UK, working with global organizations to drive innovation through user-centered design.
Peter has a reputation for pushing boundaries and doing creative things with the web, from travelling 2,517 miles to solve 50 Problems in 50 Days using design, to co-creating ViziCities: visualizing real-world cities in realtime using big data and the power of the web.
Peter is a contributing author to two books on design and regularly writes on UX and best practice.
Can you guess who the Mystery Speaker will be this time?