A big thanks to all the fantastic speakers for taking their time to share their experiences and knowledge at the Smashing Conference. Make sure to visit their blogs or websites, and also follow them on Twitter for updates.
Aarron Walter is the lead user experience designer for MailChimp, where he socializes with primates and ponders ways to make interfaces more human. Aarron is the author of Designing for Emotion, the purple stripe in the rainbow of knowledge from A Book Apart. He lives with his wife and son in Athens, Georgia, and is a wannabe barista. He tweets about design under the moniker @aarron on Twitter.
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. He runs a responsive web design newsletter and also curates WTF Mobile Web, a site that teaches by example what not to do when working with the mobile web. He is passionate about mobile and is constantly tweeting and writing about it.
Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time to making the Web better. Originally from a radio journalism background, he built his first website from scratch in around 1997, and he spent the following years working on a lot of large international websites, and a few years at Yahoo building products and training people; he is now at Mozilla.
Chris has written and contributed to four books on Web development and has written many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more.
Jake Archibald is a developer at Lanyrd specialising in client-side stuff, although dabbles in a bit of Django. He built their mobile web app which went for ambitious device support rather than "Webkit only thank-you-please". He's keen on web performance, developing Sprite Cow to help ease the pain of sprite sheets, and started a blog way after blogs stopped being cool.
Jeremy Keith makes websites. He is responsible for the death of the trees used to print the books DOM Scripting, Bulletproof Ajax and, most recently, HTML5 for Web Designers. He also shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Originally from Ireland, Jeremy now lives in Brighton, England where he pretends to work with Clearleft. Peas grow there.
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.
Josh spends his time thinking about, designing and building things that live at the intersection of form, function and aesthetic. He is principal designer at Twitter and is the co-creator of 52 Weeks of UX, Ffffallback and Shares. He is also an advisor and mentor at The Designer Fund.
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. Lea studied Computer Science in Athens University of Economics and Business, where she co-organized and occasionally lectured a cutting edge Web development course for 4th year undergrads. She is one of the few misfits who love code and design almost equally.
Mark Boulton is a graphic designer living in South Wales, UK with his wife and two daughters. He 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
Nicole is a front-end performance consultant, CSS aficionado, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with many companies including Facebook, Salesforce, the W3C, Adobe, Paypal, and Box. She is the co-creator of Smush.it, an image optimization service in the cloud, and CSS Lint, a tool that helps correct common CSS errors before they are pushed to production. She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites.
She co-authored The Web Performance Daybook, Vol 2 and Even Faster Websites and blogs at http://stubbornella.org. She speaks at conferences including jsconf, Velocity Conference, Web Directions, CSS Summit, An Event Apart, Webstock, jsconf.eu, SXSW, and Fronteers.
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). Today, iA has offices in Tokyo, Zurich and Berlin. iA is known for its Web Trend Map and the best selling writing ecosystem "iA Writer." iA’s client list includes, among others, Zeit Online, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Ringier, Krone, Internazionale, Freitag, Tages-Anzeiger, Pro7Sat1, and SBS.
Paul Boag has been working on the Web since 1993. He is Web Strategist at Headscape Ltd, a Web design agency that he cofounded back in 2002. Paul also produces and hosts the longest-running and award-winning Web design podcast at boagworld. He is a regular speaker at conferences and author of Client-Centric Web Design.
Rachel Andrew is a front- and back-end Web developer, author and speaker. Her books include the bestselling CSS Anthology for SitePoint, and she is a regular contributor to a number of publications both online and off, including Smashing Magazine. She writes about business and technology on her own website.
Stephen has been designing and developing for the Web since 1995. He currently helps clients with front-end design and development, multi-platform strategy and accessibility through his consultancy, Zero Interface. Aside from his client work, he can be found speaking at industry events about Web design-related topics such as CSS layout and responsive design workflow.
Stephen is co-organizer of Mobilism, one of the world’s leading mobile Web development conferences. He is also co-creator of Grip Workshops, a series of two-day intensive workshops for Web project managers on the client side.
Stephen has written for publications including A List Apart and .net Magazine. He also coauthored the Smashing Book 3 with a host of super-talented folks. When he makes the time for it, he publishes his thoughts on The Haystack.
Tim Ahrens is a type designer based in Berlin, where he runs Just Another Foundry with Shoko Mugikura. As a former architect, he is interested in the interplay between technology and design. He develops design software such as the Font Remix Tools and Web applications such as the FontFonter. Since 2010, he has been working as a consultant for Typekit.