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.
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.
Dan Mall is a designer from Philadelphia, an enthralled husband and new dad, Founder & Design Director at SuperFriendly. He is the co-founder of Typedia, The Businessology Show, and swfIR. He was formerly Design Director at Big Spaceship, Interactive Director at Happy Cog and a technical editor for A List Apart.
Having worked with clients like Google, Lucasfilm, Microsoft, GE, Wrigley, The Mozilla Foundation, Thomson Reuters, and The Sherwin-Williams Company, he has a passion for playing matchmaker between surprising art direction and intuitive interaction design.
A designer, photographer, and user experience advocate, Dan Rubin speaks at conferences and teaches workshops around the world on various topics, as well as having worked with clients including MailChimp, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Meebo, Geffen/Universal, and IDEO.
Following a stint as Creative Director for MOO.COM in London, Dan currently works with clients around the world through webgraph, a design, branding, strategy, and development studio he co-founded in 1999.
David Březina is a Czech type designer and typographer, writer, lecturer, the impresario of TypeTalks conference, and co-founder and director of the Rosetta typefoundry. He got Masters degrees in Informatics (Masaryk University, Brno) and Typeface Design (University of Reading, UK). From 2004 to 2007 he also ran his own design studio, with projects in graphic, web, and interface design. He has been giving various type workshops around Europe (notably at the University of Reading).
You may know him as a designer of the award-winning type family Skolar. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin.
Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, illustrator, speaker, and author. His work is regularly featured in books, blogs, and magazines, and his portfolio includes projects for clients such as Virgin, Microsoft, Smashing Magazine and MailChimp. A common face on the speaking circuit, Elliot gives talks at design events across the globe, including An Event Apart, Brooklyn Beta, Future of Web Design, South by Southwest, and Web Directions.
He writes for publications such as .Net, Computer Arts, and Codex: The Journal of Typography, is the author of Sexy Web Design (Sitepoint, 2008), and sits on the judging panels of design competitions, as well as Smashing Magazine’s Experts Panel.
Elliot is the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces co-founder of Viewport Industries. He lives and works in the countryside between Bristol and Bath, England.
Ethan lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and is passionate about beautiful design, elegant code, and the intersection of the two. He is a popular and experienced speaker, having been featured at An Event Apart, Carsonified Workshop, and South by Southwest, and co-hosts the Handcrafted CSS seminar series with Dan Cederholm.
Belfast-based Portuguese web designer and author Inayaili de León is Lead Web Designer at Canonical — the company behind Ubuntu — where she focuses on establishing and evangelizing the brands’ visual direction online. Through her blog and articles for sites like 24 Ways and Smashing Magazine, she has established herself as an advocate of clean, semantic HTML and CSS.
Inayaili is a member of .net Magazine and Smashing Magazine’s Expert Panel, and the author of "Pro CSS for High Traffic Websites (Apress, 2011), a book that explores the challenges of working in large teams on websites that receive considerable traffic. She loves cats and naps.
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.
James is a filmmaker, co-director and producer of the "Indie Game: The Movie", a documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. After two successful Kickstarter funds, together with Lisanne Pajot, James interviewed prominent indie developers within the community. In the movie, Lisanne and James show game development in the "past, present and future" tenses through each individual's story.
Jason is a graphic designer living in sunny Brooklyn, New York. He is the co-founder and creative director of the collaborative writing platform @Editorially; a faculty member in the MFA Interaction Design program at SVA; a co-founder of A Book Apart; and the founder of Typedia, a shared encyclopedia of typefaces online.
Previously, he served as vice president of AIGA/NY and as creative director for A List Apart and Typekit. He’s worked for clients such as AIGA, The Chicago Tribune, Housing Works, Miramax Films, The New York Stock Exchange, PBS, The United Nations, and WordPress, with a focus on designing websites that balance beauty and usability.
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.
Lisanne is a filmmaker, co-director and producer of the "Indie Game: The Movie", a documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. After two successful Kickstarter funds, together with James Swirsky, Lisanne interviewed prominent indie developers within the community. In the movie, Lisanne and James show game development in the "past, present and future" tenses through each individual's story.
Luke is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc. a Internet start-up focused on creating big value from micro mobile interactions. Prior to this, Luke was the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Bagcheck which was acquired by Twitter just nine months after being launched publicly.
Before he was founding start-up companies, Luke was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital, the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo!, Lead User Interface Designer at eBay, and a Senior Interface Designer at NCSA: the birthplace of the first popular graphical Web browser, NCSA Mosaic.
Luke is the author of three popular Web design books Mobile First, Web Form Design and Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability in addition to many articles about digital product design and strategy. He is also a co-founder and former Board member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Luke also founded LukeW Ideation & Design, a product strategy and design consultancy, and taught graduate interface design courses at the University of Illinois.
Natalie co-founded Lanyrd on her honeymoon with her husband Simon. Before co-founding a funded and Y Combinator backed startup, she worked as a senior client-side engineer at Clearleft in Brighton, UK. Today, she juggles leading Product Design, client-side engineering and UX on the project with building the company and wearing many hats. If Natalie had any time for hobbies, she would enjoy pottery, yoga, writing and flying her kite.
Nicolas is a front-end engineer at Twitter. He leads several open source software projects — Normalize.css, HTML5 Boilerplate, SUIT — and is most interested in front-end architecture and tooling. He studied Anthropology before unintentionally starting to code in 2007.
Nishant Kothary is the co-founder of Minky, a design and technology company based in Seattle, WA. After cutting his teeth as a Program Manager at Amazon.com on projects like Instant Video & the original Kindle, Nishant honed his multidisciplinary skills at Microsoft as a Web Strategist.
Tim is an independent Web developer living in northern Wisconsin with his wife and three daughters. He is very passionate about the Web and can frequently be found speaking about what he’s learned at a variety of Web conferences.