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Andrew Clarke is an art director and web designer at the UK website design studio ‘Stuff and Nonsense.’ There he designs websites and applications for clients from around the world. Based in North Wales, Andrew’s also the author of two web design books, ‘Transcending CSS’ and ‘Hardboiled Web Design’ and is well known for his many conference presentations and over ten years of contributions to the web design industry. Jeffrey Zeldman once called him a “triple talented bastard.” If you know of Jeffrey, you’ll know how happy that made him.
Anna is a freelance front-end developer based in London. She was awarded Young Developer of the Year by Netmag in 2013. She's written a book on Front End Style Guides, and co-hosts a pocast with Brad Frost on Style Guides. When she's not playing on them, she's researching the browsers on game consoles.
Chris is a web designer and developer. He writes about all thing web at CSS-Tricks, talks about all things web at conferences around the world and on his podcast ShopTalk, and co-founded the web coding playground CodePen.
Zoe is a Web designer and developer specializing in Responsive Web design, user experience, and Web accessibility techniques to maximize usability, device compatibility, and awesomeness. She loves creating sites that work for as many people and devices as possible.
She is an experienced Web designer and technical author who specializes in visual design, CSS, and accessibility. She is the author of the New Riders books Stunning CSS3: A Project-based Guide to the Latest in CSS and Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS and the video training title Web Accessibility Principles for lynda.com. She currently works as a UX designer for Booking.com.
Patrick is a senior engineer at the Financial Times in London where – amongst other things – he is helping to build the next generation of their web platform. Prior to the FT he spent had the last 3 years developing theguardian.com. When not speaking or ranting about performance he enjoys spending his spare time discovering new food and craft beer.
Jina Bolton is a Senior Product Designer at Salesforce UX, where she helps design and develop systems for enterprise software. She also loves Sass; she leads Team Sass Design, an open source task force that redesigned the Sass brand and website. Jina also organizes the San Francisco Sass Meet Up, The Mixin. She coauthored two books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS. Previously, she has worked with rad companies including Apple, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely.
Joe is the author of the book Psychology of Designers. A recovering neuroscientist, then a spell as a elementary school teacher, Joe started his UX career 12 years ago. He has worked with organisations like Disney, eBay, Glenfiddich and Marriott.
Brendan Dawes is a designer exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using form and code with an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials.
Ever since his first experiences with the humble ZX81 back in the early eighties, Brendan has continued to explore the interplay of people, code, design and art through his work on brendandawes.com where he publishes ideas, toys and projects created from an eclectic mix of digital and analog objects.
His work is featured in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester School of Art.
Leisa is the Head of User Research at the UK Government Digital Service in the Cabinet Office, HM Government. She leads a team of researchers who work in agile, multidisciplinary digital teams to help continuously connect the people who design products with the people who will use them and support experimentation and ongoing learning in product design.
Her background is in user-centred design, design research, and information architecture. Before joining the public sector she was a freelance consultant and worked with clients including Virgin Atlantic, BBC, SonyBMG, HSBC, The Economist, Drupal, and the University of Surrey.
Seb Lester is a designer and artist based in the UK. He has developed logos and type illustrations for some of the world’s biggest companies, publications and events, including the likes of NASA, Apple, The New York Times and The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
An obsession with calligraphy has pushed his work in exciting directions. In four years he has become one of the highest profile calligraphers in the world with over one million followers on social media websites.
Previously a Senior Type Designer at Monotype for nine years he developed custom typefaces for many familiar brands including British Airways, Intel, The Daily Telegraph and H&M.
He is passionate about letterforms stating "I find the Latin alphabet to be one of mankind's most beautiful and profound creations".
Originally from Norway, Espen has spent the majority of his career bridging the gap between traditional graphic design and the internet. He is co-founder and Creative Director of Primate, a small Edinburgh based web agency driven by a love of creativity, curiosity for technology, and a belief that great clients are born from honest relationships.
Andrew Tider is an artist, entrepreneur, and comedian. His work runs the gamut from a mobile app that delivers food to your stadium seat, to a line of plush toys inspired by different sexual fantasies. He currently teaches in a Masters Degree program at City College in NYC with a focus on Ethical Creativity and Communication.
Jeff Greenspan is the former Chief Creative Officer of BuzzFeed. He’s also held creative leadership positions at Facebook and BBDO NY. His personal projects, such as NYC’s Tourist Lanes and Hipster Traps, The World’s Most Exclusive Website, and Selfless Portraits, have received millions of views online and extensive worldwide press coverage.
As a freelance creative team, the two help brands create the most engaging ways to communicate with the world. They also work together on art projects that attempt to start meaningful discourse. Most recently, these include cementing a 4-foot statue of Edward Snowden onto a Revolutionary War memorial in a Brooklyn park, and becoming “freelance surveillance agents on behalf of the NSA” as part of WeAreAlwaysListening.com.
The duo will share some of what they’ve learned (from the rational to the ridiculous) as they’ve brought their self-initiated projects to life.