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Jonathan is a designer and developer from Ottawa, Canada. He writes about tips, tricks, and bookmarks on Snook.ca and has written the successful, self-published book, Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS.
Val is a designer and web animation consultant with a talent for getting designers and developers alike excited about the power of animation. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations and the upcoming Designing Interface Animations.
She curates the UI Animation Newsletter, hosts the All The Right Moves screencast, and co-hosts the Motion and Meaning podcast. Val leads workshops at companies and conferences around the world on motion design for the web and loves every minute of it.
Californian by birth and Dutchman by choice, Stephen is an art director, designer and writer. He designed and built his first website in 1995 while art directing for a design firm. He left print behind. The things that happened after that could turn a conference bio into a book—a thriller, even. Stephen is now Senior UX Design Lead at online auction house Catawiki.
Stephen wrote the book Responsive Design Workflow, which is all about content first, progressive enhancement, low-fi wireframing, and browser-based prototyping.
Jen is a Designer and Developer Advocate at Mozilla, where she advocates for web standards and researches the coming revolution in graphic design on the web. Besides designing for the web, Jen has years of experience designing for live performance and for print. Her projection and lighting design work has shown at theaters including the BAM Next Wave Festival, the National Theater of Belgrade, The Off Center, and Jump-Start Performance Co.
Her short films toured film festivals around the globe, including RESFEST, Media That Matters, and on MTV Television. She taught digital media to high school kids in San Antonio and film production to college students in Philadelphia. Jen earned a MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.
Peter Sunde, born of Finnish and Norwegian heritage, works mostly with projects that can change society and deals a lot with questions regarding immaterial rights. He's done a lot of projects around this concept, most notably The Pirate Bay.
Jessica Svendsen is a designer working in identity, book and exhibition design, and illustration. Currently based in San Francisco, California, she previously worked at Pentagram in New York for Michael Bierut and at Apple on the global communications team.
She has worked with a range of clients, including Charlie Rose, Errol Morris, Kinfolk, The New York Times, NYU Abu Dhabi, MIT Technology Review, Selldorf Architects, and the Yale School of Architecture. Jessica also taught typography as adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School and the Pratt Institute.
Maciej Ceglowski is the founder and sole employee of Pinboard, a personal web archive and bookmarking site with an emphasis on user privacy. He's been an outspoken advocate the decentralized, open web as a counterweight to the excesses of Silicon Valley startup culture.
Before founding Pinboard in 2009, Ceglowski worked as an engineer at a variety of tech companies, most notably Yahoo. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Laura is a UI/UX designer who works with developers to make their websites look as good as the code behind them. She also runs Design Academy which aims to help developers conquer their fear of design.
Jeremy Keith is an Irish web developer living in Brighton, England where he works with the web consultancy firm Clearleft. He wrote the books DOM Scripting, Bulletproof Ajax, and most recently, HTML5 For Web Designers.
Tammy Everts has spent the past two decades working in the user experience space, studying the impact of design, usability, and web performance on end users. For the past several years, her research has focused on the technical, business, and human sides of web/application performance.
Tammy currently serves as senior researcher and evangelist at SOASTA, where she manages the web performance blog The Performance Beacon. She is writing book – “Time Is Money: The Business Value of Web Performance” – for O'Reilly Media.
Marcin Wichary is a designer and developer working at Medium in San Francisco. Prior to Medium, Marcin spent a year as a fellow at Code for America, helping with criminal justice technology and bringing urban design closer to people. He designed his first typeface in 1995 and he’s very glad he lost all the files in a subsequent hard drive crash, because boy, it didn’t look very good (his words, not ours).
Ulrika has been passionate about testing for almost a decade and has worked with test on a bunch of different products, using both exploratory and automated testing. She believes that when creating good systems, everyone needs to care about quality and think about it from the very beginning and she loves to have the conversation on how you can do that.
Even though testing might be Ulrika’s favourite topic, she takes great pride in the fact that she "speaks programmer" and enjoys most topics when it comes to software development.
Adrian Zumbrunnen is an independent UX Designer, writer, and coffee enthusiast currently residing in Zurich. At present, he is design tinkering at Google where he’s worked on products like Google Shopping and more recently, Google Maps. Prior to being an independent designer, he was at Information Architects where he worked for various clients in the industry. (and globally/ in Switzerland)?
Christian Holst is an user experience engineer with a master's degree from the Technical University of Denmark. He has worked with designing user experiences in both the hearing aid and the credit card industry before co-founding Baymard Institute 2009.