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Aarron Walter founded the UX practice at MailChimp and helped shape the product for 8 years. He's recently struck out on his own as a product consultant. His design guidance has helped the White House, the US Department of State, and dozens of major corporations, startups and venture capitalists.
Umar is a front-end web developer at Shazam based in London, with a focus on writing tips, tutorials and documentation for the web platform. One of the projects he plans to explore and share with the community is using tooling such as the Chrome DevTools for an improved development workflow, but also for debugging performance issues.
Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies.
Vasilis van Gemert works as a lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Amsterdam, where he teaches the next generation of digital product designers how to design things with the web as a material. Before he became a lecturer he worked as a principal front-end developer for large and small clients in The Netherlands.
Every now and then he publishes articles on his own blog, or on Smashing Magazine, Web Designer Magazine and Net Magazine. Today he only creates websites for himself. This not only means that he can use any new feature he wants, it also means he is able to investigate things that might not seem very interesting. Most of the time this turns out to be true. But not always.
Chris Shiflett is a web craftsman and partner at Fictive Kin, where he wears many hats. Most people know him as the co-founder of Brooklyn Beta, a conference he hosted from 2010 until 2014.
He blogs at shiflett.org, and tweets at @shiflett on Twitter. He has written two books — Essential PHP Security and HTTP Developer’s Handbook — and is speaking at conferencess such as Webstock, OSCON, and South by Southwest.
Chris is a front-end developer at Campaign Monitor in Sydney, where he makes software which simplifies creating elegant email campaigns.
He loves writing about and experimenting with CSS and learning in the open. He is interested in the bridge between web disciplines and how we can create better cross-functional teams with shared understanding. He loves hiking and enjoys experiencing the great outdoors.
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.
Jon Setzen designed and coded his first website in 1995 and over the years has worked with everyone from Alicia Keys to Nikon to MoMA. For many years he also designed rock posters, which were exhibited in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Tokyo and beyond.
For the past four years, he has been the Creative and UX Director at Media Temple, where he led redesigns of the company’s website and Account Center. In addition to his day job, Jon also creates branding and packaging design for select clients and continues to run the Los Angeles chapter of CreativeMornings which he has hosted since 2010.
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.
Alla is an interaction designer at an open education startup, FutureLearn. She's interested in how design relates to other disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, and architecture. Alla is an occasional contributor to design publications, such as A List Apart, and an owner of several vintage robots.
Hannah Donovan is a product designer and speaker based in New York City. She’s worked at the intersection of design, music and technology for the last decade, and currently leads product design at Drip.
Previously, Hannah was VP Product Design at Ripcord (a product incubator funded by MTV), co-founded This Is My Jam with incubation from The Echo Nest, led design at Last.fm in London, and designed for youth-focused brands in Toronto.
She’s a classically trained cellist who loves hip-hop and R&B, as well as a classically trained graphic designer who loves bold patterns, clashing textures and type. She also loves tigers, but isn’t classically trained to tame them.
Heydon is a writer and inclusive design consultant. He is interested in accessible design systems and algorithmic interface layouts. He tweets as @heydonworks and is an external editor for Smashing Magazine. He also wrote the book Apps For All.
Over 25 years, Tobias Frere-Jones has established himself as one of the world’s leading typeface designers, creating some of the world’s most widely used typefaces, including Interstate, Poynter Oldstyle, Whitney, Gotham, Surveyor, Tungsten and Retina.
Frere-Jones received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art in 1996 and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2006, The Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague (KABK) awarded him the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs, for his contributions to typographic design, writing and education. In 2013 he received the AIGA Medal, in recognition of exceptional achievements in the field of design. Tobias launched his new type design practice, Frere-Jones Type, in January 2015
Can you guess who is going to be the Mystery Speaker this time?