Here’s the list of the big hitters stepping up to the plate for SmashingConf San Francisco! Keep checking back for more exciting reveals and announcements, we’ll be covering all bases with this stellar line up.
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.
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.
Manuel Lima is an interaction designer, information architect and design researcher. He currently works as a Senior User Experience Designer at Nokia's NextGen Software & Services in London. Manuel is also a frequent speaker in conferences and festivals around the world, on the topic of Information Visualization, in particular the visualization of complex networks.
Marcy Sutton is a Senior Front-End Engineer at Deque Systems, where she works on the aXe-core team focusing on accessibility test integrations. Marcy is passionate about making the web accessible for everyone. She’s an active contributor to Angular, where she regularly brings her accessibility expertise to the table. Her blog, Accessibility Wins, highlights accessible user interfaces and tools, bringing a positive voice to web development.
Sarah is an award-winning Manager of UX Design & Engineering at Trulia and staff writer at CSS-Tricks. She’s given a Frontend Masters workshop on Advanced SVG Animations, and is working for a book for O’Reilly on SVG Animations. She has worked for 15 years as a web developer and designer, and at points worked as a Scientific Illustrator and a Undergraduate Professor, and has tutored a Byzantine Icon painter in Santorini. Sarah has also taught a literacy program for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.
Nathan Curtis has been swimming in the deep end of the UX pool since 1996, when he started focusing his creative energies on IA, ID, usability, and front-end development. Nathan authored Modular Web Design and has presented and led daylong workshops for years on the topics of design systems, component and pattern libraries, sketching, and design communications.
He’s also an entrepreneur at heart, having founded EightShapes, a UX design agency headquartered in Washington, DC.
After graduating as an astronomer, Nadieh became a data scientist finding insights in the vast amounts of data that are hidden within many companies. It took a few years, but she finally figured out that she loved the visualization of the data and insights even more than the analysis itself.
Since then, she has been spending most of her evening and weekends reading about the subject, creating personal projects, and sharing lessons learned from her experiments on her blog, VisualCinnamon.com. These days she’s even working on data visualization full-time during the day in the front-end team of Adyen.
Her favorite data visualizations border on the data art side while still conveying insights.
Tim is a 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.
He wrote 'Implementing Responsive Design: Building sites for an anywhere, everywhere web' and was a contributing author for the Web Performance Daybook Volume 2.
Rachel Andrew is a front and back-end web developer, author and speaker. She has written several web development books, including chapters for two Smashing Books and is an A List Apart columnist, writing about the business of web development. She also writes about business and technology on her own site at rachelandrew.co.uk. In addition to offering consultancy services through the company she founded in 2001 – edgeofmyseat.com – Rachel is also one of the developers of the content management system, Perch.
Christian Holst is the co-founder of the Baymard Institute (2009) where he conducts large scale e-commerce usability studies, have published 5 research reports based on 7 years of user testing, and is consulting several Fortune 500 and leading e-commerce players on UX optimization.
Erika Hall is the author of Just Enough Research. In 2001, she co-founded Mule Design Studio in San Francisco where she is the Director of Strategy. Erika speaks and writes frequently about cross-disciplinary collaboration and the importance of natural language in user interfaces. In her spare time, she battles empty corporate jargon at Unsuck It.
In 2000, Jason Grigsby got his first mobile phone. He became obsessed with how the world could be a better place if everyone had access to the world's information in their pockets. But WAP was crap so he headed back to the desktop web for several years. Now Jason spends far too much time thinking about mobile. Jason is a mobile strategist, co-founder of Cloudfour.com and frequently speaks about mobile technology and strategy.