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.
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 on 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.
Jason Grigsby is cofounder of Cloud Four, a small web agency in Portland, Oregon. Jason was part of the team that worked on the Obama ‘08 iPhone app, founded Mobile Portland and the first open device lab, and was a signatory to the Future Friendly Web Manifesto. When he was young, Jason whistled at 1,200 baud, was utterly unimpressed when first introduced to Mosaic, and was bit by the mobile bug in 2000, when WAP was crap. Jason coauthored Head First Mobile Web for O’Reilly. He participated in the Responsive Images Community Group and has written numerous articles on how to use responsive images. He is currently obsessed with the potential of progressive web apps.