San Francisco Oct 29-31 2012
 

Speakers

Dave Benton

Dave Benton

Interactive Creative Director

metajive


Dave is the driving force behind metajive since its inception in 1999.  Dave headed to San Francisco to become a 'hired gun' for a handful of the big agencies in the city. Dave worked on everything he could get his hands on which included Disney, Banana Republic, Gap and Mike's Hard Lemonade.  After settling in Del Mar, California Dave developed metajive. Metajive's high-profile clients include Quiksilver, DC Shoes, NASCAR, Microsoft, State Farm and Virgin America. Metajive also works closely with agencies such as JUXT, Eleven Inc, DDB, Deutsch & Grip Ltd on their top-level accounts.

When Dave isn't working he's trying to catch a few waves.

Learn more on Dave’s background and expert insight.

Session:
The Device is the Message

Ilise Benun

Ilise Benun

Founder

Marketing Mentor


Ilise Benun is an author, consultant and national speaker, and the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com. Her books include “The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing, “Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive” and “The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money.” She is also the author of “The Designer’s Proposal Bundle.” She writes for HOW Magazine, Applied Arts, and many other outlets for creative professionals. You can sign up for her Quick Tips at www.marketing-mentortips.com or find her on Twitter @MMToolbox.

Session:
Business Bootcamp: Positioning, Proposals and Pricing for Interactive Projects

Paul Boag

Paul Boag

User Experience Consultant

Headscape, LTD


Paul Boag has been working on the web since 1993. He is a user experience consultant for Headscape Ltd, a web design agency that he founded back in 2002. Paul also produces and hosts the longest running and popular web design podcast at boagworld. He is a regular speaker at conferences and author of a number of books including Client Centric Web Design.
 
 
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Chris Butler

Chris Butler

Vice President

Newfangled


Christopher Butler is the Vice President of Newfangled, where he directs personnel and marketing and consults clients on their digital marketing strategy. In addition to speaking at events for HOW, Recourses, and the AIGA, Christopher is a prolific writer. His articles have been published in PRINT, HOW, Smashing Magazine, Salon, and elsewhere, and he is the author of The Strategic Web Designer: How to Confidently Navigate the Web Design Process.
 
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Jose Caballer

Jose Caballer

Chief Education Officer

The Skool


Jose is the co-founder of The Skool, an online education company that aims to teach the standard process for successful web projects. He studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design. He has worked with diverse clients such as Al Gore, Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and corporate client like Disney, Nike and Myspace.

Today he combines his 16 years of experience and his passion for teaching Web Design on his show This Week in Web Design. and in training thousands of students, freelancers, and professionals at TheSkoolRocks.com.
 
Sessions:
Why You are Here and How to Get the Most Out of the Next Few Days
Where Do I Go From Here?
Josh Clark

Josh Clark

Global Moxie


Josh Clark is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He's the author of Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps (O'Reilly, 2010) and Best iPhone Apps (O'Reilly, 2009). Josh's outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services, product invention workshops, and training to help creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a management consultant at Monitor Group in Cambridge, Mass, and before that, a producer of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)

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Chris Converse

Chris Converse

Partner, Designer, and Developer

Cōdify Design Studio


Chris Converse has 20 years of experience in graphic design and interactive media, with a unique focus on both design and development. Chris possesses development skills across such languages as PHP, ActionScript, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery, making his design execution optimal across various media.

In addition to design and development, Chris is a featured speaker at various industry-related conferences, including the HOW Design Conference, AIGA, Adobe MAX and Emerge. Look for his books on your favorite online bookstore, watch his videos on Lynda.com, download free templates on Adobe DevNet, and take his Responsive Web Design course on Udemy.com.  Learn more at  codifydesign.com/chris.

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Kam Diba

Kam Diba

VP of Digital Marketing and Media

GSN


Kam Diba is an award-winning creative marketer with 13+ years of design and marketing experience in emerging media: interactive, new media and experiential advertising. As the VP of digital marketing and media for GSN (a Sony Company), he spearheads the marketing strategy for the network across all digital platforms.

Prior to GSN, Diba was the digital creative director for NBC Universal, where he was the driving force behind the digital media produced for advertising and promotion of the network, as well as many other ancillary businesses of NBC Universal and Comcast.

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Donna Farrugia

Donna Farrugia

Executive Director

The Creative Group


Donna Farrugia is executive director of The Creative Group, a specialized staffing firm placing a comprehensive range of interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals with a variety of organizations. In this position, she manages operations for the firm’s locations in major markets throughout the United States and Canada. Donna has presented at industry events, including the HOW Design Conference, the American Advertising Federation National Conference and the American Marketing Association’s International Collegiate Conference. She also has delivered webinars for the American Advertising Federation and Graphic Artists Guild, and has contributed articles on career-related topics to various publications.

Donna has more than 25 years of marketing, business development and management experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, with a minor emphasis in systems analysis, operations research, accounting and psychology.

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Steve Fisher

Steve Fisher

UX Director

Yellow Pencil


Steve is an internationally renowned interactive designer, speaker and open source evangelist. He has done work for companies all over North America and travels the world talking about design, user experience and open source. Currently Steve is working as the UX Director for Yellow Pencil, serves as the national vice president of web for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and can be found hanging out with some of the core teams contributing to open source projects like Drupal. Steve likes running, fancy shirts and twitter. Find him at hellofisher.com.

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Laura Franz

Laura Franz

Associate Professor

UMass Dartmouth


An Associate Professor in the Design Department at UMass Dartmouth, Laura teaches a wide range of type classes — including a Web Typography class in The Graduate Certificate In Web and Interaction Design.

Inspired by the intersection of tradition and technology, Laura shares her web font recommendations on goodwebfonts.com and her typography knowledge via the book Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS (Wiley) and the course “Typography for Web Designers” (lynda.com).

A recent article for SmashingMagazine.com and an upcoming course for lynda.com have provided her with a good excuse to spend her afternoons with rare books and broadsides.

Learn more on Laura's background and expert insight.
 
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Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman

Director of Web Interface and Development

Astonish Results


Jesse Friedman is a veteran web strategist and developer who writes, teaches, speaks and works on WordPress. Jesse works as a professor at Johnson & Wales University and as the director of web interface and development at Astonish Results. When Jesse isn't working he's enjoying life with his family in Rhode Island. Look for Jesse's book Web Designer’s Guide to WordPress coming out this summer.
 
 
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Suzanne Ginsburg

Suzanne Ginsburg


Suzanne Ginsburg is a user experience consultant, speaker and writer based in San Francisco, California. She helps companies conceptualize and design software. She works with many different kinds of organizations, from established technology companies to start-ups, and regularly presents at meetups, UX book clubs, and conferences. Suzanne wrote Designing the iPhone User Experience (Addison-Wesley 2011) and maintains a blog about touchscreen design. She has also written for a variety of online magazines such as UX Magazine, Smashing Magazine, Johnny Holland, and UX Matters.  Suzanne has a Masters Degree in User Interface Design from UC Berkeley’s iSchool.

Session:
Improving Discoverability

Josh Goldblum

Josh Goldblum

Founding Principal

Bluecadet Interactive


Josh Goldblum is an Emmy Award Winning interactive strategist and the founding principal of Bluecadet Interactive.

Bluecadet has extensive experience designing and developing interactives that engage audiences and deliver multimedia content for artists, filmmakers, and non-governmental organizations. Our clients include National Park Service, American Revolution Center, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Doctors without Borders, National Geographic, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Our work has garnered numerous awards and recognition including an Emmy, an Ellie, a Knight Batton award, a Webby and a SXSW award.
 
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Kelly Goto

Kelly Goto

Principal

gotomedia.com, LLC


As an evangelist for “design ethnography,” Kelly Goto is dedicated to understanding how real people integrate products and services into their daily lives. She’s the principal of gotomedia.com, LLC, a global leader in research-driven, people-friendly interface design for web, mobile and product solutions; her clients include Seiko Epson Japan, Adobe, NetIQ, WebEx and CNET. Kelly is the author of Web Redesign 2.0: Workflow that Works – which is the standard for user-centered design principles – and the editor of gotomobile.com, a leading online publication on mobile user experience. She also serves on the board of the AIGA Center for Brand Experience.
 
 
Aaron Gustafson

Aaron Gustafson

Founder and Principal Consultant

Easy Designs


Aaron Gustafson is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Easy Designs, a web development consultancy. He is Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) where he has spearheaded both Web Standards Sherpa and a small business outreach effort.

Aaron wrote the JavaScript library eCSStender, served as Technical Editor for A List Apart, is a contributing writer for .net Magazine, and has filled a small library with his technical writing and editing credits. His latest book is Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement.
Karen McGrane

Karen McGrane

Managing Partner

Bond Art + Science


If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen McGrane would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For more than 15 years Karen has helped create more usable digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy. Today, as managing partner at Bond Art + Science, she develops web strategies and interaction designs for publishers, financial services firms and healthcare companies.

Prior to starting Bond, Karen built the user-centered design practice at Razorfish in her role as VP and national lead for user experience. Karen is also on the faculty of the MFA in Interaction Design program at SVA in New York, where she teaches Design Management, which aims to teach students how to run successful projects, teams, and businesses.

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Patrick McNeil

Patrick McNeil

Creator

DesignMeltdown.com


Patrick McNeil is a freelance writer, web developer, design lover and the creator of DesignMeltdown.com. He has diverse interests that have merged technology and design resulting in work that touches everything from high design to hard-core programming.  Ultimately his love for design, inspiration, and sharing knowledge has fueled his passion for running Design Meltdown and writing his bestselling book series The Web Designer’s Idea Book(s). Patrick is also the Content Director for the HOW Interactive Design blog and community.
 
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Emira Mears

Emira Mears

Co-founder

Raised Eyebrow Web Studio Inc.


Emira Mears is a veteran web strategist, who co-founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio Inc. in 2000. Her firm has developed a reputation for helping clients in the non-profit and progressive business sectors use online tools more effectively to achieve their goals. She takes delight in working with smart and committed people who are as passionate about what they do as she is about the web. She is also the co-author of The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run and Maintain Her Own Business.
 
 
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Cameron Moll

Cameron Moll

Founder

Authentic Jobs


Cameron Moll is the founder of Authentic Jobs, a targeted destination for web professionals and the companies seeking to hire them. He’s also the artist behind a unique series of letterpress type posters that re-imagine buildings as if constructed entirely of type.

Cameron is a sucker for anything that involves his four sons and sports equipment. He lives in the coastal town of Sarasota, Florida with his lovely wife Suzanne.

Session:
Tools for Building Your Interactive Dream Team

Mark O'Brien

Mark O'Brien

President

Newfangled


Mark O’Brien is president of Newfangled, a web development company that has been helping marketing firms plan and build websites for their clients since 1995. Mark speaks regularly on marketing, and his first book, A Website That Works: How Marketing Agencies Can Create Business Generating Websites, was released in June 2011. Check out Mark's Web Development Business Management Blog at http://www.newfangled.com/mark_o_brien_blog

Session:
The Modern Marketing Website

Matthew Richmond

Matthew Richmond

Founding Partner, Executive Creative Director, Developer

The Chopping Block, Inc.


Matthew Richmond is a founding partner, executive creative director, and developer at The Chopping Block, Inc., a full-service graphic design studio founded on the principle that good design spans all mediums. He graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 1998, where he additionally studied two years of Architecture.

Matthew's professional experience includes several notable design internships within New York, a design internship with Microsoft in Washington state, and a photographic internship with Richard Avedon. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, ID Magazine, HOW magazine and Flash Forward. In 2003, Matthew and the Block were featured in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's Triennial Exhibition. Notable clients include Adobe, Scholastic, MoMA, NBC, They Might be Giants, Phish, Time Inc., and Turner Entertainment.

For the past fifteen years, Matthew has presented and instructed on all aspects of digital and analog design, photography and illustration. When not in the studio, Matthew can be found teaching digital illustration, branding, identity and advanced techniques to the graduate students at the School of Visual Arts.

Learn more on Matthew's background and expert insight.


Session:
Tools of the Trade

David Sherwin

David Sherwin

Principal Designer

frog


David Sherwin is a principal designer at frog, a global innovation firm, and the author of Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers, both from HOW.

He is a senior lecturer in the BFA in Interaction Design program at California College of the Arts, and has spoken and taught workshops on creativity, business, and user experience design at SxSWi, Interaction 11, HOW Interactive Design Conference, and many colleges and universities around the U.S.

Session:
Know Thy User: The Role of Research in Great Interactive Design

Stuart Silverstein

Stuart Silverstein

Senior UX Designer

Fandango


A Los Angeles native, Stuart Silverstein’s design career began in visual design and brand development—first as a production artist, then as a designer, for the Woo Agency (2002), the California Endowment (2003), and Where magazine (2004). But a love of lifehacking and usability translated into a transition from visual designer to UX designer in 2007 and he hasn’t looked back. UX is where his heart is. In fact, Stuart is obsessed with making shopping carts work, maximizing usability, and making sites easy to comprehend.

In his 11+ years in the design business, Stuart has worked with brands like Activision, Gateway, The Mattress Store, and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. He is also a contributor to UXBooth,  and Smashing Magazine, as well as featured speaker on strategy, design and process flow. Stuart graduated with honors from the University of Miami, and is an avid yogi, skier, and hiker, as well as a raw Vegan enthusiast.

Learn more on Stuart’s background and expert insight.

Session:
Creating Actionable Insight with Competitive Analysis

Brian Wood

Brian Wood

Web/Print Technology Trainer

Adobe


Brian  Wood is a seasoned  web developer and web/print technology trainer. An  Adobe Certified  Instructor in Acrobat 9 Pro, Illustrator CS5,  Dreamweaver CS5, Brian has authored  several training books,  including "InDesign CS2 Hands-On-Training,"  "Illustrator CS5 Classroom  in a Book", and others, all published by  Peachpit Press. He has also  authored online training videos for  Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Expression Web and more.  Brian  provides corporate  training to companies nationwide, and is an active  developer. He co-owns  AskBrianWood.com.

Session:
Create Websites or iPad Apps Without Writing Code Using New Tools From Adobe!