2013 Advisory Board

HOW has enlisted the aid of leading experts and professionals to make HIDC community and 2013 conference the most current and useful resource available for interactive designers.

We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to the following members of the 2013 Advisory Board: 

Liz Danzico
co-founder and chair of the MFA in Interaction Design program, SVA

Liz is chair and co-founder of the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts. In her practice, she cultivates design and user-centered programs through collaborative methods in education, in digital design, and in technology to foster positive change.
Liz is an independent consultant, working with businesses on design, planning, and execution of short- and long-term digital programs for global companies and nonprofit organizations. She is advisor to startups, nonprofits, global companies, and lecturer.
Liz is proud to be on the advisory boards for projects that bolster both design education and the design culture of New York City, including Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Feast, the NEA Studio, NYCxDESIGN, and Austin Center for Design. Recent collaborators have included The New York Times, This American Life, and Teach for All. Liz is a contributor to Quarterly, and has written for design-minded publications, including Eye Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Interactions Magazine, and writes part of her time at bobulate.com.

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

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. 

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.

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.