Speakers

Daniel Burka

Daniel Burka

Google Ventures

Daniel Burka is a San Francisco-based product designer. He's currently a design partner at Google Ventures. He works with Google Ventures' many portfolio companies to solve their design challenges.

Previous to Google, Daniel co-founded Silverorange a Canadian web agency where he got to work with Mozilla (he helped draw the Firefox logo), Ning, Sloan, and did lots of e-commerce and government work to boot. One day Kevin Rose called up silverorange and had Daniel and his team design the early stage designs of Digg Soon after Daniel moved to San Francisco to become Digg's creative director as the site grew from a niche technology news sites to a leading news entity. Five years later, Daniel left to join a gaming startup called Tiny Speck with the founders of Flickr. Then, with Kevin Rose free to pursue new ventures, he and Daniel co-founded the mobile incubator Milk, which was acquired by Google a year later. After joining Google, Daniel led the mobile user experience team for Google+ before becoming a partner at Google Ventures.

When he's not obsessing about interfaces and the conundrums of mobile design, Daniel tweets as @dburka and speaks at conferences around the world.

  • Closing Keynote
Cameron Moll

Cameron Moll

Authentic Jobs

Cameron Moll is a designer, speaker, author, husband, and father living in the coastal town of Sarasota, Florida. His work or advice has been featured by Forrester Research, Communication Arts magazine, HOW magazine, Print magazine, National Public Radio (NPR), and many others. He's 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's also been known to spend a little too much time building, flying, and ultimately crashing R/C airplanes.

  • Authentic Design
Jared Spool

Jared Spool

User Interface Engineering

Jared M. Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering, the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about user experience design, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and experience design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers. Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual UI Conference and UX Immersion Conference, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time. He is author of the book, Web Usability: A Designer’s Guide and co-author of Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks that Work. You can find his writing at uie.com and follow his adventures on the twitters at @jmspool.

  • Closing Keynote
Leslie Jensen Inman

Leslie Jensen Inman

The Unicorn Institute

Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman is a maker of awesomeness and a doer of good. She connects industry, education, and community through innovative design initiatives. As Co-founder of Center Centre, Leslie works to improve the state of design education and the field of design. She is also a Royal Society of the Arts Fellow. Leslie is a co-author and the creative director of InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to web design and has written articles for A List Apart and .net Magazine. She has been a member of the Web Standards Project Edu Task Force (WaSP Edu TF) and was a founding member of the Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA) where she served on the Executive Committee. Before co-founding Center Centre, Leslie served for five years as an Assistant Professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Leslie earned her doctorate in Learning and Leadership with a focus on design education and designing for good.

  • Unicornucopia: Learn the Skills Needed to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Unicorn

    Hiring managers need to hire creative unicorns with a specific skill set. And the skills they are looking for may surprise you. Learn how to hone and blend the right skills to have a creative career filled with an abundance of awesomeness.

James White

James White

Signalnoise Studio

James White is a Canadian artist and designer based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is the 1-man wrecking crew behind the Signalnoise Studio where he produces visual artistry for professional and personal projects. He began his career as a designer in 1998 but started drawing way back in 1981 at the age of 4. His creative path has led to him woking with clients such as Nike, MTV, Google, Wired, VH1, Kevin Smith, UbiSoft and more. He enjoys colourful stuff, nerdy things, Bezier points and a good metal song.

  • Design Renegade

    In order to reach our goals in the upside-down world of graphic design, you need to be a rogue. A misfit. A renegade. James White from the Signalnoise Studio has based his career on doing things outside of the ordinary, turning his back on boardrooms and creative briefs in order to chase his design dreams with vengeance and rock n’ roll. He will be telling his story while discussing personal projects built from love and ambition in his small home office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. These led to him working with respected people all over the world, from his favourite metal band to film juggernaut Kevin Smith. James will talk about chasing your creative path, building your personal body of work, the value of supporting friends, and never forgetting the artist inside.

    Being “different” isn’t enough anymore. You need to be a renegade!

Martin Ringlein

Martin Ringlein

nvite

A designer, entrepreneur and angel investor; Martin was co-founder of nclud, an internationally recognized and award-winning design agency, which was acquired by BrowserMedia in early 2012. Since the acquisition, Martin joined Twitter as Design Manager, with a primary focus on designing the design team. Most recently Martin was selected as a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, working directly with the Executive Office of the President to tackle some of the governments largest problems. Martin has extensive experience building and managing creative teams within start-ups, in-house and agency cultures. With an academic background in Advertising and Design; Martin brings with him a business-oriented design approach that aligns visual communication strategy with brand, product and user experience objectives. Martin studied Business Management at Columbia Business School and Yale School of Management.

As an educator, author, and speaker, Martin has established himself an active, successful and influential member of the design community and industry. Martin’s influence and success ranges from designing and directing major strategic interactive marketing initiatives with organizations large and small such as Apple, Google, Adobe, British Telecom, Mozilla and Oracle. Initiatives including the redesign of Ogilvy, Mashable, NASDAQ; developing the initial mobile strategies for The Washington Post, POLITICO, National Journal, Kiplinger, C-SPAN, PUMA, OPOWER; and even designing the original brand identity for start-ups such as LivingSocial.

In addition to being a design practitioner, Martin has taught experience design at MICA, Boston University and with General Assembly. You can learn more about Martin on his personal website, marty.com and follow him on twitter @smarty.

  • Designing Design Teams

    We're uniquely creative, we're inspiration driven, we obsess over every detail and we can rarely turn-it-off ... we are designers, and, we're different. We think differently, we perform differently and we need to work differently. A rant, a rave and a reality check on how we build creative teams, manage collaboration and fuel the inspiration inside.

    This is a talk not just focused on sharing data points, facts and figures, but, a discussion on changing our perspective of the world around us, the world we work within and design for. It's a conversation on merging proven models and philosophies with common sense to better allow the best of us to do our best work.

Greg Hoy

Greg Hoy

Happy Cog

Greg is the CEO of Happy Cog, a boutique consultancy that designs and builds beautiful and highly usable digital experiences. Happy Cog's clients include MTV, Zappos, Nintendo, Ben & Jerry's, Thomson Reuters, and many of the world's most prestigious colleges and universities.

Greg received his BA in Management from Gettysburg College, where he now serves on the college's board of Marketing and Communications. He has worked in interactive design since 1994, and has been managing teams for 15 years. Greg and industry pioneer Jeffrey Zeldman extended Happy Cog's footprint in 2006 to Philadelphia, and later expanded further west with Greg Storey in 2010. Happy Cog now has three offices and employs 25 of the industry's best and brightest.

  • Always

    Greg Hoy and Greg Storey share their experience growing Happy Cog and other businessses. Always, is a presentation filled with advice and insight they have gained over the last eight years, most of it learned the hard way.

Greg Storey

Greg Storey

Happy Cog

Greg Storey is President of Happy Cog where he oversees marketing, strategic partnerships, product development and events through the Bureau of Digital Affairs. He got his start in web design professionally in 1994. Since that time he has lead a number of design and development teams, creating websites for everything from NCAA sports tournaments to AAA game titles; telemedicine to Fortune 100 brands.

At the behest of his friend and mentor Jeffrey Zeldman, Greg started his own design studio, Airbag Industries LLC in 2005. Four years later, he merged Airbag with Happy Cog and joined a partnership with Jeffrey Zeldman and Greg Hoy. In 2011, he moved the Happy Cog San Francisco office to Austin, Texas where he enjoys living in a rapidly expanding metropolis.

  • Always

    Greg Hoy and Greg Storey share their experience growing Happy Cog and other businessses. Always, is a presentation filled with advice and insight they have gained over the last eight years, most of it learned the hard way.

Elton Rivas

Elton Rivas

One Spark + CoWork Jax

Elton is a serial entrepreneur, triathlete, speaker and passionate human. He is a Co-Founder of @coworkjax (coworkjax.com) and The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, One Spark - @beonespark (beonespark.comk) amongst nearly a dozen other ventures.

He currently lives in Jacksonville, FL and just a few years ago jumped out of the stability of corporate america. As the the co-founder of Zero Confines, LLC – a company that helps others launch products, initiatives, brands, etc. with offices in Jacksonville, FL, Silicon Valley & Washington DC. – Elton continues to apply lessons learned from his experiences to expand the great entrepreneurial ecosystem in JAX.

  • A Short Personal Chat: Life Lessons from Startup Launches

    Carl Smith sits down with Elton Rivas to talk about lessons learned in 24 months of launching 3 new ventures with 4 more in the works. The focus will be on how to go from idea --> execution with time for Q&A from attendees.

Wren Lanier

Wren Lanier

wrenlanier.com

Wren Lanier is a web designer and internet geek with a passion for creating smart, kick-ass sites that get the job done. She’s been building internet-things for fun and profit since 1999, with a passion for web standards and elegant user experience. Her favorite things include bagels, trouble-making, and pages that validate on the first try.

  • Secret Sauce: Designing on the Z-Axis

    It'll be a little bit of web and a whole lot of mobile. I'll show a bunch of examples of how to use the Z-Axis in your UI to solve tricky design problems and make the experience more awesome.

Matt Griffin

Matt Griffin

Bearded

Matt Griffin is a designer and founder of Bearded. He is an avid advocate for collaboration in design, and has been published in A List Apart and .net magazine. He is also one of the creators of Wood Type Revival, a successfully Kickstarter-funded project which seeks out lost historic wood type and converts it into digital fonts for modern designers. Matt lives in Pittsburgh’s East End with his lovely and talented wife Elizabeth and their adorable son Argus.

  • Clients and Responsive Design

    Based on his recent A List Apart article Matt will take us through how he navigates his client relationships and the multi-device web.

    Here's a great quote: "When you step into the room with a client, you are a visitor from the future. You, web professional, spend your days immersed in the new paradigms of the multi-device web. Yet even for you, the constant change and adjustments that come with living on the internet can feel overwhelming. So how do you think your clients feel?"

J Cornelius

J Cornelius

Nine Labs

J has been making websites and software for the web since 1998, and has been credited with creating several software features web designers and developers take for granted today. He’s passionate about efficient, usable, aesthetically pleasing design, and founded Nine Labs, an experience and usability consultancy, where he works with companies far and wide to improve their products and services. He’s also the President of the Atlanta Web Design Group and the creator of the Web Afternoon event series.

  • Shut Up & Get to Work
Laura Calandrella

Laura Calandrella

lauracalandrella.com

Laura helps individuals, organizations, and teams create a better world. Born out of the bond between social change and personal growth, She works with her clients to access their potential and accelerate their results. She believes that we achieve our greatest success when we align who we are with what we do.

Over the last decade, Laura has coached clients through barriers and across borders to unleash their greatness amidst uncertainty. With her extensive training in group facilitation and dialogue, She has guided an 100-year old organization to a 21st century vision that gave them relevance and meaning for the next generation. She has gone from rural farming villages in Brazil, to fishing ports in Fiji, to forests ravaged by wildfire empowering activists + advocates, lawmakers + communities, artists + entrepreneurs to build and realize their fantastically bold dreams.

  • The Power of Tiny Ideas

    Sometimes we look for the BIG idea and fail to pay attention to the tiny ideas that are orienting us to something important. It is in those moments when we listen to the tiny downloads that are coming through that we open up the creative space for world-changing action. And we when follow the thread of the tiny idea - woah - we discover what real leadership looks like within ourselves and for our worlds.

Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan

Sparkbox

President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs like .net Magazine and Smashing Magazine. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.

  • Responsive Web Design Destroyed My Process

    No it didn’t. Our process has been broken for a long time—building with responsive techniques is just making it too painful to ignore. In this conversation, we’ll explore some new ways to look at how we work, review how others are tackling the challenge of building for the modern web, and learn a little from each other’s mistakes.

Patrick Haney

Patrick Haney

Hanerino

Patrick Haney is not a sausage. He's a developer turned designer who works from his home office just north of Boston, rocking client projects with his wife and business partner, Jenna. Together they form Hanerino, a design studio focused on creating beautiful, usable interfaces for websites, mobile devices and more. As board members for AIGA Boston, they've also taken charge of the chapter's web presence.

Before going out on his own, Patrick lead the design effort for Harvard's custom CMS, iSites, which is used by a large percentage of the university. He's spoken at numerous conferences on design and development, including Web Design World, Future of Web Design and SXSW, and has been organizing monthly events for Refresh Boston over the past 7 years. As a Buffalo native, he's a wing snob and is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect chicken wing.

  • 10-Foot 2 Inches: Designing Apps for Up-Close & Afar

    The landscape of internet-ready devices is quickly growing, allowing people to access content from pocketable devices and big screen TVs alike. But designing usable interfaces for big and small is a challenge, especially when those devices are being used to compliment each other. Hear firsthand from two seasoned designers about the pitfalls and best practices of designing for these unique experiences and the Second Screen. They’ll talk about handling different methods of input and finding room for varying amounts of output, designing within existing UI constraints, and much more.

Jenna Marino

Jenna Marino

Hanerino

Jenna Marino is a Boston-based designer who's focus is on providing superior user experiences across all device platforms, especially when it comes to mobile and television applications. She's the sensible half of Hanerino, a design studio she and her now husband started over 3 years ago. Together they work with clients big and small, and until recently was working on Univision's plethora of video offerings on iOS & Android devices, TV apps, the Xbox & Windows 8.

Jenna's experience over the years has taken her from print design to interactive applications for all devices. She spent time at agencies like TMP Worldwide and Saatchi & Saatchi before moving to Boston, eventually working (remotely) on Blockbuster Digital's apps for iPhone, Android and Samsung devices and currently as Creative Director for Univision. When she's not working or engaging with the design community in Boston, Jenna pushes herself to be a better runner while training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

  • 10-Foot 2 Inches: Designing Apps for Up-Close & Afar

    The landscape of internet-ready devices is quickly growing, allowing people to access content from pocketable devices and big screen TVs alike. But designing usable interfaces for big and small is a challenge, especially when those devices are being used to compliment each other. Hear firsthand from two seasoned designers about the pitfalls and best practices of designing for these unique experiences and the Second Screen. They’ll talk about handling different methods of input and finding room for varying amounts of output, designing within existing UI constraints, and much more.

Jessica Cherok

Jessica Cherok

Contemporary Soapboxer

Jessica is a contemporary soapboxer and online privacy advocate from Atlanta, GA. She currently works as a project manager for Nine Labs and the Atlanta Web Design Group, as well as a lead blogger for Talent Zoo’s social media blog - Digital Pivot.

  • Why Facebook Isn't Your Friend
Jessie Shternshus

Jessie Shternshus

The IMPROV EFFECT

As the founder and owner of The IMPROV EFFECT, Jessie weds her lifelong passion for and expertise in applied improvisation with the fast paced demands of the corporate world. She weaves applied improv skills into the culture of a companies to instills a safe place for creative change-makers to energize, collaborate, and produce innovations. The Improv Effect's experiential courses give participants a way to discover the importance of teamwork, effective communication skills, creativity and innovation.

Jessie gained her formal education at USF and NYU. Throughout her career she has worked with Fortune 500 companies and companies such as CBS, Paramount Pictures, MTV and Sesame Workshop. She also facilitates communication skills workshops and speaks at conferences worldwide.

  • Opening Keynote Improv
Jenn Downs

Jenn Downs

Mailchimp

Jenn Downs is a Design Researcher for MailChimp. She is passionate about consistency and simple workflows and loves meeting with users to observe interfaces in the wild.

  • Empathy Cannot Be Automated

    Using technology to manage relationships with your customers isn't a replacement for human to human contact, you still have to talk to people and you still have to treat them with respect and dignity. No person should be reduced to just a number, a twitter handle, a "targeted segment", or a blip on a chart.

Bryce Bigger

Bryce Bigger

The Bigger Design

Bryce Bigger is an interactive designer/developer. He is the Principal of The Bigger Design, creating interactive magic for clients including the U.S. Navy, Oracle, Ping Golf, Lockheed Martin, and the National Institutes of Health. He created The Sentinel Project, an open-source autonomous foam dart gun system, which was shown at the AdobeMAX tradeshow to spotlight its innovative use of Adobe AIR technology. Recently he’s produced other weaponry for clients including email marketing leader MailChimp. His forthcoming book "Build Your Own Autonomous NERF Blaster" is the framework for which this class is based.

  • The State of Being a Maker

    Taking us on a tour of what it means to be a maker these days and what you can expect to uncover if you being your path to experimentation from arduino to maker bots. Oh and there's a robot nerf blaster centurion gun in the mix too.

Brian Cendrowski

Brian Cendrowski

UntamedBeer.com

Brian is on a mission to bring good beer to the people. UntamedBeer.com is his megaphone to the world, and he's not afraid to evangelize on a local street corner.

A Certified Cicerone Beer Server and seven-time homebrew competition medal winner, Brian is the president of the Upstate Brewtopians homebrew club in Upstate South Carolina. He has been a contributing writer on Ratebeer.com's HopPress and the Southern Brew News.

Brian's devotion to the creative aspect of hand-crafted beer and the tight-knit brewing community borders on obsession. Fewer things get him more jazzed than introducing people to new beer, finding the perfect beer and food pairing, or pouring beer at a festival.

  • Home Brewing Workshop Location
Varick Rosete

Varick Rosete

Designer slash Illustrator

Varick is a designer/illustrator living in Jacksonville, Florida where he's officially been in the design business for over 15 years, designing everything for local Mom & Pop shops to worldwide clients like GE, Capital One and AT&T. He's helped them all with a strong sense of branding – heightening the experiences of their consumers. He's also been drawing all his life and loving the fact that he's able to do it for a living. And although Varick has a traditional print background, he has also spent a good amount of time living and learning in the world wide web. Recently, his focus has shifted to more animation, motion graphics and video, while still focusing on straight design and illustration. Oh, and he loves Jacksonville. He knows the potential of Jacksonville and loves being part of a movement to help cultivate it.

  • Live Sketching
Dr. Scott Padgett

Dr. Scott Padgett

Musical Stylings

Dr. Scott Padgett is a music writer, producer & archivist dating back to his college days as a program director at WUSC radio in Columbia, SC. He followed that with radio programming & production work in the new frontier of the 'FM underground'.

A stint as music editor at the southeast's pioneering alternative newsweekly Osceola Magazine led to becoming the first music writer/columnist at Free Times Magazine. His work appeared in Billboard, the Village Voice, Rolling Stone and practcally every other regional art/political outlet extant through the early nineties.

After a stint in radio in Los Angeles & later at Warner Brothers Studios, he returned to the south where he and co-conspirator Steve Gibson vowed to bring live spectrum-spanning music to the masses. Thus was born the legendary Rockafellas music venue and artist management company.

Working through Ian Copeland's legendary musical talent booking firm FBI, the likes of Soundgarden, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, et. al. were initially exposed to club venues all over the U.S.

He is a contributor and social media monitor for semi-important e-music rags as well as several fly-by-night blogs and has a music industry specific twitter account @AntiBonIver which draws on a digest of 104 music news outlets for content.

  • Musical Stylings/DJ
MOLDOVER

MOLDOVER

If technology and music are your life, brace yourself- MOLDOVER is about to reformat your soul. Hailed by over 1,000,000 YouTube viewers as "The Godfather of Controllerism", Moldover is a new breed of music icon. Combining the charisma of a rock star, the mad genius of a basement inventor, and the radical inclusiveness of the DIY internet generation, Moldover is "literally throwing away the rule book and reinventing the wheel" (Remix Magazine). Witness his balls-to-the-wall LIVE SHOW at a club, experience one of his JAMBOX multiplayer instruments at a festival, or pick up and play the "LIGHT THEREMIN" packaging of his debut album and understand why the next paradigm for music is a one-man-brand called Moldover.

moldover.com

  • Musical Act @ The OneSpark Afterparty
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