Josh Clark

Josh Clark is the founder of Big Medium, a design agency specializing in connected devices, mobile experiences, and responsive web design. His clients include AOL, Time Inc, eBay, O’Reilly Media, and many others. Josh wrote “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2010) and the forthcoming “Designing for Touch” (A Book Apart, 2015). He speaks around the world about what’s next for digital interfaces.

Abby Covert

Abby Covert is an independent information architect living and working in New York City. She specializes in delivering a collaborative information architecture process and teaching those that she works with along the way. She speaks and writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA, focusing on sharing information architecture content with those working within the design and technology communities. She is the author of “How to Make Sense of Any Mess” a book about information architecture for everybody.

Brad Frost

Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. He’s passionate about creating Web experiences that look and function beautifully on the never-ending stream of connected devices, and is constantly tweeting, writing and speaking about it. He’s also helped create some tools and resources for web designers, including This Is Responsive, Pattern Lab,, WTF Mobile Web, and Mobile Web Best Practices.

Theresa Neil

Theresa Neil is an international design expert based in Austin Texas. She inspires the larger IT community through workshops, articles and social media, while still actively practicing as a UX designer. Since 2001 she has led the design for more than 100 live products, from seed series start ups to multi-national non-profits and Fortune 50 companies.

Josh Seiden

Josh Seiden has been creating great technology products for more than 20 years. As a designer and leader, Josh has worked in hardware and software, consumer and enterprise, mobile, web, and desktop. He is currently a Principal in Neo’s NYC office. Earlier, he was head of product design at Wall Street innovator Liquidnet, and lead pioneering interaction design teams at Cooper. He is a founder and past President of the Interaction Design Association. He is the co-author (with Jeff Gothelf) of “Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience”

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Lisa Welchman

In her 20-year career, Lisa Welchman has paved the way in the discipline of digital governance, helping organizations stabilize their complex, multi-stakeholder digital operations. Lisa’s thought leadership focuses on interpreting how the growth of digital impacts organizations, as well as the maturation of digital as a distinct vocational discipline in the enterprise. Currently, Lisa is president of Digital Governance Solutions at ActiveStandards. Lisa began her career in digital in Silicon Valley at Cisco Systems before establishing website management consultancy WelchmanPierpoint, which was acquired by ActiveStandards in 2014. Lisa speaks globally on issues related to digital governance, the rise of the Information Age and the role of the information worker.

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Stephen Hay

Californian by birth and Dutchman by choice, Stephen is a designer, consultant and author of Responsive Design Workflow (New Riders, 2013) and contributing author to Smashing Book #3. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has written for A List Apart and other industry publications, including his popular-but-sparingly-updated blog The Haystack.

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Claire Rowland

Claire is an independent UX design, research and product strategy consultant specialising in the internet of things. She is the lead author of ‘Designing Connected Products: UX design for the consumer internet of things’, due to be published by O’Reilly in March 2014. She has a particular interest in the use of technology in mundane, everyday activities.

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Designing Connected Products:
UX for the Consumer Internet of Things

with Elizabeth Goodman, Martin Charlier & More.

Ben Reason

Ben is a co-founder of live|work and over the past eight years has directed his passion for social impact projects into delivering successful change for the public sector. Ben graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, following this in 2000 with a master’s in responsibility and business practice from the University of Bath. He has a background in design and innovation in network enabled services with Razorfish and Oyster Partners, working with Orange, Vodafone, Nokia, Sony, Experian, and Oracle.

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Service Design:
From Insight to Implementation

Andy Polaine and Lavrans Løvlie
Rosenfeld Media

Nicole Fenton

Nicole Fenton is an editor, strategist, and writing teacher. She is the coauthor of Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose and the editor of several books about design. Previously, she was a senior content strategist at Facebook, Lab Zero, and Mule Design in San Francisco. She started her professional writing practice at Apple, where she served as communications lead for five years. You can find her in Brooklyn.

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Stephen Wendel

Stephen Wendel is a behavioral social scientist, and the Principal Scientist at the independent financial guidance company, HelloWallet. He’s the author of two books on how to apply behavioral science to consumer products — Designing for Behavior Change and Improving Employee Benefits — and founder of the non-profit Action Design Network. He has two really fun little children who don’t care about behavioral science at all.

Mike Atherton

Mike Atherton is a UX consultant and Lead Instructor for General Assembly’s UX Immersive course. He is formerly the Head of User Experience for Huddle. With a background in information architecture and web design, he loves brand strategy, theme parks, and animal mascots and attempts to introduce all three into every digital project.

Andrew Hinton

Andrew Hinton is the author of Understanding Context: Environment, Language, and Information Architecture, and an information architect at The Understanding Group (TUG). Since the early ’90s, he’s been helping organizations of various shapes and sizes make better, more habitable places with information. Andrew is a founding member the IA Institute, and is a frequent speaker at UX and other industry conferences. From his pre-consultant life, he holds an MA in Literature and an MFA in Poetry. His tweet-self resides at @inkblurt, and a launch-pad of links to other Andrew-things is found at

Alastair Somerville

Alastair Somerville is a specialist in sensory cognition and accessibility. He works with international museums on projects to create physical and digital interpretations of places, art and text. He runs workshops to enable people to understand more about their own senses and more about how to create multimodal experiences for everyone.

Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley is a user experience professional based in Southeast Michigan. He is currently a User Experience Architect at ITHAKA, working on a platform that millions of people around the world use to access scholarly journal articles. Previously, he was the Measurement Team Lead at Pure Visibility, an Internet marketing company, where he merged his interest in UX with his interest in web analytics and went
on to write the book Practical Web Analytics for User Experience.

Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard is passionate about building effective teams and great products. You’ll find him working with startup and product development teams — combining coaching & teaching with hands on UX & development work. With more than fifteen years experience working with startups, established businesses and agencies Adrian is an active member of the Agile, Balanced Team & Lean UX communities. He regularly teaches and speaks on integrating Lean, UX and Agile methods.

Brian Thurston

Brian Thurston Bralczyk is a passionate advocate for elegant, user-centered design. His work focuses on new ideas and new ways of thinking about current products. His ultimate goal is to create awesome, personalized experiences that provide just what the user needs, exactly when they need it, on any device.