The World's Best Speakers

  • Femi T Adesina

    Design JuJu

    Femi .T. Adesina revels in being a hybrid. She enjoys working in environments where she gets to use all her skills as a creative facilitator, front- end designer and developer. She discovered the beauty of the web in the 90’s when she realised that she could make words come alive through code and has been hooked ever since.
    A stint at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) learning about the ‘Discipline of innovation’ encouraged her to find ways to not only express her creativity but to also encourage it others via creative facilitation.
    She enjoys talking to people about the web, encouraging people to embrace their creativity, finding innovative ways to provide a solution and listening to music.

  • Rachel Andrew

    Rachel Andrew is a front and back-end web developer and Director of, a UK web development consultancy and the creators of the small content management system, Perch. She is the author of a number of web design and development books including CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks and Hacks (3rd edition), published by SitePoint and also writes on her blog Rachel tries to encourage a common sense application of best practice and standards adoption in her own work and when writing about the web.

  • Aral Balkan

    Aral Balkan

    Aral Balkan is an Independent Interaction Designer and Developer with over a decade of experience in creating web, Flash, desktop, and mobile applications. His latest iPhone app, Feathers, was featured by Apple as “New and Notable” and reached #1 in the What’s Hot list in the US. It is often cited as an example of beautiful, emotional design. Aral aims to build beautiful, empathic apps that create joy and delight. He shares his experiences, frustrations, and joys via his blog, tweets, and the numerous keynotes and talks he gives around the world every year.

  • Martin Beeby


    Martin Beeby works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about HTML5, Phone Development, and open source in big business. Martin has been developing websites since he was 16 and over the past 12 years has worked on projects with many Major brands including The Sun, The Daily Mail, Ministry Of Sound, National Rail Enquiries, Easy Jet and Tesco.

  • Paul Boag


    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 the Website Owners Manual.

  • Samuel Bowles


    Samuel Bowles recently left the world of contract product development to focus on his own startup called Nextly. Since he began his career in 1996 he’s had a wide range of experience building web and mobile products for clients as diverse as Microsoft, Zondervan Publishing, Burger King, Herman Miller, Amway Corporation, Steelcase, Bissell, and many smaller startups, nonprofits, and educational institutions. He survived <tables>, <frames>, the <blink> & <scroll> tags and oh so many inscrutable CSS hacks. More recently he’s enjoyed designing for resolution independence and a :hover free world.

  • Robin Christopherson


    After a degree in Engineering at Cambridge and working as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), Robin was a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998. Robin now manages AbilityNet’s Web Consultancy services – heading a team that is globally acclaimed as experts in accessibility auditing, disabled user testing and designing attractive websites that are both accessible and easy to use by all. Despite being blind, Robin uses a computer very effectively by relying on speech output to access the full range of mainstream software including email and the internet. He has a first-hand appreciation of the importance of good web design practice to accessibility.

  • Josh Clark

    Global Moxie

    Josh Clark is a designer, developer, and author specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He’s author of the O’Reilly books “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” and “Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders.” Josh’s outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and workshops to help creative companies build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.

  • Steve Fisher

    Hello Fisher

    Steve is an internationally renowned interactive designer, speaker and open source evangelist. He has worked for companies in Edmonton, Vancouver and Chicago and travels North America talking about design, user experience and open source. Currently Steve is working as the UX Director for Yellow Pencil, serves as the national web design chair 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 (maybe a little too much).

    Find him at or on Twitter: @hellofisher

  • Matt Gifford

    Fuzzy Orange

    Matt Gifford is Lead Developer with Fuzzy Orange Ltd, specialising in ColdFusion, Flex and AIR development.

    He presents regularly at national and international conferences, user groups and online meetings. Matt is the author of “Object Oriented Programming in ColdFusion” and has written tutorials and articles for online resources and leading UK industry magazines.

    Matt is a keen proponent for community resources and sharing knowledge. He regularly writes and releases open source applications and code samples, and loves a fresh Starbucks latte.

    Find out more about Matt through his blog or harass him on twitter via @coldfumonkeh.

  • Ian Hamilton


    Ian is a Senior Interaction Designer with BBC UX&D. He has been designing for the web professionally since 99, moving over to the public sector in 06, leading design on flagship products for CBBC and CBeebies.

    There his knowledge of accessibility (in particular accessible gaming for young children with complex disabilities) has been applied though award winning inclusive product design, development of the BBC’s accessibility standards & guidelines, and spreading the word through training and consultancy across the business.

  • Stephanie Hay


    Steph Hay is a usability-focused copywriter and information architect who, in 2010, decided to take the plunge into full-time freelance so she could work independently with awesome clients and not have to wear dress shoes anymore. She’s a recovering project manager who founded NoVaCoWork, helps to organize cool events for the Art Directors Club of Metro Washington and the DC Lean Startup Circle, is editor of Workspace Design Magazine, and has not (yet) been to London.

  • Dan James


    Dan James is a co-founder and the CEO of the web development agency silverorange. Started in 1999, silverorange has worked with well known companies such as Digg, Mozilla, ESPN, Bebo, and Ning as well as lesser known (but just as awesome) companies like Horton Brasses and Veseys Seeds. An incessant entrepreneur, Dan continues to try new things. He and the team at silverorange launched, an open stock photography market in 2008. Recently, in his boldest and scariest move yet, he and his wife have taken over his family’s resort on the North shore of Prince Edward Island.

  • Mike Kus


    Mike Kus is lead Designer at Carsonified in Bath, UK. Hugely passionate about the web but with a history in Graphic Design and Illustration for print, Mike has transferred these skills online to take a fresh approach to his web design. You can view his work here.

  • Bruce Lawson


    Since June 2008, Bruce has been working for Opera, evangelising open web standards as part of their Developer Relations team. Bruce is co-author of Introducing HTML5. Find out more about Bruce at his website or follow him on Twitter

  • Ethan Marcotte

    Unstoppable Robot Ninja

    Ethan is a well-known Web Designer / Developer who cares deeply about beautiful design, elegant code, and the intersection of the two. Hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ethan has enjoyed working with such clients as the Sundance Film Festival, New York Magazine, and the World Wide Web Consortium.

    Ethan is currently working on the book Responsive Web Design (A Book Apart, 2011), and is a contributing author on Dan Cederholm’s Handcrafted CSS, and the co-authour of Designing with Web Standards, 3rd Edition with Jeffrey Zeldman. Ethan writes for A List Apart magazine, spends entirely too much time online, and would like to be an unstoppable robot ninja when he grows up. Beep.

  • John McGarvey


    John is a copywriter who’s spent his entire career writing sparkling text for websites. After spending time in-house at various technology firms, he went freelance in 2008 to work on a wider range of projects and improve his work-life balance. Well, one out of two wasn’t bad.

    With a technical background, an instinctive hatred of jargon and a love of short words, it was surely inevitable that John would end up helping IT companies find straightforward ways to explain their products. He also cares deeply about interface copy, and dies a little inside every time he sees an uninformative error message.

  • Sarah B Nelson

    Hot Studios

    Sarah B. Nelson is the Principal of User Experience at Hot Studio. She has nearly 15 years of experience in interactive media, designing kiosks, mobile, and online experiences for clients in a variety of industries. Sarah has a particular passion for practice development, conducting research into methods for improving collaboration, supporting creativity, and encouraging innovation. Sarah brings a unique blend of creative vision and technical expertise to her work. Her research-focused approach to interaction design has produced successful results for her clients. At Hot, Sarah has worked with Palm, Nike, Gilt Groupe, Linden Lab, Zvents, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Aets

    Prior to joining Hot, Sarah was a Design Strategist at Adaptive Path. She developed experience strategies for clients like Flickr, PayCycle, Vanguard Financial, and Skype. Before joining Adaptive Path, Sarah managed the creative team and developed the user experience practice at POP, an interactive design firm in Seattle, Washington.

    Her past clients include Federal Home Loan Bank, Home Street Bank, AOL Mobile, The Athena Science Team (Mars Rover Mission), The Metropolitan Opera, The Seattle Symphony, The Royal Victoria and Albert Museum, Vanguard Financial.
    A classically trained violinist, Sarah graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received a Bachelors of Art from Oberlin College in visual arts and electronic music. While completing her Masters at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Sarah focused her studies on the definition and design of complex multi-modal systems supporting collaboration and communication.

  • Sarah Parmenter

    You Know Who

    Sarah specialises in User Interface Design for iOS devices and the web, she regularly makes contributions to online web design related websites and written features to various magazines. Sarah also speaks at web design conferences around the world and is lucky to consult, and work for, many companies that we all know and love.

  • Daniel Rhatigan


    Daniel Rhatigan is a senior type designer at Monotype Imaging, based in the UK. He worked as a designer and typographer in Boston and New York for 15 years before coming to study at the University of Reading, and then research and design non-Latin typeface families, concentrating on Indic scripts. He also lectures on typography and branding in the Netherlands and the UK.

  • Dan Rubin

    Dan Rubin

    Dan Rubin is a highly accomplished user interface designer and usability consultant, with over ten years of experience as a leader in the fields of web standards and usability, specifically focusing on the use of (X)HTML and CSS to streamline development and improve accessibility.

    His passion for all things creative and artistic isn’t a solely selfish endeavor either—you’ll frequently find him waxing educational about a cappella jazz and barbershop harmony, interface design, usability, web standards, typography, and graphic design in general.

  • Ian Stewart


    Ian Stewart is a Theme Wrangler for Automattic, the folks behind, and has had a hand in creating some of the most popular WordPress themes around. He’s super-passionate about beautiful design, semantic HTML, and making the web better with WordPress.

  • Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks Design Ltd

    Elliot is an independent designer, illustrator, speaker, and author of the best-selling book Sexy Web Design. When not creating work for clients such as Virgin Group, Microsoft, and Campaign Monitor, he can be found speaking at design events around the globe and writing for publications such as .Net and Computer Arts.

    He is the founder and editor of 8 Faces a bi-annual printed magazine dedicated to typographic design, and also serves on Smashing Magazine‘s Experts Panel. Elliot occasionally dabbles with the idea of being a musician as well.

  • Abbey Tosic


    Abbey Tosic is the Online Design & Usability lead at 3M Headquarters in St Paul, MN. Working on brands like Post-it, Scotch Tape, and Ace Brand, Abbey helps lead the usability and design process for 3M’s online and mobile experiences. Abbey focuses on putting usability and consistency over flashy frills to provide the best user experience for consumers. She shares her experiences and what she learns from other professionals along the way on her blog, Dotcom Girls.

  • Jeffrey Veen

    Jeffrey Veen

    JEFFREY VEEN is a founder and the CEO of Typekit — the award-winning subscription font service that is bringing real typography to the Web for the first time. Jeffrey was also one of the founding partners of Adaptive Path and project lead for Measure Map, a web analytics tool acquired by Google in 2006, where he managed the user experience group responsible for some of the largest web apps in the world. As a consultant, he has been involved in designing the leading blog and social media applications on the web, including Blogger, TypePad, Flickr, and National Public Radio.

  • Aarron Walter

    Aarron Walter

    Aarron Walter is the user experience lead for MailChimp, and the author of a number of books including Building Findable Websites, and co-author of InterACT With Web Standards. His latest book, Designing for Emotion, will be published in early 2011 by A Book Apart.

  • Keir Whitaker

    Bread App

    Keir Whitaker is a freelance web developer (WordPress, PHP and Ruby on Rails), podcaster and event organiser. Before moving into the world of self-employment Keir worked at Carsonified, a UK based company known for running events such as The Future of Web Design, The Future of Web Apps and the inaugural Twitter Developer Conference Chirp. Whilst there he served as the editor of Think Vitamin, an online magazine for web professionals, and still hosts the bi-weekly podcast Think Vitamin Radio.

    Keir is the co-founder of BreadApp, an upcoming service focused on helping web professionals find work, new collaborators and advertise their availability. He’s also taking to the road in July 2011 for the Insites Tour, four evenings of chat with interesting people about working in the web industry.


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