The World's Best Speakers

  • Doug Bowman

    Doug Bowman

    Doug Bowman

    Douglas Bowman is an influential designer whose highly successful creations have pushed him to the forefront of responsible, forward-thinking web design. Bowman left Wired in 2002 and founded Stopdesign, a small design firm based in San Francisco. Under Stopdesign, he designed widely acclaimed sites and applications for Google, Capgemini, Blogger, Cathay Pacific Airways, Adaptive Path and Mighty Goods. In 2006 he put work for Stopdesign on hold to join Google as Visual Design Lead. In 2009, Bowman left Google to join Twitter as Creative Director, where he's helping change the world, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

  • Molly Holzschlag

    Molly Holzschlag


    Molly works to define and create effective organizational standards and best practices to thousands of developers and designers working the web via her 35 books; countless articles; conference workshops, sessions and keynotes; and consulting. With 20 years of online experience, Molly's strengths lie not only in the technologies and practices of today, but in understanding the complexities of how challenges emerged, and ways in which to manage those challenges in the rapid evolution of today's web.

  • Paul Boag

    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.

  • Cameron Moll

    Cameron Moll

    Cameron Moll

    Cameron Moll is a designer, speaker, author, husband, and father living in the coastal town of Sarasota, Florida. He’s the co-author of CSS Mastery, now in its second edition. His work or advice has been featured by Forrester Research, Communication Arts magazine, HOW magazine, Print magazine, National Public Radio (NPR), and many others.

    Cameron is the founder of Authentic Jobs, a targeted destination for web and creative professionals, and the companies seeking to hire them. He's also the artist behind a unique series of letterpress type posters.

    Amid all this craziness, somehow he still finds time to play ball with each of his four boys.

  • Nick La

    Nick La

    N. Design Studio

    Nick La is a Toronto based Illustrator and Web Designer, and the founder of N. Design Studio. He is also the creator of the popular blog Web Designer Wall, Design Jobs on the Wall, Icon Dock, and Best Web Gallery. His main focuses are designing stock icons, illustrations, and beautiful CSS websites. His work has been featured in many online portals and design publications, such as: Computer Arts, Web Design, Practical Web Design, Digit, and Web Design Index.

  • 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.

    Aral Balkan
  • Aarron Walter

    Aarron Walter

    Aarron Walter is the author of Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond (New Riders, 2008) and the Lead User Experience Designer for MailChimp. For more than a decade Aarron has been busy building websites for his clients, and teaching interactive design courses at colleges and universities in the US.

    As a member of The Web Standards Project, Aarron leads the WaSP InterACT curriculum project, and he's a founding member of the Open Web Education Alliance, a W3C incubator group.

  • Jan Cavan

    Jan Cavan

    Dawghouse Design Studio

    Jan Cavan is a Designer, Front End Developer and Illustrator, whose work has been featured in various online publications, books and magazines worldwide. She currently freelances as Dawghouse Design Studio, which also functions as a design blog dedicated to offering tutorials, articles and providing inspiration to the design community.

    She has always been drawing since she was little but thinking that this wasn't a practical route to take upon entering college, she took up and graduated from a BS in Computer Engineering in 2005. Soon after realized that her love for art and design was her real true calling.

  • Sarah Parmenter

    Sarah Parmenter

    You Know Who Design

    Sarah was brought up on computers from an early age and always knew her career would be in IT. The story of exactly how she came to be a web designer is a long-winded one, and quite surreal, but in 2003 she took the plunge and started her own business, and hasn't looked back since.

    Now 26, Sarah has been lucky enough to meet some great remote colleagues and web industry peers over the years, and regularly makes contributions to online web design related websites such as Please Critique Me. Sarah also contributes written features to printed media, including .net magazine, and speaks at web design conferences and to local students on a variety of web design-related topics.

  • Jonathan Snook

    Jonathan Snook

    Jonathan Snook

    Jonathan Snook is an internationally-admired Web Designer and Developer, and a gifted creator of striking designs and impeccable markup and code. He moves effortlessly from client-side, front-end work to hardcore server-side challenges, and his fluency in CSS, JavaScript, and MySQL has made  him the "turn-to" man for many high-profile clients. Jonathan now works as a Front-end Engineer at Yahoo!. 

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    Thomas McLeod

    Page Lime

    Thomas McLeod is El Presidente of Imaginary Feet, a web application development company in Washington, DC that specialises in web based software and iPhone app development. Before starting with his current company, PageLime, Tom ran a media production company where he designed, produced and engineered rap albums. He also spent many years as a freelance web designer (and generally avoiding having a boss.)

  • Tim Van Damme

    Tim Van Damme

    Tim Van Damme

    Tim Van Damme is a 24 year old Interface Designer, with a passion for interfaces people can interact with, both websites and mobile applications. He designs interfaces as a freelancer at Made By Elephant, loves everything involving on and off line design and is a wannabe writer at Maxvoltar. Not being a middle-of-the-road type of guy, he's also known for being brutally honest and sharp. He lives in Belgium and has been designing websites for about 10 years.

  • Dan Mall

    Dan Mall

    Dan Mall

    Dan Mall is an award-winning Interactive Art Director, designer and developer. Working for a range of clients from the biggest company in the world, down to some of the smallest, he has a passion for playing matchmaker between surprising art direction and intuitive interaction design.

    Dan is an enthralled husband, Senior Designer at Big Spaceship, former Interactive Director at Happy Cog, Technical Editor for A List Apart, and a singer / Keyboard Player for contemporary Christian band, Four24. Dan writes about design and other issues on Twitter and his industry-recognised site,

  • Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith

    An experienced Creative Director and designer for top companies , with a BA in Fine Arts, a two year stint in visual art in the UK, and an apprenticeship at the RMAC, Matthew also speaks and writes for the web design community (AIGA SC, Digital Web et al.) When he's not designing, you'll find him building treehouses for his two young boys or sipping on a fine Belgian Tripel with his wife Amy.

  • Ethan Marcotte

    Ethan Marcotte

    Ethan Marcotte

    Ethan is a well-known Web Designer / Developer who hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an Interactive Design Director at Happy Cog, an agency of web design specialists, and has enjoyed working with such clients as the Sundance Film Festival, New York Magazine and the World Wide Web Consortium.

    Ethan was a contributing writer to Handcrafted CSS and Web Standards Creativity, and is the co-authour of Designing with Web Standards, 3rd Edition with AEA co-founder Jeffery Zeldman. He 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.

  • Brad Haynes

    Brad Haynes


    Brad Haynes has a passion for strategy, design and development. Currently Creative Director at Paramore|Redd Online Marketing, he's become known for his strategy and design and has worked with a wide range of clients including FedEx, Hilton, Campaign Monitor, CMT, Healthways and Gary Player - just to name a few. His obsession with beautiful, simple layouts combined with his understanding of the big picture has led him to speak about interactive marketing and write a number of articles published in .net and Web Designer Magazine. He enjoys meeting and working with smart people who are driven to do things the right way.

  • Denise jacobs

    Denise Jacobs

    After having worked with the web in a range of capacities, including web application localization, web project management, and instructing web design and development, Denise R. Jacobs is finally doing what she likes best: being a Web Designer, Speaker, Educator, and Writer. She is the author of The CSS Detective Guide as well as a contributing author to Interact with Web Standards: A Holistic Approach to Web Design (both published by PeachPit/New Riders, 2010). To stay out of trouble, Denise is a web solutions consultant in Miami, Florida; develops curricula for WaSP InterAct, and is on the organizing committee of Social Media Club South Florida.

    Denise Jacobs
  • Estelle Weyl

    Estelle Weyl

    Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture, then managed teen health programs. In 2000, she took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. While running her own web development business, she has consulted and worked for a few companies not her own, such as startups TopSpin and and larger players including Kodakgallery and Yahoo! Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming CSS, JavaScript and XHTML in her blog at and provides tutorials detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog at She is the author of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for WebKit. While not coding, she works in construction, de-hippifying her 1960's throwback abode.

  • Jon Schlossberg

    Jon Schlossberg


    Jon Schlossberg is an interactive designer and developer who has worked on some of the most trafficked sites in the world. A Product Designer at HUGE in Brooklyn, Jon has helped to redesign the online presences of CNN, Target, Samsung, JetBlue, Pepsi, Reuters and more. His work centers around finding the happy place between real business goals and great user experience.

  • Jason Pamental

    Jason Pamental

    Thinking in Pencil

    Jason has been blending design & technology while crafting web sites since the early days of Mosaic and Netscape. In his professional capacities as Creative Director and Web Services Director for Fortune 100 clients and well-renowned professional sporting sites, he brings in-depth experience in a broad range of disciplines; ranging from branding, print design, all aspects of web design & development and even data center infrastructure management. Jason most enjoys challenges that draw upon all his diverse experiences to truly transform his clients' businesses. To that end, Jason left the agency world a year ago to work independently on those projects that really drive his creative and cerebral spirit. When the pixels are put away he tends to be hanging out with family, walking the dog, riding his bike or working on a 40-yr-old car with no computers in it whatsoever.

  • Jesse Friedman

    Jesse Friedman

    Neal Advertising

    Jesse built his first website at age 16 and started his first web freelance company at age 17. Today Jesse is the Director of Web Operations for Neal Advertising and Karboodle llc, a Professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence RI and the owner of his own freelance company, SWORD Studios. Jesse is passionate about all things web. He spends most of his time creating "Social Websites". Websites that promote the creation of a community through user generated content, around a brand or product. Jesse recently contributed to the "Web Designers Idea Book Volume 2" and is excited at the idea of writing his own book someday.

  • Jakob Thyness

    Jakob Thyness


    Jakob Thyness is chief designer and senior partner at the Webgruppen think tank in Oslo, Norway. Having worked with many of Norway’s largest private and public sector web sites for a number of years, he is now a senior consultant as well as lecturing extensively on web site and application design. Educated as an art director, Jakob has worked in digital media since 1994, making him one of the first professional web designers in Norway. He spends a lot of time thinking about where the web is going, and how to help people catch up with it.

  • Alan Hayley

    Alan Hayley

    Monotype Imaging

    Allan Haley is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging. Here he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs. He is also responsible for editorial content for the company’s type libraries and Web sites.

    Prior working for Monotype Imaging, Mr. Haley was Principal of Resolution, a consulting firm with expertise in fonts, font technology, type and typographic communication. He was also executive vice president of International Typeface Corporation. Mr. Haley is ex officio Chairman of the Board of the Society of Typographic Aficionados, and past President of the New York Type Directors Club. He is highly regarded as an educator and is a frequently requested speaker at national computer and design conferences.

    Mr. Haley is also a prolific writer, with five books on type and graphic communication and hundreds of articles for graphic design publications to his credit.

  • Anthony Casalena

    Anthony Casalena


    Anthony Casalena is the founder of Squarespace, a next generation design-centric web publishing platform. Anthony has been developing since the age of 15. He built the Squarespace platform out of his dorm room at the University of Maryland. In Squarespace's infancy, Anthony was responsible for much of the initial design, programming and branding behind the Squarespace system.

    As Squarespace's strategic leader, he's responsible for all product, design, and communications decisions. He's taken a tiny product living on a server purchased with a small investment from his father to a thriving paid platform with tens of thousands of users. Notably, Squarespace is entirely self sufficient. It only just took in it's first ever growth stage minority investment round to the tune of $38.5M.

  • Femi .T. Adesina

    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. At present, she works as the Intranet Development Manager for BBC News.


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