We hand pick our speakers to bring you the best possible lineup with the most diverse range of expertise.

  1. Aye Moah

    Aye Moah


    Aye Moah is the co-founder/Chief of Product at Baydin, a profitable email productivity company based in Mountain View. Baydin makes software that combines AI and behavioral science to ease the burden on overloaded emailers. The company is best known for its wildly popular Boomerang email productivity service. Moah wears many hats at Baydin including UX designer, product manager, developer, marketer and resident gardener. She grew up in Burma and has a BS in Computer Science from MIT. Moah has given talks on design, email productivity, startup and user experience topics at the SXSW Interactive, Women 2.0, 500 Startups and Boston UXPA.

  2. Barry Clark

    Barry Clark


    Barry Clark is a web developer living in Brooklyn, NY. He works as a hands-on Technical Director for DoSomething.org in Manhattan, with a background in Front-end Web Development. He loves working on projects that help fellow web developers save time, recently creating Jekyll Now and Bashstrap. In past lives Barry worked as a level designer for Rockstar on Grand Theft Auto 4, and traveled the world as a professional poker player. He’s writes a free newsletter to help aspiring web developers get hired.

  3. Ben Jordan

    Ben Jordan

    InVision is a prototyping, collaboration and workflow platform for design teams. InVision helps countless agencies, startups and beloved brands like Adobe, Zappos, Evernote, Airbnb, Uber and more create better, smarter, more beautiful web & mobile experiences.

  4. Bermon Painter

    Bermon Painter

    Cardinal Solutions

    Bermon Painter is the UX Design Lead for Cardinal Solutions. He's also heavily involved in the local tech community in Charlotte and organizes the Charlotte User Experience Designer, Charlotte Front-End Developers, and Blend Conference. In his free time he works the folks at @teamsassdesign on the redesign of the Sass website. Outside of technology he enjoys languages, speaks fluent Spanish, is working on Italian, plays classical piano and enjoys visiting the beaches and mountains of Ecuador with his family.

  5. Brian Fegan

    Brian Fegan


    In his role as Associate Director of Creative Development, Brian leads all web development efforts in AKQA’s New York office. With more than 15 years of experience in interactive development, he is adept at leveraging existing and emerging technologies to create engaging user experiences. At AKQA, he's led multi-platform development for clients in travel, technology, retail and consumer electronics industries. He has been a featured speaker at AKQA TECH.insight events on topics ranging from innovative user interfaces to responsive design processes at creative agencies. Prior to AKQA, Brian was a developer at Fantasy Interactive creating digital experiences for automobile, telecommunications and video game companies. He began his career at Dow Jones developing first-class market analysis solutions. When Brian’s not coding, he focuses on family and his Brooklyn-based funk/soul band.

  6. Cory Simmons

    Cory Simmons


    Cory is an author for TutsPlus, Packt Publishing, & CSS Tricks; the creator & maintainer of the Jeet Grid System; and an aspiring full-stack unicorn. His live-coding presentations will blow you away.

  7. Dave Benton

    Dave Benton


    With a life mission to create exceptional experience Dave founded interactive design firm Metajive in 1999. Focused on collaborating with his clients and team, Dave is always looking for new opportunities to disrupt. When Dave isn’t working he’s trying to catch a few waves.

  8. Denise Jacobs

    Denise Jacobs

    Denise R. Jacobs is a Speaker + Writer + Creativity Evangelist who speaks at conferences worldwide and consults with companies, teaching techniques to make the creative process more fluid, methods for making work environments more conducive to creative productivity, and practices for sparking innovation. Working in Web Design & Development since 1997, she is an industry veteran and regarded expert on many things web. She is the author of The CSS Detective Guide, and co-authored the Smashing Book #3 1/3 and Interact with Web Standards.

  9. Erik Spiekermann

    Erik Spiekermann


    Erik Spiekermann is a designer and typographer who has been suf­fer­ing from Typo­ma­nia all his life, a sick­ness that is incur­able but not lethal. He is founder of the highly respected international design agency Edenspiekermann and FontShop, which was recently acquired by Monotype. He has written and contributed to numerous books on design and type, and won many awards. His book, Stop Stealing Sheep, is one of the most widely read books on typography and has been reprinted several times and translated into many languages.

  10. Gian Wild

    Gian Wild

    Accessibility Oz

    Gian Wild is the Director of AccessibilityOz. She has worked in accessibility industry since 1998. Her major achievements include building the very first Australian accessible web site, working as Accessibility Consultant for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and six years active membership in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group. She has conducted many accessibility reviews of public and private web sites, as well as leading conference and seminar presentations, judging web awards and the developing accessibility toolkits.

  11. James Pannafino

    James Pannafino

    Millersville University

    James Pannafino is an associate professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He works in the Art and Design Department where he teaches graphic and interactive design courses. His research interests include interactive design fundamentals, interdisciplinary design, visual storytelling and digital narrative forms. He writes regularly for HOWDesign.com on interactive design concepts and tools. James recently published Interdisciplinary Interaction Design: A Visual Guide to Basic Theories, Models and Ideas for Thinking and Designing for Interactive Web Design.

  12. Joe Leech

    Joe Leech


    A recovering neuroscientist via a spell as a primary school teacher to a MSc in Human Computer Interaction, Joe embarked on a UX career 10 years ago. He's conducted over 800 user tests and designed interfaces for people like eBay, Marriott, Virgin and many more. As a User Experience Director for cxpartners Joe heads up a team of user experience consultants. He specialises in designing every aspect of the user experience from initial research to developing online strategies to producing wireframes & managing a design team.

  13. Jon Setzen

    Jon Setzen

    Media Temple

    Jon Setzen designed and coded his first website in 1995 and over the years has worked with everyone from Alicia Keys to Nikon to MoMA. For many years he also designed rock posters, which were exhibited in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Tokyo and beyond. Since 2012, he has been the Creative and UX Director of Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company offering premium web hosting and cloud services to web designers, developers and creative agencies. While at Media Temple, he has led redesigns of the company’s website and Account Center. Additionally, Setzen runs the Los Angeles chapter of CreativeMornings, a monthly design lecture series with chapters in more than 100 cities worldwide, and he is the co-host of a design, music and culture podcast called The Build Up. He is also the founder of Arlo Jacob Candle Company. Setzen regularly lectures about design and branding at conferences domestically and abroad.

  14. Justin Secor

    Justin Secor


    Justin Secor is a user experience expert at Opower, where he designs and prototypes products to help people save energy. When wearing his designer hat, Justin strives to craft simple, intuitive, beautiful experiences that inform and delight users; when he laces up his front-end developer shoes, he aims for lean code, semantic markup, and abundant use of the CSS transition property. In his time outside Opower, Justin chooses to draw, illustrate, and explore his new surroundings in San Francisco.

  15. Kyle Peatt

    Kyle Peatt


    Kyle Peatt is an interaction designer and front-end developer in equal parts. He believes that every designer should have the skills to build what they conceive. Kyle manages a team of like-minded Designers and UI Developers on the Customer Success team at Mobify. Together, they build joyful mobile web experiences for enterprise clients. Kyle has been working on the web for 10 years but has focused on mobile since the launch of the iPhone. Kyle writes, speaks, and argues about designing and developing in a multi-device medium. He holds a degree in Sociology from the University of British Columbia but is more often found holding a pair of strings that lead to a kite.

  16. Panel of Speakers

    Panel of Speakers

    A panel of FOWD Speakers and Partners - watch this space for announcements!

  17. Patrick McNeil

    Patrick McNeil

    Patrick McNeil is a St. Louis based web developer, design lover and author. Many people mistake him for a designer because so much of his work revolves around the design community, including his blog Design Meltdown, his book series The Web Designer's Idea Book or his many appearances in .net Magazine. He particularly loves front end work, sometimes slicing up designs for sites he’s building and, at times, building assets to hand off to other developers, generating lots of CSS, HTML and jQuery fun along the way. He has a particular passion for delivering extremely effective transitions from design to code. His formal training in the arts and many years of reviewing web design play out in his day-to-day work, and he has fallen in love with writing.

  18. Paul Trani

    Paul Trani


    Paul Trani is a Senior Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe where he is passionate about helping creative designers and developers to build compelling content for all screens. Paul is an award-winning designer with over 20 years experience as a designer, instructor, writer, and courseware developer. But mostly he’s just passionate about empowering designers and developers to make things they love. Check out his tutorials on www.paultrani.com and see his latest whereabouts on Twitter @paultrani.

  19. Rachel Nabors

    Rachel Nabors

    Tin Magpie

    Rachel Nabors is an interaction developer and award-winning cartoonist. At her company, Tin Magpie, she deftly blends the art of traditional storytelling with digital media to “tell better stories through code.” She has written about web animation for A List Apart, Adobe Inspire, and 24ways.org. She enjoys a hot cup of oolong or a cold glass of cider.

  20. Razvan Caliman

    Razvan Caliman


    Razvan Caliman is an engineer on the Web Platform team at Adobe. He experiments with cutting-edge web technologies, and builds tools to make life easier for web designers.

  21. Richard Banfield

    Richard Banfield

    Fresh Tilled Soil

    Richard wears the strategic hat around the office and never met a whiteboard he didn’t like. He’s worked his way up the web marketing food chain, starting with online ad sales at MultiChoice, Africa’s largest TV and Internet media business. He was in the thick of it during the heady dot-com years, founding Acceleration, an international e-marketing business headquartered in London. Richard has delivered high-level business strategy, global marketing campaigns, and materials to clients in the US, UK, Europe, and Africa. His colorful life experience includes being a dive master on the remote Islamic Republic of the Comoros, where he learned the survival skills he uses daily in the office. Richard is a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an Advisor and lecturer at the Startup Institute and has served on the executive committees of TEDxBeaconStreet, TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week (BREW). Most importantly, Richard is a closet foodie and a procurer of team members named ‘Alex.’

  22. Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan

    Sara Soueidan is a Lebanese freelance front-end web developer, who loves to experiment with new CSS features. She writes tutorials on her blog and on Codrops, where she's also an author and team member.

  23. Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    Sara Wachter-Boettcher

    Sara Wachter-Boettcher runs a content strategy consultancy based in Philadelphia. She is the author of Content Everywhere from Rosenfeld Media, a book that helps content professionals, designers, and others plan for flexible, adaptable content systems that can be accessed across channels and devices. She is also the editor in chief of A List Apart, a magazine about web content, culture, and code, and a speaker at conferences like SXSW, Confab, HOW Design, Smashing Conference, Mobilism, Web Directions, and UX Week.

  24. Senongo Akpem

    Senongo Akpem

    Cambridge University Press

    Senongo is the founder of Pixel Fable, a collection of interactive African stories. He is also a senior designer at Cambridge University Press, where he leads branding and design projects for a global audience. He speaks regularly on digital storytelling and design. Senongo grew up in Nigeria, lived in Japan for almost a decade, and recently moved to New York. He loves sci-fi.

  25. Terena Bell

    Terena Bell

    In Every Language

    Terena Bell is CEO of In Every Language, a language services provider offering translation, interpreting and localization. She has served on the Obama Administration’s White House Business Roundtable, as Secretary of the Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), and on the Association of Language Companies (ALC) leadership council. Terena writes the popular column “Micro/Macro” for MultiLingual Magazine and has been quoted by Inc, Forbes and CNN Money.

  26. Tom Giannattasio & Adam Christ

    Tom Giannattasio & Adam Christ


    Tom has been designing and developing on the web for more than 17 years. He's done work for Apple, Oracle, Twitter, MIT, AIGA, National Geographic and more. He's also an author and editor for Smashing Magazine – having published numerous articles and ebooks on various web design topics. Adam is the Co-founder of Macaw and has over 13 years experience developing both mobile and web applications. Prior to Macaw, he worked with clients in the both hospitality industry and the federal government.

  27. Val Head

    Val Head

    Val Head is a designer obsessed with type and code. She speaks internationally at conferences and leads workshops on web design and creative coding. Every year she bring a swarm of web designers to Pittsburgh for Web Design Day, the conference she co-founded. She is the managing editor of CreativeJS.com and the author of the Pocket Guide to CSS Animations from Five Simple Steps. Val tweets too much, occasionally dribbbles, and blogs somewhat consistently.

  28. Whitney Hess

    Whitney Hess

    Whitney Hess coaches business leaders on how to more mindfully and compassionately design their products, their companies and themselves. Her life’s mission is to put humanity back into business. Whitney is best known for her work with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The MLK Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Seamless and Boxee. She writes at Pleasure & Pain and co-hosts the podcast Designing Yourself. Whitney graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction and a Bachelor’s in Professional Writing and HCI. A native Manhattanite, she now lives in San Diego.

  29. Yesenia Perez-Cruz

    Yesenia Perez-Cruz

    Intuitive Company

    Yesenia Perez­-Cruz is a designer based out of Philadelphia, PA. She has created beautiful, functional design systems for clients like MTV, Zappos, and Iron Chef Jose Garces. She currently works at Intuitive Company, where her role spans design strategy, user experience, and graphic design. Previously, she was a Senior Designer at Happy Cog in Philadelphia.

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