Speakers


Our speaker line-up in Chicago boasts some of the most experienced speakers and most highly regarded talents in the industry.

Jim Heid

Jim Heid: Conference Chair

Contributing Editor, MacWorld

Your host at Web Design World, Jim Heid is one of the most experienced technology writers and instructors in the world. His 24-year career began at the dawn of the personal computer revolution, when he quit his job as a typographer to become technical editor of Kilobaud, one of the first computer magazines. He's been online since 1980, when he fired up a 300-baud modem and logged onto The Source, an early online service.

Since 1998, Jim has served as Conference Chair for over a dozen Thunder Lizard conferences, and has spoken to thousands of Web professionals on subjects ranging from typography to streaming media. As Conference Chair, he is responsible for planning the editorial scope of each event, recruiting speakers, and planning session content.

Jim has been a Contributing Editor and columnist for Macworld magazine since 1984, specializing in digital media topics ranging from Web design to DVD authoring. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, PC World, and Internet World, and has taught at the University of Hawaii, the Center for Creative Imaging in Camden, Maine, and at dozens of conferences and industry events in between.

DL Byron

DL Byron

Principal, Textura Design

Byron is the Principal of Textura Design, Inc. He first stole Zeldman’s code in 1997, then lived dotcoms, dotcom crashes, Clip-n-Seal, and now he is evangelizing Standards-based design, writing a New Riders book about blogging, and speaking at conferences. With more than eleven years of experience, Byron is an expert blogger, web designer and developer. An entrepreneur and an inventor, he also consults with clients, co-founded the Blog Business Summit, and publishes a network of successful blogs, including one of the first business blogs.

Brian Fling

Brian Fling

Director of Strategy, Blue Flavor

Brian has worked in the web for over 10 years. He began his web career producing the first animated series distributed through the Internet. Over the years he has worked in every facet of interactive design and development, managing both enterprise web projects as well as small web teams. It has been this experience and insight that has compelled Brian to focus on providing Blue Flavor clients with developing their interactive and web publishing strategies.

Brian has also been a leader in the field of mobile experience for over five years. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help design and develop their mobile experiences. Brian is a frequent speaker and author on the issues of mobile design, the mobile web and mobile user experience.

He has recently authored the dotMobi Mobile Web Developers Guide, the first free publication to cover mobile web design and development from start to finish. Brian also runs mobiledesign.org one of the largest online communities focused on mobile design.

Amy Greer

Amy Greer

Director of Search and New Media, Closed Loop Marketing

As Director of Search and New Media at Closed Loop Marketing, Amy helps clients like Hewlett-Packard increase their search engine visibility by applying her passion for online marketing and project management to traditional SEO strategies and new media tactics like blog and RSS optimization.

Originally headed for a professorship, Amy spent the early part of her career immersed in academic research, teaching and writing in the fields of anthropology, ethnography and communication. After receiving her Master's degree, however, she was introduced to the field of online marketing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now, more than 4 years later, Amy continues to be fascinated with the application of traditional ethnographic and communication principles to the social aspects of the internet. She incorporates academic rigor into every project, producing high-performing results and clear, actionable client deliverables.

Born in Virginia and raised in Michigan, Amy heeded the call of the West in 2006 and moved to Northern California where she spends her free time wine tasting, running, doing yoga and exploring her new home.

Lance Loveday

Lance Loveday

CEO, Closed Loop Marketing

Lance Loveday is the Founder and CEO of Closed Loop Marketing, an online marketing company dedicated to helping clients understand and maximize the return on their Web investments. Drawing on 10 years of experience in user psychology, economics, usability testing and design, Lance works directly with companies like Hewlett-Packard, InsWeb, SalesForce.com and Quicken Loans to create end-to-end marketing campaigns with measurable ROI. Lance is a regular speaker at industry conferences and produces custom training seminars on the topics of online marketing strategy, increasing online conversion, search engine marketing, usability consulting, online lead generation, information architecture and ROI analysis (closed loop marketing). With a knack (and a passion) for making online marketing exciting and engaging for novice and expert alike, Lance is currently working on a New Riders book on conversion marketing and Web design, due out in 2007.

Joe Marini

Joe Marini

Group Product Manager for VSIP, Microsoft

Joe Marini has been active in the Web and graphics industry for more than 15 years. He was an original member of the Dreamweaver engineering team at Macromedia, and has also held prominent roles in creating products such as QuarkXPress, mFactory's mTropolis, and Extensis QX-Tools. He is a regularly featured speaker at industry conferences and has authored or co-authored several books on Web development. His book The Document Object Model is widely regarded as the definitive resource for working with the DOM.

Steve Mulder

Steve Mulder

Principal Consultant, User Experience, Molecular

Steve Mulder is author of The User Is Always Right: A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas for the Web, and a regular speaker at web conferences. With over ten years of experience in user research, information architecture, interaction design, and usability, Steve practices what he preaches by delivering successful user experiences that drive business results. He has brought his expertise to a wide range of companies, including Morgan Stanley, PC Connection, 3M, CVS, Estee Lauder, Talbots, Wired, Terra Lycos, and ZDNet.

Garrett Murray

Garrett Murray

Senior Developer, Blue Flavor

Garrett has been designing and developing for the web for nine years. He has a broad client list that includes the United Nations Development Programme, Pfizer, and Columbia University. Throughout his career, he has placed an emphasis on building efficient and elegant web applications with a focus on user experience.

A technology addict, Garrett started learning Perl at the tender age of 16. Shortly after, it was Javascript, PHP, then ASP, ColdFusion and everything in between. Recently, Garrett has been focusing on developing with Ruby on Rails.

In 2003, Garrett wrote and released xPad, a Mac OS X application praised for its ease of use. Recently, he released SimpleLog, a Ruby on Rails weblogging application, which helps users focus on writing through an efficiently designed interface that eliminates clutter.

Greg Rewis

Greg Rewis

Group Manager, Web Evangelists, Adobe Systems

With nearly 20 years of computer industry experience, Greg spends up to 200 days of the year on the road, talking with customers, giving product demonstrations at trade shows and seminars, speaking at industry conferences, and leading specialized advanced training sessions featuring Adobe's Web Tools product line. He is the co-author of the soon to be released book Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS3.

Dan Rubin

Dan Rubin

Founder & Principal, Webgraph

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 increase flexibility and 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.

In addition to his contributions to sites including Blogger, the CSS Zen Garden, Yahoo! Small Business and Microsoft's ASP.net portal, Dan is a contributing author of Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (2nd Edition, friends of ED, 2003), a technical reviewer for Beginning CSS Web Development (Apress, 2006) and The Art & Science of CSS (SitePoint, 2007), coauthor of Pro CSS Techniques (Apress, 2006), and Web Standards Creativity (friends of ED, 2007), writes about web standards, design and life in general on his blog, SuperfluousBanter.org, and spends his professional time on a variety of online and offline projects for Sidebar Creative and Black Seagull.

Jared Spool

Jared Spool

Founding Partner, User Interface Engineering

If you've ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he's one of the most effective, knowledgeable communicators on the subject today. What you probably don't know is that he has guided the research agenda and built User Interface Engineering into the largest research organization of its kind in the world. He's been working in the field of usability and 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 User Interface Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time.

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan

Founder/Principal, W3Conversions

Founder and principal of web standards redesign company W3Conversions, Stephanie Sullivan is a Dreamweaver, accessibility, CSS and XHTML expert, whose services are in demand by top firms across the United States. She's a top gun that companies go to for troubleshooting problems, training their web team, or to work behind-the-scenes transforming their in-house designs into functioning standard-based websites.

She wrote the CSS Layouts included in Dreamweaver CS3, serves as co-lead of the influential Web Standards Project (WaSP) Adobe Task Force and is a partner at Community MX, a site offering over 2,300 tutorials to web developers seeking to increase their skills. Though an admitted workaholic, she escapes from the little people inside her computer to play beach volleyball. Her guilty pleasure? 80's music.

Jeffrey Veen

Jeffrey Veen

Speaker, Author, and User Experience Consultant

Jeffrey Veen is an internationally sought-after speaker, author, and user experience consultant. As a consultant, Jeffrey has been involved in designing the leading blog and social media applications on the web, including Blogger, TypePad, Flickr, and more. Jeff also lead the creation of Measure Map, the well-received blog analytics tool acquired by Google in 2006.

After five years with Adaptive Path, where he was a founding partner, Jeff moved to Google, where he where he lead the redesign of their Analytics product and managed their web apps UX team. He left Google in May, 2008, to work on personal projects. Previously, Jeffrey served as the Executive Director of Interface Design for Wired Digital and Lycos Inc., where he managed the look and feel of HotWired, the HotBot search engine, Lycos.com and others.

In addition to lecturing and writing on web design and development, Jeffrey has been active with the World Wide Web Consortium¹s CSS Editorial Review Board as an invited expert on electronic publishing. He is also the author of the acclaimed books The Art & Science of Web Design and HotWired Style:
Principles for Building Smart Web Sites.

In 1998, Jeffrey was named by CNet as one of the ³First Annual Web Innovators² and has won the Communication Arts Interactive Annual award for his work on Wired News. Other clients include Technorati, Creative Commons, Macromedia, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and National Public Radio.

Jeffrey specializes in the integration of content, graphic design, and technology from a user-centered perspective.