Senior Contributor, MacWorld
Your host at Web Design World, Jim Heid is one of the most experienced technology writers and instructors in the world. His 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 thirty 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 senior contributor of Macworld magazine since 1984, specializing in digital media topics. He's the author of The Macintosh iLife series of books, the world's top selling books on Apple's iLife suite. 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.
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.
Principal, Textura Design
Byron is the Principal of Textura Design. He lived the dotcoms and the dotcom crashes, invented Clip-n-Seal, and speaks at conferences. He is the co-author of Publish & Prosper: Blogging for Your Business (New Riders), and is currently working on a book about the business applications of Twitter.
With more than thirteen years of experience, Byron is an expert blogger, designer, and developer. An entrepreneur and an inventor, he consults with Textura Design's clients, develops blogging strategies, and publishes Bike Hugger, a blog about bike culture. Byron lives in Seattle with his wife Pam, two children, and a pug named Cap’n. When he's not blogging, he races his bicycle with the Union Bay Cycling Club.
Usability and User Research Consultant, UsabilityWorks
Dana is an independent researcher and consultant who founded UsabilityWorks in San Francisco, CA. She has been helping teams develop effective designs and stay focused on their customers’ experiences through creative user research and clear communication since 1982.
She has worked with hundreds of study participants for dozens of clients to learn about design issues in software, hardware, web sites, online services, games, and ballots (and probably other things that are better forgotten about). She has helped companies like Yahoo!, Intuit, AARP, Wells Fargo, E*TRADE, Sun Microsystems, and RLG (now OCLC) perform usability tests and other user research to inform and improve the designs of their products and services.
Dana's colleagues consider her an expert in design for older adults and plain language. (She says she's still learning.) Lately, she has been working on issues related to ballot design and usability and accessibility in voting.
Founder and Principal Consultant, Easy! Designs, LLC
After getting hooked on the web in 1996 and spending several years pushing pixels and bits for the likes of IBM and Konica Minolta, Aaron Gustafson founded his own web consultancy: Easy! Designs LLC. Aaron is a Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and is a member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS). He serves as technical editor for A List Apart and has built a small library of writing and editing credits in both the print and web worlds. Aaron has graced the stage at numerous conferences and is frequently called on to provide web standards training in both the public and private sector.
Web Accessibility Initiative, World Wide Web Consortium
Shawn Henry leads worldwide education and outreach promoting web accessibility for people with disabilities at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Before joining the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), she developed and implemented strategies to optimize user interface design for usability and accessibility with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, education providers, and research centers. Shawn focuses her personal passion for accessibility on bringing together the needs of individuals and the goals of organizations in designing human-computer interfaces. Her most recent book, Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design, offers an approach for developing products that are more usable for everyone.
Senior Product Manager, Internet Explorer Team, Microsoft
Pete LePage works on the Internet Explorer team as a Senior Product Manager, helping developers take advantage of the Internet Explorer web platform. Pete has been designing websites since his early days in high school, evolving from overlapping <blink>, <marquee> and <font> tags on GeoCities to properly styled CSS, managed hosted websites. Prior to joining the product management team, LePage was a tester on Microsoft’s Visual Web Developer where he tested much of the web design experience.
In addition to his career at Microsoft, LePage enjoys travelling and is an avid film photographer; he teaches and studies at the prestigious Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle where he has recently completed his Thesis in Fine Art Photography.
LePage keeps a regular blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/petel
Director, Development Tools Ecosystem Team, 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.
Interaction Design Manager, LDS Church
Recognized as one of the web’s most balanced designers, Cameron Moll is proficient in functional web design, clean markup, and CSS. Cameron has been involved in the design and redesign of scores of sites, and his influential techniques have found favor in circles across the web.
Cameron’s work has been recognized by respected organizations such as National Public Radio, Communication Arts, and Veer. He is the author of Mobile Web Design and was a contributing writer to CSS Mastery. His personal site, CameronMoll.com, delivers design how-to in the form of engaging conversation, on-topic banter, and downloadable artwork source files.
Director of Emerging Interactions, Molecular
Steve Mulder helps organizations innovate on customer relationships using social media, social networking, rich interfaces, and emerging digital interactions. He is also the 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 14 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 Adidas, TD Waterhouse, TripAdvisor, HumanaOne, Talbots, PC Connection, 3M, CVS, and Estee Lauder.
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 more than 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 the author of Web Design for ROI (New Riders, 2007).
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.
Founder and 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.
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.
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