Mike Arauz is a Partner at the digital strategy firm, Undercurrent, based in New York. Since joining Undercurrent in 2008, Mike has helped leaders of global companies, including GE, PepsiCo, Ford, American Express, Pearson, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, understand how digital technology is disrupting their world and what to do about it. Before joining Undercurrent, Mike worked at the digital agency Deep Focus and at Pompei A.D., the design firm behind the vanguard retailers Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters. Mike is widely respected in his field for his ideas about the nature of online relationships, community-centered collective action, and the fundamentals of strategy. His writing is frequently referenced, and he has spoken and lectured at numerous conferences and universities including SXSW, NEXT Berlin, Future Trends, and Hyper Island and Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, Sweden.
Christopher Butler is the COO of Newfangled, where he directs strategy, design and personnel, as well as consults on a wide variety of topics surrounding design and technology. Christopher is a prolific writer and speaker. His articles have been published in PRINT, HOW, Smashing Magazine, Salon, and elsewhere, and he is the author of The Strategic Web Designer. He has spoken at events for HOW, the UCDA, AIGA, and the American Marketing Association.
VP of Design
Christopher Cashdollar is a multidisciplinary-trained graphic designer with interactive experience dating back to the mid 1990s. He has provided consultative strategy and design direction for clients such as Ben & Jerry’s, Harvard, Viacom, Monotype Imaging, Northwestern Mutual, LG Mobile, and Zappos. Currently the Vice President of Design for the world-renowned web design agency Happy Cog, Chris has championed how user-centric experiences successfully marries beautiful, results-driven design.
Maciej Ceglowski is the founder of Pinboard.In, an "antisocial" bookmarking site founded in 2009. Prior to beginning work as an independent contractor, Maciej worked as the first engineer at Yahoo!'s Brickhouse, where he worked as a backend developer and community manager and developed a visual airfare search engine called FareMaps. Some of Maciej's projects have included designing and building an internal data warehouse for Twitter, Building an online book reader for Otworz Ksiazke, a Polish Creative Commons project at the University of Warsaw, among others.
As a Director at Moment, Alexa expertly leads teams; collaboratively designing digital products for the real world. Over her 10-year career, she has contributed to designing successful products for ESPN, Walt Disney, and other great companies. As technology changes rapidly, Alexa seeks to understand how new platforms are reframing services so that she can prepare her clients for the not-so-distant future.
Alexa earned a Masters in Design from IIT's Institute of Design where she focused on design research, product strategy, and product definition.
Aside from digital-product-problem-solving, Alexa spends her time cooking, telling bad jokes, and sketching.
Associate Design Director and the User Experience Lead
Andy Fitzgerald is an Associate Design Director and the User Experience Lead at Deloitte Digital in Seattle. Andy has spent the better part of a decade massaging truculent bits of information into difficult digital spaces. His recent work focuses on designing for effective experiences across diverse digital touchpoints and on creating flexible structures for understanding in the connected environment. Andy has given talks and workshops at the Information Architecture Summit, Google Dev Fest, and AIGA Into the Woods. He is also a frequent contributor to UX magazines and blogs including UX Booth and O’Reilly Radar.
Dan Hon is a former creative director from the independent advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, based in Portland, Oregon. He's worked as an interactive creative director on Nike, Kraft, Sony and Coca-Cola and most recently as a creative director on Facebook, bringing to life their first brand campaign.
A recovered lawyer, he helped Mind Candy build their first product, Perplex City, and co-founded Six to Start, an award-winning entertainment production company in 2007.
He has been blogging for a very long time and now writes a popular email newsletter. He doesn’t play World of Warcraft anymore.
Creative Director and Founding Partner
Eric Karjaluoto is creative director and a founding partner of the creative agency smashLAB. Since 2000, he has helped a broad range of clients including The Vancouver Aquarium, the University of Minnesota, and The Nature Conservancy with their strategic, design, and communication challenges. Eric authored the books Speak Human and The Design Method. He writes regularly about design at erickarjaluoto.com.
Front-end Consultant and Freelance Developer
Jenn Lukas is a multi-talented front-end consultant and freelance developer in Philadelphia and is founder of Ladies in Tech. She writes for publications such as The Nerdary, .net magazine, 24 Ways, and The Pastry Box Project. Jenn's past experiences range from creating Navy training simulations to leading the front-end team at Happy Cog as Interactive Development Director. She was named one of Mashable’s 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter, and you can find her on Twitter posting development and cat-related news. Jenn is the co-host of the Ladies in Tech Podcast and teaches for GirlDevelopIt and Skillshare.
Bond Art + Science
If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit. For nearly 20 years Karen has helped businesses create better digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy. She is Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy she founded in 2006, and formerly VP and National Lead for User Experience at Razorfish. She's led projects for dozens of publishing clients, including The New York Times, Condé Nast, The Atlantic, and Hearst. Karen teaches Design Management in the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, which educates students on how to run successful projects, teams, and businesses. Her book, Content Strategy for Mobile, was published in 2012 by A Book Apart.
Debbie Millman is president of the design division at Sterling Brands. In her 16 years with the company, Debbie has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Hasbro and many others. She’s president emeritus of the AIGA, as well as a contributing author at Print and co-founder and chair of the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show, “Design Matters with Debbie Millman,” is now featured on DesignObserver.com and was awarded a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011. In addition, Debbie is the author of five books on design and branding, including How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer (Allworth Press, 2007), Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (HOW Books, 2009) and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits (Allworth Press, 2011).
Clarissa Peterson is a UX designer and developer, and co-founder of Peterson/Kandy, a digital consultancy specializing in building responsive websites and training organizations in responsive design workflow. Clarissa frequently speaks on responsive design and mobile content strategy. She is also the author of Learning Responsive Web Design, coming soon from O’Reilly Media.
Interaction Design Director
David Sherwin is an interaction designer and creative director with a depth of expertise in developing compelling solutions for challenging business problems. His books include Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers. David is currently an Interaction Design Director at Frog, a Global Innovation Firm, where he helps to guide the research, strategy and design of novel products and services for some of today's leading companies and nonprofit organizations. He is also a senior lecturer in the BFA in Interaction Design program at California College of the Arts.
He has spoken and conducted workshops at events such as SxSW, Interaction, HOW Design Live, UX London, Sandbox Summit@MIT, as well as at many design schools. His writing has appeared in FastCoDesign, TheAtlantic.com/Life, A List Apart, Good.Is, PSFK.com, HOW and many other periodicals. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, the poet and writer Mary Paynter Sherwin. In his free time, he maintains the blog ChangeOrder at www.changeorderblog.com.
Geoff has been designing digital products for well over a decade. In 2002, he co-founded the design firm Teehan+Lax. Geoff and his company have helped shape products at companies like Google, Yahoo, Prismatic, Facebook, Weather Network, LG, Globe and Mail, Readability and more. He led the design of Medium during its conception, and recently wrapped up projects for Yahoo/Tumblr and Flipboard. He is currently working with YouTube.
Web Developer/ Author/ Trainer