Presented by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

edUi 2011

October 13-14

Richmond, Virginia

Speakers

Andre Pope

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

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Transitioning from the marketing/advertising world, Andre Pope leads the Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s Mobile Web Initiative. As the program’s Mobile Web Technology Strategist, Pope plots the course of the mobile web environment to better suite students academic goals by focusing on engagement and retention. Pope’s business savvy approach pushes the boundaries on how we think of mobile web technology in a higher education environment. In addition, Pope serves as an adjunct professor in the Digital Arts department. As a professor, Pope explores how we view form and function, marketing and advertising, technology, and talent, while pushing students to formulate their own unique skill set.

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Ben Kimmel

Duke University

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As the Information Architect for Duke Web Services, Ben has worked with all types in many different scenarios. He has learned that, even though we speak the same language, we don’t all know how to be understood. He uses content structure development,  prototyping, wire frames and many other tools and activities to help site owners understand what they need to say. Then he helps them say it for the web.

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Blake Sirach

Willow Tree Apps

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Blake leads the user experience and interface design team at WillowTree Apps.  Beyond enjoying smart interface design, he’s interested in information architecture, copywriting, and front-end web development.  Blake previously worked with the University of Virginia as a graphic and web designer, while maintaining a potpourri of freelance consulting and design contracts.

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Brian Fling

Pinch/Zoom

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Brian Fling is an authority in the field of mobile user experience and multiple context design. He has worked with hundreds of businesses—from early stage start-ups to Fortune 50 companies—to leverage a variety of media, such as mobile devices, to design for the needs and context of real people.

Author of O’Reilly Media’s Mobile Design and Development, Brian goes in-depth into the design principles involved in creating compelling mobile experiences for this new era of multiple devices and context, as well as exploring the rapidly growing area of how to easily design and build a mobile site and web app, how to deal with devices practically, and how to translate an experience to a variety of mobile devices.

Brian is an author and frequent speaker on the issues on mobile design, the mobile web, and mobile user experience, teaching people all over the world how to leverage mobile platforms. Brian is also the founder and creative director of pinch/zoom, a design and development agency specializing in mobile experiences, helping clients like BBC, New York Times, HSBC, eHarmony, Best Buy, and others dive into the world of mobile.

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Carol Smith

Mid-West Research

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Carol is a regular presenter at conferences internationally, and has been introducing personas to her clients since 2003. Through her business, Midwest Research, LLC, she researches and communicates user needs to clients to help them improve products, and also conducts usability tests on websites, software, and consumer products. She has worked with clients in a wide range of industries including education, healthcare, government, and retail. Carol has a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction and is the Treasurer and Director of Education and Training for the Usability Professionals Association. She tweets @carologic, and enjoys running and spending time with her husband and kids.

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Cathy Finn-Derecki

University of Mary Washington

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Cathy is the Director of Web Communications at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. With a background in architectural planning and building design, Cathy’s work over the past decade has been focused on higher ed web design, emphasizing continual, iterative refinement for the authoring and outward interfaces. Nurturing relationships with faculty, staff, and instructional technologists has been central to her process, based on the belief that the primary job of the higher education webmaster is not to manage technology or support marketing, but to strive for deeper understanding of academic culture and its relationship to the larger society.

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Charlie Morris

North Carolina State University

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Charlie is a web generalist and instructional technologist, currently working as a Library Fellow with the NC State Libraries.  Before arriving at the library, he worked for over five years at NC State in both instructional technology support and web development. These experiences included project management, programming and training. Charlie doubled in Business Administration and History during his undergrad career at SUNY Geneseo and in August he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with an MS in Information Science.

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Christine McClure

Illinois Institute of Technology

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Christine is enjoying the disparity of being both an old hand and a newbie. She wandered around the IT consultant environment for many years as a quality assurance geek, writing code to test code. A work-related epiphany in 2004 (Do this for another 30 years? No way!) sent her to library school. She is now happily ensconced as the Digital Services Librarian at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology. Her goal is to provide a rich online experience for students that doesn’t take a library degree to navigate.

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Christopher Schmitt

Heat Vision

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The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher Schmitt is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993.

As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs.

He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force.

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for MSDN, .net Magazine, New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

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Cory Lown

NCSU Libraries

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Cory is Digital Technologies Development Librarian in the Digital Library Initiatives Department at NCSU Libraries where he works on a variety for projects that use technology to advance end-user resource discovery and access to services. He has experience with mobile web development, mobile application interface design, and data visualization. He received his BA in English from Hamilton College and his MS in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill.

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Curtiss Grymala

University of Mary Washington

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Curtiss is the Webmaster at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Before that, he worked as the Webmaster at Lord Fairfax Community College, where he acted as the main developer and consultant for all web-related projects. While at LFCC, he developed a completely custom, enterprise-level CMS for the institution. He is formally trained in PHP and MySQL, with expert-level experience in HTML and CSS. He spends much of his free time doing the same things he does at work: developing and customizing websites.

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Danielle Cooley

DGCooley Consulting

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Danielle has over twelve years of experience in a user research methods utilized on a wide variety of applications, including hardware, Windows, web, telephone, and mobile. Her successful designs have been implemented at companies of all sizes in many industries, ranging from pharmaceuticals to car rental to financial services. Currently working as an independent consultant, Danielle is a frequent speaker at local and national conferences. She has a BE in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a MS in Human Factors in Information Design from the Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

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David Anderson

University at Buffalo - School of Medicine & Biomed Edu

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David is Director of Strategic Digital Communications for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has significant experience in content management systems, content strategy, accessibility, usability, and writing for the web. He’s been involved in HighEdWeb since its inception, when it was an e-mail list for higher ed web people in New York. He’s been the webmaster at Plattsburgh State University and the University at Buffalo CIT.

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David Miller

Terminal 4

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David is Chief Operations Officer of TERMINALFOUR, with responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company, including product and project delivery and alliances. An Engineering graduate of Trinity College Dublin, David has over 28 years’ experience in the global IT industry, having been responsible for operations, product development delivery, and business development in a number of international companies, and having worked within the venture capital industry. Previous companies included eSpatial (COO), CedarOpenAccounts (Program Manager and M&A support), Sepro Telecom (COO), IONA Technologies (SVP Worldside Engineering), ICL/Fujitsu, and Logica BVJBoye (Philadelphia).

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David Moody

UVA Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

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A nuclear engineer working in a library? Go figure. David is a web technology evangelist, responsible for establishing technology communities that include beTech, Adobe UGs, Mobile Technology UG, and others at UVA. He brings over ten years of CMS building and implementation experience to his presentation.

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Erin Mayhood

University of Virginia Library

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Erin leads efforts to improve both in-person and online experiences for faculty and students. As the leader of the library’s first-ever User Experience Team, she has developed a user-centered design process that champions a collaborative, data-driven approach to service planning and development. Erin coordinates and/or conducts all necessary assessment to inform user-centered design activities, including personas, user interface requirements, task analysis, cognitive walkthroughs, focus groups, and usability testing.

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Frank La Vigne

Microsoft

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Frank is a Microsoft Developer Evangelist based in Washington DC. He has been hooked on software development since he was twelve, when he got his own Commodore 64 computer.  Since then, he’s worked as developer for financial firms on Wall Street and in Europe. He has worked on various Tablet PC solutions and built advanced user experiences in Silverlight and WPF. His Silverlight 4 book came out in April 2010 and was the first Silverlight 4 book on the market. He founded the CapArea.NET User Group Silverlight Special Interest Group and has spoken at TechEd, MEDC, DevConnections, and Code Camps along the East Coast. He blogs regularly at FranksWorld.com.

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Jason Cranford Teague

Forum One Communications

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Jason helps people apply technology in creative ways to build a positive future. He has been at the forefront of web design for over sixteen years as a designer, writer, and teacher, and recently took over as the Director of UX for Forum One, an interactive agency with clients that include the Environmental Protection Agency, Conservation International, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, and The Institute for Systems Biology. Jason’s many books include CSS3 Visual Quickstart, Fluid Web Typography and Speaking in Styles: The Fundamentals of CSS for Web Designers.

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Jason Woodward

Cornell University

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Jason has been a software engineer since 1996 and has been building Web applications since 1998. He built the software running the first downloadable music subscription service, EMusic.com, during the dot-com boom. After returning to school, he built web content management and administrative web applications for Cornell University. Most recently he moved into a part-time position in order to pursue a private venture. His interests lie in the areas of human cooperation, information interoperability, and where those topics meet: communication of information and knowledge. He holds a BS and M.Eng in computer science from Cornell University.

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Jeffrey Zeldman

Happy Cog

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Dubbed King of Web Standards by Business Week, Jeffrey Zeldman was one of the first designers, bloggers, and independent publishers on the web, and one of the first web design teachers. In 1998, he co-founded The Web Standards Project, a grassroots coalition that helped bring HTML, CSS, and JavaScript standards to our browsers.

Jeffrey founded and is executive creative director of Happy Cog™, a high-end web design agency named “Design Agency of the Year” in the 2010 .net Awards. He publishes the industry-leading magazine A List Apart “for people who make websites;” has written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards 3rd Edition with Ethan Marcotte. Jeffrey co-hosts “The Big Web Show” with Dan Benjamin (“Video Podcast of the Year,” 2010 .net Awards) and is a faculty member at the Interaction Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts.

Jeffrey serves on the Advisory Boards of SXSW Interactive and Rosenfeld Media (Emeritus) and is a co-founder of The Deck advertising network. Before becoming a web designer, he worked as a composer and musician and as a writer for The Washington Post.

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Jim Groom

University of Mary Washington

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Jim is an Instructional Technology Specialist and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. For over a decade he has focused on the development of teaching and learning in higher education. His experience as an instructor—coupled with extensive collaborations with faculty and students with a specific focus on curricula, pedagogical and technologically enhanced projects—has informed much of his innovative work in the instructional technology field. He writes regularly about his work as an instructional technologist—and several other interests such as film, literature, and media of all kinds—on his personal blog, “bavatuesdays.”

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Joelle Pitts

Kansas State University Libraries

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Joelle Pitts is the Instructional Design Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries. She is responsible for the creation and maintenance of web-based learning objects and environments aimed at improving the information literacy of the Kansas State University community. Joelle is particularly interested in distance education and the role of libraries in e-learning. She holds degrees in Agricultural Business and Library Science.

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Joseph Gilbert

University of Virginia Library

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Joe is the Web Developer for Public Services at the University of Virginia Library, where he crafts engaging, data-driven user experiences with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and PHP.  Before pursuing his love for standards-based web design and development, Joe led public services in the UVA Scholars’ Lab, a library lab dedicated to innovative digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in English from Virginia.

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Joyce Hostyn

OpenText

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Joyce is a boundary spanner, exploring what it means to design holistic customer experiences. She’s a storyteller, gardener, and change agent who applies design thinking to the sticky challenges of research, design, and delivery of cross channel product, content, and service experiences. Joyce is the Director of Customer Experience at OpenText and Facilitator of the Accelerating Adoption Community.

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Karen Wolf

George Mason University

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Karen is the Technology Coordinator for University Life at George Mason University. She has been creating websites since her early teens, and apologizes to the world for her badly designed first “Lois and Clark” website in 1996.  Karen has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from The College of William and Mary and a Masters in Women and Gender Studies from George Mason University.  She is a recent devotee of WordPress.

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Kyle Soucy

Usable Interface

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Kyle is the founder of Usable Interface, an independent consulting company specializing in product usability and user-centered design. She has spent the last eleven years helping create intuitive interfaces for a variety of different products, everything from websites to touch screen devices. She is the Founder and Past President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association (NH UPA), she has served as the Chair of PhillyCHI, and she was the local UXnet Ambassador for New Hampshire. Kyle is passionate about the continued growth of the usability and user experience design community.

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Les James

Media Two Interactive

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Les has been designing websites for a decade, with experience ranging from garage band sites to enterprise-level front-end templates. His roots are in photography, though he’s passionate about all things design. A one-time Flash developer, Les now pushes the latest web standards with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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Margot Bloomstein

Appropriate, Inc.

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Margot Bloomstein is the principal of Appropriate, Inc., a brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston. Independently and in partnership with leading agencies, she creates brand-appropriate user experiences to help organizations engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity.

Over the past ten years, she’s partnered with clients like BT, Philips, Tretorn, Lindt, Harvard, Timberland, and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to address messaging in both traditional and social media.

Margot speaks regularly on the evolution of content strategy within interactive agencies. Recent engagements include Gilbane, Web 2.0, SXSW, Web Content 2010, and more intimate regional events across the country. She holds a BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Matt Dawson

Willow Tree Apps

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Matt has been building for the web—both front- and back-end—since 2004. He brings his extensive experience developing data-rich sites and applications to the mobile web as Lead Mobile Web Developer for WillowTree Apps. Though he claims to be platform- and technology-agnostic, he’s got serious soft spots for Python and JavaScript. Aside from web development, he’s been paid for writing grant proposals for worthy non-profits, baking bread, and even throwing really expensive parties for political contributors.

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Matt Ventre

Messagefirst

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Matt is a designer at Messagefirst with a background in user-centered design and web development. As a youngster, Matt created websites in his spare time, learning the building blocks of the budding web. In college, he discovered the value of iterative techniques and the power of web standards while honing his coding chops and research skills. He’s spent his days since designing and prototyping with modern web toolsets like HTML5 and CSS3. Prior to joining messagefirst, Matt led experience design efforts at Raymour & Flanigan and Cornell University’s ILR School on a variety of web-based products and mission-critical applications.

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Peter Hedlund

VA Foundation for the Humanities - Encyclopedia Virginia

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Peter is responsible for the design and development of new features for the Encyclopedia Virginia website and blog. Before coming to VFH in 2008, Peter spent nine years as a web programmer and instructional technology specialist at the Darden Graduate School of Business. Peter earned an M.A. degree in Slavic Literature from the University of Virginia.

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Randy Hoyt

Imaginuity & University of Texas at Dallas

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Randy works as a web developer at a creative agency, and he teaches courses in web publishing at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been working with WordPress since the early days, building websites and blogs on the platform for over six years. Randy presents about WordPress and website development at conferences and local meetups, and what free time he can find he spends studying and writing about mythology and fantasy literature.

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Randy Jensen

Cultivatr

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Randy is a freelance web developer in Dallas, TX. He’s the creator of the CSS3Generator.com and has worked for several colleges around Dallas. Currently, he’s working closely with a large digital agency in downtown Dallas.

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Rick Allen

ePublish Media

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Rick has helped to shape web communications and content strategy in higher education for more than twelve years. As content principal of ePublish Media, a content strategy consultancy in Boston, Rick works with organizations to create, publish, and govern effective web content. He often writes and speaks on higher education web publishing topics. Rick is the founder of Content Strategy New England and co-founder of “Meet Content,” a blog and online resource aiming to empower higher education to create and sustain web content that works.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan

University of Virginia

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Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian, media scholar, and a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia. From 1999 through the summer of 2007 he worked in the Department of Culture and Communication at New York University.

Vaidhyanathan is a frequent contributor on media and cultural issues in various periodicals, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Salon.com. He maintains a blog, “The Googlization of Everything.”

He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and MSNBC.com, and has appeared in a segment of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. Vaidhyanathan is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book.

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Starrie Williamson

University of Virginia Library

Starrie is with the Communications department at the University of Virginia Library. She has been a multimedia and web developer since 1998, with plenty of experience adapting technologies to applications in the Higher Ed and online learning environment. Over the past decade she has worked on design and development for the Rosetta Stone language learning library, University of Virginia, CoStar Group, RHED Pixel, and Boxer Learning.

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Todd Zaki Warfel

Messagefirst

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Todd Zaki Warfel is president and founder of Messagefirst, a Philadelphia-based design research consulting firm, where he blends research and design to evolve products in innovative and beautiful ways. Todd is a dynamic speaker and storyteller by nature. He’s rarely short on details. He is an active member in a number of industry communities and organizations, including the Information Architecture Institute, IxDA, and UPA.

Todd’s clients have included Albertsons, AT&T Wireless, Bankrate, Bank of America, CitiGroup, Comcast, Cornell University, IntraLinks, Hartford, Motorla, Palm, Sallie Mae, and SBC. Todd currently lives in Philadelphia, blogs at zakiwarfel.com, and is author of a book on prototyping with Rosenfeld Media, Prototyping: A Practitioner’s Guide.

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Wren Lanier

INM United

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Wren is a web designer and project coordinator at INM United in Richmond, Virginia, where she makes awesome things happen for clients ranging from small local non-profits to large international brands. A graduate of VCU, she’s been designing websites for fun and profit since 1999, with a passion for web standards and elegant user experience. Her favorite things include bagels, trouble-making, and pages that validate on the first try.

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