Abby Covert is an independent information architect in New York City. She specializes in delivering a collaborative information architecture (IA) process and teaching those that she works with along the way.
She speaks and writes under the pseudonym “Abby the IA,” focusing on sharing information architecture content with those working within the design and technology communities. She is also the author of How to Make Sense of Any Mess, a book about information architecture for everybody.
Abby teaches IA at The School of Visual Arts and is also the current president of the Information Architecture Institute, a global non-profit membership organization focused on empowering IA leadership, currently serving members in 73 countries.
Denise Jacobs is a Speaker + Author who teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid, methods for making work environments more conducive to creative productivity, and practices for sparking innovation. She is the Founder + Creativity Evangelist of The Creative Dose, a Creativity + Innovation Collective.
A tech industry veteran and web expert, Denise is the author of The CSS Detective Guide and co-author of the Smashing Book #3 1/3 and Interact with Web Standards. She is also the Chief Unicorn of Rawk The Web and the Head Instigator of The Creativity (R)Evolution.
At edUi 2015 Denise will be delivering the keynote Banish Your Inner Critic to Unleash Creativity.
Josh Clark is founder of Big Medium, a design agency specializing in connected devices, mobile experiences, and responsive web design. His clients include Samsung, Time Inc, TechCrunch, Entertainment Weekly, eBay, O’Reilly Media, and many others. Josh has written several books, including Designing for Touch (A Book Apart, 2015) and Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps (O’Reilly, 2010). Always eager to talk about what’s next for digital interfaces, Josh has spoken at conferences around the world including:
- An Event Apart
- UX Bucharest
- Smashing Conference
- Amuse UX
- UX Lisbon
Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a prime-time game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)
Steve Krug (pronounced “kroog”) is best known as the author of Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. First published in 2000 and now in its third edition with over 450,000 copies in print, this book has served as almost everyone’s introduction to usability and user experience design.
In 2010, he followed it with the usability testing handbook Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems.
The books were based on the 25+ years he’s spent as a usability consultant for a wide variety of clients like Apple, Bloomberg, IBM, Lexus, NPR, the International Monetary Fund, and many others.
His consulting firm, Advanced Common Sense (which he describes as “just me and a few well-placed mirrors”) is based just outside Boston, Massachusetts.
Steve currently spends most of his time teaching usability workshops, consulting, and watching old black and white movies from the thirties and forties.
Val Head is a designer based in lovely Pittsburgh, PA. Her work ranges from projects on the web to interactive installations to print. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations, teaches CSS Animations on Lynda.com, and hosts the All The Right Moves tutorial screencast.
You can find her on stage speaking at events like An Event Apart and encouraging others to do the same as the co-host of the Ladies in Tech podcast. She also founded the popular Web Design Day conference, and leads workshops around the world on Interface animation for the web.
Val will be leading a half day workshop at edUi 2015 called Taking Interface Animation from Good to Great.