Even if you’ve already read Aaron Gustafson’s book, Adaptive Web Design, you’re still going to learn more from him than you thought possible.
Why? Because Aaron isn’t just an authority on building cross-platform experiences — he’s a natural instructor who focuses on practical techniques you can start using now.
As the former group manager of WaSP and the man behind Web Standards Sherpa, Aaron works passionately and tirelessly to advance web standards. He also runs the web consultancy Easy Designs, has authored a slew of articles for .net Magazine and A List Apart, and frequently mentors teams at organizations such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and SAS.
Crystal Beasley is a product design strategist who brings a decade of experience in the user-centered design craft. Tiny, but terrifically loud, she helps teams create products that people love. Unwilling to make assumptions about process or product, Crystal tests her own and other’s theories through practical experimentation. This led her to create such unlikely products as a pie food cart and a robot that scans the internet for color trends. Attracted by their mission to “make everyone in the world laugh for at least 5 minutes a day” Crystal herded LOLcats at icanhascheesburger.com. Currently, she is at Mozilla pursuing a quest to forever quell the frustration of passwords from all our lives.
Crystal will be delivering the keynote presentation at edUi 2013: “13 Signs Your UX Needs an Exocism.”
Jason Toth is a user experience designer at Viget, where he crafts engaging experiences that merge client needs with strong visual and interactive strategies. Jason has a range of professional experience including architecture, graphic design, and interaction design. Prior to Viget he worked in the software industry for seven years designing social collaboration solutions for enterprise customers.
Jason has led experience design efforts on projects for Lenovo, Network Solutions, Puma, Cisco, IBM, Duke University, and Wildfire by Google. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Graphic Design from NC State University.
Jason will be leading a half-day workshop with Paul Koch at edUi 2013 on using Google Analytics to make better design decisions.
Pew Internet & American Life Project
Kathryn Zickuhr is a research analyst at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, where she studies the changing role of libraries in Americans’ lives and communities in the era of digital content.
Kathryn is the lead author of reports on libraries and e-books, younger Americans’ reading and library habits, and disparities in technology access and use. She has also published reports on topics ranging from location-based mobile services to broadband adoption. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, and other major news outlets regarding the Pew Research Center’s work.
Design & Design Management Consultant
Kim Goodwin is a consultant and the author of the bestselling book, Designing for the Digital Age. She spent most of the last decade as VP Design & General Manager at Cooper, leading an integrated practice of interaction, visual, and industrial designers and the development of the acclaimed Cooper U design curriculum.
Kim has led projects involving a tremendous range of design problems, including web sites, complex analytical and enterprise applications, phones, medical devices, services, and even organizations. Her clients and employers have included everything from one-man startups to the world’s largest companies, as well as universities and government agencies.
Kim is a popular speaker appearing at conferences including An Event Apart, UIE’s annual User Interface conference, UX London, and Rosenfeld Media’s UX Workshops.
Kim will be leading a half-day workshop at edUi 2013 on User Experience Leadership.
Nishant Kothary is the co-founder of Minky, a design and technology company based in Seattle, WA. After cutting his teeth as a Program Manager at Amazon.com on projects like Instant Video & the original Kindle, Nishant honed his multidisciplinary skills at Microsoft as a Web Strategist.
His writings and work have been featured in Smashing Magazine, UXMag, MIX Online, The Techblock, Drawar, and several other sites and publications, and his favorite web work includes 10K Apart, Lost World’s Fairs, The New Microsoft.com, MIX Online, A Website Named Desire, and Build.
Follow @rainypixels at your own risk on Twitter and Instagram for a live, unedited serving of Nishant and his instapopular Weimaraner, Yoshi.
As a Marketing Strategist at Viget, Paul uses web analytics to help clients define, measure, and optimize their web presences.
With an eye toward useful, doable, and ROI-rooted recommendations and insights, Paul leads the analytics efforts for several of Viget’s higher-ed projects in addition to clients including Puma, Stanley Black & Decker, the World Wildlife Fund, Valspar, and Hershey Entertainment.
Paul teaches Viget’s quarterly public Google Analytics training seminars, and he regularly guest speaks at several DC-area universities.
Paul will be leading a half-day workshop with Jason Toth at edUi 2013 on using analytics to make better design decisions.