SESSION SPEAKERS

The speakers at MAX are pushing boundaries, inspiring possibilities, and redefining the way you work. Check back often as we continue to add more speakers.

Abhinav Agarwal

Adobe

Justin Ahrens

Rule29

Mohammad Javed Ali

Adobe

Charles Anderson

CSA Design

Kelli Anderson

Designer and Paper Engineer

Martina Flor Arce

Studio Martina Flor

Justin Avery

Simple Things

Elvira Barriga

Local Projects

Dani Beaumont

Adobe

David Blatner

CPN.co

Diane Burns

Diane Burns, Inc.

Tad Carpenter

Carpenter Collective

Elaine Chao

Adobe Systems

Chad Chelius

Chelius Graphic Services

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Creative Publishing Network, InDesignSecrets.com

Chris Converse

Codify Design Studio, LLC

Megan Donahue

Adobe

Aaron Draplin

Draplin Design Co.

Steve Fisher

The Republic of Quality

Michael Flarup

Designer

Nigel French

Nigel French Graphic Design

Nathan Goldman

DKNG Studios

Timothy Goodman

Timothy Goodman LLC

Shelley Gruendler

Typecamp

Tony Harmer

Adobe

Mark Heaps

Heaps LLC

Jennifer Kinon

OCD Agency

Dan Kuhlken

DKNG Studios

Joseph Labrecque

University of Denver / Fractured Vision Media, LLC

Leigh Lahav

OnlyLeigh

Yi Liao

Baidu Uxer Experience Center

Lara McCormick

Exploratorium

Debbie Millman

Design Matters

Michael Murphy

Adobe

Neeraj Nandkeolyar

Adobe

Jamie Neely

Monotype

Michael Ninness

Adobe

Emily Pilloton

Project H Design

Daniel Presedo

Adobe

Nick Sambrato

Mama's Sauce

Rich Sangillo

VLG Marketing

Daniel Scott

Bring Your Own Laptop

Justin Seeley

Pluralsight

Debi Sementelli

Debi Sementelli Lettering & Type Design

Yogesh Sharma

Adobe

Ajay Shukla

Adobe

Bonnie Siegler

Eight and a Half

Paul Trani

Adobe

Bart Van de Wiele

Adobe

James Victore

Victore Productions

Terry White

Adobe

Brian Wood

Brian Wood Training

Laura Worthington

Laura Worthington Design

This speaker is identified as a MAX Master, ranked as one of the top 20 speakers at MAX 2016.

SESSION SPEAKERS

  • Creative Careers
    • Jessica Bellamy  
      Designer, Jessica Bellamy Design
      A designer and activist from Louisville, Kentucky, Jessica Bellamy tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. In her work driving social change through design, she partners with nonprofits and community groups to creating compelling materials that break down complex service and policy information. She currently is an Adobe Creative Resident and is spending the next year trying new approaches in her creative process and execution of her designs as well as encouraging the creative community to support nonprofits and work with them on creative projects. Prior to the Creative Residency she founded and ran GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio in Louisville working with local and national non-profits, community groups, and social change initiatives.
    • Stephen Gates  
      Global Head of Design, Citigroup Inc.
      Stephen is a 2nd generation Creative Director with extensive experience building agency and client-side teams that have created award-winning global advertising campaigns, multiple Fortune 100 brands and innovative digital experiences. His work has received over 150 international awards and Apple has featured his work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials, in Apple Stores and more. He also hosts The Crazy One which is an iTunes Top 10 Design podcast that focuses on helping people be more creative, be a better leader or learn how to make a difference in their company.
      WWW.STEPHENGATES.COM
    • Matt McCue  
      NY, Adobe
      Matt McCue lives in New York City and is the editor-in-chief of 99U. Previously, he contributed to New York magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune.
    • Al Rossin  
      Community Lead, Behance, Adobe
      As the Community Experience Manager heading up email campaigns, social media, and in-person workshops at Behance, Al Rossin has helped countless Behance members showcase and discover the best creative work on the web. Over the past five years, Al has had the pleasure to speak at a number of universities and organizations and learned what’s important to the ever-changing creative career.
    • Tina Roth Eisenberg  
      Founder, Creative Mornings
      Tina Roth Eisenberg is a New York based, Swiss born, raised and trained graphic designer. Over the past 11 years she started numerous side projects that have organically turned into businesses: a collaborative co-working space called FRIENDS, a global, monthly lecture series called CreativeMornings, a simple to-do app called TeuxDeux and Tattly, a designer temporary tattoo shop. Tina is often referred to as Swissmiss after her popular design blog which is also the name of her Twitter handle. FRIENDS http://friendsworkhere.com creativemornings http://creativemornings.com teuxdeux http://teuxdeux.com/ tattly http://tattly.com swissmiss http://swiss-miss.com
    • Pete Souza  
      Freelance Photographer, Former White House Photographer
      From eyewitness to history maker, Pete Souza provides behind-the-scenes photographs from the White House and beyond. Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and President Reagan. During Obama’s eight years as president, Pete took close to two million photographs. To truly document both of the president’s lives, Pete would take on the responsibility of attending every meeting the president was a part of, all the time. It was important for him to capture the president not just as a leader, but as a human being. In addition to the national political scene, Pete has covered stories around the world. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan, after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow. Pete has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, Boston University, and has appeared on ABC’s 20-20. Dateline NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News Sunday, and Fox Friends and Family.
    • Andrew Whelan  
      Career Coach, General Assembly
      Andrew Whelan is an accomplished career coach and small business owner. His background also includes performing at The Second City and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His results-oriented, growth mindset approach to coaching has helped hundreds of graduates and freelancers achieve professional success. His current coaching focuses on students and entrepreneurs, guiding them through their branding and job search.
  • Graphic, Web and UX Design
    • Abhinav Agarwal  
      Product Manager, Adobe
      Abhinav Agarwal is the Product Manager for InDesign. He has been with Adobe (and InDesign) for close to a year now. Prior to joining Adobe, he worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, India. Abhinav is an engineer and MBA by education. Though he has no prior experience in Graphics Design and Layouting, he remains committed to learning more about this industry. As the Product Manager, he collaborates with customers to solicit their feedback on InDesign and works with engineering team to ensure that InDesign continues to improve and is able to excite customers with every new release.
    • Justin Ahrens  
      Creative Director, Rule29
      For over 17 years, Justin Ahrens has led his creative firm, Rule29, in its commitment to “Making Creative Matter®” through great design and by helping others think differently about the world around them. With a collaborative approach to both strategy and design, Rule29’s culture is just as important as the work it creates; the firm is involved in many social causes, including substantial work in Africa. Rule29 has been recognized by major competitions and publications, including AIGA, Communication Arts, Fast Company, Graphis,HOW, Print, The Webby Awards, and many more. Ahrens has been a consistent voice for the design and business community in areas around Design for Good and work/life balance, which he has spoken about at the AIGA Design Conference, Design Thinkers, Lynda.com, Brand New, and HOW, and has written about in his book, Life Kerning™: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life. Additionally, Justin serves as a National Board member for the AIGA focusing on Design for Good and the impact we can have as a community.
      RULE29.COM/
    • Mohammad Javed Ali  
      Product Manager, Adobe
      Javed is a Product Manager with InDesign team. He has been working with Adobe for over 8 years now. Prior to joining Adobe Javed completed his graduation in Computer Science and joined Adobe fresh out of College. He doesn’t have a design degree but over time he has gotten better with design, but there is still a long way to go. His current role is no different than other Product Managers at Adobe, where he interacts with customers and engineering to build the next version of InDesign.
    • Charles Anderson  
      CCO, CSA Design
      AIGA Medalist Charles S. Anderson is a design entrepreneur and creative director who's company specializes in building brands for clients, and also creating their own analog, digital, and interactive products. Established in 1989, CSA Design is one of the profession’s most influential design firms. Their early work for the French Paper Company helped create a new design approach by merging elements of the past and present, resulting in a modern design aesthetic that continues to this day. In addition to their client work, Charles S. Anderson Design is unique in creating CSA Images, one of the most extensive and highly regarded archives of licensed artwork, inspired by the history of modern design, and reinvented for the 21st Century. CSA Design's work has been exhibited in museums worldwide, and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2014 Anderson was honored with the AIGA Medal in recognition of his exceptional achievements and contributions in the field of design.
      CSADESIGN.COM
    • Kelli Anderson  
      Designer and Paper Engineer
      Kelli Anderson is a designer and paper engineer who uses humble materials to expose invisible forces at play in the world. Obsessed with the transparency and intimacy offered by “ lo-fi magic” , she believes that handheld experiences can effectively subvert our expectations about how the larger world works. Kelli's work includes original and award-winning projects for Tinybop, NPR, The New Yorker, Wired, The New York Times, and The American Museum of Natural History—as well as her redesign of brands such asRuss & Daughters, momofuku, and Munchery. Additionally, she once made a paper record player wedding invitation and a counterfeit NY Times newspaper from the "utopian future" (a 2008 Yes Men hoax, for which they won an Ars Electronica Award.) She was Adobe's first Creative Resident in 2015. This Fall, Chronicle is releasing her pop-up book, This Book is a Planetarium, a collection of functional paper contraptions that demonstrate how technology can work when pared-down to its bare minimum. It includes a tiny paper planetarium, among other minimalist devices.
    • Martina Flor Arce  
      Letterer and Designer, Studio Martina Flor
      Martina combines her talents as designer and illustrator in the drawing of letters. Based in Berlin, she runs a leading studio specializing in lettering and custom typography for clients around the globe, such as: The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Monotype, Etsy, Adobe, Macy's, and Cosmopolitan, among others. She cofounded the online competition Lettering vs. Calligraphy, which has garnered international attention, and has initiated numerous other noncommercial projects, including Letter Collections, a series of postcards. With a master in Type Design from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) under her belt, she dedicates a large part of her time to teaching lettering and type design. Her book The Golden Secrets of Lettering (Princeton Architectural Press and Thames & Hudson, 2017) will be published in English, German, Spanish, and French. When she is not busy drawing letters, Martina teaches at several universities, travels around the world to host workshops, and speaks at design conferences. Through her work, she has helped establish lettering design in the European design scene.
    • Justin Avery  
      Digital Consultant, Simple Things
      Justin Avery curates the Responsive Design Weekly Newsletter, Podcast, and maintains Responsive Design Knowledge Hub (rwd.is) where you can find articles, examples, patterns, and resources related to building a web solution that works everywhere. Justin is passionate about the web, performance, and new formats in which web content can be delivered.
      SIMPLETHIN.GS
    • Elvira Barriga  
      Creative Director, Local Projects
      Elvira Barriga is a Creative Director at the Exhibition and Media Design firm Local Projects, where she also heads the Department for Visual Experience Design. She is most passionate about shaping creative processes and mentoring talent while pushing for powerful concepts that enrich our environments with meaning, beauty and surprise. Elle has worked internationally with prominent museums, universities, publishers, architects, and global brands. She was also a Creative Director at Imprint Projects NYC and Bruce Mau Design in Toronto. Prior to moving to North America, she was a partner at Blotto Design in Berlin and a freelance Art Director for Meiré und Meiré.
    • Dani Beaumont  
      Principal Product Manager, Adobe
      Dani Beaumont has been managing innovative applications in the web and design space for more than 20 years. She is currently the principal product manager on Adobe Muse and frequently presents on the latest web design trends and Muse techniques in her bi-monthly Muse Jam sessions. Before Adobe Muse, Dani was integral in the acquisition and integration of Business Catalyst into the Adobe web solutions portfolio. She's also served as the group product manager for the web segment, and a senior product manager for Adobe Fireworks and Macromedia Director.
    • David Blatner  
      InDesign Guru, CPN.co
      David Blatner is the world's most recognized authority on Adobe InDesign, the founder of InDesign Magazine, the co-host of InDesignSecrets.com, the producer of The InDesign Conference, and the co-author of "Real World InDesign." He is also the author of "InDesign Essential Training" and a dozen other video titles at Lynda.com. When he's not helping people master InDesign, Blatner writes about a wide variety of topics, such as his popular science book "Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe From Infinitesimal to Infinity." You can learn more about David at 63p.com or follow him at @dblatner
      CPN.CO
    • Diane Burns  
      Author, Trainer & Consultant, Diane Burns, Inc.
      Long on the bleeding edge of design and publishing technology, Diane Burns is an author, trainer and consultant. She is founder of San Francisco-based TransPacific Digital, a leading print and digital localization company. An Adobe Community Professional and an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign, she provides custom training and consulting services to a wide variety of corporations and publishing companies. She is the author of several InDesign courses for Lynda.com, including Publish Online with InDesign and Creating Animations with Adobe InDesign CC. For more information, visit www.dianeburns.com.
      WWW.DIANEBURNS.COM.
    • Tad Carpenter  
      Partner | Designer, Carpenter Collective
      Tad Carpenter is a designer, illustrator, author and educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Carpenter co-runs the design and branding studio, Carpenter Collective with his wife, Jessica Carpenter where they focus on bringing powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Old Navy, Conan O'Brien, Adobe and MTV among many others. Carpenter has worked with numerous bands on posters and tour campaigns for over 10 years, including John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Carpenter has written and illustrated over twenty children's books in our marketplace today intended for adults and children of all ages. Tad also currently teaches graphic design at the University of Kansas.
      WWW.CARPENTERCOLLECTIVE.COM
    • Elaine Chao  
      Product Manager, Adobe Systems
      Elaine Chao is a product manager on Adobe Experience Design CC. In her 12-year tenure at Adobe, she's worked on a variety of products geared toward designers and web producers, including Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, and Creative Cloud Extract. Elaine is also a martial arts instructor, musician, writer, volunteerism advocate, and an Adobe Founders Award winner. You can find her online tweeting and blogging on Medium as @elainecchao.
    • Chad Chelius  
      Founder, Chelius Graphic Services
      Chad Chelius is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Community Professional based in the Philly area. As a trainer, author, and consultant, he helps clients to learn, use, and get the most out of Adobe products. He has helped major publishing clients to implement Adobe software into their business processes and has assisted them in streamlining their workflows. As an author, he has written and co-written several books and created multiple videos for Lynda.com on Adobe software. He also writes articles featured in InDesign Magazine, CreativePro.com, and InDesignSecrets.com. Chad is also the Managing Editor of InCopySecrets.com.
    • Anne-Marie Concepcion  
      Co-Founder and CEO, Creative Publishing Network, InDesignSecrets.com
      Anne-Marie "HerGeekness" Concepción is a digital publishing expert. She owns Chicago-based Seneca Design & Training, a cross-media design studio that develops print, PDF, and ebook projects for clients. Anne-Marie is also a certified Adobe independent trainer and consultant specializing in InDesign-centric publishing workflows, InCopy integration, and publishing to EPUB, Kindle, PDF, and iBooks Author formats. She has authored over 20 courses on Lynda.com on these topics and others. Anne-Marie is also the co-founder and CEO of the Creative Publishing Network, which produces the InDesignSecrets.com blog and podcast, InDesign Magazine, CreativePro.com, and industry conferences including The InDesign Conference, the CreativePro Conference, and PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at amarie@cpn.co or on Twitter @amarie.
    • Chris Converse  
      Designer/Developer, Codify Design Studio, LLC
      Chris has 25 years of experience in graphic design, interactive development, and animated media, with a unique focus on both design and development. Chris possesses development skills across such languages as PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and AngularJS, making his design execution optimal across various media. In addition to design and development, Chris has been a featured at over 200 industry-related events and conferences, including the Adobe MAX, NAB, How Design Live, AIGA, and more. For a full list of upcoming and past events, visit http://codifydesign.com/chris/events.
      WWW.CODIFYDESIGN.COM/CHRIS/EVENTS
    • Megan Donahue  
      Director of Product Management, Creative Cloud, Adobe
      Megan Donahue is a Director of Product Management for Creative Cloud at Adobe. Her team shepherds creative content as it flows through the cloud and into many of the Adobe products, via CC Libraries, the "Start" & "File New" experiences, CC Assets web, and the Bridge desktop application. Her goal is to ensure people can easily create and collaborate on their work and with their teams, while rethinking the ways in which we manage our digital content. In the past, Megan helped birth the "Metro" design language as part of the Windows Phone Design team at Microsoft, developed iPods as part of Apple's iPod Engineering team, produced casual games for Shockwave.com, and researched wearable technology at MIT's Media Laboratory, as part of John Maeda's Aesthetics + Computation Group.
      WWW.ADOBE.COM
    • Aaron Draplin  
      Owner, Draplin Design Co.
      Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity and Illustration categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Dinosaur Jr, Timberline, Chunklet, Eaux Claires, Poler, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Jill Soloway, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Rhett Miller, Old 97s, Nixon Watches, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We’ve traveled the world telling our story, with 240 speaking fiascos under our belt and counting! We co-created Field Notes with Jim Coudal, and our proud offering of American-made memo books are sold in over 1,000 stores nationwide, with limited-edition special editions shipped quarterly to a booming subscriber list. Our first book titled “Pretty Much Everything” came out on May 17, 2016 on Abrams Books, which incredibly, is already in its third printing. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.
      DRAPLIN.COM
    • Steve Fisher  
      Founder, Experience Architect, The Republic of Quality
      Steve is the founder of The Design & Content Conference, The Experience Code Conference, and The Republic of Quality. He leads the charge on coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design and content strategy. Steve has over 20 years experience in research, business strategy, experience strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy for the web. He's worked as a freelance designer and served as director of UX in agency and studio settings. Steve is a professional member of the Graphic Designer’s Society of Canada and served as the national VP of web for three years.
      REPUBLICOFQUALITY.COM
    • Michael Flarup  
      Designer, Designer
      Michael is a designer from Copenhagen who loves making things and going on adventures. He’s got a treasure-trove of design experience creating his own companies, leading teams of developers and designers and working on countless of successful products and services. When he’s not pushing pixels to millions of users, running epic kickstarter campaigns or making games, he works on his many side-projects; Teaching people about making things through his YouTube channel or making resources at applypixels.com used by hundreds of thousands of Photoshop users around the world.
    • Nigel French  
      Graphic Designer, Nigel French Graphic Design
      Nigel French is a graphic designer, trainer, and photographer based in Lewes, Sussex, UK. He is the author of InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign (Adobe Press), and more than fifty titles in the Lynda.com online training library. He also writes a type-related column for InDesign Magazine. This is his fourth year speaking at Adobe MAX.
      WWW.NIGELFRENCH.COM
    • Nathan Goldman  
      Creative Director, DKNG Studios
      Nathan Goldman initially joined artistic forces with future DKNG partner Dan Kuhlken in high school where they designed album artwork and collateral for the rock band in which they both performed. Nathan graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Film & Television and went on to work in the art department at Warner Bros. Television. Prior to joining DKNG as a full-time Creative Director, Nathan served as Director of Design at the USC Design Studio, during which time, Nathan and Dan began collaborating on rock posters for the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. DKNG has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the world’s most talented and iconic musical artists, brands, and businesses including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, The National, SXSW, Wired Magazine, Bank of America, Lucasfilm, Disney, Paramount Pictures, and HBO.
      WWW.DKNGSTUDIOS.COM
    • Timothy Goodman  
      Designer, illustrator, author, Timothy Goodman LLC
      Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, and author running his own studio in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Adobe, Ford, J.Crew, MoMA, Samsung, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications. Timothy co-created the blog and book 40 Days of Dating with Jessica Walsh, that has received over 15 million unique visitors and whose film rights were optioned to Warner Bros. Their second social experiment, 12 Kinds of Kindness, was featured in The New York Times & NPR. His writing series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” has exhibited in NYC, LA and at the concept store Colette in Paris, France. His second book, Sharpie Art Workshop, came out last year. He teaches at SVA in NYC. He speaks around the world at creative conferences, including SXSW and TEDx.
    • Shelley Gruendler  
      Founder, Typecamp
      Dr Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. She holds a PHD and an MA in The History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, England. Ten years ago, Shelley founded the creative educational company Type Camp International. She now travels the world helping people expand their creativity and learn more about typography.
    • Tony Harmer  
      Specialist Solutions Consultant, Adobe
      Tony Harmer is a British Illustrator, Designer, Lynda.com author and Adobe Specialist Solutions Consultant with a specialism in interoperability, and an enthusiasm for the integration of mobile tools with design workflows. Tony's three decade career has taken many turns as the world of graphic production has changed. He has been a press operator, a concept artist in IP development in the toy and entertainment industries, and spent several years working in marketing and advertising agencies, up to the level of Creative Director. With more than 160 technical certifications , Tony has presented and delivered training related to graphic production across the EU and US and is the author of several Lynda.com titles, including Creating Infographics with Illustrator.
    • Mark Heaps  
      Executive Director, Heaps LLC
      Mark Heaps snapped his first picture at the age of four. Then he picked up a guitar, a skateboard, and a can of spray paint, grinding and kick-flipping his way into the world of art. Today, he’s a professional photographer, an Adobe Certified Expert, an Adobe Community Professional, and executive director for Heaps LLC in Austin, Texas, where he partners with his wife Kristina. They are a boutique design and communications studio that specializes in moving passive audiences to participatory ones. Mark has led design teams and taken care of clients for over twenty years, offering solutions to small businesses and top ranking Fortune 500 clients alike. Mark’s clients have included Google, Apple, HP, Dell and many more. He’s been a featured speaker at SXSW-Interactive, a keynote speaker at PePcon (2015) and Bloomberg University (2016), and was a MAX Master’s award recipient while speaking at Adobe MAX. He has also taught at various colleges and universities, co-authored and published articles in a multitude of industry publications and books, and continues to volunteer with community outreach projects that support creative opportunities for local youth. He has an avid wanderlust, loves playing music, is a dad of two amazing kids, is a dog owner, husband, and foodie with a bad addiction to ketchup.
    • Jennifer Kinon  
      Founding Partner, OCD Agency
      Jennifer Kinon leads OCD's business, design and strategy. Since founding the company with Bobby C. Martin, Jr. in 2010, she has developed brand identity systems for clients that range from the Girl Scouts of the USA to The New York Times and the WNBA. During 2016, Kinon served as Design Director of Hillary for America. Kinon speaks about the role of identity systems around the world. She's been a guest on Design Matters, Studio 360 and served as President of AIGA/NY. She graduated from the University of Michigan and earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she was the first graduate of the program to join its faculty.
    • Dan Kuhlken  
      Creative Director, DKNG Studios
      Dan Kuhlken learned to illustrate as a child observing wildlife at the San Diego Zoo. He met future business partner Nathan Goldman in high school where the team’s first collaboration included playing in a band for which the pair designed album artwork and promotional materials. Dan holds a graphic design degree from Cal State Long Beach. He began his freelance design career collaborating with Nathan Goldman on posters for the legendary Troubadour. Dan was a designer for Disney’s Consumer Products Division and various fashion labels before joining DKNG Studios full-time in 2009 where he currently serves as Creative Director and Senior Illustrator. DKNG has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the world’s most talented and iconic musical artists, brands, and businesses including The Black Keys, Jack White, Audi, Warner Brothers, Marvel Comics, Outside Lands Music Festival, and MTV.
    • Joseph Labrecque  
      Senior Interactive Software Engineer / Proprietor, University of Denver / Fractured Vision Media, LLC
      Joseph Labrecque is primarily employed by the University of Denver as a senior interactive software engineer specializing in the creation of expressive desktop, web, and mobile solutions. His work incorporates a strong focus on the Adobe Flash Platform alongside more general web standards initiatives involving the use of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and related technologies. He is also the proprietor of Fractured Vision Media, LLC; a digital media production company, technical consultancy, and distribution vehicle for a variety of creative works. Joseph authors video courses and written works through organizations which include Lynda.com / LinkedIn Learning, Peachpit, Pluralsight, Apress, and more. Joseph is an Adobe Education Leader and Adobe Community Professional.
      JOSEPHLABRECQUE.COM/
    • Leigh Lahav  
      Animator, OnlyLeigh
      Manhattan-born Leigh Lahav is an animator and comedian, best known for her animated comedy “Fangirls,” as well as many various pop culture-related shorts. All can be viewed on her YouTube channel Only Leigh (consisting more than 350k subscribers and over 32 million views!). Leigh has been featured in io9’s greatest breakout starts of 2013, SSNinsider’s “The up and Up”, as well as on many sites and magazines including, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Time, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Huffington Post, Wired, The Guardian and more. Leigh currently lives in Los Angeles, enjoying the dry sun and vegan options.
    • Yi Liao  
      Senior UX Designer, Baidu Uxer Experience Center
      Yi Liao is a senior UX designer at Baidu User Experience Center (UXC) and is responsible for the interaction design team at Baidu Map, the most popular navigation tool in China. In her design practice, she focuses on solving real-world problems collaboratively using design processes
    • Lara McCormick  
      Creative Director, Exploratorium
      Lara McCormick is a nationally recognized designer and educator, received her MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts, and a post-graduate degree in typography from Cooper Union. She is the author of Playing with Type: 50 Graphic Experiments for Exploring Typographic Design Principles, published by Rockport Press, and a juror for the Communication Arts Typography Annual in 2017. She's currently the Creative Director at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
      WWW.EXPLORATORIUM.EDU/
    • Debbie Millman  
      Designer, Author, Educator, Podcast host, Design Matters
      Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator and brand strategist. She is the CMO of Sterling Brands, host of the award-winning podcast “Design Matters,” Chair of the world’s first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts, President Emeritus of AIGA, and the Editorial & Creative Director of Print Magazine. She is the author of six books on design and branding.
    • Michael Murphy  
      Solutions Consultant, Adobe
      Michael Murphy (@theindesigner) is a Digital Media Solutions Consultant for Adobe, acting as a technical liaison to Adobe’s enterprise customers in the publishing, broadcast, and agency markets. Prior to joining Adobe, Michael spent 25 years as a hands-on creative director, pushing the limits of Adobe's tools on a daily basis for a variety print and web projects. He's also the author of two books from Adobe Press, five video training courses on Lynda.com, and the creator and host of The InDesigner video podcast. An unapologetic sci-fi and comic book lover, Michael is based in Connecticut, where he is usually being run ragged by his daughter and twin sons when not geeking out over technology, typography, or photography.
    • Neeraj Nandkeolyar  
      Product Manager, Adobe
      Neeraj is a Product Manager with Adobe Illustrator team. He has 18+ years of design experience in variety of roles - designer, production artist, quality engineer, workflow specialist and product management. As a designer, he worked extensively on branding and packaging assignments. In 2003, he joined the Adobe Illustrator team as a quality engineer. This was the time team was building the first version of Creative Suite. In his current role as a Product Manager for Illustrator, he interacts with a lot of designers and works closely with the engineering team in defining new features for upcoming releases.
    • Jamie Neely  
      Director, Product Design, Monotype
      Jamie leads product design at Monotype – with a special focus on the digital design workflow and typography. He was previously part of the team that developed Typecast, a free web app helping to solve workflow challenges for designing with web type.
    • Michael Ninness  
      Sr Director Product Management, Web & Graphic Design, Adobe
      Michael Ninness has 20+ years experience building and leading content strategy, product management, and user experience teams at Adobe, Microsoft, and Lynda.com. He is currently the Sr Director of Product Management for Web and Graphic Design at Adobe, and has helped shape flagship creative products like Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Muse, and Adobe Spark.
      SPARK.ADOBE.COM
    • Emily Pilloton  
      Designer, Builder, Educator, & Founder, Project H Design
      Emily Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator, and founder of the nonprofit design agency Project H Design. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 to bring to life public architecture projects that transform lives and communities. Her work seeks to change the authorship of our built environment and give power to the underestimated and marginalized, specifically young girls and communities of color. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley, and is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education. Her work is documented in the full-length film If You Build It.
    • Daniel Presedo  
      Imagineer for Photoshop, Adobe
      Daniel Presedo has been with Adobe since 1999 and works full time on Adobe Photoshop. His first independent comic book series Dream Wolves was published in 1993 and sold nearly 100,000 copies. His experience includes project management, development, team lead, marketing, design, film production, and articles for industry trades. His expertise of Adobe products has lead to speaking events at Cons and universities across the country. Find him at the Adobe booth or panels at San Diego Comic Con, always looking for creative ways to engage his audience.
    • Nick Sambrato  
      CEO/Founder, Mama's Sauce
      Nick Sambrato is the Founder of Mama’s Sauce, a spot color print shop & VP of it's parentcompany, Fiction. Mama’s Sauce is a renowned print shop in the graphic design culture. The two companies, now merged, and are headquartered in Winter Park, Florida amongst a budding creative scene in the greater Orlando area. A veteran of creative and tech, Nick has blended Internet communication strategy with his companies since his first offering - a paid bulletin board service (BBS) in 1993, which he started out of his bedroom when he was 13. Today he guides the vision of Mama’s Sauce, looks for new opportunities for Fiction, and tells his story regularly from the stage in Print Matters, a nationally touring event that celebrates design, printing, and paper along with French Paper Company’s Brian French.
    • Rich Sangillo  
      Creative Director, VLG Marketing
      Rich Sangillo is a Creative Director at VLG, a digital advertising agency in Dallas, TX. Throughout his 20+ years of experience in the interactive space, he has worked with Fortune 500 clients and held positions at IBM, AOL, and NASA. Rich's expertise includes traditional animation techniques, video editing, motion graphics, and user interface design. His work incorporates a strong focus on delivering interactive experiences using HTML5 and related technologies.
    • Daniel Scott  
      Founder, Bring Your Own Laptop
      Daniel Walter Scott: Daniel has been a media designer for 14+ years & teaching just as long. He is an Adobe certified instructor (ACI). Founding the Adobe training school 'Bring Your Own Laptop' in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and now delivering courses online. “Sharing is who I am. Teaching is when I’m at my best!”.
    • Justin Seeley  
      Staff Author, Pluralsight
      Justin Seeley is a Staff Author for the design segment at Pluralsight. He has over 15 years experience in the graphic and web design industry. To date Justin has authored over 200 hours of instructional content on various topics such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; is the author of over 80 online courses; Justin is also co-founder of the Nerd Radio FM podcast network.
    • Debi Sementelli  
      Type Designer & Lettering Artist, Debi Sementelli Lettering & Type Design
      Debi Sementelli is a professional lettering artist and font designer based in Dallas, Texas. She's had a romance with letters for the past 25 years. Her favorite moments are spent playing with pens, inks, paints, and brushes, wildly flourishing her way through an alphabet. Her greatest thrill is seeing someone use one of her typefaces in a uniquely creative way. That feeling of collaboration is what inspires her to keep creating more hand lettered fonts. The next best thing is sharing her love of lettering with others. She is working on an online lettering course that will be available in the near future.
    • Yogesh Sharma  
      Product Manager, Adobe
      Yogesh is a product manager with Illustrator team. He joined Adobe and the Illustrator team in 2006 as a quality engineer. Even though he had no background in design, his love affair started with Illustrator the first time he drew an artwork in it. One of his artworks “Looking for adventure” was included as part of the Illustrator CS6 sample files. His current role as a Product Manager is to work with customers and engineering to find out what needs to be built in next version of Ai.
    • Ajay Shukla  
      Group Product Manager, Adobe
      Ajay is a Group Product Manager at Adobe managing Adobe Animate CC. He is passionate about all things related to animation. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing cricket and squash.
    • Bonnie Siegler  
      Founder, Eight and a Half
      Bonnie Siegler is the founder of the multi-disciplinary design studio Eight and a Half. Recent clients include Participant Media, Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO, Brooklyn Public Library, The Criterion Collection, Storycorps, FilmStruck, Random House, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. She is currently working on a book (for clients) called “How to Work with Designers,” which will be released in Spring 2018. Bonnie was voted one of the 50 most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA and was a featured designer in the Art Director Club's Legacy Project. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, the Society of Publication Design, the Webby Awards, and the Broadcast Design Association. Bonnie has taught in the graduate programs at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts, has been a guest instructor at RISD and MICA, and was the 2014 Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the University of Hartford. She has also taught a couple of classes on Lynda.com that you should definitely watch!
    • Paul Trani  
      Sr. Evangelist, Adobe
      Paul is Senior Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist for Adobe, where he is passionate about helping designers build compelling content using their creativity and new technology. Whether it's creating cutting-edge web content, intuitive mobile experiences, or actual physical objects using 3D printing, Paul's goal is to empower and inspire. As an award-winning designer with over twenty years of experience, Paul is also a writer, prolific trainer, and public speaker. He has earned top author status on Lynda.com and has created a steady stream of content for paultrani.com. When he's not on the road he can be found... on the road, running or getting exercise in his native state of Colorado. But you can always find him on social media.
    • Bart Van de Wiele  
      Senior Solution Consultant, Adobe
      As a Sr. Solution Consultant, Bart shares his passion for design and Adobe technology on stages all around the world. Equipped with extensive knowledge of Creative Cloud & Adobe Stock, Bart assists customers with their Adobe workflow, implementation and best practices. He's an InDesign and print specialist with +13 years of experience as a designer and trainer. His energetic style of presenting has awarded him with much praise throughout the years, including recently as Adobe MAX 2016’s top rated speaker. (@bartvdwiele)
    • James Victore  
      TX, Victore Productions
      James Victore runs an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination. Described as "part Darth Vader, part Yoda"; Victore is widely known for his timely wisdom and impassioned views about design and it's place in the world. He expresses these views and teachings through his numerous lectures, workshops, and his weekly video series, “Dangerous Ideas” on Patreon and YouTube. As a designer, Victore continually strives to make work that is sexy, strong and memorable; work that tows the line between the sacred and the profane. His paintings of expressionist designs can be seen on ceramics, surfboards, billboards and supermodels.  James' work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in the permanent collections of the museums around the globe. James is currently writing a book (Chronicle 2018) on his favorite subject, Creative Courage. He lives, loves and works in rural Texas.
    • Terry White  
      Principal Creative Cloud Evangelist, Adobe
      Terry White – Worldwide Creative Cloud Design & Photography Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over 21 years and has extensive knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Professional product line. In his current position, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe’s Creative Design and Photography products. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years. Terry is the host of the top ranked award winning Adobe Creative Cloud TV Video Podcast. Terry is a key presenter at major industry shows around the world.
    • Brian Wood  
      developer, speaker, author, Brian Wood Training
      Brian Wood is a web developer, the author of 12 books, including Adobe Muse CC, Second Edition Classroom in a Book and Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 Classroom in a Book. The author of numerous training titles including Muse, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator and more. In addition to training many clients, including Nordstrom, REI, Boeing, Starbucks, Nintendo, and many others, Brian speaks regularly at national conferences, such as Adobe MAX, HOW Design, HOW Interactive, as well as events hosted by AIGA and other industry organizations. He has also written articles for SmashingMagazine.com, Peachpit.com, CreativePro.com, and more. Brian has a YouTube channel at: youtube.com/askbrianwood and a corporate training site at: brianwoodtraining.com.
      BRIANWOODTRAINING.COM/
    • Laura Worthington  
      Typeface Designer, Laura Worthington Design
      Laura Worthington is a typeface designer from Washington State. After training and working as a graphic designer since the mid '90s, she turned her lifelong fascination with lettering and typography into a business, publishing her first typeface in 2010. She has since published more than 200 typefaces, and designed custom faces for Fortune 500 companies. Laura's faces are primarily based on her own hand-lettering and calligraphy, a practice she continues to hone daily. Her typefaces are primarily for display, and often include a broad variety of ornaments, contextual alternates, and swash forms. Laura Worthington handles every aspect of a font's creation, from concept and hand-lettering to digitization.
      WWW.LAURAWORTHINGTONTYPE.COM
  • Illustration & Creative imaging
    • Amy Balliett  
      CEO, Killer Infographics
      Amy Balliett is the CEO of Killer Infographics, a Seattle-based industry leader in visual communication. She owned her first company, a candy store and ice cream parlor, at the age of 17 before heading off for college. She subsequently built a successful career in SEO and marketing, and has headed up SEO at several companies. In 2009, she partnered to build lead-gen-based websites, but in the fall of 2010, she pivoted the business to an entirely new model: visual communication. In the years since, Killer Infographics has grown to become an industry leading full-service visual communication agency, driving successful content marketing campaigns for nonprofits and Fortune500 clients including Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nikon, Starbucks, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations, and more.
      WWW.KILLERINFOGRAPHICS.COM
    • Corey Barker  
      That 3D Guy!, Master FX Training
      Corey has been a well-known Photoshop instructor for the past 10 years but has been using Photoshop since version 2.0. He graduated from the Ringling College of Art & Design In Sarasota, FL with a BFA in Illustration. He has since gone on to became an award-winning designer and educator in a variety of fields. In 2006 he joined the Photoshop guys on the popular podcast Photoshop TV and instructor for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Also a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine where he writes the popular Down & Dirty Tricks column. He is also the author of the best-selling books The Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers Vol 1&2 and How to Create Badass Effects in Photoshop. Corey also teaches at live events such as Photoshop World and Adobe MAX. He was recently inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his contributions to the education of Photoshop and continues to inspire through his online training, books, articles, and training events. He recently founded MasterFxTraining.com.
    • Melinda Beck  
      Illustrator, Animator, & Graphic Designer
      Melinda Beck is an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer based in her hometown of New York City. She briefly left New York to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated summa cum laude, in graphic design. Over her quarter century in the business she has had the pleasure of working for such clients as: Neiman Marcus, Nickelodeon, Nike, Real Simple magazine, Supreme, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Random House, Target, and Time Magazine. Melinda has received numerous awards including two Emmy nominations and a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. A series of her prints was acquired by the Library of Congress for their permanent collection. Melinda served as the vice president of ICON9, the Illustration Conference, has taught at Parsons School of design, and been a visiting lecturer at a variety of institutions around the globe.
    • Aaron Blaise  
      Founder, The Art of Aaron Blaise
      For 21 years Aaron Blaise worked with Disney helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time, he worked as an animator or supervising animator on The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, and more. In 2003 Aaron was co-director of Brother Bear for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. After Brother Bear he helped to develop several projects, but ultimately left Disney to pursue an opportunity back home in Florida. Aaron recently served as 2D Animation Supervisor and Character Designer for the The Bear and the Hare, an advertisement loved by millions around the world. He is currently also working on a new animated short film, once again involving bears called Snow Bear.
    • Lisa Carney  
      Retoucher, Finishing Station
      As her extensive portfolio indicates, Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spend over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries. Vast as her industry experience is, Lisa’s teaching credentials are equally impressive. She is a regular presenter at the Adobe MAX conference. Her teaching roster runs the gamut from beginners to professional retouchers, and includes universities, design studios, movie studios, corporations, and private students in Los Angeles, London, Italy, and France. Her engaging style works equally well whether she’s mentoring individual students just starting out with Photoshop, or presenting a workshop to thousands of industry professionals. Portfolio Includes: Entertainment — all major movie studios and many television networks, including Disney, Buena Vista, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, Universal, Newline, Columbia, MGM, ABC Television, ESPN, TNT, CNN, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers, Sony; advertising credits include — Burger King, Circuit, Baskin-Robbins, Lowes, Jordana Cosmetics, Strategic Perceptions, Stylorouge UK, Mattel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Mazda, Kraft, BestBuy; agencies include — BLT communications, Gunthy Renker, Arsenal, Cold Open, And Company, Emerald City, Metafor, Bloomoon, Ignition, Canyon Creative, Gravillis, Eclips, Midnight Oil, Motion.
    • Christian Clayton  
      Founder, Christian Clayton Studio
      Christian is an artist, painter, image maker and storyteller. His 30-year process begins with trusting the first mark of vulnerability — followed by inspiration, intuition and the “ gut reaction." All these energies unfold in the process and are essential to the image creation from beginning to end. The experience is unpredictable at best, often compelling, but always accepted and the results invariably represent the creative risks endured. Christian's body of work includes his individual and collaborative art practice. His work is in museums and public, corporate, and private collections around the world including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Saatchi Gallery. His work has been featured in publications such as Art In America, Juxtapoz Magazine, Flash Art, Hi-Fructose Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, the New Yorker and Rolling Stone. In 2016 Christian received a 20-year service award from The Art Center College of Design. In 2015 he was awarded "The Great Teacher Award," from the Art Center College of Design Student Body. His teaching credentials also include Cal State University Northridge and Otis College of Design. Christian lives and works in Los Angeles County with his wife and two teenage sons.
    • Dave Cross  
      Photoshop Educator, Dave Cross Workshops
      For 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Adobe MAX, Photoshop World, the Texas School of Photography, the Santa Fe Workshops, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. Dave has written many articles and multiple books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training, CreativeLive and Photoshop Cafe. He offers online training at online.davecrossworkshops.com and runs a “boutique” stock photography site for compositing, compositingstock.com. Over the last 15 years, Dave has taught Photoshop in every state in the United States, throughout Canada and in Europe, consistently earning rave reviews. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
    • Glyn Dewis  
      Photographer, Glyn Dewis Photography
      Glyn Dewis is a Professional Photographer, Educator and Author based in Oxford, UK. With clients such as the BBC, SKY TV, Fox and Air New Zealand, Glyn also presents at events around the world covering all aspects of Photography and Post Production. Author of the Best Selling Photoshop Workbook - Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks and Techniques and most recently Photograph Like a Thief - Using Imitation and Inspiration to Create Great Images, Glyn also provides educational material through his YouTube Channel over at youtube.com/glyndewis.
    • Seán Duggan  
      Founder, Seán Duggin Photographics
      Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, and photo educator. He has been helping photographers and digital artists master photography and digital darkroom techniques since 1996. He teaches in the MPS Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York , and he leads workshops at venues across the country. He has many online courses on Photoshop, digital photography, and mobile photography on Lynda.com, and he is the co-author of Photoshop Artistry, Real World Digital Photography, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Photoshop Masking & Compositing. In addition to workshops and seminars, he also offers personalized online consulting and training.
    • Katrin Eismann  
      Photographer, Author, and Educator, School of Visual Arts, Masters in Digital Photography
      Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author specializing in creative digital photography. Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and in 2015 she was named a Sony Artisan of Imagery. Her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, group and solo exhibitions. Katrin is the founder and chair of the Masters in Digital Photography department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
    • Rob Generette III  
      Illustrator, Educator, Zilla!
      Robert Generette III is an award winning illustrator, educator and self-proclaimed "vector art monster" based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Under the pseudonym Rob Zilla III, he uses an iPad Pro to create compelling sport illustrations and portraitures for clients ranging from Nike Baseball, NASCAR, NBA (Wizards & Warriors), Major League Soccer (L.A. Galaxy & D.C. United), Wacom and Adobe. Rob attributes his success to traditional art experiences, layer management and his willingness to try new things with mobile applications.
      WWW.BEHANCE.NET/GENERETTE
    • Jeanette Matthews  
      Support Consultant / Product Owner, Adobe
      Jeanette is a creative chameleon whose skills run the line of 3D modeling, digital illustration, and video game design. As part of the Project Felix product team, she interacts with the community through the Prerelease program, forums and authoring of the Coffee Break video series, gathering insights from customers to help guide product discussions.
    • Noreen Morioka  
      NJ(L.A.)
      Noreen Morioka is a creative leader for brand driven projects ranging from corporate, on-air, and digital. Her creative input has led to the success of multiple communications programs. Noreen believes that personal involvement with a client helps her crack the brand’s spirit. This allows her to interpret her clients’ sometimes vaguely articulated goals into actionable plans. In 2006, Noreen was named as a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Morioka served as President of Los Angeles Chapter of AIGA, chair of the AIGA National President’s Council, Fellow of the International Design Conference at Aspen, Chair of the James Beard Foundation Award for Design and Architecture, and currently serves as a board member of the ADC in New York. She is a frequent competition judge and lecturer. Highlights included the Cannes Lions, British D&AD, South Africa’s Design Indaba. In 2014, Noreen was awarded the AIGA Medal, one of the highest design honors recognized by her profession. Her most meaningful achievements, however, remain her contributions to the success of her clients and her teams.
    • Dan Mumford  
      Illustrator, Dan-Mumford.com
      Dan Mumford has been working on the cutting edge of the pop culture scene for the past 10 years, creating illustrations for Films, TV shows & Album art. A self-described child of the ’80s, he draws inspiration from comics, science fiction and the cover art from horror movie VHS tapes he loved when he was younger. A small selection of Dan's portfolio includes officially licensed work for Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Rick & Morty, Futurama, Batman, Iron Maiden, Ghostbusters, Halo and clients including Disney, Sony, AMC, Hasbro and many more.
      DAN-MUMFORD.COM
    • Justin Patton  
      Senior Art Director, Adobe
      Justin Patton is the Senior Art Director for Project Felix. Formerly Art Director at Mixamo and a member of the visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has a strong passion for art and technology and enjoys being at the forefront of both in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    • Yves Peters  
      Design Writer, Bald Condensed
      A decade ago graphic designer and rock drummer Yves Peters started reviewing type in his Bald Condensed column on Typographer.org. In August 2008 he put his graphic design career on the back burner, freeing him to concentrate on his writing and related activities in the digital type business. After writing for Unzipped, his blog on the FontShop BeNeLux home page, Yves came to notoriety as the editor-in-chief for the international design and typography blog The FontFeed. He is now design writer and producer for Type Network, news editor for Typographics magazine, and assists a number of independent foundries as copywriter and consultant. Yves tries to be critical about typography without coming across as a snob. His talent for being able to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life. Nicole A. Phillips from Typograph.Her said of Yves: ‘One of the best contemporary writers on typography, type design & culture because he makes his content accessible and easy to understand.’
      WWW.TYPENETWORK.COM/NEWS
    • Jesús Ramirez  
      Designer, Speaker, and Educator, Photoshop Training Channel
      Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. He is an Adobe Community Professional, and a content creator for the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog. Jesús is best known as the founder of the Photoshop Training Channel, one of the most popular Photoshop YouTube channels in the world. Jesús has been a speaker at Adobe MAX, Adobe SUMMIT, Adobe MAKE IT, CreativeLive, CreativePro and many other conferences and industry events.
      PHOTOSHOPTRAININGCHANNEL.COM
    • Dan Stiles  
      Designer, Dan Stiles
      Dan Stiles has been working in the graphic design industry for more than 20 years. Cutting his teeth making punk flyers with sharpies and paper stolen from Kinko's, he quickly adopted digital tools in the early 90's. These tools, coupled with screen printing, shaped not only his art but his creative process. From working with bands like Arctic Monkeys, Wilco, and Tom Petty, to fortune 500 corporations like Google, IBM, and Nike, Dan has discovered that the most difficult thing he ever had to design was his own career.
    • Syd Weiler  
      Illustr-animator, Fairyfoot LLC
      Syd Weiler is a visual development artist, illustrator, animator and partnered Twitch Creative streamer. She is a current member of the Microsoft Creator Council.She was a 2016-2017 Adobe Creative Resident, during which she developed a creative community through streaming. She worked on Jenny LeClue, an interactive choose-your-own-adventure mystery game, releasing 2017. Syd is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, where she studied animation and illustration.
    • A.J. Wood  
      Senior Solutions Consultant, Adobe
      A.J. Wood is a Senior Solutions Consultant at Adobe where he actively engages enterprise customers on the benefits of Adobe’s digital media solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in arts & technology, and was ranked the #1 Adobe Instructor worldwide more than once. He has appeared on NBC, GeekBeat TV, and spoken at conferences including Adobe MAX, HOW, Big Design, Rocks Digital, D2WC, and OpenCamp. A.J. is best known for his video series I Create Content published on ajwood.com.
      WWW.AJWOOD.COM
  • Photography
    • Lindsay Adler  
      Photographer,educator, Lindsay Adler Photography
      Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications. Lindsay enjoys teaching on the industry's largest platforms and most prestigious events. A clean, bold, and graphic style has become the hallmark of her work, whether shooting advertising campaigns, designer look books, jewelry, hair campaigns, fashion editorials, or professional athletes. Lindsay is renowned for her creativity and collaborating with designers and stylists in order to create fresh looks. Lindsay’s energy and enthusiastic teaching style showcase her excitement to share her passion and knowledge with others, whether it is world-wide through prestigious platforms and the industry's largest conferences, or through her blog, DVD videos, online tutorials or her five books. She is located in Manhattan shooting fashion full time. She is honored to have been named a Canon Explorer of Light as well as a ProFoto Legend of Light.
    • Karen Alsop  
      Owner, Story Art
      Karen Alsop is an internationally acclaimed Melbourne, Australia-based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world. Specializing in Portrait Art, her digital portraiture captures the personality and character of her subjects by placing them within a visual story highlighting their interests. Karen uses the power of Photoshop to composite multiple captures together, making the impossible possible within her art. The Heart Project, founded in January 2016 by Karen, sees her using her compositing skills to give children with severe disabilities the wings to fly. The Heart Project, a joint partnership between Story Art and Adobe Australia is bringing hope worldwide to children and families through the power of photography.
    • Randy Braun  
      Drone Imaging Expert, DJI Aerial Photography Academy
      Randy Jay Braun has been a professional photographer for thirty years on the island of Maui. For most of those years Braun also owned and operated Hawaii’s most successful photography art gallery. In late 2012, the DJI Phantom quadcopter came on to the market and Randy was one of the first photographers ever to adapt to this new genre of aerial image capture. He began testing consumer drones and cameras for DJI, the world’s largest drone company, and struck up a working relationship. Braun published the first-ever book about the topic, entitled, Aerial Drone Photography. Randy Braun began working full-time for DJI in 2014. He served as Director of Product Experience and managed the Still Photography Development Team. In 2017 he co-founded the DJI Aerial Photo Academy, a traveling workshop series teaching drone photography skills across North America.
    • Russell Brown  
      Principal Designer, Adobe
      Russell Brown is the Senior Creative Director at Adobe as well as an Emmy Award-winning instructor. His ability to bring together the world of design and software development is a perfect match for Adobe products. In Russell’s thirty two years of creative experience at Adobe, he has contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts, and most recently HTML5 panel development. He has helped the world's leading photographers, publishers, art directors, and artists to master the software tools that have made Adobe's applications the standard by which all others are measured.
    • Paul Burnett  
      APAC Principal Evangelist, Adobe
      Paul is the Principal Asia Pacific Evangelist for the Creative Cloud focusing on the design, web and photography tools. Based in Singapore, Paul travels the Asia Pacific region presenting to creative audiences on Adobe’s solutions. Before Adobe, Paul ran his own award winning design, web and video company MAD - Multimedia Art Design for many years, and also worked as the APAC Evangelist for Macromedia.
    • Nicole Dalesio  
      Tech Integration Teacher, Photography and Mobile App Instructor
      Nicole is currently a high school technology teacher and staff developer in Silicon Valley who has been teaching “kids of all ages” since a previous millennium. Passionate about mobile photography, creativity, and education, she has has been recognized as an Adobe Education Leader, and has won many awards for her innovative teaching, photography, videos, and tutorials. Nicole also presents and keynotes at ed tech conferences around the world, and in every moment of her free time, she can be found exploring beautiful places while snapping and “apping” pictures with her family and her iPhone.
      WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/MAGRELACANELA/
    • Stacy Garlington  
      Drone Imaging Expert, DJI Aerial Photography Academy
      Inspiration came during a close encounter with a humpback whale in her kayak near Maui; an experience that forever changed her life. Since then Stacy Garlington spends much of her time studying the art of photography and creating images using small aerial drones. Stacy realized the tremendous potential of aerial photography during the early stages of the consumer drone industry. She began to create impactful images using basic camera skills. Her work is now published in both Forbes and TIME magazines -- examples of the new perspective achievable using this technology. “I never had a formal education, so how did I end up working for the world’s largest drone company with an office in both Silicon Valley and Shenzhen China? I had a dream and I made a choice to pursue what made me happy.”She is now co-owner and instructor at the DJI Aerial Photo Academy. She continues to teach thousands of people worldwide how to experience the freedom of flight while operating their cameras in the sky.
    • Josh Haftel  
      Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for Mobile, Adobe
      Josh Haftel is currently the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile product manager. Previously, Josh worked at Google on the Google+ Photos team as well as at Nik Software. More of his work can be found at joshhaftel.com and instagram.com/joshhaftel.
    • Pei Ketron  
      Photographer
      Pei Ketron is a photographer, educator, speaker, and traveler based in San Francisco. After a decade teaching special education in the public school system, Pei now teaches photography classes privately and through companies such as Creative Live, The Image Flow, and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. She also serves as a photographic mentor for travel experiences with companies such as Passion Passport. In addition to her experience with DSLR and medium-format film photography, Pei is also an accomplished mobile photographer. Pei specializes in travel and commercial photography in San Francisco and worldwide.
    • Matt Kloskowski  
      Photography, Lightroom and Photoshop Instructor
      Matt is a guy that hates bios written in the third person. He ... strike that ... I love teaching and photography ... in that order. I feel that enjoying photography, Photoshop and Lightroom can get WAY too complicated. So my personal mission (and absolute favorite thing to do), is to create education that simplifies the process of taking great photos, and how to edit them to get the results you’ve always wanted. I’m also very honored to be included as a Sony Artisan of Imagery, a Photoshop Hall of Fame Inductee, and author of over 15 books on photo-editing (Lightroom & Photoshop) and photography.
    • Julieanne Kost  
      Principle Digital Imaging Evangelist, Adobe
      Named one of Fast Company’s “ 100 Most Creative People in Business,” Julieanne Kost is a Principal Evangelist at Adobe Systems, responsible for fostering relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. As a highly sought-after speaker for the industry-standard Digital Imaging franchise, she devises and presents motivating and educational training sessions, sharing original techniques and tutorials worldwide — via live events, Adobe.com, her own website (jkost.com) and blog (blogs.adobe.com/jkost). She is also the author of “ Passenger Seat—Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” and “ Window Seat — The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking” , an accomplished photographer and fine artist, and creator and host of the popular Photoshop CC Essential Training, Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training, and the Art of Photoshop Compositing for LinkedIn Learning | Lynda.com. Kost is well-known for her unique approach to instruction, infusing practical tips and tricks with an equal amount of humor and creativity that keeps audiences entertained and engaged. She often serves as a guest lecturer at distinguished photography workshops, industry events, and leading educational institutions around the world. She’s a contributing columnist and author for a variety of print and online publications and has created over 500 instructional videos as the host of Adobe’s “ The Complete Picture” featuring Lightroom and Photoshop, serves as producer and instructor of the “ Lightroom Getting Started” and “ What’s New in Lightroom,” training courses, as well as the “ Revitalize your Workflow with Lightroom” seminar on CreativeLive.
    • Bryan O'Neil Hughes  
      Head of Outreach, Adobe
      Bryan O'Neil Hughes is Adobe's Head of Outreach & Collaboration, closely working with product teams, partners & press. Bryan spent fifteen years on Photoshop, a decade as Product Manager (CS3-CC) and then drove the expansion to mobile with Photoshop Mix & Fix. Bryan is a regular keynote speaker, author & 5X MAX Master - his videos have enjoyed over 12 million views. He lives with his wife & two boys in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he's slowly restoring an old truck. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.
    • Chris Orwig  
      Author and Pro Photographer
      Chris Orwig is a best-selling author, teacher and photographer. He is popular instructor on platforms like lynda.com and CreativeLive. His down-to-earth and approachable style makes learning difficult topics a breeze. He speaks on creativity and photography frequently and has been invited to speak for companies like Google, Adobe and on the TEDx stage. Whether shooting photographs, speaking, or writing books, he inspires others to become more creative and to lead better lives. Chris is based Santa Barbara, California and when he isn’t making photographs you’ll find him out in the ocean surfing the waves.
    • Colin Smith  
      Founder, PhotoshopCAFE
      Colin Smith is founder of PhotoshopCAFE which has received over 30 millionvisitors. Colin has Authored 20 books. As a commercial artist, his clients include Satcchi & Satcchi, Proctor & Gamble, Toyo Tires and Microsoft. As a leading Photoshop trainer, he's worked with many large companies including Edison, ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe. He has won numerous awards including three Photoshop Guru awards. He's been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. He loves art and technology and is currently one of the foremost aerial drone photography experts. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He's been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including WPPI, Adobe MAX, Photoshop World, Imaging USA, PPE, creativeLIVE, Siggraph, CES, PMA and NAB.
  • Video
    • Pamela Berry  
      Owner, Pamela Ann Berry, LLC
      Pamela is both a photographer and filmmaker. She has been a radio DJ, podcaster and loves to geek out on cameras. She loves everything about cameras and amazed how taking pictures everyday can change and impact lives. Her motto in life is to make life around her more positive. In the past, she has tech edited books on Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator & Motion. She has been a filmmaker for 20 years and has worked along side Oscar and DGA winning Directors. She’s done everything from PA, 2nd A/C, Script Superior and Director, mostly working on major motion pictures and commercials. Currently she writes for Photofocus.com and is directing a Documentary that tells the story of challenges rape survivors face in the court system. She wants to continue empowering photographers and filmmakers to continue growing and learning to be their best self both behind the camera and in life.
    • Robbie Carman  
      Lead Colorist, DC Color
      As a professional colorist, Robbie’s nearly 20 years of color grading experience have helped National Geographic, Discovery Networks, hundreds of independent filmmakers, and national political campaigns get the best looks for their projects. Robbie has authored seven books and dozens of hours of training content for Lynda.com. Robbie is also the co-founder of MixingLight.com a subscription website focused on color grading and is two-time Adobe Max Master.
    • Jeff Greenberg  
      Owner, J Greenberg Consulting
      Jeff I. Greenberg is a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers.) He specializes in editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression. He runs a conference for editors called the EditorsRetreat.com. For Adobe press, he wrote Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques. He has online materials on Lynda.com and JGreenbergConsulting.com and or on twitter @filmgeek.
    • Richard Harrington  
      CEO, ThinkTAP
      Rich is an Adobe Master Trainer as well as a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications.. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker at international conferences. He has chaired conferences since 2003 for the National Association of Broadcasters. He is also the publisher of the website Photofocus which provides daily education and inspiration for photographers.
    • David Helmly  
      Senior Manager, Professional Video, North America, Adobe
      As Head of Global Digital Video Audio Field Operations at Adobe, David Helmly manages a Senior Field Team specializing in Pro Video/Audio production workflows for film, broadcast, and new video technologies. Helmly also travels abroad giving lectures and participating in various industry advisory councils and panel discussions. Helmly has worked for Adobe for over 20 years and has specialized in digital video and digital imaging products for over 30 years. Prior to Adobe, Helmly worked for a digital video pioneer, Radius Inc, a well-known hardware company developing digital video and digital imaging accelerator products for Adobe's award winning line of software. You can watch his latest videos at "http://www.youtube.com/user/dhelmly"http://www.youtube.com/user/dhelmly.He also has his own blog site on Adobe.com where he discusses new hardware and software tools and workflows for Adobe’s Video and Audio applications at "http://blogs.adobe.com/davtechtable"
    • Maxim Jago  
      CEO, Maxim Ltd
      Maxim Jago is an Adobe Master Trainer, author of the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, and an award winning film director and screenwriter. His books and training materials are used by film schools and film makers all around the world, and having created nearly 2,000 tutorials, with 20 years of production and post-production experience, he brings a unique perspective on efficient ways for storytellers to use creative tools - and the future of storytelling. Maxim is regular conference speaker, both as a media technology expert, and futurist. Much of his work explores the fusion of socio-technical, educational, spiritual, and creative practice. maximjago.com.
    • Bronwyn Lewis  
      Product Manager, Creative Cloud Video, Adobe
      Bronwyn Lewis is a Product Manager for video workflows at Adobe, responsible for the Motion Graphics templates workflows in After Effects and Premiere Pro. She has a background in film, multi-media performance, making art with kids, and applying glitter to faces. Bronwyn is a cat enthusiast and a serial costume contest winner. Bronwyn Lewis holds a white belt in Kung Fu.
    • Al Mooney  
      Video Product Manager, Adobe
      Al Mooney is the senior product manager for editing at Adobe, working on Adobe’s video editing and content creation products, from mobile to desktop. Before Adobe, Al worked for Apple in the UK as the Senior Video development manager. He originally studied audio engineering, working in that industry for many years, before developing an interest in video. Al moved to the US from the UK 7 years ago to work for Adobe. His main interests outside of work are music, cats, video games and Doctor Who.
    • Ian Robinson  
      Creative Director and CEO, SoftBox Media LLC
      Ian Robinson is a creative double agent as both a creator and instructor. As the Creative Director and CEO of SoftBox Media, he’s been creating motion graphics and consulting for such clients as Discovery Channel, TLC, the Travel Channel, NASCAR, National Geographic International and PBS. A renowned motion graphics instructor, he’s been teaching both online and in person for over 15 years as an author for Adobe Press, Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning, Peachpit Press, and Future Media Concepts. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ian’s latest endeavor is to help all creatives lead a more engaged and balanced approach to eduction and life, as co- founder of Creative111.com.
      WWW.CREATIVE111.COM
    • Abba Shapiro  
      Independent Consultant, Shapiro Video
      Abba Shapiro is an Adobe master trainer, certifying university and training center instructors to teach Adobe Premiere Pro. H e is also a master trainer in several non-Adobe video production tools and has helped editors migrate to the Adobe platform. With 30 years of experience in Photography, Video and Film production, Abba has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including: USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, Viacom, The Discovery Channel, and CNN. Abba also teaches video editing on a variety of platforms, DSLR production and post production, scriptwriting, and Photoshop for video In addition, Abba conducts production workshops around the globe at conferences includin g NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and Macworld. He has Adobe CC and production online training classes on CreativeLive.com, Linda.com, and RippleTraining.com. When Abba is not bouncing around the globe teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.
    • Karl Soule  
      Senior Technology Manager, Adobe
      Karl Soule has been with Adobe for over 10 years, focused on the Pro Video and Broadcast market. Karl traveled worldwide as an Adobe Video Evangelist, inspiring video professionals on five continents. For the last 5 years, Karl has been living in Singapore and working in Asia, helping to grow the broadcast business and drive awareness of the video tools for that growing market. Currently based in Los Angeles, Karl is supporting the Hollywood and Broadcast markets for the US West Coast.
    • Christine Steele  
      Director, Producer, Lead Editor, Steele Pictures Studios
      Christine began her career as an assistant Avid editor at Pixar, on A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2. She moved on to effects editing for the Dreamworks feature, Evolution. Working across all genres, Christine edited narrative drama for Showtime, and created in-game film sequences for The Lord of the Rings at Electronic Arts. Her love of documentary filmmaking led her to PBS, where she recently served as Lead Editor and Post Production Supervisor for the 13-part series Food Forward. She served as Supervising Editor for Paramount's feature documentary Talhotblond and Lead Editor on Air Racers 3D, a 70mm IMAX feature currently screening at the Smithsonian. In addition to long-form feature work, Christine won a ProMax award for editing promos at ABC. Christine is currently busy directing the feature documentary, Take Me Home Huey, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and will soon air on PBS. Christine Steele is a popular teacher and speaker. You can view Christine’s training at Lynda.com. Look for upcoming classes and events and steelepictures.com.
    • Valentina Vee  
      Content Director
      Valentina Vee specializes in creating online videos for brands and charities. Her clients include Adobe, AT&T, Sony, Mashable, YouTube, Ipsy, and National Geographic.
    • Dave Werner  
      Senior Experience Designer Lead, Adobe
      Dave is a Senior Experience Design Lead for the Character Animator team at Adobe. His past projects include the FWA-winning site Okaydave, TechCrunch50 finalist Atmosphir, and the Extraneous Lyrics video series. Dave’s work has been featured by Wired, The Verge, Entertainment Weekly, TechCrunch, Kotaku, College Humor, and Sesame Street.
      OKAYSAMURAI.COM

This speaker is identified as a MAX Master, ranked as one of the top 20 speakers at MAX 2016.

SNEAKS HOST

SNEAKS HOST

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