Amy Balliett is the CEO and co-founder 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 with Nick Grant to build lead-gen-based websites, but in the fall of 2010, the business pivoted to an entirely new model: infographic design. In the years since, Killer Infographics has grown to become an industry leader, driving visual communication campaigns for nonprofits and Fortune500 clients including Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nikon, Starbucks, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations, and more.
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
Illustrator Veteran & Training Support Manager
Let Illustrator veteran and training support manager Sebastian Bleak show you his top techniques to get the most from the tools and enhance your creativity in Illustrator. Sebastian is Graphic Scientist at Astute Graphics, the leading innovators of imaginative tools for designers that significantly save time, increase precision and enhance the creative process when using Adobe Illustrator.
Although Sebastian specializes in Adobe Illustrator, his focus is on the Creative Cloud workflow for graphic designers. Follow his weekly project "Never Stop Learning," where he studies different Adobe tools and shares his findings with the design community. He has been demonstrating his passion for over 250 weeks and the majority of tools studied are in Illustrator and Photoshop.
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.
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 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 a dozen 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.
Author & Adobe Certified Instructor
Chelius Graphic Services
Chad Chelius is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Community Professional based in the Philly area. As a trainer 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.
Co-Founder and CEO
Creative Publishing Network
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 email@example.com or on Twitter @amarie.
Principal Manager of Creative Cloud Evangelism
As Principal Manager for Creative Cloud Evangelism at Adobe Systems with an affinity for creative technology, Rufus Deuchler has established himself as a leader in a very specialized arena. With more than 25 years of experience as a corporate and editorial designer, he is an expert in creative workflows with Adobe solutions.
Principal Product Manager
Will Eisley is a Principle Product Manager at Adobe responsible for creative mobile apps including Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch and Comp CC. He joined the company in 1997 and has worked on Adobe’s design apps including Illustrator and the first versions of InDesign through CS5. He left Adobe in 2010 to pursue a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts which had been a long-time passion. He rejoined Adobe in 2012 to help define and drive Adobe’s next set of mobile apps.
Senior Product Manager
As a Senior Product Manager at Adobe, Dave Ericksen and his team build amazing mobile apps for creativity. Dave's products have won numerous awards including IxDA's Interaction Design Award, Communication Arts Design Award, MediaPost Appy Award and more. With more than 10 years of experience building products for designers, he is an expert in mobile apps and design.
Sr. Manager of Content
James Fritz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. After beginning his professional life as a designer for a variety of clients, he became hooked on helping others learn. Over time he became an Adobe Certified Design Master and began teaching, speaking and writing worldwide. Today he is the senior manager of content at Lynda.com/Linkedin and spends his time helping the world learn creative skills.
Director of Content
Mordy Golding, Director of Content for Lynda.com at LinkedIn, is a 5-time Adobe MAX Master presenter who has published over 50 online video courses and books covering Adobe software and related design topics. Mordy was the Illustrator product manager at Adobe from 2001-2004. With a background in typesetting, art production, and graphic design, Mordy has traveled the world helping creative professionals use tools and technology to help them express their creative vision. As a consultant, Mordy worked with Nike, The New York Times, Random House, Cabelas, Victoria’s Secret, Sesame Workshop, Coach, The NBA, Scientific American, USA Today, among others. Mordy was named a Champion of Graphic Design by Graphics IQ (formerly Publish! Magazine), and a Road Warrior MVP by American Way Magazine.
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 later worked 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. 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, SXSW, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Hyundai, and HBO. Nathan and Dan are popular guest presenters to graphic design organizations across the country, teach several online courses, and can be heard as regulars on the “Adventures in Design” podcast.
Nick Grant is Chief Revenue Officer and co-founder of Killer Infographics, a Seattle-based leader in visual communications and the design of infographics, motion graphics, and interactive infographics. Nick is a California native who moved to Seattle after studying entrepreneurship in college. Nick worked in marketing and business development roles before setting off on his own to co-found a lead-generation venture and cost-per-acquisition site alongside Amy Balliett in 2009. By 2010, the infographics they had made to promote their websites had created such a buzz that other companies were asking the duo to design infographics for them — and that's how Killer Infographics was born.
Dr Shelley Gruendler
Type Camp International, Inc.
Dr Shelley Gruendler, founder of Type Camp, 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 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, United States. Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, How, and TEDX; has published articles in AdobeCreate, Communication Arts, How, and Slanted; and has judged international typography for Communication Arts amd Print, visual communication for Core77, and Canadian book design for the Alcuin Society. She loves traveling the world for Type Camp and is a proud member of Alphabettes.org.
Adobe Community Professional
Mark Heaps snapped his first picture at the age of four. His grandmother provided him with a camera and film so he could explore the world around him. As he got older he picked up a guitar, a skateboard, and a can of spray paint and thrashed his way into the world of art and design. Today he's an Adobe Community Professional. He's the former Executive Director for Houndstooth Studio and has held lead positions with Duarte, Google, and Apple. Mark's images, and design solutions, have been utilized by a wide range of Fortune500 companies as well as boutique agencies. He is an author, instructor, teacher, entrepreneur and most importantly husband and father. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, as a workaholic operating under the web label @lifebypixels.
Designer & Artist
Ekene Ijeoma is a designer and artist. He explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data, transforming them in poetic and pragmatic ways to change how we understand our world. He was featured in Good Magazine ‘Good 100’ 2016 for “tackling pressing global issues”.
His most recent interactive installation, Wage Islands is about wage and housing inequality in NYC was exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture. His interactive map The Refugee Project, about refugee migration around the world was nominated for and exhibited in Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’ 2015. It’s also been exhibited at Annenberg Center for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, Istanbul Design Biennial and published in MoMA ‘Design and Violence’.
He has been a lecturer at The New School and NYU, critic at Yale and SVA, visiting artist at VCU and School for Poetic Computation and artist in residence at Fabrica and Ace Hotel.
Mac in Art
Chana Messer works independently at her design studio Mac in Art, offering the creative consulting, technical skills and art direction businesses need in order to achieve their goals. She contributes to the Creative Community with tutorials, advice and resources through her Adobe User Group, webinars, online venues and industry events.
Chana is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Partner, Adobe Community Professional,and an Adobe User Group Manager. As such she has been invited to present at Adobe events across the U.S. and overseas. Chana also has been teaching at the university level for 30+ years in the fields of Fine Art, Digital Imaging in the Departments of Visual Arts at UCLA. Photoshop Mentor at USC School of Cinematic Arts and is an Adobe ACA instructor at USC Annaberg School of Journalism.
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.
Director of Product
Avi Muchnick is currently the Director of Products for Adobe’s mobile ecosystem. He is an artist and serial entrepreneur based in NYC with a background in business, law, design and programming. His personal mission is to empower others to create. He co-founded the creative contest community, Worth1000 (acquired by CrowdSpring) and mobile photo editing app [SDK Aviary](acquired by Adobe). His products have been used by 125 million+ people to make billions of photos more creative. In 2010, MIT’s Technology Review named him one of their [Top 35 innovators under 35"].
Sr Director Product Management, Web & Graphic Design
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 Senior Director of Product Management for the Web and Graphic Design products at Adobe, including InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Muse.
Artist / Typographer
Gemma O'Brien is an Australian artist specializing in lettering, illustration and typography. After completing a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX, and Toby & Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. Her typographic work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustration and digital type, to large scale hand-painted murals. She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements, and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world. Her clients include Playboy Magazine, Nike, Volcom Stone, Kirin, Heineken, QANTAS, and Diet Coke. A number of her projects have received the Award of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, and in 2015 she was recognized as an ADC Young Gun.
Illustrator and Typographic Designer
Daniel Pelavin grew up in Detroit Michigan and began his career in local art studios. From his earliest work, produced with templates, french curves and drafting tools, to a present day virtuosity in digital media, Pelavin has used a restrained and simplified vocabulary of geometric forms, rich, flat colors and typography inspired by a wide range of 20th century ephemera.
His mastery at combining stylistic elements from various historical periods while maintaining an unwavering focus on clarity has resulted in a body of work that is timeless and enduring. He has received recognition for illustration, typographic design and a singular ability to seamlessly combine the two. He began his journey into digital media at its onset and continues to play a pioneering role.
Pelavin earned his BA in advertising and MFA in graphic design, but credits high school industrial arts classes and studio apprenticeship as his most valuable source of training and inspiration.
Yves Peters is a graphic designer / rock drummer / father of three who tries to be critical about typography without coming across as a snob. Former editor-in-chief of the defunct The FontFeed, he now writes for FontShop News. His ability to identify most typefaces on sight is utterly useless in daily life.
Thomas Phinney is President of FontLab, secretary of the global type association ATypI, and an 11-year Adobe veteran (lastly Product Manager for Fonts & Global Typography). His typefaces include Hypatia Sans, an Adobe Original. Thomas teaches type design and font tools worldwide with the Crafting Type collective.
Dan Rhatigan is a designer and zine publisher from New York City. He worked as a graphic designer and typographer for 15 years in Boston and New York before moving to England in 2006 for graduate school at the University of Reading. After receiving his MA in Typeface Design, he spent 7 seven years working with Monotype as researcher, type designer, and eventually Type Director. He is now back home in New York, where he works as an independent type designer, consultant, and occasional teacher.
Mrinalini has been working on the User Experience Design workflows and the User Interface for the product Adobe InDesign. Her work involves product development through user validations and feature prioritizations along with solving and designing features or workflows that would resonate passionately with the users. Thinking and pitching for creative features or tools that InDesign users need and handling the entire experience for building the feature to make it robust before passing it on to engineering to code is her key role as User Experience Designer here at Adobe.
Professional Lettering Artist & Font Designer
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 amongst pens, inks, paints, and brushes, wildly flourishing her way through an alphabet. In 2011 she moved from lettering artist to font designer basing all of her fonts on her own unique hand written lettering styles. She loves coming up with swashes, flourishes and ornaments to give designers a variety of choices to play with. She's been fortunate to watch her fonts make the Hot New Fonts, Rising Stars and Best Sellers list. But 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.
Nicholas van der Walle
In 2002, Nicholas van der Walle was working as a Graphic Designer for an aerospace company. Having just designed a show stand, Nick’s manager wanted the artwork “more blue”. This seemingly small change took many days and created the question that there must be a better way. This is how Astute Graphics was founded; Nick designed and commissioned the creation of a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator named “Phantasm CS” which delivered instant color changes.
Over the last 10 years Nick has ensured that Astute Graphics leads the way through designing innovative, imaginative tools for vector designers that significantly save time, boost creativity and achieve refined results.
Astute Graphics now has a repertoire of 14 plug-ins available to purchase via their website. Clients range from individual freelancers to global corporations including Adidas, Disney and Apple. Nick heavily invests time in finding out what graphic designers and illustrators want and need which enables a steady stream of releases and learning material each year.
Illustrator, Designer, & Digital Product Creator
Kyle T. Webster is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer, and digital product creator. His work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has worked as a creative partner with companies like Adobe, Apple, and IDEO. He currently makes the world's best-selling digital art tools as president and founder of KyleBrush.com, while continuing to draw for a select group of clients. His first children's picture book, "Please Say Please!" will be published by Scholastic in August, 2016.
Principal Creative Cloud Evangelist
Terry White – Worldwide Creative Suite Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over 15 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 products. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is a columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. Terry is the host of the top ranked award winning Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast. Terry is a key presenter at major industry shows around the world.
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 80 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.