Production Design Manager, Brand Support
Ariem is a Production Design Manager at Airbnb who leads support for the internal marketing, Global Marketing, Public Relations and Social teams. Beginning his self-taught career a few years after high school, his path has included graphic design, production design, web design and curriculum development . Prior to Airbnb he’s worked at Apple as a Creative Trainer, Content Developer and Production Artist. At Netflix he worked as a Senior Experience Designer. His work in print, web and multimedia provide the foundation for the current multi-platform, multi-device, multi-resolution universe of design. Ariem is the father of three wonderful daughters and lucky husband of almost 25 years to his wife.
Justin Avery is a Digital Consultant originally from Australia and now residing in the UK. He curates the Responsive Design Weekly Newsletter, hosts a RWD weekly podcast and maintains the popular Responsive Design Knowledge Hub at responsivedesign.is where you can find tips, tricks, screencasts, resources and detailed breakdowns of other responsive implementations across the web.
He is passionate about the web and has a keen focus on making it a place that everyone is able to access the information they need quickly and effortlessly. Justin also runs a number of side projects including BackPocket Notebooks & converting PDF books to offline webpages.
Principal Product Manager
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, an application that allows visual designers to build rich HTML and CSS-based web sites without writing any code. 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.
Instructor Emerita of Information Technology/Graphic Design
Instructor Emerita of Information Technology/Graphic Design
Sherry Bishop is an instructor emerita of Information Technology/Graphic Design at North Arkansas College in Harrison, Arkansas. She is the author of several textbooks sold internationally by Cengage Learning including Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud Revealed and Adobe Dreamweaver CS Illustrated. Sherry has authored or co-authored 34 titles on Dreamweaver or web design since she began her academic writing career. She writes Dreamweaver tutorial and video content for the Adobe Dreamweaver Team Blog.
In addition to holding three endowed chairs in technology during an accomplished teaching career, Sherry was selected the outstanding instructor at North Arkansas College in 2004 and awarded the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award in 2002 and 2004. She retired after 26 years as a college instructor in 2010 to devote her time to writing.
This is Sherry’s fifth Adobe MAX. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling with her family, gardening, photography, cooking, reading, and yoga.
Lead Designer, Design Systems
Jina Bolton created her first style guide in 2004. She has grown to be a designer, developer, writer, and speaker on design systems ever since. At Salesforce, she is lead designer on the Lightning Design System. She also created the Design Systems Slack, which led her to start the San Francisco Design Systems Coalition. Recently, she organized Clarity, the first ever design systems conference.
Additionally, she is active in the Sass community. She leads the Sass brand and website. She was a tech editor for Dan Cederholm’s Sass for Web Designers. She organizes The Mixin, a front end meet up which has hosted talks by some of the most prominent members of the CSS/Sass community, and recently took ownership of Sass News.
Previously, Jina has worked at companies including Apple, GitHub, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely. She coauthored two books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS.
Demian is a Product Manager for Adobe XD (formerly Project Comet) on the Creative Cloud team at Adobe. He is based in the company’s San Francisco office and has more than 16 years of experience with technology, interactive media, design, business, community engagement and training. Before Adobe, he worked as a Developer Advocate, first for BlackBerry and then Braintree/PayPal, traveling the world to engage with developers and startups. He also ran Action Creations, an interactive agency based in San Diego, designing and developing apps for clients including Oakley, 20th Century Fox, World Surf League, Nike and many more. Demian is committed to the growth of new innovators, has taught design and programming at UCSD, as well as his own training programs focused on Design Thinking and mobile development, reaching hundreds of developers, designers and entrepreneurs. Learning, empathy, innovation and technology drive his work and his personal life. In addition to being a software engineer focused on UX and Web technologies, Demian is a surfer, Design Thinker and father.
As Executive Creative Director and CSO at Fuel, Roach is tasked with creative and strategic planning and consumer insights surrounding global digital engagement. As a creative director and brand consultant, Jeff focuses on where digital technology and content can add value to traditional marketing management. Jeff works at the highest level of brand and user experience design, directing global marketers in all facets of marketing communications, with an emphasis on creative strategy and technology innovation.
Roach’s work at Fuel has included leading the team who re-launched Barbie.com; directing the strategy for McDonald’s global digital family marketing; developing interactive content for StarWars.com; launching a digital entertainment and content distribution platform for Warner Bros.; and creating a global mobile casual game for Fanta (Coca-Cola).
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Lead Developer & Trainer
Dan Carr Design
Elaine has over a decade of experience creating Adobe’s creative products and services, and has shipped many 1.0 products with Adobe. She currently works on Adobe Experience Design CC as an product manager and customer advocate. You can often find her in XD’s forums, on Twitter (@elainecchao), and writing for the Creative Cloud blog. In addition to her work at Adobe, she’s also a professional musician, martial arts instructor, enthusiastic fibercrafter, published author, and volunteer advocate. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two cats.
Junior Visual Designer
Junior Visual Designer Cole Collett specializes in illustration and logo design, helping drive creative execution for Phenomblue clients including CareerBuilder, Bridgestone, Rooms To Go, Daimler and hhgregg. Additionally, Cole has assisted with logo design for Phenomblue clients, as well as concepting and creating many of Phenomblue’s internal creative marketing efforts. Cole is an ADDY Awards and Director Awards recipient, and holds a degree from the Creative Center in Graphic Design.
Trendspurt - Interactive Media
Daniel Connerth is a web enthusiast and at home with interactive web animations and responsive design. He seeks out to discover and push the limitations of tools and workflows, especially with Adobe Animate CC. Daniel is frontend developer, trainer, speaker and community host for modern web technologies (500+ trained creatives within the last year) and encounters interactive media with full passion.
Partner, Designer & Developer
Codify Design Studio
Global User Experience Research Lead
Nancy Douyon is a Global User Experience Research Lead at Google. She has a special focus on remote user research methods and emerging markets. Her daily quest is to increase the usability of products, applications, complex systems and websites across different cultural ideals and cultural practices. Prior to Google, Nancy worked at IBM Interactive Research, Accenture Experience Agency, and Intel's Mobility Group. She was instrumental in creating a User Experience Lifecycle approach to help illuminate practical applications of technology in the global south and beyond.
Republic of Quality
Steve Fisher is the Founder and Experience Architect at The Republic of Quality. He leads the charge on coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy. He’s also the Founder of the Design & Content Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Steve has over 18 years experience in research, business strategy, experience strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy for the web. During this time he has worked both as a freelance designer and served as Director of User Experience in various 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. Beyond his extensive client-based work, he has taught numerous college courses on CSS, Web standards, UX, and creativity.
Meagan Fisher is a creative director, user advocate, and designer who codes, based in Brooklyn, New York. She's been designing for over a decade; in that time she's partnered with agencies such as Happy Cog and MetaLab, and done work for clients like Change.Org, Twitter, Campaign Monitor, The Audubon Society, ClassPass, and many more. Lately she's thinking about how to make content accessible to everyone, and how to design products that respect people’s time and emotions. She works to research, understand, and clearly define user needs, then plan and execute designs that support these needs. She's known for her love of owls, but is also passionate about cats, coffee, and southern food.
Art Director & Animator
Big Bad Boston
Chris started life like most humans, covered in placenta and with minimal motor skills. It wasn’t long before he gained enough coordination to become the drummer for a number of Boston based bands. Upon standing fully erect Chris attended an art school and learned to draw. Then someone invented the internet and another person invented Adobe Animate CC. Riding on the coattails of these individuals, chris was able to carve a unique niche for himself using both tools. Chris is a featured streamer on Adobe’s Creative Channel on Twitch.
“Being an artist means having the ability to manipulate light. Being an animator allows me to manipulate time. If I can manipulate light and time, then maybe, I'm a god. But then my daughter reminds me that I just “color” things – and she’s exactly right.”
Animation Director / Development
David Gerhard is Animation Director in Nickelodeon’s development group known as the Artist Collective. David is primarily responsible for making things move funny, but works with various stages of productions to efficiently and lovingly tell stories.
David has worked on numerous animated series, commercials and pilots including Breadwinners for Nickelodeon, Motorcity and Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja for Disney XD, The Killer’s “Miss Atomic Bomb” music video, MAD, and The Ricky Gervais Show, and various Adult Swim series. He has worked for studios including Cartoon Network, Warner Bros, Titmouse, Six Point Harness as well as on projects for HBO, MTV, Comedy Central and others.
Group Product Manager, Adobe XD
As a devotee to capturing expression with technology, Cisco Guzman believes he has the best job in the world. He’s gone from teaching himself Photoshop and Illustrator on a Mac Centris while studying interdisciplinary philosophy at Stanford University, to being Group Product Manager for Adobe XD (with lots of adventures in-between). Cisco enjoys thought, ideation, science, making things, communication, people, working hard, working out and getting the job done.
Founder / Designer
Steve Harris is the founder of MuseThemes.com, a popular membership community providing design resources and training to Adobe Muse designers around the world. He is an active Lynda.com author, teaching ecommerce, SEO and web design. Based in Calgary, Canada, Steve’s work has helped thousands of designers build beautiful websites and grow their design businesses.
Cory is an industry-recognized expert with over 10 years of experience in digital advertising. Cory works for Jellyfish, an industry leading agency specializing in the creation of perfect digital journeys that are immersive, engaging and flawlessly delivered across all screens and platforms. Cory is passionate about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible within advertising and dedicated to delivering compelling experiences that seamlessly merge creativity and technology with strong purpose and meaningful interaction in order to effectively inspire consumers. Previously at AOL, Cory led a cross–disciplinary team focused on creating impactful ad experiences for some of the most prominent advertisers in the world and driving innovation within AOL’s ad products. Cory serves as Chair of the IAB’s HTML5 Working Group, leading an industry-wide group of experts working collaboratively to establish standardized HTML5 Advertising Best Practices. He’s been awarded multiple IAB Service Excellence Awards for his contributions towards this significant initiative.
Founder + Chief Creativity Evangelist
The Creative Dose
Denise Jacobs is a Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist who keynotes conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide. As the Founder + CEO of The Creative Dose, she teaches game-changing techniques for busting through creative blocks, cultivating collaboration, and up-leveling creative productivity. She leads workshops and trainings that unlock creativity in individuals, teams, and workplaces. Her focus is on creating real-world results where teams work better, produce more, and skyrocket their company’s success. A web and tech industry veteran, Denise is the author of the upcoming book Banish Your Inner Critic (available 2017), The CSS Detective Guide and co-author of the Smashing Book #3 1/3 and Interact with Web Standards. She is also the founder of Rawk The Web and the Head Instigator of The Creativity (R)Evolution.
Associate Product Manager
Arun Kaza is celebrating 10 years at Adobe and still feels there is something new to learn every day! He started his journey with Adobe Fireworks, where he fell in love with the idea of building products that help delight customers and make their work easier.
Web Designer & Animator
Chris has been a web designer and animator for nearly twenty years. Has worked exclusively with Muse for the past two years.
He has built 100's of templates and widgets for third-party template and widget providers as well as his own business 123muse.com.
Chris and his brother, Dan's aim is to show the small business community how to use Muse and the entire Creative Cloud to supply real-world solutions to everyday working problems. With their ability to switch from photography, animation, video, audio and of course the web they are an internationally followed team.
Chris his wife and two children live in Wales in the UK. Chris is now a regular at MAX and brings a lot of fun and humour to his classes. If you are into all things Muse, his MAX sessions are a must.
Sr. Product Manager
Tom Krcha is a Sr. Product Manager and co-founder of Adobe XD (Experience Design CC) living in San Francisco. As a designer and developer he had a chance to work on several games, apps and websites over the past 17 years and share his experiences at conferences around the globe. He loves skiing and snowboarding.
I currently manage Engineering for Dreamweaver, and during my 7 year tenure at Adobe, I’ve also worked as a developer with the InDesign and Dreamweaver teams. As an Engineering Manager for a world-class web development tool, my job is to deliver cutting edge technology with a dash of Adobe magic. Outside of work, I am a shutter-happy mountain biker who also loves traveling and having deeply intellectual conversations with my 2 year old daughter ;).
Senior Interactive Software Engineer
University of Denver
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, Peachpit Press, Train Simple, Packt Publishing, O'Reilly Media, Brainbuffet, and video2brain.
Joseph is an Adobe Education Leader and Adobe Community Professional.
At the age of 14, Aaron fell in love with letters and type design by practicing the art of graffiti. "Don’t worry, it was the legal kind of graffiti" he says. Aaron is no stranger to the arts. He grew up surrounded by artists – his father works in advertising, his brother in animation, and his mother styles hair.
Aaron began his career as a Graphic Designer in corporate advertising. A few years later, he transitioned into an Interaction Designer role at a small local studio. His passion and talent for typography and brand identity still shine through his design work.
Currently, Aaron is the Design Manager for Pivotal Labs in San Francisco, CA. He spends his days designing products, collaborating with his teammates, hand drawing letters and filming them and loves typography. https://www.instagram.com/aaronlawrencedesigns/"If you want me to buy something, put some type on it, and I'll buy it" he says.
id est, inc.
Joseph Lowery's books about the web and web-building tools are international bestsellers, having sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide in nine different languages. Joe is also a Lynda.com instructor with almost 40 courses in their catalog, many focusing on Dreamweaver, WordPress, and other web design strategies. He's built hundreds of websites over the years as well as numerous Dreamweaver extensions and applications to help other web designers. As a programmer, Joseph contributed many extensions for Dreamweaver, even a few that work with multiple Adobe products. He has presented at Adobe MAX numerous times in the past and is happy to return for another go-round. In his other life, Joe is also very proud to announce the release of his first middle-grade novel, Rafe Rebellius and the Clash of the Genres.
Kevin Mandeville is a Product Manager and resident email design expert at Litmus. Coming from a web design background, Kevin is an email design convert and loves hacking HTML emails into doing things people don't expect them to do. He has pushed the boundaries of what's possible in HTML email by incorporating HTML5 video background, hidden golden ticket searches, and award-winning live Twitter feeds. He is also the co-host of The Email Design Podcast.
Designer and Author
Ethan Marcotte is an independent designer and author, who coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing Web. Responsive Web Design and Responsive Design: Patterns and Principles, his popular books on the topic, have been widely praised, showing how designers and organizations can leverage the Web’s flexibility to design across mobile, tablet, and desktop—and whatever might come next.
Over the years his clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and the W3C. Ethan has also been a featured speaker at many conferences, including Webstock, An Event Apart, and SXSW Interactive.
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Andre JAY Meissner
BDM/DevRel Web & Mobile
Jay is a passionate tec diving enthusiast currently working at Adobe, where he focuses on interaction design and web and mobile technology. He developed full scale SaaS weblications as well as online games, utilizing a wide technology stack from HTML/JS/CSS over PHP and Java to C. In his spare time Jay enjoys woodworking and builds his own furniture. He runs IxDA Berlin http://IxDAberlin.de and fuels LabUp! http://lab-up.org, a nonprofit helping to establish and promote Open Device Labs to ultimately help the web and user experience forward. Follow Jay on Twitter at http://twitter.com/klick_ass, check out http://OpenDeviceLab.com and make sure to test your stuff on REAL devices!
Solutions Consultant, Digital Media
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 20+ 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 boys when not geeking out over technology, typography, or photography.
Jonathan has been a designer with Adobe for the last 3 years, managing pixels and breakpoints for the Web Pro across Dreamweaver, Brackets and Edge Inspect. He is currently a product manager on the Adobe Experience Design team.
Ali Pordeli was an animator for 8 years and in 2010 was nominated for the best animator award in the National Iranian Animation Festival “National Iranian Animation Festival Best Animator Nominee, 2010” After immigrating to the United States and graduating from Jacksonville University with a degree in Fine Arts, he fell
in love with Adobe animation and Web Design applications and started QooQee.com,
a design company that creates Adobe Muse templates and widgets used by tens of thousands of designers around the world. He’s received numerous endorsements from Adobe as a designer and MAX presenter, and was interviewed by publications including Forbes magazine.
David Powers creates video training courses about web development for lynda.com and O’Reilly Media. He also writes Dreamweaver tutorials for Adobe Learn, and is the author of more than a dozen books for Adobe Press and Apress. David is passionate about web standards, and has closely observed how Dreamweaver has kept pace with the dramatic changes in web technologies in recent years. As an Adobe Community Professional, he frequents the Dreamweaver support forum offering advice and help whenever time permits. Before embarking on his web career, David was a radio and TV journalist for the BBC, spending many years reporting from Japan. He was Michael Palin’s guide to Tokyo in the BBC series Around the World in 80 Days.
Muse For You
John Ramos is the founder of “Muse For You,” a YouTube channel dedicated to educating web designers about Adobe Muse. Since the inception of “Muse For You” in late 2014 John has created over 200 videos. Along with creating videos John also has a vast array of widgets that extend the functionality of Adobe Muse.
Currently residing in Wisconsin John spends most of his time creating videos and widgets for his “Muse For You” YouTube channel. Through his widgets John has been able to merge the world of complex code and scripts into the easy to use and code free environment of Adobe Muse. John loves pushing the boundaries of Adobe Muse and is constantly innovating new ideas to bring more to the Adobe Muse community.
Director of Animation
Mike Roush is the Director of Animation at Titmouse with 12 years experience in the industry. He has lead teams of animators creating cartoons like Metalocalypse, Motorcity, and Turbo F.A.S.T.. He is known as an expert in digital 2D Animation, and has helped develop the house style of animation at Titmouse inc. In addition to television work Mike has also directed Titmouse's first independent short film, The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl. Most recently Mike has completed work on Titmouse's first feature film NERDLAND. Mike has also spoken at events like CTN, and COMIC CON.
Saloni is the designer behind the latest avatar of Dreamweaver. Having worked in tech, branding (and social impact!) before Adobe, she is now completely immersed in the world of web as part of the Web group at Adobe.
Sr Computer Scientist
With a deep passion for computer graphics, Anirudh is a Sr. Computer Scientist at Adobe who has been building tools for designers and developers for the past ten years. Most recently, he has been fully focused on Adobe XD, the brand new tool from Adobe that combines design and prototyping.
Director, Product Management
Andrew Shorten is Director of Product Management for UX Design at Adobe. He is passionate about improving the quality, richness, and value of digital experiences. Andrew previously developed user interfaces for government and enterprise customers while working at Fujitsu. He has since worked for Macromedia, Microsoft, and Adobe, where he has engaged with designers, developers, digital agencies, and organizations to help them deliver engaging web, mobile and desktop experiences.
Group Product Manager
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 travelling and playing cricket and squash.
Matt D. Smith
Owner and Design Director
Matt D. Smith is the owner and design director at Studio Mds, an independent studio in Athens, GA doing work for clients all over the world. He created the Float Label Pattern for input fields, which is now a used as a standard by companies like Google, Slack, Shopify, and more. He's also the creator of AIUX, an online course that helps you master wireframing and RWD with Adobe Illustrator.
He's a proud father of four and his oldest son recently taught him how to drop in on a half-pipe with a skateboard.
Senior Solutions Consultant
Patti Sokol, Adobe Sr. Solutions Consultant, has delivered award-winning presentations to groups large and small. With over 20 years of experience teaching and demonstrating the full range of Adobe’s Creative applications, Patti brings her warmly humorous style and irresistible passion for creative technology to every event. She loves to tell everyone, “I have the best job at Adobe! I get to show Adobe customers how cool the software is, and more importantly, how it lets them be more productive and express their creative ideas.”
Product Marketing Manager
Ben Tepfer is first and foremost a creative. He is also a Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign. In this role, Tepfer spends most of his time in the field talking with industry leaders, customers and prospects to understand their marketing challenges in an effort to build a market-ready product. Prior to working with Adobe he worked in the entertainment industry and is an aficionado of all things beer-related.
Dan Tuhoarca is the Product Manager of Adobe XD for Windows at Adobe. He’s passionate about building products that get customers excited and improve their work and lifestyle. Always focused on user experience, he combines detailed observation, intensive research and best product practices to address the users' needs.
He’s based in Bucharest, Romania and has previously worked for Avira, an antivirus company, where he built products addressed to over 50M users. He's also a co-organizer of Product Tank, a monthly event that encourages learning and exchange of ideas within the product community in Bucharest.
Senior Computer Scientist
Max is a Senior Computer Scientist on the Adobe Experience Design CC (XD) team and implements new XD features week to week. Max has been at Adobe for five years-- he’s worked on Adobe’s open source contributions to browsers and HTML and CSS standards, as well as Photoshop and Adobe.com. His passions include computer graphics and real-time rendering performance. He resides in Seattle.
Talin Wadsworth is the lead product designer for Adobe Experience Design, a new design tool for UX/UI and mobile app design. As part of Adobe Design, Talin has lead many 1.0 product initiatives, including the launch of Creative Cloud and Adobe Sketch for the iPad.
Trendspurt - Interactive Media
Simon Widjaja is a passionate web hybrid (49% designer and 51% developer) from Cologne Germany. He started in 1999 to explore the world wide web from a creative perspective. He is playing around with cutting edge technologies and new expressive authoring tools ever since, always trying to fill the gap between design and code. Simon has worked on client projects for international brands like Adobe, Toyota, Discovery Channel and Telekom. When he is not working on projects he is passionate about pushing the creative community where ever possible. Simon has written 4 books on Adobe tools, is the man behind TourDeAnimate.com and the extension library Animate Commons and frequent speaker on conferences and user groups.
Associate Creative Director
Sam Wilken, Associate Creative Director, is responsible for ensuring the creative work of Phenomblue is in line with our clients' strategies and brands, specializing in design across a variety of platforms. Sam maintains the strategic integrity and usability of a project, from discovery to completion, including proactive conception of new ideas for clients like eBay Inc., Travel and Transport, and AIM and for internal advancements like our FWA award- winning mobile app, I Smell Brains.
Senior Digital Design Manager
Wyndham Hotel Group
Caroline is a multi-disciplinary art director, designer and native Texan living in NYC. Currently, as Senior Digital Design Manager at Wyndham Hotel Group, she creates a cohesive digital presence across multiple platforms for 15 global brands. Previously at Starwood, she helped design a completely new template structure for all branded sites and served as an integral part in developing the brand strategy and design for the latest additions to Starwood’s portfolio, Design Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. She has also recently partnered with the Adobe team to help evolve Adobe XD and Creative Cloud Libraries.
With a background in logo design, packaging and print collateral, she applies the same conceptual thinking to her current work in building digital experiences. Her past clients include American Airlines, Chick-fil-A, Bausch + Lomb, 7-Eleven and Slurpee, and her work has been recognized with a Cannes Silver Lion in Promo and Activation.
Web Developer, Author & Trainer
Brian Wood Training
Brian Wood is a web developer, the author of 9 books, and 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 forSmashingMagazine.com, Peachpit.com, CreativePro.com, Adobe Inspire magazine, and more. Brian has a YouTube channel at: youtube.com/askbrianwood.com and a corporate training site at: brianwoodtraining.com.
Leslie Yang is a product and visual designer with a decade of designing for real people.
Leslie started her career in public policy, but over time discovered a passion for compelling people to take action through design and data. When Leslie discovered user experience design, it allowed her to combine her passions of improving people's lives with cross-team collaboration, data visualization, storytelling, qualitative research, end-to-end product design, and clear business goals. Leslie believes it takes all kinds to make change -- hers just happens to be in the forms of pixels, lines of code, and Post-It notes.
Leslie is currently a Product Designer at Pivotal Labs, collaborating with teams from startups to Fortune 50 companies to transform how they design and develop solutions that meet user need and product market fit. At night, she loves practicing calligraphy and renovating her house.