Andy has been called a lot of things since he started working on the web ten years ago, but he is most proud that Jeffrey Zeldman once called him a "(triple talented) bastard". Andy's new book Hardboiled Web Design is available September 2010, and he loves designing for the web, writing about design, and teaching it at workshops and conferences all over the world. Now he is pulling all of those passions together For A Beautiful Web, a unique series of web design master classes.
Brendan is Creative Director for magneticNorth, a digital design company based in Manchester, UK. Over the years he’s helped realise projects for a wide range of brands including Sony Records, Diesel, BBC, Fox Kids, Channel 4, Disney, Benetton, Kellogg’s, The Tate and Coca-Cola. In 2009 he was listed among the top twenty web designers in the world by .net magazine and was featured in the "Design Icon" series in Computer Arts.
Veerle is a graphic/web designer based in Deinze, Belgium. Starting in '92 as a freelance graphic designer, Veerle worked on print design before focussing more on web design and GUI (since '96). She runs her own design studio Duoh! together with Geert Leyseele. Veerle has been blogging since 2003 and is considered number 39 on the list of NxE's Fifty Most Influential 'Female' Bloggers. Visit Veerle's site.
Mark is a graphic designer living in South Wales, UK with his wife and daughter. He currently runs a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, where he works with clients such as ESPN, Warner Bros, BBC, British Energy and Drupal. In the past, he worked for the BBC and Agency.com. He also runs a small publishing imprint, Five Simple Steps, where he publishes practical design books for the web community.
Jon is a designer and a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers who sometimes turns his hand to designing furniture. He’s a co-founder of the web fonts service, Fontdeck, and the Analog co-operative where he works with some fantastic people making a new web app, running things like the upcoming Brooklyn Beta conference, and the co-working studio Mild Bunch HQ.
Tim Van Damme is a designer based and raised in Belgium. He designs interfaces as a freelancer at his company Made by Elephant, and blogs and Twitters under the alter ego "Maxvoltar". Some call him rude, some call him an elitist, but the truth is he’s just brutally honest, and would love to have a beer or five with you.
Dan is a graphic designer, web developer, musician and Apple enthusiast living and working in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is founder and principal of Webgraph (a design and branding studio), co-founder of Sidebar Creative (a design collective) and Sinelogic (UI and usability consulting) as well as a web standards consultant and speaker. Visit Dan's blog.
Sarah owns You Know Who, a small design studio, now in it’s 7th year, in the beautiful town of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Sarah’s passion lies purely in the web. Creating beautiful websites that match the clients brand and adhere to web standards are her forte. Being a Virgo means she is a true perfectionist and can be known to push pixels for hours. Sarah’s straight talking nature and no fuss approach to projects have landed her many great contracts over the years with various brands in the UK and abroad. Visit Sarah's blog.
Greg is a senior designer at Erskine Design, who likes the the idea of contributing to make the web a generally nicer place. He’s a designer because he enjoys solving problems and making things aesthetically pleasing at the same time. He loves to be creative with type and layout, and enjoys occasionally breaking away from his comfort zones to try something new. He recently presented a packed-out workshop about Editorial Design in San Francisco. Visit Greg's site.
Elliot is an independent designer, illustrator, speaker, and author of the best-selling book Sexy Web Design. When not creating work for clients such as Virgin Group, Microsoft, and Campaign Monitor, he can be found speaking at design events around the globe and writing for publications such as .Net and Computer Arts. He is the founder and editor of 8 Faces, a bi-annual printed magazine dedicated to typographic design, and also serves on Smashing Magazine's Experts Panel. Elliot occasionally dabbles with the idea of being a musician as well. Visit Elliot's site.
Simon Collison is a designer, author and speaker with a decade of experience at the sharp end. He started the hugely successful Erskine Design back in 2006, but left earlier this year to pursue new and exciting challenges, which he can’t talk about yet. Simon lives in Nottingham but finds himself working all over the planet. He is owned by a cat. Visit Simon's website.