Owner and founder of nGen Works, Carl Smith runs an unconventional distributed team that works with businesses to redefine their identities and ideals. Carl has made a name for himself in client services by creating a new framework for how we get things done, and by enabling us to realign our creative communities. When he’s not conducting riveting business experiments with his nGeneers or consulting for global trendsetters, he’s busy sculpting a new face for the world of work.
DAN MALL is an award-winning designer from Philadelphia, an enthralled husband, and new dad. As the Founder & Design Director at SuperFriendly, Dan and his team defeat apathy and the forces of evil with heroic creative direction, design, & strategy. He’s also co-founder of Typedia and swfIR, and sings/plays keyboard for contemporary-Christian band Four24. Dan was formerly Design Director at Big Spaceship, Interactive Director at Happy Cog, and a technical editor for A List Apart. He writes about design and other issues on Twitter and on his industry-recognized site, danielmall.com.
We'll be talking to team members (Jon and Chris) of Zurb about Foundation, Responsive Design and other things they've contributed to our community.
JD Graffam runs Simple Focus, a user experience brand firm in Memphis, TN, that helps local and national brands take on the internet with simple ideas, design and technology.
JD serves his city as President of AIGA Memphis and as a director of FirstWorks, mentors eighth graders for The Grizzlies Foundation and is a graduate of the Leadership Academy of Memphis. He also speaks nationally about web design, has published a book, CSS for Print Designers, curates Pattern Tap and serves on the Editorial Review Board for Smashing Magazine
Co-founder of Full Stop Interactive, a web shop in Pittsburgh, PA, and United Pixelworkers, a fake union for people who make the things we see on our screens every day. Developer, writer, reluctant businessman. Nathan Peretic would rather be reading.
Jay Fanelli is a client's dream and a boss's nightmare. He's the co-founder and creative muscle behind Pittsburgh-based web shop Full Stop Interactive and trans-national fake union United Pixelworkers. He'll rip your startup idea to shreds soon as look at you.
Jonathan Longnecker is the co-founder of FortySeven Media - a kick awesome design firm specializing in web, print and media creation. He is also 1/2 of the The Kick Awesome Showa video podcast dedicated to design, the web and general nerdery. It’s great!
Since he first raised a wooden spoon to beat on pots and pans, Nate Croft has loved making music. That has nothing to do with design, but Nate couldn't think of any other way to start this tiny biography. He lives in the wonderfully strange land of Knoxville, Tennessee where he designs and creates digital media of various flavors. He is full of ideas and is known to blurt them out out of nowhere, confusing those nearby. He is married to Dena, the woman he has always hoped he could have. Nate readily admits that he is a geek.
Austin Church is the Founder and Chief Goofball at Bright Newt, a mobile app development, copywriting, and marketing outfit. Along with Nate Croft and Jonathan Longnecker, he also helps to keep Kicktastic sassy.
Austin enjoys helping brands find their voices, identifying the values, practices, and cultural quirks that make them special, and helping them take the kind of risks that pay off. You can find him on Twitter (@austinlchurch) and various other retailers in your local Internet.
Gene is a designer with almost 2 decades of experience in the industry (Ugh!?!) with a degree in Graphic Design. In 1994, Gene met the Internet and has been honing his skills in information architecture and usable interface design ever since. He has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of unmatchedstyle.com, organizer of Refresh Columbia and the ConvergeSE conference(s), President of AIGA South Carolina and writer for .Net Magazine.
Giovanni began his career as a fine artists, mostly painting and showing in the south-east. He taught two years of high school and two years at the collegiate level, but hated the politics of schools and decided to get into commercial art. He got picked up by a web firm in Columbia, SC called Period-Three and fell in love with all things web. He is editor for UnmatchedStyle.com, creative director for ConvergeSE and has written a book "The Web Designer's Roadmap" for SitePoint.