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  • Alan Cooper

    Founder of Cooper

    Alan Cooper has been a pioneer in the software world for more than 40 years and, in his role today as éminence grise in the user experience field, he continues to influence a new generation of web designers and entrepreneurs. Cooper, the first interaction design consulting firm he co-founded, established the basic design methods that are used across the industry today. In particular, his invention, design personas, are almost universally used in the field.

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  • Dan Klyn

    Co-founder, Information Architect at The Understanding Group

    Dan Klyn has accrued 18 years of experience in information architecture practice, and is co-founder of The Understanding Group (TUG). He's interested in planning, strategy and architecture for places made of information, likes coffee an awful lot, and teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of Information.

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  • Nathan Curtis

    Founder and Principal at EightShapes, LLC

    Nathan Curtis is a founder and principal at EightShapes, LLC, a UX design agency founded in 2006 in Washington, DC with partner Dan Brown.Nathan has practiced design and front end dev since 1996 with keen interest in design systems, component & pattern libraries, and helping teams create and sustain cohesive experiences.

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  • Val Head

    Designer and Web Animation Consultant

    Val is a designer and web animation consultant with a talent for getting designers and developers alike excited about the power of animation. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations and the upcoming Designing Interface Animations.

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  • Adam Connor

    VP of Organizational Design at Mad*Pow

    Adam Connor, most recognizable by his magnificent beard, is a designer, author and illustrator based in Western Massachusetts. As VP of Organizational Design at Mad*Pow, Adam helps create positive change by addressing the relationships that people have with one another to foster more collaborative, creative and customer-centric organizations.

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  • Brad Nunnally

    Innovation Specialist at 18F

    Brad Nunnally is an Innovation Specialist at 18F and a co-author of “Designing The Conversation: Techniques for Successful Facilitation”. Recently, he has taken that passion to the federal government by accepting a fellowship with 18F. He now spends his days contemplating how the government can be redesigned to be more people focused.

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  • Marc Stickdorn

    Founder of ExperienceFellow

    Marc consults organizations on how to incorporate service design into their structures and processes and trains their teams in service design. He is an adjunct professor for service design and innovation at various businesses and design schools. In 2010 he published the award-winning book “This is Service Design Thinking” together with Jakob Schneider.

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  • Melissa Perri

    CEO of ProdUX Labs

    Melissa Perri is a Product Manager, UX Designer, and speaker based in New York City. As the CEO of ProdUX Labs, Melissa does strategy and training for product management teams globally. As a practitioner and a coach, Melissa enjoys finding the best processes for her clients while tackling their toughest product problems with the team.

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  • Jaime Levy

    Author of UX Strategy

    Jaime Levy is an author, college professor and User Experience consultant based in Los Angeles, California. Her book "UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want" was just published by O'Reilly Media. Jaime heads a consultancy called JLR Interactive that caters to startups and enterprises, helping them transform their business concepts into innovative and scalable online solutions.

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  • Sophia Voychehovski

    Founder of Rewired

    Sophia founded Rewired after almost a decade of leading UX efforts for clients such as Tracfone Wireless, Napa Auto Parts, AT&T, the Internal Revenue Service, the Australian Tax Office, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. She also served as a leader on's UX team, architecting CNN Trends, iReport Awards, the 2012 presidential debates experience and — most notably — the responsive system that presented results for the 2012 elections.

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  • Chris Noessel


    As a 20+ year veteran of the user experience industry, Christopher designs products and services for a variety of domains, including health, financial, and consumer. He teaches, speaks about, and evangelizes design internationally. His spidey-sense goes off semi-randomly, leading him to investigate and speak about a range of things from interactive narrative to ethnographic user research, interaction design to generative randomness, and designing for the future.

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  • Abi Jones

    Designer at Google

    Abi Jones is a designer and sprint master at Google. She helps teams answer critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. Abi specializes in storyboarding and in 2015 she illustrated the 2nd edition of Understanding Your Users.

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  • Nicolas Nova

    Co-founder of Near Future Laboratory

    Nicolas Nova is a design researcher, ethnographer and co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory, an innovation agency based in Los Angeles, Geneva and Barcelona. His work with clients such as Renault, BBVA, Seb or Sony consists in identifying weak signals as well as exploring people’s needs, motivations and contexts to map new design opportunities and chart potential futures.

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  • Amber Case

    Cyborg Anthropologist and UX Designer

    Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer from Portland, Oregon. She studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. Her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now” has been viewed over a million times.

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  • Steve Fisher

    Founder of The Republic of Quality

    Steve 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. Steve has over 18 years experience in research, business strategy, experience strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy for the web.

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  • Stephanie Rieger

    Founder of Yiibu

    Stephanie is a designer, researcher and closet anthropologist with a passion for the many ways people interact with technology. Stephanie is the co-founder and principal at yiibu, a small yet perfectly-formed design consultancy that explores the human impact of embedding technology into every day life.

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  • Giles Colborne

    Managing Director at cxpartners

    Giles Colborne co-founded cxpartners in 2004. Since then, it has grown to one of the world’s leading independent experience design consultancies working on next generation experience design and generating hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for companies such as Marriott, eBay and AXA.

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  • Denise Jacobs

    Founder of The Creative Dose

    Denise Jacobs is a Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist and Founder + CEO of The Creative Dose, where she promotes techniques to unlock creativity and spark innovation in people, teams, and workplaces, particularly those in the tech world.

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  • Samuel Hulick

    Author of The Elements of User Onboarding

    Samuel Hulick is the author of The Elements of User Onboarding. He’s combined UX savvy and a cat-like curiosity for measuring UX impact to become an expert in onboarding. His approach is shaped by over a decade of web experience, theories taken from behavioral psychology, video game design, and even filmmaking.

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  • Mara Zepeda

    Co-founder and CEO of Switchboard

    Mara Zepeda is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard, an engagement and giving platform that helps members of communities help one another. Previously, Mara was an economic reporter for National Public Radio and directed scholarly programs at Harvard University. Her focus is bringing the qualities of off-line connection online by building trust, delivering value, and strengthening networks.

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