Jesse James Garrett is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Adaptive Path, a groundbreaking user experience design consultancy now part of Capital One. His contributions to the field of user experience include creating the seminal "Elements of User Experience" model; developing the Visual Vocabulary, a notation system for documenting user experience design; and defining Ajax, an approach to creating dynamic Web applications. Jesse has received Wired Magazine's Rave Award for Technology and was named one of the "50 Most Important People on the Web" by PC World.
Abby Covert is an independent information architect in New York City. She specializes in delivering a collaborative information architecture process and teaching those that she works with along the way.
She speaks and writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA, focusing on sharing information architecture content with those working within the design and technology communities. She is the author of "How to Make Sense of Any Mess" a book about information architecture for everybody.
She teaches information architecture at The School of Visual Arts. She is also the current president of the Information Architecture Institute, a global non-profit membership organization focused on empowering IA leadership, currently serving members in 73 countries.
Kevin is the author of "See What I Mean: How to Communicate Ideas with Comics". He was the CEO and co-founder of Incredible Labs, the company behind a mobile personal assistant named Donna which was acquired by Yahoo. Previously, he was a product manager at Twitter, leading the redesign of the website; the director of user experience at the gaming social network Raptr; and the designer of Yahoo! Pipes. He also co-founded the user experience web comic OK/Cancel.
He holds a master’s degree from University College London in human computer interaction and ergonomics, and has presented about design, comics, and augmented reality at numerous conferences including Interaction, IA Summit, User Interface Conference, UXWeek, and South by Southwest. His workshop on using comics has been utilized by companies such as Adobe, McAfee, eBay, and Yahoo..
Daniel Burka is a San Francisco-based product designer. He’s currently a design partner at Google Ventures. He works with Google Ventures’ many portfolio companies to solve their design challenges.
Previous to Google, Daniel co-founded Silverorange, a Canadian web agency where he got to work with Mozilla (he helped draw the Firefox logo), Ning, Sloan, and did lots of e-commerce and government work to boot. One day Kevin Rose called up silverorange and had Daniel and his team design the early stage designs of Digg. Soon after Daniel moved to San Francisco to become Digg’s creative director as the site grew from a niche technology news sites to a leading news entity. Five years later, Daniel left to join a gaming startup called Tiny Speck with the founders of Flickr. Then, with Kevin Rose free to pursue new ventures, he and Daniel co-founded the mobile incubator Milk, which was acquired by Google a year later. After joining Google, Daniel led the mobile user experience team for Google+ before becoming a partner at Google Ventures.
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. 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.
He is co-author of Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction (Rosenfeld Media, 2012), co-author of 「About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th Edition」 (Wiley, 2015) and keeper of the blog scifiinterfaces.com. He is currently working on a new book about the user experience of narrow AI (Rosenfeld Media, 2016.)