Mark is a graphic designer living in Wales. Founder of a small design studio, Mark Boulton Design, he pushes pixels for the likes of Al Jazeera, CERN and ESPN. Along side that, he and his team publish books under the guise of Five Simple Steps – a small, scrappy independent publisher for web folk. Despite living in Wales, Mark doesn’t own a small-holding, keep bees, or walk to his studio. But, he’s working on it.
Brendan Dawes is a designer exploring the interaction of objects, people, technology and art using an eclectic mix of digital and analog materials for himself and for clients around the globe. His work is featured in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester School of Art.
Jon Hicks is a Graphic Designer and Gentleman, based in Oxfordshire. He runs Hicksdesign with his wife Leigh and is most widely known for his work on the Firefox, Mailchimp and Shopify logos, as well as recent projects such as the Skype emoticon redesign. He also quite literally wrote the book on Icons: “The Icon Handbook” for Five Simple Steps Publishing.
Christopher Murphy is a writer, designer and educator based in Belfast. Creative Review described him as, “a William Morris for the digital age”, an epithet he aspires to fulfil, daily. The author of numerous books, collectively covering various aspects of design, he has written for, amongst others: Five Simple Steps, 8 Faces and The Manual.
An internationally respected speaker, he is regularly invited to talk on a range of topics, including: the importance of improving design education; encouraging design innovation; and the importance of growing ‘idea cultures’. He has spoken at conferences worldwide, including: Build, New Adventures and, Industry Conference.
A designer, photographer, and user experience advocate, Dan speaks at conferences and teaches workshops around the world on various topics at events including An Event Apart, South by Southwest, Web Directions, and UX London, as well as having worked with clients including UIE, MailChimp, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Meebo, Geffen/Universal, and IDEO.
Following a stint as Creative Director for MOO.COM in London, Dan currently works with clients around the world through webgraph, a design, branding, strategy, and development studio he co-founded in 1999, and travels the world on photographic commissions for select clientele including O2, RedBull, Starwood Hotels, and more.
Rachel is a designer, writer, and speaker from Manchester, UK. Her hard work and refined craft is a natural consequence of her passion for the web industry, and is truly a reflection of herself – refreshingly honest, human, and heartwarming. A gifted wordsmith, Rachel finds ways to inspire and motivate those around her through articles and presentations alike. Beyond the web, she has a passion for animals, Iron Man, and Christmas.
Andrew Spooner is a Creative Technologist working at Microsoft in the UK. He spends his time playing with the latest hardware and software looking beyond the technical specification to see how technology can be used in surprising yet useful scenarios. He has over 15 years of web development experience, recent work at Microsoft revolves around applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone and explorations into Natural User Interfaces. His favourite technology is the human.
Keir spends his days working with Shopify as their Designer Advocate. This sees him running free designer workshops focussed on Shopify theme building as well as helping out with documentation, screencasts and helping designers and front-end developers get the most out of the platform. In 2011 he co-founded Viewport Industries with Elliot Jay Stocks. Since then they have published Insites: The Book, a 256 book featuring 20 in-depth interviews with some of most inspiring people working in the web and tech industry and in the summer of 2013 launched a new large fromat magazine called Digest. They also host occasional small industry focussed events including their annual Xmas Special and ConfShop. Keir also co-hosts The Back to Front Show podcast.