#btconf Düsseldorf, Germany 15 - 17 May 2017

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Jina Anne

Jina Anne

Jina Anne is a Lead Designer at Salesforce UX, where she helps design and develop systems for enterprise software. She also loves Sass; she leads Team Sass Design, an open source task force that redesigned the Sass brand and website.

Jina also organises the San Francisco Sass Meet Up, The Mixin and recently organised Clarity, an event about design systems. She coauthored two books, Fancy Form Design and The Art & Science of CSS. Previously, she has worked with rad companies including Apple, Engine Yard, and Crush + Lovely.

Jonathan Barnbrook

Jonathan Barnbrook

Jonathan Barnbrook is most well-known as David Bowie’s favourite graphic designer having worked on the designs of his last 4 albums. However he has had a long and distinguished career in type design being one of the original members of the “typographic new wave” – a 1990s international movement that rebelled against the Modernist conventions of the 20th century in favour of the new freedom that the rise of technology and a re-found interest in the vernacular gave them. His typefaces Mason, Exocet quickly became part of the world visual language. Barnbrook continues to release fonts through his own company Virusfonts. He also runs the design studio Barnbrook, which works with a mixture of cultural institutions, activist groups’ and charities. He is well known for his collaborations with Adbusters, Occupy London, Damien Hirst and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Nadieh Bremer

Nadieh Bremer

After graduating as an astronomer, Nadieh became a data scientist finding insights in the vast amounts of data that are hidden within many companies. It took a few years, but she finally figured out that she loved the visualisation of the data & insights even more than the analysis itself.

Since then, she has been spending most of her evening and weekends reading about the subject, creating personal projects, and sharing lessons learned from her experiments on her website, VisualCinnamon.com. These days she’s even working on it full-time as a freelancing data visualisation designer.

Espen Brunborg

Espen Brunborg

Espen Brunborg is an Norwegian designer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2010, he co-founded Primate, a small web agency driven by a love of creativity, curiosity for technology, and a belief that great clients are born from honest relationships.
He started his career as a magazine designer before trying his luck at a small Edinburgh design studio.

When he was let go after only three months he chanced upon a job as a web designer, and the rest is history. Espen now spends most of his time trying to bridge the gap between graphic design and what we call web design. Is there a difference, really? Should there be?

Over the years, Espen has worked with clients like Scottish Widows, Edinburgh University, HomeExchange.com, WWF Scotland, Thistle Foundation, Waterstones, Children 1st and the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution.

He has never had an exhibition or a book written about him, but he once thought he was up for the “Young Norwegian of the Year” award, only to find out it was a prank executed by a Swedish client.

Sarah Drasner

Sarah Drasner

Sarah is an award-winning Speaker, Consultant, and Staff Writer at CSS-Tricks. She’s formerly Manager of UX Design & Engineering at Trulia (Zillow). She’s given a Frontend Masters workshop on Advanced SVG Animations, and is working on a book for O’Reilly on SVG Animations. Last year Sarah won CSS Dev Conf’s “Best of Best of Award” as well as “Best Code Wrangler” from CSS Design Awards. She has worked for 15 years as a web developer and designer, and at points worked as a Scientific Illustrator and a Undergraduate Professor, and has tutored a Byzantine Icon painter in Santorini. Sarah has also taught a literacy program for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.

Phil Hawksworth

Phil Hawksworth

Phil is Technology Director at R/GA, the global, connected design agency. Based in London but working with clients around the world such as Nike, Google, Hyundai and Samsung, Phil’s mission is to bring engaging and effective experiences to the widest audience possible.

With a long history in web development, and a passion for browser technologies, Phil loves seeking out ingenuity and simplicity, especially in places where over-engineering is common. You can usually find him banging on about that, and his attempts at standup comedy on Twitter.

Christian Heilmann

Christian Heilmann

Chris Heilmann has dedicated a lot of his time making the web better. Originally coming from a radio journalism background, he built his first web site from scratch around 1997 and spent the following years working on lots of large, international web sites. He then spent a few years in Yahoo building products and explaining and training people including Yahoo Answers, Search, Local and Maps. He then worked at Mozilla moving HTML5 support forward and advocating Firefox OS as an open alternative to closed mobile systems. Chris wrote two and contributed to eight books on web development and wrote many articles and hundreds of blog posts for Ajaxian, Smashing Magazine, Yahoo, Mozilla, ScriptJunkie and many more. He also wrote the Developer Evangelism Handbook in use in many companies to coach evangelists. He is currently working with the Microsoft Edge team as a Program Manager for Developer Outreach

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith lives in Brighton, England where he makes websites with the splendid design agency Clearleft. You may know him from such books as DOM Scripting, Bulletproof Ajax, HTML5 For Web Designers, and most recently Resilient Web Design.

He curated the dConstruct conference for a number of years as well as Brighton SF, and he organised the world's first Science Hack Day. He also made the website Huffduffer to allow people to make podcasts of found sounds—it's like Instapaper for audio files.

Hailing from Erin's green shores, Jeremy maintains his link to Irish traditional music running the community site The Session. He also indulges a darker side of his bouzouki-playing in the band Salter Cane.

Jeremy spends most of his time goofing off on the internet, documenting his time-wasting on adactio.com, where he has been writing for over fifteen years.

Mario Klingemann

Mario Klingemann

Mario Klingemann is an artist working with algorithms and data. His long-term goal is to make himself redundant by programming and training intelligent machines that are able to create art autonomously. In order to reach that goal he investigates the possibilities that machine learning and artificial intelligence offer in understanding how creativity, culture and their perception work. An important part of this investigation is his work with digital cultural archives like the British Library’s, the Internet Archive’s or the collection of the Google Cultural Institute where he currently is artist in residence.

He is a regular speaker on international art, design and media conferences, winner of the 2015 creative award of the British Library and his works have been shown at the Residenzschloß Dresden, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the MoMA, New York.

Seb Lester

Seb Lester

Seb Lester trained in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins. He now works in the United Kingdom as an artist and designer.

Lester’s passion and obsession is letterforms. He has created typefaces and letterform based illustrations for some of the world’s biggest companies, publications and events, including the likes of NASA, Apple, Nike, Intel, The New York Times, The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and JD Salinger’s final reissue of The Catcher in the Rye. 

Previously a Senior Type Designer at Monotype for nine years, he developed custom typefaces for clients including British Airways, The Daily Telegraph, H&M and Barclays. His limited edition prints are becoming increasingly popular and collectible. In recent years a love of calligraphy has pushed his work in exciting new directions.

He is passionate about letterforms stating “I find the Latin alphabet to be one of mankind’s most beautiful and profound creations”.

Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu

Yuko Shimizu is an award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York and instructor at School of Visual Arts. Her work has appeared on the pages of the New York Times, TIME, and Newsweek, on the covers of DC Comics, Penguin, Abrams and Random House books, on the Gap and Nike T-shirts, and on Pepsi cans.

Her new monograph Living with Yuko Shimizu was published in spring 2016 (ROADS Publishing). A Wild Swan, her collaboration with Pulitzer-winning author Michael Cunningham, came out in 2015 (FSG). She was chosen as Newsweek Japan’s “100 Japanese People World Respects” in 2009.

Sharon Steed

Sharon Steed

Sharon is an empathy consultant and public speaker. She’s spoken to companies and conferences around the world on improving team communication as well as collaboration through empathy. She works one-on-one with executives on being better, more empathetic communicators at work. A lifelong stutterer, she uses her speech impediment to teach empathetic practices that teams can then use to be better collaborators and excellent communicators. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Patty Toland

Patty Toland

Patty is a founder and partner at Filament Group, a Boston-based web design and front-end development studio that helps companies design and build super-fast responsive sites and web apps that are simple to use and accessible to everyone.

Patty has more than twenty-five years consulting experience with corporate and institutional clients with a focus on communicating complex messages across a range of media; her expertise lies in developing robust communication strategies, information architecture and system design. Prior to founding Filament Group, Patty worked at ZEFER Corp., US Peace Corps, Kohn Cruikshank Inc. and Harvard Business School.

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