Kimberly Blessing

Currently the Senior Manager of Web Development at Comcast Interactive Media in Philadelphia, Kimberly has led Web Development teams and managed standards at both PayPal and America Online (AOL). She is a member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), a grass-roots organization that advocates standards-compliance and use to browser manufacturers and developers alike.

Kimberly is also an advocate for increasing the number of women in computing and technology fields, a passion she pursues by teaching Computer Science part-time at Bryn Mawr College, her alma mater. In her free time, Kimberly attempts to maintain a blog and a life.

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Daniel Burka

Daniel is the creative director at Digg and a co-founder of silverorange. At silverorange, Daniel worked with a wide range of clients including Mozilla, Ning, Revision3, and Sloan. He's since been lured to San Francisco after Kevin Rose dangled the prospect of In 'N Out burgers and the opportunity to develop the user experience for the social news website Digg.

As Digg's creative director, Daniel has helped the site grow from a niche technology news site into one of the leading media services on the web with a massive and passionate community. Daniel was also the designer and one of the co-founders of the social networking service Pownce, which was acquired by SixApart in 2008.

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Zoe Gillenwater

Author of the New Riders title Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS, the video training title Web Accessibility Principles for, and has written nearly 100 articles and tutorials as a partner at the Web development training site Community MX on a variety of Web design topics.

Zoe is currently a member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Adobe Task Force and enjoys helping others learn Web standards through her work as a moderator of the popular css-discuss mailing list, editor for Adobe's CSS Advisor Web site documenting browser bugs and fixes, technical book editor, conference speaker, and consultant.

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Aaron Gustafson

After getting hooked on the web in 1996 and spending several years pushing pixels and bits for the likes of IBM and Konica Minolta, Aaron Gustafson founded his own web consultancy: Easy! Designs LLC.

Aaron is a Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and is a member of the Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS). He serves as Technical Editor for A List Apart and has built a small library of writing and editing credits in both the print and Web worlds. Aaron has graced the stage at numerous conferences and is frequently called on to provide web standards training in both the public and private sector.

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Molly E. Holzschlag

An internationally sought-after Web standards advocate, instructor, and author, Molly is the former Group Lead for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and an invited expert to the HTML and CSS working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). As Web Evangelist for Opera Software, Molly works to educate designers and developers on using Web technologies in practical ways to create highly sustainable, maintainable, accessible, interactive and beautiful Web sites for the global community.

Molly has written over 30 books on Web Design and related topics. A popular and colorful individual, Molly has a particular passion for people, blogs, and the use of technology for social progress.

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Ethan Marcotte

Ethan Marcotte is a respected standards authority who hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a senior designer at Airbag Industries, a design consultancy that has enjoyed working with such clients as the Sundance Film Festival, New York Magazine, and the World Wide Web Consortium.

Ethan was a contributing writer to Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design and Web Standards Creativity, and is a much sought-after technical editor. He spends entirely too much time working and learning online, and would like to be an unstoppable robot ninja when he grows up.


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Dave McFarland

As an author, educator and Web developer, Dave has been designing and developing Web sites since 1995, when he created his first commercial Web site—an online magazine for communication professionals. He’s been the Web master at the University of California, Berkeley and oversaw a complete CSS-based redesign of

Dave's books include CSS: The Missing Manual, JavaScript: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver: The Missing Manual, and he's a regular columnist at In addition, Dave has been teaching Web design, development and programming for over 10 years. He currently teaches in the multimedia program at Portland State University.

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Juliette Melton

Juliette Melton is a user experience researcher from San Francisco, CA, where she spends her days at a brain-training game startup called Lumos Labs. She studies and advocates balanced approaches to building products based on understanding user preferences and organizational realities.

Julie has been building sites since 1997 and has been a web professional since 2000. She has worked on web projects in higher education, public health, and publishing, but is now really enjoying playing games every day.

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Greg Rewis

Greg Rewis is the Group Manager, Creative Solutions Evangelism at Adobe Systems. With over 20 years of computer industry experience, Greg spends in excess of 200 days of the year on the road, talking with customers, giving product demonstrations at trade shows and seminars, speaking at industry conferences, and leading specialized, advanced training sessions featuring Adobe’s Web Tools product line. Greg has been passionate about the web since putting his first “home page” online in 1994. His career has taken him around the world, from the early days of desktop publishing, to a start-up in Hamburg, Germany, the glory days of the web at Macromedia and finally his current role at Adobe. The original GoLive Cyberstudio Product Manager and former Dreamweaver Technical Product Manager, Greg is the co-author of “Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS4″ published by New Riders.

When not on-the-road, Greg spends his time with his MacBook Pro on his lap, hanging out with his co-author and fiance Stephanie Sullivan, playing the guitar or killing his two sons in “Call Of Duty” on the Playstation 3.

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Christopher Schmitt

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

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Nicole Sullivan

Nicole is an evangelist, front-end performance consultant, CSS Ninja, and author. She started the Object-Oriented CSS open source project, which answers the question: how do you scale CSS for millions of visitors or thousands of pages? She also consulted with the W3C for their beta redesign, and is the co-creator of, an image optimization service in the cloud.

She is passionate about CSS, web standards, and scalable front-end architecture for large commercial websites. Nicole speaks about performance at conferences around the world, most recently at The Ajax Experience, ParisWeb, and Web Directions North. She co-authored Even Faster Web Sites.

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Stephanie Sullivan

Founder and principal of W3Conversions, Stephanie has been a web professional since 1999. A sought-after speaker, tech editor, corporate trainer, author, and coding guru, she's often called on to solve especially perplexing problems for high-profile websites. Stephanie serves as co-lead of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Adobe Task Force, is an Adobe Community Expert, and is a partner at Community MX, a site offering over 2,900 tutorials.

A tireless advocate of web community education, she is “List Mom” for the long-running WebWeavers discussion list for professional web designers, and a moderator of the search engine marketing discussion group SEM 2.0.

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Jason Cranford Teague

His first Web design went live in 1994, when Jason worked on "Computer Mediated Communications," the first online magazine. More recently, Jason has worked with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) CSS Workgroup, Yuri's Night: The World Space Party and was the Director of Web Design Standards for AOL/MediaGlow. Jason is currently a strategist and instructor, brought in to consult with and train Web professionals.

Jason's books on interactive, print, video and photographic design include the best Selling CSS, DHTML, and Ajax and Final Cut Pro and The Art of Filmmaking. His next book, Speaking in Styles, will be published in 2009.

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Mark Trammell

Mark Trammell is User Experience Architect at Digg in San Francisco. His work on the Web spans more than a decade including coauthoring two books on Web standards and tenures with the United States Navy, the University of Florida, the Web Standards Project Educational Task Force, and PayPal. While leading a standards-based rebuilding of the University of Florida Web presence, he started an extensive user research program including tests throughout Florida and taught user-centered design. Mark now leads user research at Digg.

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