• Sean Brodbeck

    Sean Brodbeck is an interactive designer and Adjunct Professor at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia where he teaches courses in both web design and animation. He earned his BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design in 2010 from the Tyler School of Art and has been teaching design courses at his alma mater ever since. Sean specializes in digital media, specifically in animation with After Effects and in the design/development of websites in an ever changing digital landscape. He enjoys staying on top of the digital world and problem solving just as much as he does enjoys sharing new knowledge with his fellow freelancers, coworkers, students and friends. When he doesn’t have his nose to the grindstone, he’s probably looking for an excuse to spend some time outdoors.

  • Ilise Benun

    Ilise Benun is a national speaker and the author of several books including the The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money and The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing (HOW Books), The Art of Self Promotion (Marketing Mentor Press) and more. She’s a regular contributor to HOW magazine and is the lead editor of the Creative Freelancer Blog. Ilise is a frequent speaker at HOW events, a regular DesignCast presenter and the co-founder of the Creative Freelancer Conference.

  • William M Borchard

    William M. Borchard has been concentrating on intellectual property law for over 40 years. His clients have included both graphic designers and companies that employ them or engage their freelance services. He is counsel to the New York intellectual property law firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, and he wrote, and annually updates, the a well-regarded pamphlet called “A Trademark is Not a Copyright or a Patent.”

  • Denise Bosler

    Denise Bosler is a graphic designer, illustrator, and professor of communication design at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She earned a B.F.A. from Kutztown University and an M.F.A. from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Denise has focused her design work on print collateral, product packaging, and identity development in both print and digital projects.

  • Chris Converse

    Chris Converse is a versatile, award-winning designer who integrates creative strategy with sophisticated design. His expertise is a perfect balance between traditional and interactive mediums, including print, interactive, DVD and CD-ROM production, animation, corporate identity, branding and photography. He has worked with a long list of reputable clients, including: Adobe Systems, AOL, Comcast, Pepperidge Farm, Pfizer, Accuvue, and many more.

  • Douglas Davis

    For the past 10 years Douglas Davis has been a Freelance Art & Creative Director specializing in multi-channel solutions. Douglas began his interactive advertising career as a digital designer for various media properties and agencies including CondeNet, ESSENCE Magazine, JWT/Brouillard, Tribal DDB, Deutsch, Greater Than One and G2 Direct & Digital.

  • Jesse Friedman

    Jesse Friedman is a veteran WordPress developer. In 2012 he wrote the “Web Designers Guide to WordPress”. With years of a experience as a speaker and a Professor at Johnson & Wales University he delivers impactful and educational talks. Currently Jesse is the Director of Web Interface and Development at Astonish, the premier Digital Marketing Company for the Insurance Industry. Jesse co-organizes the local WordPress meetup and is very active in the community. He works closely with his students and others to share knowledge and bring forth a better future for web design and development. Read his blog at

  • Bill Haig, PhD

    Dr. Bill Haig has worked in branding for more than forty years, and is considered the authority in the application of source credibility principles to the design of company logos. He coined the term, credibility-based logo design which he has discussed in numerous published articles and his book, The Power of Logos: How to Create Effective Company Logos.

    Prior to establishing Powerlogos Design, Dr. Haig worked with logo design firms including design legend, Saul Bass. He also held top branding positions with a major petroleum and transportation company. He now works with small and medium size companies on a consulting basis.

  • Margaret Hartwell

    Margaret Hartwell is a strategy consultant, coach, educator and writer. Her 20 years of experience chronicle a career of effective brand and business solutions at the intersection of creativity and business. Margaret has headed up strategic initiatives in both the U.S. and the U.K. Her work has spanned analysis and research, organizational development, marketing, social media and entrepreneurship in multiple sectors from automotive, telecommunications, entertainment and consumer packaged goods, and travel to education, wellness, food, the arts, and environmental and social advocacy.

  • Dave Holston

    As the Director of Strategic Design Management at The University of Texas at Austin, Dave is responsible for the development and management of the university’s brand as well as leading a nationally recognized design team in the creation of print and Web collateral, marketing research, advertising, brand and identity management, news communications, social networking campaigns and Search Engine Marketing initiatives.

  • Jim Krause

    Jim Krause lives in northwest Washington state and, since the 1980s, has been working as a designer, a photographer, an illustrator and a writer. Krause has worked for a wide range of clients, including Microsoft, Kodak, Cingular Wireless, Seattle Public Schools, Levi Strauss, Washington Apples and more. In 1999, he started authoring books aimed toward designers, photographers and other creative professionals. He has had more than a dozen titles on these subjects published with great success—some have been translated into as many as five languages.

  • Liz Long

    Liz Long is a Co-Founder at Bag the Habit, a company that makes a variety of reusable shopping solutions using 100% eco-textiles. Founded in 2007, Bag the Habit has replaced millions of paper and plastic disposables through the sale of it’s products and partnered with brands like Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Guess Jeans to create custom reusable bags.

    Liz regularly teaches and writes about product design, production, and fundraising and has guided thousands of designers and start-ups through the process of turning and idea into a manufactured product. She consults for the sourcing platform Maker’s Row and is an ongoing business mentor for Bpeace and Rising Tide Capital , non-profits dedicated to growing entrepreneurship in under-served communities.

  • Patrick McNeil

    Patrick McNeil, the creator of Design Meltdown, is the content director for HOW Interactive Design and the author of the Web Designer’s Idea Book series. He’s not only an HTML teacher, he can instruct in all the fundamental languages of the web—JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, and more.

  • John T. Meyer

    John T. Meyer is the CEO/Co-Founder of Lemonly, a visual marketing firm that helps create understanding through visuals by creating infographics, data visualization and interactive graphics. Lemonly works with big brands, non-profits, and startups including Marriott, PepsiCo, Major League Baseball, Samsung, and the United Nations. John is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and in 2013 was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Emerging Entrepreneurs. John loves to cheer on the Minnesota Twins and writes about focus and productivity with a daily newsletter called the Point Letter.

  • Shari Schwartz

    Shari Schwartz graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BFA in Communications Design, where her love for classic typefaces and Pantone colors first began. She’s designed across all media platforms for clients in a broad range of industries, including financial services, education, technology, pharmaceuticals, professional sports—even porta potty rentals (true story). In 2011, Shari launched 6712 Creative, a full-service, strategic graphic design shop that caters to the design needs of all businesses, large and small. Based in Baltimore, its mission is to combine the highest quality design with outstanding client services.

  • Ellen Shapiro

    Ellen Shapiro has headed a New York-based visual communications firm for more than twenty-five years. The author of hundreds of articles and posts about design firms, personalities, trends, and visual culture around the world, she has been a contributing editor of Print magazine since 2001 and has been writing for Print’s Imprint blog since its inception. She is also frequent contributor to Communication Arts and other leading design magazines. Ellen has taught typography, corporate design, and portfolio classes at Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY. She is the author of The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Clients (Allworth Press, available at How+Print My Design Shop) and Clients and Designers (Watson-Guptill) and a contributor to other books including Design Culture and Looking Closer 2 . A native of Los Angeles and UCLA Media Arts graduate, she lives in Irvington, New York.

  • Jude Stewart

    Jude Stewart writes frequently about design and culture for Slate, The Believer, and Fast Company, among many other publications. Her first book, ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color, was published by Bloomsbury in 2013; her second book, a popular cultural history about patterns, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. She also blogs twice monthly about color and pattern as a contributing editor for Print.

  • Jennifer Tausch

    With more than a decade of experience working on some of the world’s best known brands, Jennifer Tausch is the creative director for LPK Beauty in Cincinnati, leading a creative team in brand and design strategy. She’s also taught design at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and worked as an independent design and brand strategist.

  • Genevieve Williams

    Genevieve has worked as an Art Director for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Time magazine, and was a faculty member in the graphic design department at the School of Visual of Arts for over 20 years. Her professional awards for creative direction, art direction, design, and teaching are numerous. In 2012 she won a silver Clio. Her latest enterprises include owning and creative directing a small multi-media design company, Studio E Genevieve, preparing a solo exhibition of her sculpture, and finishing her doctoral dissertation at the European Graduate School.

  • Brian Wood

    Brian Wood is a web developer, the author of 8 books including InDesign CS2 Hands-On-Training, Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book, Adobe Muse Classroom in a Book (published by Peachpit Press), and the author of numerous training titles including Muse, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator and more. In addition to training many clients, including Nordstrom, REI, Boeing, Starbucks, Nintendo, and many others, Brian speaks regularly at national conferences, such as Adobe MAX, HOW Interactive, as well as events hosted by AIGA and other industry organizations.