Speakers

Dan Mall | Frontend United, Athens 2017

Dan Mall

Creative director / Advisor

Dan Mall is a creative director and advisor from Philly. He’s the director of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that brings exquisite creative direction & design to the world’s most interesting and important organizations. Having worked with clients like Canon, ESPN, Kraft, Quartz, Apple, Google, The New York Times, Microsoft, GE, Crayola, Lucasfilm, Thomson Reuters, and more, Dan has a passion for playing matchmaker between surprising art direction and intuitive interaction design.

Jeremy Keith | Frontend United Athens 2017

Jeremy Keith

Web developer and author living

Jeremy Keith is a web developer, writer, and musician. He authors a popular blog, and has written several books including DOM Scripting, a guide to web design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model. He co-founded Clearleft in 2005.

Jonathan Snook | Frontend United Athens 2017

Jonathan Snook

Designer and developer

Jonathan Snook is a designer and developer from Ottawa, Canada. Snook has a 15+ year career having worked freelance, for agencies, and for product companies such as Yahoo!, Shopify, and Xero. He writes about tips, tricks, and bookmarks on his blog at Snook.ca. He has also written for A List Apart, 24ways, and .net magazine, and has co-authored two books, The Art and Science of CSS and Accelerated DOM Scripting. Snook has also authored and received world-wide acclaim for the self-published book, Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS, sharing his experience and best practices on CSS architecture.

Lea Verou | Frontend United Athens 2017

Lea Verou

computer scientist / web standards geek / front-end developer / web designer / speaker / author

Lea is currently busy doing research in Human-Computer Interaction at MIT CSAIL. She has previously written a bestselling CSS book for O’Reilly (CSS Secrets) and worked as a Developer Advocate at W3C. She has a long-standing passion for open web standards, and is one of the few Invited Experts in the CSS Working Group. Lea has also started several popular open source projects and web applications, such as PrismDabblet and -prefix-free and maintains a technical blog at lea.verou.me. Despite her academic pursuits in Computer Science, Lea is one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

Léonie Watson | Frontend United Athens 2017

Leonie Watson

Communications director and Principal engineer at The Paciello Group

Léonie Watson (AKA Tink) began using the internet in 1993, turned it into a web design career in 1997, and (despite losing her eyesight along the way) has been enjoying herself thoroughly ever since.

Léonie is Communications director and Principal engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG), and also works with Government Digital Service (GDS) on the GOV.UK platform.

As a member of the W3C Advisory Board, and co-chair of the W3C Web Platform WG (working on specs like HTML5), Léonie is closely involved with the web standards community. She is frequently asked to talk about web standards and/or accessibility at conferences.

In her spare time Léonie blogs on tink.uk, writes for tech journals like Smashing magazineSitePoint.com and Net magazine. She also loves cooking, dancing and drinking tequila (although not necessarily in that order).

Morten Birch | Frontend United Athens 2017

Morten Birch

Frontend developer / Drupal themer

They call him the King! - he promises that one day he will explain, but it requires a beer, an excuse & that you didn't hack core.
He runs a Theming shop > Theme Machine based in the meat packing district of Copenhagen.

Besides of having an ego the size of your cache tables, he is a "frontend developer" that has been in love with drupal since 4.7 and uses his majority of time in the Drupal community to bitch & moan over the huge amount of markup & css that Drupal spits out in the themers face.
He hopes that his winning personality, and usual bribes of "Real Developers" will change this over the years to come.

Natalya Shelburne | Frontend United 2017, Athens

Natalya Shelburne

Software engineer at @nytimes, fine artist, speaker, educator, sketch note illustrator, relentless optimist, and doer of good deeds.

Natalya Shelburne is a classically trained fine artist who spent 6 years lecturing and teaching people how to paint, draw, and grow their creativity. Upon realizing that the Renaissance had in fact already ended, she decided to join the modern world and is now a front end developer. 

Natalya works to blur the line between designer and developer by sharing and updating old school design theory for the web. Crossing domains is a passion - in addition to a degree in Studio Art, she has a bachelor's in Developmental Psychology and a master's degree in Creativity and Talent Development, and works to weave interesting facts about how our brains work, learn, and develop into every talk.

When she is not writing code, she is drawing, cooking, traveling, or drinking absurd amounts of coffee.

Rachel Andrew | Frontend United Athens 2017

Rachel Andrew

Front and back-end web developer

Rachel Andrew is a front and back-end web developer, author and speaker. Her books include the recent Get Ready for CSS Grid Layout and she is a regular contributor to a number of publications both on and offline. Rachel is co-founder of the CMS Perch, a Google Developer Expert and an Invited Expert to the CSS Working Group. She writes about business and technology on her own site at rachelandrew.co.uk.

Vitaly Friedman | Frontend United Athens 2017

Vitaly Friedman

Author / Speaker / Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine.

Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies.

Zaharenia Atzitzikaki | Frontend United Athens 2017

Zaharenia Atzitzikaki

Product designer, Lead designer

Zaharenia is a product designer with years of experience in delivering high-quality interfaces. A Sass aficionada that particularly enjoys applying method to madness. There’s nothing that she loves more than creating interfaces that get out of people’s way.