Legends of Web Design

Four influential creators that have had significant impact on how we view the web, design and code.

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Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis is an American designer, technologist, author and artist in new media. Beginning as a web designer and Flash pioneer, Joshua transitioned into more interactive digital experiences, marrying digital and traditional art, essentially creating the field of generative artwork.

He is best known as the creator of praystation.com , winner of the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica for "Net Vision / Net Excellence”. He was an early adopter of open-source software, offering the source code of the praystation.com composition and animation developments to the public.

Davis had a role in designing the visualization of IBM’s Watson, the intelligent computer program capable of answering questions, for the quiz show Jeopardy.

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Dan Mall

Dan Mall is an award-winning art director and designer. Having worked with clients like ESPN, Kraft, Apple, Google, Microsoft, GE, Crayola, Lucasfilm, The Mozilla Foundation, Thomson Reuters, and The Sherwin-Williams Company, Dan has a passion for playing matchmaker between surprising art direction and intuitive interaction design.

Dan is the Founder and Design Director at SuperFriendly. He co-founded Typedia and was formerly Design Director at digital creative agency Big Spaceship, Interactive Director at Happy Cog web design studios, and a technical editor for A List Apart.

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Lea Verou

Lea is currently busy doing research in Human-Computer Interaction at MIT CSAIL. She has previously written an advanced 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 Prism, Dabblet 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.

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Ethan Marcotte

Ethan Marcotte is an independent web designer based in Boston, Massachusetts. A few years ago, he coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing web. His popular books on the topic, Responsive Web Design and Responsive Design: Patterns and Principles, have been widely praised, showing how designers and organizations can leverage the web’s flexibility to design across mobile, tablet, and desktop—and whatever might come next.

Over the years, Ethan has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including An Event Apart, Webstock, and SXSW Interactive. His clientele has included New York Magazine, the Sundance Film Festival, The Boston Globe, and People Magazine. He also cofounded Editorially, a collaborative writing platform.

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