Rachel Brown

Presenter, AxureWorld 2015: Axure 8 and Collaboration

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Rachel Brown joined the Axure team in 2013. Having earned her stripes in Product Support, Rachel became an Associate Product Manager at Axure in July 2014. Rachel manages the requests and requirements for Axure RP and Axure Share. She also oversees the online training and documentation and is the company’s liaison with independent Axure Trainers around the world. Recently, she published a series teaching the new features in Axure RP 8 and is spearheading a redesign of Axure’s license management applications.

 A graduate of the University of Rochester, Rachel enjoys playing ice hockey and rooting for her hometown team, the Washington Capitals.

Archie Miller

With over 18 years of product design experience, Archie has worked with many nationally prominent US clients such as American Express, Amtrak, General Electric, Owens Corning, and Wachovia.

Most recently, Archie has led UX for online product development for teams at Crutchfield, Snagajob, and most recently as Team Manager for Interaction Design at CarMax.

Saikat Mandal

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Presenter: AxureWorld 2014, Adaptive Views and Responsive Web Design

Saikat Mandal is a Sr. UX Designer at Classic System Solutions, where he researches, designs, builds and tests interactive prototypes for enterprise applications, to be used on desktop as well as mobile devices. He has about ten years of experience in Design, Information Architecture and User Experience. He has bachelors in Architecture, masters in Visual Communication and a second masters in Instructional Media Design.

He has used Axure for several years now and it is now his favorite design tool. When needed, he repurposes Axure to meet his design needs, especially around collaborative design work. In his spare time, he likes to paint and read about smart buildings. More about him can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandalsaikat

Joseph Reni

Presenter, AxureWorld 2013: Achieving responsive, realistic, data driven design using Repeaters and RWD Views.

Joseph Reni is a UX/UI Designer at Design Interactive Inc. He has extensive experience working for several industries, including the Department of Defense and commercial. He strives to understand the science behind good design and specializes in rapid application prototyping and testing. Joseph’s research interests are in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), interface design for the user experience, interaction cognition, gestural interfaces, and usability. He holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree in HCI from Iowa State University.

Joseph Started and maintains a successful prototyping and design meetup and enjoys actively supporting and contributing to various design communities including Axure, Fireworks, and Edge.

Elizabeth Srail

Presenter, AxureWorld 2012 (How to Stay Standing When Clients Keep Pushing

Elizabeth has been interested in learning about people her entire life. Drawn to this field because the idea of helping a business executives understand that they should learn how the company’s customers behave and think before making strategic decisions was reason enough.

Elizabeth’s philosophy of a good user experience is a thoughtful, scalable architecture, an amazing visual design that does not become quickly outdated, and a smart and flexible technical architecture. Elizabeth was the UX designer on a website that incorporated each of these elements, earning a Webby Honorable Mention in the Parenting/ Family category.

Since 1999, Elizabeth has worked at large financial institutions, marketing/branding agencies, and for UX specific services companies. Therefore, she has done UX work in many industries: financial, retail, education, spirits, and health and wellness. This diverse experience has helped aide her success in the UX field. She has been using Axure continuously for three and half years and was one of the technical reviewers Axure RP 6 Prototyping Essentials.

Elizabeth graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University with a BA in Finance and a BA in Management Information Systems. She also accidentally earned a minor in Spanish because she enjoyed speaking the language so much.

On a personal note, Elizabeth is a devoted yoga student of the Ashtanga yoga system and believes that an expansive body leads to an expansive mind.

Barbara Ballard

Presenter, AxureWorld 2012 (Is it Time for Specifications to Die?)

Barbara Ballard works in user experience strategy and architecture, with a heavy emphasis on mobile and cross-channel multi-platform experiences. With a mixture of design, human factors, and engineering education, she works on both broad vision and implementation details. 
Her over 15 years of experience have been with organizations from startups to Fortune 100 companies, like Skyfire, Yapmo, Sprint, AT&T, and The Weather Channel. She holds a BS from the University of California at Berkeley, and significant graduate work in human factors, psychology, and industrial design from the North Carolina State University. 

 

Nicholas Paredes

 

Presenter, AxureWorld 2012, 2011

Nicholas Paredes is a design strategist, manager, and architect
focusing on mobile behavior. He has developed mobile and
cross-platform products for education, m-health, and e-commerce
markets. Currently, Manager of Mobile User Experience at Grainger, a
global industrial supply retailer, and the 15th largest web e-com
property, he has contributed to their mobile web site, as well as
recently launched iPhone and Android apps.

Nicholas studied at the Institute of Design in Chicago and Hochschule
für Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel. He was a partner at Simple
Interfaces, which developed content for most of the major educational
publishers in the primary market. His first mobile start-up was
Modoku, which developed a CMS build process for template based iOS
applications, and launched several projects for independent music
labels and small e-commerce efforts. As Lead Experience Designer for
Walgreens, he launched their iPhone, Android, and both
internally-facing and consumer iPad apps. And, now at Grainger he
manages a team devoted to mobile e-commerce efforts.

Nicholas is a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys making enormous
paellas for dozens of friends. He lives in Chicago, and is actively
interested in start-ups and developing his skills in design and
business. Feel free to connect on LinkedIn.

André Muniz

Panelist, Session 1, AxureWorld 2011

André is a user experience researcher located in Brazil with six years of expertise in mobile devices and interface design.

He currently works at the Centro de Estudos e Sistemas Avançados do Recife (CESAR) in test and design projects related to mobile devices. With expertise in multimedia and user-centered design, he developed jobs for Motorola and Samsung as well as other projects focused on human interaction and digital content. In addition, he also acts as a professor of user-centered design, usability and prototyping in several local educational institutions.

He is a big fan of prototyping activities at various levels and mobile universe, including Android and iOS. Also, performed some jobs related to muse, game design and development.

Christopher Roosen

Panelist, Session 1, AxureWorld 2011

Christopher has been living experience architecture, information architecture and interaction design since 2003, after graduating with a Masters of Science (Honors) in Psychology from the University of Canterbury (NZ). He followed this with postgraduate certification in cognitive ergonomics and human factors from the University of Queensland (AUS).

Christopher specializes in interaction design, IA, usability analysis and experience architecture. He has deep domain experience in rich internet applications, real-time systems, mobile applications and process design. He has applied his skills in a wide variety of domains including: end-to-end transactional systems for the telecommunications and financial industries, cutting-edge medical interfaces, and leading mobile applications.

He is an Axure advocate and conducted some of the first Axure training in Australia. He has consulted with some of the largest and most innovative companies in Oceania, including: Westpac, Macquarie, Citibank, Optus, Telstra and News Digital Media. He is also a founder and director of Demibooks Inc. , a global software development company that specializes in software and services for mobile applications and interactive books.

He does blog-like things at christopherroosen.com and can be found in the usual places like LinkedIn (christopherroosen) and Twitter (@chrisroosen).

 

Pete Karabetis

Presenter, 2011, AxureWorld 2012 ( How to Use Axure Variables Like a Pro(grammer) )

Panayiotis Karabetis, who people call Pete for short, co-owns Vim Interactive in Baltimore where he oversees the IA and Ux process. Beginning as a graphic designer and front-end developer—and doing time as a baker, bookkeeper and part-time dance instructor—he's hounded by perfectionism on every project to ensure user needs and business objectives can live happily ever after.

His passion for evolving web practices is fueled by an overactive imagination and a one-cup-a-day limit on all coffee products so at least some sleep can be had in between client work.

Panayiotis is the creator of the Social Media Icons widget library and, Team Vim as a whole, is responsible for Axureland, the place where Axure enthusiasts can share free resources with the growing Axure community.

Ari Feldman

Panelist, session 3, AxureWorld 2011
Ari is currently the Director of User Experience at Admeld and works primarily on projects in the RTB (real-time bidding) advertising space. Previously, he was the Vice President of Product at TargetSpot, an innovative advertising platform and network for Internet Radio and has over 15 years of experience in Product Management and web production.

Ari is also the creator of WidgetLib, a library of common UI components and patterns designed to facilitate rapid prototype development for users of Axure RP 6.0 and later.