Vitaly Friedman
Smashing Magazine’s Co-Founder, Editor, Writer, Speaker
Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and does not give up easily. From Minsk in Belarus, he studied computer science and mathematics in Germany, discovered the passage a passion for typography, writing, and design. After working as a freelance designer and developer for 6 years, he co-founded Smashing Magazine, a leading online magazine dedicated to design and web development. Vitaly is the author, co-author and editor of all Smashing books. He currently works developing the new Smashing Memberships around the globe!
Csaba Házi
Co-founder adn UX Expert at Webabstract
Best-selling author of
Seven Step UX – The Cookbook for Creating Great Products
Csaba is an author, speaker and User Experience (UX), expert and evangelist. He is also the co-founder of Webabstract, a rapidly growing international UX agency. His data-driven, down-to-earth “Seven Step UX” framework has helped companies ranging from emerging startups to international enterprises creating a user experience that make them unique and successful in their field. He published his book called the “Seven Step UX: The Cookbook For Creating Great Products" which made it become a best-seller in the UX & usability category. Csaba is a passionate speaker on social topics (like education and healthcare). His goal is to introduce UX to other industries to solve real problems and create truly valuable products.
Ekaterina Mitova
Senior User Assistance Developer at SAP
I started twelve years ago as an information developer. Then, a couple of years later, I switched to development, only to realize that information development is my true passion. Or in other words, I love to provide help that really helps.
Merve Postalcioglu
Independent UX Consultant and Design Thinking Traine
Merve Postalcioglu is a Sofia-based Independent UX Consultant and Design Thinking Trainer from Istanbul, Turkey. She studied Industrial Product Design and she changed her direction to UX Design during her master degree. She is interested in both digital and physical experiences because of her design background. She has been designing user-centered experiences in a variety of work environments, teams and fields such as finance, chatbot, social responsibility and social networking subjects. She is extremely knowledgeable about user research and usability tests. Her UX philosophy is oriented around a deep empathy for users. Nowadays she is working as a freelance designer at Toptal. She is a board member of UXPA Turkey that she organised several UX events for. She joined the Design Transformation Team at BBVA while she is working Garanti Bank – BBVA. After she participated to a workshop in Madrid as a coach, she started to train Garanti Bank — BBVA employees in Turkey and Romania on Design Thinking. She was involved in Bulgaria Web Summit with a Design Thinking workshop in 2018. Her current focus is to spread design thinking knowledge to the companies and start-ups to provide empathy for users and continuous innovation. If you are curious on learning more about Merve, you can visit her website and find her on Linkedin.
Eric Reiss
Partner at FatDUX
Eric Reiss has held a wide range of eclectic jobs: piano player (in a house of ill-repute), senior copywriter (in an ad-house of ill-repute), player-piano repairman, adventure-game creator, and stage director. His experiences have served him admirably as a designer, content strategist, information architect, and usability “expert” – although he can't explain exactly how. In more mundane lives, Eric has been a two-term president of the Information Architecture Institute and Professor of Usability and Design at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Today, Eric is CEO of the FatDUX Group in Copenhagen, Denmark, a leading UX company with offices and associates in over a dozen cities worldwide. He also has several books to his credit, including the best-selling “Usable Usability”, which is now available in five languages. You'll find him on Twitter at @elreiss.
Dimiter Simov (Jimmy)
Usability believer, Product experience expert at SAP
I am a usability consultant, interaction designer, technical writer, and a series of other things. In 1991, I started translating technical documents telling people how to use things made by companies. In 1997 I started writing technical documents telling people how they were supposed to use software made by companies. In 2000 I started testing with users software and documentation made by companies. In 2003 I started designing interfaces and interactions for software made by companies. In 2010 I started consulting companies on processes likely to guarantee products that users can understand and use. Now I keep helping companies build software that people can use without instructions. It's hard.
Georgi Varzonovtsev
Senior Principal UX at Progress Software
Worked on the NativeChat chatbot development platform. From 2002 has been designing the interaction and UX for many websites and applications. An avid LEGO fan and DIY car guy.