Co-Founder

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick
CEO & Co-Founder
XDS | Experience Design Systems
Michael Carrick CEO & Co-founder of XDS | Experience Design Systems Inc.
Liya James
Liya James
Author & Co-Founder
The Center for Deep Self Design
Liya is co-founder of The Center for Deep Self Design. She joined the Center as it was re-incarnating post-pandemic, bringing a welcome set of insight and expertise that is harmonious and complementary to the mission.
Brad Larson
Brad Larson
Founder
Waterfall
Brad comes from a background in Flash, animation, and video and originally made his living through Flash work.
Kurt Cunningham
Kurt Cunningham
Co-Founder
Made by Munsters
Kurt is a motivated and adaptive innovative thinker who enjoys data-driven design and development.
Jared Spool
Jared Spool
Founder & Co-Founder
User Interface Engineering & Centre Center
Jared Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering (UIE), the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today.
Kathi Kaiser
Kathi Kaiser
Co-Founder & Partner
Centralis
Kathi Kaiser is co-founder and partner at Centralis, a Chicago-based UX consultancy. She leads a top-notch team in creating great user experiences for global clients, start-ups, and cultural institutions.
Dan Brown
Dan Brown
Co-Founder
EightShapes
Together with Nathan Curtis, Dan Brown founded EightShapes in 2006. Though specializing in information architecture, user research, and design discovery, Dan’s career spans most aspects of UX design.
Jay Newton-Small
Jay Newton-Small
Author, Co-Founder
MemoryWell
Jay Newton-Small is cofounder of MemoryWell, which tells the life stories of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Adam McCrimmon
Adam McCrimmon
Co-Founder
XYZ Game Labs
Adam’s passion is the exciting world of Tabletop Gaming! In 2016 he co-founded XYZ Game Labs and created the card game called RobotLab with his team. He currently spends most weekends playing, talking about or designing tabletop and board games.
Don Bora
Don Bora
Co-Founder & Principal of Technology
Eight Bit Studios
Don Bora has been a professional software developer in Chicago since 1990. In his career, Don has started 6 companies two of which he sold and two of which are still alive and making a lot of noise.
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