Boutique Consultancy headed by Carl Lawson, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Focus on usability and technical innovation to increase conversion rates and ROI.
Broad experience in conceptual illustration, visual design, and photography for editorial and marketing needs. Strong background in 2D animation for video (both digital and hand-drawn).
Primary focus on UX, user interface design, and design for innovative product ideas; web-based initiatives in ecommerce and marketing; web site design and development to promote the buying decision.
Best practice strategies for usability to increase conversion rates and ROI; wireframing, prototyping, brand development, information architecture, and responsive architecture for mobile devices.
"Carl understands the intricacies of a project before he initiates a project, but more than that, he develops a relationship with a client. If he is willing to take your project, consider yourself in great hands."
"Carl is an outstanding designer - able to capture business and user needs in a creative and functional package. I have worked with him on large initiatives as well as last-minute requests, and he consistently delivers top-notch results."
"Carl's excellent work in UI design, UI/UX prototyping, and heuristic evaluation helped to ensure the success of the latest release of our enterprise applications."
"Carl is able to interface with the team, make recommendations from the user perspective, and implement solutions that utilize best practices. I can recommend him for his professional habits, demeanor, and warm personality."
"Carl’s excellent and innovative work on information architecture, UI wireframes and prototypes, and client-side development has contributed greatly to the various initiatives of the Company."
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Christer is an award-winning environmental portrait and live music photographer with a strong affinity for anyone and anything that exudes passion. He is very versatile and his services include portrait, event, and commercial photography (visit cb-photography.pro to find out more). He is also a seasoned startup entrepreneur.
Dan Berlin is the CEO and Co-Founder (with Alex Hung) of Agile Realm, Inc. For software teams, Agile Realm makes answering the question "what should the product do?" a simple, organized, efficient, and pleasurable activity. Reduce communication errors and accelerate Agile software development with software specification authoring, publishing, management and automation tools unlike any other solution on the market.
Prior to founding Agile Realm, Dan was a software coach with more than 10 years hands-on software delivery experience with Fortune 500 clients across a variety of industries. Dan has a deep understanding of all aspects of Agile software delivery, from project management to agile testing, and is passionate about sharing his experiences with others. Dan sometimes speaks at local software-related user groups, and currently resides in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Widely considered one of America’s best portrait photographers, Annie Leibovitz published the book "Women" (1999), which was accompanied by an essay by friend and novelist Susan Sontag. With its title subject matter, Leibovitz presented an array of female images from Supreme Court Justices to Vegas showgirls to coal miners and farmers. Currently, many of her original prints are housed in various galleries throughout the United States.
In 2005, the Brooklyn Museum of Art did a retrospective on her work entitled "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005." As busy as ever, Annie Leibovitz continues to be in demand as a portrait photographer, often capturing arresting images of today’s celebrities.
Daisaku Ikeda is a Buddhist leader, peacebuilder, a prolific writer, poet, educator and founder of a number of cultural, educational and peace research institutions around the world.
As third president of the Soka Gakkai (value-creating society) and founder of the Soka Gakkai International, Daisaku Ikeda has developed and inspired what may be the largest, most diverse international lay Buddhist association in the world today. Based on the 700-year-old tradition of Nichiren Buddhism, the movement is characterized by its emphasis on individual empowerment and social engagement to advance peace, culture and education.
With more than 20 years of experience, Robert Rice is a passionate innovator and evangelist for advancing the state-of-the-art of dynamic and interactive technologies. He is currently focusing on technologies for the convergence of next-generation augmented reality, spatial intelligence, social commerce, computer vision, the Internet of Things, and geo-local contextual media.
Robert is the author of "MMO Evolution", a contributing author in "Working Through Synthetic Worlds (Augmented Reality Tools for Enhanced Forensics Simulations and Crime Scene Analysis)", and the creator of Social Kinematics.
Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician. He is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched the Lean Startup movement. The co-founder of E.piphany, he has spent over thirty years within the high technology industry and founded or worked within eight startup companies, four of which have gone public. Steve has published three books: The Four Steps to the Epiphany, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost, and The Startup Owner's Manual.
Blank teaches and writes about Customer Development and is a consulting associate professor of entrepreneurship at Stanford. He currently lectures at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Together with the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he created a version of Lean Launchpad for Life Sciences and Healthcare which he taught there in the Fall of 2013.
John Lasseter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. He is also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Lasseter began his career as an animator with The Walt Disney Company. After being fired from Disney for promoting computer animation, he joined Lucasfilm, where he worked on the then-groundbreaking use of CGI animation. The Graphics Group of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm was sold to Steve Jobs and became Pixar in 1986. Lasseter oversees all of Pixar's films and associated projects as executive producer. The recipient of two Academy Awards, the films he has directed include Cars, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Wreck-It Ralph, Brave, Up, Tangled, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. Since 2007, he also oversees all of Walt Disney Animation Studios' (and its division, DisneyToon Studios') films and associated projects as executive producer.
Rafal Olbinski is a versatile and intriguing artist: he is a painter, an illustrator, a stage designer and a poster artist. His work is characterized by a unique and distinct style somewhere on the borderline between symbolism and surrealism. He is highly admired in Poland and abroad as evidenced by 38 individual exhibitions in the US, Germany, Japan, Poland, Belgium, Chile, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France and Venezuela.
Olbinski’s works can be admired in numerous world-renowned galleries and museums, such as the National Arts Club in New York, the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress in Washington and the Suntory Museum in Osaka.
Laura Klein has spent more than 15 years as an engineer and designer in Silicon Valley. Her goal is to help startups learn about their customers so that they can build better products faster. She specializes in working with lean startups and agile development teams to gather customer feedback and turn it into actionable product recommendations and usable designs.
Her book, "UX for Lean Startups", and her popular design blog, "Users Know", teach product owners what they need to know to do research and design. Laura's specialties include customer development, user experience optimization, usability research, interaction design, web application development, and product management.
Luke Wroblewski is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed and built software used by more than one billion people worldwide. He is currently a Product Director at Google. Earlier he was the CEO and Co-founder of Polar (acquired by Google in 2014) and the Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Bagcheck (acquired by Twitter in 2011).
Prior to founding start-ups, Luke was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital, the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo!, Lead User Interface Designer at eBay, and a Senior Interface Designer at NCSA: the birthplace of the first popular graphical Web browser, NCSA Mosaic.
Steve Chou carries both a bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Despite majoring in electrical engineering, he spent a good portion of his graduate education studying entrepreneurship and the mechanics of running small businesses as well. When he’s not helping others open their own online businesses, he works as an engineering manager for a startup company in the Silicon Valley.
In addition to his online store at bumblebeelinens.com, Steve also runs a Top 100 small business blog at www.MyWifeQuitHerJob.com that has been featured on the television show “The Rise To The Top” on ABC and in many popular small business publications such as the New York Times and Small Business Trends.
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between dark fantasy pieces such as Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and more mainstream American action movies, including the supernatural superhero film Hellboy and the science fiction monster film Pacific Rim (2013). Del Toro's work is characterised by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty.
He has a lifelong fascination with monsters, which he considers symbols of great power. Del Toro is known for his use of insectile and religious imagery, the themes of Catholicism and celebrating imperfection, underworld and clockwork motifs, practical special effects, and dominant amber lighting.
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