There's nothing like picking the brain of an innovator to rev up your own creative juices-and just think what could happen with eight! This year we are proud to host eight distinguished speakers-all New Media industry leaders that are certain to inspire and perhaps even raise a few eyebrows.

David Young, Triplecode, Los Angeles, CA
Arnaud Mercier, Blast Radius, Vancouver BC
Amy Franceschini, Futurefarmers, San Francisco, CA
Joshua Davis, Praystation, New York, NY
Jane Fulton-Suri, IDEO, San Francisco, CA
Jason Fried & Ernest Kim, 37 Signals, Chicago, IL

More speakers to come! We'll be updating this list in the coming weeks so check back soon!

Speakers bios:

David K. Young
David K. Young is a founder and partner at Triplecode, an interactive media design studio. He has been a faculty member at Art Center College of Design, where he was also on their new media curriculum committee and a former director of their new media research group. Previously he worked as a developer at USAnimation, and in the experimental psychology and artificial intelligence departments at BBN. He has a Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab, where he studied in the Visible Language Workshop, and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz.

About Triplecode:
Triplecode is a small, new media firm based in Los Angeles. Specializing in designing and creating dynamic and highly interactive experiences - for both the web and offline. Clients include: BMW, Scour, Experience Music Project, and MoodLogic. Awards: Communication Arts, AIGA/365, New Media Invision, ADC, IDSA and How. Work has been featured or shown in: ID, Creative Review, Wired, Print, and Publish.

Jane Fulton Suri
Jane Fulton Suri is worldwide Director of Human Factors Design and Research at IDEO. Since its formation in 1991 she's pioneered IDEO's human-centered design approach in which key activities are: observation in context, empathic and projective methods, early visualization, scenario building, experience prototyping and iterative testing. Jane has contributed to a wide range of design programs including web services and appliances, electric vehicles, medical products, digital cameras and wearable messaging systems for clients including Kodak, Baxter, Epson, Nokia and Ericsson and for markets in many countries. Her work has won IDEO several design and design research awards in the US and Europe - including IDSA/Business Week, International Business Design, the Essen design competition, and Industrie Form Europe.

Amy Franceschini
Amy Franceschini, founding member of Futurefarmers, began her career as a photographer. In the summer of 1995, she formed a partnership with Olivier Laude and Michael Macrone, founders of Atlas (, an online magazine known for its unorthodox approach to online publishing and design. Atlas was the first web site to be included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has won two Webby awards. In 1995 she also started Futurefarmers. Since then Futurefarmers has continually produced acclaimed work including Switch Manufacturing's collateral and print catalog, "Flesh Farmer"; a multimedia CO-lab in "Dig It: Digital Art and the Next Generation"; and a digital show co-curated by Thomas Bonavich of Postmasters Gallery, NYC and Limn Gallery, SF that was recently nominated for Bay Area Now II.

Arnaud Mercier
Arnaud Mercier, a French graphic designer and author of, has been a designer for three years. Arnaud began his career in France with his own studio, designing print, video and interactive pieces for clients such as Alcatel, France Telecom and EMI. He now lives in Vancouver, Canada and is an art director at Blast Radius where he exercises his talent for Nike and Atlantic Records. Arnaud has won several awards including being selected for the "Biennial of Young Creators of Europe" Roma'99 and for an exhibition "Carrefour de la creation" in the French national museum of modern art - Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris. Currently, he is working on a Japanese project in conjunction with some of the leading designers in the world.

Joshua Davis
Joshua Davis, who runs, is a one-man research and development website. His objective is to apply design and technology into a collection of small, sometimes daily, modules - incubating a lifestyle, a mentality, living with anomalies (1. Deviation from the common rule: irregularity; 2. Something different, abnormal, peculiar, or not easily classified), producing is a state of constant flux.

He is also the sole creator of, which is the nemesis of what we perceive the web to be. No easy, short domain name. No easy-to-use navigation. No instructions. No FAQs. No ADs, no Links, no Tech Support. No Help. No Answers.

"We cannot continue to grow in the field of design and technology acting independent - we must combine forces, and relinquish our interpretations about what does and doesn't work; understand that knowing where to buy bricks does not mean you know how to build a house."

Ernest Young
Ernest Young has held senior design and art direction positions for numerous New Media organizations including media giant Disney Online, the interactive unit of McCann Erickson World Group, THINK New Ideas and Organic. At Organic, Ernest played a key role in establishing and successfully nurturing the company's Chicago presence. Ernest has led the creative development of interactive projects for leading brands from a cross section of industries including Avon, Book-of-the-Month Club, Hewlett Packard, Kraft, Lifetime Television, L'Oreal Cosmetics, Salomon Smith Barney, Sears, Sunglass Hut, and Unilever. He currently applies his vision and experience to creative projects at 37signals.

Jason Fried
Jason Fried has been designing for the web since its inception as a commercial medium in 1994. His deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the interactive medium has allowed him lead the design and development of projects for such industry leaders as Spyglass, Fox Sports, Quokka Sports, PC Quote, HP, WebTV, Organic Online and others. Prior to starting 37signals, Jason founded Spinfree - one of Chicago's most respected boutique web design shops. Mark Lowenstein, webmaster at Spyglass, called Spinfree "Chicago's best kept web design secret." Jason now brings this experience and entrepreneurial spirit to 37signals.