Marianne Sweeney, Daedalus Information Systems
Katie Sheehy & Diana Canzoneri, City of Seattle
Activity facilitated by Gary Carlson, Factor Firm
Dana Bublitz, Rick Steves Europe
Vivian Bliss & Susan Golden
Bram Wessel, Factor Firm
Marianne is a Search Information Architect, that would be a user experience professional with deep experience in search engine optimization (SEO) and content strategy. Marianne first started advocating the relationship between information architecture, user experience and search engines seven years ago. Google made her seeming heresy dogma with Panda, their first step towards a user experience model of relevance ranking. Semantic search brought content strategy to the forefront of optimizing the user and search engine experience.
Marianne is passionate about dissolving the silos between information architecture, content strategy and Web development to create a more unified approach to solving user needs for an optimal user experience. See more at Daedalus Information System http://www.daedalusia.com
Dana Bublitz is an information architect and UX strategist who is fascinated by how people conceptualize and talk about the world around them. She has worked in higher education, tech, and small businesses within the Puget Sound region, connecting with users through strategy and storytelling. She currently lives on Whidbey Island.
Toiling in obscurity since before the Web, Bram Wessel is the co-founder of Factor, a Seattle-based IA firm specializing in modeling information and experience. An avid oenophile and fly angler, Bram is passionate about terroir and tight loops. With stolen time, Bram makes Yakima Valley wine and cultivates shellfish on Hood Canal.
Gary Carlson helps enterprise-level companies boost revenue, increase customer satisfaction, and improve efficiency through well-executed information and knowledge management initiatives.
Andy Fitzgerald is an independent user experience professional with applied expertise in design research, information architecture, interaction design, and usability testing. Andy works with clients in education, healthcare, transportation, retail, media, and government to create elegant, purpose-driven solutions to prickly information problems.
Stuart Maxwell is an information architect at REI, and co-chair of the 2018 IA Summit. He has been involved in planning World IA Day Seattle since 2014.
Chad is a UX designer focusing on user research and interaction design for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. In the past, he's worked with various small businesses to improve their understanding of their users and encourage core problem solving through Design Thinking. He graduated from The Art Institute of Seattle with a BFA in Media Arts & Animation, then graduated from General Assembly's UX Design Immersive (UXDI) program. Chad is also a passionate teacher - most notably, he taught UXDI after graduating from the course. His favorite animal is the giraffe.
Julieta is a recent graduate from the University of Washington with an MSIM focusing in Information Architecture and Business Intelligence. While in school, she worked as a taxonomist, user researcher and data visualization analyst for diverse industries. Now, she’s a browse developer and taxonomist, helping optimize navigation and influence discovery for a robust e-commerce site. In her spare time, she’s interested in anything pop culture, specifically video games, movies and TV shows.
Louis Spinelli is focused on understanding what is needed for individuals, organizations, and societies to benefit from information and technology. Bringing together concepts from information architecture, research, and design, he seeks to ensure experiences are accessible, engaging, and impactful. He holds a Masters of Science in Information Management (MSIM) from the University of Washington, where he completed specializations in both User Experience and Information Architecture & Organization.