Speakers and Staff


Roger Black

Since LA in 1972, Roger has been chief art director or design consultant for publications all over the world. Among them: Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsweek and Esquire. He’s a director of Type Network, a new firm that exclusively offers the typefaces of leading digital type foundries, including Font Bureau, which Roger co-founded in 1989.


Megan Chan

Megan H. Chan is director of digital operations at The Washington Post.

Previously, she was director of digital products at POLITICO and the online Washington editor at USA TODAY. She has also worked for The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels, Newsday and the Star-Tribune.

Megan graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and a minor in East Asian Studies. She also holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University School of Journalism, with a specialty in arts and culture.


Susan Mango Curtis

Susan Mango Curtis is an educator, designer and consultant.

Before coming to Medill, she worked as an assistant managing editor for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, where in 1991 she spearheaded a complete redesign. Three years later, she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for a series titled "The Question of Color."

In 1996 she received the Garth C. Reeve chair in journalism and took a sabbatical to teach visual journalism at Florida A&M University.

Prior to joining the Beacon Journal staff, Curtis was a page designer at the Journal newspapers in suburban Washington, D.C., where she designed TMC publications. She also has worked as a staff artist for the Washington Post Sunday magazine and as art director for the National Rifle Association, where she designed American Marksman magazine and the newspaper, Reports from Washington, in addition to various promotional materials.

Curtis operates a design consulting business that caters to publications and organizations both in the United States and abroad, and frequently lectures on newspaper design for various universities and newspaper societies.

She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists Visual Task Force and a past president for the Society for News Design.


John Temple

John Temple is the managing editor of the Investigative Reporting Program, a professional newsroom and teaching institute at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He is also an associate adjunct professor of investigative reporting.

Temple has a long history leading news organizations. Before joining the IRP, he was president of audience and products at First Look Media. Prior to that, he was a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University. He is co-founder and chairman of Amuse Labs, which creates software for multimedia crossword puzzles and other online games that inform and educate.

He has also served as managing editor of The Washington Post and founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat. Temple was editor, president and publisher of the award-winning Rocky Mountain News and vice president of news of the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Co. before it closed the Denver paper in 2009.


Chrys Wu

Chrys Wu is developer advocate at The New York Times, where she leads internal and public-facing initiatives with The New York Times Developers. She is also a founding organizer of Hacks/Hackers, co-founder of the Write/Speak/Code engineering leadership conference, producer of the Robot Film Festival, and trustee emeritus of Awesome Foundation NYC.

Chrys has worked as a strategist, journalist, developer and consigliere to news media, tech startups, non-profits and foundations including The Los Angeles Times, NPR and its affiliates, DataKind, The Knight Foundation and The Gates Foundation. Talk with her on Twitter at @MacDiva.


Mario Garcia

Dr. Mario Garcia is CEO/Founder of Garcia Media. He is also the Senior Adviser for News Design/Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

Mario has been a consultant to over 700 media companies in 121 countries. He founded Poynter's Visual Journalism program and serves in the Institute's Foundation board.


Jared Cocken

Founder of STYLSH.co
Twitter: @engers

In 2005—after ten years working in Europe—Jared moved to the US to help lead brand strategy and design firm The Wonderfactory which was founded with the aim of helping publishers and content owners create more engaging digital experiences for their customers. Six months before its release, The Wonderfactory worked with Sports Illustrated to release a vision of what magazines could be like on the iPad.  

In 2012, Jared joined Fitocracy as Chief Product Officer where he was responsible for shaping product strategy and behavior design to help the gamified fitness network reach 2 Million users organically. Fitocracy remains one of the App Store’s most well-rated fitness apps—and was picked as one of Time Inc’s Startups to Watch, before being acquired in 2015.

In 2014, IAC needed help transitioning Daily Burn into a company with mass appeal. As Head of Product Jared helped focus the brand and product line in order to create an optimistic sensibility that was accessible to all—to make fitness fun and un-intimidating. Not hard bodies, but healthier living.

Since 2016 Jared—and his merry band of designers and developers—have been splitting work between client and internal projects.


Lucie Lacava

President of Lacava Design Inc.

Lucie Lacava is a design consultant for Lacava Design Inc., a firm offering visual strategies for print and digital media. Previously, she held the position of Design Editor at the The Montreal Gazette, and AME at Le Devoir before founding her company in 1993. Since then, she has given visual personality to more than 100 publications across eight countries including the UAE and Singapore. Her professional contributions include past presidency of the Society for News Design (2001), and as founding member of the francophone chapter of SND. She has served as a judge for the CNNA, SND, SPD, ATypI, IFRA, and the Malofiej. 

She has received more than 100 national and international awards in her career. In 2010 the Society for News Design honoured Lacava with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2013 she is a part-time lecturer at l'Université du Québec à Montreal, where she teaches typography and editorial design.

Lucie has been published in several critical books, the most recent being Digital Fonts and Reading, published by World Scientific. During her spare time she takes architectural photos for her Instagram account @lulucrezia.


Kat Downs Mulder

Graphics director at The Washington Post.

Kat is the Graphics Director at The Washington Post.

She leads the graphics team, which includes infographics, news apps and digital story design. They work across every digital platform, with a special emphasis on mobile and social, and on the print product.

She conceives, project manages and edits visual stories of all sizes, from breaking news to medium and long-term enterprise. In addition, she leads the development of tools and templates that make visual storytelling easier for everyone in our organization.


Mike Swartz

Partner at Upstatement, a design and engineering studio in Boston.

Mike Swartz is a designer, engineer and partner at the digital firm, Upstatement, which he founded in 2008. Before Upstatement, Swartz worked as an editorial designer in the newsrooms of the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News and Complex magazine. His work has been honored by the Webbys, Society for News Design, AIGA, Editor and Publisher, Communication Arts and others.


Jeffrey Zeldman

“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek.

Founder & Publisher, A List Apart Magazine. Co-founded the multi-city user experience design conference An Event Apart with Eric Meyer. Founder of studio.zeldman, a web and interaction design studio in New York. Founder Emeritus of Happy Cog, an award winning digital design studio. Publisher and co-founder of A Book Apart—brief books for web and interaction designers.

Have written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, currently in a 3rd Edition coauthored with Ethan Marcotte. It has been translated into 15 languages, including (for the last edition) Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Polish and Portuguese.

Faculty member on the MFA, Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts, New York. Co-founder and host of the internet radio program The Big Web Show (“Everything Web That Matters”), which has twice been named Podcast of the Year by .net Magazine.

Former freelance journalist, The Washington Post & City Paper. Former copywriter & art director. Played Casio in DC's Insect Surfers.

In 2012, was the first designer inducted in the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame. Tweet too much (@zeldman). Write at zeldman.com (since 1995), A List Apart, and elsewhere.