Are there ever winners in the war between PowerPoints and Post-it notes? Or is it about picking your battles?
Andy knows that design-led thought and action can set an organisation apart. As CEO of Clearleft, and as an interactions and usability specialist, he understands that human- centred, thoroughly-tested design is an essential way to set high standards for the experience an organisation wants to deliver. Design has become one of the key differentiators between a good product and an excellent product.
Andy was one of the first pioneers of web standards. His blog and best-selling book CSS Mastery: Web Standards Solutions, helped set the tone for progressive web-design in the UK. He continues to lead the conversation around design. He organises UX London each year, and he founded Leading Design in 2016. A conference where design leaders can learn from one another, as well as from his carefully curated list of speakers.
Mentoring and evangelism
He is a regular speaker at international conferences like SXSW, IxDA, Fronteers, An Event Apart and The Next Web. He co-founded the Brighton Digital Festival in 2011, a celebration of digital and design culture which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Andy is a strong advocate for the fledgling design community. He has lectured at New York's School of Visual Arts, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and Greenwich University. He has also mentored up-and-coming designers at Seedcamp for a number of years.
Away from the office
Andy is a qualified diving instructor. He recently went diving in Wakatobi in Indonesia, and loves to be quizzed on the challenges of cave diving.
Last year Andy spent 6-weeks working in Bali, where he mentored a local start-up event.
Hand-in-hand with travel goes a love of cooking – if you need a good vegetarian recipe, you need look no further. Andy is also a big film fan, one of the main reasons for Clearleft’s monthly movie nights.
Recent articles by Andy
With just over a month to go until our second annual Leading Design conference, I've taken time to reflect on how the original idea for the event came about, and share a rundown of what you lucky Leading Design attendees can expect this time round...