Speaking

Working for Automattic as an Experience designer, my role is donated to the WordPress.org project full time. My background is varied and includes psychology, design, development and user experience. I am passionate about open source and community.

I have spoken at a lot of different places over the years. I talk and run workshops about a wide range of things including design operations, community, experience, psychology, design, front-end development, Open Source, and WordPress. If you’d like to talk to me about speaking at your conference or running a workshop, please get in touch.

Slides: You can find my slides here. 
Videos of talking: There are several videos of me talking on WordPress.tv.

Talks and workshops coming up

  • No talks planned for 2020 yet, let’s talk!

Past talks

2019

  • WordCamp US: Playing games remotely.
  • Joint Futures: Lessons from growing design in the open.
  • WordCamp Brighton: Organising a WordCamp panel.
  • Being Brave: JS for WP conference.
  • DesignOps Conference UK: Lessons from growing design in the open.
  • WordCamp Bristol: Thinking in Patterns
  • WordCamp London: Design matters in Open Source
  • The UX Conf, London: The opportunity of Open Source

2018

  • WordCamp USA: Product design through stories
  • WordCamp Manchester: Design matters in Open Source
  • Dibi conference: The user is the casualty of our design process
  • WC Tokyo: Gutenberg design matters: creating open source
  • WordCamp Brighton (England): WordPress future panel
  • WordCamp Boston (USA): The Gutenberg Journey (keynote): slides
  • Learn JS deeply conference (Remote): The experience bridge: slides – video
  • WordCamp Europe (Belgrade, Serbia): Anatomy of a block: Gutenberg design patterns / Q&A workshop: resources and deck – video
  • WordCamp Belfast (Northern Ireland): Building for the stress cases: slides
  • VIP workshop (Napa, USA): Diving into Gutenberg (2 talks)
  • WordCamp London (England): Anatomy of a block: Gutenberg design patterns
  • Cambridge WordPress meetup (England): Diving into Gutenberg
  • January 29th 2018: WP meetup Brighton (England): Diving into Gutenberg

2017

  • Big WP, London (England): Diving into Gutenberg
  • WordCamp US (Nashville, USA): Media Matters [ presented with Mike Schroder ]: slides – video
  • Webdev LDN (London, England): Getting to know Gutenberg
  • WordCamp Milano (Italy): A tale of Gutenberg Usability testing
  • WordCamp Dublin (Southern Ireland): Getting to know Gutenberg
  • WordCamp Torino (Italy): Know your users
  • WP meetup, Montreal (Canada): Know your users
  • WordCamp Bristol (England): People Source
  • WordCamp Bristol (England): Introduction to running a contribution day [ workshop ]
  • UX Scotland, Edinburgh (Scotland): Remote UX, Open Source UX
  • WordCamp Europe (Paris, France): Introduction to the design team [ workshop ]
  • WordCamp Brighton (England): [ workshop ]
  • WordCamp London (England): Know your users

2016

  • WordCamp US (Philadelphia, USA) : Design for humans not robots
  • FrontEndNorth (Sheffield, England) : Design for humans not robots
  • Digital Croydon (Croydon, England): Thinking in patterns
  • Automattic Grand Meetup (annual company retreat):
    Psychology and design [ workshop ]
  • COSCUP 2016 (Taipei, Taiwan) : Designing Inclusive Open Source Communities
  • WordCamp Europe (Vienna, Austria): Emotional Interfaces : video
  • Front Trends (Warsaw, Poland): Pixel Bonding
  • UX in the City Oxford (England): Emotional Interfaces
  • WordCamp London (England): Design Patterns : video
  • WordUp Brighton (England): Get involved in speaking [ workshop ]
  • UXCamp Brighton (England): A tale of user testing themes
  • London Sass (England): Thinking in patterns

2015

  • CSS Conf EU (Berlin, Germany) : Emotion through CSS : video
  • Reasons to be creative: (Brighton, England) Structure for creativity with pattern libraries
  • ThemeConf (Keswick, England):  Thinking in patterns
  • WordCamp Europe (Seville, Spain): Mighty Morphing Design
  • WordCamp London (England): Colour theory and psychology
  • WordCamp Maui (Hawaii): Theme don’t be my everything
  • Brighton WordUp (England): Contributing to WordPress

2014

  • London Sass (England): A tale of Sass in Open Source
  • Brighton WordUp (England): BuddyPress 101
  • WordCamp Toronto (Canada): Level up with theme reviewing
  • WordCamp New York (USA): Get involved in speaking [ workshop ]
  • Montreal (Canada): Get involved in speaking [ workshop ]
  • WP Sessions (Remote): BuddyPress theme development
  • WordCamp Manchester (England): A journey into Underscores
  • WordCamp Hamburg (Germany): The theme is in the details
  • WordCamp Sheffield (England): The theme is in the details
  • WordCamp Miami (USA): Kids workshop getting them started with WordPress [ workshop ]
  • BuddyCamp Miami (USA): BuddyPress theme do and don’ts

2013

  • WordCamp London (England): BuddyPress myth-busting
  • Digital Barnsley (England): Herding Humans
  • WordCamp Europe (Liden, The Netherlands): Life of a theme
  • WordCamp San Francisco (USA): Beyond the default Future of Web Design – Beyond the noise of social networks
  • WordCamp Norway (Olso, Norway): Herding Humans

2012

  • Inspire Conference (Liden, The Netherlands): Designing for humans not robots
  • WordCamp UK (Edinburgh, Scotland): Designing with communities for BuddyPress
  • WordCamp NYC (USA): Express yourself with BuddyPress themes
  • WordCamp Netherlands (Utrecht, The Netherlands): Design for humans with BuddyPress
  • London WordPress meetup (England) – Designing for humans with WordPress

Conferences Organised

Along with speaking, I am passionate about creating conferences and helping others speak at them. I have so far been part of the organising team for the following conferences:

  • WordCamp Brighton 2016 (lead organiser) and 2017
  • WordCamp Europe: 2012, 2013 and 2020
  • Brighton BuddyCamp
  • ThemeConf (co-lead organiser)

I also was a co-organiser of the local Brighton WordUp meetup for a while.