About the Authors

Christian Crumlish

Christian Crumlish leads product and user experience teams to deliver amazing cross-channel experiences.

He is VP Product at 7 Cups of Tea (7cups.com), and a mentor at Code for America. He was director of product at CloudOn, co-chairs the monthly BayCHI program and has been director of messaging products for AOL, curator of the Yahoo design pattern library, and a director of the Information Architecture Institute.

He is the author of the bestselling The Internet for Busy People, and The Power of Many, and co-author of Designing Social Interfaces, with a second edition in press.

He has spoken at BarCamp, BayCHI, South by Southwest, the IA Summit, Ignite, Web 2.0 Expo, PLoP, IDEA, Interaction, WebVisions, the Web App Masters Tour, the Italian IA Summit, UX Lisbon, MobileCamp Chicago (remote track), UX Israel Live, and at Web Directions South (Sydney), East (Tokyo), and @media (London).

Erin Malone

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Erin Malone has over 20 years of experience leading experience design teams and designing websites, web and software applications, social experiences and system-wide components and best practices. At Tangible UX, she leads user experience projects for several Fortune 500 companies as well as a host of startups.

Prior to Tangible, she spent over 4 years at Yahoo! building and managing the Platform User Experience Design team where her team was responsible for creating the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and for providing design expertise to the popular YUI (Yahoo! User Interface Library). Additionally, she led the redesign of the Yahoo! Developer Network, oversaw the redesign of Yahoo!’s registration system and worked on other cross-company initiatives including community products and the social platform.

Before Yahoo!, she was a Design Director at AOL with teams working across community and personalized products, Creative Director at AltaVista where she launched the AltaVista Live portal and their community offerings. She built first generation entertainment guides and community tools at Zip2 for national newspaper partners including the NY Times, San Jose Mercury News and early websites for AOL greenhouse partners. She began her Silicon Valley life working at Adobe on their first website.

She has led workshops and given talks at several conferences including the IA Summit, Interactions, WebVisions, Web 2.0 SF and NY, WebApp Masters, UIE webinars, BayChi, EuroIA, the German IA Konferenz, The Design Writing Summit and at CCA (California College of Arts).

Erin has a BFA in Communication Design from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina and an MFA in Graphic/Information Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. She was a founding member of the IA Institute, former chief editor of Boxes and Arrows, author of several articles and is the co-author of both editions of the book Designing Social Interfaces.