Michael is Head of Graphics at the Guardian/Observer and Guardian on line. He has been the graphic consultant for a number of papers NZZ Sunday in Switzerland, Publico in Portugal, Internazionale in Italy and the Economist in the UK.
His department have won many coveted Malofiej Society of News Design Gold medals and awards.
Why I asked Michael to speak
Many designers can talk about their craft but Michael has fantastic insights into how the business of journalism functions - and therefore how designers serve within.
Chris is a User Experience Designer and former Head of Service and UI Portfolio at Nokia Design. He has just published a historical newspaper called and is a practicing Molecular Gastronomist.
Why I asked Chris to speak
Chris is a truly consilient designer and individual. His passion for understanding materials, technology, users and content leads him to the edges and overlaps in our industry.
Scott is Creative Director of the BBC News Online Specials team. Previously he worked at Sky TV News.
Why I asked Scott to speak
Scott sits astride two parts of the news industry - web and TV. I'd like to know about the principles that guide each and where they differ. He is well versed in breaking news - an environment that can test the typically pensive Information Designer.
David is a London-based author, writer and designer.
He also made this - so some of you may want to come just to demand hours of your time back.
Why I asked David to speak -
He has not come through a traditional design-college-route as such, but the book's success has propelled him to places that I'd like an outsider's view on.
Michael is Head of Graphics at Telegraph Media Group, which includes the Daily and Sunday newspapers, and Telegraph.co.uk. In a career which has seen him lead the graphic departments at the Observer for nearly ten years and then a stint at Independent newspapers, he is also infographics and strategy consultant for the international media consultancy group "Innovation"
Why I asked Michael to Speak
Michael's knowledge of the history of news graphics design is excellent. I want that perspective in the debate.
Why I asked Paul to speak
His ideas about the place and space where design artefacts are made and consumed are mind-expanding insights into those that we create for.
Simon edits the Guardian Datablog and the Datastore. His team are the trailblazers of public data-led journalism in the UK.
Why I asked Simon to speak
Simon understands data as a material in a way that a potter understands clay and his kiln. I want designers to hear about how data works as a material and what is the wider picture behind civic data release and availability to designers.