Nick DeNardis

User experience, code, higher education, analytics and accessibility.

HigherEdLive - Creative Team Leadership - March 14, 2013

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm EST I'll be hosting HigherEdLive (opens new window). I'll be joined by some amazing guests to talk about Creative Team Leadership. It's one thing to bring creative ideas to life as an individual, it's another to lead a team of creatives to produce the highest quality work and always push the envelope. I've asked some of the best creative leaders to join me to talk about what makes a team successful and what skills/environment is necessary to sustain it long term.

My guests, in no particular order, are Ben Callahan (opens new window), Bob Crisler (opens new window), and Nick Johnson (opens new window). They are not only accomplished in their own right, but also lead successful creative teams inside and outside higher education.

Mark your calendars (opens new window), it will be an information packed show with plenty to take away as a director or member of a creative team.

# Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan (opens new window) President of Sparkbox (opens new window) and founder of the Build Responsively (opens new window) workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry (opens new window) and other industry blogs. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.

# Nick Johnson

Nick Johson (opens new window)Nick Johnson is the Managing Director of Marketing Communication at the University of Notre Dame (opens new window). His web team handles design, development and content strategy for most of the university's web properties, working within a cost recovery model.

With an entrepreneurial background in marketing, design and management, Nick's greatest professional joy is creative problem solving and the hunt for the correct strategic path.

Nick and his wife, Anna, recently welcomed their first child, Zoey Marie, in to the world.

# Bob Crisler

Bob Crisler (opens new window)Bob leads the overall web development effort of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (opens new window) as Director of Internet and Interactive Media. IIM is organized as a partnership of University Communications and Information Services at UNL. Bob also leads the UNL Web Developer Network, a 300+ -member group formed to support UNL's unique single-codebase web development path. A 1986 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Bob has been with UNL since 1992, working first in print design, and stepping out to lead UNL's web effort as the university's first staff member fully dedicated to the medium (in 2000).

UNL occupies a unique position in higher education web development. At UNL, a single codebase underlies all sites that are part of the university organization. The UNLedu Web Framework is continually strengthened through the efforts of IIM staff and the contributions of partners through the WDN organization. See (opens new window) for more information.