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Jeffrey Zeldman is among the best known web designers in the world. His personal site has welcomed over fourteen million visitors and is read daily by tens of thousands in the web design and development industry.

He is widely considered a guiding force behind the web standards movement and independent web publishing and his designs and thinking have influenced an untold number of web professionals. He is the publisher and creative director of A List Apart, an online magazine “for people who make websites” read by over 65,000 designers, developers, site owners and managers each week.

Zeldman co-founded and is group leader of The Web Standards Project, a grassroots coalition that helped end the Browser Wars by persuading Microsoft and Netscape to support the same technologies in their browsers. He is the author of Taking Your Talent to the Web (New Riders: 2001) and of the upcoming Forward Compatibility: Designing and Building With Web Standards, to be published by New Riders in 2003. He is also the author of numerous articles for Adobe.com, A List Apart, Crain’s Creativity Magazine, Digital Web Magazine, Macworld Magazine, PDN-Pix Magazine, and other online and print publications.

Following a career in advertising, Zeldman launched himself as a web designer with Warner Bros’ Batmanforever.com, one of the first and most successful movie sites in the history of the web. That site garnered 1.5 million page views a week at a time when the total number of web users was estimated at 3 million.

He founded Happy Cog as a design agency and consultancy in 2000. Its clients have included Clear Channel Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, JazzRadio.net, and The New York Public Library.

A popular lecturer, Zeldman has spoken to groups including the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA); CNET Builder; CMP Web 2000 and Web 2001; the Columbia University Libraries; Fawcette Web Builder; Georgia Web Developers; Los Alamos National Laboratories; The New York Public Library; the Public Library Association; Razorfish; ThunderLizard’s Web Design World; Seybold Seminars; SXSW Interactive; and Webvisions, among others. In 2003 he will deliver a keynote address to the 12th International World Wide Web Conference in Budapest.

Zeldman has been a juror for the Communication Arts Interactive Festival, the Art Directors Club of New York, the 5K, the Addys, and the Radio Mercury Awards and is an Advisory Board member of Meet the Makers.

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