dec2011smallKristofer Layon is a user experience designer and researcher. Kris has designed and managed digital products for several companies, consults on web and mobile design projects, and has written about design and product management for Peachpit Press, New Riders, A List Apart, and others.

Kris has been a graphic, interaction, and web designer for 20 years. Since 1996 he has designed web sites for architects, engineers, urban planners, city governments, artists, music organizations, retailers, the National Park Service, and dozens of higher education clients. In addition, Kris has designed mobile apps for early childhood development, higher education, and healthcare; taught design and typography at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (where he also worked as an academic advisor); and from 2008-2011, he was the founding director of MinneWebCon, Minnesota’s Web Conference.

Kris has an MFA in interactive design from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in German and art history from St. Olaf College. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Follow Kris on Twitter, where he comments on design and frequently reveals his passion for photography via Instagram.