Jeff Siarto

Jeff Siarto

Web and user experience designer, teacher and author

East Lansing, Michigan

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Jeff Siarto (Jeff Siarto) is a Web and User Experience designer living in Chicago. He is the founder of Siarto Labs, a small design company and co-founder of Loudpixel, a consultancy specializing in web development and online learning. Jeff was a student of the standards-based web design movement and writes articles and tutorials aimed at helping new web designers get started in the craft.

Areas of Expertise:

  • web design
  • web standards
  • usability
  • courseware design
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training



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