Jason VanLue)


I've had the privilege over the years to speak around the world on several topics I'm very passionate about. I'm thriled with each opportunity I have to share and would love to consider your event. Please get in touch and let's talk details!

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I prepare a small number of lectures each year based on topics I'm most passionate about sharing. These are listed in more detail below. If you'd like to request additional topics please contact me.

  • A Study In Pixels

    In this session we explore current statistics related to world poverty, education, and how the increase in internet penetration can make a real difference. As designers and developers, we make the internet — as such, what we make directly impacts the world in which we live. As we learn to design for the other side of the screen we realize that the work we do is just just about pixels, it's about people.

    Given at BD Conf, ConvergeFL, Front-End Design Conference

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  • Three Pipe Problems

    There are real problems to be solved in this world—Three Pipe Problems. Design can solve these problems. We're designers, which means we get the opportunity and the privilege to solve them. What are we doing with that opportunity? This talk explores that very question. We'll look back at design history, discuss how design solves problems, why design matters, and how to change the world around us with design.

    Given at numerous events including Front-End Design Conference, Creative Mornings, re:build Conference, BlendConf, FullSail Live, and experience{dev}.

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I'm also writing and preparing material around the following subjects:

  • The Future of the Design Agency
  • Design + Economics
  • Poverty, Education, & Economic Development
  • Leading & Managing Teams
  • Design Professionalism


Short Bio

Jason is an experienced creative director, designer, entrepreneur, and writer. He designs independently at VanLue Design Co, a multi-disciplinary design practice, and runs VanLue Ventures, an entrepreneurial investment collaborative that creates, invests in, and advises 1st stage startups, digital products, and niche small businesses.

Long Bio

Jason is a problem solver who works to bridge the gap between design and business, helping companies craft ideas, build digital products, drive profitable growth, and make a difference in the world. Jason is active in a number of businesses both as a practitioner and advisor. He runs VanLue Ventures, an entrepreneurial investment collaborative that creates, invests in, and advises 1st stage startups, digital products, and niche small businesses. Jason is Founder & Principal of VanLue Design Co, a multi-disciplinary design practice focusing on business strategy, brand identity, and digital product design. For over a decade, Jason has provided innovative solutions for Yum! Brands, Google, NBC-Universal, Kay Jewelers, Disney, Cisco, GitHub, and over a hundred small businesses.

For 6 years Jason served as Creative Director and CEO of Envy, an industry-leading software engineering consultancy. During his tenure, Jason led Envy to #709 on the Inc 5000, tripled top-line revenue, and increased profitability by 500% in under 3 years. Jason helped build and served as Creative Director of Code School, a bootstrapped product that went on to become one of the world's leading online education platforms. Jason was responsible for all branding and design efforts until Utah-based Pluralsight,LLC acquired Code School in 2015 for $36million.

Most importantly, Jason has been married for over 11 years, is a dad of three, loves vintage watches, drinks whiskey & wine (not at the same time), bleeds Orlando City Purple and Carolina Blue, and loves Jesus.


In addition to lecturing at major events around the world, I regularly speak at local community events, workshops, and was one of the original instructors at Code School. My Code School course on Responsive Design continues to be one of the most popular courses.


BD Conf Orlando
A Study In Pixels — November, 2014

Converge Florida
A Study In Pixels — October, 2014

Front-End Design Conf
A Study In Pixels — August, 2014

Boston, 2014

Blend Conf
Three Pipe Problems — Charlotte, 2013

Creative Mornings
Three Pipe Problems — 2013

Front-End Design Conf
Three Pipe Problems — June 2012

The East Wing
Podcast — August 2012<

Rails Way Conf
Berlin — June 2012

A Mobile Design Process — April 2012

What You Can Expect (just kidding...a little)

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