About the author

Kris LayonKristofer Layon is a designer, design educator, and conference director who lives in Minneapolis, MN. Kris currently works for Pearson Education’s Peachpit and New Riders imprints as an author, and for Capella Education Company as their Mobile Product Manager. His first iPhone app, ArtAlphabet, is an early childhood flashcard game that went on sale in the iTunes App Store in 2009. His company Aesthete Software, LLC, designs iOS applications for clients in a diverse range of fields including medicine, photography, and education. Kris is also the instructor for Two Apps Per Day, a one-day iOS app design workshop.

He is currently working on his second book, Mobilizing Web Sites: Develop and Design (Peachpit Press), to be published in December 2011.

Kris has been a graphic designer since 1993, and in 1996 he designed his first web site, an intranet for an architecture firm. Since then he has designed web sites for engineers, urban planners, city governments, artists, musicians, retailers, the National Park Service, and over thirty higher education clients. In addition to designing web sites, Kris taught graphic design and typography in the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, where he was also an academic advisor for two years. Kris also helped establish MinneWebCon in 2008, a regional conference for web professionals. 

Kris has a Master of Fine Arts degree in interactive design, and a bachelor of arts degree in German and pre-architecture from Saint Olaf College. He is a member of AIGA – the Professional Association for Design, the HighEdWeb Association, Design Research Society, and Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association. His work has won design awards from the AIGA and the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and his early adoption of web video was featured on Apple’s web site in 1999.


Photo by Timothy Kunau