Pixel Up!


12-14 March


A conference about making great products with pixels.

3 days in South Africa, 12 in-depth talks and 3 full-day, hands-on workshops with authors, speakers, and experts.

Made by designers, for people like you

You want to learn from the best. Come spend 3 days with us and hear from industry experts who've worked on products used by millions around the world every day.

This year's incredible lineup has folks who've gained deep experience working with O'Reilly, Apple, Adaptive Path, Cooper, Dropbox, and more.

Topics that matter


A lineup with the sharpest minds in the industry

Ruth Buchanan

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  • Design Research Lead
  • Dropbox, USA

Ruth is a design research lead in New York City. She designs research and experiences for people and teams that are inclusive, collaborative, and generative. Her favorite part of the design process is when research insights lead to concepts — she loves translating what she learns with teams into ideas how to improve people’s lives.

Ruth has worked at companies like Atlassian, SurveyMonkey, and Netflix, and currently works at Dropbox. She’s insatiably curious, and a little bit obsessed with her dog. She’s also an avid maker of soups in all seasons.

Michelle Morrison

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  • Design Program Manager
  • Facebook, USA

Michelle Morrison's career has been focused on creative strategy and operations. She currently works as a Design Program Manager at Facebook.

Previously she held post at Square and IDEO.org. She also runs Designers + Geeks, San Francisco's largest design community and lecture series. She is all cream, no sugar.

Lola Oyelayo

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  • Design & Product Strategist
  • Own Your Experience , UK

Even though Lola is a self-confessed geek, she spends most of her time putting people ahead of technology.

With a wealth of experience as a UX specialist, she keeps user-centered research and design at the centre of all her work.

Having worked agency-side and client-side, she's adept at dealing with a wide range of digital design problems and opportunities.

Lola advocates increased diversity in the tech industry and mentors young people pursuing careers in digital.

Kwame Nyanning

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  • VP Design
  • McKinsey, UK

Kwame leads the Digital McKinsey London design practice. He has over 15 years’ experience in Product, Service and Customer Experience Design at organisations such as Studio Archetype, Sapient, frog design, Adaptive Path, Infosys Technology and Native Design.

Given this diverse background, Kwame brings a unique perspective to the experience design process that fuses strategy, technology and design craft.

Karen McGrane

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  • Managing Partner
  • Bond Art + Science, USA

If the internet is more awesome than it was in 1995, Karen would like to claim a very tiny piece of the credit.

For more than 20 years Karen has helped businesses create better digital products through the power of user experience design and content strategy.

She is Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy she founded in 2006, and formerly VP and National Lead for User Experience at Razorfish. Karen teaches Design Management in the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Jeremy Keith

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  • Web Stuff Do-er
  • Clearleft, UK

Jeremy Keith lives in Brighton, England where he makes websites with the splendid design agency Clearleft. https://clearleft.com

He spends most of his time goofing off on the internet, documenting his time-wasting on adactio.com, where he has been writing for over fifteen years. https://adactio.com

Jennifer Brook

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  • Design Research Lead
  • Dropbox, USA

Jennifer is a design practitioner who creates and facilitates weird workshops, teaches and practices human-centered design, and works as a design researcher at Dropbox.

Over the past 10 years, she's worked with organizations like Art+Feminism, The New York Times, Apple, Vice, and O'Reilly to redesign existing products and invent new ones.

She loves riding funiculars, ferries, and her Vespa. 🛵

Ethan Marcotte

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  • Designer & Author
  • RWD, USA

Ethan Marcotte is an independent web designer based in Boston, Massachusetts.

A few years ago, he coined the term “responsive web design” to describe a new way of designing for the ever-changing Web.

His popular books on the topic, Responsive Web Design and Responsive Design: Patterns and Principles, have been widely praised, showing how designers and organizations can leverage the Web’s flexibility to design across mobile, tablet, and desktop—and whatever might come next.

Cennydd Bowles

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  • Design Director
  • Independent, UK

Cennydd Bowles is a designer and writer focusing on the ethics of emerging technologies.

He has worked with companies including Twitter, Samsung, and WWF, is author of the popular Undercover User Experience Design and is now working on his second book, due spring 2018.


A perfect setting for new ideas, new connections, and new perspectives.

Oakfield Farm

Oakfield Farm, Muldersdrift

This is a perfect setting for new ideas, new connections, and new perspectives. Just 20 minutes from the center of Johannesburg.

Oakfield Farm - Food


3 Days.
12 Talks.
3 Workshops.

Day 1 - Monday

Day 2 - Tuesday

Day 3 - Wednesday


Limited seats available.

Early Bird Tickets

  • 2 Day Pass

    2 days talks (Day 1 & 2)

    R 6,885
  • 3 Day Pass (Sold Out)

    (Day 1 & 2) + 1 full-day workshop

    R 8,100

Standard Tickets

  • 2 Day Pass

    2 days talks (Day 1 & 2)

    R 7,650
  • 3 Day Pass

    (Day 1 & 2) + 1 full-day workshop

    R 9,100
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