Biography: David LaFontaine
David LaFontaine is the Director of Content and UX/UI at DigitalFamily.com.
He has worked as a designer, content strategist, and trainer for a variety of clients, including: The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, U.S. State Department, Pluralsight, KelbyOne Media, Wiley Publishing, B3Communications, AssetShield, and Roundabout Entertainment.
David has written or coauthored five books, including Social Media Design For Dummies, Mobile Web Design For Dummies, and Poison Pen. He has also produced more than 20 hours of online training videos for KelbyOne and Pluralsight.
David has taught Digital Immersion, Online Multimedia, and Digital Publishing at the Annenberg School for Journalism at the University of Southern California. He has also lectured at universities around the world, including at the Institute for the Digital Future of Journalism at the Mohyla University in Kiev, Ukraine; the Nelson Mandala School of Journalism in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and at the University Mayor in Santiago, Chile.
In 2012, he traveled to Ethiopia as a Fulbright Specialist for 6 weeks to train NGOs, journalists, and pro-democracy groups in digital media skills.
David started his career as a journalist with a Pulliam Fellowship and worked as a copy editor at the Arizona Republic. From there, he went to Venezuela to work as the managing editor of the Caracas Daily Journal (now the Latin American Herald-Tribune).
His work includes case studies on web strategy and multimedia for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA.org), the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), Innovation International Consulting Group, and Unity Journalists of Color.
His curiosity and willingness to use himself as a human lab rat help him keep up with technology trends, test the latest digital tools, and develop a wide range of design and development skills.
David got his start on the Internet in 1991, when he cracked the case of his (then) cutting-edge Zeos 386-25 computer to install a 2400-baud modem, and joined Prodigy and CompuServe. He was fascinated by the way users formed communities online to share news, collaborate to create new businesses, develop their own shorthand language, and devise new and exciting ways of insulting each other for violating the unwritten rules.
David grew up reading science fiction, and is often amazed by the way technologies that only hard-core nerds dreamed about have come to be taken for granted by billions.
David is fluent in Spanish, speaks some French, and reads enough Cyrillic to find the best restaurants and know when he’s on the wrong street in Moscow.
What others say about David…
“From the beautiful design to the marketing, you made it so easy to launch the my new business.”
– James Kober, AssetShield
“Thanks for taking the time to really understand what we do, and for always being there when we need you.”
– Ayse Devrim Atauz, Ph.D., Chief Archaeologist, ProMare, Inc.
“Thanks for an amazing site! And special thanks for all your security upgrades, to keep those malicious folks out. We’ve always had a problem with spam, and you fixed it!”
– Patti Balavanera, New England Actuarial Seminars.