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Speaker biographies

Speaker biographies

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Sean Adams, AdamsMorioka, Inc.
Sean Adams is a partner at AdamsMorioka, Inc., in Beverly Hills. Since AdamsMorioka’s founding in 1994, Adams has been globally recognized by every major competition and publication including: Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, the Type Directors Club, British Art Directors Club and the New York Art Directors Club. In 2000, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibited AdamsMorioka in a solo retrospective. Adams was named to the “I.D. 40,” citing him as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally. He is a fellow of the International Design Conference at Aspen and was named as an AIGA Fellow in 2006. Adams is president emeritus and an ex officio board member of AIGA, as well as a past president of AIGA Los Angeles and chair of the AIGA Creative Leadership Campaign. He currently teaches at Art Center and is a frequent lecturer and competition judge internationally. He is the co-author of books Logo Design Workbook and Color Workbook. AdamsMorioka’s clients include ABC, Adobe, Barton Myers Associates, Gap, Old Navy, Frank Gehry Associates, Nickelodeon, USC, Sundance and The Walt Disney Company.

Ian Adelman, nymag.com and menupages.com
Ian Adelman is the design director of the New York Media websites nymag.com and menupages.com, where he oversees the conception and execution of visual design and user experience. Under his direction, nymag.com has been widely recognized for its thoughtful and energetic visual expression of the New York Magazine brand online. Before joining nymag.com, Adelman spent several years as an independent design consultant and illustrator, working across digital and print media. During this time, Adelman applied his love of problem solving to everything from rich software and web applications to logotypes, album covers and hand-made typographic illustrations. Earlier, he worked for Microsoft, first designing interactive television prototypes and then an online magazine. Adelman was the founding art director of slate.com, launched by Microsoft in 1996. Adelman holds a BFA in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he has also been a critic.

Sebastien Agneessens, Formavision
Sebastien Agneessens is the curator and creative director of Formavision, the agency he founded in 2003, specializing in creating compelling cultural content and dynamic experiential environments to support and activate nontraditional marketing strategies. Highly conceptual and collaborative, his work often integrates contributions from acclaimed artists and designers from around the world. Agneessens’ broad portfolio of projects includes the Diesel Denim Gallery, the Lexus “Light and Speed” touring exhibition, permanent installations at the World of Coca-Cola, the Reebok Flash concept store and the Starbucks Salon performance and gallery space. Agneessens began his career as a marketing executive for Armani in Madrid, followed by Chanel in New York City. Responding to his creative drive, he established The Point, a gallery on New York’s Lower East Side showcasing multimedia installations. Agneessens is also the author of Remastered, published in 2007, for which he invited 55 artists to reinterpret old masters’ paintings. A singer/songwriter under the pseudonym Seb Leon, Agneessens released his album, Cranes of Glitter, in early 2009.

Kurt Andersen
Kurt Andersen is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels Turn of the Century and Heyday. He is the host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning public radio show “Studio 360” and writes a column about culture and politics for New York magazine. Andersen co-founded Spy magazine and Inside.com, and served as editor-in-chief of New York and Colors magazines. He has been a cultural columnist for the New Yorker and Time, as well as Time’s architecture critic. He has also created prime-time network specials and pilots and written screenplays and an off-Broadway revue. In 2003, New York magazine named him one of the “100 People Who Changed New York” and in 2008 Forbes.com named him one of “The 25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media.” He is currently Visionary in Residence at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Andre Andreev, dress code
Andre Andreev is from Bulgaria. His business partner, G. Dan Covert, is from Ohio. Together they are dress code. At the combined age of 51 their work has been recognized by shiny awards, appeared in many magazines and coffee table books, and featured in three museums. They met while studying graphic design at California College of the Arts. After graduating, they moved to New York City where they got jobs with MTV working in motion and print before leaving their dream jobs to start a studio of their own. They also co-teach design, type and new media classes at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Their book about transitioning from school to working in the field of graphic design, entitled Never Sleep, is in stores now.

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David C. Baker, ReCourses, Inc.
David C. Baker, author of the forthcoming RockBench Press title Managing (Right) for the First Time, is a leading management consultant for the creative services field. Through ReCourses, Inc., he has guided hundreds of firms through management issues, difficult transitions and growth. He has written for nearly every industry publication and has spoken at nearly every industry conference and conducts a dozen yearly seminars on specific management topics. Baker’s work on management topics is unusual, thoughtful and frequently contrarian but it stems from working in the trenches and looking at what really works. He provides objective, expert advice on best practices, either for existing problems or to plan against future ones. You may already know what he points out, but he will put the pieces into context, save you from experimenting and bring solutions that may not have occurred to you yet. Baker will gently pull you out of the marinade of indecision and warm up the grill.

Leslie Becker, California College of the Arts
Leslie Becker is director of design, former chair of graphic design and teaches design studios and visual/critical studies at California College of the Arts. A practitioner for 40 years, Becker's work includes print, web, evaluations and standards, and furniture and lighting. She consulted with NASA on the interior of the manned space station, designed brochures for the National Metalsmith Museum, Posti-Tele (Finland), and AIA/SF and East Bay, and developed fund-raising graphics for the Wooden Synagogue Project, the reconstruction of a Nazi-destroyed Polish synagogue in Northern California. She served on the AIGA/SF Board, founded, edited and produced their original publication, “snappy patter,” and is an AIGA/SF Fellow. She has spoken at AIGA and AICAD conferences, Tsinghua University Beijing, Harvard, St. Louis University Business School, University College Dublin, and London College of Communications. Her essays have appeared in numerous design publications and several texts edited by Steven Heller. She holds a PhD in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Al Bell, Al Bell Presents and Memphis Music Foundation
A recording industry legend, Al Bell has been responsible for shaping the American music scene for over 50 years. Bell started his music career as an on-air personality in Little Rock, Memphis and Washington, DC, and soon became chairman of Stax Records and subsequently the president of Motown Records. His innovative promotional efforts drove the “Memphis sound” internationally and made Stax the second-largest African American-owned business in the 1970s. Bell is largely responsible for the careers of such artists as Booker T and the MG’s, Otis Redding, William Bell, The Staple Singers, Sam and Dave, Little Milton, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, The Dramatics, and Richard Pryor. Bell is currently the chairman and CEO of Al Bell Presents, and was recently named chairman of the Memphis Music Foundation.

Michael Bierut, Pentagram
Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram, a senior art critic in the graduate graphic design program at the Yale School of Art, co-founder of Design Observer and author of 79 Short Essays on Design. He is a former president of AIGA and a 2006 recipient of the AIGA Medal.

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Obsessive Consumption
Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator, designer, writer and founder of Obsessive Consumption. She also is an assistant professor of graphic design at Portland State University. Some of the clients she happily draws for are IDEO, Madewell, ReadyMade Magazine, The New York Times and Wieden+Kennedy. Bingaman-Burt’s work about personal consumerism has appeared in installations and galleries across the country as well as in multiple media outlets such as The New York Times Magazine, HOW, Print, Art News and Money. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in March 2010. Bingaman-Burt is also active in the indie craft and craftivism movements. She provided all of the illustrations for the book Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design as well as the promotional materials for the documentary of the same name.

Ben Blumenfeld, Facebook, Inc.
Ben Blumenfeld is the communication design manager at Facebook. With more than 200 million active users, Facebook is fundamentally changing the way people share and communicate with each other. Blumenfeld’s team communicates Facebook’s brand and mission through product experience, web properties and offline channels. Prior to Facebook, Blumenfeld was a design director at Varien, where he helped build the company into one of the leading e-commerce firms in the world. He also worked as a designer at CBS, where he designed websites for such shows as CSI, Survivor and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Ethan Bodnar, graphic designer, author and student
Ethan Bodnar is a graphic designer in his sophomore year at the Hartford Art School. He is the author of the book Creative Grab Bag, published this summer by HOW Books. Bodnar founded and publishes two blogs, including Synthesis, the Hartford Art School's blog. He is an Eagle Scout, the online director of the University of Hartford’s student newspaper and the president of the school’s Student Art Council. He is also the leader and founder of the Hartford Art School’s AIGA Connecticut student chapter and acts as the student representative on the board. With experience as a freelance website designer, an intern working on business strategy and marketing with Behance, and creating theatrical lighting designs for main stage productions, he has been interviewed on the blog Speak Up and was nominated as one of Print’s “New Visual Artists." Bodnar is the recipient of the Henry Wolf Award in 2008 and the Mohawk Fine Papers Award in 2009, both Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships.

Jennifer Bove, Kicker Studio
Jennifer Bove started her multifaceted career in tangible and interaction design at the circus—quite literally—at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. In the last 13 years, she has created multi-platform products and services for myriad clients including Nokia, Yahoo!, BBC, Gucci and American Express. Her design management background includes the Prada Epicenter store in New York, which inaugurated a new paradigm of tangible retail experiences. Bove is fluent in French and Italian, and has lived and worked in the UK, France, Italy and Germany. Before Kicker, Bove was vice president of user experience at HUGE and Schematic. She is on the faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts MFA in interaction design. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Jennifer has a master's in interaction design from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea.

Gaby Brink, Tomorrow Partners
Gaby Brink is founder and executive creative director of Tomorrow Partners where she leads an interdisciplinary team of creative talents and strategists who transcend tidy disciplines. She is a tireless advocate for building brands that are strategically sharp, unique in their marketplace and that succeed to connect with their audience in meaningful ways. Gaby has worked closely with many leading global marketers and has a particular passion for helping organizations with sustainability at 
their core thrive and succeed. She also believes in harnessing the transformative power of design and 
donates a significant amount of the agency’s creative firepower to nurture social and environmental 
causes. Gaby is co-chair of AIGA’s Center for Sustainable Design where she helps chart the organization’s long-term vision and promote the integration of sustainability strategies to design and 
business communities at large. Her three-year tenure as lead producer and collaboration cheerleader 
of AIGA’s interdisciplinary design conference, Compostmodern, was instrumental in turning the event into the preeminent destination for sustainability programming for designers of all stripes.

Stefan G. Bucher, 344 Design
Stefan G. Bucher is the man behind 344 Design and the online drawing and storytelling experiment dailymonster.com. His monsters have invaded computer screens all over the world and their savage adolescence is chronicled in the book 100 Days of Monsters. He is also the author of All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers and The Graphic Eye: Photographs by International Graphic Designers. He has created gratuitously ambitious designs for Sting, David Hockney and The New York Times. His time-lapse drawings currently appear on the rebooted TV classic The Electric Company on PBS, and he is, as always, working late into the night preparing the next phase of the 344 invasion.

David Butler, The Coca-Cola Company
David Butler is the vice president of global design at The Coca-Cola Company, leading the organization’s global vision and strategy for design and building its reputation as a design-driven company. Butler began his career as a graphic designer developing brand identity systems and print communications for a range of global brands, companies and NGOs including the International Olympic Committee, Delta Airlines, Cartoon Network and UPS. In the late 1990s, Butler joined Studio Archetype to design large-scale integrated branding systems, websites and interactive applications for UPS, Gucci, Bank of America and United Airlines. He went on to build and lead a global strategic planning function at Sapient, in New York. In 2004 Butler joined Coca-Cola to sharpen its focus on design as a competitive advantage. Butler is a frequent lecturer and active member of the board of directors at the Museum of Design, Atlanta. For more than a decade, he has also been an adjunct professor and member of the board of advisors at Portfolio Center. He holds a BA in mass communications from the University of South Florida.
 

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Emily Carr, Gensler
Emily Carr is an assistant studio director in Gensler’s Lifestyle Studio, in Washington, D.C., where she also works as a project manager and brand strategist. With a diverse background in corporate communications, online media and interactive design, her current focus is on helping clients develop branded experiences within spatial environments, working with organizations such as Gunlocke, Allsteel, Mercy Medical Center, Legg Mason, Dewey LeBoeuf LLP and T. Rowe Price. A former president of the AIGA DC chapter, Carr has also served on the AIGA national board and is the author of the article “Why a Project Manager” for Gain: AIGA Journal of Business and Design.

Luisa Collina, Politecnico di Milano
Luisa Collina is a professor of design at the Design School of Politecnico di Milano, where she focuses on strategic design and design-driven innovation at the system level, with a particular focus on interior design in retail and hospitality settings. She collaborates with universities, research centers and companies in international research programs and strategic innovation projects. Since 2000, she has been in charge of international projects and served on the doctorate board for the Design School of Politecnico di Milano, and for the last four years, has headed a master course in product and service system design for international students. Collina is a member of the board of Cumulus, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.

Emily Ruth Cohen
Emily Ruth Cohen has been a consultant to creative professionals for more than 20 years, providing confidential, experienced and objective advice to creative firms and in-house creative departments. She offers expertise on implementing effective staff, client and process management strategies, conducting client surveys and writing winning proposals and contracts. She currently serves on the board of advisors of InSource and the AIGA In-house Design community. Cohen has also served as secretary on the board of AIGA New York.

Elizabeth Coleman, Bennington College
Elizabeth Coleman is Bennington College's ninth president, a position she has held since 1987. Coleman’s vision of a new kind of liberal arts education has been recognized nationally by her place on the Select Committee of the Association of American Colleges and the board of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Coleman has also served on the Council for a Community of Democracies and as chair of the Vermont Rhodes Scholarship Trust. A former consultant to the Annenberg Corporation on a public broadcasting project, she currently serves on the boards of the Neurosciences Institute; the Annapolis Group, an organization of leading independent liberal arts colleges; the Committee for Economic Development; and the Council of Advisors for the European College of Liberal Arts. Coleman earned her MA in American literature from Cornell University and a PhD from Columbia University. She has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Vermont and Hofstra University.

Brian Collins, COLLINS:
Brian Collins is the creative chair of COLLINS:, a design firm dedicated to creating communications and experiences that shape companies and people for the better. Prior to COLLINS:, he led the brand integration group at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Collins’ clients have included Coca-Cola, CNN, Levi Strauss & Co., American Express, Motorola, Mattel and Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection. His team’s North American launch of Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” was honored with the Image Award from the National Organization for Women. In 2008, his team won the Grand Clio for its design work on Helios House, the world's first LEED-certified gas station built for BP in Los Angeles. Collins’ work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek and Fast Company, which named him one of five American “Masters of Design.” Collins is a Distinguished Alumna of the Massachusetts College of Art. He received an honorary doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in 2008 and has spoken globally on design, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Fred Collopy, Case Western Reserve University
Fred Collopy is professor and chair of information systems, and professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University. He received his PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on business forecasting, software design, visualization and the application of design ideas to management. Collopy has published over 50 articles, reviews and notes, many in leading academic and practice-oriented journals. He co-edited the book Managing as Designing, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2004, and is an expert contributor on innovation, design and management to the BusinessWeek and Fast Company blogs.

G. Dan Covert, dress code
G. Dan Covert is from Ohio. His business partner, Andre Andreev, is from Bulgaria. Together they are dress code. At the combined age of 51 their work has been recognized by shiny awards, appeared in many magazines and coffee table books, and featured in three museums. They met while studying graphic design at California College of the Arts. After graduating, they moved to New York City where they got jobs with MTV working in motion and print before leaving their dream jobs to start a studio of their own. They also co-teach design, type and new media classes at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Their book about transitioning from school to working in the field of graphic design, entitled Never Sleep, is in stores now.

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Liz Danzico, School of Visual Arts
Liz Danzico is equal parts designer, educator and editor. She has organized information across a variety of industries, including retail, publishing, entertainment, nonprofit and financial services. She co-founded (with Steven Heller) and is chair of the MFA in Interaction Design Program at the School of Visual Arts. She is an independent consultant in New York and user experience consultant for Happy Cog, on the editorial board for Rosenfeld Media, and columnist for Interactions Magazine. Danzico has been managing editor for AIGA Voice, editor-in-chief for A Brief Message, editor-in-chief for Boxes and Arrows, board member of AIGA/NY, and an advisory board member of the Information Architecture Institute. In the past, Danzico directed experience strategy for AIGA, where she was responsible for the web presence and AIGA Press publications. She has directed the information architecture teams at Barnes & Noble.com and Razorfish New York.

Brian Dougherty, Celery Design Collaborative
Brian Dougherty is a founding partner at Celery Design Collaborative and the author of the new book, Green Graphic Design. He focuses on creating communications that have a positive impact in the world. His work approaches sustainability as a springboard for innovation and an important brand differentiator. Celery’s studios in California and Paris, France help clients craft values-based brands, eco-innovative packaging, CSR communications, web communities and interactive exhibits. Clients include HP, Autodesk, EBay, Mattel and Sun Microsystems. Brian lecturers frequently on the subject of sustainable design and serves on the board of advisors for the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design.

William Drenttel, Winterhouse
William Drenttel works in partnership with Jessica Helfand at Winterhouse, a design consultancy focused on publishing and online media, cultural and educational institutions, and design and social innovation initiatives. Drenttel is also the design director of Teach For All, a project of Teach For America supporting educational initiatives around the world. In 2009 and 2010, he is spearheading an initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop models for design and social innovation, and engagement by the design industry. He is a co-founder of Design Observer, AIGA Winterhouse Writing Awards and Polling Place Photo Project. Drenttel is president emeritus of AIGA, a social enterprise fellow at the Yale School of Management, a former trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU.

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Daniel Eatock
Born 1975, Bolton, UK. Lives E2 9EH. Married to Flávia Muller Medeiros. Attempts to draw a perfect circle everyday. Likes the color purple found in a flame, soap bubble or oil resting on the surface of water. Eats healthy, buys organic when possible, likes humble restaurants and rice and beans. Rarely drinks alcohol, makes fruit smoothies everyday. Listens to Camper Van Beethoven and Anthology of American Folk Music edited by Harry Smith. Has hay fever in spring, is allergic to milk. Cooks, cycles, walks everyday. Carefully chooses things that last. Photographs moments, alignments, coincidence and small things that go unnoticed. Likes the feeling of falling backwards. Tries to save time, resources and economizes when possible.

Andy Epstein
Andy Epstein started his career as a freelance designer and illustrator with clients as varied as Bacardi, Canon, Bantam Books and Merck. Jumping into the world of in-house in 1992, Epstein created and grew in-house design teams for Commonwealth Toy and Gund. He also restructured and expanded the hundred-person creative team at Bristol-Myers-Squibb and consulted at Johnson & Johnson. He currently works at Designer Greetings, leading an in-house design team that develops the company’s marketing, communication and sales materials and products. Epstein has written and spoken extensively on in-house issues, and was the co-founder of InSource, an association dedicated to providing support to in-house designers and design team managers. As head of a newly formed AIGA In-house Design, he is continuing his efforts to empower in-house teams and raise their stature in the design and business communities. Epstein is currently writing a book on in-house design, to be published by F&W Publications in the spring of 2010.

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Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University
Jodi Forlizzi is an associate professor of design and human-computer interaction and the A. Nico Habermann Chair of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an interaction designer contributing to design theory and practice. Her theoretical research examines theories of experience, emotion and social product use as they relate to interaction design. Other research and practice centers on notification systems ranging from peripheral displays to embodied robots, with a special focus on the social behavior evoked by these systems.

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Agustin Garza, Garza Group Communications
Agustin Garza is the founder and principal of Garza Group Communications. A leader in the communications field with a focus on strategic branding, positioning and marketing, Garza Group Communications provides services for clients such as the cities of Los Angeles and Mexico City, Jones Lang LaSalle, American Express and Reichmann International. Known for his highly effective branding solutions, Garza’s pioneering destination-marketing campaigns have been widely published and have earned recognition by the Travel Industry Association of America. His work is represented in the permanent collection of the National Library of Congress. As part of a lifelong interest in anthropology and the role of design as a force for change, Garza travels extensively with a focus on areas where isolated cultures in extreme natural environments struggle to survive and preserve their heritage. Born and raised in Mexico City, Garza has served as president of AIGA Los Angeles and is a member of Quórum (The Design Council of Mexico).

Agnieszka Gasparska, Kiss Me I’m Polish, LLC
As creative director and founder of New York City design firm Kiss Me I’m Polish, LLC, Agnieszka Gasparska leads multidisciplinary teams in developing the strategic and creative vision for websites, interactive applications, identity systems and print solutions. Gasparska received her bachelor’s degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Before establishing her own practice, she spent five years as a senior art director at Funny Garbage, New York City’s premier interactive agency. Yes, she is Polish—but being Polish is not a prerequisite for being part of the KMIP team.

David Gibson, Two Twelve
David Gibson is co-founder and managing principal of Two Twelve and author of The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009. Best known for his environmental graphic design work, Gibson is the creative leader behind new wayfinding and signage systems for the Princeton University campus and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Downtown Brooklyn and the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is is also a co-founder of Public Design Lab (“PDL”), a network of communications professionals devoted to helping U.S. citizens access the public information and civic services they need to live, work and learn. The group's proposal for Credit Card Facts, developed with Sylvia Harris and Carla Hall, among others, is a graphic system for explaining bank card offers the way nutrition content is explained on food packaging. It caused a stir in Washington when it was published by The New York Times in May 2009.

Carin Goldberg, Carin Goldberg Design
Carin Goldberg began her career as a staff designer at CBS Television, CBS Records and Atlantic Records before establishing her own firm in 1982. Since then, she has designed hundreds of book jackets for all of the major American publishing houses and, in recent years, she has expanded her image-making to publication design, brand consulting and editorial illustration. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Cooper-Hewitt and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. A professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for 27 years, Goldberg is one of the first recipients of the Art Directors Club Grandmasters Award for Excellence in Education, and she has twice received the publishing industry’s prestigious Literary Marketplace Award. Goldberg has served on the board of AIGA’s New York chapter and recently completed a two-year term as chapter president. She is currently on the board of directors of the Alliance Graphique International, and is the recipient of a 2009 AIGA Medal.

Jill Greenberg, Jill Greenberg Studio
Since age 10, Jill Greenberg has staged photographs and created characters using the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, film and photography. Embracing image-making as a career after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Greenberg’s distinctive photography has appeared in galleries, museums, books and commercial and editorial publications worldwide. Known for her uniquely human animal portraits and sharp, saturated images, Greenberg is one of the world’s most in-demand photographers, celebrated for her monograph Monkey Portraits, her series of images of crying children titled “End Times” and vivid photographs of celebrities and politicians. Greenberg’s second monograph, Bear Portraits, will be published in fall 2009, by Little, Brown and Company.

Christian Guellerin, L'École de design Nantes Atlantique and Cumulus
Christian Guellerin is the president of Cumulus, the global association for art, design and media education and research. Founded in 1990, Cumulus now has 150 institutional members worldwide and is a forum for partnership, transfer of knowledge, and best practices. He is also the Director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique in France where he teaches management courses and heads the school's industrial design masters program. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities internationally, and was named the EU expert for design and innovation by the Consul of Estonia in France.

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Stanley Hainsworth, Tether
After first pursuing an acting career, Stanley Hainsworth decided to apply that experience to another creative trade. He spent several years at Nike as a creative director before moving to Denmark to join the Lego Company as its global creative director. Hainsworth returned to the United States to work for Starbucks, where he led and oversaw all creative aspects of the company, including associated brands Hear Music, Tazo Tea and Ethos Water. His creative influence and responsibility in leading teams of designers, illustrators, web designers, writers and art directors extended to the look of new products, packaging systems, seasonal promotions, brand campaigns, advertising and collateral materials. Now, Hainsworth is the chair and chief creative officer of Tether, a creative company providing memorable solutions—branding, advertising, retail, digital, products, entertainment, packaging—for consumers. Hainsworth is a national board member of AIGA, a speaker on creativity at events worldwide, and the recipient of awards from I.D., Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, PRINT, POP Times, the Library of Congress, AIGA, Type Directors Club, NW Design Awards and others.

Allan Haley, Monotype Imaging
Allan Haley is the director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging, where he is responsible for the strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs and editorial content for the company’s type libraries and websites. Prior to Monotype, Haley was the principal of Resolution, a consulting firm with expertise in fonts, font technology, type and typographic communication. He was also executive vice president of International Typeface Corporation. He is an ex-officio chairman of the board of the Society of Typographic Aficionados and past president of the New York Type Directors Club.

Phil Hamlett, Academy of Art University
Phil Hamlett has over 23 years of experience in a wide variety of design and communications roles. Currently, he is the graduate director at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the largest private art and design school in the country. His students emerge from the MFA program as advanced design practitioners and go on to acquire positions at the highest levels of the profession. Prior to the Academy, Hamlett was communications director at Turner & Associates in San Francisco, and in a previous life, a principal and director of creative services for EAI/Atlanta. Regardless of where he is found, Hamlett is adept at identifying creative challenges, distilling core objectives and then facilitating the development of the key messages, conceptual frameworks and communications vehicles best suited to address those challenges. As the driving force behind the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design and the founder of Compostmodern, he sets the agenda for sustainable business practice within the design community at large.

Charles Harrison, designer and educator
Charles Harrison is a designer and educator specializing in industrial design across multiple consumer products areas. The primary portion of his career was spent working for Sears Roebuck & Company, beginning as a freelancer, then as a staff designer and later as the head of the company’s design department. A prolific designer, Harrison’s work touched almost every area of household products from cribs to tractors and everything in between. He executed more than 700 designs, a significant number of which were highly successful in the marketplace, including his iconic redesign of the View-Master in 1958 and the first-of-its-kind plastic refuse can designed in 1963. Harrison continues to build his legacy as a speaker on the topics of design inclusion and education, and as an educator at Columbia College Chicago and The School of the Art. He is the 2008 National Design Award recipient for Lifetime Achievement. He also has received awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Executive Leadership Council and HistoryMakers, among many others. He received significant mention in the recently published Encyclopedia of Chicago and has been profiled by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Ebony Magazine, The Crisis Magazine and on the Tavis Smiley Radio Show. His career is chronicled in his memoir A Life’s Design: The Life and Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison, published by Ibis.

Zelda Harrison
Zelda Harrison is president of the board of the AIGA Center for Cross-cultural Design (AIGA XCD), which celebrates the role of culture and identity in visual communications by organizing design tours (to China and Cuba), international design competitions and facilitating travel exhibitions and partnerships with design organizations abroad. Although she has traveled throughout Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe and has lived on three continents, she currently thrives at the epicenter of post-modern cross-cultural Los Angeles, where her work in visual communications focuses on informing and educating the public via printed collateral, interactive media and environmental graphics. Four years ago, Harrison initiated AIGA/LA’s “BusinessMatters,” now an annual series of speakers and workshops to support designers in promoting the value of design, sharing best practices and developing a bridge between the design and business communities. Previously, she worked in marketing and business development for consumer packaged goods. Her client list includes entertainment networks and various academic institutions, as well as municipal, civic and cultural agencies in Los Angeles. Harrison also provides public relations/communications counsel to nonprofit community groups.

Jeni Herberger, Big Fish
As a nationally-recognized speaker and corporate trainer, Jeni Herberger leverages 23 years of experience within the design industry to provide clients with practical strategies on “doing business better.” Drawing from her own experiences as a business owner she works with company leaders to identify key issues and conducts on-site training sessions offering action plans that are grounded in strategy and focused on getting results. After entering UCLA to become physician, Herberger found her true calling and received a degree from the University of California, Irvine in Theatrical Arts. Her exposure to the fashion industry and stage lead her into a career that has ran the artistic gamut from commercial photography to stage design to creative direction. Prior to establishing her consultancy, she co-founded Big Fish, a staffing firm specializing in the creative and marketing industries in 1994 and continues to oversee the company's development. Big Fish is one of the top creative staffing firms on the West coast.

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Terry Irwin, Carnegie Mellon University
Terry Irwin is the newly appointed head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this appointment she was a PhD researcher and lecturer at the University of Dundee, Scotland. She has taught for more than 20 years at schools such as the Otis Parsons School of Design, California College of the Arts and Schumacher College, and has been a practicing designer since 1973. In 1992, along with partners Erik Spiekermann and Bill Hill, she founded the San Francisco office of MetaDesign, a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in Berlin, Zurich and London. Terry holds an MFA in design from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland and a MSc from Schumacher College/Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Her ongoing PhD research explores the relevance of living systems principles for design process as a basis for more appropriate and responsible design.

Wendy Jedlicka, CPP, president, of Jedlicka Design Ltd.
Wendy Jedlicka is an IoPP Certified Packaging Professional and president of Jedlicka Design Ltd. with over twenty years of packaging and print experience, coupled with eleven years as a retail industry insider. As a design and business strategy vendor, she has served clients such as 3M, Target, Hormel, Anchor Hocking, Toro and Verbatim. Jedlicka writes the regular feature “Sustainability Update” for Package Design Magazine, and is regularly tapped to speak on eco-packaging and print design, as well as a variety of sustainable design and business issues. As part of her professional outreach efforts, Jedlicka is the United States co-coordinator for the o2 International Network for Sustainable Design and Upper Midwest chapter chair, as well as working in the education group for the Designers Accord. Working to change minds in higher education, Jedlicka is program development team member and faculty for the groundbreaking Sustainable Design Certificate Program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Attracted to packaging since discovering origami at age eight, Jedlicka started her formal art training through the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts experimental youth art program, continuing through high school at Parsons School of Design and the Art Students League of New York. She completed her bachelor’s degree in graphic and industrial design at the University of Bridgeport and her master’s degree in international management with a certificate in marketing at the University of St. Thomas.

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Linda Joy Kattwinkel, Esq., Owen, Wickersham & Erickson
Linda Joy Kattwinkel is a painter and former graphic artist as well as an attorney and mediator for the arts community. As a member of the small firm Owen, Wickersham & Erickson in San Francisco, she represents clients in intellectual property and arts law issues such as copyright and trademark protection, infringement, licensing and gallery contracts. She is the author of “Legalities,” an online column for the northern California chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild.

Chip Kidd
Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked since 1986, have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. He is also an editor of books of comics for Pantheon, a subsidiary of Knopf. Kidd received the International Center of Photography’s award for “Use of Photography in Graphic Design” in 1997, and in 1998 he was made a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. In the fall of 2003, Newsweek included him in its first issue devoted to design. Kidd was awarded the 2007 National Design Award for communications design, and in the fall that year, his work was included in the Cooper-Hewitt’s third National Design Triennial. A comprehensive monograph of Kidd’s work, Chip Kidd: Book One, was published in 2005, with an introduction by John Updike. The Cheese Monkeys, Kidd’s first novel, was published by Scribner in 2001 and was a national bestseller, as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second novel, The Learners, was published in February 2008.

Denise Korn, Korn Design
Denise Korn is the principal/owner of Korn Design, a nationally recognized and award-winning creative communications firm with offices in Boston and New York. She has worked with a wide range of clients including top-of-class developers, entrepreneurs, chefs and institutional leaders, providing expert consultation on an equally wide range of assignments in the categories of leading hospitality, restaurants, luxury goods and ground-breaking strategic work. Actively involved in the political and civic life of greater Boston, Korn has served on the board of AIGA Boston and founded Youth Design, a summer jobs program connecting Boston inner-city high school students to career opportunities in design. Korn recently served as co-president of the New England Creative Economy Initiative. She currently sits on the advisory board of AIGA Boston and on the board of Kids Can Cook, an inner-city middle school outreach program that uses cooking and culinary arts to teach life lessons.

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Julie Lasky, Change Observer and School of Visual Arts
Before joining the Design Observer Group in February 2009, Julie Lasky was editor-in-chief of I.D., the award-winning magazine of international design. Prior to that she was editor-in-chief of Interiors magazine and managing editor of Print magazine. A widely published writer and critic, she has contributed to The New York Times, Metropolis, Dwell, Architecture, Slate, Surface, The National Scholar and NPR. She is the author of two books Borrowed Design: Use and Abuse of Historical Form, written with Steven Heller, and Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry. She recently joined the MFA design criticism faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Nick Law, R/GA
As chief creative officer of R/GA North America, Nick Law is responsible for the creative vision of the agency. He guides creative teams consisting of visual designers, copywriters and interaction designers, working in close collaboration across disciplines. He ensures that R/GA stays true to its legacy of collaboration by fostering creative ideas in all team members, including those in technology and strategy. For the second consecutive year, Law was selected for the Creativity 50, the publication’s annual list of the top 50 people who have made a significant mark on our creative consciousness. His work has won numerous prestigious international awards and has been published internationally. Law’s extensive background spans multiple marketing disciplines during 20 years at agencies in the United States and abroad. He worked in design and corporate identity before making the switch to advertising.

Michael Lejeune, Metro
Michael Lejeune is currently creative director for Metro in Los Angeles. Metro’s 27-person creative services group creates all things visual for the nation’s third-largest transit agency, including advertising, wayfinding and environmental graphics, timetables, maps, fare media and customer information, bus and rail fleet design, websites and merchandising. Since 2002, Metro has been honored with some 80 design awards and inclusions, including recognition from the American Public Transit Association (APTA), the Public Relations Society of America and AIGA, where Metro’s work is in the national Design Archives. In 2006, APTA named Metro the nation's Outstanding Transportation System. The Metro Design Studio was profiled in a 2006 Communication Arts and a 2007 Fast Company article. Lejeune graduated from UCLA in 1986 with a degree in communication studies. Prior to joining Metro, he was project director at KBDA, an interdisciplinary design studio in Santa Monica. He is now serving as president of AIGA’s Los Angeles chapter.

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Aaron Marcus, Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc.
Aaron Marcus is the founder and president of Aaron Marcus and Associates, Inc. A graduate in physics from Princeton University and in graphic design from Yale University, he became one of the first graphic designers to be involved in computer graphics full-time in the 1960s. Marcus has lectured, tutored and consulted internationally for more than 35 years. He has written extensively on user-interface design, information appliances and culture. Currently, Marcus focuses his attention on the web, wireless communication, mobile devices, user interface, information-visualization design, guidelines for globalization and cross-cultural communication. He has received the National Computer Graphics Association’s annual award for contributions to the industry and in 2007 was named an AIGA Fellow by the AIGA Center for Cross-cultural Design.

Bobby C. Martin Jr., Nokia
Bobby C. Martin Jr. is the senior design manager at Nokia in London. He leads a group of graphic, industrial and packaging designers in developing sustainable packaging solutions that fortify the Nokia brand. He also heads visual communications for their largest range of mobile phones. Previously, Martin served as design director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City where he worked to develop the JALC brand by visualizing the music, a challenge that extended across print, packaging and advertising, as well as venue and exhibit design. He also worked as a designer and art director at Ogilvy & Mather’s Brand Innovation Group with clients that include CNN, The Coca-Cola Company, Hershey’s, Miller Brewing Company and the New York Times Magazine. Martin was honored with a Sappi “Ideas the Matter” Grant for his work as designer and brand consultant for the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem. His work has also won awards from the Art Directors Club, AIGA, Graphis, Print magazine and STEP inside design. He has spoken about identity development and branding at GEL, GAIN and the AIGA Design Conference, and has served on the AIGA New York chapter board of directors.

Roger Martin
Roger Martin has served as the dean of the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto since September 1998. Previously, he spent 13 years as a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy–consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co–head of the firm for two years and founded the company’s Canadian office. He writes extensively on design and is a regular columnist for BusinessWeek’s online Innovation and Design channel. He is the author of the books The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking and The Responsibility Virus: How Control Freaks, Shrinking Violets—And the Rest of Us—Can Harness the Power of True Partnership.

Marissa Mayer, Google
Marissa Mayer is the vice president of search products and user experience at Google and leads the company’s product management efforts on search products—web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Health, Google Labs and more. She joined Google, a small start-up, in 1999 as the company’s first female engineer. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google’s search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail and Orkut and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. Mayer has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford University to more than 3,000 students. Stanford has recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education. Mayer has been featured in various publications, including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Fast Company and Newsweek’s “10 Tech Leaders of the Future” and Red Herring’s “15 Women to Watch.”

Grant McCracken, MIT
Grant McCracken holds a PhD from the University of Chicago in cultural anthropology. He is the author of Culture and Consumption, Culture and Consumption II, Plenitude, The Long Interview, Flock and Flow and Transformation. He has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and is now a research affiliate at C3 at MIT. He has consulted widely in the corporate world, including with The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, IBM, IKEA, Chrysler, Kraft and Kimberly Clark. He has also served on marketing advisory boards for IBM and the Boston Beer Company. This fall Basic Books will publish his latest book, Chief Culture Officer

Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands
Debbie Millman has been in the design business for 23 years fulfilling her dream of working in branding and furthering the meaning, purpose and stature of brands in our culture. Millman is a managing partner and president of the design division at Sterling Brands, the largest independent brand consultancy in the country. For over a decade, she has led long-term partnerships with global clients including Gillette, Kraft, Nestle, Pepsi, Campbell’s, Johnson & Johnson, Glaxo-Smithkline, Pfizer and Unilever. Millman is an author on the design blog Speak Up, a regular contributor to Print magazine and teaches Creative Leadership at the School of Visual Arts. In 2005, she began hosting “Design Matters with Debbie Millman,” the first live weekly radio talk show about graphic design on the internet. In 2006, Millman completed her term as secretary, treasurer and sponsorship chair of AIGA's New York chapter. She is currently serving as the president of the board of AIGA.

Clement Mok
Clement Mok is a designer, digital pioneer, software publisher/developer, author and design patent holder. Mok, a former creative director at Apple, founded multiple successful design-related businesses—Studio Archetype, CMCD and NetObjects. He was the chief creative officer of Sapient, as well as the president of AIGA (2001–2003). Currently, he consults for Sapient and other Fortune 500 companies on a variety of design planning and user experience projects. Mok has been published internationally and has received hundreds of awards from professional organizations and publications including I.D., which name him among 1994’s 40 most influential designers, and Chief Executive Magazine, which named him in 1998’s Tech 100 CEOs. Based in San Francisco, Mok also serves on the advisory boards of numerous technology companies, colleges and nonprofit organizations. In 2008 he was awarded the AIGA Medal.

Jane Mount, 20x200
Jane Mount is a product strategist, designer, entrepreneur and artist. She has co-founded several companies, exhibited work in various U.S. cities and been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In 1995 Mount was the design director for the first advertising-supported webzine ever, Word.com, and in 1996 she co-founded two Internet start-ups, Concrete Media and Bolt.com. From 1997-2003 she served as the executive vice president of product development for Bolt.com, the first social networking site for teenagers. Mount oversaw the strategy, content, design, technology and community teams, and a vibrant community of over 9 million 15–24 year old members. Since then she has helped launch several other community-oriented internet start-ups, most recently Trusty's, where users can find and rate service providers, and SuperGlued, the place to share experiences after shows and concerts. Mount currently oversees user experience at 20x200, a Jen Bekman Project offering limited edition photography and fine art prints at ridiculously affordable prices. The 20x200 mission is “art for everyone,” and it benefits collectors both new and experienced as well as the artists whose work is offered.

Fred Murrell, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
Fred Murrell is the chair of design at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a pioneer in advanced design mangement practices in the United States. Previously, Murrell served as design director at Sapient, Texas Instruments, Corning and Tenet Heathercare, where he created information design environments and user-centered design programs, and managed internal design teams that worked closely with design consultants like Doblin Group, IDEO and Meta Design. Murrell is currently a member of the executive board for Cumulus, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, and has served on the AIGA board of directors, American Center for Design national board, Design Management Institute advisory board and the AIGA National Experience Design steering committee. He has lectured in universities and conferences internationally, including the IIID (International Institute for Information Design) in Austria, UIAH (University of Art and Design Helsinki), AIGA Design Conference, and AIGA Business and Design Conference.

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Caroline Payson, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Caroline Payson currently serves as the director of education at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Payson has an extensive background in arts education and was formerly director of educational services at Maryland Public Television, where she oversaw a $10 million grant to create “Thinkport,” an online, interactive education super-site for the state of Maryland. She has also led a number of education initiatives using interactive and web-based resources to improve reading instruction, distance learning courses and school curricula. Payson, a former chair of the liberal studies department of Parsons School of Design, holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins’ Writing Seminars program and a bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Shel Perkins
Shel Perkins is a graphic designer, management consultant and educator with 20 years of experience in managing the operations of leading design firms. He provides management-consulting services to a range of creative firms in both traditional and new media. Perkins writes the “Professional Practice” column for STEP inside design, AIGA’s Design: Business e-newsletter and the “Design Firm Management” column for Graphics.com. His book, Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets For Designers, was published by New Riders in 2006. He teaches courses in professional practices at the California College of the Arts, the Academy of Art in San Francisco and the University of California. He has served on the national board of the Association of Professional Design Firms, leads the AIGA Center for Practice Management and has been honored as an AIGA Fellow “in recognition of significant personal and professional contributions to raising the standards of excellence within the design community.”

Erik Peterson, University of Illinois at Chicago
Erik Peterson is a graduate student studying art at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work intervenes in the interstitial spaces of the public realm, both physical and social. Artworks such as Self-Serve Soft-Serve, a municipal pipe that pumps frozen yogurt, and Snow Machines, a set of snowball-making molds installed in empty signpost anchors, engage issues of value, authenticity, adaptive reuse and play. As an Americorps member serving in the Florida State Parks in 2005, Peterson inaugurated and branded the now annual canoe and kayak race, the St. Johns Paddle Battle, and in 2006 illustrated Colorful Comrades, an alphabet book written by a recovering brain-injury patient. Peterson is currently working with community leaders to develop a Hmong-American version of Guitar Hero® using their ancient reed instrument, the qeej.

Emily Pilloton, Project H Design
Emily Pilloton is the founder and executive director of Project H Design, a nonprofit coalition of over 300 designers that creates scalable and life-improving product solutions for humanity, habitats, health and happiness. Trained in architecture and product design, Pilloton started Project H to provide a conduit and catalyst for need-based product design that empowers individuals, communities and economies globally and locally. Current Project H initiatives include water transport and filtration systems, a grid-based math playground for active elementary education, tools for foster care therapy, and a homeless-run design enterprise. She is the author of the book Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People, a compendium and call-to-action for design for social impact.

Joseph Prichard
Joseph Prichard is a Los Angeles-based designer specializing in work for the non-profit, arts and public sectors. Recent clients include The City of Los Angeles, Woodbury University, GOOD magazine, California Greenworks and the California Climate Action Registry. He has worked with firms such as AdamsMorioka, Inc., Louise Sandhaus Design, Durfee|Regn Architects and Counterspace Design. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including Monocle, Fast Company, The Montreal Gazette and Murketing.com. Prichard holds a BFA in film from the University of Southern California and a MFA in graphic design from the California Institute of the Arts. Along with Louise Sandhaus, he recently served as a faculty advisor for the CalArts entry in the INDEX: AIGA Aspen Design Challenge. This project was ultimately chosen as one of seven international finalists in a competition to design solutions to local manifestations of the global water crisis.

Derek Powazek, MagCloud and Fray
Named one of the top 40 “Industry Influencers” of 2007 by Folio magazine, Derek Powazek has worked the web since 1995, at pioneering sites such as HotWired, Blogger and Technorati. He is the author of the book Design for Community: The Art of Connecting Real People in Virtual Places. He is the co-founder of JPG, the community-created photography magazine, and co-founder of 8020 Publishing, the company that grew out of that publication’s success. Powazek now splits his time between working as a consultant for HP Labs on MagCloud and editing Fray, the quarterly book of true stories and original art. Powazek lives in San Francisco with his wife, their two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat and a house full of plants named Fred.

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Mark Randall, Worldstudio
For more that fifteen years, Mark Randall has been principal of Worldstudio, the New York City marketing and design agency which serves major clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. Worldstudio has won leading industry awards and been featured in numerous books and publications on graphics design, including Metropolis, Graphis and Eye. Randall and Worldstudio have been twice selected for the prestigious “I.D. 40” award, an annual listing of leading innovators in the design industry chosen by I.D. magazine. Randall is also president of the Worldstudio Foundation, a nonprofit organization which offers scholarships and mentoring programs in the fine and applied arts. In addition to lecturing on design and social responsibility around the country at colleges, universities and industry conferences, Randall has taught at Parson’s School of Design and Fordham University in New York City and at Hartford University, Connecticut. He recently completed a term on the board of AIGA.

Martin Rayala, Kutztown University
Martin Rayala, PhD, is the former state supervisor for art, media and design education for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. He is currently the assistant professor of art education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and executive director of a newly forming Design Education K-12 Alliance. Rayala served on committees for the Getty Institute for Arts Education in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network in Washington, DC, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. He is an editor for the Journal of Media Literacy and founding editor of andDESIGN, an online magazine.

Matt Rollins, ICONOLOGIC
Matt Rollins is partner and creative director at ICONOLOGIC, a design firm based in Atlanta. His team creates branded content for leading corporate and cultural institutions such as The Coca-Cola Company, GOOD magazine, the International Olympic Committee, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Volkswagen and André Benjamin. Matt is also the editor of ReasonsForOptimism.com and a founding member of Breather.org. He serves on the Advisory Board of Creative Circus and is a frequent speaker and design juror.

Vivian Rosenthal, Tronic
Vivian Rosenthal co-founded Tronic in 2001 with Jesse Seppi, a fellow classmate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. Over the past eight years, Tronic has directed and animated spots and campaigns for Target, Adidas, Microsoft and Sony; conceived and executed projects for Diesel, GE, Smirnoff and Visionaire; and, in general, has worked to eliminate lines delineating one form of creative media output from another. Rosenthal boldly combines architecture, new media, animation and branding through new uses of technology to create visually striking and conceptually based work.

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Stefan Sagmeister, Sagmeister, Inc.
Stefan Sagmeister formed the New York–based Sagmeister, Inc., in 1993 and has since designed for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. Having been nominated five times for the Grammys he finally won one for the Talking Heads boxed set. He also earned practically every important international design award. In 2008, a comprehensive book titled Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far was published by Abrams. Solo shows on Sagmeister’s work have been mounted in Zurich, Vienna, New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Prague, Cologne, Seoul and Miami. He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Arts in New York and lectures extensively on all continents. A native of Austria, he received his MFA from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.

Paul Sahre, The Office of Paul Sahre
Graphic designer, illustrator, educator, author and current World Graphic Design Foosball Champion Paul Sahre established his New York studio in 1997. While consciously maintaining a small office, Sahre has nevertheless built a large presence in American graphic design. The balance he strikes between commercial and personal projects is evident in the physical layout of his workspace: part design studio, part silkscreen lab, part classroom. In one room he designs and prints posters (some of which are in the permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum) for various off-off Broadway theaters, while in the other room he is busy designing book covers for authors such as Rick Moody, Chuck Klosterman, Ben Marcus and Victor Pelevin. Sahre is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times’ Op-Ed page. He is the author of Leisurama Now: The Beach House for Everyone, 1964–, a loving look at a short-lived product of early ’60s consumer optimism: affordable middle-class summer homes. Sahre received his BFA and MFA in graphic design from Kent State and teaches graphic design at the School of Visual Arts. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Greg Selkoe, Karmaloop.com
Greg Selkoe is the CEO and owner of streetwear retailer Karmaloop.com. Born and raised in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Selkoe received an undergraduate degree at Rollins College in Florida and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. He started his career as an urban planner for the city of Boston in the Boston Redevelopment Authority working on housing before he started Karmaloop.com. In less than 10 years Karmaloop.com has become the largest online streetwear retailer in the world, with over 200 brands, selling in over 35 countries, receiving over 3.5 million unique visitors monthly. Selkoe was recently recognized for his political activism and was selected as one of the top 25 most influential entrepreneurs under 35 in the US and was invited to participate in a White House summit for young business leaders on economic policy, new media and youth messaging.

Sol Sender, associate partner, VSA Partners
As founder and principal of Sender LLC, Sol Sender spearheaded the logo development for Barack Obama’s historic 2008 campaign. Now an associate partner with VSA Partners, he works across disciplines to impact the communications of some of the world’s most valuable businesses and brands. Prior to founding Sender LLC, he spent seven years with Designkitchen, as senior designer, VP brand strategy and president. Over the course of his career, his work as a designer and a strategist has been recognized by the AR100, the Webby Awards, The International Web Awards, Communication Arts, HOW magazine and as a finalist for The Brit Insurance Design of the Year. Sender has been a featured speaker at events for AIGA, the American Center for Design, the Art Directors Club and The Society of Marketing Professionals and will be a keynote speaker at the ICOGRADA World Design Congress in Beijing. A faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1999, his articles on design history and design education have been published and distributed by Allworth Press.

Jim Sherraden, manager, chief designer and archivist, Hatch Show Print
Jim Sherraden is manager, chief designer and archivist at Hatch Show Print, one of America's oldest surviving show poster and design shops. Since 1984, he has overseen Hatch Show Print's transition from a cultural survivor to a widely recognized graphic design icon and destination for letterpress enthusiasts. He is a co-author of Hatch Show Print: The History of A Great American Poster Shop published by Chronicle Books, now in its fifth edition. He is also the creator of one of a kind pieces of art called monoprints, based on the shop's archive, which are collected by individuals and institutions worldwide. A frequent speaker in classrooms, seminars and at conferences, Sherraden also conducts letterpress workshops from coast to coast.

Bonnie Siegler, Number Seventeen
Bonnie Siegler founded Number Seventeen—a multidisciplinary design studio working in television, film, print and web—in 1993 with partner, Emily Oberman. Some of their recent work includes the identity and opening sequences for Saturday Night Live, the development of the Tina Brown news website The Daily Beast, helping invent and design Lucky magazine and the design of the Sex and the City book. Other clients include Orbitz, Air America Radio, hotels like The Mercer and Maritime in New York, Corcoran Real Estate and Graco Children's Products. In her spare time, Siegler teaches in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts and has served on the national board of AIGA.

Terry Lee Stone, The Office of Terry Lee Stone
Terry Lee Stone is a design management consultant and writer based in Los Angeles. She has partnered with AdamsMorioka, The Designory and Margo Chase Design, among others, and has worked with clients that include BMW Designworks USA, Adobe Systems, American Express, USC and the Sundance Film Festival. A regular contributor to STEP inside design, Stone served on the magazine’s editorial advisory board. She has also written for Dynamic Graphics and Voice: AIGA Journal of Design, and, with AdamsMorioka, co-authored Logo Design Workbook and Color Design Workbook. Stone has served on the AIGA boards in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Miami, where she also served as the chapter’s president, and has spearheaded several AIGA initiatives including AIGA’s Disaster Relief Task Force and AIGA LA’s “Shop Talk” business series. She teaches the business of design at CalArts, Art Center College of Design and Otis College of Art and Design.

Barbara Sudick, California State University, Chico
Barbara Sudick is associate professor in the Department of Communication Design at California State University, Chico. She was the 2008–09 Distinguished Nierenberg Chair in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. As a member of the national steering committee for AIGA’s Design Educators Community (DEC), she led an initiative to develop AIGA’s Standards of Teaching, a “best practices” guide for design educators. Sudick holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. Her current research investigates ways to embed responsible social, economic and environmental sustainability in the teaching of design.

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Scott Thomas, SimpleScott and The Post Family
Scott Thomas (or SimpleScott) is constantly seeking the simplest answer to complex problems. His design pursuits began by studying architecture before bouncing to graphic design and web development. He started practicing design in London's Shoreditch, before moving to Chicago where he started focusing on user experience design informed through immersive user research. From products to websites, Thomas works to simplify the experience of use. In 2006, he and five others began the design collective, The Post Family. The group is devoted to supporting each other's design habits, from silk screen to letterpress, from illustration to blogging, in an effort to “get back to the hand.” In 2007, his career took a dramatic leap when Thomas was invited to join the new media team at Obama for America. The chance encounter led Scott to becoming the design director of the historic Obama presidential campaign.

Cameron Tonkinwise, Parsons the New School for Design
Cameron Tonkinwise is chair of Business Design and Sustainability in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons the New School for Design. He is also co-chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School. Before coming to New York in 2008, Cameron was director of design studies at the University of Technology, Sydney and executive officer of Change Design, formerly known as the EcoDesign Foundation, an independent sustainable design think tank. Tonkinwise’s PhD concerned the teaching strategies of the philosopher Martin Heidegger and he continues to explore what design can learn from philosophy and philosophy from design. Tonkinwise’s current research concerns reducing societal materials intensity through designs that afford more sustainable living habits and service systems that enable shared product use.

Robin Tooms, Savage
Robin Tooms has been a member of the Savage team for more than 11 years. As brand strategist, Tooms works closely with clients to develop brand positioning, core messaging, marketing strategies and brand identities, and as managing director, she is responsible for keeping internal operations running smoothly. Tooms received her MBA from the Rice University Jesse H. Jones School of Management and an honors degree in graphic communications from the University of Houston.

Jakob Trollbäck, Trollbäck + Company
Jakob Trollbäck is a self-taught designer from Stockholm, Sweden. Before founding the agency Trollbäck + Company, he spent seven years at R/GA in New York, beginning as a graphic designer and ultimately assuming the role of creative director. In the decade since it was established, Trollbäck + Company has become the vanguard of branding and motion design. Past and present clients include HBO, CBS, ESPN, Nike, TED, AIGA and The New York Times Magazine.

Dori Tunstall, PhD
Elizabeth “Dori” Tunstall, PhD, is an associate professor of design anthropology and associate dean of learning and teaching at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. She is a leader in design anthropology, an emerging field that seeks to understand how the processes and artifacts of design help define what it means to be human. Tunstall is passionate about civically engaged design that creates politically informed and enfranchised people. Her projects on design and “governmentality” have included working with AIGA Design for Democracy on the experiences of voting and emergency evacuation, and independent projects on public healthcare and IRS design management. She is the organizer of the U.S. National Design Policy Summit and Initiative. Previously, Tunstall worked at Sapient Corporation and then Arc Worldwide as a senior experience planner. She spent many years bringing ethnographic insight to strategic design planning and implementation. Her roster of clients has included the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, Northern Trust Bank, Sears, Whirlpool, Fujisawa, Unilever, Allstate Financial and Nokia. Tunstall holds a PhD and MA in anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

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Erik van der Wilden, nailgun*
Erik van der Wilden began editing and animating after a successful decade-long career in front of the camera. In 1996 he began his own company, Vandyink in New York City. He became the director of editorial and animation for The Diecks Group in 1999. His work has garnered a number of awards, most notably the Type Directors Club, PROMAX/BDA and the New York Festivals. In 2003 he co-founded nailgun* with Michael Waldron. A gifted and experienced public speaker, Erik has been a featured presenter at major industry trade shows such as NAB and SIGGRAPH.

Khoi Vinh, NYTimes.com
Khoi Vinh is the design director for NYTimes.com, where he leads the in-house design team in user experience innovation. He is also the author of the popular design weblog Subtraction.com, where he writes extensively on design, technology and user experience matters of all kinds. Previously, Vinh was the co-founder of the award-winning New York design studio Behavior, LLC. He studied communication design at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and practiced branding and graphic design in print for several years in Washington, D.C., before moving to New York.

Kirk von Rohr, Kirk von Rohr Design
A designer and art director working in San Francisco, Kirk von Rohr has been collaborating with top thinkers Saul Griffith and Jim McBride to help make the energy problem easier to understand. They launched WattzOn.com, a personal energy calculator, to help the world understand the energy needed to support your current lifestyle. WattzOn was named Best Idea 2008 by BusinessWeek. Coming from an editorial background, von Rohr was founding art director of Make magazine which was included in the Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006.

Petrula Vrontikis, Vrontikis Design Office
Petrula Vrontikis has been a leading voice in graphic design and design education communities for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in over 100 books and publications, and is part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. She lectures at conferences, universities and to professional organizations worldwide about her work with Vrontikis Design Office (35k.com), graphic design education, and on the subject of inspiration. She has taught the senior graphic design studies course at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena since 1989. In 2007 Petrula received an AIGA Los Angeles Fellows Award honoring her as an essential voice raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities of Los Angeles.

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Michael Waldron, nailgun*
Michael Waldron began his career as the art director at NewsChannel6 in Richmond, Virginia. In 1999 he joined The Diecks Group as creative director. His professional honors include awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys), the Type Directors Club, PROMAX/BDA, the New York Festivals, Graphic Design USA and I.D. magazine. He co-founded nailgun* with Erik van der Wilden in 2003. While serving as the nailgun* creative director, he also makes time to teach graduate students at Parson’s School of Design and also fosters young design talent through AIGA New York's Mentoring Program.

Alissa Walker, Gelatobaby
Alissa Walker is a freelance writer who can most often be found in Los Angeles. She writes about design, architecture, culture and travel for publications such as I.D., Print, GOOD, Dwell, Fast Company, ReadyMade, Sunset, Eye, Design Observer, Core77, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, and is the associate producer for the public radio show “DnA: Design and Architecture,” hosted by Frances Anderton. Later this year, Chronicle Books will publish City Walks Architecture: New York City, a walking guide to the city’s notable architecture, which Walker researched, wrote and photographed over the course of a sticky New York summer. Walker is a frequent collaborator with GOOD, most recently on the project GOOD Design: LA, where local designers present solutions to the city’s problems. She lives in a royal blue house, where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, writes infrequently on her blog, Gelatobaby, and relishes life in L.A. without a car.

Ann Willoughby, Willoughby Design
Willoughby Design is behind some of the most progressive and visible initiatives that drive change. Ann Willoughby and her staff of 14 have designed cause-related identities and communication programs for Hallmark Cards, Lee Jeans, United Nations, and rapid transits systems in Kansas City and Aspen. She is currently working on a new identity and environment for Kauffman Labs, a business incubator for entrepreneurs. Kauffman Foundation is launching this ambitious Lab to accelerate global business innovation that supports human welfare. Willoughby is an AIGA Fellow and former national board member of AIGA. She is a writer and frequent national speaker. Her firm is published internationally. 

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Zhen Xie, University of Illinois at Chicago
Zhen Xie is an Industrial Design MFA candidate of University of Illinois at Chicago. In her first year of study, she worked with the UIC innovation center, in cooperation with Motorola, on two projects researching haptic prototyping and sensory technologies. In the fall, she will teach an introductory class to industrial design at UIC. Born and raised in Guangzhou, a major hub trade and manufacturing in China, Xie has always considered the role of design in development of the country—more specifically, what is Chinese design and what should it look like? In her undergraduate study in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, she was chosen to be an exchange student at the University of Arts and Design in Linz, Austria, where she examined the same question. Now in Chicago, she continues to explore the future of design and branding China.

Doyald Young
Doyald Young is a graphic designer, typographer, type designer, educator, lecturer and author. For five decades Young has specialized in the design of logotypes, corporate alphabets and typefaces, and has written and published a number of books, including Logotypes & Letterforms, Fonts & Logos, The Art of the Letter and Dangerous Curves. Young currently teaches lettering and logo design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he has taught off and on since 1955. In 2001, Art Center named him Inaugural Master of the School for his contributions to the field of art and design. Young was also named as an AIGA Los Angeles Fellow in 2006 and has been awarded a 2009 AIGA Medal.

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