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AIGA Design Conference   October 13-16, Phoenix, Arizona

Speaker bios

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Rachel Abrams, Turnstone Consulting

For five years, Turnstone has helped clients spot opportunities for tech-related enterprise, re-skilling their staff and fine-tuning their communications. Abrams has led projects for clients including American Express, the New York Times, Control Group, UK Design Council, Design Trust for Public Space, Karsan Automotive, Ludic Group, the Queens Museum of Art and others. Previously, Abrams was an information architect at IBM and a user experience strategist at interdisciplinary brand consultancy Imagination. Her writing about design and business has been published in more than 20 international publications over 10 years, including on and Urban Omnibus and in Wired, the Economist, GOOD and Eye Magazine. She is coeditor of Taxi07: Roads Forward, the Design Trust’s strategy report for the City of New York. She is on the faculty of the Interaction Design MFA program at the School of Visual Art, New York. She has presented at AIGA New York, IDEA, SxSW and the Usability Professionals’ Association, as well as at Carnegie Mellon University, East Harlem School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Instituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona, the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and NYU Stern School of Business. Abrams is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art.

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. AdamsMorioka has been exhibited often, including a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art. Adams has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally in the “I.D. 40.” He is a fellow of the International Design Conference at Aspen and was named as an AIGA Fellow in 2006. Adams is past president and fomer national board member of AIGA, as well as the past president ex officio of AIGA Los Angeles. 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, Color Workbook and the series Masters of Design. AdamsMorioka’s clients include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Adobe, Gap, Frank Gehry Partners, Nickelodeon, Sundance, Target, USC and The Walt Disney Company.

 Justin Ahrens, Rule29

Justin Ahrens is principal and creative director at Rule29. His passion for design is rooted in his creative firm’s commitment to “making creative matter.” For more than 10 years, Ahrens has led Rule29 in its commitment to both great design and helping others think differently about the world around them. Through a collaborative approach in both strategy and design, Rule29’s culture is just as important as its work. This is particularly evident by the company’s involvement in numerous social causes, including their substantial work in Africa. Ahrens has also been a consistent voice for the design community as it relates to balancing life, design and business. His obsession for design is only overshadowed by his passion for being home with his wife, Sarah, and their four amazing kids (who think Dad’s job is listening to music, drawing pictures and playing on the computer). Ahrens’ book, Life Kerning, comes out in fall 2011.

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, visual artist 

Born in Baghdad in 1960, Sadik Alfraji studied at the Institute of Fine Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Iraq. In 2000, he earned a high diploma in graphic design from the CHK Constantijn Huygens in the Netherlands, where he is now based. Having participated in countless exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States since the 1980s, his work is housed in the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art in Iraq, the National Gallery of Fine Arts, the Shoman Foundation in Jordan, the Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia and the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum in Romania. Recently, he was commissioned to produce new work for “Told/Untold/Retold,” one of the inaugural exhibitions of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar. His pursuit of art as a profession began in the 1980s in Baghdad. Much of his work explores the expressionistic intensity of the graphic, and focuses on the ideas and concepts of human existence. A visual artist, print maker and designer, Alfraji has often blended art and philosophy as a means of expanding the formulistic and conceptual boundaries of his aesthetic. His haunting mixed media compositions explore a variety of themes, including everything from the universal human condition to experiences of exile and fragmentation.

Kurt Andersen, Studio 360

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 cofounded Spy magazine and, 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 and design 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 named him one of “The 25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media.” Andersen is a member of the board of trustees at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Pratt Institute, was Visionary in Residence at Art Center College of Design in 2009, and has contributed to many books on design, including Spectacle by David Rockwell and Bruce Mau.

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Ryan Armbruster, UnitedHealth Group

Ryan Armbruster is a passionate advocate for user-centered innovation. In his role as creator and director of Mayo Clinic’s SPARC design lab, a groundbreaking center for innovation in healthcare services, to his current position as VP of innovation at UnitedHealth Group, Armbruster has shown that it takes courage, care and compassion to improve the discipline and structure around the way companies innovate their services. Currently, Armbruster spends his days increasing UnitedHealth Group’s ability to innovate and deliver meaningful experiences to its members and customers. Armbruster’s pioneering experiences in service design and innovation have provided him with deep insights on how to build new organizational competencies that deliver value, and he is a talented adviser, speaker and educator on this topic. This includes working with national organizations, speaking at prominent national forums and developing and teaching graduate-level courses and workshops.

Hilary Ashworth, Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD)

Hilary Ashworth has worked in design associations for the past 15 years. She is currently executive director of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD). While she has been at RGD, the staff has grown from two part-time employees to a staff of seven full-timers, and its annual DesignThinkers conference has become Canada’s largest annual event for the graphic design community, with more than 1,300 in attendance in 2010. Ashworth is also executive director of the Examination Board for Registered Graphic Designers, the organization that administers the process by which registered graphic designers are certified.

David C. Baker, ReCourses, Inc.

David C. Baker is the author of Managing (Right) for the First Time and a leading management consultant for the creative services field. Through ReCourses, 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.

Julie Beeler, Second Story

Julie Beeler is cofounder and studio director of Second Story, a distinguished creator of informative and entertaining interactive experiences, including media-rich storytelling presentations and interpretive installations. With a background in visual design, art history and the liberal arts, she leads the studio in shaping unique, innovative, interactive experiences that pique curiosity, spur discovery and inspire audiences. Beeler has defined and sustained an approach to interactive media design that focuses on reaching diverse audiences while pushing the limits of technological innovation. From concept through completion, she interacts with various industry disciplines, guiding the studio to realize holistic approaches to successful projects. Since 1994, Second Story has been recognized as a leader in both online and on-site interactive media design. Beeler has collaborated with many of the world's outstanding cultural institutions, such as the Smithsonian, Library of Congress and National Geographic, to create compelling projects that have been featured in the popular press and in dozens of books. The studio's pioneering work blending interactive art, entertainment and education has garnered many of the industry's top interactive design awards, including recognition in the National Design Awards. Beeler is a frequent speaker at various conferences and schools across the country on topics ranging from interactive design methodologies to usability and the marriage of rich content and technology.

Michael Bierut, Pentagram

Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram. His clients have included the New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harley-Davidson, The Minnesota Children’s Museum, The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, the New York Jets, Princeton University, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Morgan Library and Museum. Bierut has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Montreal. He has served as president of the New York chapter of AIGA and is president emeritus of the AIGA national board. He also serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and New Yorkers for Parks. Bierut was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989, to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003 and was awarded the profession’s highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in 2006. In 2008, he was named winner in the Design Mind category of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. Bierut is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art, and a senior faculty fellow at the Yale School of Management. He is the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design published by Allworth Press. In 2002, Bierut cofounded Design Observer, a blog of design and cultural criticism: today, the site is the largest design publication in the world with over a million site visits a month. His book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press.

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John Bielenberg, Project M

What John Bielenberg does best is help companies and their people, find the courage and the sense of humor to consider whole new, wrong ways of bringing their stories, ideas and innovations out into the world. Bielenberg feels so strongly about the value of thinking wrong that he created a program called Project M that is designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers and filmmakers by proving that their work—especially their wrongest thinking—can have a positive and significant impact on the world. Project M has developed projects to help a conservation area in Costa Rica, micro-financing in Ghana, New Orleans after Katrina, the community of East Baltimore, connecting households to fresh water in Hale County Alabama and addressing the the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Alabama. Most recently, Bielenberg has partnered with Alex Bogusky and Rob Schuham to form COMMON, a new brand of capitalism that replaces competitive advantage with collaborative advantage. Bielenberg, Bogusky and Schuham believe that benefiting people, communities, society, the environment and future generations is the new advantage in business. In his career, Bielenberg has won more than 250 design awards, was nominated for two National Design Awards from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, served on the AIGA national board of directors, and teaches at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired six of his projects and staged a solo exhibition in 2000. In addition, Bielenberg was awarded the Skandalaris Award for Design Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 and was granted an honorary doctorate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011.

Julian Bleecker, Advanced Design studio, Nokia Design and Near Future Laboratory

Julian Bleecker is a designer, technologist and researcher at the Advanced Design studio, Nokia Design in Los Angeles and the Near Future Laboratory. He investigates emerging social practices and networked interaction rituals. His focus is on hands-on design, physical construction, prototyping, observation, prop-making and designed science fictions as a way to raise questions, tune in weak signals, reveal hidden insights and yield innovations that lead to design that makes the world a more habitable, playful place. Bleecker has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in computer-human interaction. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his doctoral dissertation focused on science, fiction, technology and culture.

Dondeena Bradley, PhD, PepsiCo

Dondeena Bradley is vice president for nutrition ventures. She is responsible for designing and developing holistic solutions that target the special nutritional needs of consumers with diverse health issues, like obesity and diabetes. Bradley’s prior role in PepsiCo was leading the Nutrition Organization, which was responsible for delivering global strategies in the areas of nutrition standards, nutrient fortification and education programs. These three areas help to increase the nutrition capability of global research and development and bolster PepsiCo’s Human Sustainability Performance with Purpose agenda. Prior to joining PepsiCo in 2007, she led the strategic marketing team accountable for the development of nutrition technology platforms and company-wide strategic planning for McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Previously, she held numerous positions in the areas of nutrition and health with M&M Mars, Stepan Chemical and Campbell Soup. Bradley received her Doctor of Philosophy in food science from The Ohio State University and her Master of Science in nutrition from Purdue University. She lives in New York City and is currently involved in several external organizations focused on her passion in the area of innovation. 

Laurence Bricker, Popular Front

A proven interactive industry veteran and digital pioneer, Laurence Bricker is one of the nation’s most highly regarded and sought after interactive strategists and experience designers. His award-winning work in film, interactive and experience design has helped set the standard for how marketers see and engage today’s consumer audience. In 1989, Brocker cofounded Popular Front, an interactive agency focused on providing vision, strategy and execution leadership to brands and companies interested in reaching their audience using the digital space. For the past 22 years, he has led the agency’s creative vision and execution, delivering scores of solutions for some of America’s most well known brands. Through Popular Front, Brocker has been dedicated the understanding of experience design, engagement media and digital story telling and the role it plays in our media landscape. Today this includes the pursuit of new ventures aimed at reaching audiences in new ways including digital product design, social gaming and social platforms.

Gaby Brink, Tomorrow

Gaby Brink is the founder and executive creative director of Tomorrow, a creative agency that partners with clients to build the future of theirs brands and innovations. Brink leads a team of diverse talents to transcend tidy disciplines and create communication programs that turn heads and grab hearts everywhere that brands live. She works with a wide spectrum of top global marketers and emerging companies. And because she believes that design plays an important role in building a brighter future, she fervently applies her creative firepower to nurture environmental and social causes and help organizations with sustainability at their core to thrive. Brink is the driving force behind the development of The Living Principles for Design, the first integrated sustainability framework for the creative industry. Her three-year tenure as lead producer of AIGA's interdisciplinary design conference, Compostmodern, was instrumental in turning that event into the preeminent destination for sustainability programming for designers of all stripes. Brink's work has been celebrated globally and was most recently highlighted in the book Masters of Design: A Collection of the Most Inspiring Corporate Communications Designers in the World.

Kevin Brooks, Motorola Mobility

Kevin Brooks is a user experience product manager for Motorola Mobility and a professional oral storyteller. At Motorola, Brooks researches and coordinates the development of new user experiences for the home electronics division, using stories as a vital element of his work. As a writer and performing oral storyteller, Brooks tells personal tales from his urban childhood, through to his present day parenthood and journeys through life. Brooks received his PhD from the MIT Media Lab, researching computational narrative and interactive cinema. Brooks has also studied engineering, computer science, creative writing and film production as an undergraduate, receiving a BS in communications from Drexel University and an MA in documentary film from Stanford University. In 2006 Kevin published a CD of his stories entitled Kiss of Summer and in 2010 he published a book with Whitney Quesenbery entitled Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design for Rosenfeld Media.

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Maggie Breslin, Mayo Clinic

Maggie Breslin serves as a senior designer/researcher in the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic, a role she pioneered when she joined in 2005. She leads research, design and development efforts around topics as diverse as patient decision-making, risk communication, integrated practice models, remote care and caregiving. She believes strongly that good conversation is a critically important but mostly ignored component of our healthcare system and champions this idea whenever she can. She has logged many hours observing and talking to patients and clinicians and counts those opportunities as among her most treasured. She has published in journals ranging from Design Issues to Archives of Internal Medicine and had a previous life in film/television/animation/motion graphics. Breslin holds a Masters of Design (MDes) from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Mass Communications, Film and Television, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Robert Brunner, Ammunition

Robert Brunner’s career as an industrial designer is deeply tied with the evolution of the high technology industry itself. The son of a development pioneer of the first hard disk drives built at IBM, the San Jose native pursued a lifelong fascination for high tech products as a designer after graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University in 1981. He founded Lunar Design in 1984 and subsequently went on to become director of industrial design at Apple Computer in 1989, where he established the internal design group and provided design and direction for notable product lines such as the Macintosh, the original PowerBook and Newton. In 1996, he became partner in the San Francisco office of Pentagram, working with numerous companies including Dell, Amazon, Nike and Hewlett Packard on strategic brand consulting and industrial design programs. In 2006, alongside his tenure as a Pentagram partner, Brunner launched Fuego, a new concept in outdoor grilling, in partnership with Alex Siow, founder of Zephyr Ventilation. In 2007, working with Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip hop icon Dr. Dre, Brunner helped launch the Beats by Dr. Dre brand of headphones and created the Beats Studio line. Brunner left Pentagram in 2007 to found Ammunition, a product design, brand and interactive development consultancy based in San Francisco. Ammunition’s current clients include Barnes and Noble, Polaroid, Kohler, Williams Sonoma and Adobe. Brunner’s work has been widely published in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His product designs have won many prestigious awards including IDEA. His work is also included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern Art San Francisco. Brunner has also taught advanced product design at Stanford University.

Sarah Burnham, AIGA China

Sarah Burnham has experience working in the U.S. and China, facilitating international projects. She currently manages AIGA China’s diverse array of programs including Design Encounter USA, Face-to-Face, the AIGA China Design Events Series, as well as other education, exhibition and competition initiatives. In this role, she works to utilize AIGA’s resources to serve the design community within China, and promote interaction between designers in China and the U.S. She is the primary point of contact for anyone looking to participate in or contribute to an upcoming program. After graduating from the University of Rochester and working in the US on local history exhibitions, Burnham moved to China to do research at Tsinghua University as a Fulbright Fellow. Since coming to Beijing, her main pursuit has been to explore her environment from multiple angles—looking at Chinese culture from urban and rural, food and travel, and modern and historical perspectives.

Akiko Busch, School of Visual Arts

Akiko Busch writes about design, culture and the natural world for a variety of publications. She is the author of Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live; The Uncommon Life of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday; and most recently, Nine Ways to Cross a River. In fall 2010, Sterling Books published her essay, Patience: Taking Time in an Age of Acceleration. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for 20 years, and her work has appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers and exhibition catalogues. She held the Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair for the Visual Arts at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford and has also taught at Bennington College and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her essays have aired on public radio in the U.S. and Canada and currently she is on the faculty of the Design Criticism graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been recognized by grants from the Furthermore Foundation and NYFA, and she was recently appointed as the first-ever writer-in-residence at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, whose mission is to foster a better understanding of the importance of ecosystems. The Incidental Steward, her essays about land use and stewardship, will be published by Yale University Press in 2013.

Bob Calvano, Merck

Bob Calvano has been providing thought leadership and design solutions for more than 20 years. With a mind that never stops thinking about the creative process, he is always open to exploring new mediums and possibilities, which has recently led him to providing environmental design solutions around the world. Calvano is currently the director of Merck’s full service in-house agency and provides creative leadership and business solutions on a global scale. The award winning team’s portfolio of services includes print, interactive, presentation and environmental design, as well as video production, photography, illustration, webcasting, web development and finger painting if necessary. Prior to joining Merck, Calvano was an interaction design director at R/GA, and held various positions such as UX design director at Oxygen Media. In these roles he fine-tuned his talent for creating intuitive and elegant interfaces. He worked with diverse teams creating consumer-based software, interactive experiences, websites, print and television content. The rock star wanna-be has won numerous awards for his work in advertising and design and has been published in periodicals such as Advertising Age and Graphic Design USA. Calvano holds a BA in fine art, completed an executive education program for creative leaders at Harvard Business School and has lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Stuart Candy, PhD, Arup

Dr. Stuart Candy is a consulting futurist and a pioneer in experiential futures—interactions designed to evoke a sense of what various future scenarios might feel like to inhabit—which he has developed in consulting, education, art and activism settings. Candy is senior foresight and innovation specialist at the global engineering and design firm ARUP, adjunct professor in the design MBA at California College of the Arts, and the first Research Fellow of The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco. He has spoken on foresight and design at venues including SXSW Interactive, New York University, UC Berkeley, and the Royal College of Art, London.

Charlie Cannon, LOCAL Studios and Rhode Island School of Design

Charlie Cannon cofounded the Innovation Studio at RISD to explore solutions to most pressing problems of our day through interdisciplinary collaboration, social entrepreneurship and design research. The Innovation Studio is a springboard for new research. Current projects include RISD’s participation in a five year National Science Foundation grant awarded to the State of Rhode Island to identify, visualize and communicate the impact of climate change on marine life; and “Waste for Life,” a program in which RISD is developing salable products from plastic shopping bags for informal recycling collectives in Buenos Aires. Others include a long-term collaboration with Earth University in Costa Rica to further sustainable agriculture in the world’s tropics and “Alabama Innovation Engine,” a project to direct national design talent to community development projects in Alabama, which was conceived at the 2009 Aspen Design Summit with Winterhouse and AIGA.

Valerie Casey, Designers Accord

Valerie Casey is a globally recognized designer and innovator. She works with organizations on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming organizational processes and behaviors. Before starting her own practice, Necessary Projects, in San Francisco, she held leadership positions at IDEO, frog, and Pentagram. Casey is the founder of the Designers Accord, the global coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders working together to create positive sustainable impact. Casey was named a “Guru” of the year by Fortune magazine, a “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, a “Master of Design” by Fast Company and one of the “World’s Most Influential Designers” by BusinessWeek. The World Economic Forum has honored Casey as a “Young Global Leader.”

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Frank Chimero, designer 

Frank Chimero is a graphic designer and illustrator. He makes pictures about words and words about pictures. His fascination with the creative process, curiosity and visual experience informs all of his work. Each piece is part of an exploration in finding wit, surprise and joy in the world around us, then trying to document all those things with deliberate speed. His clients include the New York Times, Nike, Wired, Microsoft, Bloomberg Businessweek, Newsweek, the Atlantic, Starbucks, GOOD magazine, and others. He has been featured by Print magazine, the Art Directors Club of New York, Vanity Fair, Monocle and the Society of Illustrators. Chimero’s work has appeared on both The Colbert Report and The Suite Life with Zach and Cody, spanning the full quality-spectrum of television. 

Allan Chochinov, Core77

Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Chochinov lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, NYU, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, RIT, Emily Carr and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. magazine, Communication Arts and The One Club.

Emily Ruth Cohen, consultant to creative professionals

Emily Ruth Cohen has consulted with design firms and in-house corporate creative departments for more than 20 years. During this time, she has provided confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client and process-management strategies, conducting client surveys and writing winning proposals, creative briefs, RFPs and contracts. She helps creative teams improve operational effectiveness and helps companies build efficient teams and processes. She served on the board of advisors of InSource, on the AIGA in-house task force and as secretary for the AIGA/NY board of directors. Cohen has also taught classes and conducted seminars for many leading design schools and organizations. Cohen is a frequently requested speaker on business-related issues for the creative industry and has spoken at the RGD, HOW, MYOB and InHOWse conferences, as well as at numerous AIGA events.

Denise Gonzales Crisp, North Carolina State University and SuperStove!

Bi-located in Los Angeles, California, and Raleigh, North Carolina, Denise Gonzales Crisp is a professor of graphic design at North Carolina State University and designer of the occasional studio SuperStove!. Her design and writing have appeared in many international publishing venues, including Emigré, Items (Netherlands), Form (Denmark), Design and Culture Journal, Design Observer and Eye Magazine; in anthologies such as All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers and Design Research: Methods and Perspectives and in exhibitions, including “Dimension+Typography” and “East Coast/West Coast: Graphics in the United States.” She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Moira Cullen, The Hershey Company

Moira Cullen is responsible for global design at The Hershey Company setting global design standards, building a global design function and strengthening Hershey's internal design culture and external reputation. A design strategist, writer and educator, she has built a career directing creative business solutions that honor the essence and heritage of organizations, institutions and brands. Most recently, she was design director, North America, group director strategic design at the Coca-Cola Company where she led development of North America's influential redesign of the Coca-Cola visual identity that garnered numerous awards including the premiere Design Grand Prix and Golden Lion for packaging at Cannes in 2008. She built and led the corporate design group at Hallmark Cards, Inc., leveraging design as a corporate asset; was department chairwoman of Communication Arts at Otis College of Art and Design; creative director for one of Japan's leading fashion specialty retailers; design manager at Pentagram; marketing director at The Pushpin Group and national program director for AIGA. Her essays and criticism have been published in leading design publications and anthologies. She was past president of AIGA's Los Angeles and Kansas City Chapters and AIGA's Center for Brand Experience, served on AIGA's national board of directors, and is an AIGA Fellow.

William Culpepper, Ferris State University

William Culpepper is a graphic designer, educator and artist who is currently an assistant professor of graphic design at Ferris State University. He teaches at the junior and senior levels in the graphic design program, which is uniquely located in the College of Business. He is also the coordinator of the studio-based Design Project Center in the graphic design program at Ferris State University. Culpepper received a BFA in studio art from Montana State University. He completed his MFA at the Academy of Art University where he graduated magna cum laude. Prior to arriving at Ferris State University, Culpepper taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern Arizona University and the Academy of Art University. His artistic work encompasses a variety of mixed media and visual messaging through typography. His work is interactive and customized to reflect locations, situations, conversations and observations from his environment and has been exhibited locally and nationally. William has traveled extensively throughout the United States and several countries in Europe in efforts to enrich his teaching and artistic appetite.


David Hillman Curtis is a filmmaker, designer and author. His film work includes Ride, Rise, Roar, a feature length documentary on David Byrne which premiered at SXSW 2009, as well as several national commercials for Ogilvy/IBM, online commercial work for Rolling Stone, Adobe, Sprint, Blackberry and BMW, and the popular documentary series Artist Series. He has also produced nine short narrative films, including Bridge, which was selected as one of only seven shorts for the GenArts 2009 festival in New York; Embrace and Spinal Tap each won “Best Dramatic Short” Webby Awards. As a web designer Curtis has designed sites for Yahoo, Adobe, Aquent, AIGA, Paramount and Fox Searchlight Pictures among others. His three books on design and film have sold close to 150,000 copies and have been translated into 14 languages. Curtis' work has been featured in numerous design publications worldwide. He has also lectured extensively on design and film related subjects throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design award in 2009. He generally goes by his middle name, Hillman.

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Jennifer Daniel, Bloomberg Businessweek

Jennifer Daniel is an internationally recognized art director, illustrator, and designer based in New York. She has art directed for the New York Times, GOOD magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek, where she currently works as the Graphics Director. Daniel has been published in many fancy publications and featured in most major design and illustration annuals, including the Art Director’s Club, American Illustration, the Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Print magazine’s New Visual Artists and the Society of Publication Designers.

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 cofounded (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, a user experience consultant for Happy Cog, a member of the editorial board for Rosenfeld Media and a 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 & and Razorfish New York.

Drew Davies, Oxide Design Co.

Drew Davies is the founder and design director of Oxide Design Co., a communications and information design firm established in 2001. A past president and advisory board member of the AIGA Nebraska chapter, Davies now serves as the design director for AIGA’s Design for Democracy program. DFD is currently involved in implementing nationwide ballot design standards for all elections. Davies’s work has been awarded by every major national design competition, including One Show Design, the CLIO Awards, HOW, Print, AIGA:365 and Communication Arts. He also judged the Communication Arts Design Annual, an honor bestowed on only nine national designers each year. He is the only Nebraskan who has ever been selected as a judge in the 51 years of the competition. Davies believes that the most effective method of creating positive change in the world is to clearly communicate the ideas that can make a difference: Clarity creates efficacy.

Meredith Davis, North Carolina State University

Meredith Davis taught for 13 years at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been at NC State since 1989. She served 10 years as chair of the department of graphic design and four years as head of the interdisciplinary PhD in design program. She currently supervises doctoral students; teaches graduate courses in design and cognition, design education, and design studio; and teaches undergraduate courses in typography, design theory and design studio. Davis's research explores the use of design in achieving the goals of educational reform in K–12 schools and the relationship between design and cognition. She currently serves on the education advisory committee for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and teaches in the museum’s programs. She is a frequent contributor to journals on design and design education, including Arts Education Policy Review, Interactions and the International Journal of Design. Widely recognized for her work as a design educator and advocate for the design profession, Davis is an AIGA Fellow and the recipient of the 2005 AIGA Medal. She has received numerous teaching awards for graduate education, including four university awards as Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and nominee for the Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. Davis is the recipient of more than 50 national and international design awards and her work has appeared in Graphis, I.D. magazine, Print, Graphic Design USA, Creativity, Typography and other professional publications.

Andrew DeVigal, New York Times

Andrew DeVigal is an innovative leader in digital journalism. As the multimedia editor at the New York Times, he has pioneered efforts to redefine multimedia journalism and pushed the medium in telling and explaining stories by working collaboratively across the newsroom and recruiting top talent from a wide range of industries, from interactive programmers to radio broadcast journalists and leading award-winning editorial projects.

Sarah Drummond, Snook

Sarah Drummond focuses on making social change happen by rethinking public services from a human perspective. In 2010, Drummond was sponsored by Skills Development Scotland to work alongside their service design and innovation directorate to implement the design process in their organization. She is continuing this work with Lauren Currie with whom she founded Snook, a social innovation outfit using service design to transform service delivery in Scotland. Drummond thrives on leading processes of change and putting design thinking at the heart of organizations. As the winner of the first Scottish Social Innovation Camp, her work challenges the role of design within the public sector. Drummond is ambitiously challenging the way governments operate and make policies through initiatives such as MyPolice, an online feedback tool for police in the UK. Prior to Snook, Drummond won £20,000 for a community in Glasgow with Get Go, a co-produced social enterprise project that supports and empowers communities to generate solutions aimed at improving community interaction and lowering crime. Drummond teaches the importance of service design and innovation for the public good at universities all over Europe, and recently taught a group of design students from Auburn University how to rapidly and efficiently prototype public services for young people.

Hugh Dubberly, Dubberly Design Office

Hugh Dubberly is a partner in Dubberly Design Office (DDO), a San Francisco-based consultancy that focuses on making hardware, software and services easier to use, more effective and more fun, through interaction design and information design. At Apple Computer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dubberly managed cross-functional design teams and later managed graphic design and corporate identity for the entire company. While at Apple, he co-created a series of technology-forecast films beginning with Knowledge Navigator that presaged the appearance of the internet and interaction via mobile devices. At Netscape, he became vice president of design and managed groups responsible for the design, engineering and production of Netscape’s web portal. In 2000, he cofounded DDO. Dubberly also served at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as the founding chair of the Computer Graphics Department. He has taught courses in the Graphic Design Department at California State University, San Jose, the Design Department at Carnegie-Mellon University, the Institute of Design at IIT, and the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He edits a column “On Modeling” for Association of Computing Machinery’s journal, Interactions.

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Andy Epstein, InSource

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 cofounder of InSource, an association dedicated to providing support to in-house designers and design team managers. As head of the AIGA task force on in-house design, he is continuing his efforts to empower in-house teams and raise their stature in the design and business communities. His book, The Corporate Creative: Tips and Tactics for Thriving as an In-House Designer, was published by F&W Publications in April 2010.

Matthew Ericson, New York Times

Matthew Ericson is the deputy graphics director at the New York Times, where he helps oversee a department of journalists, artists, cartographers and programmers who produce the interactive information graphics for, as well as all the graphics for the print newspaper. He joined the Times in March 2003 as the national graphics editor and has produced graphics on a wide variety of topics, including the 2004 and 2008 elections, the war in Iraq and dozens of breaking news stories. The department has received numerous national and international awards for its work visually helping readers understand the news, including the 2009 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Communication Design. Before coming to the Times, Ericson was a graphic artist and web site editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and he has drawn maps for a number of books, including Black Hawk Down and Where Men Win Glory.

Shelley Evenson, Facebook

With more than 25 years of experience in crafting compelling interfaces, Shelley Evenson is adept at helping organizations develop an in-depth understanding of customer needs, building experience strategies that respond to those needs, and implementing strategies across platforms and channels. She is the research manager in design and user experience for Facebook, focusing on service and social. She was a principal user experience designer and manager for Microsoft, and an associate professor at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Evenson taught courses in designing conceptual models, interaction and service design, and collaborated with colleagues from the Tepper School of Business and the Human Computer Interaction Institute to integrate business, technology and design in designing for service.

Lionel Gadoury, Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD)

Lionel Gadoury has been president of RGD for the last two years. After graduating from Ontario School of Art and Design, Gadoury started his career as an art director at Zand Advertising. Within two years, he was running his own shop. As founder and creative director of Context Creative, Gadoury sets the direction for the firm’s creative output and manages the design team, which strives to bridge the gap between traditional communications campaigns and social media. He has led teams on numerous award-winning brochures, annual reports, corporate identities, direct mail and websites.

Amy Gendler, AIGA China

Amy Gendler is founding director of AIGA China and also acts as a full-time professor at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2006, she has crafted the vision of AIGA’s presence in China, stressing the importance of building bridges between international and American designers, and advocating on behalf of designers everywhere. An award-winning designer and design educator, Gendler founded Thinking Eye Visual Communication in Hong Kong in 1996. She also worked as Art Director Asia/Pacific for Arthur Andersen. She has taught design in the United States and Asia throughout her career. Gendler graduated from Yale University with a BA in art history and an additional concentration in design. She studied at Yale’s joint program with the Basel Kunstgewerbeschule in Brisaggo Switzerland. And subsequently, she received an MFA with honors from Rhode Island School of Design. She has more than 15 years of experience in Greater China and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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Rebecca Gimenez, The Whitney Museum

Rebecca Gimenez joined the Whitney Museum in 2008 to create the museum's first department of graphic design. In addition she is a founding member of the design collective We Have Photoshop, and was a partner in W/--- Project Space, located in New York's Lower East Side, from 2008–2011. She has served as a visiting critic at Parsons the New School for Design, Tisch ITP, the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, and the Yale University School of Art. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, the AAUP, and the Type Director's Club. She holds an MFA from the Yale University School of Art.

Maria Giudice, Hot Studio

Maria Giudice is a straight-talking designer with a passion for creating thoughtful, people-centered design. She has been designing and creating and teaching other people about design for more than 20 years. In fact, the only thing she loves more is working closely with people who feel the same way. So, it made total sense for her to start up a studio like Hot. Since 1997, she has united the talented individuals at Hot Studio into a force for strategic thinking and problem solving in many media across diverse industries. She has spoken about design and the power of collaboration at conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad. Giudice is the co-author and designer of several award-winning books, including Elements of Web Design, a guide for print designers crossing over into the web, and Web Design Essentials. She holds a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was included in the book Who’s Really Who: The Most Creative Individuals in the USA. Giudice has been designated as a “TED Hero,” and an active member of the visionary TED community for over five years, leading Hot Studio in bringing two TED Prize winners’ dreams to life: World-renowned author Dave Eggers’ Once Upon a School and Architecture for Humanity’s Open Architecture Network.

Hugh Graham, The1stMovement

As director of user experience for The1stMovement, Hugh Graham focuses on connecting clients' strategic goals with opportunities to engage and interact with their target audiences. He oversees the research used to inform the design process and utilizes stories to create compelling and engaging environments, real and virtual. As a design strategist and interaction designer, Graham is an advocate for the use of people-centered research, prototyping and facilitation to help organizations develop and implement innovative ideas, with a focus on using story-centered approaches to provide interdisciplinary teams with new tools that encourage rapid, iterative design and development. Prior to joining The1stMovement, Graham was the director of user experience for Sapient Corporation and director of content strategy at iXL. Graham lives in Denver with artist/illustrator Hadley Hooper and Maddie the dog.

Roberto Greco, designer

Roberto Greco is a teacher and artist. His primary interests are informal, situational, self-directed and networked learning, and the value of art and design production in the learning process. He explores these topics through Grecolaborativo, collaborative art and unschooling with his family, and through his role as Director of the Nelson Middle Years Program at The Children's School in La Jolla, where he teaches humanities in a student-led, project-based environment.

Richard Grefé, AIGA

Richard Grefé is the CEO of AIGA, the professional association for design. He is generally involved in all of AIGA’s activities, although his major contributions are in strategy, formulating new initiatives to enhance the competitive success of designers and advocating the value of design. Grefé earned a BA from Dartmouth College, crafted books at Stinehour Press, spent several years in intelligence work in Asia, reported from the Bronx County Courthouse for AP, wrote for Time magazine on business and the economy and then earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Following a career in urban design and public policy consulting, Grefé managed the association responsible for strategic planning and legislative advocacy for public television and led a think tank on the future of public television and radio. He has been at AIGA since 1995, developing programs that reinforce the relevance of design as an extraordinary creative gift and a critical element of business strategy.

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Allan Haley, Monotype Imaging

Allan Haley is director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. He is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation for just about everything related to typeface designs. He is also responsible for editorial and educational content for the company's type libraries and websites. Prior working for Monotype Imaging, Haley was 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. Haley is ex officio chairman of the Board of the Society of Typographic Aficionados and past president of the New York Type Directors Club. He is highly regarded as an educator and is a frequently requested speaker at national design conferences. Haley is also a prolific writer, with five books on type and graphic communication and hundreds of articles for graphic design publications to his credit.

Phil Hamlett, Academy of Art University

Phil Hamlett has more than 23 years of experience in a wide variety of design and communications roles. Currently, he is ensconced as a design educator at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the largest private art and design school in the country. Hamlett's 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 creative teams, key messages, conceptual frameworks and communications vehicles best suited to address those challenges. Additionally, as the founder of Compostmodern and a co-author of The Living Principles for Design, he sets the agenda for sustainable business practices within the design community at large.

Dawn Hancock, Firebelly Design

As managing director and founder of Firebelly Design, Dawn Hancock cultivates the studio’s culture and inspires the best work with vision, compassion and an infallible gut instinct. It’s that gut feeling—the fire in the belly—that motivates Hancock to challenge the status quo. And it’s ultimately what caused her to renounce the safety net of corporate America and start her studio in 1999 and create “Good Design For Good Reason.” From fledgling nonprofits and hungry start-ups to major corporations looking for complete brand overhauls, clients of every size and industry trust Hancock’s independence, ingenuity and proven approach to authentic, broad scope branding. The studio has won awards in nearly every American design journal and was made part of the Newberry Library’s permanent collection and the Society of Typographic Arts’ Chicago Design Archive. Hancock serves as the community outreach chair for AIGA Chicago and also spends time on the lecture circuit, speaking at design schools and conferences as far away as Doha, Qatar. In addition to inspiring others with her unconventional approach, her other endeavors include the annual Grant for Good, the Firebelly Foundation, Reason to Give and the 10-day intensive Camp Firebelly.

Jeff Heer, Stanford University

Jeffrey Heer is an assistant professor of computer science at Stanford University, where he works on human-computer interaction, visualization and social computing. His research investigates the perceptual, cognitive and social factors involved in making sense of large data collections, resulting in new interactive systems for visual analysis and communication. He also led the design of the Prefuse, Flare and Protovis visualization toolkits, in use by researchers, corporations and thousands of data enthusiasts. Heer is the recipient of the 2009 ACM CHI Best Paper Award, Faculty Awards from IBM and Intel, and was named to MIT Technology Review's 2009 TR35. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley

Karl Heiselman, Wolff Olins

Karl Heiselman is the CEO of Wolff Olins and the driving force behind the company’s ambition for clients and optimism for the world. He leads the global business by shaping its strategy for growth and encouraging excellence in its creative work. With over 20 years of branding and design experience, Heiselman has helped create game-changing work for Wolff Olins’ clients including (RED), Skype, GE, PwC, Unicef, Current TV, New York City and Mercedes-Benz. He has expanded the company’s capabilities to include product development, brand-centric innovation and creatively-led business strategy. Trained as a designer, Heiselman firmly believes in the value of creativity to drive positive business and social impact. Prior to joining Wolff Olins, Heiselman founded the San Francisco-based design studio The Farm, where his clients included Apple, American Express, FedEx, Swatch and HP. He also spent two years as the executive creative director of the Swatch Lab in both New York and Milan. During his two-year tenure there, Heiselman directed four 60-piece collections which were credited with revitalizing the Swatch brand around the world. And earlier, Heiselman was a design director at Apple where he first learned the importance of design in business. Heiselman attended the Rhode Island School of Design and studied graphic and industrial design. He is a frequent media commentator and often speaks on brands and creativity at conferences and events around the world. Recently, he spoke on design-led business strategies at the abcDesign Conference in São Paulo, Brazil, and will speak on the retail bank of the future at the upcoming Economist European Retail Banking Summit in London.

Jonathan Hoefler, Hoefler & Frere-Jones

Jonathan Hoefler is a typeface designer and an armchair type historian who specializes in the design of original typefaces. Named one of the forty most influential designers in America by I.D. magazine, Hoefler's publishing work includes award-winning original typeface designs for Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Esquire; his institutional clients range from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to the rock band They Might Be Giants. Perhaps his best known work is the Hoefler Text family of typefaces, designed for Apple Computer and now appearing everywhere as part of the Macintosh operating system. Hoefler's work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2002, The Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) presented Hoefler with its most prestigious award, the Prix Charles Peignot for outstanding contributions to type design.

Derek Howard, Disney

Derek Howard joined Walt Disney Imagineering in 2007 after graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a Bachelor of Science degree in product design. As a concept designer for the creative design and development division of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, he brainstorms and develops ideas for Disney parks around the world. Currently, he’s working on concepts for the expansion of Fantasyland for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and a new Disney park being developed for Shanghai, China. Howard was born in New Hampshire and raised in California. Prior to returning to school and before joining Disney, Howard had worked for nearly a decade as an industrial designer and illustrator.

Kristin Hughes, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University 

Kristin Hughes is an associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work focuses on design as a catalyst for community and civic engagement. Hughes designs products and processes that allow participants to shape their learning space and sustain learning over time. Through game design, Hughes creates a powerful platform for uninhibited learning. Currently, Hughes is working on Fitwits, a transdisciplinary, collaborative research project of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design and UPMC Saint Margaret Family Health Centers that addresses the problem of obesity. Prior to developing Fitwits, Hughes worked collaboratively with University of Pittsburgh Out of School Learning Environments on Click! Urban Adventure, an interactive role-playing game designed to immerse middle school girls in discipline-specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities, and Epxlanatoids, which brought science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics to the general public by placing signs and other artifacts in public spaces to encourage curiosity and understanding of science in everyday life. Hughes holds an MFA in visual communication from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University. She has also studied abroad at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and at Yale University’s workshop in Brissago, Switzerland.

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Terry Irwin, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Terry Irwin is the head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching at the university level since 1986. She has been an adjunct professor at Otis Parsons, in Los Angeles; California College of the Arts, in San Francisco; and the University of Dundee, in Scotland. She has also guest taught and lectured widely in North America and Europe. Irwin was a founding partner of the San Francisco office of the international design firm MetaDesign, where she served as creative director from 1992 to 2001. In 2003 Irwin moved to Devon, England, to earn a master's degree in holistic science at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies, and joined the faculty there in 2004. In 2007 she moved to Scotland to undertake PhD studies at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Irwin’s research explores how living systems principles can inform a more appropriate and responsible way to design. Irwin holds an MFA in design from the Allgemeine Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland.

Alex James, Dolorean

Over the last decade, Alex James has written, recorded and toured behind five full-length albums and a handful of singles as the leader of the Portland, OR band, Dolorean. In addition to his music career, he is a writer and music supervisor at Mutt, a full service ad agency also in Portland. With Dolorean he has toured much of the world, with Mutt he’s worked on campaigns for Adidas, Gap, World Bank, Mello Yello and Gerber Legendary Blades. His current favorite things (in no particular order) are his handmade Danner boots, his 1977 Toyota Chinook RV, the design work of Tibor Kalman, trailrunning, flyfishing for trout, the photography of Alec Soth, and the music of Gene Clark, Damien Jurado and Richard Buckner. He loves it when he’s able to collaborate on a project with a close friend because is when the work is the best.

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, Knopf 

 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.

Sheril Kirshenbaum, Webber Energy Group, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Texas at Austin

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers and the public. Kirshenbaum is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She writes the science column at Bloomberg View and hosts the blog, Culture of Science, focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of understanding our world with great emphasis on the conservation of biodiversity. In 2006, Kirshenbaum served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate and ocean policy. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate, an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Kirshenbaum serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She spoke at TEDGlobal 2011 and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown.

Katie Koch, Project: Interaction

Katie Koch cofounded Project: Interaction, an after school program that teaches high school students how to change their communities using design. She is a recent graduate from the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City. Outside of her work creating a framework for high school design curriculum, Koch is a user experience designer whose work focuses on the ways people build relationships and interact with each other when mediated by technology and community engagement. She holds a BFA in Visual Communications from Washington University in St. Louis and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Jon Kolko, director and founder, Austin Center for Design

Jon Kolko is the executive director of design strategy at Thinktiv, a venture accelerator in Austin, Texas. Kolko is also the founder and director of Austin Center for Design, an educational institution teaching interaction design and social entrepreneurship. He has worked extensively in the professional world of interaction design, solving the problems of Fortune 500 clients. His work has extended into the genres of consumer electronics, mobile, web, supply chain management, demand planning and customer-relationship management, and he has worked with clients such as AT&T, HP, Nielsen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford, IBM, Palm and other leaders of the Global 2000. Prior to joining Thinktiv, Kolko held positions of principal designer and associate creative director at frog design, a global innovation firm. He was also a professor of interaction and industrial design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was instrumental in shaping the interaction and industrial design undergraduate and graduate programs. Kolko has also held the role of director for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and editor-in-chief of interactions magazine, published by the ACM. Kolko is the author of the book Thoughts on Interaction Design, published by Morgan Kaufmann, and Exposing the Magic of Design: A Practitioner's Guide to the Methods and Theory of Synthesis, published by Oxford University Press.

Michael Lejeune, Metro

Michael Lejeune is dreative director for Metro Los Angeles. Metro’s 30-person creative team creates all things visual for the nation’s third largest transit agency, including brand and voice, advertising, wayfinding and environmental graphics, timetables, maps, fare media and customer information, bus and rail fleet design, websites and mobile data, and merchandising. Metro’s communications design program has received nearly 100 recognitions, including a ReBrand 100’s Global “Best Of” award and honors from the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Environmental Graphic Design, the Public Relations Society of America, the Transportation Marketing & Communications Association, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Harvard University, EMBARQ and the World Bank. Metro's work has been included in American, European and Japanese design books, and in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Communication Arts, Creative Review, Print, Fast Company, HOW, and STEP Inside Design magazines. Metro is also represented in the permanent collection of AIGA’s National Design Archives. Lejeune is a past president of AIGA's Los Angeles chapter. He has enjoyed the happy opportunity to speak at design conferences, gatherings and classes across the country.

John Lindback, Pew Center on the States

John Lindback is a senior officer for elections initiatives at the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Pew Center on the States. Prior to joining Pew in 2009, he served for 14 years in state elections administration. He served for eight years as director of elections in Oregon, which made him the chief administrator for the conduct of all elections in Oregon, the state’s campaign finance system, and Oregon’s ubiquitous and contentious initiative and referendum process. Prior to his work in Oregon, Lindback worked as chief of staff to the Lt. Governor of Alaska for six years. The job included administrative oversight of the Alaska Division of Elections. During his tenure with the Oregon Secretary of State he was elected president in 2008 of the National Association of State Elections Directors (NASED). He was also elected to serve on the executive board of the US Elections Assistance Commission’s Standards Advisory Board. In addition, he served on a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied state voter registration databases. Since 2006, Lindback has volunteered as an advisor to Design for Democracy, an organization that assists elections officials with designing voter-friendly ballots and other elections materials.

Jessi Long, Oregon Secretary of State

Jessi Long is serving as Oregon’s Election Design Fellow, under contract to the office of the Oregon Secretary of State. Working on Phase 2 of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), she is helping the state to move beyond the election design reforms developed during the tenure of previous Fellows toward increasing voter participation. Stressing the importance of clear communication, Long has delivered simple tools which make civic engagement more accessible to all Oregonians. Long formerly served on the board of the AIGA Nebraska chapter and has been known to lend a few hours to AIGA Portland. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Oregon State University and has worked in-house at OSU and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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Christine Mau, Kimberly-Clark

Christine Mau is the brand design director for family care brands at Kimberly-Clark where she proudly leads the design management team. In this role she is responsible for developing the design strategies that guide the expression of the brand across all touch points. Mau built her career by leveraging the power of strategic design against business objectives to build brands. She enjoys transforming overlooked and commoditized products like facial tissue and tampons into stylish accessories that delight the consumer and drive sales, as demonstrated with Kleenex® brand watermelon wedge packaging as well as the U by Kotex feminine care products. As a graduate of the AIGA Design Perspectives for Business Leaders program, CMG board member and SVA Masters of Professional Studies Branding Advisor, Christine enjoys working with others in her field to elevate design as a competitive advantage. She also enjoys the challenge of putting Neenah, Wisconsin on the design map!

Ann Marshall, Heard Museum

Ann Marshall, PhD, is vice president for curation and education at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. In that role, she works with the Heard’s curatorial, exhibits, education and library departments. Marshall received her MA in anthropology from the University of Arizona and a doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University. During her time at the Heard, she has worked on many of the museum’s major exhibitions that involved cultural advisors. Most recently she has worked with Navajo textile exhibits and is currently curating an exhibit of the art of Dan, Arlo and Michael Namingha. Her publications include the books Home: Native People in the Southwest and Rain: Native Expressions from the American Southwest and a history of the Heard Museum’s collections.

Mary McBride, SPC International

Mary McBride leads SPC International’s strategic leadership and stewardship practice. Her professional business experience spans several areas including marketing, strategic planning, design management, operations analysis and organizational development. As a partner at SPC International, McBride consults on innovation and leadership with major organizations worldwide. McBride is an executive coach to international business leaders in a variety of industries. Her work in organizations to develop and effectively implement strategies for planned change spans publishing and entertainment, financial services, technology, retail store development, apparel and packaging, product design and merchandising. Prior to SPC International, McBride developed innovation experience-based educational programs for public, profit and nonprofit organizations, including community service agencies, arts organizations, hospitals, schools and foundations to develop strategies for managing change and improving service delivery. McBride received her business training at NYU’s Graduate School of Business and also earned an MA and PhD from NYU specializing in marketing communications and systems analysis, with a focus on the design of organizational systems and management structures for peak performance. She was codirector of the Management Decision Laboratory and director of executive communication at NYU’s Stern Graduate School of Business, and is currently a clinical professor at NYU and director of the Pratt Institute graduate program in design management.

Ed Milano, Continuum

Ed Milano enjoys the challenge of getting different people to work together effectively. He values the combination of diverse perspectives on consumers, technologies and strategies. His favorite responsibility is helping clients accurately frame their business needs as challenges that innovation and design can address. Milano directs Continuum’s Program Development group, a group of generalists who tailor the firm’s services, teams and processes to provide the highest value to clients. He also leads Continuum’s Health and Wellness research community and serves on the firm’s executive team. Milano is also often brought into client programs to facilitate workshops and ideation sessions. In this role, he has worked with large organizations in financial services, beverage, automotive, office products and packaged goods. He balances this work with a passion for supporting startup and emerging clients. Milano is a vocal advocate for innovation, having led workshops and addressed audiences in the US, Europe and Asia. He is currently an instructor of the Innovation Leadership Workshop, a program from the non-profit Center for Creative Leadership. His sporadic, rant-free blog, One Happy Customer, explores the importance of great service in our commercialized society. Prior to joining Continuum, Milano worked in advertising as a partner and vice president at Bozell Worldwide and Ammirati Puris Lintas, managing programs for various B2B and consumer market clients. He earned a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

Jennifer Miller, Cohen Miller Consulting

Jennifer Miller has been a consultant and creative professional for more than 20 years, with a diverse background as a designer, creative director and interactive design team leader. During the last 10 years, as a consultant focused on in-house creative teams, she has helped clients such as Target, Staples, CVS, L.L.Bean, Texas Instruments and TJX to expand their creative teams’ capacity by optimizing their processes, better use of technology, and planning and alignment of resources. Previously, Miller was an e-business consultant with Anderson and a creative director for several large retailers including, Victoria’s Secret, Frito Lay and Pepsi. In early 2009, Miller joined forces with Emily Cohen to leverage the best-practice insights they each have gained across both in-house creative teams and agencies/design firms. She is currently a founding member of the Texas Round-table for In-house Business Effectiveness—a regional forum of managers who share best practices and ideas on managing in-house creative organizations.

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 more than 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 and 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 recently completed her term as the president of the board of the directors of AIGA, and continues to serve on the board.

Bill Moran, founder, Blinc Publishing, and artistic director, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Bill Moran, founder of Blinc Publishing, is a third-generation letterpress printer, graphic designer and professor of printing history at the University of Minnesota. Since 2001 he has volunteered at Hamilton Wood Type in a variety of roles culminating in the writing and publishing of his book Hamilton Wood Type, A History in Headlines. The book chronicles the history of the company and documents contemporary projects undertaken by the museum’s visiting artists. He currently serves as the museum’s artistic director, responsible for all aspects of merchandise, annual programming and the museum’s visual brand

Jim Moran, director, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Jim Moran is the director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He runs letterpress workshops, archives the collection and maintains the museum on a daily basis. Previously he had volunteered at Hamilton and donated presses and equipment from his Green Bay, Wisconsin, shop, Moran’s Quality Print Shop, where he worked as apprentice, pressman, partner and owner with his father and grandfather for over 35 years.

Mike Neal, educator, designer and writer

Mike Neal is an educator, freelance designer and (when the planets align) design writer based in Southern California. After years of study and practice in graphic design, he earned his BFA from Cal State Long Beach and then joined Ogilvy’s LA office as an art director. In 2008, he left California, the advertising world, and ultimately planet Earth, to be a part of SVA’s Design Criticism MFA, to write about history, theory and cultural context of multidisciplinary design practices. While in New York, Neal also assisted with biographical research at AIGA’s national office and blogged for Pentagram Design. His thesis explored the radical transformative potential in designing for the eventual human colonization of Mars. As part of his research, he teamed up with NASA scientists and an international group of engineers, biologists and astrophysicist to live in a simulated extraterrestrial habitat in the Utah desert. Neal shared his findings on Studio 360’s Science and Creativity segment, and as a speaker for the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the first annual D-Crit conference. He continues to explore design, science, fiction, sustainability and utopianism in the equally alien environment of Los Angeles.

Brian Nemhauser, Adobe

Brian Nemhauser is the director of Design Product Management at Adobe. He is responsible for products like Illustrator, InDesign, Design Standard and Design Premium. Nemhauser started at Adobe 14 years ago in customer care supporting PageMaker. He worked on InDesign 1.0 and eventually moved on to managing the CS4 and CS5 projects as well as being an integral member of the Macromedia and Omniture acquisition teams. Nemhauser is championing changes to the way Adobe engages with the design community as well as how Adobe products are designed. Nemhauser still reads his physical newspaper every day and claims he will be the last person to give up that reading medium!

Emily Oberman, Number Seventeen

Emily Oberman founded Number Seventeen, with her partner, Bonnie Siegler in 1993. Number Seventeen is a multidisciplinary design studio working in print, TV and the web, mostly for the entertainment industry. Some recent clients include Saturday Night Live, 2 Broke Girls, This American Life, the Criterion Collection, Newsweek magazine, Seventeen magazine (naturally) and the deluxe illustrated edition of Superfreakonomics. Oberman is a past president of the New York chapter of AIGA and has served on AIGA's national board. She has taught design for television at Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design, as well as in the MFA program at Yale University.

Jay Parkinson, The Future Well

After completing a residency in pediatrics and one in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins, Jay Parkinson started a practice for his neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in September 2007. People would visit his website, see his Google calendar, choose a time and input their symptoms. His iPhone would alert him, he would make a house call, they'd pay him via Paypal, and they'd follow up by email, IM, videochat or in person. Fast Company calls Parkinson “The Doctor of the Future.”

Dan Phillips, The Phoenix Commotion

Dan Phillips is a designer and builder in Huntsville, Texas, who builds houses from 80% free, salvage and recycled materials. Over the years the company, The Phoenix Commotion, has garnered world-wide attention and has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, Fine Homebuilding, PBS, CNN, CBS, ABC, TNN, HGTV, The Discovery Channel and a host of other media across the globe. His philosophy has been translated into 16 languages and the company has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Edison Green Award Gold, the Most Innovative Housing Model Worldwide by the Institute for Social Invention in London, the Environmental Excellence Award by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, among many others. He regularly lectures for schools of architecture and at design and sustainability conferences across the country.

Shel Perkins, Shel Perkins Associates

Shel Perkins is a graphic designer, management consultant and educator with more than 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 and the “Design Firm Management” column for 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.”

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Doug Powell, Schwartz Powell Design

Doug Powell is a designer, entrepreneur and strategist. Together with his wife, Lisa Powell, he founded the Minneapolis-based Schwartz Powell Design in 1989. In 2004, following their daughter Maya’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes, the couple launched Type1Tools to bring well-designed, kid-friendly tools to the daily experience of managing this complex disease. Type 1 Tools was a recipient of an INDEX Design to Improve Life award in 2006. The success of Type1Tools led to the expansion of the business into HealthSimple, with a vision to help the millions of 
people living with chronic health problems. In 2007 HealthSimple was acquired by a division of Johnson & Johnson. Powell served as consulting creative director for HealthSimple through 2009, working closely with the Johnson & Johnson Global Strategic Design Office. Currently Powell helps a variety of partners in health and nutrition use design to advance their cause. Additionally, he organizes collaborative teams to develop and pursue self-initiated startup concepts. Powell is a past member and treasurer of the national board of AIGA and a past chapter president of AIGA Minnesota. He is currently the president of AIGA.

Mig Reyes, Threadless

Mig Reyes is a designer from Chicago, creating for the web within the confines of t-shirt awesome, best known as Threadless. Outside of designing the internet and modeling tees, Reyes interviews influential people in a project called Humble Pied and teaches at the Chicago Portfolio School. Every now and again you can find him speaking about design and making stuff with the likes of AIGA, HOW Design Conference, PSFK, the School of Visual Arts and companies like Zappos. A typical Reyes presentation includes plenty of process and stuff behind the scenes. An even mix of show and tell with how and why. They are usually funny. Mostly. Sometimes.

Dan Roam, Digital Roam, Inc.

Dan Roam is the author of the upcoming design-thinking book Blah, Blah, Blah: What To Do When Words Don't Work. Roam's previous international bestseller The Back of the Napkin has become the most popular visual-thinking business book of all time. Fast Company, BusinessWeek and The Times of London all named The Back of the Napkin the #1 creativity and innovation book of the year. Roam is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a management-consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems for such clients as Google, Boeing, eBay, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Navy and the United States Senate. Roam and his whiteboard have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, NPR and at the White House. He lives in San Francisco.

Stacie Rohrbach, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University 

Stacie Rohrbach is an associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. She teaches studio- and seminar-based communication design courses at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Her research investigates the ways people perceive and process information and how their ability to learn may be improved by translating complex, abstract information into concrete, experiential forms. Rohrbach also studies design pedagogy in professional and general education settings, with a focus on assessment, and explores the relationships that exist between print and dynamic media. Prior to her current academic appointment that began in 2003, Rohrbach worked professionally in both print and digital media, developing identity systems, corporate standards manuals, interactive websites and product packaging since 1997. Rohrbach earned a BFA in graphic design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Rohrbach is a member of the AIGA Design Educators Community steering committee and currently serves as its vice-chair. She is also a board member for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

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Katie Salen, Institute of Play

Katie Salen is a game designer and professor of games and digital media at DePaul University. She also serves as the executive director of the Institute of Play, a nonprofit focused on games and learning. Salen led the team that founded Quest to Learn (Q2L), a sixth- through twelfth-grade public school in New York City organized around principles of game design and play. Q2L is expanding to Chicago this fall. As the lead designer of the school, she led development of the school’s pedagogical vision and research agenda. Salen is co-author of Rules of Play, a textbook on game design, The Game Design Reader, and editor of The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning, all from MIT Press. She was an early advocate of the then-hidden world of machinima, and continues to be interested in connections between game design, learning and transformative modes of play.

Yolanda "Yo" Santosa, Ferroconcrete

A graduate of Art Center Pasadena, Yolanda “Yo” Santosa began her career designing main titles for film and television projects like 300, Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty. She loved storytelling and couldn't ignore a growing fascination for branding, so in 2006, she acquired the then infant Pinkberry account and founded Ferroconcrete. With her recent network redesign of TBS, Santosa has come full circle, turning Ferroconcrete into a unique, full service branding and motion design firm. With her latest endeavor, she has ventured out to create her own retail brand, früute, a contemporary West Hollywood pastry shop serving handcrafted mini tarts. Santosa has earned numerous accolades, including three Emmy nominations and is sought out as a national guest speaker and branding expert.

Nathan Shedroff, California College of the Arts

Nathan Shedroff is the chair of the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, a groundbreaking program preparing the next generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical and truly meaningful. Shedroff is a pioneer in experience design, interaction design and information design, speaks and teaches internationally, and is a serial entrepreneur. His many books include Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design Is the Problem and the upcoming Make It So. Shedroff worked with Richard Saul Wurman at The Understanding Business and later cofounded vivid studios, a pioneering company in interactive media and one of the first web services firms on the planet. Vivid’s hallmark was helping to establish and validate the field of information architecture, by training an entire generation of designers in the newly emerging web industry.

Sam Shelton, KINETIK

Sam Shelton is a designer, educator, and business strategist. He is a founding partner of KINETIK, a design firm in Washington, DC. Since 1988, Shelton’s strong belief in the power of design as a strategic force for good has steered KINETIK’s path in a changing world. His passion shows in the projects he directs as well as his commitment to design education and AIGA. He is a past AIGA national board member as well as a past board member and president of the Washington, DC chapter. Shelton is an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran Museum College of Art and Design, a former adjunct faculty member at The American University, and a former member of the design curriculum advisory committee for Communication Design at the Alexandria campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2006, Shelton was presented with the AIGA Fellow award, recognizing his significant contributions to the design community.

Bonnie Siegler, Number Seventeen

Bonnie Siegler founded Number Seventeen, with her partner, Emily Oberman in 1993. Number Seventeen is a multidisciplinary design studio working in print, TV and the web, mostly for the entertainment industry. Some recent clients include Saturday Night Live, 2 Broke Girls, This American Life, the Criterion Collection, Newsweek magazine, Seventeen magazine (naturally) and the deluxe illustrated edition of Superfreakonomics. Siegler has served on AIGA’s national board and is a past treasurer of the AIGA New York chapter. She has taught design for television in the MFA programs at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University.

Peter Stebbing, Cumulus

Peter Stebbing studied zoology prior becoming a biological illustrator. He practiced biological illustration in London for 16 years, working on a wide range of commissions for scientific papers, educational aids, nature guides, reference books and children's books for clients such as Time Life, the Natural History Museum in London, Readers Digest and Penguin, among others. In 1978 he began teaching part time and has taught at all levels of education from high school to BA, MA and PhD courses. In 1987 he took up his current post at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd where he now teaches analytical drawing and creative visualising. His early scientific education substantially influenced his approach to design education and, since 1984, he has conducted extensive research into visual composition and its biological origins and universality. He has published a number of peer reviewed papers on his research. He has been the ERASMUS coordinator for student exchanges at the Hochschule für Gestaltung since 1990. Through his deep interest in biology since 2007 he has committed himself to promoting sustainability in design education and for this purpose he initiated the Cumulus Working Group for Design Education for Sustainability. In 2010, he was appointed to the Cumulus executive board.

Todd St. John, HunterGatherer

Todd St. John is an artist, designer and filmmaker living in New York City. St. John produces both commercial and experimental work through HunterGatherer, the studio/workshop that he founded in 2000. He has created animations, illustrations and graphics for everyone from MTV to Money Mark to the New York Times. He regularly has work published, broadcast and exhibited internationally, and was included in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial “Design Now.” For eight years, he also taught design for film and video in Yale's MFA program.

DJ Stout, Pentagram

DJ Stout is a fifth generation Texan born in the small West Texas town of Alpine. He received his degree in design communication from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he was honored as a distinguished alumnus. Between 1987 and 1999 he was art director of Texas Monthly, where he helped to guide the magazine to three National Magazine Awards. Stout joined Pentagram’s Austin office as a partner in 2000. In a special 1998 issue, American Photo magazine selected Stout as one of the “100 most important people in photography” primarily because of the impressive body of original photographic works that he commissioned and art directed during his 13 years at the magazine. In 2004 I.D. magazine selected Stout for “The I.D. Fifty,” its annual listing of design innovators. In 2010 the Society of Illustrators honored Stout with the national Richard Gangel Art Director Award. Also in 2010, Stout was named an AIGA Austin Fellow for his exceptional contributions to the field of design. Stout and his team specialize in the creation of brand identity design and strategy, publication design, packaging and interactive design solutions. Recent projects include Microsoft Windows Vista, Ruby Tuesday restaurants, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Walgreens, L.L.Bean, Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine, Yankee magazine, and Texas A&M.

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Ursula Tischer, SCAD

Professor Ursula Tischner studied architecture and industrial design and specialized in eco- and sustainable design of products and services. After her master graduation in Germany, she worked as a researcher at the German Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, where she was involved in research and developing concepts such as eco-efficiency, MIPS, Factor 4 and Factor 10, eco-design and eco-innovation. In 1996 she founded econcept, Agency for Sustainable Design, in Cologne. With econcept she carries out research and consulting projects with small and large companies and other organizations on sustainability, eco-design and innovation. She organized numerous training and educational courses and programs, such as the Sustainable Design Program at Design Academy Eindhoven, NL, and eco-design training courses for the electronics industry in Korea, as well as the furniture industry in Australia. In 2010 she became professor of Design for Sustainability at Savannah College of Art and Design and program coordinator of SCAD’s Design for Sustainability program. She publishes books and organizes conferences and networks around eco- and sustainable Design, is member of design juries and standardization bodies such as ISO, and evaluator in European research programs.

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 moving 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 research and professional activities integrate the philosophy of design with a concern for sustainability. His work focuses on the design of commercial and nonmarket systems for shared product use, exploring how the emerging discipline of service design might facilitate the development of less-material-dependent economies. In his current research, Tonkinwise is investigating perceptions of convenience and autonomy in shifts from “ownership” to “usership.”

Manuel Toscano, Zago

For the past 12 years, Manuel has helped his clients bridge business and design by combining a deep expertise in developing and implementing communication strategies with an unmatched ability to craft compelling visual storytelling. In 1998 he joined Zago and helped shape the design consultancy into a world-class corporate identity and visual communication practice. Under his leadership the studio broadened its scope of services, industry reach and its creative vision. Zago’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, international nonprofits, start-ups and global brands. The studio has received several prestigious awards, won international competitions and its work has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Museum. Manuel holds an MFA in photography and related media from the School of Visual Arts, where he also taught as a faculty member, and a BFA in photography from Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. He also completed the Harvard Business School design leadership program and is currently a member of an advisory boards for Human Rights Watch, Design Ignites Change and Smile Generations. Manuel has lived in the Soviet Union, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and England, before relocating to the United States in 1988. He is fluent in Italian, Spanish and English.

Jakob Trollbäck, Trollbäck + Company

A self-taught designer from Sweden, Jakob Trollbäck began his artistic career as a DJ in his native Stockholm. Having found a commonality in music and design, Trollbäck creates pieces that transport his audience to planes of sensorial experience. He is an acknowledged industry leader in both branding and motion graphic design and has had his work featured in the New York Times, Boards magazine, Creativity and Print. Trollbäck + Company has received dozens of creative industry awards including those from the Primetime Emmy Awards, AICP, Art Directors Club, PromaxBDA, British D&AD, Communication Arts Design Annual, The One Show and Type Directors Club. Trollbäck is on the board of directors at the Art Director's Club, an adviser for the World Science Festival, a trustee at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and most recently  became a PromaxBDA board member. You can find him on any given Sunday dining at his favorite Brooklyn restaurant Frankies.

Alice Twemlow, School of Visual Arts

Alice Twemlow is chair of the design criticism MFA Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MPhil/PhD candidate in the design history program at the V&A Museum and the Royal College of Art in London. Twemlow writes about design for publications including Eye, Design Issues, I.D., Print, New York Magazine and Architect's Newspaper. Her essays are included in books such as The Barnbrook Bible and Else/Where: Mapping and Looking Closer 5, and she is the author of the book What is Graphic Design For?. Previously, Twemlow was program director at AIGA where she directed and produced several design conferences, including "Voice: AIGA National Design Conference" in Washington, DC in 2002. She has also taught critical thinking to graduate graphic design students at RISD and SVA.

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.

Alina Wheeler,

Alina Wheeler is the author of Designing Brand Identity, the leading global reference for branding teams. Published in seven languages, her book demonstrates the relationship between strategy and design, and illuminates best practices. Brand Atlas, her new book co-authored with Joel Katz, reinvents the paradigm of a business book. Wheeler has served on the AIGA national board and is an AIGA Fellow. She works in an urban business and arts complex, and plays in the Adirondacks with her husband, photographer Ed Wheeler.

Michael Vanderbyl, Vanderbyl Design

Michael Vanderbyl has gained international prominence in the design field as a practitioner, educator, critic and advocate. Since being established in San Francisco in 1973, his firm – Vanderbyl Design – has evolved into a multidisciplinary studio with expertise in identity, print and digital communications, showrooms, interiors, furniture and product design. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) and has served as President and on the board of the National AIGA; he also holds a position on the Design Advisory Board and the Architecture and Design Accessions Committee at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Michael is the recipient of the Gold Medal award from The American Institute of Graphic Arts and presides as Dean of Design at the California College of the Arts.

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