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Speakers

The AIGA Design Conference brings together some of the most inspiring and unique perspectives. Below are some of the distinct voices you will hear from, with more speakers to come!

Full list of speakers | Speakers A–G  |  Speakers H–M  |  Speakers N–Z

Doreen Nelson, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the College of Education and Integrative Studies and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena
Doreen Nelson, recognized by the New York Times as one of the 30 most innovative educators in the U.S., is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and winner of the 2006 California State University Wang Award for Excellence in Education. She pioneered Design-Based Learning nearly 40 years ago with a method that produces dramatic improvements in K-12 student achievement. It reverses the emphasis from traditional rote learning to engaging students in thinking at the highest level by building physical artifacts that represent concepts in the curriculum. Creator of the nation’s first MA degree in Design-Based Learning, Nelson is a professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the College of Education and Integrative Studies, and at the College of Environmental Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Nelson is an author and contributor to the design of the award-winning SimCity. The website Designbasedlearning.org showcases her methods.
Christoph Niemann, illustrator, animator, graphic designer
After completing his studies at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts, Christoph Niemann moved to New York City, where he has been working as an illustrator, animator and graphic designer since 1997. In that time he has produced numerous covers and illustrations for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and BusinessWeek, as well as work for Citibank, Amtrak and Nike. He has also been awarded honors from AIGA, SPD, ADC and American Illustration. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Along with his collaborator Nicholas Blechman, he is the publisher of the artist’s book series 100%, which he describes as presenting “editorial illustration without an editor.” The latest issue, 100% EVIL, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. Schwartz Wade books published his first children’s book, The Police Cloud, in spring 2007. Niemann lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.
Emily Oberman, Number Seventeen
Emily Oberman founded Number Seventeen—a multidisciplinary design studio working in television, film, print and web—in 1993 with partner Bonnie Siegler. Some of their recent work includes all the logo and collateral for the national September 11th Memorial and Museum; the new titles for Saturday Night Live (which they have been doing for 14 years); the titles for Shut Up and Sing, the documentary about the Dixie Chicks; the conceptualization and design of the culture website Veryshortlist.com; the Daily Candy book; creative direction and design of Colors magazine; and the identity and packaging for Homemade Baby, a new line of organic baby food; the identity and advertising for Air America Radio; advertising and design for New York’s River to River Festival (for five years); and the creation and design of Lucky magazine. Other clients include IAC, Nickelodeon, Hyperion, MTV, HBO, NBC (Will & Grace) and the Mercer, Chateau Marmont and Starwood hotels. In her spare time, Oberman teaches at Cooper Union and has served as president of AIGA’s New York chapter (2002–2004 ) as well as on AIGA’s national board (1999–2002).
Santiago Piedrafita, North Carolina State University
Santiago Piedrafita is the chair of the Department of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University. He works collaboratively with partner Deborah Littlejohn under the name TWO, a traveling studio that focuses on editorial and identity design projects for contemporary design, architecture, and art-related cultural institutions. Previously, Piedrafita chaired the design department at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). He was also senior designer at the Walker Art Center and worked in the Museum of Modern Art’s in-house design department, as well as other studios. Piedrafita holds a master’s degree in communications design from Pratt Institute in New York and a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from ESDI, College of Industrial Design, in Rio de Janeiro.
Shel Perkins, AIGA Center for Practice Management
Shel Perkins is a graphic designer and educator with 19 years’ experience in managing the operations of leading design firms in the U.S. and the U.K. He writes the “Professional Practice” column for STEP Inside Design, the “Design Firm Management” column for Graphics.com and AIGA’s monthly Design:Business e-newsletter. He has served on the national board of the Association of Professional Design Firms and has been honored as an AIGA Fellow. New Riders and AIGA Design Press recently published his book, Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers. He is also chairman of AIGA’s Center for Practice Management task force.
Thomas Phinney, Adobe
Since 1997, Thomas Phinney has worked with Adobe Type division, for which he is currently the product manager for fonts and global typography. He is involved in the design, technical, historical and business aspects of type, and is on the board of directors of ATypI, the international typographic society. Phinney has been recognized as an expert witness on forged documents in court, and was frequently quoted by The Washington Post on the Bush National Guard memos. His first typeface, Hypatia Sans, is an Adobe Original, and is available with Creative Suite 3 applications as a bonus for registering your software. Phinney has a master’s degree in printing, specializing in typography and design, from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley.
Sharon Poggenpohl, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Sharon Poggenpohl is professor of design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she is coordinator of post-graduate design programs. With more than 20 years’ experience in notable graduate design programs in the U.S. (Rhode Island School of Design and the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology), she has long been interested in design research in its many guises as it serves to improve design performance and builds disciplinary knowledge. As editor and publisher of the interdisciplinary journal Visible Language, Poggenpohl has encouraged research and writing among those engaged in communication, interaction and interface design. Her research interests include new structures for information delivery and use in digital media, such as motion, search strategies, interface and interaction—all from a user-centered and perceptual/cognitive point of view. Even though engaged in building and disseminating design knowledge, she likes to laugh and enjoys being a foreigner at home in Hong Kong.
Tom Pollock, Metafore
Tom Pollock is a project manager at Metafore, responsible for the Paper Working Group and the Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT). He has been with Metafore for more than two years and managed development of the EPAT to its launch on Epat.org in fall 2006. The EPAT is a project of the Paper Working Group—a collaboration of 11 leadership companies and Metafore that share the goal of making environmentally preferable paper products more widely available and affordable. Pollock graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in english literature, and in 2005, completed his MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology–Stuart Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Neil Powell, WeAreGigantic
Neil Powell is a veteran of both the graphic design and advertising industries, having spent the first 10 years of his career at world-renowned agency Fallon. While serving as creative director and managing partner of Fallon NY, Powell also ran the agency’s design unit, Duffy Design, where he was president and executive creative director. His background and creative experience have been on brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, BMW North America, Jim Beam Brands, Time Magazine, Kellogg’s, Nikon, Georgia Pacific, International Flavors & Fragrances, Minute Maid, Armani, FAO Schwarz, Perry Ellis, Rheingold Beer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, VitaminWater, Disney Theme Parks and Samsung. Powell has had his work recognized by the Cannes International Advertising Festival, AIGA, The Art Directors Club, One Club for Art and Copy and D&AD, as well as by Graphis, I.D. and Communication Arts magazines. His work is also in permanent collection at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Powell is an active member of both the American Association of Marketing’s EFFIE steering committee and the Art Directors Club Board of Directors.
Adam Pratt, Adobe
Adam Pratt joined Adobe Systems in 2000 and is currently a Senior Systems Engineer working with all of the Creative Suite Products, including InDesign and InCopy. He consults with Adobe's publishing and advertising customers regarding their creative workflows and helps ensure a smooth transition to InDesign and the Creative Suite. Adam is also responsible for training Adobe's global network of trainers and consultants and is a frequent contributor to Adobe's ACE certification program.
Timothy Prestero, Design that Matters
Timothy Prestero is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters (DtM), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. DtM's design service involves a collaborative process by which students and faculty at schools like MIT and Stanford, along with volunteer professionals from companies like IDEO and SolidWorks, design new tools to improve healthcare and education in Africa and Asia. DtM's product successes include the Kinkajou Microfilm Projector, portable library and solar-powered light source for teachers; an improved intravenous (IV) flow controller; and their most recent project, building a low-cost infant incubator for distribution by the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology (CIMIT) throughout Africa and Southeast Asia. Prestero is co-inventor on three patents for cholera treatment devices. He is a graduate of the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, holding MS degrees in mechanical and oceanographic engineering, and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa in the Urban Environmental Management program, where he worked as a consulting engineer and project manager for a city public works department.
Rick Robinson, PhD, E–lab
Senior research scientist Rick E. Robinson develops and applies innovative approaches to understanding consumers. He works with companies as diverse as BMW, McDonald’s, Sony and Pfizer, and has been using observational research as a basis for new product, service and strategy solutions for nearly 20 years. He co-founded the research consultancy E-Lab and became CEO in 1999 when it was acquired by Sapient. He later became global director of ethnographic and observational research at GFK/NOPWorld, one of the world’s largest market research practices. Robinson lectures widely on research and methodology; he coauthored of The Art of Seeing with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and has been published in numerous journals and magazines. He is currently working on a book on the principles of ethnographic practice for design and product development. He holds a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago.
Vivian Rosenthal, TronicStudio.com
Vivian Rosenthal and Jesse Seppi founded Tronic, a New York-based design studio, in 2001 as Columbia architecture graduates. Their work moves between architecture, experiential design, branded content and animation. They’ve directed and animated spots for Target, Nike, Microsoft and LG; conceived and executed projects for Diesel, GE, Sharp and Wired (in store) and Nike, Smirnoff and Visionaire (online); and, in general, have worked to eliminate lines delineating one form of creative media output from another.
Laurie Rosenwald, Rosenworld
Laurie Rosenwald is principal of Rosenworld, whose motto is: “No job too big, no job too small, no job too medium.” Actually there is no studio; Rosenwald usually works alone, and Rosenworld doesn’t exist. In spite of this, Rosenworld.com was launched in 1995. Rosenwald’s hyper-illustrated, over-designed guidebook, sketchbook and blank book, New York Notebook, is published by Chronicle Books. Her new children’s book, And to name but just a few: red, yellow, green, blue, will be published in 2007 by Blue Apple Books. Her clients include IKEA, Sundance Channel, J. Walter Thompson, Sony Music, the New York Times, Fortune, Vintage Books, Coca-Cola, Bravo, Nickelodeon and Knopf. Designed in collaboration with Cyrus Highsmith, her typeface, Loupot, is available from Fontbureau.com. She is a professor of graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and has garnered awards from AIGA, Communication Arts, Graphis, ADC and Print magazine. She teaches a highly regarded workshop, which teaches people how to make mistakes on purpose. She avoids describing it, “because people shouldn’t know what to expect.” She has taught it all over the world, from Stockholm to London to Des Moines. She is also a painter.
Anthony Russell, Russell Design
Anthony Russell is a practicing designer and president of Russell Design in New York City. Raised in the U.K., Russell is an award-winning creative director specializing in strategic counsel and conceptual guidance on high-profile design projects. For more than three decades, he has guided a diverse body of strategic communications for blue-chip organizations such as JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse First Boston, the Alliance for Downtown New York and NASDAQ. Russell Design has also worked extensively in the non-profit world for City Harvest, the Children’s Aid Society and the William J. Clinton Foundation. The firm recently formed a subsidiary, The Corporate Good, aimed at assisting corporations who need to effectively address corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues via print and on the web. Russell Design’s work in the CSR area includes Pfizer’s first global corporate citizen report. Russell is president emeritus of AIGA, and has taught design at Cooper Union and New York University.
Joyce Rutter Kaye, Print magazine
Joyce Rutter Kaye has been the editor-in-chief of Print since March 2003, after five years as managing editor. As editor-in-chief, she has overseen a complete redesign of the 67-year-old magazine, re-launched the magazine’s website, and created an annual series of conference sessions. Since Kaye joined Print, the magazine has won two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, a number of additional ASME nominations, and a host of awards for design. Previously Kaye worked as the managing editor of U&lc, as a reporter for Advertising Age/Creativity, and as a freelance writer covering design and consumer culture. In Spring 2008 she will co-teach, with Andrea Dezsö, a course on editorial design at Parsons The New School for Design.
Liz Sanders, MakeTools, LLC
Liz Sanders is the founder of MakeTools, a design research company with a focus on collective creativity. She is a pioneer in the use of participatory methods for the design of products, systems, services and spaces. She is the recipient of numerous design awards and patents for her work. Sanders also speaks about and teaches human–centered research and design to colleagues and students around the world.  She was educated as a social scientist with undergraduate degrees in psychology and anthropology, followed by a PhD in experimental and quantitative psychology. In the early 1980s she was hired by an industrial design firm as an “experiment” to see what a social scientist might contribute to the design process. This experiment is ongoing. Sanders is focused today on bringing human–centered design research to architecture at NBBJ.
Louise Sandhaus, Durfee Regn Sandhaus
Adrian Shaughnessy, author of How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul
Adrian Shaughnessy is a self-taught graphic designer based in London. He spent 15 years as creative director of Intro, the design studio he co-founded. In 2004, he left to pursue an interest in writing and to work as an independent consultant. Today he runs ShaughnessyWorks, a studio combining design and editorial direction. Shaughnessy has written and art-directed numerous books on design including the Sampler series, a trio of books devoted to radical music graphics. He is also the author of How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul. He is the editor of Varoom: The Journal of Illustration and Made Images, and contributes regularly to Eye, Creative Review, Etapes and The Wire magazines. He has a monthly column in Design Week and also writes for the Design Observer blog. Shaughnessy, who lectures extensively around the world, has been interviewed on TV and radio and hosts the weekly show “Graphic Design on the Radio.”
RitaSue Siegel, RitaSue Siegel Resources (Aquent)
Founder and president of RitaSue Siegel Resources, RitaSue Siegel has placed countless design management industry leaders in prime positions around the world, including: Shiro Nakamura at Nissan, Tokyo; Diego Gronda at Rockwell Group, New York; Richard Stein at Interbrand, Tokyo; Richard Eisermann at British Design Council, London; Carol Denison at Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati; Jan Abrams at the Design Institute, University of Minnesota; and Chuck Jones at Whirlpool, Michigan. In 2001, RitaSue Siegel Resources merged with Aquent, the international professional services firm. An industrial design graduate of Pratt Institute, Siegel has been a juror for the 50th annual I.D. magazine design review and a writer on design leadership issues for Design Management Review, Innovation: Journal of the Industrial Designers Society of America, Communication Arts and BusinessWeek.
Bonnie Siegler, Number Seventeen
Bonnie Siegler founded Number Seventeen—a multidisciplinary design studio working in television, film, print and web—in 1993 with partner, Emily Oberman. Some of their recent work includes all the logo and collateral for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation; the new titles for Saturday Night Live (which they have been doing for 13 years); the titles for Shut Up and Sing, the documentary about the Dixie Chicks; the conceptualization and
design of the culture website Veryshortlist.com; the Daily Candy book; creative direction and design of Colors magazine; the identity and advertising for Air America Radio; advertising and design for New York's River to River Festival (for 5 years); the creation and design of Lucky magazine; and the identity and packaging for Homemade Baby, a new line of organic baby food. Other clients include IAC, Nickelodeon, Hyperion, MTV, HBO, NBC (Will & Grace), The Mercer Hotel, the Chateau Marmont, and Starwood Hotels. In her spare time, Siegler teaches in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts and has just completed serving on the national board of AIGA.
Chris Smith, AGI
In 1994, Christopher Smith co-founded Aquent Graphics Institute (AGI), which provides software training, consulting and support services to professionals and creative organizations. He quickly grew AGI into the leading technology training and consulting resource for nearly every major advertising, media, publishing and marketing firm in North America. In 2007, AGI became part of Aquent. Currently in the role of president, he is responsible for leading the company’s training division. With more than 15 years of electronic publishing experience, Smith provides business strategy and change management consulting services to communications professionals and publishers. He is widely considered one of the foremost industry experts regarding electronic publishing software and has authored numerous books, including Real World Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (CS and CS2 versions), InDesign for QuarkXPress Users, Moving to InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite 2 for Dummies, and Sam's Teach Yourself Adobe Acrobat in 24 Hours. He also manages content for the annual Adobe Acrobat and PDF Conference and the CRE8 Conference held each spring in Orlando, Florida.
Jennifer Smith, AGI
A founding member of Aquent Graphics Institute (AGI), Jennifer Smith has more than two decades of design and electronic publishing experience. Smith, who received her B.F.A. from Kutztown University, worked in advertising as an art director and served as principal at a Pennsylvania-based design firm prior to forming AGI. Smith has also authored several books on print and internet publishing, including Adobe Creative Suite for Dummies for all three versions of the software, Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book, and the recently published Photoshop CS3 Digital Classroom.
Alex Steffen, Worldchanging
Alex Steffen has been the executive editor of Worldchanging.com since he co-founded the organization in 2003 as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future. In a very short time, Worldchanging.com has become the most widely read sustainability-related publications on the internet, with an archive of more than 7,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world. Steffen is also the editor of Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, a 600-page compendium of writings from more than 60 noted leaders around the world, with a foreword by Al Gore, an introduction by Bruce Sterling and design by Stefan Sagmeister. Prior to founding Worldchanging.com, Steffen worked as an environmental journalist, which led him to provide strategic consultation to more than 50 environmental groups and many foresight projects. He also served as president of the board of Allied Arts, a co-founder of the Livable Communities Coalition and the Fuse Foundation. Steffen has written for numerous publications and his work has been the subject of stories in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Open Source” and “Morning Edition.” Recently, he was the subject of a CNN documentary that envisions possibilities for the future and was featured as one of six leading innovators in the New York Times Magazine’s “Ecotecture” issue.
Charles Stine, Sandy Alexander
Charles “Chip” Stine is a senior executive of Sandy Alexander, one of the nation’s largest and most respected commercial printing companies. He is responsible for managing sales for the company among other administrative duties, including environmental initiatives. A 33-year industry veteran, Stine joined Sandy Alexander in 1991, where under his direction it has become a leader in environmentally responsible printing. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1974, and resides with his family in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Scott Stowell, Open
Scott Stowell is the proprietor of Open, an independent design studio that creates rewarding experiences for people who look, read and think. Open projects include redesigns of the TV networks Bravo, Nick at Nite and Trio; the new visual identity for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; and the editorial design of Good magazine. Before starting Open, Stowell was the art director of Benetton's Colors magazine in Rome and a senior designer at M&Co. New York. Before that, he received a BFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design. A former vice president of AIGA New York, Stowell writes and lectures about design and teaches at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts.
Barbara Sudick, California State University
Barbara Sudick is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Design at California State University, Chico. She studied design at Yale University where she received her MFA in graphic design and was also a member of the company of the Yale Repertory Theatre. Working collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries has been a part her professional practice and academic research for more than 15 years. Her work for the theatre has received design awards from Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, and AIGA. Her research focuses on the contextual aspects of media technology, audience, social issues and interactivity. She is currently a member of the steering committee for AIGA’s Design Educators Community.
Jennifer Sukis, Principle Inc.
Jennifer Sukis is a partner and co-founder of Principle. She is addicted to podcasts, loves her menagerie of furry pets, and has yet to find the remedy for her romance with cake and icing. Sukis began her career at 20, when she took an early leave from Kent State, for the opportunity to work with Rigsby Design (at a desk beside her future partner, Pamela Zuccker). There she honed her talents for stylized writing and developing strong concepts. In 2000, she completed her BFA in visual communications, going on to become art director at a Cleveland design agency and managing a staff of 15. Quickly recognized for its unique, interactive approach, her work included a self-warming holiday card, an inflatable invitation and a magnetically illuminated manuscript. Prior to joining Principle, Sukis ran her own firm, serving clients such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, Sacred Heart Schools of Chicago and Progressive Insurance.
Jakob Trollbäck, Trollbäck + Company
Jakob Trollbäck is the president and creative director of Trollbäck & Company, an award-winning visual and conceptual creative studio. A self-taught designer from Sweden now based in New York, Trollbäck is a former DJ who transferred his aural pursuits to the visual medium, with the goal of creating emotive pieces that take audiences to purely sensorial planes. His eight-year-old company is at the forefront of motion design field, serving clients such as Nike, Volvo and HBO, and producing film titles, TV commercials, environmental design, music videos and short films. Trollbäck’s work has also been showcased in the 2006 National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Elizabeth Tunstall, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Dori Tunstall, PhD, is an associate professor of design anthropology at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the School of Art and Design, and is a leader in the field of design anthropology. This is an emerging field that seeks to understand how the processes and artifacts of design help define what it means to be human, while increasing the strategic value of human-centered design to business, government and society. She is also an associate director of the UIC City Design Center. Her projects on design and governmentality have included voting, emergency and evacuation (both with AIGA’s Design for Democracy initiative), and, currently, public healthcare. Previously, Tunstall worked at Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide as a senior experience planner. She spent five years bringing ethnographic insight to strategic design planning for clients like the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, Northern Trust Bank, Sears, Whirlpool, Fujisawa, Unilever, Allstate Financial and Nokia. Tunstall holds a PhD and MA in anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. She is a member of IDSA.
Jody Turner, Culture of Future
Jody Turner is a “Trend Hunter” or “Meaning Hunter,” providing forward-leaning design and lifestyle trends to Adidas, MySpace, Sony Design, Apple and HGTV. After 25 years in visual design communications working with companies such as Nike and Starbucks, Turner founded CultureofFuture.com and worked extensively with IDEO for several years. At IDEO she moved from end-of-the-line design communicator to beginning-of-the-line entrepreneur, igniting companies with leading-edge future forecasting. As the founder and lead consultant, Turner travels globally to present ideas on the future of culture and design.
Alice Twemlow, School of Visual Arts
Alice Twemlow writes about design for publications including Eye, Design Issues, Design Observer, I.D., Print, New York Magazine, and Architect’s Newspaper. Her essays have been published in books such as The Barnbrook Bible, Elsewhere: Mapping, and Looking Closer 5. In 2006, she authored the book What Is Graphic Design For? (Rotovision). Previously, Twemlow was program director at AIGA where she directed and produced several design conferences. She is currently working on her PhD about the politics of design criticism, through the Design History program at the V&A Museum and the Royal College of Art in London, and chairs the newly founded MFA in Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Lydia Varmazis, Adobe
Lydia Varmazis is the director of emerging markets and technology at Adobe Systems Incorporated. In this role, she helps define the strategic roadmap and new business concepts for the next generation of the Adobe design, illustration and Creative Suite family of products. Varmazis manages a team of product managers and software developers that deploy web-hosted (Web 2.0) solutions leveraging the Adobe Engagement Platform. Prior to this, she was group product manager for illustration and mobile technologies and held product management positions on the Adobe Acrobat and Adobe PDF Technologies teams. During the acquisition of Macromedia by Adobe, Varmazis led the team that defined the product integration features now available in the Adobe Creative Suite 3 family of products. Varmazis holds a BS in graphic communications management from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and an MBA from Graziadio School of Business Management at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
Khoi Vinh, The New York Times
Khoi Vinh is the design director for NYTimes.com, where he leads the design group in user experience innovation. He and his team are responsible for the creative design of new online features, functionality and content for the leading news site. Vinh currently holds a seat on AIGA New York’s board of directors. Since 2000, he has also been the author of Subtraction.com, a forum for his extensive writings on design, technology and user experience matters. Prior to joining the New York Times, Vinh was a founding partner at the New York City design studio Behavior LLC. He has an extensive history in consultative design services for clients in a wide range of industries, and he earned a BFA in communication design from Otis School of Art and Design.
Armin Vit, SpeakUp
Born and raised in Mexico City, Armin Vit is a graphic designer and writer now living in Brooklyn, New York. He has written for AIGA's VOICE, Emigre, Eye, Creative Review, HOW, and STEP Inside Design magazines, among others. He is a former faculty member of Portfolio Center and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts. He has lectured on topics ranging from typography to branding in locations ranging from San Diego to Berlin. He is co-founder of UnderConsideration—purveyor of the Speak Up, Brand New and Quipsologies blogs and the Design Encyclopedia wiki. He is currently co-authoring, editing and designing, with wife and partner Bryony Gomez-Palacio, two books: One about the women of design and the other as an encyclopedic reference of our profession.
Stephen Wahl, IDEO
Stephen Wahl is a senior design lead in IDEO’s Palo Alto office. He has contributed to many interdisciplinary projects as project leader and design leader since joining IDEO in 1996. For more than 17 years Wahl has brought his design vision to an amazingly broad range of projects including consumer electronics, furniture and medical devices. Most recently, he has taken the role as the creative and project lead of “IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection,” currently on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. Prior to IDEO, Wahl specialized in furniture products for Details in New York and consumer products for Smart Design. Wahl earned a BS in industrial design from the University of the Arts at the Philadelphia College of Art and Design.
Alissa Walker, UnBeige.com
Alissa Walker has written about design for Good, Wired, Dwell, Fast Company, I.D., Metropolis, ReadyMade, Design Observer, HOW and STEP Inside Design, and is the gossip columnist for the California edition of the Architect’s Newspaper. Three to five times a day, she posts design news items as editor of the blog UnBeige, which Newsweek named as one of 12 sites that “define cool.” She can be found on your iPod as the associate producer for the public radio show “DnA: Design and Architecture,” and as a host of Core77’s “Broadcasts.” She has also appeared in an extraordinary amount of makeup as a design expert on the HGTV show Small Space, Big Style. Walker lives and works in Hollywood, where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, and does not own a car.
Garth Walker, Orange Juice Design
Durban-based graphic designer and photographer Garth Walker is the principal of Orange Juice Design, which services many of South Africa’s best-known brands. One of his passions is publishing the Orange Juice-produced magazine i-jusi (Zulu for “juice”), in which he has promoted, educated and encouraged a design language rooted in the South African experience since 1995. Walker is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), British Design and Art Direction (D&AD), the St. Moritz Design Summit and the Type Directors Club. His work is installed in the Biblioteque Nationale de France, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Smithsonian Institute, as well as in university collections in Europe, Australia, China, South Africa and the U.S. Walker has been invited to speak, host workshops and teach in some 25 countries on five continents. Additionally, his award-winning work has been featured in more than 60 magazines and over 30 books.
John Walters, Eye Magazine
John L. Walters joined Eye in 1997, and was appointed editor in 1999. During his tenure the magazine produced many memorable issues about typography, the public realm, branding and self-promotion. He launched the magazine’s website (eyemagazine.com, which serves as an index to Eye back issues) in 2001. Walters has received seven BSME nominations in six years, winning an “Editor of the Year” award in 2002. He chaired the jury for the Magazine Design Awards 2005, and was an external examiner for the graphic design context course at Central Saint Martins from 2003–2006. In March, he chaired the jury for the inaugural European Design Awards. In addition to editing Eye, Walters writes about creative music and multimedia for the Guardian newspaper and is the co-founder of the award-winning audio journal Unknown Public.
Min Wang, 2008 Olympic Games identity
Professor Min Wang is the dean of the School of Design at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the design director for Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games Committee. After working eight years at Adobe Systems, Wang joined Square Two Design, where he became design director and worked with clients such as Adobe, IBM, Intel, Netscape and Stanford University. Wang received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1988 and he has been a visiting fellow in Germany at Akademe der Bildenden Kunste, Munich and Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. His work has been exhibited internationally in showcases such as the Biennian of Graphic Design, Brno; the Graphic Design Show in Beijing; the New York Type Directors Club Exhibition; Print Annual; the International Poster Biennial Lahti; and in the collection of Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. A lecturer at Yale’s graduate program for graphic design from 1989 to 1997, he has been invited to speak throughout the United States, China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. He is also a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).
Michelle Washington, Fashion Institute of Technology and Flow9
Michele Washington received her MS in communication design from Pratt Institute, where she later taught for 10 years. She has also taught at New York University, Parsons The New School for Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently teaches communication design and exhibition design at Fashion Institute of Technology and serves as design editor for IRAAA and Calabar magazine. Through her studio, Flow9, she cooks up a gumbo-style stew of design and fine arts, working with clients from publishing, cultural institutions and nonprofit community groups. Her work has been showcased in the exhibit, “Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference.” Her research and writing focus on cultural diversity in the design profession, and she has lectured widely on the topic. Washington has been published in Print magazine and the International Review of African American Art, and her work has appeared in Step-by-Step, I.D. and Communications Arts magazines. She lives and works in New York City.
Holly Willis, Institute for Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California
Holly Willis is an associate director at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy, where she teaches, organizes workshops and oversees academic programs designed to introduce new media literacy skills across USC’s campus and curriculum. She is also the editor of The New Ecology of Things (Art Center College of Design, 2007), a collection of essays, words, images and fiction that grapples with the potential and design challenges of pervasive computing, and she is the author of New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image (Wallflower Press, 2005), which chronicles the advent of digital filmmaking tools and their impact on contemporary media practices. The former editor of RES magazine, Willis has written extensively on experimental media practices for a variety of publications. She holds a PhD in Critical Studies in Cinema-Television from USC.
David Womack, Adobe ThinkTank
David Womack is a writer, editor and consultant specializing in design and technology. In addition to editing Adobe ThinkTank, an online journal about trends and developments in the field, he works with organizations to understand the opportunities afforded by new forms of media and interaction. In association with the Japan Society, New York, he is working on a number of projects that bring together designers from Japan and the United States to explore new forms of collaboration. He was also the director of new media at AIGA from 2000 to 2004. Womack’s articles and essays have appeared in the Guardian, Salon.com, Eye, I.D. and Print. He is co-author, with Steven Heller, of the book Becoming a Digital Designer, which is being published this fall by Wiley and Sons.
Pamela Zuccker, Principle Inc.
Pamela Zuccker is a partner and co-founder of Principle. She splits her time between the U.S. and la belle province of Quebec where she has developed an ear for the French she was not taught in school. Zuccker graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan and immediately continued her design studies at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. She was the first of the Principle trio to begin her design discipline at Rigsby Design in Houston, developing brand identities and realizing her love for intricate packaging and retail campaigns. Prior to joining Principle, she ran her own design office, landing national projects that spanned from branding to advertising for clients including Bella Cucina, Larson-Juhl and Paddywax.


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