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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

Nik Hafermaas, Art Center College of Design
Nik Hafermaas is dean of communication design at Art Center College of Design, leading the department’s graphic design, advertising and graduate media design programs. With his Los Angeles-based company UeBERSEE, he recently designed and produced a major architectural exhibition in a former supersonic wind tunnel for the Vitra Design Museum. His large-scale environmental artwork PowerPLANTs for the City of Pasadena was featured in Newsweek’s the “Design Dozen.” Hafermaas is also currently working on permanent artworks for San Jose International Airport and Midtown Crossing in Los Angeles. As former principal and chief creative officer of Triad Berlin, he and his two partners formed one of Germany’s leading design firms specializing in communication design. His clients include Bertelsmann Media Group, World Expo 2000, Deutsche Telekom AG, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. He was professor for integrated design at the University of Arts Bremen and co-curator of the Berlin-based network Young Creative Industries. He is a recipient of numerous international design awards and member of the AIGA national board of directors. He studied visual communication and architecture at the University of Arts, Berlin.
Stanley Hainsworth, Starbucks
Stanley Hainsworth spent several years at Nike as a creative director before traveling to Denmark, where he joined the Lego Company as their global creative director. Today, he is vice president of global creative at Starbucks Coffee Company, leading the company’s creative aspects including all associated brands. Hainsworth has spoken worldwide on brand design and has received awards from Communication Arts, Graphis, ID, Print, AIGA, The Library of Congress, Type Directors Club, HOW International, NW Design Awards, Retail Interiors and MAPIC. Hainsworth is a singer/songwriter, author, actor, director and producer. He was a co-founder and director at the Rita Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles as well as a founder and producer of BOOM Productions in New York City. He speaks fluent Spanish and serviceable Danish. In his spare time, he cycles, runs marathons and spends time with his wife and five beautiful children.
Allan Haley, Monotype Imaging
Allan Haley is director of words and letters at Monotype Imaging. He is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of all things related to typeface designs and content for Monotype and the International Typeface Corporation. In addition to his responsibilities at Monotype Imaging, Haley is chairperson of the steering committee for AIGA Typography, the managing director of the Society of Typographic Aficionados and a past president of the New York Type Directors Club. He is also a prolific writer, with five books on type and graphic communication and hundreds of articles for graphic design publications to his credit. He is currently writing the AIGA Manual of Typography (AIGA Press).
Bart Haney, FuseProject and Superhappybunny
Nebraska native and Art Center College of Design alumnus Bart Haney cut his teeth through founding and running Superhappybunny, a design collective focused on the development of emotive objects, future-casting and the design of the entrepreneurial path. Haney continues to explore and develop the inner processes of the machine of design by managing programs for Yves Behar’s Fuseproject and nurturing the design community by leading the San Francisco chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Steve Hartman, Creativille
Steve Hartman is founder and principal designer of Creativille, Inc., located in his hometown of Edwardsville, Illinois, near St. Louis, Missouri. Hartman has spent his 14-year career designing brand and print solutions for a national list of Fortune 1000 companies, institutions and nonprofit organizations. Hartman’s work has been recognized by many award competitions and publications, including Communication Arts, Graphis, Dynamic Graphics, HOW, Graphic Design USA and Print magazines, in a number of published books and on his mother’s refrigerator. Hartman has taught design at Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University and Webster University in St. Louis. He holds a BA from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and he survived the first AIGA Harvard Business School Program: “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders.” He most recently served as development director for AIGA St. Louis, and has served as vice president and president of the chapter. Hartman sat on two national committees and was very active in developing the AIGA Midwest Leadership Retreats and Midwest initiatives. He also sits on the board of his hometown arts organization, the Edwardsville Arts Center.
Jim Hauptman, L.L.Bean
Jim Hauptman is the creative director and managing editor at outdoor specialty retailer L.L. Bean, based in Maine. He oversees the creation of catalog, web and e-marketing content, as well as the production of more than 75 catalog titles annually. He also plays an important role in stewarding innovation at the company—synchronizing branding messages and reviewing workflow processes to increase customer relevancy and maximize efficiency. For 10 years prior to joining L.L. Bean, Hauptman was the president and creative director at Hauptman & Partners Communications, a 16-person marketing communications firm that served a wide range of companies in the outdoor recreation/outdoor apparel industries. He lives in Falmouth, Maine, with his wife and two children.
Grace Hawthorne, ReadyMade
Grace Hawthorne is the co-founder and president of ReadyMade, a do-it-yourself magazine and brand for young people. As an entertainment/media strategist for more than 10 years, she has worked closely with film, television, print and new media companies such as Giant Robot, Inside, ICM, Trimark Pictures, Primediaand Supercross. Hawthorne has been a board member of the University Art Museum, Humanities West, and currently serves on SFMoMA’s Media Arts Council. She is the co-author of ReadyMade: How to Make Almost Everything (Clarkson Potter, 2005), recently included in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design’s Triennial. Hawthorne graduated cum laude in art from UC Berkeley, and holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and an MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She is also a Stanford Publishing Fellowship recipient. Some of her other interests include printmaking, playing the cello, fly-fishing and attending rock concerts.
Melinda Head, Head Research
Melinda Head is founder and president of Head Research, a full-service, strategically focused marketing research company. For more than a decade, Head Research has played an advisory role to Domtar and seen the company grow from a Canadian-based operation to the largest manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America. Be it researching attitudes toward sustainability, understanding how designers use swatchbooks and how they’d like to see them change, or discovering key motivators in the paper brand specification process, Head Research has brought designers’ messages to the paper manufacturer boardroom table.
Eric Heiman, Volume
Starting in the hunter-filled woods of rural Pennsylvania, Eric Heiman embarked on a journey through the Carnegie Mellon architecture program, late nights of DJ spinning, record store employment and week-long vows of silence in the mountains of Maui that eventually led him to design school in the Bay Area. At the dawn of the new millennium he founded Volume ( with Adam Brodsley. Volume's work has been extensively exhibited, honored and published around the world, and Heiman‘s writing on design has been published in Emigre, Letterspace and the AIGA's online journal, Voice. Heiman is also a Professor of Design at the California College of the Arts and was awarded the college-wide Excellence in Teaching award in 2003.
Jessica Helfand, Winterhouse
Jessica Helfand is partner, with William Drenttel, in Winterhouse, a design studio in Northwest Connecticut. Their work focuses on publishing and editorial development; film and new media; and cultural, educational and literary institutions. Helfand is a founding editor of Design Observer, the largest online forum for design criticism and commentary. Appointed in 2006 to the US Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, she has been a contributing editor and columnist for Print, ID and Eye magazines and has written for numerous national publications, including The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Aperture and The New Republic. She is the author of several books including Paul Rand: American Modernist (1998), Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002). Helfand received her B.A. in architectural theory and her M.F.A. in graphic design, both from Yale University, where she is currently Senior Critic in the School of Art.
Steven Heller, New York Times Book Review and School of Visual Arts
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism programs at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, editor of Voice: AIGA Journal of Design, and the author or editor of over 100 books. In 1999 he received the AIGA Medal. Among many other things, Heller is currently working on a professional biography of Alvin Lustig.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper
A small businessman who had never previously run for political office, John Hickenlooper was elected mayor of Denver in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. Since taking office, Mayor Hickenlooper built an unprecedented partnership with Denver Public Schools, initiated a citywide campaign to end homelessness, created Denver’s sustainable development initiative and ushered in a new era of bipartisan regional cooperation culminating in passage of the largest regional transit initiative in the history of the United States. A respected entrepreneur, Hickenlooper was also involved with numerous downtown Denver renovation and development projects and is credited as one of the pioneers that helped revitalize Denver’s Lower Downtown historic district. In recognition of his efforts supporting preservation in Denver and downtowns across the country, Hickenlooper received a National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1997. His boundless energy and enthusiasm have generated tremendous optimism and confidence in Denver’s future.
Jonathan Hoefler, Hoefler & Frere-Jones, Inc.
Jonathan Hoefler is a typeface designer and an armchair type historian who specializes in the design of original typefaces. Named one of the 40 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 collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. In 2002, the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) presented Hoefler with its most prestigious award, the Prix Charles Peignot for outstanding contributions to type design. Hoefler and Frere-Jones’s collaboration has earned them profiles in the New York Times, Time and Esquire.
Gary Hustwit, Helvetica film
Gary Hustwit has produced five feature documentaries, including I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, the award-winning film about the band Wilco; Moog, about electronic music pioneer Robert Moog; and Drive Well, Sleep Carefully, a tour film about the band Death Cab for Cutie. Helvetica is Hustwit’s directorial debut. Hustwit worked with punk record label SST in the late 1980s, ran the independent book-publishing house Incommunicado Press during the 1990s, was vice president of the media website in 2000, and founded the indie DVD label Plexifilm in 2001.
Maira Kalman, illustrator, designer
Maira Kalman is an illustrator, author and designer based in New York City. She has written and illustrated a dozen children’s books, including What Pete Ate and Max Makes a Million. In 2005 Kalman illustrated The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. She has conceived and illustrated many covers for The New Yorker and recently contributed a yearlong column to The New York Times online called “The Principles of Uncertainty,” which will be published in a book this October.
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.
Ed Krug, Aquent Consulting
As practice leader of Aquent’s consulting group, Ed Krug has managed the development of Aquent’s methodology for benchmarking marketing and creative operations, and led has engagements applying this methodology to some of the best-known brands around the world. Prior to joining Aquent, Krug spent more than twenty years working with clients to optimize operations in disciplines from back-office functions to print fulfillment to creative services, designing integrated service delivery models and providing tactical implementation support. His career has included senior analytical and business development positions on both coasts, London and India with Pitney Bowes, OfficeTiger, Spherion and Xerox. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Krug earned his BA in architecture.
Allyson Lack, Principle Inc.
Allyson Lack is a partner and co-founder of Principle. She recently married a man she first met at summer camp, who lured her back to the great state of Texas to open Principle’s newest office in Houston. She received her BS in marketing from the University of Maryland and soon thereafter, with design as her true calling, headed to Atlanta to attend Portfolio Center. She serendipitously began her design career side-by-side her future partners, Jennifer Sukis and Pamela Zuccker, at Rigsby Design, sharpening her talents for rich typography and masterful production. She later became senior designer for Rutka Weadock in Baltimore, developing a deep knowledge of publication design for educational institutions. Lack also ran her own one-woman studio, where she made a name for herself with exceptional work for museums, art schools and cultural institutions, including the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Walters Art Museum.
Julie Lasky, I.D. magazine
Julie Lasky is editor-in-chief of I.D., the award-winning magazine of international design. Prior to that, she was editor-in-chief of Interiors magazine, which she led to several national honors. A widely published writer and critic, she has contributed to the New York Times, Metropolis, Dwell, Architecture, Slate, Surface, The National Scholar, and NPR. She is the author of two books: Borrowed Design: Use and Abuse of Historical Form (written with Steven Heller) and Some People Can't Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry. Honors include a National Arts Journalism Program Fellowship at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and the Richard J. Margolis award for writings on the cultural life of postwar Sarajevo.
Laura Latham, Gensler
Laura Latham is a senior design director at Gensler, Washington, D.C. She is a designer and strategist for brand and corporate image development, specializing in the integration of visual and verbal messages into print and the built environment. Gensler is a global firm, rede?ning what is possible through the power of design. Gensler’s approach to design doesn’t just preserve our planet’s resources, but develops sustainable, high-performance environments and design solutions that demand less of our natural resources. Latham earned a BS in design in 1985 from the University of Cincinnati. Her work has been recognized by Communication Arts, AIGA, Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, Graphis, Mead Top 60 and Print magazine.
Warren Lehrer, EarSay, SUNY Purchase and School of Visual Arts
Warren Lehrer is a pioneering book artist, typographer, writer and performer. His books, acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting oral traditions with the printed page, include Crossing the BLVD, The Portrait Series, Grrrhhhh: A Study of Social Patterns, FRENCH FRIES, and I Mean You Know. He has also cowritten three plays and an opera, and produced audio CDs, public radio documentaries and a mobile storybooth. His awards include the Brendan Gill Prize, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, three AIGA Book Awards, a Media That Matters Award, the International Book Design Award and fellowships from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Ford, Rockefeller and Greenwall foundations. Lehrer’s work is exhibited widely and is in many collections. He is co-artistic director of EarSay, a nonprofit arts organization that produces works for the page, the stage, radio and electronic media. Lehrer teaches at SUNY Purchase and the Designer as Author graduate program at the School of Visual Arts.
Daniel Libeskind, Studio Daniel Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind is a world-renowned architect and influential figure in the area of urban design. His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions—including the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the recently opened Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum—to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work. Libeskind is also the master plan architect for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
Ellen Lupton, Maryland Institute College of Art and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Ellen Lupton is a writer, educator, designer, curator, and working mother. She is the director of the MFA Graphic Design program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She has produced numerous books and exhibitions, including Mechanical Brides (1993), Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture (1996), and Skin: Surface, Substance + Design (2002). She is the author of Thinking with Type (2004), an accessible guide to typography, and D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (2006), co-authored with her graduate students at MICA. Her newest project, D.I.Y. Kids, co-authored with Julia Lupton, is a design guide for children illustrated with kids’ art. Lupton is a 2007 recipient of the AIGA Medal.
Elena Manferdini, Atelier Manferdini
Elena Manferdini is principal of Atelier Manferdini, a design office that specializes in cutting edge, computer-assisted design. With her degrees in both architecture and engineering, Manferdini applies construction and manufacturing technologies to the field of architecture, object design and fashion. Atelier Manferdini designs for numerous industries and is currently collaborating with MTV, Fiat, Nike, Alessi, Guzzini, Ottaviani, Leucos, Valentino and FolliFollie. Manferdini’s architectural projects have been exhibited internationally in architecture and art museums; her work is currently on display in Tokyo. She was recently invited to curate the West Coast USA session of the Beijing Biennale exhibition, and she designed the West Coast pavilion for the Chinese Millennium Museum. In addition to her design practice, Manferdini teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Bobby C. Martin Jr. , Jazz at Lincoln Center
 Bobby C. Martin’s focus as design director of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to communicate the vision of artistic director Wynton Marsalis with vitality, integrity and soul. Prior to Jazz at Lincoln Center, Martin worked at Ogilvy & Mather’s Brand Integration Group (BIG) with clients that include NYC2012, CNN, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Hershey’s, Miller Brewing Company and Pilsner Urquell. Martin’s work has been recognized by several design shows and magazines, including Print, STEP Inside Design and Graphis. Last year, he was selected as one of Print’s New Visual Artists in its annual “20 Under 30” issue. Currently, Martin serves as a board member of the AIGA New York chapter and is creative consultant to the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
Katherine McCoy, High Ground Studios
Katherine and Michael McCoy are the first recipients of the Smithsonian’s Design Minds national design award “for affecting a paradigm shift in the design professions,” in recognition of their diverse design practice and graduate design teaching at Cranbrook, London’s Royal College of Art and Chicago’s Institute of Design. They direct AIGA’s Image, Space, Object programs at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) and design visual communications for cultural, educational and environmental clients and furniture for Knoll and One Home. Their work in graphic, product, furniture, signage, exhibit and interior design has received many awards.

Katherine is a 1999 AIGA medal recipient and member of Alliance Graphique Internationale, whose graphic design work includes Graphic Radicals for Chronicle Books and Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse for Rizzoli. Their pioneering methods in design education have earned them the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, Industrial Designers Society of America Education Award, American Center for Design Education Award and honorary doctorates from Kansas City Art Institute.
Michael McCoy, High Ground Studios
Katherine and Michael McCoy are the first recipients of the Smithsonian’s Design Minds national design award “for affecting a paradigm shift in the design professions,” in recognition of their diverse design practice and graduate design teaching at Cranbrook, London’s Royal College of Art and Chicago’s Institute of Design. They direct AIGA’s Image, Space, Object programs at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) and design visual communications for cultural, educational and environmental clients and furniture for Knoll and One Home. Their work in graphic, product, furniture, signage, exhibit and interior design has received many awards.

Michael’s work includes Knoll’s best-selling Bulldog Chair and electronics for Philips. Their pioneering methods in design education have earned them the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, Industrial Designers Society of America Education Award, American Center for Design Education Award and honorary doctorates from Kansas City Art Institute.
Chris Moody, Aquent on Demand
As president of Aquent’s Marketing Technology Division, Chris Moody has responsibility for leading the company’s software division, which focuses on helping marketing organizations improve effectiveness and efficiency through the use of technology. Prior to establishing Aquent’s software business, Moody served as Aquent’s chief operating officer, in which position he was responsible for the day-to-day management of more than 700 employees across 70 offices. Before joining Aquent, Moody served in senior consulting roles for three leading-edge technology firms: EDS, Oracle and IBM. During his sixteen-year career, he has led engagements with more than 25 Fortune 500 companies. His views on marketing, technology and organizational change have been presented at industry conferences including Comdex, HOW and American Management Association events, as well as in publications including Network World magazine and USA Today. Chris has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University.
Patricia Moore, Moore Design Associates
Patricia Moore is a gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For a period of three years, Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised with her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with a women more than eighty years of age, allowing her to respond to people, products, and environments as an elder. Her broad range of work experience includes research, product development and design, environmental design, package design, transportation design, market analysis, and product positioning. Clients include: AT&T, BOEING, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, NASA, Marriott, Maytag, Procter & Gamble, 3M, Valley Metro Rail, and Whirlpool. Moore is a frequent international lecturer, media guest and author of numerous articles, such as, DISGUISED: A True Story, The Business of Aging, and OUCH! Why Bad Design Hurts.

Moore holds undergraduate degrees in industrial, environmental and communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, completion of advanced studies in biomechanics at New York University’s Medical School and Rusk Institute, graduate degrees in psychology and counseling and in human development (social gerontology) from Columbia University. Moore has been named by I.D. magazine as one of the “40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world.” “ABC World News” featured Moore as one of 50 Americans defining the new millennium.
Noreen Morioka, Adams Morioka
Noreen Morioka is a partner at AdamsMorioka in Beverly Hills. Since AdamsMorioka’s founding in 1994, it has been recognized by every major competition and publication including Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, the Type Directors Club, the British Art Director’s Club, I.D., and the New York Art Director’s Club. In 2000, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibited AdamsMorioka in a solo retrospective. Morioka is a past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of AIGA, and chair of the AIGA National President’s Council. Adams and Morioka hold the honor of being named to the ID40, citing them as two of the 40 most important people shaping design internationally. Adams and Morioka are both Fellows of the Aspen Design Conference, and in 2006 were named as Fellows of the AIGA. Adams and Morioka are co-authors of the best-selling Logo Design Workbook, and Color Workbook. Their clients include ABC, Adobe, Gap, Old Navy, Frank Gehry Associates, Nickelodeon, USC, Sundance and The Walt Disney Company.

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