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Natalia Ilyin
Author of Chasing the Perfect: Design, Modernism and Culture and Blonde Like Me: the Roots of the Blonde Myth in Our Culture, Natalia Ilyin is a writer, graphic designer and design critic. She has taught cultural theory and semiotics at the Cooper Union, Yale University, and Rhode Island School of Design. She owns a design consultancy that specializes in communications for nonprofit cultural organizations and lectures widely on the effects of advertising images on personal identity.

Hiroshi Ishii
Hiroshi Ishii is associate professor of media arts and sciences, at the MIT Media Lab. He codirects the Things That Think (TTT) consortium and directs the Tangible Media Group. Ishii’s research focuses upon the design of seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment. The Tangible Media Group pursues a new vision of human-computer interaction (HCI): “Tangible Bits.” Ishii and his students have presented their vision of “Tangible Bits” at a variety of academic, industrial-design and artistic venues (including ACM SIGCHI, ACM SIGGRAPH, Industrial Designers Society of America, and Ars Electronica), emphasizing that the development of tangible interfaces requires the rigor of both scientific and artistic review.

Alexander Isley
Alexander Isley is a Connecticut-based designer and educator. He started his career at M&Co. and Spy magazine. He presently heads a 12-person firm that has created award-winning work for Giorgio Armani, Nickelodeon, Scholastic, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Texaco, MTV, Toys “R” Us, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the City of New York, and PepsiCo. Isley has been a critic at the Yale School of Art since 1996 and has also served as an instructor at the Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts. His work is in the permanent collections of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, and SFMOMA. He is a board member of Creative Connections, an international children’s arts and cultural exchange program, and is president of AIGA New York.

Christina Jackson
Christina Jackson is brand manager with Aquent, a global creative staffing and professional-services firm. Her responsibilities include developing publications and strategic relationships that build Aquent’s brand within the design community. Prior to joining Aquent, she worked as the creative director for a political consulting firm in Washington, DC. She is a recipient of advertising’s Clio, District VII and Nashville Diamond Addy awards.

Jeff Jenkins
Jeff Jenkins is a design consultant who focuses on furniture and environments. This year, in partnership with Atmosphere 5, the new atelier for modern furniture, Jenkins will introduce a line of furniture. He was selected as a semifinalist for the Metropolis magazine first annual Next Generation Design Prize and Interior Design magazine’s “Future Furniture.” His work will be featured in the exhibition “Spotlight on Industrial Design” in Washington, DC, and in the upcoming book Design Secrets: 50 Great Examples of Modern Furniture, which will be published in 2006.

Bridget Sheridan Johnson
Bridget Sheridan Johnson is the founder of One2One Communications, LLC to develop and execute custom publishing initiatives. Her clients include Architectural Record, This Old House Ventures, American Express Publishing and Hachette Filipacchi Media. Prior to founding One2One, she was vice president at VNU, responsible for publications, websites and conferences in the architecture, design and commercial real estate fields. The magazines included Architecture, Contract, Kitchen & Bath Business, and Architectural Lighting. Johnson was also publisher at I.D., The International Design Magazine.

Ben Karlin
Ben Karlin is executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Karlin joined The Daily Show as head writer in 1999 and since then has seen the nightly news satire win Emmys in 2001, 2003 and 2004 for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program, along with Emmys in 2003 and 2004 for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. In addition, Karlin and the series were awarded a Peabody Award for its “razor-sharp coverage of the 2000 presidential campaign.” Prior to his work at The Daily Show, Karlin was an editor of the Onion, a satirical weekly newspaper he joined while in college at the University of Wisconsin. After leaving the Onion, he moved to Los Angeles, where he and a team of Onion alums wrote television pilots for Fox, the WB and ABC, as well as several episodes of the Cartoon Network’s animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. In addition to his duties at The Daily Show, Karlin collaborated with Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum and the rest of the Daily Show team on the New York Times number-one best seller, America (The Book).

Dirk Knemeyer
Dirk Knemeyer is one of the founding principals at Involution Studios LLC, a digital product design firm located in Silicon Valley and Boston. Before starting Involution Studios, Knemeyer was the chief design officer at Thread, Inc. an information-design firm. Knemeyer has published more than 100 articles, many on the topic of design strategy, and is a member of the board of directors of the International Institute for Information Design (IIID), the board of directors of AIGA’s Center for Brand Experience, and the executive council of the User Experience Network (UXnet).

Jason Kottke
Jason Kottke designs, codes, and writes for the web, with a special interest in clear, simple, user-centered design, microcontent, and the writable web. Kottke has maintained the popular and influential weblog kottke.org since March 1998, writing about web technology, photography, media, design, the writable web, and rip/mix/burn culture. His full-time concern is kottke.org, funded almost entirely by contributions from his readers.

Glenn Kowalski
Glenn Kowalski is an expert diagnostician with a thorough knowledge of print graphics, troubleshooting and color management. Kowalski manages a team of Mac-support specialists covering the Washington, DC, area. He is Apple certified, a member of the Apple Consultants Network, and the author of Text Cleaner—the critically acclaimed software for graphic designers.

Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt is the founder of Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc., a St. Louis multifaceted design studio with a national client list. Her work has been consistently recognized by AIGA, the American Institute of Architects, Art Directors Clubs from New York to Los Angeles, the Society of Environmental Graphic Design and the New York Type Directors Club.

Peter Kuhn
Peter Kuhn is area manager for Aquent in New York, where he manages creative projects and creative staffing teams. Kuhn is a member of AIGA, where he participates in the Mentor Program with the New York Board of Education.

Frank Lantz
Frank Lantz, creative director and cofounder of area/code, is a game designer based in New York City. He has worked in the field of game development for the past 20 years. Before starting area/code, Lantz was the director of game design at gameLab, a developer of online and downloadable games. He has also worked as a game designer for the developer POP, where he created games for Cartoon Network, Lifetime TV, and VH1. Between 1988 and 1998, he was creative director at R/GA Interactive, a New York digital design company. For over ten years, Lantz has taught game design at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, the School of Visual Arts, and The New School. His writings on games, technology and culture have appeared in a variety of publications.

Criswell Lappin
Criswell Lappin is the creative director of Metropolis magazine. Prior to Metropolis, he was an exhibition designer for Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, working on exhibitions including “The Work of Charles and Ray Eames” and “The Architecture of Reassurance: Designing Disney’s Theme Parks.” In addition to working with Metropolis, Lappin also runs Medium Well Studio, a collaborative design and consultant studio. Lappin designed Design Is . . . , the first publication from Metropolis Books.

Kit Laybourne
Kit Laybourne is one of the founding members of the team that developed Oxygen Media, a cable TV network for women, where he served as an executive producer, a director and the head of units working in animation, DV production and interactive narratives. His career has blended his passions for being a teacher, a producer and a creator with his love of new technologies and motion graphics. At Oxygen, his biggest projects have been Real Weddings from the Knot, Women & the Badge, X-Chromosome, Deep Creek, and Our Stories. Laybourne’s earlier series television credits include Gullah Gullah Island and Eureka’s Castle for Nickelodeon, Media Probes for PBS, and the Emmy Award–winning Liquid Television on MTV. Earlier in his career, Laybourne founded Noyes & Laybourne, an independent production studio with animator Eli Noyes. For a decade this TriBeCa-based company pursued production activity in television commercials and broadcast graphics, as well as through long-form programming for broadcast and cable television. Laybourne is a core faculty member with the M.A. program in Media Studies at the New School, where he teaches courses about media design, making DV shots and producing. His how-to volume, The Animation Book is a standard text where animation is taught, with over 80,000 copies in print.

Marc LeBlanc
As a game designer and technologist, Marc LeBlanc has been developing award-winning digital games for more than a dozen years. At Looking Glass Studios, he was a core contributor to the Thief series and the System Shock series, games that still find their way onto lists of the Top 100 Games of All Time. Most recently, he collaborated with Andrew Leker on Oasis, which won Game of the Year at the 2004 Independent Games Festival. A frequent lecturer on the subject of game design, LeBlanc has spoken at numerous universities, including Northwestern, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. He also teaches an annual game-design workshop at the Game Developers Conference.

Cathy A. Leff
Cathy A. Leff is director of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, a state-of-the-art research and exhibition facility, home to more than 100,000 decorative art objects, architectural elements, rare books and archives that chronicle the years between 1885 and 1945. Leff serves as the publisher and editor in chief of The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (DAPA), the museum’s scholarly journal.

Yossi Lemel
Yossi Lemel is a political poster artist, creative director and teacher. He is a partner in the Lemel-Cohen Creative Advertising Agency in Tel-Aviv, as well as head of the Visual Communication Department in the College of Arts and Design in Tel-Aviv. He is co-curator of the international traveling exhibition and book Both Sides of Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Posters and a participant in the book and exhibitions “The Design of Dissent” in New York and “The Graphic Imperative” in Boston.

Christina Lindholm
Christina Lindholm has served since 2002 as dean of VCU Qatar. She assumed the post when Shaqab College of Design Arts (opened in 1998 by Virginia Commonwealth University in partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development) became an official branch campus of the Richmond, Va.–based VCU. A graduate of the University of Missouri, from which she received her bachelor of science and master of science degrees, Lindholm began her academic career in 1980 as an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. While on the faculty, she also served as curator of the historic costume collection (1983–95). She joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995 as chair of the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising, VCU School of the Arts. She has served as a consultant to many companies, including Procter & Gamble, DuPont, Play, Timberland, Olivvi and Krista Larson.

Bruce Lindsey
Bruce Lindsey is professor and head of the School of Architecture at Auburn University, and, along with Andrew Freear, is the codirector of Auburn’s acclaimed Rural Studio. He has extensive experience in beginning design education and has written and lectured widely on the role of digital technology in design. His book Digital Gehry: Material Resistance/Digital Construction was published in 2001. Prior to going to Auburn, Lindsey was associate head and associate professor of art and architecture at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture. His furniture designs and metal work have been exhibited nationally. The recently completed Pittsburgh Glass Center, in collaboration with Davis + Gannon architects, is a Gold-rated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building that was just cited by the AIA’s Committee on the Environment as one of the top ten green buildings for 2005.

Ellen Lupton
Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the M.F.A. program in graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She also is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City, where she has organized numerous exhibitions, each accompanied by a major publication, including the “National Design Triennial” series (2000 and 2003), “Skin: Surface, Substance, and Design” (2002), “Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age” (1999), “Mixing Messages” (1996), and “Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office” (1993). With J. Abbott Miller she coauthored Design Writing Research: Writing on Graphic Design (1996). Her most recent book is Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors and Students (2004). Her book D.I.Y: Design It Yourself, coauthored with her graduate students at MICA, is forthcoming in fall 2005. Lupton is a former AIGA board member.

John Maeda
John Maeda is a graphic designer, artist and computer scientist at the MIT Media Laboratory. He has pioneered the use of the computer for people of all ages and skills to create art, and is currently spearheading a new research initiative to “redesign technology” so that it consistently makes sense, is fun and keeps us coming back for more. Maeda holds the E. Rudge and Nancy Allen Professorship of Media Arts and Sciences, is director of the Lab’s design-oriented Physical Language Workshop, and co-directs SIMPLICITY, a new research program aimed at redefining users’ relationships with technology in their daily lives. In 1999, Maeda was included in Esquire magazine’s list of the 21 most important people for the 21st century. He is also the recipient of the 2001 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in communications design and Japan’s highest career honor, the Mainichi Design Prize. In May 2003, he received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Maeda is a former AIGA board member.

Laurie Manfra
Laurie Manfra began at Metropolis in the fall of 2002. Her first assignment: coordinate the inaugural Metropolis “Next Generation Design Competition,” back when the magazine’s publisher and editor shared the vague hope of offering a reward to designers in the early stages of their careers. Now, as an associate editor, she continues to run the competition but also is responsible for planning coverage for the Next Generation department in the magazine and posting news relating to the finalists and winners on the Next Generation site on www.metropolismag.com.

Lisa Mazzola
Lisa Mazzola is the coordinator of teacher programs within the Education Department of the Museum of Modern Art where she develops and administers programs for K- 12 educators that relate to collections, exhibitions and other aspects of the Museum's mission. Prior to her work at MoMA, Lisa coordinated gallery tours and special projects at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Museum and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rod McDonald
Rod McDonald has almost 40 years’ experience working with lettering and type. Much of his career was spent providing hand lettering and typographic styling to the Toronto advertising and design community. He was one of the first Canadian typographers to switch to the Macintosh in the mid ’80s and was soon providing custom fonts to ad agencies. McDonald has taught typography at the Ontario College of Art & Design and NSCAD University and is currently involved in establishing a series of master classes at Humber College in Toronto. He has designed a number of logos for magazines including Maclean’s, Applied Arts and, most recently, Toronto Life.

Pam McGuire
Pam McGuire is the print production specialist for Mohawk Fine Papers, a privately owned manufacturer of fine printing papers located near Albany, New York. McGuire has managed the print production of Mohawk’s promotional materials and swatchbooks for the past eight years, working with some of the best designers and printers in our industry. During countless all-night press OKs, she has acquired an appreciation for vending-machine cuisine, gray-painted customer lounges, and back issues of Printing Impressions magazine. McGuire is often tapped by Mohawk’s sales force as an educational resource for paper and printing knowledge.

Cheyenne Medina
Cheyenne Medina is a senior designer at Studio/lab and is one of the founding members of Design for Democracy, a national team of professional and student designers who are working to redesign the voting experience.

Stephen Melamed
Stephen Melamed, IDSA, is the managing partner of the industrial design consulting firm Tres Design Group. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of interdisciplinary product development and industrial design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An award-winning designer, Melamed has received a Design Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities and a research grant from the R. Buckminster Fuller Foundation. Melamed is on the board of directors of Design for Democracy.

Peter Merholz
Peter Merholz is the director of practice development and a founding partner of Adaptive Path, a user experience consulting company. He is an experienced information architect, writer, speaker, and leader in the field of user experience design. Clients include Cathay Pacific, Yamaha and the California HealthCare Foundation.

Patrick Mitchell
Patrick Mitchell is founder and creative director of PlutoMedia, an editorial design studio. Before launching PlutoMedia, he was VP/creative director of Gruner+Jahr USA’s Business Innovator Group and founding design director of Fast Company, where he was the recipient of the prestigious National Magazine Award for Excellence in Design. Previously, Mitchell was design director of the award-winning and critically acclaimed environmental journal Garbage. PlutoMedia has worked with a variety of clients, including AIGA, American Illustration, Dartmouth College, DIRECTV, Disney, Fairchild Publications, the Independent Film Channel, the Hearst Corporation, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, TED Conferences, Time Inc., TR!O, and the Sporting News. Mitchell is also the design director of Nylon magazine and Nylon Guy.

Sigi Moeslinger
Sigi Moeslinger is a partner at Antenna Design New York Inc., which she co-founded with Masamichi Udagawa in 1997. Antenna’s mission is to make the experience of objects and environments more meaningful and exciting. Antenna’s projects range from public to commercial, from applied to exploratory. Among Antenna’s best known projects are the design of New York City subway cars and ticket vending machines, JetBlue check-in kiosks, Bloomberg displays and interactive environments, such as Power Flower, an installation in the windows of Bloomingadale’s activated by passersby. Antenna’s user-centered design approach helps understand human behavior, which is particularly important when designing the unfamiliar, elicited by new technology. Antenna’s work has won numerous awards, including recognition from I.D., Business Week, and Wired magazines. In 2003 Masamichi and Sigi were finalists for the National Design Award in Product Design from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Errol Morris
Roger Ebert has said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more . . . Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.” His latest film, The Fog of War, on the life of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, was the winner of the 2003 Academy Award for Best Documentary. In 2001, he won an Emmy for directing the commercial “Photobooth” for PBS. Morris has received five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. Morris’s work received a full retrospective in November 1999 at the Museum of Modern Art, and he received a special tribute at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.

Murray Moss
Murray Moss began his career as a professional actor in the United States and Great Britain after his studies at Columbia University and at New York University’s School of Arts. In 1978, in collaboration with Dutch designer Ronaldus Shamask, Moss launched the fashion label Shamask, which became known for its architectonic, structural designs long before such thinking in clothing came into vogue. With the opening of the Moss store in 1994, in SoHo, Moss was able to infuse basic principles of his previous careers into all aspects of the store—to dramatic effect. Both a sense of theater and a sensibility reminiscent of experimental fashion characterize the shop, which presents a highly edited selection of both current and historical products culled from designers and manufacturers around the world. Like an editor or a curator, Moss changes the presentation of products almost daily, keeping the store fresh and current with new ideas.

Liza Murphy
Liza Murphy is the Forest Products Marketing Manager at Rainforest Alliance. Her work focuses on companies that are interested in exploring what options are available for them to incorporate certified products into their supply stream. Prior to joining Rainforest Alliance in 2004, Murphy was a partner at Lockwood Financial Services, a provider of asset-management services, where she was the partner for operations and administration. She has also worked at JP Morgan and Shearson Lehman Brothers. Additionally, she has worked in South Africa developing transfrontier conservation areas in the region.

Nicholas Negroponte
Nicholas Negroponte is the Wiesner Professor of Media Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding chairman of MIT’s Media Laboratory. Negroponte studied at MIT and has been an MIT faculty member since 1966. He was the founder of MIT’s pioneering Architecture Machine Group, a combination lab and think tank responsible for many radically new approaches to the human-computer interface. In 1995, he published the New York Times best seller Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. Negroponte helped to establish, and serves as chairman of, the 2B1 Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing computer access to children in the most remote and poorest parts of the world. Most recently, Negroponte has launched a new program to develop a $100 laptop—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world’s children.

Christoph Niemann
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, animator and graphic designer. His work has appeared on the covers of the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. Niemann’s illustrations have garnered numerous awards from AIGA, SPD, ADC and American Illustration. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

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