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Jinhee Park
Jinhee Park is a founding member, with John Hong, of SINGLE Speed DESIGN, an innovative Cambridge-based architecture firm. In 2004, Hong and Park won the inaugural Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize for the Big Dig House, a proposal to construct housing out of remnants of the I-93 highway left over from the Big Dig. The first such house is nearing completion in Lexington, Mass., and two more are under way. Park received an MArch degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to cofounding SSD, Park worked at the Samsung design lab in Korea and SANAA in Tokyo.

Elizabeth Pastor
Elizabeth Pastor is cofounder of Understanding Lab Inc. in New York City, where she explores the art, science and business of constructing human understanding systems. She is particularly interested in the design of information tools to enhance learning and accelerate innovation. Clients she has worked with include the Attention Trust,, Media Futures Group, IBM, Pfizer, Majestic Research, EDS, Morgan Stanley, Avaya, Bristol-Myers Squibb and TED. Prior to creating the Understanding Lab, Pastor cofounded Scient’s Innovation Acceleration Lab with GK VanPatter. In the two years that she was at Scient, more than 2,000 employees and clients gained cross-disciplinary innovation skills in Lab workshops. Workshop ONE subsequently won an AIGA Experience Design award. She cofounded the NextDesign Leadership Institute with GK VanPatter as part of their continuing experiments in innovation acceleration.

Gary M. Pawlaczyk
Gary M. Pawlaczyk is the vice president of sales and marketing for Pictorial Offset Corporation, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing privately held printing and brand communications companies. In 1999, Pictorial Offset Corporation was the first commercial printer of its kind in the world to earn dual quality and environmental compliance accreditations of the International Standards Organization. In 2005, Pictorial was SmartWood certified for Forest Stewardship Council for Chain of Custody through the Rainforest Alliance.

Bennett Peji
Bennett Peji is a commissioner of arts and culture for the City of San Diego and an AIGA Fellow. His firm, Bennett Peji Design, specializes in urban and district branding. Peji is the master-plan consultant for Filipino Village in National City. He is the recipient of the 2005 Arts, Business and Culture Award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the 2004 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award from the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and the 2004 Asian Heritage Award for Cultural Preservation. Besides business and community service awards, his firm has received over 200 design awards. Peji serves on the board of the AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design. He is a founding board member and regent of the Baja California Missions Foundation, established to renovate and preserve the historic missions in Mexico.

Shel Perkins
Shel Perkins is a graphic designer, management consultant and educator with 19 years of experience in managing the operations of leading creative firms in the United States and the U.K. His book Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers will be published in 2005 by AIGA Press.

David Peters
Based in San Francisco, David Peters is principal at the design studio Exbrook and cofounder of Design Films, a research project he launched in 1992 when he began studying the intersection of film and design. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts design grant, he has shown the results of his research at museums, film festivals, and conferences around the world.

Mark Pine
Mark Pine is deputy executive director of Friends of the Observatory (FOTO), the nonprofit public support group for the world-renowned Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. He manages development of the observatory’s new exhibit program, leads definition of the enhanced education programs, and contributes to fundraising, renovation planning, public relations, strategic planning, and general management activities. Before joining FOTO, he served as outreach manager for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he managed the lab’s external communications regarding its space and Earth science exploration programs.

Emily Potts
Emily Potts has been the editor of STEP inside design magazine since 2000. Previously Step-By-Step Graphics, STEP inside design was launched in 2002 under Potts’s editorial direction with designer Robert Valentine of the Valentine Group in New York City, who conceived the fresh look and feel of STEP inside design. In addition to her duties as editor of STEP inside design, Potts is the editorial director of the Dynamic Graphics Group, which also publishes Dynamic Graphics magazine. In 2000, her first book, Designing Brands: Market Success Through Graphic Distinction, was released by Rockport Publishers.

Todd Radom
Todd Radom is an independent graphic designer specializing in sports branding, book jacket design, and corporate identity. Radom’s work includes the official logo for Super Bowl XXXVIII and the graphic identity for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals and Anaheim Angels. He is among the leading designers in the professional sports industry, and his 13 years of work with the NFL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball has resulted in some of the most familiar icons of our popular culture.

Mark Randall
Mark Randall is principal of Worldstudio, a graphic design agency in New York City whose clients range the profit/nonprofit spectrum: from JPMorgan Private Bank, Designtex, Estée Lauder Companies, Adobe Systems and Reed Elsevier to the WK Kellogg Foundation, TrueMajority and the Metropolitan Opera. The design work of Worldstudio has won leading industry awards from Communications Arts, Print magazine and the Art Directors Club. Randall is president of Worldstudio Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers scholarships and mentoring programs in the fine and applied arts with AIGA. The first nonprofit in the United States devoted exclusively to encouraging social responsibility in the design and arts professions, Worldstudio Foundation dares young artists to dream—of new lives, new careers and new solutions for the world in which we live. In addition to lecturing on design and social responsibility at schools and industry conferences, Randall has taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Felice Regan
Felice Regan’s life as an artist began in earnest in 1970 when she cofounded the Graphic Workshop with Robert P. Moore, professor of painting at the Massachusetts College of Art, where Regan earned her B.F.A. The Graphic Workshop, a collaborative of artists who shared a passion for animals, began the Endangered Species Poster series in 1975. For the past 30 years, the Endangered Species series continues to support education, community action, and creative expression, and encourages a deeper respect for the animal world. Other projects of the Graphic Workshop have supported the antiwar movement, early recycling efforts and theatrical organizations at Harvard and MIT. Regan continues to teach and mentor students at the Massachusetts College of Art.

Josephine Reid
Josephine Reid has worked for ten years at HP Laboratories in Bristol and is currently an experience-design researcher. Reid has helped to design, lead and analyze a number of field trials that test the value of situated mediascapes and mobile and pervasive technologies.

Maria Rogal
Through her diverse investigations of visual culture, representation, and identity formation, Rogal explores the construction of culture and the imaginary in the Americas, specifically Mexico. Her writing and design projects have appeared in national and international journals and juried exhibitions. Rogal teaches graphic design at the University of Florida.

Susan K. Roth
Susan K. Roth is the associate dean for academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and director of design research, Design for Democracy. She is an expert on the human-centered design process. Roth has testified on issues of voting usability and accessibility before the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, the Taskforce on Voting: Ease of Access and Ease of Use for All Americans, and the Election Administration Advisory Panel to the Federal Election Commission. She conducted studies on provisional voting procedures for the Franklin County, Ohio, Board of Elections and presented guidelines on ballot design and research to election officials in Virginia.

Mark Roudebush
A recent graduate of the B.F.A. program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Mark Roudebush is a participant in Design for Democracy’s emergency and evacuation design initiative and a member of the Get Out Safe task force. He has been instrumental in working toward the design of an effective emergency exit system, including maps and way-finding aids.

Ben Rubin
Ben Rubin is a sound designer and visual artist. He is the director of EAR Studio, a multimedia design and technology firm in New York City. “Listening Post,” which Rubin created with statistician Mark Hansen, was at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2002 to 2003 and won the Golden Nica award at Ars Electronica in 2004. Rubin has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Ann Hamilton, Arto Lindsay, Diller+Scofidio, Steve Reich, and Beryl Korot. Rubin teaches at the Yale School of Art, and has previously taught at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He has been awarded artistic residencies at Bell Laboratories, the Banff Centre, and the STEIM foundation in Holland.

Stefan Sagmeister
Stefan Sagmeister founded New York–based Sagmeister, Inc., in 1993 and has since designed graphics and packaging for the Rolling Stones, the Talking Heads and Lou Reed. Having been nominated five times for a Grammy Award, he finally won one for the Talking Heads boxed set. In 2001 a monograph about his work titled Sagmeister: Made You Look became a best seller. Sagmeister has always worked hard to keep the studio small (currently himself, Matthias Ernstberger and one intern). He lectures extensively on all continents. Sagmeister is a former member of the AIGA board.

Katie Salen
Katie Salen is the director of graduate studies, design and technology, Parsons School of Design, as well as a game and interactive designer. Coauthor (with Eric Zimmerman) of Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals, a textbook on game design (MIT Press), as well as the forthcoming Game Design Reader (MIT Press, 2005), she is also member of Playground, a design team focused on large-scale, experimental, real-world games. She is a contributing writer for RES magazine, and worked as an animator on Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed animated feature Waking Life, as well as two music videos for the band Zero 7 (In the Waiting Line; Destiny).

Jeff Scher
From flying dogs to cinematic explosions of paint, Jeff Scher’s experimental films seduce the viewer with their wit, speed and visual exuberance. Scher uses a range of often-outdated technologies to make his films, including live action and insanely labor-intensive hand-painted animation. These films have been shown at major museums and film festivals around the world, as well as in loops on monitors at Japanese butcher shops, and by an Asian airline to calm passengers during takeoff. Scher has recently completed a new trailer for the IFC Center Theater in New York, and the Maya Stendhal Gallery is currently presenting several new works of Scher’s, including “Trixi” and “Cunning Stunts.”

Paula Scher
Paula Scher has been a principal of the international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991. Over the past decade, her work has come to be visually identified with the cultural and commercial life of New York City. Her groundbreaking posters for the Public Theater have put her obsessive typography out into the streets, and her new architecturally based work for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and the New 42nd Street is keeping it there. Other clients include Citibank, Bloomberg LP, Tiffany & Co., Perry Ellis, the Asia Society, Madison Square Park, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Times Magazine, Metropolis and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has lectured and exhibited all over the world, and she has published her career monograph Make It Bigger (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002) and is featured in the new Profile: Pentagram Design (Phaidon Press, 2004). She received the AIGA Medal in 2001.

Martha Scotford
Martha Scotford is a professor of graphic design at North Carolina State University, where she teaches design history, typography and design studios. Before teaching, she was a book designer in Boston. She is the author of Cipe Pineles: A Life of Design, and a principal collaborator on the project For the Voice: Mayakovsky and Lissitzky. She spent early 2001 in India as a Fulbright lecturer teaching typography and Western design history.

Kristin Seeberger
Kristin Seeberger started her in-house career as the only designer at T. Rowe Price, an investment management firm, 12 years ago. Her group now includes designers with print, web and video experience—and writers—all supporting the firm’s five businesses.

RitaSue Siegel
RitaSue Siegel is president of RitaSue Siegel Resources, an Aquent Company, leading a team of seasoned recruiters to find senior product, communications and environmental design management professionals worldwide for companies that consider design a core competency or that want to develop one. She is the author of Getting an Industrial Design Job, available for free download at and, and American Graphic Design: Thirty Years of Imagery.

Bonnie Siegler
Bonnie Siegler is a partner (with Emily Oberman) of Number Seventeen. Number Seventeen, founded in the summer of 1993, is a multidisciplinary design firm working in television, film, print, products and the world of computer media. They are currently designing the new, reinvented Colors magazine, creating the identity and advertising for Air America Radio (the new left-leaning radio network), and designing books for InStyle magazine and Will and Grace. Other clients include Saturday Night Live, Condé Nast, Calvin Klein, Nickelodeon, Hyperion, NBC, MTV, HBO and André Belazs’s Mercer Hotel. Siegler teaches design for television in the graduate program of the School of Visual Arts. She is a member of the AIGA board.

R. Sikoryak
R. Sikoryak’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Little Lit, Fortune, Esquire, and GQ, among other publications, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book). In addition to his freelance work, he creates comic strip parodies of classic literature for magazines such as Drawn & Quarterly and Raw. These parodies have earned him the title of “comics’ postmodern chameleon” from the Comics Journal. Sikoryak is the coauthor, with Michael Smith, of The Seduction of Mike (Fantagraphics), a comic book funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. He was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for his comic adaptations of the classics. Sikoryak was an associate editor at Raw Books and Graphics from 1989 to 2000. Since 1997, he has presented his cartoon slide-show series, “Carousel,” around the United States and Canada.

DJ Spooky
Paul D. Miller is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in New York. Miller’s first collection of essays, Rhythm Science (2004), was mentioned on several year-end lists of the best books of 2004. He is author of the forthcoming Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings about sound art and multimedia by contemporary cultural theorists. Miller is well known under the moniker of his “constructed persona” as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid. He has recorded a huge volume of music and has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians and composers, such as Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Butch Morris, Kool Keith a.k.a. Doctor Octagon, Pierre Boulez, Killa Priest from Wu-Tang Clan, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth, among many others. DJ Spooky’s latest multimedia performance is “Rebirth of a Nation,” an audiovisual remix of the D.W. Griffith film Birth of a Nation for three-screen digital video projection.

Paul Sternberger
Paul Sternberger is an associate professor of art history in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Rutgers University, Newark. He has published Between Amateur and Aesthete: The Legitimization of Photography as Art in America, 1880–1900, as well as numerous articles on the history of photography.

Bill Strickland
Bill Strickland is president of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Bidwell Training Center, community investment success stories in Pittsburgh overseen by the not-for-profit company Manchester Bidwell Corporation. Among numerous awards and honors, Strickland has received a MacArthur “genius grant” and serves on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts. However, his accomplishments as a business leader and humanitarian are reflected most in the thousands of people who have raised themselves out of poverty and into the world of full-time employment, through the organization that Strickland built.

Ambassador Richard N. Swett, FAIA
Richard N. Swett was ambassador to Denmark from 1998 to 2001. In 1990, he was elected U.S. Representative for the state of New Hampshire and served until 1995. Swett is a licensed architect and president of Swett Associates, a four-person consulting business that provides architectural design, project management, corporate management, project development, alternative-energy development, energy conservation and industrial development services. He holds positions on numerous corporate boards and is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Design Futures Council. He is a contributing author to the book A Nation Reconstructed and author of Leadership by Design: Creating an Architecture of Trust.

Jakob Trollbäck
A self-taught designer from Sweden, Jakob Trollbäck leads an innovative and highly successful company, creates seminal and award-winning designs, and is an acknowledged industry leader in network branding and motion graphic design. His five-year-old company has leaped to the forefront of network design while successfully expanding its creative output to film titles (most recently, Vanity Fair), commercials, publication design, environmental design, music videos and short films. Clients include the top TV networks HBO, Lifetime, TCM, TNT, Sundance Channel, and AMC; film companies HBO Films, Fox Searchlight and Miramax; and advertising clients Volvo and Sony. Trollbäck was formerly creative director of R/Greenberg Associates, where he ran the Design Department.

Dori Tunstall
Dori Tunstall, Ph.D., is a design anthropologist and planner and managing director for Design for Democracy. Tunstall is a leader in bringing together the fields of anthropology and design. Previously, she has been a human-centered strategic planner in the field of interactive consulting at Sapient and Arc Worldwide. Now she is one of the first anthropologists to be hired as full-time faculty in an American school of art and design, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Alice Twemlow
Alice Twemlow is a partner in Deskwork, a creative consultancy based in New York. Twemlow is a design writer and curator. She regularly contributes articles to publications such as Print, I.D., Eye, New York magazine, and STEP inside design, and is the author of StyleCity New York. Twemlow is a guest critic at the graduate graphic design programs of Yale University and RISD, and is a member of AIGA New York’s board of directors. Last year, Twemlow was program director of GraficEurope 2004, a conference that took place in Berlin and explored graphic design in relation to the concepts of locality and craft. Previously, Twemlow spent four years as program director at AIGA.

Masamichi Udagawa
Masamichi Udagawa is a partner at Antenna Design New York Inc., which he co-founded with Sigi Moeslinger 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 Bloomingdale’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.

GK VanPatter
GK VanPatter is an innovation strategist, understanding designer and visionary thinker. He specializes in the creation of strategies, tools and organizations that enhance adaptability and innovation. As cofounder of Understanding Lab Inc. in New York, he has pioneered the application of understanding as an instrument to drive growth, change and innovation in knowledge-creating companies. He was an early advocate of extending designs’ reach into the realms of business transformation, strategy development, knowledge creation and organizational innovation. In the spring of 2002 he cofounded the NextDesign Leadership Institute with Elizabeth Pastor as part of their continuing experiments in innovation acceleration.

Véronique Vienne
A former magazine art director, Véronique Vienne has authored, coauthored, and contributed to numerous books and articles on design, lifestyle and cultural trends. A collection of her essays on design was published by Graphis under the title Something to Be Desired. She also teaches a course on design criticism at the New York School of Visual Arts.

Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Lella and Massimo Vignelli started their office in Milan in 1960, and they cofounded Vignelli Associates and Vignelli Designs in New York. Their diverse design contributions have brought them international recognition and numerous honors, including the 2003 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Lifetime Achievement Award. Pursuing a multidisciplinary practice on the highest level, their work includes graphic identity programs, publications and print materials of all kinds, household and office furnishings, housewares, and interior and exhibition design. The resulting cross-pollination between two- and three-dimensional work allows the Vignellis to meet clients’ needs and exercise better control over a given design program. Notable projects include New York’s and Washington’s subway signage and maps; the interior of St. Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center; Venini lamps; Heller dinnerware; furniture systems for Poltrona Frau, and identity programs for Knoll International, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and American Airlines. The Vignellis are the authors of Design Is One and the forthcoming Vignelli from A to Z.

Armin Vit
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, HOW and STEP inside design, magazines, among others. His work has appeared in numerous publications around the world and has garnered awards. He is a former faculty member of Portfolio Center and has lectured on topics ranging from typography to branding in locations ranging from San Diego to Berlin. He is cofounder of UnderConsideration and founder of the (in)famous Speak Up. Currently, he spends his daytime working at Pentagram.

Petrula Vrontikis
Graphic designer, educator and author Petrula Vrontikis lectures at universities, to professional organizations and at conferences worldwide about her work and about graphic design education and inspiration. She has taught the advanced senior graphic design studies course at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena since 1989 and served as a national board member of AIGA.

Cheryl Towler Weese
Cheryl Towler Weese is a founding partner and lead designer at Studio Blue, a Chicago-based design firm that creates books, websites, signage, exhibitions and brand strategy for clients in the cultural and educational sectors. Recent projects include exhibit design for the Chicago Architectural Foundation, a website for the Art Institute of Chicago, books for the Winterthur Museum and viewbooks for Otis College of Art and Design. She has served on AIGA’s national board and chaired AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers” competition in 2004 and 2005.

Carol Wells
Carol Wells is an art historian, writer, curator and activist. She taught the history of art and architecture for 13 years at California State University, Fullerton. She began collecting posters in 1981 and organized her first exhibition that same year. In 1989, Wells founded the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), an educational and research archive with more than 50,000 domestic and international social-movement graphics—the largest collection of post–World War II human-rights and protest posters in the United States. Her theme-based exhibitions have traveled to over 280 venues throughout North America and Europe, and her articles on protest graphics have appeared in numerous publications and catalogues.

Frank R. Wilson, M.D.
Frank Wilson was cofounder and then medical director of the Health Program for Performing Artists at the University of California School of Medicine. He was clinical professor of neurology at Stanford University Medical School until June 2004. For the past two decades he has written and lectured extensively on the anthropology and the neurological foundations of human-hand skill. His clinical research has focused on hand problems of performing artists. He is the author of The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1998.

Trish Witkowski
Trish Witkowski is the president of Finishing Experts Group, Inc., and is the creative director for BMWW in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the creator of the industry-acclaimed FOLDRite system, and author of FOLD: The Professional’s Guide to Folding and its online companion, custom digital template creator (

David Womack
David Womack is a partner in Deskwork, a creative consultancy based in New York. Womack is an editor, information architect and web strategist. He writes about technology and culture for publications including the Guardian (U.K.),, Cabinet magazine and I.D.. He also works on editorial and interactive projects for clients including Adobe Systems, Samsung, the American Chemistry Council and DuPont. From 2000 to 2004, Womack served as director of new media for AIGA. He also served an executive editor of Gain: AIGA Journal of Business and Design and managing editor of Voice: AIGA Journal of Design.

Joe Wright
Whether in the role of photographer, commercial director or graphic designer, Wright seeks inspiration from the outside world when beginning a new project. In London, Wright established StudioBarbara in the mid-’90s, specializing in print and motion design. After four years of top work for clients like A&M Records, MTV Europe and Virgin, Wright began directing or codirecting spots for such companies as Saab, Nike and Ford. He moved to New York in October 2001 to begin work with Trollbäck + Company. In addition to flexing his creative muscle in the more traditional disciplines, Wright is looking to develop his passion for architectural graphics—the use of motion design as a fundamental feature of public spaces. “It breaks down the boundaries between different areas of design, taking motion graphics into an area where the possibilities are limitless,” says Wright.

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