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The main-stage experience
John Hockenberry—legendary Master of Ceremonies participating in his sixth consecutive conference—will be accompanied on the main stage by a live percussionist and performance illustrator R. Sikoryak. Specially produced media interstitials created by For Office Use Only, Imaginary Forces and Alfalfa will inform and entertain throughout the conference. Back by popular demand, Steff Geissbuhler will curate the insightful and incisive 20/20, one-minute designer skits. Hockenberry will masterfully orchestrate inspirational presentations, sound and visual segments into multi-dimensional and provocative experiences.

Speakers A-H | Speakers I-N | Speakers O-Z

Lisa Abendroth
Lisa Abendroth coordinates the communication design program at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Exploring the complexities of identity within social and cultural contexts, Abendroth’s research focuses on the American lawn as a sign of suburban identity. She has presented, exhibited and published her work nationally and internationally.

Paola Antonelli
Paola Antonelli is a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. Her exhibitions for MoMA include “Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design” (1995), “Achille Castiglioni: Design!” (1997–98), “Projects 66: Campana/Ingo Maurer” (1999), “Workspheres” (2001), and “Humble Masterpieces” (2004). Her next show, “SAFE: Design Takes On Risk,” will open at MoMA on October 16, 2005. Both the catalogue for her “SAFE” show and her book Humble Masterpieces are scheduled for release in October 2005.

David Baker
David Baker is principal of ReCourses, Inc. Baker’s work on management issues for creative-service firms has been featured in HOW, Adweek, Communication Arts, USA Today and BusinessWeek. He was previously the principal of an integrated marketing communications firm.

Anthon Beeke
Anthon Beeke’s broad scope of graphic design includes exhibitions, books, magazines, brands, logos, postage stamps, catalogues, TV commercials, packaging, children’s games, ad campaigns and posters. His posters for the theater groups Zuidelijk toneel/Globe, Toneelgroep Amsterdam and the Theatercompagnie as well as for Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum are world famous. As well as being creative director of his own studio in Amsterdam, he is also chief lecturer of the Man and Information Department of the Design Academy in Eindhoven.

Jen Bekman
Jen Bekman is a gallery owner in New York City and a freshly minted blogger. Her blog, Personism, explores design, urban issues and architecture. She was the founding editor of the design blog Unbeige and is an occasional contributor to Apartment Therapy, a blog about city living. After college, Blekman’s interest in writing, design and media led her to a career directing community and editorial efforts for innovative internet companies such as New York Online and Electric Minds and Netscape. She then oversaw Interactive Programming efforts at Disney/GO Networks, before returning to New York City as the chief creative officer at an AOL-funded streaming-video company and later at Meetup, where she was VP of user development.

David Berlow
David Berlow entered the type industry in 1978 as a letter designer for the respected Mergenthaler, Linotype, Stempel and Haas type foundries. He joined the newly formed digital type supplier Bitstream, Inc., in 1982. he founded the Font Bureau, Inc. with Roger Black in 1989. Font Bureau has developed more than 300 new and revised type designs including fonts for the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone and Hewlett-Packard.

John Bielenberg
John Bielenberg is the founder and director of the Bielenberg Institute at the Edge of the Earth, which runs a summer design program called Project M, in Belfast, Maine. Since 1991, he has produced an ongoing series of projects under the pseudonym Virtual Telemetrix, Inc. (VT) that address issues related to the practice of graphic design and corporate America. Bielenberg has taught design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco for ten years. Bielenberg is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and is on the board of directors of the PopTech Conference, which explores the impact of technology on people, and has just concluded a term on the AIGA board. He is also a partner and cofounder of C2 in San Francisco.

Michael Bierut
At Pentagram New York, Michael Bierut is responsible for leading a team of graphic designers who create identity design, environmental graphic design and editorial design solutions. He is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art and a coeditor of the anthology series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design. Prior to joining Pentagram, he was vice president of graphic design at Vignelli Associates. Bierut is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has served as president of AIGA and AIGA New York.

Nicholas Blechman
Nicholas Blechman is the art director of the “Week in Review” of The New York Times. He began working with the Times in 1997, as art director for the Op-Ed page. There he developed the Op-Art feature, a space for artists and cartoonists to contribute their own observations, independent of any article. He is principal of Knickerbocker Design, an award-winning graphic design and illustration firm. Blechman’s illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s and Dwell. Blechman published, edited and designed nine issues of the award-winning political underground magazine Nozone. Blechman has taught design at the Parsons School of Design and at the School of Visual Arts, and a course in political propaganda at Maryland Institute College of Art. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and former board member of AIGA New York.

Barbara Bloemink
Barbara Bloemink is the curatorial director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She was the former director and chief curator of the Hudson River Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and the managing director of the Guggenheim Hermitage and Guggenheim Las Vegas museums. Bloemink has authored numerous books and articles on contemporary art, artists and design, and has organized more than 70 museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She is currently working on the 2006 Triennial Exhibition of the most innovative contemporary American design.

Linda Bloniarz
Linda Bloniarz is vice president, corporate communications, for MetLife, where she currently heads MetLife’s Creative Services Group and is responsible for managing the creative development and production for internal and external communications across the enterprise and ongoing extension of MetLife’s Brand Management Program. Bloniarz has more than 25 years in the financial-services industry. Prior to joining MetLife, she was a corporate vice president at PaineWebber, where she held a number of communications positions.

Donna Braggins
Donna Braggins, recipient of more than 40 National Magazine Awards, combines a discerning eye for design with a talent for management. Braggins has served as art director at Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazine. She is past president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation and a current member of the board of directors of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. She divides her time between teaching and consulting and is working on a book that explores the interplay between commerce and nationalism in Canada’s graphic design industry.

Stefan Bucher
Stefan Bucher is a romantic idealist who specializes in complex solutions for ambitious clients. He writes, he designs, he illustrates, he dances, he sings. He’s tall and cute and 31. Life just isn’t fair.

Vaughn “Damon” Butler
Damon Butler is the program director for Sweat Equity Enterprises(SEE), a new model of learning and philanthropy that invests in the potential of young people, where he is responsible for curriculum, instruction, outreach and coordination of high school students, daily operations and logistics. Previously, Butler was cofounder and assistant art director for Artists for Humanity in Boston, where he was responsible for teaching and managing art and design projects for clients such as Fleet Bank, Boston University Medical Center, Fenway Park and the Democratic National Convention.

Ralph Caplan
Ralph Caplan speaks, writes and consults on design and related subjects. He writes the monthly column “Noah’s Archives” for the AIGA online magazine Voice, and his articles have appeared in I.D., Print, the New York Times, Graphis, the AIGA Journal and other publications. He is the author of By Design, released last year in an updated edition, and the just-released Cracking the Whip: Essays on Design and its Side Effects, both published by Fairchild Books. A former director of the International Design Conference in Aspen, Caplan has taught at Penn State, Indiana University and the School of Visual Arts, and this summer was writer-in-residence at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Ken Carbone
Ken Carbone is a partner of Carbone Smolan Agency and is known for his work in the area of brand identity, print communications, exhibitions and environmental graphics. Among his accomplishments are a signage and way-finding system for the Louvre, an identity program for Sesame Workshop, and a graphics and display system for the international auction house Christie’s. Carbone also speaks frequently to audiences across the country about the role of strategic design and communications in business. He is the author of The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents, which explores excellence in art, science and music. In addition to his design career, he has been an avid guitarist and keeper of journals for forty years.

Matthew Carter
Matthew Carter is a type designer with 50 years’ experience of typographic technologies ranging from hand-cut punches to computer fonts. His company, Carter & Cone Type, has produced types for Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and Yale University. For Microsoft, Carter designed the screen fonts Verdana, Tahoma, Nina and Georgia. He received the AIGA Medal in 1995.

Fang Chen
Fang Chen is a graphic designer whose work has been featured in exhibitions all over the world, including Lahti, Mexico, Moscow, Ogaki, Rzeszow, Warsaw and Zagreb. He has written extensively about of design, design education and packaging for Banque Paribas, Qichyuan Record Co. Ltd. and the 11th Asian Games. Fang Chen is presently associate professor of graphic design at Western Michigan University.

John Chuang
John Chuang founded Aquent in 1986 with two classmates while an undergraduate at Harvard University. Chuang built the business from a small Harvard Square storefront to a $300 million company with nearly 70 offices worldwide. Since forming the company, Chuang has been a pioneer in the interim staffing industry. Under his leadership, Aquent, formerly MacTemps, Inc., twice has been included on Inc.’s “500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” list. Chuang has served as a board member of AIGA and is currently a member of the Recycling Advisory Committee for Cambridge, and on the board of Angie’s List, a consumer advocacy network, and Chuang has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s Connection and CNBC; and in Forbes, Inc., the New York Times and Fast Company.

Class Action
Class Action is a graphic design collective that creates visual messages to advocate social change. The collective conceives, writes, designs and publishes its own work. Members teach at Northeastern University, Rutgers University, the University of the Arts, the University of Connecticut, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. Class Action has lectured and/or led workshops at Rhode Island School of Design; Fordham University; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Institute of Boston; the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; Ohio University; the University of Hartford; Yale School of Art; the International Design Conference in Aspen; and the AIGA “Voice” conference.

Jaimie P. Cloud
Jaimie Cloud is the founder and president of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, in New York City. The Cloud Institute is dedicated to the vital role of education in creating awareness, fostering commitment and guiding actions toward a healthy, secure and sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations. The institute monitors the evolving thinking and skills of the most important champions of sustainability, and transforms them into educational materials and a pedagogical system that inspire young people to think about the world, their relationship to it and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way. Cloud teaches extensively, and writes and facilitates the collaborative development of programs that are designed to teach core courses across the disciplines through the lens of sustainability. The institute has recently copublished and launched two secondary school courses: a one-year business and entrepreneurship education course titled Business and Entrepreneurship Education for the 21st Century and a one-semester participation-in-government course titled “Inventing the Future: Leadership and Participation for the 21st Century."

Marjorie Cohn
From 1962 to 1986, Marjorie Cohn was a paper conservator at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. She became head conservator of the Harvard University Art Museums in 1986, and in 1989 she became the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Art Museums,serving also, intermittently as the Art Museums’ acting director. Cohn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. From 2001 to 2005 she was the president of the Print Council of America, the international professional organization of curators of works of art on paper.

Nancy Sharon Collins
From 1978 to 2004 Nancy Sharon Collins led a NY graphic design firm specializing in print media and two-dimensional imaging. Collins’ personal research is in hand-engraved social stationery, nearly a lost art working with die engravers and pressmen across the country. From 2004 to 2005 she was Visiting Professor of Graphic Design at Nicholls State University, in Louisiana, and is currently a graphic design consultant in the South.

Moira Cullen
Moira Cullen is creative development strategist at Hallmark Cards, where she is responsible for development and implementation of broad-scale internal and external brand issues. She currently serves on AIGA’s national board and as president of AIGA’s Center for Brand Experience.

Nell Daniel
Nell is currently the executive director of Sweat Equity Enterprises (SEE), an innovative new model of learning and philanthropy that invests in the potential of young people by empowering them to shift from consumers to producers of the objects, media and spaces that are driving our culture. Developed in partnership with lifestyle designer Marc Ecko, SEE is a youth-development design and entrepreneurship program that takes place in a non-school media-lab setting during after-school time, weekends and the summer. Students are invited to participate for four years, from 9th to 12th grades. In SEE, highly motivated public school students are chosen through a competitive process to take part in design workshops where they develop a graphic, product, or apparel design object from concept to prototype. Sample projects include bags, sneakers, watches and jeans. Prior to SEE, Daniel was the arts coordinator for the Partnership for After School Education (PASE), director of admissions at Parsons School of Design, and the first coordinator for the Design Directions high school program at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Meredith Davis
Meredith Davis is professor of graphic design and director of the Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. She is currently developing a series of college-level graphic design textbooks for Thames & Hudson, serves on the editorial boards of Design Issues and Design Studies Review. Davis’s book for the National Endowment for the Arts, Design as a Catalyst for Learning, won the 1999 Choice award from the Association of College and Research Libraries. Davis is a former AIGA board member and has been awarded the AIGA Medal for 2005.

Ashwini Deshpande
Ashwini Deshpande is the founder, director and principal designer of Elephant Design. As India’s largest integrated design agency, Elephant Design has played a pivotal role in the growth of India’s nascent design profession by inspiring confidence in the industry’s services. Elephant Design provides branding, product, packaging and environmental design consultancy and services to a diverse range of businesses, from banking to information technology, from automotive to retail and from consumer goods to packaged foods. Elephant Design is an associate of the Design Alliance, a network of Asian design consultancies for implementing pan-regional brand and corporate identity programs and for exchange of art and culture in Asia.

Andrea Dezs÷
Andrea Dezs÷ is an artist, educator, writer and designer. She is a full-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design, and an artist represented by the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York. Dezs÷’s illustrations have appeared on the cover of Print magazine and in the New York Times; her writing has been published in Print, McSweeney’s and Esopus. Dezs÷’s most recent projects include a large public art mosaic commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit for the Bedford Park Blvd (Bronx, N.Y.) subway station.

Rachel Palkendo Dougan
As newly appointed director of corporate communications at Chemonics International Inc., an international development company, Rachel Dougan is establishing a team and the operations to manage the company’s branding, marketing, outreach and internal communications programs. Currently, she is focused on launching a brand-development initiative, defining a public awareness strategy, developing a crisis-communications plan and revamping Chemonics’ web presence. Previously, Dougan was a business analyst for Aquent, and a creative director for Andersen Worldwide, helping launch a $100 million brand campaign and reorganizing the company’s creative operations to execute on the new brand.

Ned Drew
Ned Drew is currently an associate professor of graphic design at Rutgers University, Newark. He teaches courses in both the history and practice of graphic design and is director of the Design Consortium, a student/teacher design studio that focuses on nonprofit, community-based projects.

Colin Drummond
Colin Drummond is group director, Cognitive & Cultural Studies, at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, one of America’s hottest brand-building agencies. Drummond has 18 years of experience launching, building and repositioning brands for success. Through his work with challenger brands like MINI Cooper, Burger King, Gateway, EarthLink and Nextel (among others), he has identified new ways of generating momentum for brands in today’s rapidly changing marketing environment.

Blair Enns
Blair Enns is president and founder of Enmark Performance Development, a sales consulting firm to marketing communication agencies. Through his practice, Enns helps agencies identify and close performance gaps in their business-development efforts. He is also the developer of the Win Without Pitching agency business-development system. Prior to founding Enmark in 2001, Enns spent 12 years working in client services and business-development roles for large and small agencies.

Juan Enriquez
Juan Enriquez is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on the economic and political impacts of the life sciences. He is the author of the global best seller As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth, and, forthcoming, The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future. Enriquez is chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, a company that researches and funds startups that are working to develop the promise of the genomic revolution. Before founding Biotechonomy, Enriquez was the founder and director of Harvard Business School’s Life Science Project.

Andy Epstein
Andy Epstein is the cofounder of InSource, a nonprofit group aiming to provide resources and to be an advocate for in-house creative management. Epstein is also the creative director at toy maker Gund, Inc. He has recently been awarded the Sappi Ideas that Matter grant, which he used to publish a book of photographs and writings of the students at Lakeview, a school for children with cerebral palsy.

Rafael Esquer
Rafael Esquer’s design projects have included everything from uniforms for Olympic athletes to CD covers for Bj÷rk, a game installation for Epcot to the Dial 311 campaign for New York City; websites for corporate clients to canvas laundry bags for charity. From 1997 to 2004, Rafael worked as art director and then creative director in the design group at in New York. Alfalfa, Esquer’s new design studio, is devoted to interdisciplinary projects.

Caterina Fake
Caterina Fake is the cofounder of Flickr, almost certainly the best photo-sharing site in the world. Previously she worked as a member of the research staff at Interval Research and as art director for Her primary area of interest is social software, and creating online experiences that inspire, delight and enlighten.

Lewis Fix
Lewis Fix currently serves as director of business development for Domtar. In this role, Lewis is responsible for the promotion of Domtar EarthChoice. Lewis has worked for Domtar for four years, recently serving as director of pricing and previously as a territory sales manager in the Southeast. His 10-year career in paper also includes sales experience with International Paper and customer service experience with Georgia Pacific. Lewis graduated from the University of Florida. He now lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and two children.

Mary Flanagan
Mary Flanagan is a game designer, artist and media theorist based in New York City and leads the Tiltfactor research group at Hunter College. She is author or coeditor of three books, including a book on the popular Sims game. She is the creator of The Adventures of Josie True, the first online adventure game for girls, and is the designer of RAPUNSEL, a computer game to teach girls programming ( Flanagan is associate professor of Software Art and Culture at Hunter College, New York.

Karin Fong
Karin Fong directs and designs for film, television and environmental projects. Prior to joining Imaginary Forces (then known as RGA/LA) in 1994, the California native studied art at Yale and worked as an animator at WGBH Boston. Her work includes title sequences for numerous feature films, including Ray, Hellboy, The Haunted Mansion, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Daredevil, Bedazzled, Dead Man on Campus, The Truman Show, The Avengers and Charlie’s Angels. Other work includes short films for Herman Miller, a music video for the PowerPuff Girls, and visuals for DJs Sasha + John Digweed. Recent environmental projects include a four-block-long animation for the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, and the Lake of Dreams, a multimedia outdoor theater at the Wynn Las Vegas casino and resort.

Rep. Barney Frank
Rep. Barney Frank has been in Congress since 1981. He is the senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. Previously, he was a Massachusetts State representative and an assistant to the mayor of Boston. He also taught at several Boston-area universities.

Ze Frank
As a designer, teacher and performer, Ze Frank explores the ways that technology shapes the human experience. He has worked as a consultant on issues surrounding online-community building, contagious media and reputation management in a number of large and intimidating offices, most of which are painted white and have more walls than doors. Ze frequently lectures about things that make him anxious, such as the creative process and airplane safety. As a designer he has won a number of awards that are inscribed on heavyweight paper and feature hand-written calligraphy. Ze continues to spend far too much time on his hobby:

Kathy Fredrickson
Kathy Fredrickson is a partner 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. Her primary responsibilities include design strategy, research, writing, concept development and building client relationships. Prior to joining the company in March 1995, she was the associate director of publications at the Art Institute of Chicago and production manager of special publications at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is past president of AIGA’s Chicago chapter and currently serves as the AIGA presidents’ council chair.

Natasha Freidus
Natasha Freidus is the founder and director of Creative Narrations. Before entering the media field, Freidus worked as an adult educator and organizer for eight years. It was through community-building work that she developed her interest in the role of storytelling as a tool for social change. Freidus has conducted workshops in multimedia storytelling for diverse groups throughout the country. She has also studied and worked in a range of communities, including the U.S./Mexican border, the Dominican Republic and Thailand. Freidus earned her master’s degree in urban studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was community media coordinator and a course instructor at the Center for Reflective Community Practice from 2001 to 2003.

Jesse James Garrett
Jesse James Garrett is the director of user experience strategy and a founding partner of Adaptive Path, a user experience consulting company. He is author of The Elements of User Experience (AIGA Press) and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of information architecture. Garrett’s clients include AT&T, Intel, Crayola, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and National Public Radio.

Steff Geissbuhler
Steff Geissbuhler is a partner at C&G Partners. His work for a broad spectrum of international and national clients includes identity systems for Merck, Time Warner Cable, NBC, Telemundo, Voice of America, the Toledo Museum of Art, National Parks of New York Harbor, Crane & Co. and the May Department Stores Company. Prior to forming C&G Partners he was a partner and principal at Chermayeff & Geismar Inc. for 30 years. Geissbuhler is the recipient of the 2005 AIGA Medal. He is also a former president of the New York chapter of AIGA and a national board member and U.S. president and director of education for the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Geissbuhler has served on the faculty at Cooper Union, and as a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Art & Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Washington (Seattle), Maine College of Art, the University of Akron and Kent State University.

Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser’s career spans more than 50 years and includes logos, ads, posters, portraits and identities for newspapers, magazines, books, exhibitions, grocery stores and restaurants. In 1954, he co-founded Push Pin Studios, known for its humor, narration, decoration, historicism and parody. In 1968, he cofounded New York magazine, which became the prototype for city magazines and service journalism across the country. His other iconic works include the album cover for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, logos for Angels in America and the World Health Organization (the international AIDS symbol), and the world-famous “I Love NY” logo (which, after September 11, was transformed into “I HEART CHARACTER NY More Than Ever”). Glaser was the recipient of the 2004 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1972 AIGA Medal. He is the coauthor, with Mirko Ilic, of The Design of Dissent.

Kelly Goto
As a design ethnographer, Kelly Goto is dedicated to understanding how real people integrate products and services into their daily lives. Goto is principal of gotomedia, inc., a global leader in research-driven, people-friendly interface design for web, mobile and product solutions for clients including Seiko Epson Japan, Nokia, Adobe, NetIQ, WebEx and Macromedia. Her book, Web Redesign: Workflow That Works (AIGA Press), promotes workflow methodologies and user-centered design principles. Goto is a member of BayCHI in San Francisco and is on the board of the AIGA Center for Brand Experience.

Bill Grant
Bill Grant is president and creative director of Grant Design Collaborative in Atlanta. Grant Design Collaborative’s cross-discipline work includes communication design, brand strategy, advertising, product development, branded interiors and experience design. Grant is the current president of AIGA. He was a member of the board of directors of the Atlanta chapter of AIGA from 1993 to 1999 and served as the chapter’s president from 1997 to 1999. Grant helped author and produce the AIGA Business and Ethical Expectations for Professional Designers and chaired the 2002 Gain: AIGA Business and Design Conference. He has served as a judge for numerous international design competitions and is a frequent speaker at design events. Grant has produced award-winning communication-design programs for clients such as Adobe Systems, Herman Miller, Muzak, Blackberry Farm, Geiger International, Georgia-Pacific, Blue Ridge Commercial Carpet, Steelcase, Mohawk Paper Mills, Contract Magazine and SMART Papers.

Nikolaus Hafermaas
Nikolaus Hafermaas is cofounder and former CCO of Triad Berlin, a leading German design agency in the field of large-scale cultural and commercial exhibition projects. Hafermaas is an expert in both environmental graphic design and exhibition design, which he refers to as “narrative spaces.” Hafermaas is department chair of graphic design at the Art Center College of Design.

Tim Hale
Tim Hale founded Fossil’s in-house design group 17 years ago to produce product, packaging and marketing collateral (one of his notable achievements is Fossil’s tin packaging). His work has been featured in HOW, Print, Communication Arts and Graphis.

Allan Haley
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).

Monica Hampton
Monica Hampton is the school programs manager at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where she develops, presents and administers a variety of educational programs for kindergarten through university audiences and educators relating to collections, exhibitions and other aspects of the museum’s mission, promoting the National Design Museum as a laboratory for design education. Hampton oversees the award-winning program A City of Neighborhoods: Bridging School and Community, Design Directions, and Summer Design Institute. Additionally, she oversees gallery interpretation for K-12 audiences, including developing exhibition activity guides, award-winning publications for school groups that provide a framework for engaging young museum visitors in the design process.

Carla Atwood Hartman
Carla Atwood Hartman, education director for the Eames Office, primarily works with museums, schools, and the public to extend and celebrate the creative legacy of Charles and Ray Eames. She focuses on their design beliefs and their joy in looking as a means to dialogue about design. Prior to that, she worked at the Denver Art Museum for 11 years as master teacher of architecture, design and graphics.

Jessica Helfand
Jessica Helfand is partner, with William Drenttel, in Winterhouse, a studio in northwest Connecticut focused primarily on cultural, educational and literary institutions. Helfand is a founding editor of Design Observer, and has been a contributing editor for Print, I.D. and Eye magazines. She has written for numerous national publications, including the Los Angeles Times Book Review and The New Republic, and is the author of several books on design theory and cultural criticism, including Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media and Visual Culture (2001) and Reinventing the Wheel (2002). She has been thesis critic in the Yale School of Art since 1996.

Cheryl Heller
Cheryl Heller is CEO of Heller Communication Design in New York City. Over the course of her career, she has worked at the crossroads of design, advertising and branding, and uses her unique perspective to design integrative and sustainable communication systems. She has developed brands and launched products for Fortune 100 and startup companies in such fields as fashion and beauty, automotive, entertainment, retail, technology, food and beverage, health care, manufacturing and finance. Her experience includes the development of national broadcast and print campaigns, identity programs, web-based programs, employee communications and training, direct mail, film, events and cause-related marketing. She has authored articles for Communication Arts, I.D. and Graphis magazines and The Design Management Journal. She is a past member of the executive committee of the national board of AIGA, and is currently on the board of ADC Global.

Steven Heller
Author and coauthor of numerous books on design, Steven Heller is the art director of the New York Times Book Review; cochair of the M.F.A. Design program at the School of Visual Arts; and editor of AIGA Voice. He is currently working on a biography (with Elaine Lustig Cohen) of Alvin Lustig and a history of totalitarian graphic art. Heller received the AIGA Medal in 1999.

Lance Hidy
Lance Hidy studied painting and printmaking in the 1960s at Yale and with Leonard Baskin before expanding into typography and book design. In 1978, he combined his interests by starting a silk screen poster design business. He adapted his poster lettering for Penumbra (Adobe, 1994), the only typeface available in four serif variations from sans serif to full serif. He was the art director for Harvard Business Review; designed two U. S. postage stamps (Mentoring and Special Olympics); and has taught graphic design and design history for 20 years while continuing his illustration and design studio. A 1994 retrospective of his work appeared at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. He lives in Massachusetts.

John Hockenberry
John Hockenberry is a three-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy Award winner and correspondent with broad experience as a journalist and commentator spanning more than two decades. He has reported from all over the world, in virtually every medium, having anchored programs for network, cable and radio. Hockenberry was responsible for two of the most innovative programs to air on MSNBC. The program Hockenberry was a smart, provocative news interview program that broadcast live from the war in Kosovo in 1999, while Edgewise was a unique blend of raw documentary filmmaking and interviews with newsmakers passionate about politics and culture. Hockenberry is the author of A River Out of Eden, a novel based in the Pacific Northwest, and Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence, a memoir of life as a foreign correspondent that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. Also in 1996, Hockenberry performed a successful limited run of Spokeman, a one-man off-Broadway show he also wrote. Hockenberry has been an integral part of AIGA conferences since 1995.

John Hong
John Hong is a founding member, with Jinhee Park, 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 and two more are under way. Hong received an MArch degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to cofounding SSD, Hong worked at Polshek Partnership, William Rawn Associates and Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

Kari Horowicz
Kari Horowicz is the art and photography librarian and curator of the Graphic Design Archives at RIT Libraries, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She was formerly the head of the G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library and the Archives of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and has managed archival collections for over 14 years. The Graphic Design Archives at Rochester Institute of Technology now includes the work of 21 designers and has become an indispensable resource for students and scholars. She is also the series editor of the Graphic Design Archives Chapbook series, published by RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Press, which introduces the holdings of the GDA and celebrates the achievements of the designers.

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