As Design Director at the Walker Art Center, Emmet provides creative leadership and strategic direction for the Walker’s brand identity in all areas of visual communication, including publications, exhibition graphics, special installations, institutional campaigns, web design, and assorted ephemera. He also oversees its publishing program and design studio. He is one of the minds and hands behind Task Newsletter and has recently collaborated with the Near Future Laboratory. Byrne is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Design and served as adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2004–2008. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the magazines Metropolis, I.D., Idea (Japan), Graphic (Korea), Adbusters, Windhover, Step, Abitare, Grafik, Creative Review, Artforum, and ArtAsiaPacific, as well as the books Design for Communication, Fully Booked, and Studio Culture. His work has been included in the exhibitions Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (Architecture Association), The Live Archive of The Generational: Younger than Jesus (New Museum), Work Product: Designs from the Walker Art Center (Herron School of Art & Design), The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space (CCA Wattis ICA) and De Zines (La Casa Encendida).
Since 2007, Oakland artist Lisa Congdon has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, The Land of Nod, Harper Collins Publishing, The Obama Campaign, and Simon & Schuster. Best known for her colorful paintings, hand lettering and intricate line drawings, Lisa illustrates books and stationery and licenses her work for fabric, kitchen linens, wallpaper and bedding. In addition to making art full time, Lisa writes a popular daily blog of her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Art, Inc., both released by Chronicle Books in 2014.
“Bi-located” in Los Angeles and Raleigh, Denise Gonzales Crisp is a graphic designer and Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University. Her design and writing is published internationally in design publications — including Design and Culture Journal, Items, and Eye — and anthologiessuch as All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers and Design Research: Methods and Perspectives. Her work has been included in several exhibitions. She is author of Graphic Design in Context: Typography (Thames & Hudson 2012).
Emory Douglas was born May 24, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He created the visual identity for the Black Panther Party, and his iconic images came to symbolize the struggles of the movement. As the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the 1980s, Douglas’ work, described as “Militant Chic”, featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther. His work is characterized by strong graphic images of young African American men, women and children. He used the newspaper’s popularity to spur people to action, portraying the poor with empathy and as being unapologetic and ready for a fight.
Selected solo exhibitions inclue: Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, Urbis, Manchester, UK, 2008–9; Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2007–8; and exhibits at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2009 and Vertigo Galeria, Mexico City, 2013.
Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to Print, Identity, Illustration and Gocco Muscle. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Dawes, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.
Our Proud List of Services: Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin’, Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen’l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and, Occasional Usage of Big Words.
Elliott Earls is Artist-in-Residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Earls has led the graduate program at Cranbrook since 2001. His work as a designer, performer, and artist is represented in major collections including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum, and The Miami Art Museum. His work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach. As a performance artist Earls was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from Manhattan’s prestigious Wooster Group. Earls has performed globally including featured shows during the Exit Festival at Maison des arts de Créteil, and at Music Hall, Detroit. Earls’ work as an artist has been exhibited widely including a major recent installation at the Triennale Museum in Milan.
Rob Giampietro is a designer, teacher, and writer. As principal at Project Projects, he leads interactive and identity projects for clients in art, architecture, and the cultural sector. Since 2006, he has been an MFA thesis advisor for graphic design at RISD and has contributed to workshops at Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Parsons The New School, SVA IxD, and Yale School of Art. Recent research has focused on technology’s ongoing influence on language and communication. His essay on the rise of graphic design MFA programs, “School Days,” was published in the Walker Art Center’s Graphic Design: Now in Production catalogue in 2011. From 2007-9 Rob was an executive board member and vice president of AIGA/NY. He is a 2013 MacDowell Colony Writing Fellow.
Sibylle Hagmann started her career in Switzerland after earning a BFA from the Basel School of Design in 1989. She explored her passion for type design and typography while completing her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Over the years she developed award-winning typeface families such as Cholla and Odile. Cholla was originally commissioned by Art Center College of Design in 1999 and released by the type foundry Emigre in the same year. The typeface family Odile, published in 2006, was awarded the Swiss Federal Design Award. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and recognized by the Type Directors Club of New York and Japan, among others. Her typeface collections are available from Kontour.com, a type foundry launched in 2012.
Jan W. Hespeel (1972) and Randoald Sabbe (1973) graduated respectively in the free graphics and graphic design department at Sint-Lucas Ghent, Belgium. They were very polite to each other but never had a conversation. They started to teach at Sint-Lucas in 1997 and soon a certain synergy appeared. In 2004 they started their collaboration and named their studio “Jan en Randoald”. It is now one of the most awarded graphic design studios in Belgium. Some of their clients: Antwerpse Musea, STAM/Stadsmuseum Gent, Concertzaal De Bijloke, Witte Zaal, De Werf Brugge, Theater Artemis & Véronique Branquinho. About their work: “We sit back in front of our computer screen and discuss a lot until one gives a pass and the other one scores!”
Currently a manager for the Communication Design team at Facebook, Josh recently concluded his role as Design Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. As the Design Director, Josh built and led the design team for the historic 2012 political campaign in which the web, design, and technology played a pivotal role. The responsibility of Josh and the team was to design the Obama 2012 campaign both online and offline. A main focus of his was on creating a uniform message and consistent visual language across all mediums. With roots in both advertising and graphic design, Josh’s work has earned him national honors.
Josh dedicates a percentage of his time to social causes. Finding creative ways to support them has manifested into successful exhibits and charitable projects, like The Hurricane, So-Cal and Haiti Poster Projects in addition to lecture series with photographers, designers and film makers with proceeds donated to various charitable organizations.
Stacy-Marie Ishmael lives at the intersection of media, technology, and finance. She is Vice President of Communities at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is responsible for deepening the FT’s relationship with its audience across an increasing number of channels. Prior to this role, Ishmael was the product manager at Percolate Industries Inc, a technology startup. She lectures on topics ranging from Wall Street to business models at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and its affiliate, the Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.
Yasmin Khan is an LA-based design educator and graphic designer. After almost 15 years in the business, she still has no proper web presence. She is an assistant professor of Graphic Design program (BFA and MFA) at Otis College of Art and Design. Her client-based work focuses on print design for cultural institutions. Her work has been recognized by the ACD and the New York Art Director’s Club. Her output has appeared in various publications, including Graphic Design in the 21st Century, Etapes, Print, Graphis, and I Used To Be A Design Student. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts.
René Knip studied at the Academy of visual Arts St.Joost, Breda, The Netherlands. René initially planned to become a painter, but an important teacher, type designer and calligrapher Chris Brand, stimulated his fascination for lettering, calligraphy and typography. For this reason he switched to the applied arts. He graduated with distinction in 1990. After an intensive training of three years as the assistant designer to Anthon Beeke, he started his own atelier in 1992. Atelier René Knip concentrates on graphic design at the dividing line between flat and three-dimensional works. Knip calls it the “2-1/2 dimension”. In his opinion this is a fallow land, a largely unexplored field. Other typical ARK interests are the miraculous effects between the male and the female: the autonomic possibilities of the applied graphic art; the independency of material and colour; and type design and calligraphy as visual tools. ARKTYPE.NL was launched in 2012, 25 architectural type related projects which he designed together with graphic designer Janno Hahn. These spatial letter tools will be for sale on the internet.
Boris Kochan is designer and entrepreneur, publisher, consultant and founder of the branding agency Kochan & Partner. Following his training in layout and typography, he gained professional experience in journalism at the German daily, Süddeutsche Zeitung, in a typesetting studio and in a lithography department. In 1981, Boris Kochan, together with friends, co-founded a studio for graphic design and text, adding the departments of type setting and lithography two years later. In 1989, Zelig-Druck was added, and in 1995 the interactive unit Peppermind became part of the group. With more than 60 employees, Kochan & Partner is one of the 10 largest owner-managed agencies for branding in Germany. Boris Kochan is chairman of the Granshan type design competition and part of the jury of numerous competitions of typography and design. In April 2007, he was elected chairman of the Typographische Gesellschaft München, in June 2007 he was appointed to the German Committee of the Type Directors Club of New York and in 2011 he became a board member at iF Industrie Forum Design e.V.
Gabriel Martínez Meave is a graphic and typographic designer, illustrator and calligrapher. He was born and lives in Mexico City, working at his studio Kimera and his foundry KTF. Meave has designed custom fonts for national clients such as Telcel, the financial diary El Economista, Jumex, and El Palacio de Hierro department stores, as well as the institutional typeface for the Mexican federal government. His original fonts Arcana and Organica are distributed by Adobe Systems. He has executed design, illustration and lettering projects for Corona beer, P&G, McMillan, Pearson Education, FCE, and diverse publications, books, ad agencies, publishers, and design firms.
Meave teaches calligraphy and typography at Universidad Anáhuac and gives workshops and lectures in Mexico and abroad. He has received five awards from the Type Directors Club of New York and three from the ATypI, and has had several typefaces selected for Tipos Latinos biennials in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. Phaidon Books’ juried guide to graphics, Area_2, published in 2009, included Meave as one of the 100 most important emergent designers in the world today.
Moniker is an Amsterdam based design studio founded in 2012 by Luna Maurer, Jonathan Puckey and Roel Wouters. With Moniker, which means nickname or pseudonym, we work on commissioned design projects while also investing in projects of an autonomous and experimental nature. The studio works across various media for a diverse range of clients, from those in the cultural field to commercial companies. With our projects, we explore the social effects of technology — how we use it and how it influences our daily lives. Often, we ask the public to take part in the development of our projects. The resulting projects expand and grow like plants, displaying their inner organizational processes. Moniker specializes in interactive, print, video, physical installation and performance-based work.
Victor Moscoso is one of the premier artists of the psychedelic era. Raised in Brooklyn, he attended both Cooper Union and Yale (where he studied with Joseph Albers) before moving to San Francisco in the late 1950s. There he became a primary architect of the burgeoning underground hothouse that would produce brilliant posters, comic books, and album covers. Moscoso’s facility with color relationships and his remarkable ability to seamlessly blend images and lettering into a single entity was used to create a series of groundbreaking concert posters that propelled him to international fame. His posters feature dizzying hand lettering that push the very limits of negative space, and fierce battles between foreground and background. Along with Robert Crumb he was a founding member of the groundbreaking underground comic Zap Comix. Moscoso also designed numerous album covers for Jerry Garcia, Herbie Hancock and others.
Gemma O’Brien is a Sydney-based typographer and artist represented by the Jacky Winter Group. A stint learning letterpress in university sparked a fervent obsession with typography, and the creation of her blog For the Love of Type. At 21, she produced an experimental body-lettering video which caught the attention of Font Shop’s Jurgen Siebert and earned her an invitation to speak Germany’s 2009 TYPO Berlin. Since then she’s been sprucing up words in pen, ink and vectors for clients including Woolworths, Heinz, Vodafone, Smirnoff, Canon, Kirin and The New York Times. Gemma has also worked in art direction for motion graphics at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete. In addition to commercial work, her artwork has been exhibited in numerous gallery shows and she hosts hand-lettering workshops across Australia. She has presented at design conferences including TYPO Berlin, Semi Permanent, Field Trip, agIdeas International Design Forum, and Typism. In her spare time she travels and illustrates puke-puns on airsick bags for The Spew Bag Challenge. (Photo: Toby Dixon)
Maria Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, psychology, and more. She has written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Fellow.
Dan Rhatigan is a type director at Monotype, based in New York. He works on custom type development projects and consults on typographic issues with customers, and from time to time he gives talks about type and typography. Prior to Monotype, Dan worked as a publishing technologies analyst for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as a designer for Thirteen/WNET in New York, and with numerous freelance clients. Over the years, he has also taught graphic design, typography, and branding. Dan holds a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Boston University, and a MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
Martha Kelly Schumann is a self-taught Software Engineer who writes rad software at Uber. She began her career as an artist and has her BFA in Art/Design from Auburn University. During the summer of 2012 a twist of fate brought Martha to Hacker School in NYC where she fell head-over-heels in love with programming. As a result Martha founded LadiesHackDay and is focused on lowering the barrier to entry for other women in programming. She is also quite fond of whiskey, cats, macarons, peonies, and Twitter.
Elliot Jay Stocks is Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, and co-founder of Viewport Industries. His work can often be seen in books, blogs, and magazines. His client portfolio includes Virgin, Microsoft, Brooklyn Beta, Smashing Magazine, and MailChimp. He gives talks at events including An Event Apart, TYPO, South by Southwest, and Web Directions, and writes for publications such as Codex: The Journal of Typography, .Net, and Computer Arts. He lives and works in the countryside near Bristol, England, with his wife and their dog.
Yanone, born in 1982 in Dresden, East Germany, is a young graphic and type designer, multimedia artist, disc jockey and sound system operator currently residing in a commune just outside of Weimar in the heart of Germany. After spending nine years of his childhood and early youth in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, due to a his fathers’ professorship at the capital’s university he returned to unified Germany to finish his secondary education.
He commenced studies of Information Technology at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar in 2002 and switched to Visual Communications two years later. His seven university years also brought him to the design and branding office SYNTAX in Amman, Jordan and to FontShop International in Berlin. There he learned the technical skills necessary to produce high quality typefaces which cemented his ongoing development as a type designer and technician.
He completed his studies in Weimar in 2009 with a rather extensive type design project, a Latin/Arabic typeface for Jordan’s capital Amman. In 2011 Yanone completed the Type & Media type design masters degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag where he tried to improve his calligraphy and type design skills. He is working freelance ever since.
George Zisiadis is an interactive artist and designer who wants to make you smile. His interdisciplinary projects playfully re-imagine the everyday and inspire people to see the world in new ways.
His creative studio has produced work for cities, museums and brands across the US. He’s been covered in major media outlets including TIME, NPR, WIRED, FastCompany, and more.
George also consults and freelances with agencies and brands to help them produce engaging, emotional work. His public speaking explores topics including creativity, urbanism, art, and design. He lives and works in San Francisco and right now, he’s so happy you’re reading this.
Stephen is a writer and typographer living in Oakland and Berlin. After six years at FontShop San Francisco as a creative director, he now publishes Fonts In Use, Typographica, and The Mid-
Kali Nikitas is principal of Graphic Design for Love (+$) based in Los Angeles. She is Chair of the Communication Arts Department and founding Chair of the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design. She has been recognized by Type Director’s Club, ACD, AIGA, Graphis; published internationally; curated and co-curated international symposia; lectured and given workshops throughout the United States and in Europe. Follow her @ knikitas.tumblr.com
Susana is passionate that design can be the paradigm shift in business. To that end, her responsibility is to catalyze creativity and original thinking in SYPartners’ work, and to lead the organization’s brand-experience projects that bring digital experiences, retail environments, and briefing centers (to name just a few) to life.
She is an active voice in the design industry, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the AIGA. Susana’s work has been widely awarded and she has been recognized by STEP magazine as one of “ten Women to Watch” and by GD USA as one of the next “People to Watch.”
Susana brings years of experience in creativity. Prior to joining SYPartners in 2003, she spent several years as a creative director in editorial (Wired), design agencies (VSA Partners) and advertising (BDDP Spain)
Erik Spiekermann, born 1947, studied History of Art and English in Berlin. He is a columnist (Blueprint, Form et al), information architect, type designer (FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk and many corporate typefaces for the Economist, Cisco, Bosch, Deutsche Bahn, etc.) and author of books and articles on type and typography.
He was founder (1979) of MetaDesign, Germany’s largest design firm with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. He was responsible for corporate design programs for Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen, Lexus, Heidelberg Printing, Bosch and way-finding projects like Berlin Transit, Düsseldorf Airport and many others. In 1988 he started FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. He is board member of the German Design Council and Past President of the ISTD International Society of Typographic Designers, as well as the IIID International Institute for Information Design.