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  • 2014 Slate of board nominees

    The AIGA nominating committee selected five nominees for AIGA’s 2014 national board of directors based on nominations from AIGA members, chapter leadership and design opinion leaders. Consistent with AIGA’s bylaws, the proposed slate was submitted to the voting membership for ratification. Members at the Trustee, Design Leader and Sustaining Member levels approved the slate, with 97 percent voting in favor

    The nominating committee is made up principally of AIGA members, not AIGA board members, in order to reflect members’ views. The 2014 nominating committee received an extraordinarily strong pool of qualified candidates who were willing to serve; these candidates met the criteria and fit best with the immediate priorities facing the organization.

     2014 board slate—directors who will begin a three-year term on July 1, 2014:

    Current members of the national board continuing their service:

    Current members of the national board who will complete their terms at the end of June 2014:

    About the 2014 board nominees

    Carbone headshot 75x75   Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. As the co-founder and chief creative director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, his work is renowned for its balance of substance and style.

    Under his design ethos to “unify, simplify, amplify”, Carbone collaborates with a world-class clientele including W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Christie’s, Tiffany & Co., Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Canon U.S.A., as well as celebrated institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Musée du Louvre.

    Carbone is the author of The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents and recently co-authored Dialog: What Makes a Great Design Partnership, which celebrates his 35-year collaboration with business partner Leslie Smolan. He frequently speaks to audiences across the country about the value of strategic design and communications in the corporate, consumer and cultural sectors and has lectured at both business schools and art colleges. He is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a featured blogger for Fast Company magazine as well as Huffington Post.

    A member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique International (AGI) and AIGA, he is the recipient of a 2014 AIGA Medal, which recognizes individuals for their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication.
    John Luu headshot 75x75   John Luu is an art director and digital marketer at Axiom with more than 13 years of agency experience. Luu works with clients to develop product branding, advertising and integrated screen and print communication programs with an emphasis on creative solutions for energy-focused companies. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, he fuses marketing strategy with compelling creative to solve business problems and drive opportunities for clients worldwide.

    Prior to joining Axiom, Luu ran an independent design/brand strategy practice in Sugar Land, Texas focusing on healthcare, patient education, nano-technology, and oil and gas. Prior to that Luu has worked as art director and designer at a variety of agencies and studios in Houston, Texas.

    Luu currently serves on the board of AIGA Houston as development director where he oversees all marketing of AIGA Houston’s programs, events and issues relevant to the profession, and he works closely with other AIGA Houston directors to better engage the Houston design community and drive membership. Luu also served as communications director for AIGA Houston, overseeing all external channel communications, editorial schedules and content curation for the AIGA Houston blog and social media.

    Luu graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communications.


    Christopher Simmons headshot 75x75

    Christopher Simmons is a Canadian-born, San Francisco-based designer, writer and educator. Among his enduring accomplishments as AIGA San Francisco Chapter president were the creation of San Francisco Design Week, and the introduction of the first public design-oriented lectures at the Apple Store. On completion of Simmons’ tenure on the board, mayor Gavin Newsom issued an official proclamation declaring San Francisco to be a city where “design makes a difference.”

    Simmons is the principal/creative director of the noted San Francisco design office MINE™, where he designs and directs projects for a variety of clients, including Facebook, Microsoft, SFMOMA, The Nature Conservancy of California, Chronicle Books, Simon & Schuster, Obama for America and a diversity of nonprofit and entrepreneurial clients. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Hiroshima, Japan, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Museum of Craft & Design and The Smithsonian Institution, and his work is part of the permanent design archives of the Denver Art Museum.

    Simmons is an adjunct professor of design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and the author of four books. His most recent book, Just Design, focuses on design for social change. A frequent speaker on design issues, Simmons also lectures at schools and design organizations across the United States and Canada, and has been interviewed by the CBS evening news, The New York Times, 99% Invisible, Design Matters and NPR.
    Jill Spaeth headshot 75x75   Jill Spaeth is president and director of design at Citizen Creative, a firm she established in 2010 that specializes in experience design—primarily large-scale environmental graphics and signage. Spaeth often collaborates with architects and interior designers to incorporate Citizen Creative’s vision into the built environment. She chooses projects that bring to life the name “Citizen”—representing an allegiance to meaningful and effective design.

    Spaeth has served on the AIGA DC Board of Directors since 2005 and completed her two-year term as chapter president in 2011. During her presidential tenure, she worked with the board of directors to transform AIGA DC’s biennial design show, AIGA 50, by using online tools to showcase all submissions through an accessible online gallery. In 2007, she was part of the team that founded the AIGA DC Design Continuum Scholarship Fund with the goal of increasing diversity in the design profession. Since its inception, the fund has given more than $30,000 in scholarships to under-represented local students.

    Most recently Spaeth added the title of chief creative officer to her CV by joining science and technology startup Zansors. Zansors develops diagnostic tools for health care and Spaeth oversees design by translating complicated technology into practical, user-centered solutions.

    Spaeth received an executive education in business at Yale University’s School of Management and has a B.F.A in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology. She frequently lectures at the University of Maryland and has taught graphic design history at George Mason University.


    Paul Wharton headshot 75x75   Paul Wharton is creative vice president for Larsen, a design and branding consultancy in Minneapolis and San Francisco. An experienced designer and creative director, he leads the creative vision for a talented staff of 35 driven by design excellence. His award-winning portfolio includes brand strategy, identity and visual systems, digital media, packaging and product, and color consulting for clients including Best Buy, Target, Dell, The J.M. Smucker Company, 3M, The Star Tribune, Timberland and Wausau Paper.

    Wharton has served AIGA in numerous roles on both the local and national level including president of AIGA Minnesota Chapter, AIGA Minnesota advisory board, the national AIGA nominating committee, AIGA Minnesota Design Show chair and Design Camp advisor. He has judged several design shows and has written and lectured extensively on design and color. He has taught and lectured at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the College of Visual Arts, the University of Minnesota and the University of Northern Iowa.

    A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a degree in arts education, Wharton went on to study graphic design and photography at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Before joining Larsen in 1998, he worked as a designer for Eaton & Associates and as vice president at Little & Company. His work has been honored by AIGA, Communication Arts, HOW, Graphis, Graphic Design USA, and the Art Director's Club, among others.


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