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Joan Barlow, Manager, Creative, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
Good design brings value and helps to make choices clear. Working for
more than 25 years in the design field, Barlow finds herself in a nonprofit
setting where good design can help create social change. Barlow seeks to make
stronger connections and find tools and practices to share what she's
learned and used in her work with others—particularly at the intersection
of health and design. Barlow's unique personal experiences have given her
insight as to how educated consumers deal with the burden and
opportunities that our current health and health care systems offer. Barlow
can help change happen.
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JoAnn Blohowiak, Graphic Designer, JoAnn Blohowiak, Minneapolis, MN
Blohowiak is an in house graphic designer for a St. Paul manufacturing company,
responsible for creating brand standards and designing collateral for
both print and digital formats. Blohowiak also works with small to medium sized
businesses, non profit organizations, and arts organizations to create
original branding collateral, manage client campaigns, and guide
re-branding efforts. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Green
Bay, Blohowiak studied studio art and graphic communication. Blohowiak also attended
Stony Brook University, in New York with a concentration on curatorial
studies. A professional member of the MN chapter of the AIGA and a
volunteer with local arts organizations, such as Barebones Productions
and Art of This, Blohowiak maintains an actively engaged role in the Twin Cities
art and design community.
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Philip Conley, Lead Designer, Pearson Education, K-12 Technology Marketing, Chandler, AZ
Conley received a Bachelors of Science in Design from Arizona State
University and has 10 years of experience in the field in both small
and large companies.
Currently Conley is the Lead Designer for Pearson
Education for the K-12 Technology Marketing Division, promoting the company's
flagship education solutions to school districts across North America
with direct mail, e-campaigns, SEO and both print and digital collateral.
Previously Conley was the Art Director for the Heard Museum Native American Arts and
Culture. While there, he managed the internal flow of the design
department, graphic designers and interns, design concepts for revolving
exhibits, events, special projects, marketing campaigns, and advertising.
As a freelance designer, Conley strives for outcomes that not only meet the clients needs, but add value to the world of visual communication. In his spare time, Conley works closely with the local LGBTQ nonprofit community by providing his design services as well as helping to facilitate with fund raising
initiatives. Conley recently participated in the Aids Life Cycle, a 545 mile
bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raised 14.2 Million
Regina Corbin, Senior Graphic Designer, Core Creative, Milwaukee, WI
Corbin’s more than 15 years of experience conducting intricate work for a
variety of Wisconsin-based agencies equips Core Creative with a
high-level of production and design capabilities. After turning her
accurate layout and production skills in publishing into a career
serving multiple high-profile consumer accounts, Corbin became known and
respected among clients for her award-winning packaging designs. Corbin’s proficiency with print design and ability to provide precise
and immediate results are proving a welcome addition Core’s creative
team. Her skills are put to work each day with Core’s client base,
including Milwaukee-based power tool company Milwaukee Electric Tool.
Engaging design work, meeting and exceeding deadlines, and experience
covering many industries and products—just part of the reason Corbin
is a hit with clients and co-workers alike. Core Creative is an
integrated marketing communications agency. We believe that the most
valuable, attractive brands are those that inspire both customers and
employees alike. We help companies "say it." and "live it." to create
total brand alignment.
Julie DeLeon, Senior Manager, Creative Services, McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook, IL
As the Senior Manager of Design and Production for McDonald's Creative
Services, DeLeon's primary responsibilities are focused toward staff development, team strategy and alignment, creative direction, and account management. DeLeon's 25 years of McDonald's experience has helped her
develop a deep system knowledge and understanding of the brand that is
extremely beneficial in interpreting strategy and content for the design
Brian Ebert, Manager of Graphic Design Services, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Paul Eley, Director, TIAG, Washington, D.C.
Paul Eley provides clients and colleagues with leadership and support
for planning and delivering cost-effective, useful, and engaging
technology based solutions for business and community needs. With over
17 years experience within Department of Defense and commercial
industry, Eley fuses his professional background in creative services
with enterprise technology expertise to help organizations synthesize
customer-centric solutions. As tiag’s dual-hatted Director of Web
Technology & Corporate Communications, Eley provides the
organization with creative services and its military health clients and
nonprofit partners with technical expertise for improving military
healthcare’s delivery and outcomes.
Katherine Emmons, Strategist and writer, North Oaks, MN
Emmons is a strategist and writer specializing in
implementation of the Strategic Overview Platform—a framework for
thinking designed to “get everyone on the same page” and communicate the
point-in-time scenario in a one-page visual document.
Drawing upon a
background in graphic design, psychology and the nonprofit sector, Emmons has over 20 years of experience working with organizations
including the University of Minnesota and American Public Media to
articulate vision/mission, strategic positioning and brand messaging.
Emmons has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Michigan and a
Master’s in Counseling (MC) from Arizona State University.
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Zeke Franco, Senior Interaction Designer, GrubHub, Chicago, IL
Zeke Franco is an Interaction Designer at GrubHub.com and UX Instructor at The Designation. Franco creates interfaces around goals, research and user behaviors. He likes to blend UX, IxD and visual design into a cohesive design strategy.
Jillfrances Gray, Principal and Creative Director, JFG, Newburyport, MA
Jillfrances Gray is the Creative Director and Principal of JFG Visual
Communications, a multidisciplinary design firm, located in Newburyport,
Massachusetts. Gray has over 10 years of experience working
with clients in creating unique and strategic marketing brand
communication programs, across an expansive industry range. Gray
serves as the Director of Community Engagement as well as the Director
of Design for Good for the AIGA Boston Chapter.
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Brian Helton, Senior Graphic Designer, CFA Institute, Charlottesville, VA
Helton graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from
Virginia Tech and has been practicing graphic design in an in-house
environment his entire career. Helton began as a solo designer for a regional
telecommunications company and is currently Senior Graphic Designer on a
team of seven creatives at a non-profit organization. In the near
future, Helton aspires to take on the role of Art Director and lead the
execution of his organization’s brand strategy. In his spare time, Helton enjoys
playing with his two kids and doing virtually anything outside.
Chuck Hermes, Chief Experience Officer, Clockwork Active Media Systems, Minneapolis, MN
Hermes is a co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of Clockwork, a
Minneapolis based digital agency. Herme's work in interactive began
nearly 20 years ago building custom GUIs for bulletin board systems.
Over the years he has co-founded two successful businesses dedicated to
delivering exceptional interactive experiences. In addition to his
digital life, Hermes is a father to three daughters, husband, avid
cyclist, and musician.
James Hersick, President, Creative Director, RocketFuel Design, Inc., Hedgesville, WV
James Hersick is a multi-discipline designer, strategist, illustrator
and photographer. He is president and creative director of RocketFuel
Design Company and president and strategist at Equalibrium. He also
works with the AIGA Design for Good team and is the past president of
the AIGA BlueRidge Chapter. He has worked with companies and
organizations large and small to design positive changes for people and
the communities they live in. Hersick believes that creativity and design can
make the world an awesome place. When not working, he is usually found
on two wheels, traveling, hiking or doing all of them at once.
Kathryn Hunt, Principal, She Does Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Principal of She Does Design, Hunt is a passionate generalist,
creative consultant and designer focused on social entrepreneurship and
shared value. She works with a variety of small businesses, start-ups,
and nonprofits on projects that promote social responsibility,
community, health and environmental stewardship. A tireless advocate of
the design community, Hunt also serves on the West Michigan Board of
Directors for AIGA, and actively works to foster a rich and critical
conversation around design and business in West Michigan.
Seth Johnson, Principal, Seth Johnson Design, Minneapolis, MN
Seth Johnson is a designer, strategist, educator, and organizational
leader. As principal of the Minneapolis-based consultancy Seth Johnson
Design, he partners with teams and clients in a wide range of business
categories to conceive and implement branding and communications
solutions. Using a human-centered approach to simplify and clarify, he
makes his clients' voices heard, their messages understood, and their
visions realized.A frequent speaker at universities and design
organizations around the nation, Johnson is a past president of AIGA
Minnesota, serves on the governing board of Art Buddies, and was a
founding member of FEAST MPLS.
Aly Lang, Communications Advisor, Enbridge Energy, Houston, TX
Matt Leavell, Alabama Innovation Engine Project Director, University Center for Economic Development, Birmingham, AL
Matt Leavell is an architect, urban planner, and educator. He currently works at Alabama Innovation Engine, a design based community and economic development initiative. Engine is a partnership between Auburn University and the University of Alabama that is developing ways to connect design resources with communities throughout Alabama. In addition to Engine, Leavell periodically teaches urban planning courses at Auburn University. An Alabama native, Leavell has a Master’s of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and Bachelors’ of Architecture and Interior Architecture from Auburn University. He is also a licensed architect in the state of New York and a LEED accredited professional.
David Leinster, Manager, Brand, Creative Services & Research, Enbridge Inc., Calgary, Canada
As Manager, Brand, Creative Services and Research for Enbridge Inc., Leinster is responsible for ensuring the strategic development and
execution of the brand vision for the organization and ensuring creative
consistency across its North American operations. Prior to joining
Enbridge, Leinster was Account Director at Karo Group, a leading Canadian
interdisciplinary branding agency. Leinster serves as a strategic brand and
communications advisor for the Institute for Modern and Contemporary
Art, the Energy4Everyone Foundation, and is a member of the Board of
Directors of Camp Cadicasu—a children’s camp in Kananaskis, Alberta.
Projects Leinster has led have received numerous Canadian and international
awards including recognition from Applied Arts, Communication Arts, the
Advertising & Design Club of Canada, I.D. Magazine, Coupe,
How Magazine International Promotion Awards and others. He holds a
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier
University in Nova Scotia. Leinster lives in Okotoks, Alberta, with his
wife and three children.
Deb Lindquist, Graphic Designer, Imation, Oakdale, MN
Christopher Marble, Art Director, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Eden Pararie, MN
Christopher Marble is the art director for C.H. Robinson, a Fortune 500
transportation and logistics company located in Eden Prairie. He has
been actively engaged in marketing and design for over 17 years, working
at companies of various sizes, from boutique design firms to in-house
creative departments. He currently resides in Brooklyn Park where he
divides his time between studying languages, playing guitar and piano,
and raising his three girls (with much help from his wife).
Nick Maschinkski, Interaction Designer, gravitytank, Chicago, IL
Maschinski is a designer and problem solver that seeks to make the
complex simple and bring the user to the center of every solution. This
is what keeps him up at night and always asking the question Why?Maschinkski has been working as an Interaction Designer at gravitytank in Chicago
after stints as a print and interactive/web designer early on in his
Beth Miller, EVP of Innovation, content strategy and client engagement, BlueSpire Strategic Marketing, Minneapolis, MN
Miller has 13+ years of experience and exposure in human centered thinking
and design. Miller has a degree in Design Communications and Graphic Design and
has worked in the marketing departments of large corporations which
include Disney, United Health Group, and Allianz. Miller has also worked on
brands which include BMW, Sony and The Islands of the Bahamas for ad
agency Fallon. Miller recently joined BlueSpire to help drive innovative and
human focused thinking into the core of the organization. Miller is well
versed in branding, design, creative direction, integrated marketing,
advertising, ideation, strategic thinking across a multitude of
Deb Miner, Creativethatconnects, Minneapolis, MN
Creativethatconnects is a design consultancy experienced in big picture,
conceptual solutions for brands, products, and communications that engages hearts and minds in print and online. As an independent creative
director and design strategist, Deb Miner combines the perceptive and
holistic insights of a designer, art director, and writer to arrive at
compelling, engaging results. She approaches each opportunity with
curiosity—her first objective is to understand what you want to
accomplish, who you want to reach, and why.
Nisa Miranda, Director, The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, Tuscaloosa, AL
Nisa Miranda has held the position of Director of the University of
Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) since 1995. UACED
administers technical assistance in economic development by developing
and structuring programs that build local capacity; increase the elected
and civic leadership base; increase tourism/recreation and
entertainment; and provide a well-educated and prepared workforce to
economically distressed areas in the State of Alabama. The Center is
the focal point to leverage University resources and partners with a
specific focus on the community development process and capacity
building at the local level.
A native of Brazil, Miranda holds an M.B.A. from The University of Alabama.
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Darren Moore, President, Creative Director, Titus D, Co., Lawrence, KS
As print and digital media designer for over 20 years, Moore witnesses small business owners as they become self reliant, build wealth and donate to nonprofit organizations that encourage scholarship, individual and community development and personal crisis aid. His own experience of being underemployed, uninsured and on welfare formed his belief that all persons thrive through a free society that allows community interdependence, free market entrepreneurship, selfless giving and responsible and moral investment.
Moore leads clients through a problem-solution methodology to create their authentic stories. He crafts these stories by blending design, text, typography, illustration and photography.
Hulda Nelson, Designer, Office of Public Affairs, Berkeley, CA
Jill Nussbaum, Executive Director of Product Design, The Barbarian Group, New York, NY
passionate believer in the transformative power of well conceived and
smartly designed digital experiences. She’s had the opportunity to work
at the forefront of developing technologies, and collaborate with brands
that make a big impact in the world—Nike, GE, Samsung and Virgin, to
name a few.As the Executive Director of Product Design at the
Barbarian Group, Nussbaum works with clients to develop long term product
experiences, and oversees the User Experience group. Previously she was
an Executive Creative Director at R/GA, and a key player behind the
design of the Nike+ platform, which was named “Campaign of the Decade”
by the One Club and Adweek. In her role, she oversaw the evolution of
the platform to include Nike+ Fuelband, Nike+ Basketball and Nike+
Training.Nussbaum is active member of the NY design community and
enjoys teaching, public speaking, writing, and advising young designers
and tech startups. She currently teaches in the Interaction Design MFA
program at the School of Visual Arts, and is a contributing writer for
PSFK. She has given talks at SxSW, AIGA/NY, IxDA, and General Assembly.Nussbaumʼs
work has garnered dozens of industry awards, including the Cannes
Titanium Lion, Cannes Cyber Lion, Clio Interactive Grand, and D&AD
Black Pencil. Her work also has been featured in I.D. magazine’s Annual
Design Review, Contagious Magazine, Communication Arts, Digiday and
FWA’s mobile site of the Day. She has juried several competitions
including the One Show, Communication Arts and the Clios.
Monica Pedynkowski, Designer and photographer, Charlottesville, VA
Luke Pieczynski, Web Designer, CFA Institute, Charlottesville, VA
As a Web/UX Designer with over a decade of experience, Pieczynski has held
roles that go beyond just design. From client coordinator to director he
works diligently to streamline the process to ensure a smooth
transition from the start of a project through its completion.Pieczynski has
been certified as a SCRUM Product Owner and has also completed training
as an email expert with Constant Contact. Over the past five years he has
attended numerous conferences and training events to stay abreast of
industry best practices.
Elisa Ramirez, Graphic Designer, C.H. Robinson, Eden Prarie, MN
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Danielle Reynolds, Senior Art Director, Quicken Loans, Detroit, MI
Rita Sasges, Principal, Sasges Inc., Calgary, Canada
Sasges brings over 25 years of design experience to mentor clients on the
power of design to transform businesses and motivate customers. Her
innovation, creativity, and ability to manage a project and lead and
motivate a team has resulted in award-winning design and branding
programs and earned her recognition from Communication Arts, New York
Art Directors Club, Applied Arts, ID and How. In addition to leading the
business development and creative direction at Sasges Inc, Sasges teaches
typography at the Alberta College of Art & Design and is currently
Applied Art magazine’s 2013 design columnist – voicing her viewpoint on
Canada’s design industry.
Lea Schuster, RDG Planning & Design, Omaha NE
Schuster attended school at Iowa State University where she received her BFA in Graphic Design in 2002. Since then she has worked in Omaha for a graphic design studio and currently for an architecture and planning firm, RDG Planning & Design. Schuster leads the graphic design team in RDG’s Omaha office and has experience managing a wide variety of projects from in-house marketing materials to design solutions for clients and community groups. Project experience includes environmental graphics, wayfinding signage, logo development, print promotional materials, and document design. Schuster is a professional member of AIGA and SEGD.
Sam Shelton, Creative director, KINETIK, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Sam Shelton is a designer, educator, and business strategist. He is a
founding partner of KINETIK, a design firm in Washington, DC. Since
1988, Shelton’s strong belief in the power of design as a strategic force
for good has guided the firm’s path in a changing world. His passion is
evident in the projects he directs as well as his commitment to design
education and AIGA, the professional association for design. He is a
past AIGA National Board member as well as a past Board member and
President of the Washington, DC Chapter. Shelton is an adjunct faculty
member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design where he leads the
College’s Design Ignites Change initiative.
Andrea Steves, Sustainability Manager, Google, Oakland, CA
Kristin Talbot, Senior Art Director, Quicken Loans, Detroit, MI
Penny Timmerman, Graphic Design Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Minneapolis, MN
Linda White, Art Director, Senior Graphic Designer, Metropolitan Council, St. Paul, MN
Linda White is a strategic, multidisciplinary designer and art director with an eye for
innovation in quality project management and public service. White's work
has run the gamut from television promotions, photography, animation, to
web and print design. Her greatest expertise is in brand identity
design, multi-media interactive, and print collateral. White's wish is to
combine her knowledge and experience in these areas, to deliver the best
creative to her clients and their audiences. She also loves coffee, fine art
and kayaking Minneapolis waterways.
Sandra Wolfe Wood, Associate Director, AIGA Minnesota Design for Good, Stillwater, MN
A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Rochester Institute of
Technology, Wolfe Wood has worked in communication design for over 30 years.
She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of
Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with a concentration on
how design and policy-making can work in tandem to address perennial
issues like poverty, racism, accessible healthcare and education. Wolfe Wood
leads AIGA Minnesota’s Design for Good initiative, which is launching
its first pilot project this summer—a partnership with the Humphrey
School and CAPI, a community-based direct human services provider of
anti-poverty programs for refugees and immigrants.
Tina Zabel, Senior Designer, McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook, IL
Tina Zabel is Senior Graphic Designer for McDonald’s Creative Services.
With a background in marketing and graphic design, she helps provide
strategic thinking and creative direction on the wide variety of
communications projects her department develops for the McDonald’s
brand. Projects are primarily targeted for internal audiences. She is a
member of AIGA, SEGD and STA.
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Learn to facilitate interdisciplinary problem-solving sessions in this professional development workshop series hosted by AIGA chapters around the country.
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AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
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Learn more about AIGA’s national conferences and events, and access videos from select conferences and awards events.
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