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    AIGA’s board of directors plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA, ensuring that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past, present and future members.

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    Sean Adams is a partner at AdamsMorioka in Beverly Hills. He has been recognized by every major competition and publication including STEP, Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director’s Club, and the New York Art Directors Club. The work of AdamsMorioka has been exhibited often, including a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Adams has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally in the ID40, and one of the top ten influential designers by GDUSA. In 2013, Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka were the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design awardees in graphic design.

    Adams has served as national AIGA president, AIGA national board member, and AIGA Los Angeles president. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Design Conference, and an AIGA Fellow. He is a professor at Art Center College of Design and a frequent lecturer and competition judge internationally. Adams is the author or co-author of Logo Design Workbook, Color Design Workbook, the Masters of Design series and Thou Shalt Not Use Comic Sans. AdamsMorioka’s clients include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical, Disney, Mohawk Fine Papers, The Metropolitan Opera, Natural History Museum, Richard Meier & Partners, Sundance, UCLA, and the University of Southern California.

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    Deborah Adler is a designer, entrepreneur and mother of two. Her work is guided by the belief that meaningful innovation requires a deep understanding of the people who will use what she creates and the changing world that surrounds them. As the principal of Adler Design, Adler and her team bring new ideas to market and work with industry and nonprofit clients to design experiences, change behaviors and improve outcomes.

    Prior to launching her firm, Adler partnered with Target to develop the ClearRx prescription packaging system, which now makes it easier for millions of patients to take their medication. Since then, she’s taken on challenges that range from tackling the leading cause of hospital-acquired infections to re-imagining baby bottles as playful objects that connect with children. Always at the core of her work is the understanding that design can make a positive difference in people’s lives. She believes that empathy is the most important ingredient in great design and that a change in behavior is the most important outcome.

    Adler worked closely with Milton Glaser for five years as his senior designer. She has been featured in New York Magazine, Glamour and NBC Nightly News, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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    Kim Baer is principal and founder of Los Angeles–based design studio KBDA. She developed an early interest in graphic design as a way to integrate three distinct passions: helping organizations find their voice, exploring the power of the written word, and celebrating the ways smart visual solutions can make people sit up and take notice.

    Leveraging a variety of talents, KBDA’s projects span print, exhibition design, experience design and online applications. The firm’s client list ranges from consumer-oriented companies, such as Nike and Nissan, to nonprofit organizations such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. KBDA’s work is consistently honored by design and business organizations across the country and has been featured in numerous design compilations and publications, including Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, STEP and HOW.

    In 2004, Baer was named an AIGA Fellow by AIGA Los Angeles, in honor of her service and achievement.

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    Andrew Blauvelt is chief of communications and audience engagement and curator of architecture and design at the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, where he oversees the design, new media, marketing/public relations and education departments. At the Walker he has organized many exhibitions, public programs, and community projects about the role and value of architecture and design in our lives, many in partnership with local AIGA and AIA chapters and community groups.

    Blauvelt has been a professor at leading design programs in the United States and abroad such as Cranbrook Academy of Art, his alma mater, the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands, and at NC State University in Raleigh. He is a frequent lecturer at design conferences and schools around the world. Blauvelt’s work has received numerous design awards, including the National Design Award for Institutional and Corporate Achievement, and has been extensively published and exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia.

    Blauvelt has written about design and culture for several publications including Eye, Emigre, Perspecta and Visible Language, and is a contributing writer for Design Observer.

    Blauvelt has been a member of AIGA since 1998 and was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 2007.

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    Robert Calvano has been providing thought leadership and design solutions for more than 20 years. He is currently the vice president of design at A+E Networks and oversees all creative and UX design for A+E’s portfolio of properties including History, A&E, Lifetime, Bio, LMN and more. Calvano’s focus is on the digital media side of the business, and includes executions on desktop, tablet, smartphone and emerging platforms such as Apple TV and Xbox.

    Before joining A+E, he was the director of Merck’s Global Creative Studios, a full service in-house agency, where he provided creative leadership and business solutions across various media on a global scale. He has also held positions such as interaction design director at R/GA, and UX design director at Oxygen Media. In these roles he fine-tuned his talent for creating engaging brand experiences, as well as intuitive and elegant interfaces.

    Calvano has won numerous awards for his work and has been recognized in both national and international design competitions. He has been published in periodicals such as Advertising Age, Graphic Design USA and HOW magazine, and featured on AIGA.org.

    He received an Executive Education for Creative Leaders at Harvard Business School and has a B.A. in Fine Art. He has spoken at design conferences for AIGA, FUSE and HOW; presented DesignCasts; and lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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    Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York–based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

    Chochinov lectures around the world and at professional conferences and has been a guest critic at various design schools including Yale University, Carnegie Mellon and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compostmodern and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror.

    Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from I.D., Communication Arts, the Art Directors Club and The One Club. He serves on the boards of the Designers Accord, Design Ignites Change and DesigNYC. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Pratt Institute since 1995, and graduate classes at the School of Visual Arts since 2007.

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    Drew Davies is the founder and design director of Oxide Design Co., a communications and information design firm established in 2001.

    A past president and advisory board member of the AIGA Nebraska chapter, Davies now serves as the design director for AIGA’s Design for Democracy program. DFD is currently involved in implementing nationwide ballot design standards for all elections.

    Davies’s work has been awarded by every major national design competition, including One Show Design, the CLIO Awards, HOW, Print, AIGA:365 and Communication Arts. He also judged the Communication Arts Design Annual, an honor bestowed on only nine national designers each year. He is the only Nebraskan who has ever been selected as a judge in the 51 years of the competition.

    Davies believes that the most effective method of creating positive change in the world is to clearly communicate the ideas that can make a difference: Clarity creates efficacy.

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    Jenny Lam is a cofounder of Jackson Fish Market, a small software startup focused on making beautiful software experiences that has shipped more than 25 products in the past five years. Before cofounding Jackson Fish Market, Lam was creative director of the Windows User Experience team at Microsoft from 2001 to 2007, shipping two versions of Windows OS and two versions of MSN Explorer. Shortly after her departure from Microsoft, she held the first ever designer-in-residence position at Ignition Partners Venture Capital, where she advised companies on design strategy.

    When she isn’t running her startup, Lam speaks on design at events like An Event Apart, CreativeMornings, Ignite, IxDA and Web 2.0. Currently, she serves as experience director of the AIGA Seattle chapter board of directors. She also mentors national and local organizations like TechStars and Startup Weekend, helping foster the next generation of creative design talent headed for the tech industry and encouraging women in leadership.

    With AIGA Seattle, Lam founded and organized the inaugural HIVE conference, which addresses design’s ever-growing role in technology. She raised funding from the most prominent companies in the Pacific Northwest, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Ignition Partners. Lam was named one of the top 100 “Most Influential Women in Technology” by the Puget Sound Business Journal and was awarded Seattle 2.0 Best Startup Designer in 2010.

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    Su Mathews

    Su Mathews Hale has 20 years of experience in the creation and development of branding, identity systems, publications, interactive media, annual reports, way-finding and promotion projects for global organizations. As a senior partner at Lippincott, she has led the creation of a unique select service brand for Hyatt called Hyatt Place. This branding initiative included positioning, naming, logo design and a sensory identity system with a signature scent and soundtrack.

    Mathews Hale has also helped lead the development and launch of Walmart’s brand revitalization, a massive repositioning that contemporized the brand while retaining the values of its legacy and heritage. Her clients have included the Art Institute of Chicago, Chick-fil-A, Disney, JPMorgan, Liz Claiborne, New York Public Library and Random House. Prior to joining Lippincott, she was an associate partner at Pentagram Design.

    She has previously taught a senior semester graphic design course at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has co-chaired “Bright Lights: The AIGA Awards.”

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    Kevin Perry is a designer and business professional with more than 13 years of agency experience. He currently drives all resource operations at Struck, an internationally acclaimed digital-forward creative agency headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah whose clients include Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, Jack in the Box and Deer Valley Resort. He provides operational expertise to the company and orchestrates the diverse talents of more than 75 creative and strategic experts across the agency’s multiple offices.

    Prior to joining Struck, Kevin played a major role in establishing and building the firm Fluid Studio, leading the creative vision for the team as creative director. He has received awards from major design competitions, including the ADDY Awards “AIGA 100 Show’’ and Print. He continues to design for notable clients including the Utah Arts Festival.

    Kevin is a past board member and president of the AIGA Salt Lake City chapter and has played an active role with the entire organization for more than ten years. He has served as the chair of the AIGA national presidents council and is cofounder of Salt Lake Design Week and the ReVinylize Project, which empowers the public to use design thinking to give new life to reclaimed billboard material.

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    Doug Powell is a designer and studio lead at IBM in Austin, Texas where he is helping to build the vision for IBM Design, a global effort to bring design into one of the largest and most successful companies in the world. Prior to joining IBM in 2013, Powell was an independent designer, strategist and entrepreneur leading successful projects for a wide range of clients and collaborative partners in health and nutrition, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, LifeScan and Pepsico. He recently served as consulting creative director for HealthSimple, working in close collaboration with the Johnson & Johnson Global Design team.

    Powell is the immediate past national president of AIGA. He has been a leading force in the successful launch of Design for Good, the AIGA initiative to ignite, amplify and accelerate design-driven social change.

    A 1988 graduate of the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, Powell is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on design issues, having presented at a variety of national conferences and forums including “Bright Ideas” on Minnesota Public Radio, the 2011 Mayo Clinic “Transform” conference and the 2012 TEDx ArtCenter.

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    Ruki Ravikumar was born and raised in Chennai, India. She has a bachelor’s degree in the history of fine art and drawing and painting from the University of Madras, India, and an MFA in graphic design from Iowa State University. Ravikumar has more than 10 years of experience as a design educator and more than 15 years of experience as a graphic designer, with clients in India, the United Kingdom and the United States. She presently serves as the chairperson and director of graduate programs in design at the University of Central Oklahoma.

    Ravikumar has a long history of service to AlGA; she is currently the president of the AlGA Oklahoma chapter. She has also served as the co-chair of the AlGA Design Educators Community steering committee and has held the positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer, education chair and communications chair for AlGA Oklahoma.

    Ravikumar has won ADDY awards in Oklahoma for her publication and book design work. She is also known for the Design Outreach Workshops she developed in 2008; at that time, they were the only annual workshop opportunity for Oklahoma high school students to learn about graphic and interior design.

    Ravikumar’s cross-cultural life and design experience has led her to research, present and publish work that investigates the intersections between graphic design and culture and their impact on design education.

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    Darralyn Rieth is a highly creative and resourceful design management professional with a successful 20-plus-year track record in large corporate settings and design consulting firms. She is well known for her role as director of global design at Campbell Soup Company, where she led the creative center of excellence for branding and packaging. Rieth also chaired the Women of Campbell Network, supporting women’s advancement to positions of influence and leadership. Her role in this area helped secure the prestigious Catalyst Award for Campbell in 2010.

    In October of 2010, Rieth opened her own design-consulting firm, Pixi Dust Design, and now provides design-leadership, brand-strategy and design-operations expertise to companies looking to leverage the power of design to grow business and drive profits.

    Rieth also consults regularly for Kimberly-Clark Corporation as design operations lead and supports the innovation website InnovationExcellence.com as creative director, making innovation resources, answers and best practices accessible for the greater good.

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    Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque is the executive creative director of SYPartners, a firm that helps companies design their future.

    SYPartners uses the fusion of systems thinking and creativity to inspire their clients to go through the transformation that will lead them to greatness. Rodríguez de Tembleque is responsible for pushing the originality and creativity of SYPartners’ teams and work. She sets the overall creative vision for the firm and leads her team of multidisciplinary designers to conceptualize and then bring to life the rare, transformative strategies, stories and ideas—be it through print or digital experiences, environments, products, films and more. Rodríguez de Tembleque also plays an active role in the work itself—helping the Gap brand reimagine its store environment and customer experience, assisting GE with cultivating a culture of innovation, and most recently working with IBM to design a series of exhibitions, films and printed pieces illuminating and explaining the idea of progress.

    Prior to joining SYPartners, Rodríguez de Tembleque was a creative director of Wired and a design director at VSA Partners. She is an active voice in the design industry, a recipient of every major design award and has been recognized by STEP as one of the “Ten Women to Watch.”

    Growing up in Spain in a family of bankers with a secret penchant for the arts, Rodríguez de Tembleque quickly developed a passion for design and its power to move people, solve problems and express what words can’t. Today, she remains passionate about the role design and powerful storytelling can play in challenging the status quo of business and society as a whole.

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    Nathan Shedroff is the chair of the groundbreaking MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. This program prepares the next generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical and truly meaningful. The program unites the perspectives of systems thinking, design and integrative thinking, sustainability and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework. Students learn to create innovative products, services and policy, as well as new business models.

    Shedroff is a pioneer in experience design, interaction design and information design, speaks and teaches internationally, and is a serial entrepreneur. His many books include Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design Is the Problem and the upcoming Make It So.

    Shedroff holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in industrial design from the Art Center College of Design. He worked with Richard Saul Wurman at The Understanding Business and, later, co-founded vivid studios, a decade-old pioneering company in interactive media and one of the first web services firms on the planet. Vivid’s hallmark was helping to establish and validate the field of information architecture, by training an entire generation of designers in the newly emerging web industry.

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    Brian Singer manages the communication design team at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, he founded Altitude, a San Francisco–based creative agency that helps consumer brands engage people through inspiration. At Altitude, he worked on programs with companies such as Apple, Adidas, Chronicle Books and Stanford Lively Arts.

    Singer’s work has garnered recognition in Communication Arts, “AIGA 365,” Print, HOW Magazine, Graphis, STEP and AR100; some of his work is also included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

    Singer is the creator of The 1000 Journals Project, a global art experiment where journals are passed from hand to hand. To date, the journals have traveled to 40 countries and every state in the United States. The project has been covered in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications, and is the subject of a book and a feature-length documentary by Andrea Kreuzhage. The project was also exhibited at SFMOMA in 2009 and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles in 2011.

    Singer is the former president of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA and has taught in the CCA Extension program and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has also served on the advisory board for the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.

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    Andrew Twigg is an independent designer focused on design strategy, branding and web design. Andrew is also an adjunct faculty member with the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, where he has focused on web design curriculum and cross-media design systems.

    Prior to establishing Andrew Twigg Design Studio, LTD, he lived in Chicago working at startups and agencies on established and emerging consumer and business-to-business brand strategy, content strategy, web strategy and SEO.

    Andrew is the presidents council chair of AIGA, president emeritus of AIGA Pittsburgh, and serves on the board of directors for DesignInquiry, a conference-alternative design research organization. He has written for AIGA and UnderConsideration, and has had articles published internationally in DesignTaxi and AIGA Speaks, China. He can be found on twitter at @andrewtwigg

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