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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.
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
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.
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.
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
magazine, and featured on
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
Section: About AIGA
NEW YORK—February 20, 2014. AIGA is celebrating its
centennial by awarding a special class of 24 design leaders with the
prestigious AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession.
NEW YORK—February 11, 2014. AIGA’s Design Leaders
Confidence Index ticked upward in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 101.26,
up from the previous quarter’s 95.94.
In 2014 AIGA turns 100. AIGA is celebrating this moment by looking forward toward inspiration, relevance, leadership and opportunity for every designer in the decades ahead.
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