Announcing the 2013 AIGA board of directors

New members join board of directors as AIGA enters its centennial year; Adams and Davies are elected co-presidents

NEW YORK—July 18, 2013. Five directors and a new chapter presidents representative begin their terms on the national board for AIGA, the professional association for design. Each brings a unique perspective to the board, representing a wide range of disciplines including design entrepreneurship, user experience, design firm operations, design education and social communications—as well as a wealth of experience with AIGA and its history at the national and local levels.

Deborah Adler
Deborah Adler is a designer, entrepreneur and mother of two. 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 she partnered with Target to develop the award-winning ClearRx prescription packaging system, which makes it easier for patients to take their medication.
Jenny Lam Jenny Lam is a cofounder of Jackson Fish Market, a small software startup in Seattle focused on making beautiful software experiences that has shipped more than 25 products in the past five years. Lam served as creative director of the Windows User Experience team at Microsoft, and she founded and organized the first HIVE conference with AIGA Seattle to address design’s ever-growing role in technology.
Kevin Perry 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. Perry served as president of the AIGA Salt Lake City chapter, where he cofounded Salt Lake Design Week and the ReVinylize Project, which turns reclaimed billboards into useful products.
Ruki Ravikumar Ruki Ravikumar has more than 10 years of experience as a design educator and 15 years of experience as a graphic designer with clients in India, the United Kingdom and the United States. She presently serves as chairperson and director of graduate design programs at the University of Central Oklahoma, as the president of the AlGA Oklahoma chapter, and as co-chair of the AlGA Design Educators Community steering committee.
Brian Singer Brian Singer manages the communication design team at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook he founded Altitude, a San Francisco–based creative agency that helps consumer brands engage people through inspiration. Singer created The 1000 Journals Project, a global art experiment where journals are passed from hand to hand, and served as president of AIGA San Francisco.
Andrew Twigg 2  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 worked at Chicago startups and agencies on established and emerging brand, content, web and SEO strategy.

And effective July 15, 2013, Sean Adams, AdamsMorioka (Los Angeles) and Drew Davies, Oxide Design Co. (Omaha), have been elected as co-presidents of AIGA. Adams, a former president, has rejoined the AIGA board of directors on an ex officio basis and will serve a two-year term. Davies, already serving on the board and as national design director of Design for Democracy, will complete the final year of his term in the role of co-president.

As the new directors assume their roles, AIGA recognizes those completing their service on behalf of the design profession.

  • Following a successful two-year term as president of the national board, during which he led the formation of AIGA’s Design for Good program and “Gain: AIGA Design for Social Value Conference,” Schwartz Powell cofounder Doug Powell will remain on the board until the completion of his three-year board term in 2014.
  • Gaby Brink, founder and executive creative director of Tomorrow, and Phil Hamlett, graduate director of the School of Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University, brought sustainable design to the forefront of AIGA. As cofounders of The Living Principles for Desgn, together they created a framework that distills the four streams of sustainability—environment, people, economy and culture—into an actionable, integrated roadmap for lasting change.
  • Ethan Bodnar, product designer at Skillshare, brought the perspective of the emerging designers to AIGA activities and experience. 
  • Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt, principal of Kuhlmann Leavitt Inc., contributed a steadfast commitment to design excellence, respect for our legacy, and incisive perspective on the AIGA experience. 
  • Robin Tooms, principal and vice president of strategy at Savage, was able to address issues from a deep understanding of chapter experiences and sensitivity to the needs for new professional development opportunities and a new membership structure. 
  • Dawn Zidonis represented chapters’ interests with a spirited determination to encourage contributions from all, and listened carefully, helping to assure that national initiatives responded to local concerns.

AIGA sincerely thanks these dedicated design leaders for their service and welcomes each of the new directors to the national board.

About AIGA

AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at

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