Erika Barbieri is the co-founder and creative director of OlssønBarbieri established in Oslo in 2005. With a degree in product and communication design from ISIA in her hometown Florence, Erika specialises in packaging, identity design and branding.
She believes there is a sustainable way to make products that empower mindful consumers.
Erika has won many design awards including a D&AD pencil, Pentawards, The Dieline Awards, European design Awards and Visuelt (Norwegian biggest graphic design competition). She has been a jury member at D&AD, Visuelt and Doga. Her work has been published in international books, amongst others Taschen and Gestalten, magazines and blogs. Erika lives in Oslo together with her partner and colleague Henrik Olssøn.
Tereza Bettinardi is a graphic designer living in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Federal University of Santa Maria, where she also studied Journalism. Since 2014, she runs her own studio designing projects for several clients including publishing houses, cultural institutions, restaurants and fashion brands. Some of these projects were selected for exhibitions in the biennials organized by The Brazilian Association of Graphic Designers [ADG Brasil], Museu da Casa Brasileira [MCB] and Buenos Aires International Book Fair.
Her work has been awarded by the Latin American Design Awards, the Type Directors Club, AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers. Throughout the years Tereza has also been involved with teaching Publication Design at Istituto Europeo di Design, University of Campinas and most recently at the British School of Creative Arts [EBAC], as well as giving workshops in several cities in Brazil.
Upon his graduation from the School of Visual Arts, New York-based photographer Kareem Black went straight into shooting for Fader, GQ, Elle Girl, Sony Music Entertainment, and Atlantic Records. He was featured as one of Photo District News’ 30 Emerging Photographers – and soon became the go-to lens-man for Reebok, Complex, and Steve Madden.
Along with his commercial work, Black keeps busy with a variety of personal projects including Feels Good Let’s Go, a website that depicts the more interesting participants in N.Y.C.’s nightlife. He traveled to Haiti twice (once with Art in Motion and once with Healing Haiti) and mounted shows of his images taken there, with all money going to charity.
Kareem has also been a part of Charity missions in Bosnia and Sri Lanka. Black has lectured at SVA, NYU, Pratt, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Rochester Institute of Technology, The Professional Photographers Association and the PhotoPlus Expo.
Billelis is a freelance 3D Illustrator & Art Director specialising in dark visuals and decorative art.
He spends countless hours experimenting, learning and expanding his artistic skill set to create a personal style that can be best described as a dark, yet elegant, romantic fusion.
He has a keen eye for intricate detail, as well bold contrasting colours, and his work has often been described as hyperreal.
David Chee is both a creative-thinker and problem-solver, having received tertiary education in both engineering and design communication.
He has collected extensive experience with all forms of creative work after working in the industry for more than 13 years.
He is also very familiar with the Asia landscape after working in 4A agencies like DDB Singapore, Rapp Collins Singapore, Bates (Singapore and HCMC) and OgilvyOne (Singapore and Shanghai) before joining Wunderman Thompson.
Apart from creating many successful campaigns for IHG, Heineken, Budweiser, Diesel, and H&M, David has also picked up Effie Singapore awards, London International Awards, Singapore Creative Circle Awards and FWA for these brands.
Darlene Cordero is a creative team leader, art director, passionate storyteller, and hands on designer. She has proven ability to inspire creative teams, shape amazing brands with 360 media campaigns, and produce great creative while having fun in the process.
She recently worked with CNBC art directing and managing the development of all creative assets for individual prime time show launches and campaigns including: on-air promos, digital, social media, print, out of home and other assets for marketing initiative and stunts.
Her design experience spans print, broadcast, and digital for mega brands such as: Travelzoo, CNBC, MTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Animal Planet, Oxygen and SyFy.
She has been the recipient of the Art Directors Club Young Guns in New York and has won numerous Promax/BDA International and Latin American Awards. Cordero is also recognized by the Type Directors Club, Creativity 26, Print, and LIMA.
She was born and raised in New York and has lived and worked in South Beach, Miami and Atlanta, Georgia. Cordero earned her BFA in Advertising & Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology and is also a 500HR Certified Yoga Teacher with Prenatal, Therapeutic and Special Needs certifications.
She currently lives in Brooklyn with her wife, their baby boy, two dogs, a cat and tortoise.
Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and pug aficionado, originally from the United Kingdom and now based in Orange County, California. A graduate of the Norwich School of Art and Design (U.K.), Gemma's work has a strong narrative basis and she specialises in hand-drawn comics and character design. Gemma has published several of her own books, including The Worrier’s Guide to Life and illustrated numerous children's books, including the Pugly series by Pamela Butchart.
Designer and educator based in New York
Theodore Daley is a two-time Emmy nominated designer, born in Toronto, Canada and currently based in New York City.
He has been recognized for his work on numerous projects ranging from TV, film, commercials, show packages, events, digital and print campaigns. Clients include AMC, NBC, ESPN, NIKE, NFL, Pepsi, Showtime, MTV, Ralph Lauren, Sony and Microsoft. His work has been published in numerous design publications and exhibitions worldwide.
Mary Dauterman is a director and multidisciplinary creative. She is an ADC Young Gun and her work has been recognized by Vimeo Staff Picks, The Webbies, The Cannes Lions, The New York Times, NPR, Vice, and CNN. Her short films have screened at Maryland Film Festival, Nitehawk Shorts Festival, Cinequest, Florida Film Festival, NoBudge, and more. Prior to directing, she has worked as an art director at award-winning agencies Droga5, Wieden Kennedy, and CP+B and was recognized as one of Business Insider’s Most Creative Women in Advertising. Mary is originally from Texas, attended the University of Texas in Austin, and now lives in Brooklyn.
Jacquelyn DeJesu is the Founder and CEO of DEEJAYZOO, a female focused design and innovation company. Her first product launch, flagship brand, and team's current focus is SHHHOWERCAP, a fashion forward reinvention of the shower cap that has been optimized for both form and function. As an advertising creative Jacquelyn spent over a decade building brands at some of the world’s top agencies (BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, Co: Collective, 360i, HUGE) She has lead the creative work on accounts across a range of categories such as YouTube/Google, VICE, Altoids, 5Gum, Orbit, Midol, Cheerios, Miller Lite, Olay, and Clinique.Throughout her career, Jacquelyn has been driven to create disruptive ideas by finding power in simplicity and a beautiful execution. In 2013, she channeled this same passion and set out on a mission to create a shower cap that wouldn't feel like a sacrifice of aesthetics or functionality. After over a year of meticulous development, SHHHOWERCAP was born. In less than two short years, her patented invention has grown into a multimillion dollar company. The unparalleled growth of SHHHOWERCAP has been fueled by the power of thoughtful design in both the brand and the product itself. She has been featured in VOGUE, FastCompany, The New York Times, FORBES, Co: Design, PSFK, Allure, Wired, Nylon, InStyle, ELLE, TheDieLine, Refinery29 and more.
Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen is a co-founding Architect of Copenhagen-based Spacon & X and senior lecturer at KADK (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' school of Architecture). She has taken on a wide range of work since graduating from architecture school. Besides from design and architecture, Nikoline has been a co-host and judge on Danish TV. She has also been acknowledged for her progressive thoughts on the organisational structure of Spacon & X, which is based on inclusivity, positivity, and disruption of hierarchical thinking.
Founded in 2014, Spacon & X (short for Spatial Conversion & Cross-functionalism) is a cross-disciplinary design- and architecture studio and double 2018 Dezeen awards winner (Emerging Interior Designer of the Year and Hospitality Interior of the Year). Now counting 20 people with diverse backgrounds, the studio takes on work in a wide range of scales – from product design and interior organization to larger building projects alongside developing concepts and ideas to optimize space and provide spatial identities for spaces in all shapes and sizes.
Spacon & X aims to develop better ways of living and working in urban contexts with lack of space being a key issue. By rethinking the way we understand and consume space, Spacon & X is driven by the possibility of developing optimized and sustainable solutions to improve the urban, everyday lifestyle.
Raised in Australia, Iranian-American director Nabil Elderkin is an award-winning photographer and film director. His prolific music video work with artists such as Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys, John Legend, and Kendrick Lamar amongst many others is influential and his commercial work has been commissioned by brands such as Apple, Beats, and Pepsi for the Super Bowl and the World Cup.
Nabil is also an accomplished documentarian with photojournalism work in places like Somalia, Jamaica, and the Democratic Republic of Congo,the latter of which was exhibited in the United Nations. His first photo book, Glow in the Dark, was co-authored by Kanye West. Nabil directed his first documentary feature, Bouncing Cats,about breakdancing in Uganda, and won several film festival awards. Gully, his narrative feature debut, was accepted into competition for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Rafael Esquer is a creative director, international speaker, and entrepreneur. A native of the Sonora desert of Mexico, Rafael has made Manhattan his home for over two decades. As Creative Director at RadicalMedia, his group's work in communication design received the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Art and Design in New York and is included the Library of Congress Poster Collection, The David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University, and the Olympic Museum in Switzerland among others.
Since 2004, Esquer has operated Alfalfa Studio, his own design firm in SoHo. In 2007, Taschen named him among the world’s 100 most influential graphic designers working today. He frequently serves as speaker and judge at international design events.
Rafael received his BFA in graphic design from Art Center College of Design.
Shane Griffin is a multi faceted designer and visual artist from Dublin, Ireland. His work spans a broad range of mediums such as animation, CGI, sculpture, and live action. Focusing on the intersection of technology and art, Shane's work is constantly evolving through experiment.
His abstracted art film 'Chromatic' was premiered at TED's annual conference in 2018, under the theme "Age of Amazement".
Shane was named a Young Gun in YG10, and Print Magazine's New Visual Artist '15 Under 30' in 2015.
He currently resides in New York's Lower East Side.
Frank Harkins is a Grammy Award-winning design director who works on album packaging, advertising, motion and digital media content for Sony Music. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, he has worked at numerous major labels, collaborating with hundreds of artists in the music industry in multiple genres. A few of the artist’s he’s had the honor of working with are Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and his Royal Highness…Willie Nelson. And yes, he’s been on the bus.
My practice investigates the role systems play in the generation of form and the role collaborative knowledge production plays in the resilience of communities. I use a computational analysis to draw out what is usually unseeable in the semantic structures within large bodies of archival text. I came of age in the 1980’s and divided my time between practicing different elements of Hip-hop culture and exploring cyberspace with a dial up modem. I consider “Community-focused Open Source” to be theoretical framework that supports these two early educational influences, and it fuels the tension between my reverence for traditional models of scientific inquiry and the critical reflection I apply to creative technology projects. As a result, my work straddles art, technology and archival research. The theoretical frameworks that support these influences are synthesized into my current creative pursuits through the production of material objects, VR, AI, and community data projects.
Geraldine Hessler is a VP Creative Director with over 30 years of experience in commercial and editorial publishing. Ms. Hessler has served at the creative helm of iconic brands including Rolling Stone, Glamour Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. Currently, she is the Creative Director and Vice President of Full Beauty Brands, a direct-to-consumer portfolio of 7 plus-size brands.
Ms. Hessler launched her career at Rolling Stone magazine as Art Director and protégé of the legendary Fred Woodward. At Rolling Stone, Ms. Hessler spent 8 years designing preeminent features and books including The Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll and Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock.
Ms. Hessler was the first — and only— female Design Director of Entertainment Weekly for eleven years during the height of its success, winning numerous awards for design and photography.
During her six-year tenure as Creative Director of Glamour Magazine, she led a complete digital and print redesign for the September 2008 issue, launched the Glamour App. In 2010 she won the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year, the first year the award was given. At Glamour, Ms. Hessler partnered with legendary photographers to capture iconic women such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, Malala, and Serena Williams.
Ms. Hessler left the world of editorial publishing in 2014 and joined Totem Creative as a creative director, where she worked on campaigns for clients including Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Jos A. Banks & Target.
Ms. Hessler lives in Brooklyn with her family, she is an avid tennis player, loves cooking and will do anything for her sons Nate & Tommy.
Dian Holton is Senior Deputy Art Director at AARP where she works on AARP The Magazine and oversees creative direction for two digital newsletters TheGirlfriend.com and Sistersletter.com. Additionally, Dian is a freelance visual/brand associate for the GAP. Her background includes publishing (print/digital), marketing, artisanal craft, styling, footwear designer and HP ambassador. She currently serves on the AIGA Washington DC chapter board as their Strategic Initiatives which oversees the Design Continuum Fund scholarship, Design for Good, Womens Leadership and Design for Democracy. Her passions include education, philanthropy, fashion, travel and pop culture.
Erin Jang is a designer and illustrator in New York City.
Before starting her own creative studio, The Indigo Bunting, she worked several years as an award-winning art director at publications such as Esquire and Martha Stewart Living. She has received recognition for her design and illustration work from AIGA, PRINT, Society of Publication Design, American Illustration, and Communication Arts.
She works on a wide range of creative projects in her multidisciplinary studio, from art direction, magazine design and illustration, to books, toys, stationery, branding, and experiential design. Clients include The New York Times, GQ, Target, Urban Outfitters, Bon Appétit, WIRED, Art Directors Club and Chronicle Books, among many others. Erin recently worked as the Design Director for Color Factory in NYC and created a public art installation at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Play, color, and craft are consistently seen in her work, along with a graphic aesthetic and editorial sensibility.
Gordon Jee is from the first graduating class of Young Guns. He is a Grammy-nominated creative director who has worked at some of the music industry’s most iconic labels: Blue Note, Capitol, Virgin, Deutsche Grammophon, and Verve. As founder and principal of arjuna16, he continues to provide design and marketing for the music industry and also for a wide range of clients in retail, academia, wellness, finance, interiors and the performing arts.
Ashley Jones is Co-Creative Director of Creech, a full service brand studio based in both NY and LA. Originally from Canada, Ashley chooses to live and work in sunny Los Angeles.
Max is an Art Director hailing from NYC currently living in Montréal, working as UX Design Lead at SSENSE. Prior to that, he was part of the core product design team at Glossier and has worked with leading digital brands as an Art Director at Dynamo. Max also co-founded and runs the acclaimed design event series DynamicMTL, the Workmode podcast, and the yearly One&All conference. He also DJs a monthly internet radio show on n10.as called Maxed Out. Over the years, Max received various design honors, including being part of the ADC Young Guns 6 winners.
Jon(athan) Key is an art director, artists, and writer. His collaborations have led him to work with a diverse set of clients and institutions as a designer, educator, and artist including HBO, MTV, The Public Theater, Cooper Union and the Whitney Museum. Jon is the co-founder of Morcos Key, a graphic design studio with his partner Wael Morcos. Jon is also co-founder and the design director of Codify Art, a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist collective whose mission is to create, produce, and showcase work that foregrounds the voices of Queer and Trans people of color. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Elle Kim is a Senior Art Director of the Design Studio at The Museum of Modern Art. With the expanded museum opening to the public in fall 2019, she manages projects across multiple platforms from the exhibition, environmental design, signage system, brand identity, marketing, and communications. Before joining MoMA she worked with various clients in fashion, beauty, hospitality, and cultural institutions. Her work has been recognized by numerous publications and awards such as the Type Directors Club, Art Director’s Club Young Gun, How Magazine and Surface Magazine. Elle holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Chihiro Konno is a designer / art director based in Tokyo, Japan. For the main portion of her career, she has been developing visuals and concepts ranging from graphic design, products, space, film, to websites, apps, and digital installations at creators collective PARTY. Chihiro pushes creative boundaries by collaborating with a spectrum of interdisciplinary teams. Her focus is on designing experiences that flow seamlessly between digital and physical.
After graduating from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Chihiro went to the UK through the Paul Smith Scholarship. She earned a MA for Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University and joined PARTY in 2011.
Chihiro's work has been recognized with advertising and design awards including NY ADC Young Guns 13, Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Prix Emile Hermès, Good Design Award, DSA Design Award.
Zak Kyes is the founding partner and creative director of Zak Group. He leads a wide range of strategy and design projects including digital platforms, brand identities and collaborations with artists and museum directors. Collaborations with curators and museum directors include the identities of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (with Johnston MarkLee); the Fridericianum and the 2017 German Pavilion (both with Susanne Pfeffer); a flagship digital platform for M+, Hong Kong (with Doryun Chong); the identity of Städelschule (with Philippe Pirotte); the exhibition design of Parapolitics and the Taipei Biennial (both with Anselm Franke); the 8th Berlin Biennale (with Juan Gaitán); and the design of publications such as Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (with Beatrix Ruf, Tom Eccles) and the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon (with Hans Ulrich Obrist). Kyes has collaborated with the artists Anne Imhof, Tony Oursler, Joseph Grigely, Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Ed Atkins among others.
Noemie Le Coz is an Australian, independent designer, living and working in New York City. While very diverse, her aesthetic approach often merges minimalism with a distinct sense of play. Strategically, her work aims to elevate brand offerings by distilling core messaging down to its clearest and freshest visual form. Previously at Pentagram Design, RoAndCo Studio, Google Creative Lab and Apple, she now splits her time leading design as Creative Director at Billie, and working with her husband on independent client work for their recently opened studio, Little Troop.
Morris Lee, is a creative director, film maker, illustrator and toy designer. Born in Singapore and currently based in Shanghai, Morris is a bit of a nomad. He has lived and worked in Montreal, New York, Shanghai and Singapore. This constant remix and collision of culture, language and identity powers his thinking and work.
Tamar Levine is an LA-based filmmaker and photographer. After receiving a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design, Tamar went on to create commercials, videos, and photo campaigns for a wide range of fashion, music, and commercial clients including Victoria’s Secret PINK,Disney, Warner Bros Records, Flaunt Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Tumblr, and many more. Her work has won numerous awards including ADC Young Guns, the PDN Photo Annual, New Exposure by Vogue, Redx & Bottega Veneta, and Communication Arts, and have been shown in various galleries and museums such as LACMA and Bergamot Station, and in festivals worldwide.
Named in 2018 "Most Awarded Creative Director" by D&AD and Cannes 2017, he was listed in the top 5 "Creative Director of the Year."
His achievements include being part of the creative team responsible for State Street Global Advisors' "Fearless Girl," Qualcomm's "Bavarian Dancers" and "Beatboxing Dad" and mostly recently Lockheed Martin's "Think Inside the Box" recruitment campaign.
Prior to McCann, he spent 13 years in Europe. 7 of which were in BBDO Dublin, Ireland where he was the creative lead on the Diageo portfolio of brands such as Guinness, Budweiser and Carlsberg.
Growing up as son of an Army father, the military and its veterans are part of who he is, such that he went on to become a board member and creative director of a nonprofit organization called Red Circle Foundation, who helps wounded special operations soldiers and the families of fallen soldiers.
In addition to his love of advertising, Vince enjoys volunteering and surfing and most of all, the joy of raising his two boys alongside his endlessly patient wife.
Saskia Marka is an independent title designer based in Berlin, Germany. She studied communication design at Muthesius University of Fine Arts & Design and motion design at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Within 10 years she has worked for most german production companies like X Filme Creative Pool, Ufa Fiction, Constantin Film, Rat Pack, Wiedemann & Berg. Her work is focussed on conceptual title design and typography.
2010 her title design for the movie »This is Love« received a Certificate Of Typographic Excellence by the TDC, New York. Saskias title sequence for the TV-Show »Babylon Berlin« was just voted No1 of 2018 by Art of the Title.
I am a travel & architectural photographer and a Ford Foundation Fellow, forged in Kenya and based in Nairobi. I see myself as an artist using photography as a medium to see the world and convey my thoughts. My mom says she placed crayons in my hands when i was 3 (I believe her). Since then I drew, painted, did sculpture and now I photograph.
I'm in love with cities & urban living. African cities have a special place in my heart. The way cities and buildings tell us about the people living in them fascinates me. I graduated as an architect and this also in uences the way I see and choose to shoot buildings and cities.
I'm also one of the founding members of 'One Touch', a collective of visual story tellers in Nairobi who share the common goal of increasing the narrative and awareness of Kenya and other African countries to African's rst then the world. Together we have undertaken a road trip from Nairobi to Bujumbura and done 2 exhibitions showcasing the places and faces we visit and photograph.
I believe people, and by extension cities, are not just one thing. The gross dissatisfaction of the representation of African cities drove me to my current project. I am currently on a mission to photograph all African capital cities in a project called 'Unscrambling Africa' which is at heart an exploration into African urbanity, architecture & culture. Together with a team of 4, we just completed documenting the rst Phase, Southern Africa. 10 countries, 18,000+ km, 104 days on the road.
I have worked with brands seeking to use imagery to create a narrative around a product, service or idea. I worked with Kenya Airways to showcase their brand new Dreamliner aircraft through showing Paris as a destination. I've also worked with Samsung to launch a photography contest in Nairobi via Instagram in celebration of Kenya being 50 years as a republic. I worked with Chase Bank in Kenya to launch a back account targeting the young demographic. For Huawei technologies, I did something daring and climbed communications masts in various locations to show Kenya from a bold and di erent point of view. CNN's Great Big Story featured my mission to show a new view of African cities. I explored Nairobi with Land Rover Africa to showcase the Range Rover Evoque. These are but a few things that occupy my time.
Above all this, it is my family that brings me the most joy and I work to honour them and God with the work that I do.
Catherine McCurry is a multidisciplinary artist and creative technologist. She's worked at Wieden+Kennedy and Droga5 creating interactive installations, circuit boards, films and experiences that have been recognized by the Project Isaac Awards, the Art Directors Club and the D&AD. Currently she's at Google trying to figure out how to make music and comedy with machine learning. It's much better at math, though.
Prerna Mehra is a Design specialist whose prolific work over a decade is characterized by its ingenuity. Defying the conventional design disciplines, her all-encompassing approach of creating brand value has won her titles 'Cannes Young Lions Design Award' (India) (2012) and 'India's Most Influential Youth Marketing Professional' (2019) among others. She has worked with India's most reputed & biggest creative agencies like Cheil, JWT, Ogilvy and Creativeland Asia. Her national & international client roster includes Samsung, Coca Cola, Audi, GSK, Honda, Philips, Yum Foods, Eicher, Volvo, Parle Agro & Godrej.
Prerna heads the Design division at Cheil. She has her own distinctive flair. As Head of Design at Cheil, she directs Brand identity & Strategy, corporate identity, Brand Language, Packaging Design, Environmental Design, Interactive Design, ATL and Digital projects for the clients – all intended towards innovatively engaging consumers with the brand. Her design experience has the depth of having worked from both sides of the creative table, across disciplines & mediums, and is brimming with inspiration from her adventures in travel.
Otto Ng is the Design Director of LAAB, a laboratory for art and architecture based in Hong Kong. From public space and public art to architecture and interior, LAAB's collective of architects, designers, engineers, makers, and sociologist work collaboratively to bring visionary ideas to life.
The projects of LAAB have been recognized by a number of international awards including the Best Craftsmanship Award by FRAME Magazine, Japan Good Design Award Best 100, German Red Dot and iF Awards, as well as American Institute of Architects (International Region) Awards. Prior to cofounding LAAB, Otto studied architecture at HKU and MIT, and worked in the US, UK and Italy. He was chosen as one of the ADC Young Guns in 2015 and was named one of the "50 young game changers shaping Hong Kong's future" by Tatler Magazine in 2017. Otto also teaches design computation as an Assistant Professor at HKU.
Theo is a Brazilian Artist & Art Director working at the intersection of Design and Fine Arts. He combines architecture and media to create immersive and interactive projects for public and cultural spaces and brands like Samsung, Uber, Under Armour and more. Theo also maintains an active fine art practice and exhibits his work in galleries in the U.S and abroad. He currently lives and maintains a studio practice in New York, NY.
Gavin Potenza is a cool dad I guess, and visual explorer—deconstructing some of the most abstract and complex subjects, in search of beautiful and meaningful findings. He's a winner of Young Guns 8, a designer, illustrator and partner at Script & Seal—a little studio situated in the woods of New York's Hudson Valley, making the coolest work possible for brands like Google, IBM, Nike, Herman MIller, & USPS.
Noa Raviv is a multidisciplinary artist.
Having worked in fashion for many years, her work is informed by the way one perceives their body and the disparity between their internal and external worlds.
Her work has been presented globally in exhibitions, including at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
It was published in magazines such as Vogue, The Cut, Nylon, BBC, Wired, among others.
From 2016-2018 she was a member of New Inc, the New Museum's Incubator for art design and technology.
Noa was invited to speak at universities and art institutions around the world. In 2016 she was included in Forbes 30Under30 list and was selected by Vogue as one of the best young designers of the year. She was the recipient of the Young Guns award in 2018.
Daniel is an art director working in Montréal, who has worked on a number of multidisciplinary projects for clients that have allowed him to explore and push the limits of graphic design in every dimension. Being selected by the ADC Young Guns in 2012 and by the TDC Ascenders in 2018, Daniel has won more than 200 national and international awards in prestigious competitions such as The One Show, Communication Arts, Cannes Lions, Graphex, AIGA, Graphis, Applied Arts, Grafika, the Type Directors Club and the Art Directors Club.
John Rothenberg is Cofounder and Managing Director of Sosolimited, a digital design studio that unlocks the creative potential of technology to transform space. John studied at MIT, where he received BS and SMArchS degrees from the Department of Architecture. Prior to Sosolimited, he was an art director and producer at Small Design Firm, where he lead the firm's work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. John was named an Art Directors Club Young Gun in 2006. His work has been honored by numerous organizations including D&AD, Cannes Lions, and Fast Company, and he has spoken internationally on innovation and creative technology.
Julie Ruiz is an award-winning creative and design director with more than fifteen years of leadership, branding, design, photography and advertising experience in the entertainment, music and broadcast industries. She is currently Creative Director at VICE and a music photographer for A Horse With No Name.
Julie Scelzo is mcgarrybowen's global executive creative director for American Express.
Prior to joining mcgarrybowen, Julie was the first in-house Executive Creative Director for Pandora. There, Julie led a full rebrand for the company as well as launching two of Pandora's biggest products and winning a Cannes Lion and Clio. Before joining Pandora, Julie was Creative Strategist for Facebook and Instagram.
A native of Chicago, Julie began her career at Leo Burnett. Next, she headed west to run creative for the Dockers brand at FCB West, and landed many new business wins, including her successful mission to bring the Global Levi's account back to the agency after a long hiatus. As Global Creative Lead on Levi's, she launched the iconic "Live in Levi's," which remains the brand platform to this day.
Julie has received numerous accolades, most recently being named to the Adweek Creative 100 for 2019. She was twice named to Business Insider's 33 Most Creative Women in Advertising. Julie will serve as a mentor for Cannes' 2019 See It Be It program.
One of New Zealand's most celebrated creatives, Shabnam Shiwan has produced some of the most contemporary and challenging work to come out of Asia Pacific.
As design director at Alt Group and Saatchi & Saatchi Design Worldwide, she has created many memorable projects such as the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery brand identity, Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen and NZ Opera campaigns. Her work has been recognised in New Zealand's Best Awards and AGDA (Australia), for which she has also been a judge, as well as internationally, in the Red Dot Awards, Clio, ADC, TDC, AIGA and One Show. Her work has been exhibited in Objectspace, The Cooper Union and published in Graphis, Page and I.D. magazines. In 2015 Shabnam formed the creative agency Osborne Shiwan with Lloyd Osborne, and together they have worked on some of New Zealand's most iconic brands including Atamira Dance Company, Deadly Ponies, Love Taupō and Karen Walker.
Tara St James launched Study NY in 2009 after designing high street fashion for over 15 years in Canada and the US. Study produces in NYC's garment district using ethical fabrics and production methods. Shortly after starting Study NY, Tara focused on educating the next generation of designers on the importance of sustainability in design. She has extensive lecturing and teaching experience in NYC including currently teaching a class on sustainable textiles at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Study NY has been awarded the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation prize as well as runner up in the CFDA / Lexus Sustainable Fashion Challenge. Most recently Tara worked as Production Coordinator and Research Fellow in the Sustainable Strategies Lab for Pratt's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. She has built a sustainable textile library and sourcing service and will be launching the new Re:Source Library consultancy in July 2019.
As Group Creative Director, Steve Street heads up creative duties for a number of Big Spaceship's clients. In this role, Steve has helped Hasbro Gaming conceive of new games and navigate the world of influencer content, created a one-of-a-kind hot sauce to launch a mobile game for King—the makers of Candy Crush—and rallied activists around the world to protect Greenpeace and the free speech rights of all from crippling lawsuits.
Hailing from Australia, Steve cut his teeth at Ogilvy offices in Australia and Asia, on accounts such as Qantas, American Express, Coca-Cola and Unilever and has had his work recognized at Cannes, The One Show, the Emmys, the Effies, the Webbys, OMMA Awards and Spikes Asia, among others.
Keeping Steve productive after hours is his Gibson SG and love for making debatably lengthy, definitively jammy mixtapes.
A creative all-rounder and conceptual thinker, Jess gets her kicks crafting intelligent design solutions to challenging ideas and concepts. Throughout her career she's been exposed to all aspects of the creative process, and benefited from working with clients ranging from world-renowned brands, to local artists and fresh-faced start-ups.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Jess is an avid traveler, and loves to get out and see as much of the world as possible. When she's not staring at tiny pixels, you can find her drawing or playing with her little schnoodle, Marro.
Kristy Tillman currently serves as the Head of Global Experience Design at Slack. As the first in the first in the role, she is building a vision and a team whose mission it is to lead the transformation of branded and built environments, workplace experience and culture, and their integrated services and programs through the use of design and technology to make Slack employees, partners and visitors' lives more pleasant and productive.
Prof. Catelijne van Middelkoop is Co-founder and Partner of Strange Attractors Design (Young Guns 4), an international, award winning and trans-disciplinary studio which uses new and traditional media to create innovative and strategic solutions to influence culture and commerce. Besides running a professional design practice, Van Middelkoop is a member of the Advisory Committee 'Design' of the (Dutch) Creative Industries Fund, a Full Professor in Visual Communication Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Head of the Department of Man and Communication (/Man and Media) at Design Academy Eindhoven and Advisor 'Commercial Practices' and Lecturer 'Data Design' at the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA). Van Middelkoop has an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a Degree in Graphic & Typographic Design from The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) and studied Art History and Archeology at The University of Amsterdam.
Deacon co-founded creative advertising agency Walrus in 2005. He spent most of his career at Mad Dogs & Englishmen where he began as a junior copywriter. During his 11 year tenure he opened and led their San Francisco office, and eventually became Partner and Chief Creative Officer of the New York headquarters. He has had his work appear in all the major industry shows including ADC Young Guns, D&AD, the One Show, Cannes, Communication Arts and the Effies. He is a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is extremely pale.
Heiko Wenczel started his post-graduate career as an architect for Mercedes Benz in 2004 with a focus on planning and visualization.
Targeting data models and processes, he continued working in the plant simulation space and finally joined a team focused on building the next generation visualization and configuration system for Mercedes passenger cars.
With innovations in data management and configurable animations, Heiko joined Mackevision as President and moved to Detroit in 2008 establishing Mackevision Corporation in the Motor City.
Since then, he was involved in several global automotive creative content pipelines for major automotives as well as in the promotion of Mackevision's innovations by starting and supporting several studios in the US and Asia. After the acquisition by Accenture Interactive in 2018, Heiko worked as a Managing Director on the transfer of these technologies to all industry verticals.
In a return to innovation and technology Heiko joined Epic Games as an industry manager in 2019 to drive the development of the next generation data and visualization platforms in automotive and manufacturing.
Bianca Wendt is based in San Francisco, where she is Creative Director at The RealReal. Prior to this, she ran her own award-winning creative studio in London. Bianca was the recipient of a Young Guns award in 2009.
Jim is a founding Partner of AnalogFolk in the US, an independent digital creative agency with offices in London, Sydney, New York, Portland, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Amsterdam. He helps oversee and manage AF's creative teams across the US with a mission to use digital to make the analog world better.
Named one of 27 senior agency leaders who are charting a new course for the industry in Adweek's 2018 Creative 100, Jim is at his best where advertising, design and creative technology come together as a force for good.
Prior to AnalogFolk, Jim spent time at AKQA, Taxi and JWT, working on brands such as Google, JetBlue, Macy's Nike and Xbox.
Siavosh Zabeti is a multi-cultural Creative Director specializing in big, beautiful, global brand campaigns. He is Persian, was born in Paris, grew up in Germany, and is fluent in 4 languages. Combining a love for art and storytelling, Siavosh has led and created campaigns in a variety of mediums. With a creative plasticity that enables him to adapt his work to any output, Siavosh has created award winning global TV campaigns, Innovative Installations, Interactive films, a full-scale video game licensed by Nintendo Wii, as well as artwork made from DNA among others. All in service of solving a problem and expressing an idea.
He leads with empathy and has a knack for identifying and supporting fresh talent. His experience launching products at Apple (2014-2019) and previously working at award-winning creative and effective agencies around the globe (Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and Sao Paulo, DDB Paris, BBDO Nyc, Saatchi Stockholm) have taught him how to work in organizations that operate at an extremely high standard.
His work has been exhibited at the FILE Electronic Arts Festival in Sao Paulo (Attraction, Interactive Anime), the Gaîté Lyrique museum in Paris (visions of 2062), as well as at the MoMA (part of the AICP awards).
Olimpia Zagnoli was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy on the leap day in 1984. As a child she moved to Milan, where she currently lives and works. Olimpia studied illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan and graduated in 2007. The following year, after a period of living in New York, she began publishing her illustrations in Italian and international newspapers. Olimpia draws on Futurism, as much as on The Beatles. Her unique style comprises essential images, curvy shapes and saturated colors, inspired equally by art history and pop culture.
Throughout the years she has collaborated with The New York Times, Taschen, Vanity Fair, New Yorker and Rolling Stone, to name a few. She illustrated three children's books: "The World Belongs To You", "Mister Horizontal & Miss Vertical" and created her version of the masterpiece "The Wonderful Wizard of OZ". Her bright and ironic images have acted as a framework for advertisement campaigns for Google, Apple, Barilla, Air France. She has worked with leading fashion brands, among them Fendi, Prada, Hermes and Marella (Max Mara group).
Along with commissioned works, Olimpia Zagnoli conducts her personal artistic research where she builds a dialogue between illustration and different artistic media. In particular, she experimented with the relationship between drawing and tridimensionality, as well as video: she crafted a series of design objects, kinetic sculptures and directed music videos. Her work has been showcased in numerous group shows around Italy and Europe, and in solo shows: "Parco Zagnoli" at the Ninasagt gallery in Düsseldorf (2014), "Cinetica Zagnoli Elettrica" at 121+ in Milan (2015), "La Grande Estate" at Mutty gallery in Castiglione delle Stiviere (2016) and "How To Eat Spaghetti Like a Lady" at Antonio Colombo Gallery in Milan (2017) and "Cuore di Panna" at HVW8 Gallery in Los Angeles (2018).
Andrew is a photographer, filmmaker, and creative director. Much of his work is concerned with the intersection of nature and technology. He has published multiple books and exhibitions, including Creature (2007), Wisdom (2008), Bird (2009), Music (2010), and Flower (2012). Designed by Apple in California (2016), a book exploring 20 years of Apple design, was the result of a multiyear commission. For Wisdom, Zuckerman created portraits of, and conducted interviews with more than 50 luminaries, including Nelson Mandela, Andrew Wyeth, Jane Goodall, and Madeleine Albright. In May 2019 Andrew co-founded The Slowdown, a multi platform media company to explore culture, nature, and the future.
Andrew has donated time and resources to a number of not-for-profits throughout his career, working with One, the ACLU, Starving Artist, Red, and United Way. He currently serves on the board of the Children's Museum of Arts in New York City.