Shelley Evenson is an associate professor of design at Carnegie Mellon University and a principal in user-experience design at Microsoft’s FUSE LABS (Future Social Experience Labs). With over 25 years in consulting experience, she was formerly founder of seespace and chief experience strategist for Scient. Shelley is a pioneer in the emerging practice of service design and a member of the national board of directors of AIGA.
Sharon Poggenpohl has been on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design, Institute of Design / Illinois Institute of Technology where she served as director of the doctoral program, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She served as the chair of the 2007 conference of the International Association of Societies of Design Research and has been a tireless advocate for the growth of research efforts in American design offices and universities. Sharon is the author of the recent book, Design Integrations: Research and Collaboration and publisher of Visible Language, one of the few refereed design journals in the US.
Rick Robinson is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago. He was a co-founder of E.Lab, a research and design consultancy, chief experience officer at Sapient, and is currently a research fellow at Continuum in Boston and editor for pulp, a salon for writers (and readers) at the intersection of design, business, social science, and technology. An expert and author in the development of ethnographic methods for design research, including in Ethnography and the Corporate Encounter: Reflections on Research in and of Corporations, Rick brings a broad perspective to design practice and innovation.
David Small is creative director of Small Design Firm in Cambridge, MA. David recently held the position of Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab where his research group, Design Ecology, examined new display and computational technologies, novel software techniques, and the interplay of social, perceptual and cognitive issues at the heart of modern design practice. His innovative exhibitions, such as the Churchill Lifeline Table for the Churchill Museum; the Talmud Project at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; and the interactive Illuminated Manuscript for Documenta 11 in Germany are classic examples of experience design in which technology engages users in meaningful interactions.
John Thackara is founder and director of Doors of Perception, which works with an international community of designers and innovators to envision new and sustainable futures. John was also the first president of the Design Institute in the Netherlands, which was formed by the Dutch government in 1993 to increase the social and economic contributions of design. A prolific author, John’s In the Bubble has become required reading for design and business innovators everywhere.
David Thorburn earned his PhD from Stanford University and taught at Yale University before joining the MIT Literature faculty in 1976. David was the founder and for twelve years the Director of the Film and Media Studies Program and is a former Director of the Cultural Studies Project. He is currently the director of the MIT Communications Forum, which sponsors along with the Program in Comparative Media Studies a series of lectures, forums and Web-based activities comparing our current experience of changing media with earlier periods of cultural and technological transformation. With Henry Jenkins, David is the co-author of Rethinking Media Change: The Aesthetics of Transition.
Andrew Blauvelt is Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he also serves as Curator of Architecture and Design. His graphic design work has received more than 100 design awards and appeared in magazines including I.D., Idea, Eye, Surface, Print, and Metropolis, as well as in exhibits at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and the Design Museum in London. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Andrew taught at NC State University, Herron School of Art and Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands. He is a frequent author and critic on design, writing for Eye, Emigré, Visible Language and the anthologies Critical Writings on Graphic Design and The Education of a Graphic Designer.
Anne Burdick is the Chair of the graduate Media Design Program (MDP) at Art Center College of Design and Design Editor of Electronic Book Review. She has been recognized through the prestigious Leipzig Award for book design and by I.D. Magazine’s Interactive Design Review for her work with interactive texts. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Anne has designed books of literary / media criticism by authors such as Marshall McLuhan and N. Katherine Hayles and she is currently developing electronic corpora with the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Anne writes for the Los Angeles Times, Eye Magazine and Electronic Book Review, among others, and her work is held in the permanent collections of both SFMOMA and MoMA.
Judith Gregory, Ph.D. teaches at the Institute of Design, where she oversees the master’s curricula related to understanding users, and co-coordinates the doctoral program with Kei Sato. Before joining the ID faculty, Judith was an Associate Professor in the Information Systems research group of the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo and at the Institute of Form, Theory and History at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She was a post-doctoral fellow in Science and Technology Studies at Rennsalaer Polytechnic University and is an active participant in research conferences around the world. A social scientist, Judith teaches social theory and qualitative research methods and research design.
Dori Tunstall, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University in Australia. Under Dori’s work, the university recently earned approval to launch the first MDes program in Design Anthropology. Formerly of the University of Illinois / Chicago, Dori was the architect for the US National Design Policy and managing director of Design for Democracy. She earned her PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University and was a senior experience modeler at Sapient and Arc World Wide. Her diverse roster of professional clients has included the US Army and Army Reserves, Northern Trust, Sears, General Motors, Allstate Financial, Nokia and Unilever.
Alice Twemlow is a writer, critic, and chair of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She holds an MA in design history and is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art / V&A Museum of History and Design program in London. Alice writes for numerous publications, including Baseline, Communication Arts, Design Issues, Design Observer, Good, Eye, Grafik, Graphis, I.D., New York Magazine, Paper, Print, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Varoom. She is the author of What is Graphic Design For? and StyleCity New York, and has contributed essays to books such as Barnbrook Bible, Looking Closer 5: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, Else/Where: Mapping, and Why Not Associates 2.
Christopher Vice is chair of the Department of Visual Communication Design at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University. Before entering full-time teaching, Chris was Vice President for Brand Marketing at Sapient, Executive Creative Director at Designory / Pinkhaus, and Senior Designer at Jager DiPaola Kemp. He has written for DMI Journal and authored the MFA in Visual Communication curriculum at Herron, which focuses on design strategy, planning, and research. He is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and was a member of the AIGA Education Steering Committee and a member of AIGA’s Defining the Designer of 2015 initiative.
Andrea Codrington is an editor at Phaidon Press, former editor for ID Magazine, biweekly columnist for the New York Times, and adjunct professor in the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts.
Peter Hall is a design critic, co-editor of Else/Where: Mapping with Jan Abrams, contributing writer for Metropolis and Print, and senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jon Kolko is an associate creative director at frog design and founder and director of the Austin Center for Design. He sits on the board of directors for the Interaction Design Association and is editor-in-chief for Interactions Magazine.
Julie Lasky is editor of Winterhouse’s Change Observer, former editor-in-chief of ID Magazine and Interiors, and former managing editor of Print. She has contributed to Metropolis, Dwell, Eye, Slate, and NPR.
Deborah Littlejohn is a doctoral student in the PhD in Design program at NC State and a contributing writer for Eye Magazine. She was a fellow at the University of Minnesota Design Institute.
Holly Willis is Director of Academic Programs at the Institute for Media Literacy at the University of Southern California. She is editor of The New Ecology of Things (Art Center College of Design), author of New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Image, and former editor of RES Magazine.
Chair, School of Visual Arts, Westwood College, Visual Arts
Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Communication Design
Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of English
Associate Professor, University of Florida, Graphic Design, School of Art & Art History
Ph.D. Candidate, North Carolina State University, College of Design
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design
Audra Buck-Coleman: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Art; Ann McDonald: Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, Department of Art + Design
Professor, Graphic Design & Co-Director, Interactive Media Studies, Miami University, Graphic Design & Interactive Media Studies
Senior Lecturer and Director of Design Research Studio, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts
Assistant Professor, Boston University, Graphic Design