Andrew Byrom andrewbyrom.com
Andrew Byrom is a British-born graphic designer and educator based in Los Angeles. His clients have included The Architecture and Design Museum, The New York Times Magazine, Penguin Books, Sagmeister Inc., and UCLA Extension.
His experimental and multi-disciplinary design work has been exhibited across the US, Europe and Asia and has been recognized by the AIGA and the Type Directors Club. In 2012 he was elected as a member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Byrom is also a Professor at California State University Long Beach where he teaches classes in Graphic Design, Typography, and the History of Graphic Design.
Gail Anderson gailycurl.com
Gail Anderson is a New York-based designer, writer, educator, and partner at Anderson Newton Design. From 2002 through 2010, Anderson served as Creative Director of Design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater.
From 1987 to early 2002, she worked at Rolling Stone magazine, serving as associate art director, deputy art director, and finally, as the magazine's senior art director.
Anderson is co-author, with Steven Heller, of The Typographic Universe, as well as New Modernist Type, New Ornamental Type, and New Vintage Type. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and serves on The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and the board for the Type Directors Club. Anderson is the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Medal from the AIGA.
Michael Bierut pentagram.com
Michael Bierut has been a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram since 1990. A co-founder of the website designobserver.com, Michael has served as both president of AIGA's New York Chapter and AIGA National.
He is a senior critic at the Yale School of Art, a winner of the AIGA Medal and the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame. His book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007. The first monograph on his work will be published later this year.
Sandra Equihua mexopolis.com
Sandra Equihua was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico where she received her BFA in Graphic Design at Universidad Iberoamericana Noroeste. It was under the tutelage of Rafael Lopez, during an Art Center at Night illustration course, where she discovered her love and passion for illustration.
A passion which would eventually lead her to becoming a character designer for television and feature films.
Next to her partner in crime, Jorge R. Gutierrez (aka, her husband and significant other) she has had the pleasure of working on diverse projects and shows for WB, Disney, Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, Sony and Nickelodeon. It was at Nickelodeon where she and her husband created and designed the Emmy Award winning "El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera", a project which earned Equihua an Emmy as well.
Recently, she has embarked on an adventure as lead character designer on the animated feature "The Book of Life" which is her husband's love letter to their beloved Mexico. It's been an unforgettable ride and she can't wait to hop on board another project with him and their son Luka!
Brian Gartside briangartsi.de
Brian Gartside is a 27-year-old graphic designer and typographer currently operating out of New York City. He received his B.F.A in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, and worked for Michael Gericke at Pentagram until May of 2012, when Brian was brought to DDB New York by Menno Kluin and Juan Carlos Pagan.
Many of the projects he worked on while at DDB are partially credited for the creative revival of the agency, including the Drinkable Book, which brought the agency its first Cannes Gold Lion in two decades. More recently, Brian has moved to Deutsch New York, where he works today. In October of 2014, Brian was named as an ADC Young Gun.
Jorge Gutierrez mexopolis.com
Born in delicious Mexico City and raised in eclectic Tijuana, Gutierrez attended CalArts, where he received his BFA & MFA in Experimental Animation under Jules Engel. For his thesis film he created the CG short "Carmelo" which won the 2001 Student Emmy Award and was screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2001 he created "El Macho", his first web series for Sony Pictures Digital. He has designed characters for several animated series including "Mucha Lucha" for Warner Bros, "The Buzz on Maggie" for Disney and “MAD” for Warner Bros and Cartoon Network. He has also written for various shows at Disney, Scholastic, Warner Bros and Nickelodeon.
In 2005, Gutierrez and his longtime collaborator, muse and wife Sandra Equihua, created the multiple Emmy winning series "El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera" for Nickelodeon. Gutierrez is currently directing his life-long dream project "The Book of Life", a CG-animated feature for Reel FX, Executive Produced by Guillermo Del Toro. The film, set against a Dia De Los Muertos backdrop, is an adventure inspired by both mythology and Gutierrez's own life and family. "The Book of Life" was released in October 2014 with partner 20th Century FOX.
Justin Manor sosolimited.com
Justin is a partner and co-founder of Sosolimited, an interactive design studio with offices in Boston and San Diego. He focuses on the creative applications of new technologies in entertainment, architecture, and advertising.
By applying the language of data visualization and information design as an artistic medium, he aims to create unique spectacles that defy easy categorization. Most notably, Sosolimited created light shows driven by SuperBowl fans' tweets on the Empire State Building during the 2014 SuperBowl. The studio has created live performances and exhibited artwork internationally at festivals and museums including Ars Electronica, Transmediale, The Walker Art Center, Cooper Hewitt, Shanghai Biennial, and the ICA Boston. Justin is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab, and holds degrees in Media Arts & Physics.
Erik Natzke adobe.com
Erik Natzke, artist, designer, and programmer, creates and gives material substance to his ideas through immaterial computer code. As a Principal Designer for Adobe's Experience Design group, Erik has the good fortune of working with a variety of groups throughout the organization.
Erik helps everyone from seasoned professionals to creative newbies use Adobe tools to jumpstart innovation and make the creative process more efficient.
Justin Skeesuck the-disabled-traveler.com
Justin spent many years in San Diego working as a graphic designer. Now, he's also a motivational speaker, trainer and accessibility consultant.
Most recently, he became the first person in history to complete the epic Camino de Santiago—a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain—in his wheelchair with the assistance of his best friend, Patrick Gray.
Justin believes life is not defined by your perceived limitations, but it's what you DO in life that defines you.
Sharon Werner wdw.com
Sharon started her career as an intern at Duffy Design Group (now Duffy Partners) enjoying every minute of her 7 years there. "It was an amazing experience; I learned the essentials of creating and developing authentic brands that people care about".
Sharon founded Werner Design Werks in 1991 and this experience has continued to guide their work for clients such as Moet Hennessy, Target, Park Nicollet Clinics, dpHUE, Bellacor, Suntory and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. Sharon and her co-worker Sarah Forss are the authors and creators of a series of children's books and products, Alphabeasties and other Amazing Types, Bugs by the Numbers, Alphasaurs and other Prehistoric Types, published by Blue Apple Books. Sharon is also co-author of Really Good Packaging, Explained by Rockport.
Werner Design Werks work has been recognized by nearly every major graphic design publication and award show, and is part of the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée De La Poste, Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and selected as one of the 100 World's Best Posters. Sharon has been an adjunct professor at College of Visual Arts and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She lectured and juried with national and international design organizations. She has served on the AIGA Minnesota Board, the CVA Advisory Board, MNSU Moorhead Design Advisory Board and the TDC Board of Directors.
Julia Zeltser hyperakt.com
Julia Zeltser is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt. With over 15 years of design experience in print, brand development, visualizations, and interactive media, Julia has been instrumental in establishing Hyperakt's visual voice. Julia leads a multi-disciplinary team of designers in a wide range of assignments.
She has advised clients such as ACLU, Ford Foundation, and UNICEF to extend their brand in print and interactive media. Julia initiated and leads Lunch Talks at Hyperakt: a monthly event to ignite collaboration and idea-sharing among the design community.
Julia has received accolades from organizations such as Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Brand New, and How Magazine for her design work. She was born in Ukraine and graduated from Parsons The New School of Design in New York. She lives with her husband and her two kids, in Brooklyn.