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Ned Drew
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Professor Ned Drew teaches various graphic design courses and the history of graphic design at Rutgers University-Newark in the undergraduate design program and part-time in the Pratt GradComD MFA/MS programs. Professor Drew is a member of the AIGA National Design Educators Community Steering Committee and is the director of The Design Consortium, a student/teacher run design studio that focuses on non-profit, community-based projects.
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Drew is the co-editor of Design Education in Progress: Process and Methodology, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, an academic book series dedicated to the study of design pedagogy. One of his student design projects and process work were recently included in Typographic Design: Form and Communication by Carter/Day/Meggs, 4th and 5th editions. Drew is the co-author of BY ITS COVER: Modern American Book Cover Design published by Princeton Architectural Press, Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig published by RIT/Cary Graphic Arts Press and a second book for RIT that focuses on the mid-century graphic designer George Giusti and is scheduled to be published in 2015.
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Drew is also a founding partner and creative director of the multi-disciplinary design firm, BRED based in New York City (www.brednation.com). His work has been included in several books, including the 6th edition of Typographic Design: Form and Communication, Graphic Design Referenced, US Design 1975-2000, Working with Computer Type, the AIGA’s Rethinking Design 3: Speaking Volumes, Graphic Design Solutions, Color Management for Logos and 2D: Visual Basics for Designers.  His design work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Type Directors Club, the International Design Awards, the Art Directors Club, the FPO Awards, the University and Colleges Designer Association and the American Association of Museums as well as Graphis, Communication Arts, Print, How and Creativity magazines.

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Sarah A Meyer
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Sarah A Meyer is Professor and Program Coordinator of Visual Communication Design at California State Polytechnic University Pomona (CPP). Sarah has acted at CPP as Chair of the Art Department and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Environmental Design comprised of Architecture, Art, Art History, Visual Communication Design, Landscape Architecture, Regenerative Studies, and Urban & Regional Planning. She has previously held faculty positions at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, The University of Utah, California State University Fullerton, and has been a visiting professor of visual
communications and motion graphics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.

Sarah has a record of leadership of art and design programs that fosters faculty governance, curriculum development, innovative and academic vision at comprehensive universities. Her design, multidisciplinary, and leadership skills have resulted in a passion to develop professional partnerships across universities and within diverse academic settings. She is co-author of Color Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers, Color Management for Logos: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers, Color Management for Packaging: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers, Choosing Color for Logos & Packaging: Solutions for 2D & 3D Design, and the Acuity Color Matching System. Sarah has been invited to speak at the International Council of Design (ico-D), AIGA, and the College Arts Association on topics related to color theory, curriculum development, and administration. Her design work has been exhibited in numerous publications and received awards of excellence from design associations including The Society of Technical Communications and The Art Directors Club.
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René Bennyson
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René Bennyson is Associate Professor, and Program and Semester Coordinator at University College North Denmark (UCN). He lectures in graphic design, design thinking, strategic, service design, and has develop new design programs at UCN. He is an leading expert in mentor network development. He has been an invited speaker at the Education and Business Gatherings at the Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre, UIIN Conference, and E&PDE 2016 Conference, Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-disciplinarity. Professor Bennyson has been a guest lecture at California State University Fullerton, College of The Arts.
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Professor Bennyson holds an M.Sc/Cand. Polyt. in civil engineering, Industrial Design from Aalborg University Denmark. His thesis is on “Product Development and Design Strategy; An Approach Towards Modularization, Platform and Mass Customization.”
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Professor Bennyson is the Author of Complexity in Graphic Design & Strategic Graphical Design at E-types; a case study. Publish at pre-qualification of new program under the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education; Walking the line in the attempt of catalyzing the student’s professional identity, 2016 UIIN Conference; and Establishing a Professional Identity via Mentoring in Design Programs, E&PDE 2016 Conference, Design Education: Collaboration and Cross-disciplinary. He has been invited to exhibit his design work on three occasions for the Copenhagen Furniture Fair.
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He has previously worked at Meyland-Smith in new product development and complex design, in new project development of mass customized wheelchairs, and as the head graphic design and product development at Barsmark A/S; Inropa A/S, project manager at tangible and aesthetics designs, and at Aalborg University as Assistant lecturer in NURBS modelling.
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Brenda McManus
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Brenda McManus lives and works in New York City where she is a founding partner in BRED, a collaborative design lab as well as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the Art Department at Pace University. She received a BA from Rutgers University-Newark and a MS and MFA from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Communication Design Program in Manhattan.

Brenda’s work has been recognized by several design publications including Print, Graphis, Communication Arts and How magazines and by organizations such as the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, the University & College Designers Association, the Museum Publications Design Competition and the Creativity Design Competition. Her work has been included in the TDC46 Awards Exhibition, Summit – an AIGA/NY Exhibition, the 37th ADCNJ Awards Show, the UCDA Conference Exhibition and the American Association of Museum Design Exhibition. She is also the co-author of “George Giusti: The Idea is the Heart of the Matter” published by Rochester Institute of Technology, Graphic Design Archives, Chapbook Series: Five.

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Albert Inyoung Choi
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Dr. Albert Inyoung Choi is a Professor of Brand Design at Hanyang University, Korea.
His areas of expertise include design research on branding, signage, and design methodology.
His design work includes analyzing and making visual languages through creating images and posters in conjunction with practical and experimental projects. Professor Choi is the author of Hangeul-Gak, a personal collection and Hangeul experimental typography. His work has been recognized by many international design competitions and organizations. His posters are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, United States.

Professor Choi founded and directs the ‘United Designs’ (an International Biennial Design Exhibition) since the year 2002. He is currently the Associate Vice President
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Hanyang anyangte Vice President, vice president of Korean Ensemble of Contemporary Design (KECD), the director of the Design Research & Education Lab (DREL), an advisor of POOL design magazine in India. He has taught at the University of North Texas, and California State University Fullerton in the Visual Communication Design areas. Prior to become an educator, he worked for COY Los Angeles, California.
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Jeff Bellantoni
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With a career spanning over 25 years as an arts educator, designer, and author, Jeff Bellantoni is Dean of the College of Visual + Performing Arts at Winthrop University, serving as the chief academic and executive officer of the college.
 
Prior to his current appointment, Jeff was Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Ringling College of Art and Design, where he held responsibility for academic programs, collaborative enterprises, communications and marketing, and continuing studies and lifelong learning. From 2008-2014, he was Chair of the nationally-ranked Graduate Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute in New York, where he established an MFA program, Pratt Press, and the Graduate Design Guild. Jeff previously held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Connecticut, VCU School of the Arts, Mercy College, and Wanganui School of Design in New Zealand. He earned an MFA in Visual Communications from VCU School of the Arts and a BFA from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 
 
Jeff is co-author and designer of several internationally published titles on Typography and Media – including the best-selling titles Type in Motion and Moving Type, Designing for Time and Space – and he has written on graphic design for How magazine and various other design publications. Jeff's design work has been recognized by Print magazine, the AIGA (50 Books/50 Covers), and Connecticut Art Director’s Club, and he has presented at conferences, events and educational institutions around the world. 

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Dennis Goris
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CEO and founder of Goris Communications (formerly Bremmer & Goris), a creative powerhouse specializing in branding, messaging and communications for associations and nonprofits. Goris helps organizations identify what makes them unique, and creates strategies to help tell their story.

In addition to many of the nation's largest advocacy organizations, Dennis has directed campaigns and programs for corporate brands including American Express, Amtrak, AOL, GE and Google, as well as Washington Gas, the US Army and others, and served as a judge for design competitions, including the ADDY’s awards.

Dennis remains media agnostic with a preference for plain English in business communications.

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Alexis Radig
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• Visual Designer with experience in creating innovative multi-platform experiences utilizing the Adobe toolset.
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• Contagious high energy level, positive attitude, and passionate.
• Advanced proficiency in prototyping. Trained and certified iRise Modeler, with extensive experience in modeling for web, mobile, and tablet designs.
• Fast, reliable, organized, and detail oriented while maintaining ability to see the big picture.
• Self-motivated team player with effective communication skills with users, clients, and multidisciplinary teams.
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Mike  Anderson
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Mike Anderson is the co-founder and creative director of Tankfarm & Co., a Southern California based men’s brand and retail stores. Tankfarm currently has 2 brick & mortar locations: Seal Beach and Huntington Beach. He and his brother John started the brand in 2003 primarily as a wholesale business selling to specialty boutiques across the country as well as major retailers like Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters. They also have a private label company called Anderson Brothers Design & Supply - specializing in design and custom manufacturing for several craft breweries and restaurants.

After graduating from Los Alamitos High School he attended to Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. During college Mike worked at his Father's and Grandfather's printing and screen printing shop as a Graphic Designer (Cypress Printing). He completed the graphic design program at OCC and an Associates Degree. Mike then transferred  to California State University at Fullerton and received a BFA in graphic design in 2003.

Mike lives with his wife and three young boys in Rossmoor, California.
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Michael Wilkins
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3D Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi LA
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Melissa Flicker
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Melissa Flicker is currently an Associate Professor of Design at Cal Poly Pomona. She has had work featured in Graphis and the Big Book of Design Ideas. Her areas of interest include interaction design, UX/UI and typography.

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Anthony W. Acock
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Anthony Acock (MFA, BFA) received his MFA from Pratt Institute, and his BFA from Oregon State University. 

Anthony has over a decade of industry in the New York City area, working for a diverse array of agencies from small boutique firms to large NYC agencies, to in-house for political parties. He joined Cal Poly Pomona in 2013 with the College of Environmental Design, as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design. Anthony also serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles chapter of the AIGA as Education Co-Director. 
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His areas of research are; design as advocacy for marginalized populations, design for non-profits organizations, and design as a political tool. Skateboarding into middle age, being comfortable with spray paint, and chasing his two delightful but not particularly useful children, are his other interests.
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Xinran Hu
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Xinran Hu is a tenured associate professor in University of Southern Indiana Art and Design Department. She teaches several courses including Introduction to Graphic Design, Graphic Design II, Graphic Design IV, Typography, Publication, and Web Design, Motion Graphic, Design Senior Seminar. Her design work has won awards from AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), PRINT magazine and AGDA (American Graphic Design & Advertising) and has been published internationally. Xinran Hu's bilingual (Chinese and English) book titled Gestalt Theory in the Art of Chinese Cut-Paper was published by the Hebei Fine Art Press in 2008 and won PRINT'S 2009 Regional Design Annual Award.

 

David Leicester
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David Leicester Hardy is a professor of graphic design at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. With over fifteen years of professional experience, he’s worked in multiple disciplines for ad agencies, educational institutions, private companies, nonprofit institutions, and artists & musicians.
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Prior to his service at JMU, David also served as President of the Las Vegas chapter of AIGA, where he helped organize educational and professional programs on the business of design, web and mobile design workshops, and various lectures.
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David’s research interests include multidisciplinary design, emerging media, and the study of innovation and failure in design.
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Ann Ford
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Ann Ford is an Associate Professor of Design and Chair of the Department of Art & Design at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. There she teaches various courses in graphic design, typography and graphic design history. She holds a MFA and BFA in Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her academic position, she in principal and creative director for her firm, Chambers Design. She is the author of two books on package design, 100s Visual Ideas: Packaging and Labels and Packaging Templates: Paper Engineering for Professionals.

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Min S. Lee
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Min Sun Lee is an Associate Professor and Director of Graphic Design program at the University of Montevallo. She received Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design with an emphasis in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. She joined the University of Montevallo in 2008 specializing in print, branding, UI/UX, web, and packaging design.

Lee was born in Seoul, Korea, and embraces her unique combination of Korean and Western culture in her design. She is especially interested in the research and design of unique solutions to problems involving the human experience, social patterns and communication between cultures. She feels that through proper execution, design can serve as a valuable ally to those in need. She has presented and published the work nationally and internationally on graphic design curriculum, interface design and packaging design. Lee was involved with Alabama Engine: AIGA Birmingham + Design Thinking, which is sponsored by AIGA National from Aspen Summit project and volunteers as the education director for the Birmingham AIGA Chapter. Lee is currently working as UI/UX designer for BooDigital and has worked in variety agency, such as Cayenne Creative, Lewis Communication, Fred (was BW&Co.) as an freelancer in Birmingham. Also Lee is heavily involve with community, she’s a Volunteer Staff Graphic Designer - Sidewalk Film Festival, AIGA Birmingham-Chair of Education, Birmingham Design Week – Event Member RailRoad Park – Jr. Board and Cahaba River Society – Board.

 

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Courtney Barr
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Courtney Barr is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Louisiana State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. She is Faculty Advisor to the LSU Graphic Design Student Office, a student design studio that has produced award-winning work recognized at the national and international level. She has also acted as faculty advisor to the LSU AIGA Student Group.

Courtney’s area of focus within the field of graphic design is information design, which allows for the layering and comparison of complex data. She is also a letterpress printmaker; the craft of letterpress printing provides a rich, tactile, one-of-a-kind surface that she often blends with computer-based digital printing. In her work she creates visual explanations that reveal new understandings and perspectives about complex themes that cross the bridge between science and art.

Her work has received recognition from AIGA | the professional association for design and the American Advertising Federation, and has been published in the Print Regional Design Annual, Graphic Design USA magazine, the Big Book of Green Design, and Ladies of Letterpress: Dedicated to the proposition that a woman’s place is in the printshop. She has collaborated with researchers on grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She has presented her research at Penland School of Crafts, the LSU Museum of Art, the Ladies of Letterpress Conference, and the Southeastern College
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Davey Whitcraft
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Davey Whitcraft is Visiting Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Parsons The New School, Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design, SUNY Purchase and Queens College. His areas of expertise include cultural research and development, design theory and new media. Professor Whitcraft's work has been recognized by national and international design competitions and organizations, including AIGA, Art Directors Club New York, SXSW Interactive Festival, Graphis Design, Print Magazine, How International design Award, Alternative Pick, Mohawk Best in Show, Libre Graphics Culture and Practice, London West Gallery, 0p3nr3p0, Singapore, Leap Second Festival, Norway, BIO 23 Design Biennial Ljubljana, Slovenia, London Anti-Design Festival, London, and Evomusart:
Budapest, Hungary.

Professor Whitcraft is the founder of the OTIS AIGA chapter, and the co-founder of Strangeways Academy, Studio Willem Augustus. He is an accomplished international lecturer and practicing graphic designer.

 

5Anna Ursyn
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Anna Ursyn, PhD, is a professor and Computer Graphics/Digital Media, Area Head at the School of Art and Design, University of Northern Colorado, USA. She combines programming with software and printmaking media, to unify computer generated and painted images, and sculptures. Ursyn had over 40 single juried and invitational art shows, participated in over 200 juried and invitational fine art exhibitions, such as: over a dozen times in ACM SIGGRAPH Art Galleries and traveling shows, including Louvre, Paris, Der Prix Ars Electronica Linz, Austria; Eurographics (Artistic Merit Award), Denver International Airport Show, Denver Capitol shows Animations projected at the Victory Media Network, Dallas, TX, ISEAs, New York Digital Salons, 20th Century Matrix for NTT Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2000 images and 5000 texts describing 20th Century), Winner of BauBoden, Deutsche Bau-und Bodenbank AG, cover and 18 color plates, Computerkunst/Computer Art  Gladbeck, Germany + traveling shows. Salon de la Culture et des Jeux Mathematiques, CIJM, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, Honorable Mention; Art of the Animal, Australia (award), GRAPHITEs, Art of Photography Show San Diego, CA, M.I.A.D. Torento Argentina (Second Place) Common Ground, The Haun Tie Art Museum in Beijing, Immaginando , Digital Visions of Etruria, (Honorable Mention), Italy, Bridges Mathematical Art Galleries, Joint Mathemathics Meetings Art Galleries, and Generative Art galleries. Her artwork is among visual, literary, and music works to be sent in a capsule to the Moon by NASA for the Moon Museum.

 Anna published articles and had her artwork in books and journals. She wrote/edited six books on Knowledge Visualization. Research and pedagogy interests include integrated instruction in art, science, and computer art graphics. Since 1987, she serves as a Liaison, Organizing and Program Committee member of International IEEE Conferences on Information Visualization (iV) London, UK, and Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization Conferences (CGIV). Since 1997 she serves as Chair of the Symposium and Digital Art Gallery D-ART iV, London, England.

 

Patrick Gosnell
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Assistant Professor Patrick Gosnell teaches a variety of graphic design courses and the history of graphic design at Austin Peay State University. He is a member of the Society of Typographic Aficionados and AIGA, and serves as the faculty advisor for the AIGA Austin Peay State University student group.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design from Texas State University. His work has been recognized by the international design publication Graphis and the University & College Designers Association. Patrick regularly publishes reviews of design conferences, including TypeCon and Typographics, through Slanted design magazine’s blog, and was published in ATypI’s 365typo vol. 1.

With an ever-watchful eye, Patrick captures images of vernacular type in every city he visits, and his research centers on international typographic education and interdisciplinary design practices. He lives in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Jane and Samantha.

 

Daniel Sorrell
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Daniel is an educator and creative consultant in the Orange County California area. He spent the majority of his corporate career designing educational exhibits and displays focused towards energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable design within the public utilities industry for a wide range of clients.

As a college lecturer since 1997, he brings professional experience to the classroom to foster a new generation of creative and critical thinkers in the visual arts industry. Along with the established course curriculum, discussions on career expectations and goal setting are common. High value is placed on craftsmanship and attention to detail in all projects. Students have commented that he is tough, but fair, always pushing them to seek their personal best through calculated risk and detailed process exploration.

His classroom teaching expertise covers Adobe Creative software within graphic design applications and traditional fine arts curriculum for drawing, painting, and 2D Design.

Daniel holds a Master of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton in graphic design and illustration plus project management certificates from University California, Irvine and Cal Tech, Pasadena. He is actively engaged in volunteer work in the local community and mentor’s students at several colleges focusing on personal growth, career development, and leadership potential. He resides in the City of Orange with his wife and daughter.

 

Marius Valdes
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Marius Valdes is an Associate Professor in studio art concentrating on graphic design and illustration at the University of South Carolina. Valdes received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia and his MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Valdes has been recognized with awards from international and national competitions for creative professionals. He has won industry recognition for his graphic design and illustration work from renowned design publications such as HOW, Print, Communication Arts, Creative Quarterly, STEP, and industry competitions including The AIGA's InShow and SEED Awards, and The South Carolina Advertising Federation Addy Awards.

Valdes' work has been featured in several books about contemporary graphic design and illustration. Since 2007, he has had solo exhibitions and been selected for juried group exhibitions at the international, national, and regional levels. He has made numerous presentations at academic including UCDA and SECAC. In 2017, Valdes served as the first visual artist in residence at the Richland Library, awarded as one of the top five public libraries in the country that year.

 

Yoon C. Han
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Yoon C. Han is an interactive media artist and award-winning interaction designer. Over the past ten years, she has created a wide range of interactive 2D/3D audiovisual art installations including biologic art using physical computing, web-based data visualization, biometric data sonification, generative art, and musical interface design. Her principle interest in interactive art/design has been in exploring new multimodal experience using the human body data and audiovisual components. She has investigated the new ways of visualizing sound and sonifying visuals in many different forms such as interaction design, data visualization/sonification, interactive art installations and sound visualizations. Her recent research focus was on multimodal interactions using body data, in particular on creating personalized experience in media arts using biometric data visualization and sonification. She has developed “Digiti Sonus,” an interactive fingerprint visualization and sonification installation, that merges aesthetic and scientific interests. “Digiti Sonus” offers a new way to create an individual’s sonic signature using biometric data, the first approach of its kind to transform fingerprint data into sound in a multimedia research field. Her works have been presented in many international exhibitions, conferences and academic journals such as ACM SIGGRAPH Art gallery, Japan Media Arts Festival, London Science Museum, Media City Seoul, NIME, ISEA, ACM Multimedia, IEEE Vis, and Leonardo Journal.

She earned her bachelor and the first master degree at the Seoul National University, and her second master degree at Design | Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles. She worked at Samsung Electronics in S. Korea as a graphic designer and interaction designer, and was a visiting researcher/data visualization specialist at SENSEable City Lab, MIT in Cambridge, MA. She holds Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is currently an assistant professor in graphic and interactive design at the department of visual arts in the California State University, Fullerton.

 

Esben Skov Laursen
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Esben Skov Laursen is an Assistant Professor and Ph.D. at University College North Denmark (UCN) and part time lecture at Aalborg University, Denmark (AAU). His area of research is design thinking and the collaboration between designers. He has given speeches at various conferences, e.g., ICED2015, Design2016, and AAATE in relation to his research.

Esben also teaches a variety of courses including sketching, product development, and project management at UCN and AAU. He has almost 10 years of experience lecturing. Esben has also been part of developing new cross-disciplinary programs at UCN focused at the integration between various professional domains, e.g., business and engineering.

Esben holds an Ph.D. from Aalborg University, Denmark with the title: ‘Exploring the Collaboration Between Industrial Designers and Engineering Designers in a Handover Situation’. Esben also holds a bachelor’s degree in ‘Organization and Management’ from Aarhus University (AU).

Esben has previously worked at Martin Professional A/S as an industrial designer and project manager in R&D and at B&K Vibro A/S as a project manager. Esben has almost 10 years of experience from industry.

Esben lives in Aalborg, Denmark with his wife, Marianne (Mary Ann) and his daughter, Sofie (Sophy).