Abbott’s projects address the cultural role of design and the public life of the written word. At Pentagram he leads a team designing books, magazines, catalogs, identities, exhibitions, and creating editorial projects. His work and critical writing has appeared in Eye, Print, I.D. and other publications, and he is the co-author of four books, including the classic Design/Writing/Research: Writing on Graphic Design.
Alicia Cheng is founding partner of MGMT Design. She has worked as senior designer for Method, New York and was the co-director of design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She has taught and served as a frequent visiting critic at Yale University, RISD, MICA, and the Cooper Union School of Art. She received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Yale University.
Alysha Naples is a Visiting Scholar at Hewlett-Packard Labs, where she continues to explore the overlap between print and screen. Previously, she was the Design Director at Blurb, where she made a whole lot of books while designing the application and the website. She has also enjoyed working with Method, AKQA, and Samsung Design America.
Axel J. Wieder, born in 1971, has been the artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart since 2007. Wieder studied art history and cultural theory at the University of Cologne and the Humboldt University in Berlin, specializing in conceptual art, postmodern theory and architecture. Since 1990 he has taken part in numerous exhibitions in collaboration with Jesko Fezer, including the 9th Istanbul Biennale in 2005.
Denise Gonzales Crisp is Associate Professor at the College of Design, North Carolina State University, in Graphic Design, a department she chaired from 2002 to 2006. She was the senior designer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California from 1998 to 2002, as well as the designer for projects including Artext magazine, SciArc lecture series, and independent presses.
Dmitri Siegel is the web art director for Urban Outfitters. He is also creative director of Ante, an annual publication devoted to emerging artists and writers, and Anathema, a magazine devoted to the pursuit of impossible ideas. His work has been recognized by the AIGA, Promax and BDA, and the International Biennale of Graphic Design.
Eric Gunther was born in New York in 1978. He studied Computer Science at MIT. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a founding partner of the art and technology firm, Sosolimited. Eric makes music and an occasional music video, among them a time-warping dance video for OK Go. During after hours, Eric dances like an alien robot squid, makes vibrating sculptures, and meditates on nothingness.
Jonathan Barnbrook is one of Britain’s most legendary creative designers. The team of designers at Barnbrook’s studio produce innovative books, corporate identities, CD covers, custom fonts, websites and magazines. Clients range from international museums to charitable organizations. The studio has worked and won many awards in the area of motion graphics produced for clients such as the BBC and Grey Advertising alongside producing self-initiated projects.
Keetra explores the interplay between physical and digital interactions. Her work is in the permanent design collection at the SFMOMA and was featured in STEP magazine’s Emerging Talent ‘09 and tADC Young Gun ‘08. She has been featured in numerous publications, speaking engagements, and exhibitions, including Etapes Magazine, Die Gestalten, and London’s Kessel Kramer Gallery KKOutlet. Dixon developed many of her core objectives during her 2004 – 2006 masters studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Kenneth is an artist, educator, and writer. His new book from Princeton Architectural Press, Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture, is receiving industry-wide praise. His novel, produced in the form of a four-issue limited-edition magazine, received awards of excellence from the American Center for Design and AIGA. His artwork is included in many public and private collections. Kenneth is an Associate Professor of Art at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Rob Giampietro is a principal at Project Projects, a design studio in New York. He studied graphic design and literature at Yale University and worked as a designer at Winterhouse, The New York Times Magazine, and Pentagram. From 2003 to 2008, he was cofounder and principal of the award-winning design studio Giampietro+Smith. Rob’s essays and commentary have appeared in Dot Dot Dot, Design Observer, BusinessWeek, and on NPR.
Prior to joining MGMT Design, Sarah was a senior designer and project manager at 2×4, where she worked on numerous branding, collateral, and book projects for cultural clients. Prior to 2×4, she worked at several New York City design firms. Sarah teaches at Parsons School of Design and serves as a frequent guest critic at Yale University. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from Yale University.
Tal Leming is a type designer, lettering artist and type technology specialist living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2001 he joined the legendary type foundry House Industries as a resident jack of all trades. In 2005 he set out on his own to found Type Supply where he focuses on developing original typefaces and lettering while pushing the boundaries of type technology.