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.
Chip Kidd Design, literature, and comic wit converge with alarming force in the work of Chip Kidd, whose book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf have been revolutionizing American book packaging since 1986. Kidd has authored two novels, The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, as well as Batman: Death By Design, an original graphic novel published by DC Comics and illustrated by Dave Taylor. Kidd’s book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design,was released by Workman in October 2013.
Daniel D'Oca Daniel D’Oca is an urban planner, designer, and educator who specializes in the politics of the contemporary built environment in America. He is Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Design School, and Principal and co-founder of Interboro Partners, a New York-based architecture, planning, and research firm that has won many awards for its innovative projects, including the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and Young Architects Awards.
Glen Cummings is a designer and the founding partner of MTWTF, a graphic design studio specializing in speculative cross-disciplinary endeavors. Glen is the founder of GDNYC, a consortium of designers and educators that promote design research in New York City through lectures and publications. Glen has served as vice president of AIGA/NY since 2012, and is a Design Trust for Public Space fellow.
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.
Krissi Xenakis is an Art Director at Joe Zeff Design where she has developed and designed for apps such as National Geographic Magazine on the iPhone and Fast Company on the iPad. She previously worked in personalized online advertising and as a visual journalist and multimedia designer at The Denver Post and the Virginian-Pilot Media Companies. Krissi received her MFA from MICA’s GDMFA program in 2011.
Michèle Champagne is a designer and writer who works in branding and editorial across media. She is the founding editor of the print and online magazine That New Design Smell. Her branding projects include Mediamatic Travel, a social network pinned to an open source platform. Champagne recently spent four years in Amsterdam completing a Masters degree at Rietveld Academy’s Sandberg Institute; she has worked with Droog, Metahaven, Strelka Institute, Mediamatic Foundation, and VPRO, a Dutch public broadcaster. Her essays and work have been published with Print in NYC, Volume in Amsterdam and OpenCity Projects in Toronto.
Silas is a hybrid graphic design practitioner and educator whose mission is to make and teach design that is beautiful, smart with empathy for humanity. He is Faculty Chair for the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Munro makes award-winning graphic design and branding for varied audiences across media. His past work has been recognized by the ADC Young Guns, AIGA and a SAPPI Ideas that Matter grant.
Award-winning designer Stephen Farrell creates work that is intricately detailed, avowedly non-commercial,and unabashedly intellectual. Farrell designs experimental fonts and fiction, and he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Projects include the novel VAS, a full-on collaboration with author Steve Tomasula. Farrell’s digital typeface Volgare is based on a 1601 Florentine manuscript written by an anonymous clerk. Volgare includes over 500 distinct glyphs, including ligatures, word endings, and combination characters.