Meet The Judges
Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for 17 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands.
Debbie is President Emeritus of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at FastCompany.com and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on DesignObserver.com. In 2011, the show was awarded a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.
Debbie is the author of five books on design including “Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits,” (Allworth Press, 2011), “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009) and “How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer” (Allworth Press, 2007).
Jessica Walsh is a designer & art director working in New York City. She is a partner at the New York based design studio Sagmeister & Walsh. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts & speaks internationally about her work. Her work has won numerous design awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, D&AD, Print, and Graphis. She has received various celebrated distinctions such as Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design,” an Art Director’s Club “Young Gun,” and Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artist”.
Wally Olins is ‘the world’s leading practitioner of branding and identity’, according to The Financial Times. Formerly Chairman of Wolff Olins and currently Chairman of Saffron Brand Consultants, he has advised many of the world’s leading companies, including 3i, Renault, Repsol, BT, Volkswagen, Tata and Lloyd’s of London and has also worked with many countries, regions and cities, among them Portugal and Poland. He has acted as an advisor to both McKinsey and Bain.
He was born in London and educated at Oxford, where he read history. Early in his career he became head of what is now the Ogilvy advertising agency in India where he lived for 5 years. He has an enduring interest in South Asia.
Olins is a successful author. Over 250,000 copies of his books have been sold in 18 languages, including the seminal works, Corporate Identity, Wally Olins On B®and and The Brand Handbook. His approach is sociological and anthropological as well as commercial.
He has had Fellowships and Professorships at a number of leading Business Schools and Universities around the world, including Said Business School at Oxford University. He is a witty and fluent writer and speaker and is in demand to speak and run seminars on branding issues internationally.
The multi-award-winning Wally Olins was made CBE in 1999 and received the Lifetime Award from the Reputation Institute. He was awarded the Bicentenary Medal of the RSA in 2000 and the D&AD President’s Award in 2003. He was also nominated for the Prince Philip Designer’s Prize and for the 2012 British Inspiration Awards. He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Peter’s College, Oxford, and has been awarded a number of honorary professorships.
His latest book, ‘Brand New – The Shape of Brands to Come’ will be published by Thames & Hudson on 7th April 2014.
Bruce is the Duckworth in Turner Duckworth, the brand design agency based in London and San Francisco. He started the company in 1992 with his friend and fellow designer David Turner. Bruce runs the London office and is jointly responsible for Turner Duckworth’s creative output with David Turner. The company employs around sixty people of which forty-five are designers. Both studios work collaboratively on all projects and the company has achieved an international reputation for design excellence. Working with some of the most culturally significant brands in the world from Amazon, Coca Cola and Adidas and entrepreneurial brands such as Kettle Chips, Liz Earle Beauty Co. and the band Metallica.
Bruce has won over 250 design awards including D&AD Yellow pencils, DBA Design Effectiveness awards, Design Week awards Best of Show, the inaugural Cannes Design Lions Grand Prix, the first ever design accepted in the Clio Hall of Fame and a Grammy award amongst others. His work and opinions have been published in many design books and magazines all over the world. Bruce is in demand as a speaker for Design and Marketing conferences giving keynote speeches around the world from Seoul to Mumbai to Barcelona. Bruce has always had a keen interest in Design education and often lectures at design universities and has been an external examiner at Falmouth University and Somerset College of Art and Design.
Bruce has judged for most of the international design awards competitions including Foreman of judges at D&AD and President of the Cannes Lions design jury. He has been on the executive committee and management board of D&AD and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Bruce graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design in 1985. He started his career as a designer at Michael Peters & Ptns then Minale Tattersfield and Lewis Moberly before setting up Turner Duckworth.
Jonathan Sands is Chairman of brand design consultancy, Elmwood, renowned for winning more DBA Design Effectiveness Awards than any other consultancy in the history of the program.
His work takes him all around the world. Elmwood clients include Walmart, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Ann Summers, The Football Association and Cable & Wireless Communications, to name a few.
Jonathan led a management buyout of Elmwood in 1989 at the age of 28. Originally based out of one office in Leeds, the consultancy today has offices in London, New York City, Singapore and Melbourne. Elmwood is still headquartered in Yorkshire, England.
Elmwood was recognized in both 2010 and 2011 by Fast Track’s International Track 100 as a UK-based company experiencing phenomenal growth, and it has also been recognized by The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For program.
In the last five years, Elmwood has received well over 100 national and international design awards. It was also recognized in the UK in 'The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For' league table in both 2008 and 2011. Elmwood’s home office in Leeds was also voted Yorkshire’s ‘Best Managed Business’ in 2007 in the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards and ‘Best company to work for’ in the same scheme the following year.
In 2010, Elmwood retained its Gold Investors in People status for a third term, lasting until 2013. It came in the top 10% of accredited companies in the UK for its supportive culture, and also won the ‘Culture of Innovation’ accolade at Yorkshire Forward’s Innovator Awards.
Jonathan was the first Chair of the Design Business Association (DBA) to be from outside London (1995 – 1997). He is also a past council member of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Jonathan was a member of the Design Council for 10 years from 1999-2009, where he chaired the Design Skills Advisory Panel.
In 2012, he was awarded a visiting professorship by Huddersfield University. This is in addition to the honorary doctorate he was awarded in 2002, in recognition of his work in promoting design best practice. The Queen’s New Year’s Honors List rewarded Jonathan in January 2011 with an OBE - Order of the British Empire - for his outstanding services to the creative industry.
Outside of work, Jonathan is a lover of fast cars, a moderate golfer, a long-suffering Derby County supporter and a proud father of three. He has recently extended his family to include 3 alpacas.
Julia founded Beardwood&Co. in 2004 with the goal of helping companies connect their brands with people on a human level – and have fun doing it. Her expertise lies in leveraging the power of an emotional connection as a constant thread through brand communications. Beardwood&Co. is a Soho-based team of strategists and designers working with clients including Coca-Cola, Westin, Lego, Merck, Limited Brands, Sperry Top-Sider and Colgate-Palmolive. Julia was named one of EY’s entrepreneurial Winning Women for 2013, recognizing the brand-building reputation that Beardwood&Co. has established and its high potential for the future.
Kit Hinrichs founded Studio Hinrichs in October 2009, following 23 years as a partner of the international design firm, Pentagram. Prior to that, he was a partner in the design consultancy Jonson, Pedersen, Hinrichs & Shakery. Over the past few decades, Kit has been an influential force in graphic design. Included among the hundreds of projects that he has design directed are the California Academy of Sciences graphic identity program, Sony Metreon Entertainment Complex identity and interior graphics, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, Design Within Reach identity and catalog, and countless annual report, corporate identity, packaging, exhibition, editorial, and promotional campaign programs. He is also the co-founder and design director of @Issue: Journal of Business and Design, which is now an online magablog — atissuejournal.com.
Kit has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, the California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. His work has been honored and widely published internationally, and several of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design. Kit is also the co-author of several books and a much sought-after guest speaker on design. An avid collector of Stars & Stripes memorabilia, his collection of over 3,000 objects has been exhibited across the country and in Japan, and presented in the book Long May She Wave (published by Ten Speed Press, 2001).
Kit is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA medal in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of graphic design and visual communication. He is a past executive board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and has been an Art Center College of Design trustee since 1996.
Marc Atlan is a French-born American Creative Director based in Los Angeles, California. He is the founder of “Marc Atlan Design, Inc.” where he conceptualizes & designs perfume bottles & packagings, ad campaigns & catalogues, logos & brand identities, magazine designs as well as store displays, events, installations & TV Commercials.
His diverse roster of clients features Comme des Garçons, Helmut Lang, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Maison Martin Margiela, Cartier, L'Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Coty Prestige, Unilever, Christian Dior Couture & Parfums. His current creations include projects for David Beckham, H&M & The Dennis Hopper Art Trust.
For the past 25 years, Marc Atlan has been recognized internationally by more than fifty awards including winning a Red Dot, a Gold Pentaward, a Gold One Show, Best Packaging of the year by I.D. magazine and has received a Best Packaging Design recognition at the european FiFi Awards. He is also the recipient of numerous awards by the Art Directors Club in N.Y. and the D&AD in the U.K.
Marc Atlan was honored by having his work selected as a “Top 10 Design of the Year” by Time magazine, as well as a “Top 5 Design of the Year” by Wallpaper magazine. He has recently been awarded the prestigious “Product Designer of the Year” title by the Pacific Design Center in their “Stars of Design” awards ceremony.
Yo realized in high school that she hated dissecting frogs and loved art. She launched her creative career fresh out of Art Center College of Design, earning three consecutive Emmy nominations and numerous accolades for her innovative title sequences. In 2006, Yo founded Ferroconcrete, bringing her storytelling expertise to the world of strategic branding. Ferroconcrete's first client, Pinkberry, blossomed from one store in West Hollywood to a global brand with over a 170 stores worldwide. Fast Company named Ferroconcrete's complete rebrand of TBS one of their favorite branding projects of 2011. As an entrepreneur, she co-founded früute.com and commoditygoods.com. Yo's been an instructor at Art Center, a judge for Communication Arts, and a speaker at multiple events including the Dieline Design Conference, Art Center 3x3, and AIGA. She's received multiple design awards from Print Magazine, Communication Arts, won the ADC Young Guns award, and did it all without ever dissecting a frog.
Sean Adams is a partner at AdamsMorioka in Beverly Hills. He has been recognized by every major competition and publication including STEP,Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director’s Club, and the New York Art Directors Club. The work of AdamsMorioka has been exhibited often, including a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Adams has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally in the ID40, and one of the top ten influential designers by GDUSA. In 2013, Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka were the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design awardees in graphic design.
Adams has served as national AIGA president, AIGA national board member, and AIGA Los Angeles president. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Design Conference, and an AIGA Fellow. He is a professor at Art Center College of Design and a frequent lecturer and competition judge internationally. Adams is the author or co-author of Logo Design Workbook,Color Design Workbook, the Masters of Design series and Thou Shalt Not Use Comic Sans. AdamsMorioka’s clients include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical, Disney, Mohawk Fine Papers, The Metropolitan Opera, Natural History Museum, Richard Meier & Partners, Sundance, UCLA, and the University of Southern California.
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Greg studied Graphic Design at the Technical Institute of Athens and almost simultaneously began mousegraphics. From the beginning (with a little bit of luck, a bit of disposition and love for the job) Greg had the opportunity to work mostly on package design. In the past 25 years, mousegraphics has grown substantially to a team of 11, as well as now being active in all areas of graphic design. Since 2007, the agency began to participate in national and international graphic design competitions and has won a significant number of distinctions and awards. Greg lives and works in Athens. He is married and has 4 children.
Jen Bilik is the founder, owner, and overall head honcho of Knock Knock.
Jen grew up handy in Berkeley, California, quilting with her mother and learning carpentry with her father. After high school, she attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in English literature and film studies, plying her secret arts-and-crafts hobbies on the side.
After college, Jen decamped to New York City and labored variously as a film development intern, apprentice film editor, architectural draftsperson, tutor, babysitter, and newspaper proofreader before accepting an actual salaried job in publishing. Happenstance landed Jen in coffee-table books, exciting mini-productions unto themselves with graphic designers, illustration sources, four-color printing, authors, and copyediting.
While serving as the point person for text on late-breaking books, she inadvertently enjoyed a series of deskside internships in graphic design. After a freelance stint that included editing many books as well as co-authoring two (Todd Oldham: Without Boundaries and Women of Taste: A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs), Jen moved to Los Angeles to ponder how she might make her elusive mark. A few years and a million head scratches later, Knock Knock was born out of Jen’s desire to play with paper and wit.
For Jen, Knock Knock represents a stimulating culmination of many interests—art, craft, business, strategy, printing, writing, coordinating, managing—and she keeps them all well-honed by serving as the company’s CEO and executive creative director (after many years actually writing and designing the stuff hands-on).
Quan Payne is an awarded Creative Director that has worked in both globally celebrated agencies as well as overseeing creative for some of the worlds most innovative and respected companies and brands from the inside.
After becoming the youngest Design Director at Sydney based agency Frost*, Quan was seconded to South Africa to guide Woolworths, a premium department store and food market with over 20,000 employees with across-business creative direction; as well as overseeing and directing the assembly and development of an internal creative department. At the end of the 2 year period, the creative team launching over 1000 new products, 2 major sub-brands, uplifted advertising and in-store communication and shepherded the business through a major rebrand.
In 2011 He moved to Portland Oregon to oversee Nike’s art direction and pinnacle retail experience across the 2012 Olympic Games, the launch of innovative Nike+ technology, as well as other campaign initiatives including International Football club kits and Nike Hyperfeel.
Most recently Quan was Creative Director for Chobani, one of the fastest growing food brands in history; revitalizing the brand language and streamlining the aesthetic across all touch points including packaging, marketing and communications while also building an internal creative department.