Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. Debbie is President of Design at Sterling Brands, where she has worked with over 200 of the world’s largest brands. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed more than 250 design luminaries and cultural commentators. In the ten years since its inception, the show has garnered millions of downloads and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.
Debbie is the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that have extended the ethos and editorial vision of Design Matters to the printed page: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. In 2009 Debbie co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Debbie’s written and visual essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company. Debbie is President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history. Currently, Debbie is the Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine, the oldest magazine about design in the United States.
Jonathan Ford Founding Creative Partner & CEO London
When I founded Pearlfisher over 20 years ago my vision was as clear then as it is now: to continually further creative standards through provocative thinking and by boldly challenging the status quo.
Always pushing myself and others to stretch further, I’m proud to say we’ve built some of world’s best-known and loved brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Green & Black’s, Waitrose, Target, Wolfgang Puck, Jamie Oliver, Help Remedies, and Jim Beam – while gaining us countless Design Effectiveness Awards and a much coveted Gold Cannes Lion along the way.
Frequently representing Pearlfisher on the world stage, I also keep myself inspired and surrounded by new thinking, hosting the Challengers & Icons interview series to gain insights from the people driving the brands of the future.
My sustainable interests see me chair the Haller Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation providing a model for ecological community development in Africa, and when totally offline am graduating towards garden desig
Natasha Jen, Pentagram
Natasha Jen is a graphic designer and partner at Pentagram New York. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, her work is recognized for its innovative use of graphic, digital, and spatial interventions that challenge the critical bounding assumptions surrounding media and culture. In 2015, Natasha was named one of the “World’s Nine Leading Designers” by Wired Magazine. She serves on the Board of Directors for Storefront for Art & Architecture and has been a guest critic at Yale University School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and Maryland Institute College of Art.
Sean Adams is a professor at Art Center College of Design, founder of Burning Settlers Cabin studio, and on-screen author for lynda.com/Linked In. He is the only two term AIGA national president in AIGA’s 100 year history. In 2014, Adams was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest honor in the profession. He is an AIGA Fellow, and Aspen Design Fellow. He has been recognized by every major competition and publication including; How, Print, Step, Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director’s Club, and the Art Director’s Club. Adams has been exhibited often, including a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Adams is an author of multiple magazine columns, and several best-selling books. He has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally, and one of the top ten influential designers in the United States.
Yo Santosa, Ferroconcrete
Creative Director & Founder, Ferroconcrete
Three emmy award nominations, a renown branding agency, two start-ups, and a publication. Behind it, Yo Santosa: creative director, entrepreneur, and dreamer.
Born in Indonesia, raised in Singapore, she emigrated to the U.S. At 17. At 21, yo graduated from Art Center College of Design and created title sequences for Zack Snyder’s 300 and ABC’s Desperate Housewives.
In 2006, from her loft she started her branding agency, Ferroconcrete. Yo believes, ”people don’t fall in love with businesses, they fall in love with personalities”. With a unique perspective in branding, her first client pinkberry, grew from 1 store to a global brand with over 200 stores worldwide.
She also co-founded commodity in 2013, a fragrance company with a mission to make “fragrance personal.” featured in GQ, Fast Co., Esquire and W Magazine, commodity launched in Sephora March 2015.
As a Downtown LA early adopter, she is an advocate for the fastest growing metropolis in the U.S. In 2014, yo created la downtowner, a print publication that reveals an insider’s view of Downtown LA’s culture, food, drinks, fashion and the people who shape it.
Brian Collins, COLLINS
Chief Creative Officer, Co-Founder, COLLINS
Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS: a design company in New York City and San Francisco, dedicated to creating experiences, products, and technologies that shape companies and people for the better.
Over his career, Brian has won every major creative award. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Creativity, Fortune, Graphis, NBC News, ABC News and Fast Company, which named him an American Master of Design. Business Week named his work for Hershey in Times Square as a retail “Wonder of the World.” His team's design of Helios House in Los Angeles, the first gas station using environmentally sustainable principles, is included in The Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design.
For ten years prior to the founding of COLLINS, Brian was Chief Creative Officer of the Brand Integration Group (BIG), the design and innovation division of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide.
Brian’s clients have included Spotify, Facebook, Airbnb, Target, Levi Strauss & Co., Coca-Cola, Mattel, Instagram, The Miller Brewing Company, IBM, Jaguar Cars, Unilever, NBC, Microsoft, and Nike. Brian was made a Distinguished Alumna of the Massachusetts College of Art in 2004 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in 2008. He was the first graphic designer invited to participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Brian’s team recently designed the AIGA 100th Anniversary Book and the Type Directors Club 60th Annual International Typography exhibition, using principles of generative typography. Brian has been a professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts since 2001.
Isabelle Dahlborg Lidström, NINE AB
Isabelle Dahlborg Lidström is Chief Creative Director and Managing Partner, NINE AB
With over 20 years experience from the international design industry in NYC, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Isabelle has always had a passion for solving business challenges by using design in a both innovative and aesthetic way. Using both structural and graphic design, materials and function, paired with a deep understanding of the challenges of the business and the industry, she is adamant in finding the most appropriate solution to any given problem.
Isabelle has experience from the Jurys of Eurobest, Pentawards, LIA, Kolla, Guldägget, Core 77, IF Award.
Ken Lo, Blow
Founder & Design Director, BLOW
Ken Lo is the Founder and Design Director of renowned Hong Kong studio BLOW.
He has won more than 80 international and local awards for design excellence, including the One Show, Tokyo Type Directors Club, International Poster Triennial, Champion of the Victoria Harbour Icon Design Competition, Hong Kong Best and Gold Award at the 2013 & 2016 HKDA Global Design Awards, ’40 under 40’ by Perspective Magazine, etc. BLOW’s works are also featured in various worldwide media, including the authoritative global trend forecasting reports by WGSN, HOW magazine, Computer Arts, étapes, novum, IDEA, Designboom, IdN, and more. Ken was selected by Time Out Magazine as one of the 25 Hong Kong designers you need to know.
Daniela Garza, Anagrama
Project Manager & Creative Director, Anagrama
Born in Monterrey, Danie is in charge of managing and following up on every single one of Anagrama’s current projects. She is also Creative Director and is in charge of organizing Anagrama’s growing design team.
Anagrama is an international branding, architecture and software development firm with offices in Monterrey and Mexico City. Their clients include companies from varied industries in countries all around the world. Anagrama creates the perfect balance between a design boutique and a business consultancy, from focusing on the development of creative pieces with the upmost attention to details, to providing perfect solutions based on the analysis of tangible data. Services reach all of the branding spectrum, from strategic brand consulting, to logotype, naming, peripherals and captivating illustration design, through architecture & interior design projects, and business based solutions around custom developed software. Anagrama breaks from the traditional creative agency scheme, integrating multidisciplinary teams of creative and business experts.
Grace Dawson, JKR
Grace Dawson, Director of Brand Jones Knowles Ritchie, NYC
Grace began her career in London, leading the accounts of some of the world’s most famous brands, including M&M’s, Snickers and Twix. When New York City beckoned in 2015, she left the candy behind, working with her team to solve business challenges through design and creativity. She has lead and contributed to the agency’s successful work with clients big and small, from Unilever and Diageo, to Kashi and Walker & Co. Her understanding of brands and her passion for creativity and culture saw her move into the role of Director of Brand. In this role Grace’s mission is to guide and shape the reputation and culture of JKR in New York City. Her passion for the work also enables her to nurture the creative output of the studio. Her belief that creativity can drive change lead to her founding and leading the New York arm of the JKR Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the agency.
Grace earned her BA in English at the University of Exeter in England and currently works as a teaching assistant for the Masters of Branding program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She also volunteers as a mentor for D&AD’s New Blood Shift program. Her work has been recognized by D&AD, Graphis and the Dieline.
Daniele Monti, Amazon
Daniele Monti Head of Brand & Packaging Design, Consumables Private Brands – Amazon
Born, raised and educated in Florence, Italy, Daniele has led brand design for global organizations such as Starbucks and Amazon, and supported many others in the U.S. and Europe. A firm believer in brand-driven design, Daniele has nearly 30 years of international experience, spanning from digital design to visual identity systems and packaging.
Chi-An De Leo, Rice Creative
Creative Director / Co-Founder
Chi-An is a true multicultural individual, his father is Italian and his mother French-Vietnamese he speaks 5 languages and has lived in 5 countries including a major stint of 10 years in the UK. Wanting to get back to his Vietnamese roots, he made the move back to the country where he spent the early years of his childhood. Chi-An worked at Lowe Vietnam and helped them set up the branding department. After a few years in Advertising he felt it was time to make a move back to Branding & Design and co-founded Rice Creative in 2011. Having won multiple international awards with Rice, Chi-An was invited to take part in the worlds most renowned creative awards in London, D&AD. He sat as part of the Branding Jury together with the creative directors of Apple & Moving Brands, judging some of the best work the world had to offer.
Jolene Delisle, Working Assembly
Jolene Delisle is a creative director and founding partner of The Working Assembly.
Working Assembly is an award-winning multidisciplinary branding studio. Jolene’s work has been nationally recognized by The One Show, Communication Arts, Creative Review, and the Art Director’s Club. She lives in NYC with her husband and business partner Lawrence O'Toole, their newborn daughter Emerson and energetic Terrier mix puppy, Otis.
Renée Whitworth, Flood Creative
Renée Whitworth – Strategic Partner at Flood Creative
Renée is responsible for the strategic foundation of all branding initiatives within Flood Creative, bringing over two decades of visual and verbal expertise. Flood Creative is celebrating over 15 years of using award-winning design as a strategic weapon for helping contemporary brands break through and encouraging established brands to break rules, with proven results. Clients include: Accel Foods, AloeGloe, BodyArmor, Briogeo, Campbell’s, Colgate-Palmolive, CORE, Georgia-Pacific, Heavenly Organics, Iconic, King’s Hawaiian, Madecasse, ModernPop, Nature’s Bandits, O2 Living, Outlaw, Pepperidge Farm, Reily Foods, Rienzi Foods, Shamrock Farms, TCHO, The Little Kernel and Wellements.
David Hartman, Target
David is Creative Director of the Brand Design Lab at Target, where he oversees identity and design programs for 15 brands across home, apparel, grocery and essentials, encompassing 10,000+ SKUs and over $10B in value. He has lead large scale brand launches and redesigns including Goodfellow & Co, A New Day, JoyLab, Project 62, Cat & Jack and Market Pantry.
Prior to joining Target, he was a Design Director for agencies including Desgrippes Gobé, the Brand Integration Group (BIG) at Ogilvy and Arnell. His clients have included technology, fashion and consumer products brands including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Gucci, AVON, Kodak, AOL and Pepsi.
Dora Drimalas, Hybrid Design
Dora Drimalas, Creative Director Owner Hybrid Design
Dora Drimalas is the principal and creative director of Hybrid Design. Dora’s extensive background in brand strategy and design has allowed her to work intimately with some of the largest brands in the world, most notably with her continued long term relationship with Nike, as well as TED Conferences, Lego, Apple, Samsung, Mohawk Fine Paper, and Starwood Hotels among many others. The studio environment and process that Dora has created with her husband Brian Flynn is the key to Hybrid’s success. It centers around the idea that new things happen when different forces overlap. Hybrid proves this theory daily with their studio work and their experimental toy company and retail store, Super7, and its various artist collaborations and projects.
Hybrid-design.com @doradrimalas @hybriddesignsf
Paul Foulkes-Arellano, Plastic Planet
With almost three decades’ experience in the packaging design industry, Paul Foulkes-Arellano became Head of Client Programmes at London consultancy Precipice Design in 2016. Fluent in Spanish and French, Paul works with clients right across the globe.
After studying modern languages at Cambridge, Paul began his career in the late eighties. His first post was at PI Global where he spent several years touring Europe. The nineties saw Paul up sticks and move to Mexico. In 1998, he returned to London and enjoyed stints at Design Bridge, drinks specialist Wren & Rowe (as co-owner/MD for 11 years) and Seymourpowell. Paul has worked extensively with global beers and spirit brands as well as food giants Mondelez and Nestlé.
He joined London firm Precipice Design in March 2016. The firm are the pioneers and unswerving advocates of meaning-centred design.
Paul is determined to do something about the devastating effects of plastic pollution, and in 2017 joined forces with international campaign group A Plastic Planet. The London-based group is campaigning for a Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets. Paul is on a mission to identify Petrochem-free alternatives to plastic packaging within two years, and is passionate about finding positive solutions to the profound challenges posed by plastic pollution.
Dallas Duncan Franklin comes to Neenah with over 12 years experience in the design industry. Her professional expertise includes branding, print, packaging, exhibition design, mobile and web. Dallas has built her career at companies such as Evenson Design Group in Los Angeles, CFNAPA in the Napa Valley, The Atlanta Opera, and most recently, PureRED in Stone Mountain, GA. Her work has been published in Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, LogoLounge, and CMYK Magazine.
Dallas is passionate about typography and an avid believer in strong, simple communication that informs as well as surprises. She loves the tactile immediacy of high-end print processes like letterpressing, blind embossing, and foil stamping. Her go-to Neenah papers are Crane Lettra, Eames, and Classic Crest. A native West Texan, Dallas is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington DC and Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. She enjoys gardening, preserving, pickling and canning her signature “jammies”. Dallas lives in Stone Mountain, GA with her husband of six years, three dogs, and two cats.