Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel
Read Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel's presentation, "Culture is not always popular." Bill and Jessica are partners in Winterhouse design studio. Their work focuses on publishing and editorial development; new media; cultural institutions; and education and literacy projects. Recent clients include the New England Journal of Medicine, Norman Rockwell Museum, Yale Law School, New York University School of Journalism, University of Chicago Press and the National Design Awards.
Advisory committee

Program director:

Terry Irwin
Terry is a design consultant and educator working with businesses and design schools throughout the country. In 1992, along with partners Bill Hill and Erik Spiekermann, Terry opened the San Francisco office of MetaDesign, an international design firm with offices in Berlin, Zurich and London where she served as principal and creative director until October of 2001. While there, Terry directed projects for clients such as Sony, IBM, the Getty Museum, Palm Computing, Apple Computer, Bank of America and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and collaborated with both the Berlin and London offices of MetaDesign on international projects for Audi and Wells Fargo Bank.

Terry has served as a member of the faculty for Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, The Art Academy of San Francisco and has been an adjunct professor at California College of Arts and Crafts since 1989.

Advisory committee:

Michael Bierut
Designer/partner, Pentagram
Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of Pentagram and former president of AIGA; he also served as president of the New York chapter of AIGA. He chaired the 1991 conference in Chicago and served on the advisory committees for the conferences in Las Vegas and Washington. He has attended all but one of the national AIGA conferences.

Dan Boyarski
Dan is professor and head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he teaches courses in typography, information design and interaction design. In 1999, the Design Management Institute awarded Dan the Muriel Cooper prize for outstanding achievement in advancing design, technology and communications in the digital environment.

Ralph Caplan
Writer and communications design consultant
Ralph is the former editor of I.D. magazine, author of By Design:Why There Are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors of the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons, a director (and former program chairman) of the International Design Conference in Aspen and a consultant to clients such as CBS, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Arts, Herman Miller and many design firms. He is a frequent contributor to a number of design magazines and journals.

Scott Constable & Ene Osteraas-Constable
Designer/carpenter and designer/gardener, WowHaus
WowHaus' work explores the common denominators of everyday experience—shelter, food and convivial social interaction. Projects merge the realms of art and design, taking the form of installation art, furniture and architectural environments, events and mixed-media documentary. Scott and Ene are interested in the social underpinnings of "ordinary" or vernacular forms; in the social networks that sustain and foster community and innovation.

Jim Faris
Designer/former partner, AlbenFaris Inc.
Jim Faris is an independent consultant providing design leadership to create innovative products and brands. He helps clients invent and realize opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and culture. Jim is a former principal of AlbenFaris Inc., (a pioneering firm in design for interactive experiences) and combines years of experience in the software industry with extensive knowledge of visual design. Previously Jim was also design director for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Steven Heller
Author/design educator
Steven Heller is the art director of The New York Times Book Review and cochair of the MFA/Design program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is the author or editor of over 80 books including The Graphic Design Reader.

Kristina Hooper-Woolsey
Media psychologist/author and speaker
Kristina is passionate about the ways in which people think with media, and how media and media-use can evolve to support and extend thinking. Cofounder and director of the Apple Multimedia Lab, Kristina has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Architecture and experience in the academic, corporate and nonprofit sectors. She is currently combatting the digital divide on behalf of underserved youth and communities.

Barry Katz, Ph.D.
Design educator, author
Barry Katz is professor of Humanities and Design at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, consulting professor in the Design Division at Stanford University and dean of IDEOU, a program of innovation workshops offered by IDEO Product Development. He has served as executive editor of the Design Book Review, contributing editor to I.D. magazine, Metropolis and Limn, and writes frequently for scholarly, professional and popular publications.

Katherine McCoy
Design educator/communications designer
Katherine McCoy is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a partner in the firm of McCoy & McCoy and a partner of High Ground Tools and Strategies for Design. She served for 24 years as cochair of design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Katherine is a communications designer and educator, who also consults in design marketing and environmental design, and writes frequently on design criticism.

Nathan Shedroff
Interaction designer/experience strategist/author
Nathan has been an interaction designer for over 12 years and currently uses his experience in several different media to help companies build strategies and experiences for their customers. His latest book is Experience Design 1 from New Riders and he maintains an extensive resources section about interaction, information and experience design on his website at:

Alice Twemlow
Design consultant/author/AIGA program advisor
Alice Twemlow is a curator, editor and writer. She served as the program director for the previous AIGA National Conference: "Voice." Alice now works independently as a freelance design consultant. Alice earned a master's degree in design history from a joint program of the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Keith Yamashita
Keith is a strategist and writer who articulates the visions of CEOs and executive teams from companies such as Herman Miller, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, PBS and Saturn among others. He holds a B.A. in Quantitative Economics and an M.A. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University.
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