KEYNOTES speakers




Michael Bierut

#graphicdesign  #brand  #designlegend #educator

MICHAEL BIERUT studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. He worked for ten years at Vignelli Associates before joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990.

His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Robin Hood Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Mastercard, Bobby Flay Bold Foods, Princeton University, the New York Jets, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Playwrights Horizons. As a volunteer to Hillary Clinton’s communications team, he designed the H logo that was ubiquitous throughout her 2016 presidential campaign.

Bierut served as president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1988 to 1990 and is president emeritus of AIGA National. He also serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York and the Library of America. Bierut was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989, to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003, and was awarded the profession’s highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in 2006. He was winner in the Design Mind category at the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. In 2016, he was the Henry Wolf Resident in Graphic Design at the American Academy in Rome.

Bierut is a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art and a lecturer in the practice of design and management at the Yale School of Management. He is a cofounder of the website Design Observer and is the co-editor of the five-volume series Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design published by Allworth Press. Michael’s book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press. A monograph on his work, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry and (every once in a while) change the world was published in 2015 by Harper Collins. His collection of new essays, Now You See It, was published in fall 2017.


Ryan Palibroda
& McCauley Wanner

#industrialdesign  #3D  #humansfirst

The mission of The ALLELES Design Studio is to provide fashion-forward and accessible prosthetic covers for amputees. Being influenced by the eyeglass industry, ALLELES uses a design approach to transform prosthetic cosmesis from a medical device into a new stream of fashion.

While the prosthetic industry’s priority lies in regaining functionality, the ALLELES priority lies in fulfilling an emotional need by regaining confidence through self-expression.

Cofounders, Ryan Palibroda (background: art/architecture) and McCauley Wanner (background: industrial design/ux/fashion) launched their products online through in October 2013. Creating an online store has allowed their prosthetic covers to be accessible to amputees worldwide, making it one of the first products in the prosthetic market to be available direct to consumer.



Mike Perry

#painting  #murals  #imagination

MIKE PERRY makes paintings, animation, sculptures, books, public art installations, monographs, exhibitions, drawings, silkscreens, and more. His creative purpose is to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring wonder you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night, when you go on long journeys into the imagination, when you ponder what it is that this life is all about. In so doing, he celebrates form: of the human body, of shapes and lines that coalesce into lyrical masses, of the vastness of the cosmos and the questions it calls us to. In Mike’s patterns, portraits, and dreamscapes, there are layers upon layers of meaning, some erased, some covering, some asking you to look deeper, some no longer there but still vibrating with a story that sought not to be forgotten. His use of color, pattern, and form, at times child-like, expresses a joyful spirit and a reverence for the bliss that is inherent in the human experience. He is continually exercising his faith in the transformative power of making things. His work can be considered love notes to the abstract, unknowable future that is all possibility in the present. He invites you to join him on this curious journey to discover more of the unknown.

Mike’s work has been exhibited across the globe in countries such as Germany, Australia, China, Singapore, and Holland with solo shows featured in London - “The Landscape Between Time & Space” 2008, Tokyo - “We are the Infinity of Each Other” 2011, NY - “Wandering Around Wondering” 2012, and most recently “Intoxicating Pollen Wiggling in a Moist Journey of Constantly Blooming Tides” at Garis & Hahn’s new Los Angeles location in the fall of 2017. He is the curator of the ongoing series “#GetNudeGetDrawn” which is gearing up for its sixth installment in 2018. His foray into the world of animation has been highlighted by his continued work on Comedy Central’s Broad City along with an audio/visual collaborative installation at the Dolby Headquarters in San Francisco as part of their ongoing Artist Series. To round out his creative canon one can throw in a dozen art & design books in print along with a stint of illustrations for Playboy magazine. When Mike is not sharing his knowledge at the likes of Parsons at the New School, Adobe’s 99U conference, or an 8th grade art class at the World School, he is drinking coffee and painting in his Brooklyn based studio under the watchful gaze of Bass the dog.


Hannah Stouffer

#illustration  #curatorialproduction  #foundinmuseums

HANNAH STOUFFER is an American art director and visual artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Aspen, CO, Stouffer relocated to CA in 1999.

With over 15 years’ experience in fine art and commercial illustration, design, writing, publishing, and curatorial production, Stouffer has proven to be a powerhouse in creative visual media. She is identified as both an art director and visual artist, having maintained a strong presence in both fields, commercially and with her own fine art. Stouffer has produced four contemporary art books, including ‘Lust for Light’ and ‘The New Age of Ceramics’, published through Gingko press, and is a true tastemaker of visual aesthetics.

In 2015, Stouffer brought her vision and expertise to H+ Creative, as founder of the artist representation firm and visual services agency, filling the role of the company's director and senior agent. With H+, Stouffer aims to create experiences centered on client connectivity through visual production and their top-tier roster of international talents. Now in their 3rd year, H+ thrives on projects that expand their own conceptual process and has worked with a range of clients worldwide.

From 2011-2015 Stouffer contributed as a writer for Vice Magazine’s Creators Project and also editor for leading art publication Juxtapoz Magazine. As a content creator for nearly 4 years, Stouffer diligently informed the public through print and media platforms. During this time she produced and curated book titles Juxtapoz Psychedelic and Juxtapoz New Contemporary, in addition to producing the monumental Psychedelic Book Release Exhibition at The Well in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to 2011, Stouffer's career as a commercial and fine art illustrator allowed her to work with an array of high profile clients including Christian Dior, AMEX, Dell, Microsoft, Nike, Jose Cuervo and The New York Times, allowing her creative hand to lead massive campaigns, both nationwide and abroad.

With her initial exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum, Stouffer has been showing her work in galleries and museums worldwide since her introduction to visual media. Exhibitions include work in the Japanese American National Museum and The Dallas Museum of Art with solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Denver and New York. Stouffer has been present as a juror for the Art Directors Club of Houston and an ambassador of the arts in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel with social startup, Kinetis.

Jenny Friedler

#digitalproductdesign  #mission-driven  #spoton

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With more than 600 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. 

JENNY FRIEDLER is the Senior Director of Planned Parenthood’s Digital Product Lab, a skunkworks team that brings together the speed of a tech company, the leanness of a start-up, and the passion of a mission-driven non-profit. Their goal is to build awesome digital tools that empower every person with the information and services they need to take charge of their sexual health. She’s also a regular contributor to Women@Forbes, writing about the intersection of sexual health and technology. 

Jenny joined the organization in 2014 to oversee key consumer-facing digital initiatives, including the national launch of online appointment scheduling, the redesign of, and the development and launch of Spot On, a period and birth control tracking app recognized as Best App in Fast Company's 2017 Innovation By Design Awards. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Jenny consulted on digital marketing projects for clients including Centene and Volkswagen, and served as the Manager of U.S. Business Development for Edelman, a PR firm.