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General Session Speakers
John Maeda

John Maeda is E. Rudge & Nancy Allen Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Laboratory. Recipient of the National Design Award, Mainichi Design Prize, and DaimlerChrysler Design Award. Author of Design By Numbers (1999), MAEDA@MEDIA (2001), and Creative Code (2004). Fan of Wolfgang Weingart. Disciple of Paul Rand. Versatile cook and plumber. Father of four lovely children and husband to an incredible wife.

Kenneth Hiebert
Legacy of a Sixties Credo

Ken Hiebert is the founding chairman of the graphic design program of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 1999. He is author of Graphic Design Processes and Graphic Design Sources, both supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at Yale University, the Basel School of Design and Carnegie Mellon University—most recently as Nierenberg Chair Visiting Professor, as well as in short-term workshops internationally. He is a founding member and Fellow of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIGA. Art/design/technology integration is the underlying theme of his continuing work as designer and educator and in his play with new possibilities in mixed media.

Marcia Lausen
Election Design: Models for Improvement

Marcia Lausen is the director of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she has taught graphic design since 1994. In addition to her role at UIC, Marcia is one of the founders of Studio/lab serving as creative director of the Chicago office.

Since November of 2000, Marcia has worked on an election design program for AIGA’s Design for Democracy initiative. What began as an effort to redesign Chicago’s own butterfly ballot has now grown to include many of the physical and informational systems used by voters and election officials nationwide.

Marcia received her BFA in graphic design from Indiana University and her MFA from Yale School of Art. She currently serves on the AIGA national board and is a past president and education chair of AIGA Chicago.

Michael Renner
Tradition and Innovation:
The Basel Design Education Model, 2004

Professor Michael Renner, 1961, experienced the digital revolution firsthand when he went to work for Apple Computer Inc. and Richard Saul Wurman’s The Understanding Business in California in 1986, just after completing his diploma as a graphic designer at the Basel School of Design. Research and reflection on digital means of design and their impact on contemporary aesthetics and visual culture became the central theme of Renner’s practical and educational design activities.

Since 1990 he has his own design studio in Basel, Switzerland with corporate and cultural clients such as Ascom, Esprit, Siemens, Süddeutscher Verlag, Design Museum Basel, Barragan Foundation and others. He has also been teaching in the visual communication class of the Basel School of Design since 1990. In 1999, he was named chairman of the visual communication department at the University of Design and Art Basel.

He has lectured and taught workshops on the theme of visual communication and interactive media, information design and corporate design in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Mexico and the United States. He has published articles in Visuelle Kommunikation; (edited by Stankowsky and Duschek), The Typographic Monthly Magazine, Design Report and his work was presented in many major design publications.

Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl
A Place at the Table Where Decisions Are Made

Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl is professor of design at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She teaches courses related to design practice, research, and theory within the Master of Design and Ph.D. in Design programs. A co-coordinator of the Ph.D. in Design program, her research interests are empirical and relate to new media opportunities in communication. As editor and publisher of the interdisciplinary, scholarly journal Visible Language, she has encouraged many new writers to contribute to design knowledge. With broad interest in design and communication, she is an active writer and invited presenter, delivering papers in Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and numerous locations within the States.


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