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With a rich background in digital design and online marketing, Amy Balliett combined these passions to co-found Killer Infographics, a Seattle based infographic design agency. She proudly wears the title of Chief Swiss Army Knife, as she serves many purposes including web development, design, design team management, video animation, SEO, marketing, and more. In just over 1 year, Killer Infographics has grown to a worldwide agency serving over 100 clients and producing over 900 designs. You can view their portfolio of infographics at KillerInfographics.com.
With a passion for well thought out strategic design, Chris has spent the past 12 years producing stand out creative that works. Having started his career with FutureBrand Canada in 1999, Chris landed at TAXI‘s Vancouver office in 2007 where he’s lead the creation of award winning design for TAXI West’s clients ever since. Over the years Chris has produced work on a number of clients including MINI, Dunlop Sports, Cadbury Chocolate, Coca-Cola, Empresas Polar, Forum Snowboards and Molson Coors. In his practically non-existent free time Chris created Lovely Package, a leading website dedicated to the very best packaging design from around the world which has quickly become an industry standard, and source of inspiration for designers, agencies and clients.
Dailey Crafton is a design lecturer at Shillington School and founder and principal at live from bklyn, a Brooklyn based design studio. Dailey is the creative force of live from bklyn, taking the time, effort and thoughtfulness to make sure that the design is rock solid. Before founding live from bklyn, Dailey was art director at L’oréal Paris where he led multiple promotional design projects. His website can be found here.
Dave Bricker, MFA is professor of graphic design in Miami, Florida, an author, a musician, an interactive developer and a designer of both print and on-screen content. He produces rich, experiential websites that are “a little different,” and provides marketing consultation to clients with vision, integrity and excellent offerings. He enjoys projects everyone says are "impossible." He maintains a blog for self-publishers at http://www.theworldsgreatestbook.com that discusses eBooks, book typography, the craft of writing and anything else having to do with publishing.
David Zinyama is a Freelance Creative Director based in the North-West of England, Liverpool, specialising in corporate identity/branding, print design, web design, beauty & fashion photography having worked on a diverse range of projects for small, medium and large sized businesses. You can find David’s website HERE.
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. 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).
Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, as well as TypeCast Webinars, is a noted typographic educator, consultant, designer and writer. She specializes in all aspect of visual communication, from the aesthetic to the technical. Ilene has written and lectured extensively on type and typographic design to both students and professionals in the field.
Ilise Benun is a national speaker and co-founder of Marketing Mentor and, with HOW Magazine, of the Creative Freelancer Conference. She coaches creative professionals who are serious about growing their business and she is the author of several books for creatives, including The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing and The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money: How to Think About It, How to Talk About It and How to Manage It. Sign up for her free email newsletter here: www.marketing-mentortips.com or follow her on Twitter: @MMToolbox.
James George is a graphic design and web design expert, living in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is an expert in Print design, Adobe software, and web design, including HTML, CSS, and Wordpress. Visit his blog, Creative Beacon or his personal portfolio site and blog, G Squared Studios.
Jared Braverman is Creative Director and SEO of Titan List & Mailing, where he facilitates design for a variety of ad campaigns that reach millions of businesses and consumers every month. He has worked in the print advertising and technology sectors for over a decade, and now designs advertisements, logos and identity branding, websites, and consults on internet marketing and SEO. His portfolio can be seen at: www.SoundProofDesign.com.
Jo Gifford is a designer, writer, blogger and founder of Cherry Sorbet Creative. Working primarily in the beauty, fashion and lifestyle industries her work spans graphic design for print and web, social media management and training, copywriting and editorial for on and offline publications. You will find her blogging as Dexterous Diva, on Twitter both as Dexterous Diva and Cherry Sorbet, and on Linked In.
on Savage is a designer from Cleveland, Ohio. He owns and operates Studio Ace of Spade, a design and development firm specializing in identity, print, and web. A coder at heart, he found his passion in developing web technologies. However, recognizing the need to synthesize the two worlds of development and began studying design. He is also a contributing author on Smashing Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of the Go Media Zine, a blog dedicated to all forms of design. It’s also rumored that he’s quite talented at breaking computers, which is perhaps an explanation for his talent of fixing them.
Karl Heine is the principal of creativeplacement® — a talent recruitment firm dedicated to fulltime and project based placements in the design industries. Heine has more than thirty years experience in the marketing communications sector — 24 years in the field of creative professional recruitment and the development of all levels of talent for major brands, agencies, design firms, corporate communications and companies.
kHyal is an award-winning designer, creative director, writer and marketing executive. In 2007, she founded fiZz Agency, a boutique marketing and communication design firm. She loves horses and street art. kHyal has held the positions of Creative Director at Microtech International, an innovative manufacturer of Apple Computer peripherals, and Circle.com (now Euro RSCG) where she developed interactive campaigns for UPS, GAP and BMW. kHyal was a co-founder and VP of Marketing for SunStar Publishing, a consumer software publisher, and Blowtorch Studios, an interactive agency and software development company. Before founding fiZz, she spent five years working in educational publishing spearheading digital initiatives for Harcourt and McGraw-Hill. She also served as Interim Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Stamford Hospital. Her diverse background has built high expertise in the high-tech, education, healthcare, consumer products and fashion industries, including sustainable initiatives.
Matt Cannon is a Freelance Graphic Designer & Creative Director living in Brooklyn, NY. He was born with a computer mouse in hand and hasn’t put it down since. He has over 10 years of experience designing strong, effective corporate brand identity and specializes in website composites, logos, print and brainstorming and designing user interfaces for web and mobile environments. Check out his portfolio and read more of his articles here.
With over 10 years of experience, Matt has designed, directed, and lectured on Graphic Design around the world. After recently establishing the Shillington School of Graphic Design (http://shillingtonschool.com) in New York, Matt is now connecting passionate creatives to projects which help socially responsible business.
As the Experience Pastor at Victory World Church in Atlanta and President of Holy Cow! Creative, Michael is focused on the how of church and the art of preaching. He believes the church should be the most creative place on the planet and has been a voice to that cause through consulting, teaching and working with churches of all shapes and sizes.
Neil Tortorella is a graphic designer, writer and marketing consultant with over thirty years experience. He is the author of Starting Your Career As A Freelance Web Designer and a frequent speaker at conferences and business organizations. His site can be found at www.neiltortorella.com.
Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch is a freelance graphic designer and owner of NSG Design, based in Hoboken, New Jersey. She has over ten years of experience in design working on projects ranging from UX, mobile app and site design to print advertising and promotion. Her portfolio can be viewed online here.
Preston D Lee is a freelance web designer and design blogger. He writes about freelance design at GraphicDesignBlender.com, the leading source of business tips for designers. He also wrote From Passion to Profit: 11 days to build a design business, an ebook that has helped hundreds of designers take their passion for design and turn it into a steady profit. Connect with Preston on twitter @prestondlee.
Rod is design industry professional and educator with 20+ years international experience in visual arts, in the realm of academia, creative recruitment, consultation and mentorship. Rod is a visual arts career coach and specializes in advising and mentoring creatives to help them best understand how to market and position themselves for career success. Rod’s fondest memory as an art student was landing an internship with ‘Queen’ on their video, ‘I Want to Break Free’. Alongside Rod’s coaching he has worked at the world renowned Parsons, since 2003, as the Associate Director of Career Services. At Parsons he is the bridge between the design industry and creative talent. He works with industry leaders across the board from Apple to Walt Disney. Rod is often referred to as ‘The Connector’. For more information visit: http://rodbergcreative.com.
Rodney Durso is a designer, educator, entrepreneur and artist. He is the founder and Creative Director at ArtBridge, a Chelsea-based nonprofit that curates and exhibits the work of emerging artists on construction scaffolding throughout New York City. Rodney is also an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design, and the Principal and Creative Director at Stormhouse Partners, an international award-winning branding and design agency.
Shahrouz Varshabi, named Sharoooz, is a freelance graphic and creative designer based in New York City. He has over five years experience in design from identity and print advertising to website and interactive design. He has been named as a Multidisciplinary Designer and his designs have been featured in numerous magazines and books.
Hello there, I’m Simon. I’m Studio Ace of Spade’s second half, but not only. I am also a music, poster, coffee and (now) tea lover, photographer, illustrator, web designer, husband and more. I typically spend my days creating stuff to communicate a message for my clients, but sometimes I also take the time to do it for fun. I have daily struggles with Ps and Ai, and they’re no unknown beasts to me. Finally, I also happen to be a French citizen living in the USofA at the moment.
Susie is the president of Vitamin T, a new division of Aquent, the largest creative talent agency in the world. She has worked with creatives for over 12 years helping build careers, restructure departments and solve business problems for huge brands and small businesses throughout North America.
Von is principal of Glitschka Studios a multi-disciplinary design firm in the Pacific Northwest. The studio shines as a creative hired gun for ad agencies, design firms, and in-house corporate art departments. You can get more information and view his work at www.vonglitschka.com.