Ravi Adapathya - GE Healthcare

Ravi S. Adapathya has worked to optimize interactions between people and technology in a broad range of industries spanning consumer electronics, information technology infrastructure, and medical devices. In his current role as General Manager of Global Product Experience for GE Healthcare, Ravi leads an international team comprised of design researchers, human factors specialists, and interaction designers. He previously led the user experience team for the worldwide digital capture and devices portfolio of Eastman Kodak Company, and worked for IBM Corporation and Lenovo Group Limited in a series of human factors engineering and user-centered design roles. He is co-inventor of 9 issued patents and 2 patents pending.


Bob Allen - Storytelling, i.d.e.a.s.

Bob Allen began his career in the entertainment industry as a musician at the age of 16. After graduating from college, Bob held a variety of positions in Disneyland's Live Entertainment Division. Productions included several spectaculars, and creative development work on Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade among others. In 1978, Bob's team conceived, developed, and produced numerous film, tape, and multi-media materials for the Tokyo Disneyland park and Bob also began work as a writer and producer with Walt Disney Imagineering on several attractions that would become part of EPCOT. In 1982, after relocating to Walt Disney World, Bob became the manager of an in-house production company of forty full-time staff. During this period he directed and produced in addition to his management duties. In 1985 Bob became the Florida anchor for the production focus of the Disney-MGM Studios and was promoted to Director of Film and Tape Production. In 1991 he became Vice President of Disney Production Services, Inc. He was responsible for all facilities and services at the Disney-MGM Studios as well as the operation of Disney i.d.e.a.s. (Innovation, Design, Entertainment, Art and Storytelling), a full service Integrated Creative Content Studio.

Lynda Barry - Cartoonist

Lynda Barry, a cartoonist, is the writer and illustrator behind two recent graphic novels, “One! Hundred! Demons!” and “The! Greatest! Of! Marlys!” which were both named Comic Of The Year by The Comics Journal. Her first strips, “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” were published in her college newspaper in 1977. Lynda’s strips have been in more than 50 newspapers in the U.S., as well as Esquire and Mother Jones magazines.


Alan Brody - Playwright

Alan Brody is Professor of Theater Arts at MIT. For ten years he was Associate Provost for the Arts. His plays have won numerous awards and had productions at such theaters as The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Aspen Playwrights Conference, The Live Oak Theater in Austin, Texas, The Berkshire Theater Festival and The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. His play, Invention for Fathers And Sons, was the first winner of the annual Rosenthal Award at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 1989. It was subsequently produced at the American Jewish Theater in New York City. The Company of Angels was the recipient of the 1990 Eisner Award from the Streisand Center for Jewish Culture in Los Angeles. It had its world premiere at the New Repertory Theater in Massachusetts in the spring of 1993, and has been produced at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York and Theater Emory in Atlanta. The Housewives of Mannheim had its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre after a number of previous developmental workshops in Boston and Indiana. Three of his plays, Five Scenes From Life, Greytop in Love and One-on-One were developed at the Missouri Repertory Theater. Greytop in Love was subsequently seen at the Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia, in1998, starring Kim Hunter. The dramatic oratorio, Reckoning Time: A Song of Walt Whitman, which he wrote in collaboration with composer Peter Child, had its world premiere at Jordan Hall with the John Oliver Chorale in March of 1995 Mr. Brody is also the author of two novels, Coming To (1973) and Hey Lenny, Hey Jack (1975).


David Bromstad - HGTV, Color Splash

David Bromstad is the season one winner of HGTV's Design Star, and a Ringling College graduate (96).He is currently the host of HGTV's Color Splash, where he is known for his out-of-the-box thinking and approach to design and decorating issues. David started his career as a design student at the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. Throughout his career, David has created works on many platforms, including custom art, furniture building and interior design.


Tim Girvin - Girvin, Inc., Founder

Tim Girvin is the founder of Girvin, Inc., one of the longest-running, continuously operating private brand consulting design firms on the west coast. Their focus is strategy, storytelling, messaging and visualization. Girvin’s education includes a degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with additional studies at New College, Sarasota, Florida, the Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences in New York City and the Imperial College in London. His original academic focus was on marine biology and comparative physiology. Girvin’s lab notebooks were so elaborately designed, though, that a professor recommended he change his course of study. This led to research in type design, fine printing, calligraphy, the history of architecture, and book design – and how these were culturally influenced through the millennia.

Laura Guido-Clark - HP Imagineered Workspace, Product Designer

Laura Guido-Clark is a design consultant specializing in a variety of consumer products, with clients including Apple, Toyota, Godiva Chocolatier, IDEO and Design Within Reach. Laura also designed the Imagineered Workspace to celebrate Fast Company’s Most Creative People. Her work also includes product and showroom design, product color, material and finish development, and strategic planning.

Steven Heller - Graphic Design Editor, Journalist, Author

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism and MFA in Interaction Design programs at the School of Visual Arts, New York. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times. He currently writes the Visuals column for the Book Review. He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design and contributing editor to Print, EYE, Baseline, and ID magazines. He contributes to Design Observer and writes the DAILY HELLER blog for Print Magazine (http://blog.printmag.com/dailyheller/). He is the author of over 120 books on design and popular culture, including "Design Literacy",  "Paul Rand", "Graphic Style", "Stylepedia", "The Design Entrepreneur", "Design School Confidential", "Iron Fists: Branding the Twentieth Century Totalitarian State", and, most recently, "New Ornamental Type".  He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement. His website is www.hellerbooks.com.

Dr. Carl Hodges - Seawater Foundation, Founder, Chairman, and Scientist

Carl N. Hodges is the Founding Director of the University of Arizona’s Environmental Research Laboratory (ERL) (1967). Currently he is Chairman of the Seawater Foundation, a US 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to addressing ecological issues (including global warming) using Integrated Seawater Agriculture Systems (ISAS), and Co-Chairman of the for-profit company, Global Seawater, Inc.

Carl has worked on projects to address the challenge of increasing atmospheric carbon since the late 1970s. That started with his associations at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Carl worked with Dr. Walter Orr Roberts on the preparation of the 1981 American Association for the Advancement of Science book, Climate’s Impact on Food Supplies – Strategies and Technologies for Climate-Defensive Food Production. He has since published on that topic in various scientific and popular publications.

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Dave Mason - SamataMason

Dave Mason was born in England and raised in Canada, where he formed his own design firm in 1984. He and co-founders Greg and Pat Samata formed Chicago/Vancouver-based SamataMason Inc. in 1995. His strategy and design work for clients such as Sesame Workshop, Swiss Army Brands, TRW, Broderbund Software and QLT has been honored in hundreds of national and international competitions and publications. He has served as a guest speaker at design industry functions and schools and has served as a juror for design competitions across North America and in Asia. Dave has also co-founded a number of successful business ventures including OpinionLab, Inc., the leader in web-based VoC (voice of customer) intelligence systems, Cusp Conference LLC, which produces an annual conference about "the design of everything," and documentary producer NoisemakerFilms.

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Marty Neumeier - Liquid Agency

Marty Neumeier’s professional mission is to “incite business revolution by unleashing the power of design thinking.” His bestselling books, THE BRAND GAP, ZAG, and THE DESIGNFUL COMPANY, are now published in 20 languages. Neumeier began his career as a brand designer, and later added writing and business strategy to his skills. By the mid-1990s he had developed hundreds of brand identities and architectures for companies such as Apple, Adobe, Netscape, Kodak, and Hewlett-Packard.

In 2002 he launched Neutron, a design think tank focused on internal branding. In 2009, he merged Neutron with Liquid Agency in San Jose, where he now serves as Director of Transformation.

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Sir Ken Robinson - Author and Global Leader

Sir Ken is an internationally-renowned expert in the field of creativity and innovation in business and education, his visionary consultancy skills employed by governments, major corporations and cultural organizations worldwide. Born in Liverpool, he gained a Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of London for research into drama and theatre in education. He was the principal author of "The Arts in Schools: Principles, Practice and Provision", a standard text in the UK and around the world. From 1985-1989 he was director of The Arts in Schools Project, a major UK initiative to improve the teaching of the arts, and in 1998 was appointed by the British government to chair the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education, the largest ever inquiry into the importance of creativity in education and the economy.

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Yo Santosa - Creative Director, ferroconcreate

Yolanda 'Yo' Santosa knew in high school that art was her calling when dissecting frogs, factoring prime numbers and interpreting Kafka failed to interest her. Born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore, Yo came to the U.S. in 1995. She graduated from Art Center in 2000 and began working at yU+co designing main titles for projects like 300, Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty. Although she loved storytelling, she couldn't ignore her once dormant curiosity for branding. She founded Ferroconcrete in 2006 with Pinkberry, managing all brand and marketing strategies. Although they are two very different mediums, Yo realized that film and brands are actually quite similar - they both tell a memorable story visually, emotionally and epically. Yo has taught design courses at Art Center, and is an active guest speaker. She's earned several awards, including 3 consecutive Emmy nominations.

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Kath Straub - Principal, Usability.org

Kath Straub works with organizations and agencies to design, integrate and evaluate content that shapes consumer behaviour. Her multi-disciplinary discovery methods go beyond defining information needs. They uncover underlying emotions, motivations and commitment hurdles. When integrated into content design, these factors transform informative copy into empathetic conversations that increase understanding and change behaviours. Kath augments discovery research and traditional content impact testing with behavioural outcomes measures (e.g., derived web analytics measures) to track the impact of content exposure. She has applied these methods most extensively in the consumer health, financial and government services industries. Kath Straub is currently the Principal of Usability.org. Prior to that she spent 9 years as the Chief Scientist at Human Factors International. She holds a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester (New York).

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Susan Szenasy - Metropolis Magazine

During her 17 years as Editor-in-Chief, the magazine has gained international recognition and has won numerous awards. Susan began her career with Interiors magazine, rising from a junior position of editorial assistant to senior editor; then she was named chief editor of Residential Interiors, the short-lived offspring of Interiors. Susan is the author of several books on design and teaches design history and ethics.

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Alissa Walker - Good Magazine

Alissa Walker is a freelance writer who can most often be found in Los Angeles. She writes about design, architecture, cities and transportation for publications including Fast Company, I.D., Print, GOOD, Dwell, ReadyMade, Architect's Newspaper, Design Observer, Core77, and LA Weekly, and is the associate producer for the public radio show “DnA: Design and Architecture,” hosted by Frances Anderton. In 2009 Chronicle Books published City Walks Architecture: New York City, a walking guide to the city’s notable architecture, which Alissa researched, wrote and photographed over the course of a sticky New York summer. Alissa is the co-creator, with Casey Caplowe of GOOD Design, an event series where designers present solutions to problems posed by urban leaders. She lives in a royal blue house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, writes infrequently on her blog, Gelatobaby, and relishes life in L.A. without a car.