Below, is the list of judges and their biographies.

Category Judges

Nina Boesch

Ralph Appelbaum Associates
United States and Germany
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Nina Boesch is a New York based graphic and interaction designer from Germany. After long-term gigs at Pentagram and And Partners, Boesch joined the exhibit design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associated as senior interaction designer in 2011. At RAA, she designs and develops software prototypes, interactive museum experiences, and large-scale media installations for national and international clients such as the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, the Jewish Museum in Moscow, and the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. Boesch’s work has won awards from the Art Directors Club, the Industrial Designers Society of America, the Type Directors Club, and others. In 2006, upon graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Boesch received the Adobe Design Achievement Award for her degree project “Manhattan Dissected”.

Besides her professional work as interaction designer, Boesch creates collages from cut-up, used and expired MetroCards – an artistic venture, she started in 2002. Boesch’s one-of-a-kind artworks have been exhibited in New York City and California, and they have found homes with art collectors all over the world.

Matteo Bologna

Mucca Design
United States / Italy
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Matteo Bologna is the founding partner and principal of Mucca Design, where he also serves as Creative Director.

Under his direction, the Mucca Design team has solved numerous design challenges and created uniquely successful work for a wide variety of companies like Shinsegae, Whole Foods, Victoria’s Secret, Barnes & Noble, Rizzoli, Starr Restaurants, Patina Restaurant Group, Adobe Systems and Target. His team designed the identities for a variety of now classic New York City destinations like Balthazar's and Pastis.

The work produced by the Mucca Design team has also been widely recognized by industry publications, competitions and exhibitions, including AIGA, Communication Arts, Eye, Graphis, HOW, PRINT, STEP, the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club.

Matteo is the Vice President of the Type Directors Club and former board member of AIGA/NY. He frequently lectures about branding and typography around the world. His favorite color is not PMS 268 and his favorite typeface is not Arial.

Hamish Campbell

Creative Director, Pearlfisher New York
United States
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Hamish is Creative Director of Pearlfisher's New York studio, leading and inspiring the design team by setting the creative standard – continually encouraging our designers to demonstrate brilliant conceptual thinking and strong design craftsmanship. He brings his excitingly diverse international experience across branding, packaging, retail and print design to the studio. Prior to moving Stateside, Hamish worked with some of London’s leading design consultancies, fast developing a strong track record for innovative design, including award-winning work for iconic brands such as Johnnie Walker, Bacardi, Ferrero and Nike. In all aspects of his life, Hamish believes in pushing boundaries and discovering the unexpected, while relishing the simple and the everyday; it’s this dynamic yet down-to-earth stance that makes him the perfect fit for Pearlfisher New York.

Alia Hassan

Alia Hassan, Director of Design, Blue State Digital, New York
United States
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Based in Blue State Digital's New York office, Alia works with clients to develop visual designs that galvanize users to take action. Along with her staff in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles, she designs websites and online graphics, develops visual branding for social media and communications campaigns, and integrates a wide range of online tools.

Since joining Blue State Digital in 2009, Alia has worked with a broad range of clients, including the NAACP, United Way, Brazilian presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff, the Office of Tony Blair, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, YMCA, The Global Fund, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, Tina Brown's Women in the World Foundation, the Green Bay Packers, American Express, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Vogue.

Before joining BSD, Alia was a print and web designer at Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the United States. Earlier, she did branding and identity design at a fashion retailer and an apparel-industry branding consultancy. She also worked on campaigns at several advertising agencies, including Gotham, and she did information design at the strategic branding company Siegel & Gale.

Alia graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Communication Design and Policy & Management.

Hjalti Karlsson

Karlssonwilker Inc.
United States / Iceland
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Hjalti Karlsson is from Reykjavík, Iceland. He studied at Parsons The New School for Design and has been working in New York for the past 20 years. In 2000, Hjalti and Jan Wilker started their New York-based studio, karlssonwilker inc. Specializing in identity and branding, environmental and experiential design, digital animation, graphics and print, karlssonwilker collaborates with clients who appreciate innovative and non-traditional approaches to design. In 2013, Hjalti was awarded the highest-endowed design prize in the world, the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize that acknowledges outstanding Nordic designers. Hjalti is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

John Madere

United States
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With a passionate eye for capturing the mystery of people, John Madere seeks the unique human moments that animate photographs. John's compelling subjects, from over 44 countries around the world, have kept his work fresh and constantly evolving. His photography awards include: The Art Directors Club, the AR 100 Show, The Mead Show, The ARC Awards, Graphis, and American Photography.

J. J. Sedelmaier

J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc.
United States
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J. J. Sedelmaier, President/Director of J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., is responsible for many of the most talked about broadcast entertainment productions of the past two decades - the launch season ofMTV's "Beavis and Butt-Head", SNL's "Saturday TV Funhouse" (Ambiguously Gay Duo, X-Presidents, Fun With Real Audio, etc.), Cartoon Network/Adult Swim's "Harvey Birdman­Attorney at Law", "Tek Jansen/Alpha Squad Seven" series for The Colbert Report, and over 500 TV commercials, animation and design pieces. His creative development and production studio also lends its services to corporate branding for companies like The Chicago Tribune, Nickelodeon, SC Johnson, Alka-Seltzer/Bayer, and Converse/USA. J.J.'s design sense, technological experience and extensive knowledge of history, have made him a unique creative source for sculpting a project's foundation. Through his choice of art direction, story structure, timing and sound design, the JJSP approach is a brand in itself. He is also a bi-monthly contributing Associate Editor to Print Magazine's blog "Imprint". J.J. is a regular presenter and moderator at NY & Chicago ComicCons, and travels extensively speaking at schools, ad agencies, corporations, and television programs such as CBS "Sunday Morning". His interest in history and architecture have been catalysts, involving him in historical preservation and restoration projects in the Midwest and East Coast.

J.J.'s interests are wide and varied. If you Google him, you'll become very confused...

Lita Talarico

Co-chair MFA Design, School of Visual Arts
United States / Canada
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Lita Talarico is co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design - The Designer as Author & Entrepreneur program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Since co-founding the program 15 years ago, it has consistently been listed in the Top Ten Graduate Design programs in US News and World Report and one of Business Week’s “World’s Leading Design Schools.”

In 2009 Talarico co-founded the SVA Masters Workshop, an intensive summer program on design history, theory and practice in Rome, Italy.

She is the co-author of Tyopography Sketchbooks: Design Firms Open; The Design Entrepreneur:Turning Graphic Design into Goods that Sell; Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers; Design School Confidential; and Design Career: A Practical Guide for Beginning Illustrators and Graphic Designers.

A founding board-member emeritus of Adobe Education Partners by Design program, she holds a Masters in Art Criticism and Writing.

John Vondracek

The String Theory
United States
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The String Theory's founder, John Vondracek, is an award-winning Graphic Designer who specializes in motion graphics, title design, and identity, recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors' Club, Type Directors' Club, and I.D. Magazine. His TV shows have won Emmys, while films have been selections to the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, as well as garnered theatrical releases. Along with advertising and broadcast campaigns, He has also directed animated music videos for artists including Jimi Hendrix (among countless others), and collaborated on a team with Roger Waters to develop his 2006 world tour for Dark Side Of The Moon, as well as his seminal 2012 revival of The Wall. He has taught Design In Motion for the past 15 years at NYC's Cooper Union, from which he is also a graduate.

Pre-selection Panel 2015

Rilla Alexander Designer/Illustrator, By Rilla| Germany

Rik Bracho Creative Director, Face.| Mexico

Philipp Bichsel Motion Designer| USA

Jade Choi Creative Director, 21pixel| USA

Gerard Cleal Art Director, ALDO Group| Canada

Thomas Clever Co-founder/(Creative) Director, CLEVER°FRANKE| Netherlands

Eric Collins Illustrator Freelance, Oobust Illustration| USA

Juan Carlos Cruz Animation Direction, jctoon| Spain

Vuk Dragojevic Interdisciplinary Artist, Partial Pictures| Canada

Nik Dudukovic Freelance, Nik Dudukovic| Canada

Federico Espinosa Senior Web Designer / Front End Developer, Reitmans| Canada

David Field David Field Photography, www.caterpillarfilms.net | USA

Eric Finkelman Manager, Creative Development, Fullscreen| USA

Martin French Principal, Martin French Studio| USA

Shane Griffin Creative director, Method Studios| USA

Patrick Jean Director, Iconoclast| USA

Johnny Kelly Director & Animator, Nexus| UK

Limor Kfir Co-Owner, Strudel Design| Israel

Ruslan Khasanov Graphic Designer| Russia

Bartosz Kosowski Freelance Illustrator, Blackbird Illustration| Poland

Tom Lane Owner, Ginger Monkey| UK

Ray Lavers Cinematographer, Gamut| Canada

Yura Liamin Photography, WILD / FACTORY| USA

Kyle McArdle Web Developer, Cornerstone Legal Consultants| USA

Shane Mielke Creative Director, Pixelranger| USA

Sebastian Onufszak Director, Onufszak| Germany

Tim Probert Illustrator, Freelance| USA

David Prosser Director, Studio AKA| UK

Jennie Reniesh Filmmaker/Editor/Producer, Tidepool Pictures| USA

Chris Ro Graphic Designer/Educator, ADearFriend| South Korea

Kirill Romanovskiy Design team lead, Mail.ru| Russia

Stephanie Secrest Freelance company owner, Stephanie Secrest Photography| USA

Steve Simpson Illustrator / Designer | Ireland

Sigal Vilenski Co-Owner, Strudel Design| Israel

Sasha Vinogradova Artdirector, Andcompany| USA

Parris Whittingham Relationship Photographer & Storyteller, From Parris with Love| USA

Monica Zacarias Art Director | Mexico

Judges 2013

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Hsien-yin Ingrid Chou, Associate Creative Director at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art
United States
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Ingrid Chou is a seasoned designer who has been with MoMA for over 10 years. Currently, she is the Assistant Creative Director and specializes in interactive experiential design, including exhibition design, information design, and interactive educational design. Ingrid holds a MFA from Yale University. In addition to her role at MoMA, she has served as guest speaker and guest critic at various schools in the tri-state area. Her exhibition and installation projects have won numerous awards, including AIGA, Type Director's Club, HOW, inHOWES, and Prints. Ingrid's work has been published internationally, most recently in Identity of Culture Institution 2013, Gestalten Publishers, Participatory Design 2012, Design 360°– Concept and Design, Sensation–Theme Promo & Campaign 2012, Sandu Publishing, and featured in BranD Magazine, 2012 by Sendpoint Books. Her work was reviewed in HyperAllergic 2011 and interviewed on Creativity 2010. Partnering with the MoMA Educational Department, Ingrid realized the MoMA Art Lab, a series of interactive, educational physical spaces which successfully demonstrate Ingrid's belief that the designer's primary task is to make complex content digestible, accessible and fun. The Art Lab series also evolved into Ingrid's participation on a digital version called the MoMA Art Lab App which was featured in iPad Apps for Kids and elected one of the "10 Favorite Kid Apps." The Art Lab App was also nominated in USA Today as one of the top 5 apps for creative kids, was an App of the Day on Gizmodo.com, received a Parent's Choice Award and a HOW Interactive Design Merit award.

Matias Corea, Co-founder and Chief of Design at Behance

United States
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Born and raised in Barcelona, Matias went to art school and specialized in design. Matias’ design experience ranges from print, editorial, packaging, and identity design to online user experience, user interface, web, and mobile applications design.

Matias Corea is the Co-founder and Chief of Design at Behance. Behance was recently acquired by Adobe with the intention to bring the community and their products closer. Previously Matias led design for client projects ranging from Versace to Dolce & Gabbana. His work has earned a Type Director's Award for the magazine Influence and several Webby nominations and honoree awards, wining Best Cultural Blog for the last 2 years, as well as distinction as a finalist at the SXSW Interactive Awards for three years running.

Phoebe Glasfurd, Creative Director and co-founder Glasfurd & Walker

Canada, British Columbia
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Phoebe Glasfurd is the Creative Director and co-founder of Glasfurd & Walker, a boutique design studio specializing in brand creation, development and management. Established in 2007 the studio's work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, won awards and has been exhibited internationally - including Wallpaper* Handmade's curated exhibition at Milan Design Week. Her goal is to continually push herself and her clients to collaboratively create unique and empowering work.

Lilit Hayrapetyan, Art director/designer/3d artist, Psyop

USA / Armenia
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Lilit Hayrapetyan is an art director, designer and 3D artist based in the Los Angeles area. She's now been working in the creative industries such as Tv branding campaigns, commercials, film title sequence design, visual effects for 14 years.

Born and raised in Armenia, Lilit was influenced by an array of art mediums in her youth. From cultural and traditional drawing to contemporary art and sculpturing, her early exposure to visual expression later inspired her to study design at the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts in Armenia.

Towards the end of her Academy, she started her professional career at the leading Motion Design studio in Armenia, Triadastudio. After 10 years of work experience at Triadastudio, LIlit was invited to the Los Angeles based Design Studio, Prologue.

She currently works at award-winning studio Psyop as an Art Director, designer and 3D artist where she brings innovative ideas to life combined with the excellence in technical skills.

Peter Højer, Head of Design

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Peter has a Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture in Aarhus and has worked with graphic design and new media for the past 18 years. The common thread in Peter's career has been working with the spacious dimension in design, whether it was architecture, set design, digital design or motion graphic.

Peter has been working for the Danish Broadcast Corporation for the last 8 years. He has, among other things, been responsible for the design and redesigning of 12 TV channel identities and redesign of www.dr.dk, Denmark's largest online news media. Peter has also worked with news design (news channel and news programs) and has a strong interest in information graphics. Several of these projects have been nominated for and won Promax Awards and Danish Design Awards.

Peter has also served as examiner and supervisor on several design education programs.

Mikael Kanfi, Partner and Chief Product Officer

Twist Image
Toronto - Montréal, Canada
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Inspired by a talent for design and technology, Mick Kanfi tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Twist Image in April 2000. Over the past ten years, he has touched all aspects of the agency – from project and operations management to creative and technical direction – helping successfully launch countless online marketing initiatives and major website redesigns. Mick is responsible for overseeing the Twist Image product, which is defined as the integration of breakthrough ideas across all disciplines.

Mike Kus, Graphic designer, illustrator, Web & UI Designer

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Mike is a seasoned graphic design/ illustrator turned Web & UI designer. He's now been working in the creative industries for 15 years. Having just completed an arts degree, Mike started his career as a graphic designer for The Body Shop, founded by the late Dame Anita Roddick. During his time there he work on numerous product promotional and campaign based design projects which were featured in stores throughout the world. It was here where Mike honed his skills as a print based graphic deigned and Illustrator .

In 2008 Mike moved into the digital realm and started work for the events company, Carsonfied. Combining his graphic design and illustration skills with newly learned front-end development skills, Mike became known for creating web design that seamlessly married form and function. Mike now works for clients worldwide and has designed work for the likes of Twitter, Microsoft, Berocca & Mailchimp amongst others. You can view his work at http://mikekus.com

Harry Pearce, Partner

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Harry Pearce has been a Pentagram partner since 2006, having co-founded Lippa Pearce to become one of the UK's most respected design agencies. His work touches many disciplines, from spatial design and identity to print, packaging and posters. Encompassing the public and private sectors, both local and global. His diverse clients include John Lewis Partnership, The Co-operative, Net-a-Porter, Royal Academy of Arts, the Science Museum, Saks Fifth Avenue, Pen International and the UN.

He is a member of the advisory board for Witness working with Peter Gabriel for the human rights charity for the last 19 years. In 2009 Harper Collins published his first book, a collection of typographic nonsense, Conundrums. He speaks across the globe, including AGIdeas in Australia, Design Indaba, South Africa, SemiPermanent, New Zealand and Design Yatra, India, as well as New York and Chicago, colleges, museums and the Typographic Circle in the UK. He is a member of Alliance Graphique International and also the Royal Mail’s Stamp Advisory Committee.

Judges 2012

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Fernanda Saboia, Creative Director Tatil Design

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gregoire Cliquet, Professor and Department Head of Experimental Applied Researches in interaction Design (READi)

Nantes, France

Hephzibah Pathak, President Ogilvy & Mather Advertising

Mumbai, India

Mikael Kanfi, Partner and Chief Product Officer Twist Image

Toronto - Montréal

Nancy Juliber, Strategic Creative Media Marketing Executive

San Francisco, United States

Ravi Naidoo, Founder and Managing Director Interactive Africa / Design Indaba

Cape Town, Africa

Richard Loveless, President Global Connections: Art and Technology Consulting Services / Visiting Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Arizona, United States/ Singapore

Stephen Johnson, Art Director Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia / Everyday Food

New York, United States

Susan Metros, Professor of Visual Design / The University of Southern California

Los Angeles, United States

Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Game Design, Interactive Media, Synesthesia, Q Entertainment

Tokyo, Japan

Tina Shaw, Video Production Manager / Creative Director / NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment, Liquid Filmworks

Los Angeles, United States

Judges 2011

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Vibeke Sorensen, Professor and Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media

United States

Meredith Davis, Director of Graduate Programs, Graphic Design

United States

Liz Danzico, Chair of MFA in Interaction Design Program

United States

John Bielenberg, Professor

Regensburg, Germany

Juan-Carlos Fernandez, Creative Director / Founder

Mexico City, Mexico

Troy Innocent, Dr Troy Innocent is a world builder, iconographer and reality newbie

United States

Prof. Dr. Kees Overbeeke / Department of Industrial Design of the TU

United States

Gillian Crampton Smith, Founder and Drector of the Interaction Design Programme, IUAV University of Venice

United States

Ellen Wagner, Partner and Principal Analyst for Sage Road Solutions

United States

Dean Poole, Creative Director and Co-founder of Alt Group

Auckland, New Zealand

Apex Pang Soong Lin, Vice President National Taiwan Normal University

Donggang, Taiwan

Anthony Dunne, Head of Design Interactions department at the Royal College of Art in London

London, United Kingdom

Judges 2010

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Steven Cornwell, CEO & founder of Cornwell Design

Melbourne, Australia

Meg Barbour, CEO & founder of the Barbour Shop

Santa Barbara, United States

Lawrence Zeegen, educator | illustrator | writer

United Kingdom

Kevin Slavin, Professor and Founder, Playful Systems group at the MIT Media Lab

New York, United States

Erik Spiekermann, Creative Director, Managing Partner at Edenspiekermann

Berlin, Germany

Diego Marini, Senior Art Director

New York, United States

Bruno Porto, Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts | Beijing China

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil