Matteo Bologna

Matteo Bologna is the founding partner and principal of Mucca Design, a multidisciplinary branding and design agency with clients including Whole Foods, Victoria’s Secret, Barnes & Noble, Rizzoli, Adobe Systems, and Target. Matteo is president of the Type Directors Club.


John Boone

John Boone is a Brooklyn artist who works exclusively with words, phrases and colloquial expressions. His primary medium is painting, but his body of work also includes sculpture and performances. John has exhibited his work around the world, and it is in many public and private collections.



Ken Brown

Ken Brown is a filmmaker, photographer, cartoonist and designer who has produced a wide variety of graphic products over the past 35 years. More recently, he has put considerable energy into a weekly New York City based street blog,


Allison Cross

Allison Cross is Executive Director of MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center – the home, studio and woodland garden of mid-century American designer Russel Wright. She previously worked with American: Now and Here, Dia Art Foundation, and the Philip Johnson Glass House. She was a professor of Environmental Design at Syracuse University in New York and in Italy.


Rafael Esquer

A native of Mexico, Rafael has made NYC his home for over 15 years. Taschen named Esquer one of the world’s 100 most influential graphic designers working today. Rafael created the iconic “Made in NY” logo and runs Alfalfa Studio. Photo: Cem Karahan.

Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner, a principal of Jaklitsch | Gardner Architects, also teaches at the University of PA School of Design. He is VP of the National Organization of Minority Architects/NY, and Co-Chair of the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


Steff Geissbuhler

Steff Geissbuhler, born and educated in Switzerland, is a designer of integrated brand and corporate identity programs, posters, print materials, illustrations, architectural and environmental graphics, sign systems and exhibitions. Before founding geissbühler:design, he was a founding partner at C&G Partners and a partner at Chermayeff & Geismar Inc. He has been honored with the AIGA Lifetime Achievement Award among others.

Bruce Hannah

Bruce Hannah has designed for Knoll since 1967. He opened his own design office in 1976. A tenured professor at Pratt, Bruce was the first Designer in Residence at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. A scientific principle is named in his honor:  the “Hannah Principle” states that the historical sequence of design innovations consists of a set of alternative solutions to the same functional problem.


Stephan Jaklitsch

Stephan Jaklitsch, principal of Jaklitsch | Gardner Architects, explores the poetry of architecture – using space and light to create rigorously detailed environments that convey a sense of meaning and purpose to their contexts. His work has been exhibited internationally.


Paul Miller

Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist, designer, editor and author. He was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum. His book Sound Unbound, is a best-selling title for MIT Press.



Deborah Nevins

Deborah Nevins is a lifelong New Yorker and landscape designer. Working both locally and internationally, her current projects include the 40 acre Stavros Niarchos Foundation Park in Athens, in collaboration with Renzo Piano.

Krista Ninivaggi 

Krista Ninivaggi is K&Co. Contract Design Magazine awarded her “Designer of the Year” (2014). named her “Young Gun” (2013). Formerly, as Director of the Interior Design, SHoP Architects, her projects included Barclay’s Center and Google’s Executive Offices.


Daniel Pelavin

Daniel Pelavin is a typographic designer and illustrator whose work is known for its precisely drafted shapes, unique colors and original typography. He combines stylistic elements from different historical periods while maintaining clarity to produce work that is timeless.


Mitchell Rigie

Mitchell Rigie is a creative professional, author, and Partner in SmartStorming LLC, an innovation consulting and training company. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he also served as a member of the RISD Board of Trustees.

Franklin Salasky

Franklin Salasky, an alumnus of RISD, has designed residential and commercial interiors for 35 years. He is a Partner at B Five Studio. When not at work, he shops around Manhattan and tends his East Hampton garden.

Erik Schurink

Erik Schurink has designed exhibits for art and children’s museums in the NYC area. He is Director of Exhibits at LICM and contributing artist to He and his wife host artist salons at their Brooklyn home and other settings. Photo: Rita London


Stephen Talasnik

Originally from Philadelphia, Stephen Talasnik is a NYC based visual artist whose work is informed by the history of fictional engineering and visionary architecture. He lives on the Lower East Side.

Elizabeth Thompson

Resident of Williamsburg/Greenpoint since 1991. Devoted community member. Mom of 2 girls. Executive Director of BFI since 2004 (moved it to Williamsburg from SF!!)

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger co-founded Antenna Design New York Inc. in 1997. Antenna’s projects range from public and commercial to experimental and artistic, typically spanning object, interface and environment. One can encounter Antenna’s work throughout NYC’s subway system.


Tucker Viemeister

His multidisciplinary industrial design company, Viemeister Industries explores creative solutions without boarders in traditional and new media. Tucker Viemeister is most famous for the OXO Good Grip kitchen tools designed with Smart Design, the company he helped found in 1979. Also teaches at Parsons, holds 32 utility patents and is the Vice President of the Architectural League.


Tod Williams +
Billie Tsien

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien founded Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in 1986. Their work focuses on institutions, including the American Museum of Craft in New York City and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail and experience are at the heart of their buildings. They teach and lecture worldwide.