August 23: Ben Barry
Ben Barry is an American graphic designer dividing his time between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California. He currently leads design for OpenAI and is the founder of the design studio Nonlinear
. Previously, as one of the first communication designers to join Facebook’s team in California, his focus was on developing Facebook’s internal culture, voice, and brand. Most notably, he co-founded the Facebook Analog Research Laboratory, an internal print studio, and art program. Before Facebook, Ben, a graduate of the University of North Texas, worked for the design firm and screen printing shop The Decoder Ring in Austin, Texas. There he honed his skills working with a range of clients, designing packaging, merchandising and a lot of screen-printed posters. He is also an alumnus and advisor of John Bielenberg’s experimental design education program, Project M, where he explores the role designers can play in encouraging social change. Check out the work of Nonlinear at https://nonlinear.co/.
September 6: Lauren Greenwald
is a visual artist working primarily in photography and video. Ms. Greenwald received her M.F.A. in Studio Art, with a minor in Museum Studies, from the University of New Mexico and her B.A. in Art History and French from the College of Charleston. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of South Carolina. Check out her work at https://www.laurengreenwald.com/.
John Stamos is a KU Illustration alumnus and an environment artist in the video game industry. For the past seven years, John has been lucky enough to work on such games as Halo, Call of Duty, and Doom. Currently, he is a Senior Environment Artist at Airship Syndicate, the makers of Battle Chasers: Night War.
is a graphic designer who has operated his own independent practice since 1997. He is a frequent visual contributor to The New York Times, authored books, redesigned two of Canada’s largest magazines, built and destroyed a life-sized monster truck hearse for the band They Might Be Giants and appeared in a 1990s Winona Rider film. Paul received his BFA and MFA from Kent State University and has taught graphic design at the School of Visual Arts for the past 13 years. Check out the work of the Office of Paul Sahre NY at http://paulsahre.com/
Christian Helms is the founder of Helms Workshop
an independent, strategic brand design studio based in Austin, Texas. Their work covers everything from identity systems, custom typography, packaging and more. Christian told Designboom
more about his influences and design approach: “I was a creative kid, but growing up in small-town North Carolina I never had any idea that design was a profession. most of the design I saw was either made locally out of necessity - like crude hand-rendered signage - or the type of product packaging that looks like it was spit out by a machine. I didn’t know there was anything in between, much less a craftsperson making it. I was constantly making art, but I never really saw that as a potential profession - I didn’t see any artists in my day-to-day life. I was a good writer, and I focused on that in college. I was in journalism school at UNC and taking art classes on the side when I found design, and it was an epiphany. Design was a perfect combination of art and communication. I was so excited.” Check out the work of Helms Workshop, Austin TX at https://helmsworkshop.com/.
Jennifer Morla is President and Creative Director of Morla Design
in San Francisco, California. She founded Morla Design in 1984 as a multi-disciplinary design firm encompassing print, interactive, and environmental design. With over 300 awards of excellence, she has been recognized by virtually every organization in the field of visual communication. She is the recipient of design’s most honored awards, The Cooper Hewitt/Smithsonian National Design Award and the AIGA Medal. Her work has been published extensively, most notably in Meggs’ History of Graphic Design. Morla Design’s clients include Levi Strauss & Co., Apple, Stanford University, Herman Miller, Williams-Sonoma, Wells Fargo Bank, Design Within Reach, and conceptual art organizations SculptureCenter, Capp Street Project, and New Langton Arts. Projects include covers for the New York Times magazine, the Quicktime brand launch for Apple, broadcast and animation design work for MTV, Swatch Watch designs, the definitive Levi’s book - This is a Pair of Levi’s Jeans
, as well as numerous identity campaigns and posters for art organizations and educational institutions. Check out the work of Morla Design at http://morladesign.com/
was born in India. She moved to the United States at age 18 carrying her entire life in one suitcase that weighed about 20 lbs. She began her artistic career in the States and her work has always been informed by this experience as a migrant. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and continued on to receive a Master's degree in Photography from the University of Houston. She is currently Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. In 2008, PhotoLucida awarded her a book publication prize for her project Color Falls Down
, published in 2010. Check out her work at http://www.priyakambli.com/