Rebecca Gimenez is an award-winning designer, truth seeker, servant leader, and evangelist for human-centered design. As Design Group Director at innovation consultancy IA Collaborative, Rebecca leads high performance teams to tackle complex and systemic design challenges—creating business-defining products, strategies, and experiences for clients such as Nike, Airbnb, and FedEx. Whether she’s leading a service design transformation initiative at Airbnb or launching FedEx’s digital design language and serving as the company’s enterprise-wide design steward, Rebecca is equal parts creative force and trusted strategic advisor. Prior to joining IA Rebecca established the design team at the Whitney Museum of American Art and led the institutional rebrand, designed by the Amsterdam-based design firm Experimental Jetset. Rebecca has served as adjunct faculty at Parsons School of Design and as a visiting critic at Yale University, Columbia School of Architecture, and the School of Visual Arts. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art.
Min Lew - Partner & Creative Director As Partner of Base, Min spans the spectrum between design, strategy, and management. She has helped to build personality-driven brands for an eclectic range of clients that include MoMA, The New York Times, JFK Terminal 4, Meatpacking District, Neuehouse, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Gagosian Gallery, Milk, Museum of Sex, L’Oreal, Pantone, Wellesley College, Kanye West, and more.
A graduate of Yale University’s MFA program, Min is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts and a guest critic at Parsons School of Design. She also served as a board member of the AIGA/NY and on the steering committee of NYCxDESIGN, and is a regular speaker at design conferences. Both Min’s work and her thoughts on design and branding have featured in publications that include The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Creativity, Creative Review, Surface, Fast Company, and others.
Alex Lin is the founder and director of Studio Lin. Alex holds an MFA from Yale University and has taught at Parsons and University of the Arts. In 2016 and 2018, Studio Lin was nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards.
Silas Munro engages multi-modal practices that inspire people to elevate themselves and improve society. Munro’s design studio Poly-Mode has designed identities and publications for exhibitions of Jacob Lawrence at MoMA, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale, and future commissions, Great Force for the ICA at VCU in 2019 and Willi Smith: Street Couture for Cooper Hewitt in 2020. Munro’s writing appears in Slanted, the Walker Reader, and the book W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. He is particularly interested in the often unaddressed post-colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. Munro has shown in juried group shows at CalArts and RISD. He has served as a critic at CalArts, MICA, VCU, and Yale. Munro is Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design and Advisor and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has earned a Design fellowship at the Walker Art Center, been a Designer-in-Residence at NC State, and Design Director at Housing Works.
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.
With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
Eva Wendel is Principal and Creative Director of Neue Gestaltung, an independent design company in Berlin, Germany. She has been working with her partner, Pit Stenkhoff, since 1995 and they founded Neue Gestaltung together in 2000.
Their work is recognized for its passionate use of typography and its clear and distinctive visual language. Neue Gestaltung has won numerous awards.
With a strong focus on art direction, editorial design, corporate identity and innovative digital applications, Neue Gestaltung engages in both cultural and commercial projects.
Using form, color, type and code they create unique visual narratives that accentuate and strengthen the credibility and values of their clients.
Helen Yentus is vice president and art director of Riverhead Books. She has been designing book covers for over 15 years. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, the Society of Illustrators, the Type Directors Club, and The London Design Museum. She has been named as one of PRINT Magazine’s “20 under 30” and has received an Art Director’s Club Silver Award of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design. Her work has been featured in various design publications and most recently her covers for Albert Camus were included in Taschen’s The History of Graphic Design, Vol 2.