Meet The Judges
President of AIGA, President of Design at Sterling Brands
Chairwoman of the Judges
Debbie is President Emeritus of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at FastCompany.com and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled "Design Matters with Debbie Millman" and it is now featured on DesignObserver.com.
In addition to "Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits," Debbie is the author of "Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design," (HOW Books, 2009, "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and "The Essential Principles of Graphic Design" (Rotovision, 2008). In 2008 and 2009, Debbie was nominated for a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.
Founder of P'Référence and DesignPack Gallery
Fabrice Peltier began his professional career while still a student at Estienne School. As a matter of fact, it was while studying graphic arts and marketing communications that Fabrice Peltier also developed his client network. Then, in 1985, at 24 years old, he created his own company, P'Référence, which is today one of France's major design agencies. Twenty years later, P'Référence is still an independent agency. As a majority shareholder and CEO of his company, Fabrice Peltier maintains this standing. Throughout the years Fabrice Peltier has developed an unique "Brand Booster" style in his work. An innovative concept based on pragmatic analysis and a process of global design for innovation projects, P'Référence has now created and launched its own products to demonstrate its talent. As a recognized expert, Fabrice Peltier also regularly gives conferences and publishes articles in professional magazine.
Program Director of Graphic Design at UQAM, Professor in Package Design Program at UQAM
Sylvain Allard is a graduate of Concordia University. He now works in the field of corporate design for over 15 years. He first worked for several years with the group Gottschalk + Ash Int'l and continues through subsequently as an independent consultant for various corporations such as Hydro-Quebec, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada and CBC etc.
Since 1993, he developed an enviable expertise in the field of web and the interactivity. His current projects allow questioning and innovative solutions in the development of user interface. He has extensive teaching experience in various levels of education and is a lecturer at the School of Design since 1994.
Sylvain Allard joined the School of Design at the University of Quebec in Montreal as professor in 2003. There he has developed a second line of research: packaging design and more specifically its environmental impact. For the past 4 years Sylvian has published a blog, Packaging UQAM (http://packaginguqam.blogspot.com/), focusing on research and innovation in packaging design, highlighting his students innovative, forward thinking concepts.
Vice President, Global Creative MeadWestvaco (MWV)
Steve Kazanjian is the Vice President of Global Creative for MWV. A Fortune 500 global leader in consumer packaging and with revenue in excess of $6 billion, MWV operates in more than 30 countries and creates compelling consumer packaging across as Food, Beverage, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Home & Garden, and Beauty & Personal Care. As the creative lead for MWV's most valuable brand-focused projects, Steve has developed a comprehensive packaging brand strategy methodology - connecting a brand's core emotional context with consumer purchasing behaviors. He currently spearheads innovation workshops for key global brands focused on these pioneering methods. Steve's current roster of clients includes Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Johnson & Johnson, Colgate/Palmolive, and Altria.
Creative Director, Packaging, Starbucks Global Creative
Mike is Creative Director of Packaging at Starbucks Global Creative specializing in packaging and brand design. He recently lead the brand’s design refresh and reimagining of the core packaging. For the past three years Mike has lead a team of designers focused on the global ready to drink packaging business as well as Tazo Tea packaging. Prior to Starbucks he was the associate design director at Lowe NY, a full-service advertising agency. There he worked on brands like Milk, Bank of America, Verizon Wireless and the New York Times. He has been a judge for the Art Directors Club 83rd international show and his design work has been recognized by the One Club and Cannes.
Noreen is a co-founder of AdamsMorioka, leading the team in client interface, and business development. Her creative input has led to the success of multiple communications programs. Noreen believes that personal involvement with a client helps her crack the brand's spirit. This allows her to interpret her clients' sometimes vaguely articulated goals into actionable plans.
In 2006, Noreen was named as a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Noreen is a past, and current president of Los Angeles Chapter of AIGA, chair of the AIGA National President's Council, Fellow of the International Design Conference at Aspen, and a board member of the James Beard Foundation. In 2000, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibited AdamsMorioka in a solo retrospective.
Noreen has been named to the ID40, citing her as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally. She is a frequent competition judge and lecturer.
Chief Creative Officer, COLLINS
Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS:, a design company dedicated to inventing brand experiences and communications that shape companies and people for the better. For ten years prior to the founding of COLLINS: in 2008, Brian was Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of the Brand Integration Group (BIG) at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide.
Brian's work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Creativity, Graphis, Fortune, NBC News, ABC News and Fast Company, which named him one of five American Masters of Design.
Over his career, Brian has won every major design and creative award. Last year, COLLINS: was awarded Gold from The One Show, The Clios, the 4A's Gold for Strategic Excellence and a Cannes Silver Lion.
Brian is Vice President of The Art Directors Club of New York and has been on the graduate faculty of the School of Visual Arts since 2001. Brian was made a Distinguished Alumna of the Massachusetts College of Art in 2o04 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Center College of Design in 2008.
He speaks globally on design and innovation including at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and is a member of the Forum's Global Agenda Council.
Founder and Creative Director of Office
Jason founded Office in 2003 to infuse the art and craft of design with the strategy and storytelling of advertising. Since then, he's led differentiated solutions for some of the world's most iconic companies, including Coca-Cola, Apple, Target, Disney, eBay, and Google. He is also one of the founders of Wee Society, a brand that creates bright, quirky stories for kids and their parents. Jason's work has been recognized by nearly every major graphic design competition and publication, and has appeared in several books and museum exhibitions. In 2007, Fast Company magazine featured him as one of 14 "designers to watch" in its Masters of Design issue. Jason has been a speaker and judge for global design organizations, and a Directed Study Advisor at the San Francisco Academy of Art University. He grew up in Green Mountain, Iowa (where there's no actual mountain), and today lives in the foggy part of San Francisco with his wife (and Office President) Jill Robertson, their twin boys, and dog Elvis.
Creative Director, Landor Associates
As creative director in the Cincinnati office of Landor Associates, Dale Doyle is responsible for establishing and maintaining the overall creative vision on a number of global brands. Working closely with clients and the creative team, he oversees every aspect of the creative process, ensuring overall strategic excellence.
Since joining Landor in 1994, Dale has been a key factor in the successful development of identity programs for a range of clients. These clients include Bath and Body Works, the Discovery Store, Iams, Kraft, Newell Rubbermaid, Operation Smile, Procter and Gamble (P&G), Rich-SeaPak, Solutia, Wilson Sporting Goods, and Wrigley. Over the past several years, Dale has focused on developing brand architecture systems for P&G's global brands that include Ace, Ariel, Bold, Eukanuba, Physique, Safeguard, Tide, and Vicks.
Currently Dale oversees all aspects of the Kraft relationship for Landor.
Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Creative Officer, Wallace Church
As the head of the renowned Wallace Church design departments, Stan has actively managed creative effort from inception to realization for more than 35 years. Stan's work has been widely published and exhibited. He is the recipient of countless design awards from national and international organizations alike. His contribution to the design community is highly respected and he is frequently called upon to be a proponent of proper design aesthetic.
Stan graduated from Parsons The New School for Design New York City and has served as a member of their distinguished faculty. He is a respected member of most design organizations; in addition to being a former national board member for the AIGA, he was also named as an AIGA Fellow in 2011. Stan frequently judges design competitions and is often invited to speaking engagements around the world.
In addition to establishing and maintaining Wallace Church's design standards and integrity, Stan's primary focus is to influence clients to be brand visionaries.
Founder of Ferroconcrete
Yo realized in high school that she hated dissecting frogs and loved art. She launched her creative career fresh out of Art Center College of Design, earning three consecutive Emmy nominations and numerous accolades for her innovative title sequences. In 2006, Yo founded Ferroconcrete, bringing her storytelling expertise to the world of strategic branding. Ferroconcrete's first client, Pinkberry, blossomed from one store in West Hollywood to a global brand with over a 170 stores worldwide. Fast Company named Ferroconcrete's complete rebrand of TBS one of their favorite branding projects of 2011. As an entrepreneur, she co-founded früute.com and commoditygoods.com. Yo's been an instructor at Art Center, a judge for Communication Arts, and a speaker at multiple events including the Dieline Design Conference, Art Center 3x3, and AIGA. She's received multiple design awards from Print Magazine, Communication Arts, won the ADC Young Guns award, and did it all without ever dissecting a frog.