Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA, Chair: Tucker is president of Springtime-USA, a partnership with the young Dutch industrial design company with clients like Heineken and PTTPost (the Dutch postal service). A graduate from Pratt Institute, Tucker helped to found Razorfish's physical design capability, frogdesign's New York office and Smart Design where he helped design the widely-acclaimed OXO "GoodGrips" universal kitchen tools. He is vice president of the Architectural League of New York, chair of the Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund and president of the International Design Network Foundation. He produced and designed a book written by Gail Greet Hannah, Elements of Design: Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual relationships. Tucker currently teaches at NYU's ITP.
Peter Arnell, IDSA: Peter Arnell is founder and chief creative officer of Arnell Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Omnicom. Arnell Group is a comprehensive branding company and has created the omni marks for such noted companies as Donna Karan, DKNY, ConEd, and Samsung. He has been published extensively as an accomplished photographer and has written and directed over 300 commercial films for such clients as Chanel, Reebok and Chrysler. Peter studied architecture at Brooklyn Tech, Columbia and Princeton, and he developed, wrote and edited nineteen books on architectural theory and art history. He serves on the board of the Special Olympics and is honorary fire commissioner and chief creative officer of the FDNY.
Eric Chan, IDSA: Eric Chan is president of Ecco Design in New York. Chan focuses on creating the emotional relationship between users, objects and environments. His work expresses an exciting, refreshing, and honest realism in a world driven by high-tech digital products. Eric has won a number of international design awards, including IDEA Awards from IDSA, ID Design Annual Review, Red Dot Design Award from Germany. His works have been exhibited and selected as permanent design collections by many international museums including The London Design Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum Die Neue Sammlung, Germany.
Chris Conley, IDSA: Chris Conley is co-founder and director of Gravity Tank and Associate Professor and Track Lead of Product Design at the Institute of Design in Chicago. In the early 90's he pioneered the application of user research to inspire design and management teams. At Gravity Tank he leads the development of Integrated Definition™, a way of working that leverages the core competencies of design to enable cross-functional client teams to define new product and service innovations. At the Institute of Design, he has further developed the graduate product design program to prepare professionals to use design in the front-end planning stages of new product and service development.
Chris writes, speaks and conducts workshops on the core competencies of design and their value to the practice of innovation. He has received design awards from Sony, GE, Black & Decker, and Nesté of Finland. Gravity Tank clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies in consumer, commercial, industrial, and retail markets.
Natascha Drabbe, I/IDSA: Natascha Drabbe is project manager at Premsela, the Dutch Design Foundation in Amsterdam. She has also been a project manager for an international architecture exhibition in Düsseldorf and was responsible for PR at Utrecht-based studio of architect Mart van Schijndel. In 1996, she started Cultural Connections, which organized projects on architecture and design, focusing mainly on social issues. Her design exhibition on sustainable product design, 're-f-use', was seen in thirteen European museums between 1997 and 2002. In 2001 she won the Ecotech Award for 're-f-use'. Natascha has worked as a publicist, lecturer and has been a member of both Dutch and international juries.
Marc Gobé, I/IDSA: Marc Gobé is the founder, president and CEO of Desgrippes Gobé, who is responsible for Coca-Cola's new worldwide identity and packaging design. Marc graduated from the Ecole Professionnelle de Design Industriel in Paris and has written and published recent books on design. His company has created brand design strategies for such clients as Coca-Cola, AOL, Intel, IBM, Estée Lauder, Starbucks, Gillette, Air France, Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret and Godiva. He is a frequent speaker on emotional branding for corporations such as L'Oréal, Montblanc, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, AOL, General Mills and Peugeot. He has received numerous international design awards.
Nasir Kassamali, IDSA: Nasir Kassamali is owner of Luminaire. Originally from Kenya, of Indian ancestry, his foresight and passion for design have made Luminaire a leading messenger for international design in the U.S. Nasir has received several awards and is a frequent member of design juries, including those for Metropolis, ID Magazine and Design Report. In addition, he has been named to Metropolitan Home's "Design 100" as one of the most important design leaders worldwide, and has been recognized by Intramuros, Metropolis, Abitare, Interni, Interiors, Miami Herald and the AIGA. Altagamma, an association of leading Italian companies, invited Luminaire represent the design industry on this international council of 20 high profile companies.
Larry Keeley, IDSA: Larry Keeley is president and co-founder of Doblin Inc, an innovation strategy firm. Since 1979, Keeley has worked with many global companies on innovation effectiveness, among them Aetna, American Express, Apple, Citigroup, Consignia, Hallmark, McDonald's, Motorola, Pfizer, Shell, Steelcase, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool, and Zurich Financial Services. He lectures frequently and publishes regularly on strategic aspects of innovation. Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the U.S. with a Ph.D. program, where he is also a board member. He lectures at executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and in their Masters of Manufacturing Management program, plus in the University of Chicago MBA program.
Michael McCoy, IDSA: Michael McCoy is a partner in McCoy&McCoy, Fahnstrom/McCoy, High Ground Design Workshops and co-director of Post-Professional Programs at RMCAD in Denver. He was co-director of the Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art for 23 years, distinguished visiting professor at The Royal College of Art in London from 1993 to 1995 and on the faculty of IIT's Institute of Design from 1995 to 2004. His work for such clients as Knoll, Philips Electronics, Formica, NEC and Steelcase has received over 200 awards and been exhibited worldwide, including the National Design Museum, the British Design Museum and SFMOMA. He is widely published and is Co-author of Cranbrook Design:The New Discourse published by Rizolli. He has received, with Katherine McCoy, numerous awards for design and holds an honorary Doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Pierre-Yves (PY) Panis, IDSA: is design manager for Legrand, a manufacturer of electrical wiring devices. Based in South-West France, the Legrand Design Studio develops switches, outlets, DatCom products, home control, alarm and lighting systems. Prior to joining Legrand PY was Principal Designer at Moen. He has spent eight years in Southern Africa where he created and managed Design Co Operation (DCO), a non-profit design structure aimed at improving urban informal sector production in Zimbabwe. DCO's activities were centered on a commitment to "design for development"; using an industrial design approach to conceive of and develop products specifically for small-scale, low-tech production environments. He is a graduate of Les Ateliers (the French National School of Industrial Design) in Paris.
Chee Pearlman, IDSA: Chee Pearlman is the director of Chee Company, an editorial and curatorial design consultancy. Projects include serving as program director of the Art Center Design Conference in Los Angeles and working with and writing for a number of publications, including Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Popular Science and The New York Times. She is the curator of the exhibition "The Voting Booth Project" at Parsons School of Design featuring 50 leading architects and designers who poignantly re-imagined actual voting booths used in the 2000 election in Florida. Chee founded and chaired of the Chrysler Design Awards for its ten-year duration and is the former Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine, which received five National Magazine Awards under her tenure.
Ivy Ross, IDSA: is the executive vice president of design and development of Old Navy, Gap, Inc. Ross is responsible for all products, across all categories and customer segments. Prior to Gap, Ross held design leadership positions in companies such as Mattel, Calvin Klein, Coach, Bausch & Lomb and Swatch Watch. In addition, Ross was a founding partner of two independent design firms and a retail store. A world-renowned artist, Ross' innovative metal work in jewelry is in the permanent collection of 12 international museums. A winner of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, Ross has also received the Women in Design Award and Diamond International award for her creative designs. Her work and point of view has appeared in many books and publications and she has written chapters for a variety of change management books.
Celso Santos, I/IDSA: Celso Santos is president of Rio 21 Design, a Brazillian design company. Celso teaches design at PUC-Rio and introduced the teaching of Vellum Cobalt. He is a graduate of ESDI-Rio and has worked in different industries in areas such as furniture, bathroom appliances, medical equipment, railroad equipment and domestic appliances. He has won numerous design awards including one from IF.
Budd Steinhilber, FIDSA: Budd Steinhilber began his design apprenticeship with Raymond Loewy Associates and then joined Dohner & Lippincott, later to become Lippincott & Margulies. He was part of the L&M teams that designed the "Tucker 48" rear-engine car, as well as the Crew and Officers quarters for the "USS Nautilus" nuclear submarine. For 17 years he was a partner in Vie Design Studios. Budd was chairman of the 1985 IDEA Jury and IDSA national secretary-treasurer that served on the executive committee which helped forge the 1990 alliance with BusinessWeek magazine. He founded and chaired the IDSA Environmental Concern committee and has been honored with the IDSA Personal Recognition Award, two Gold IDEA Awards, a grant from the NEA Distinguished Designer Fellowship program and an Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater, Pratt Institute.
Peter Stathis is the principal leading a collaborative commercial venture with a specialization in the design and development of furniture and consumer products. He is the former director of the world-renowned graduate design program at Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been recognized by various professional institutions, including The Chicago Athenaeum's Good Design Award, the Industrial Designers Society of America's IDEA Awards and the I.D. Annual Design Review. He has been published in dozens of design magazines and books internationally. His work is included in the permanent collections of several museums nationally including The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design, The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Peter holds a B.I.D. in industrial design from Pratt Institute, and a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Susan Yelavich, IDSA: Susan Yelavich is a member of the faculty of the Critical Studies Department of Parsons School of Design, The New School University. She was awarded the Rolland Rome Prize Fellowship in Design from the American Academy in Rome in 2003-04. She is a noted and prolific writer and the author of the forthcoming book Contemporary World Interiors (2006). She is a contributing editor of Patek Philippe and Budget Living magazines and lectures frequently on design and architecture. The former Assistant Director for Public Programs at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Yelavich co-curated the Museum's 2003 National Design Triennial.