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Martin Venezky

California - Designer at Appetite Engineers, Associate Professor at California College of the Arts

Martin Venezky is a San Francisco-based designer and Associate Professor in the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts. His studio, Appetite Engineers, is known for its dedication to handcrafted processes and intricate detail in posters, books, and print material. Venezky’s client list includes the Sundance Film Festival, Reebok, and Capitol Records as well as institutions like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tulane School of Architecture, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Venezky’s work has appeared in international publications, and in 1997, he was listed among I.D. magazine’s “ID40” list of influential designers. In 2001 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art honored Venezky with an exhibition of his collected design work, Martin Venezky: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design. A monograph of Venezky’s work, teaching and thinking, It Is Beautiful...Then Gone, is published by Princeton Architectural Press. In 2011 the American Association of Museums awarded Venezky its prestigious Frances Smyth-Ravenal Prize for Excellence in Publication Design for the International Center of Photography’s Mexican Suitcase catalog.

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Eddie Opara

New York - Partner at Pentagram

Eddie Opara studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as an art director at 2x4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2010.

Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. His projects have included the design of interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, brand identity, publications, packaging, and environments, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media.

His clients have included the Menil Foundation, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Queens Museum of Art, the Mori Art Museum, JWT, Vitra, Prada, St. Regis Hotels, the Corcoran Group, Morgan Stanley, New York University, UCLA, Grimshaw Architects, (ARO) Architecture Research Office, Harry N. Abrams and Princeton Architectural Press. At Map he developed the MiG, a content management system that allows clients to manage and publish their own content online.

Opara has won numerous awards including a Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club and honors from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and I.D. magazine. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has appeared in publications such as Archis, Surface, Graphis and I.D.

Opara is a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art and teaches narrative design at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbia University School of Architecture and the Yale University School of Art. He is a member of the Ailliance Graphique Internationale, on the board of the New York Chapter of AIGA (the professional association for design), and was recently featured in Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 Black American list for the December 2011 / January 2012 issue.

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Cheryl Towler Weese

Illinois - Founder/Creative Director at Studio Blue

Cheryl is founder and creative director of Studio Blue, a Chicago-based studio that works with museums, universities, and other organizations that serve the public. She began her design discipleship at age nine, when she learned to proofread galleys at her parents’ weekly newspaper. She attended college sporadically, preferring to work or study in a different country each year. This love of culture and language is integral to her design sensibility, and her projects often marry design thinking with the development of visual language.

Cheryl's clients have included the Art Institute of Chicago, the Sam Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University, the Guggenheim Museum, and Syracuse University's College of Art and Design, among others. Her work has received medals from the Stiftung Buchkunst and the Carl Hertzog awards, and has been recognized by numerous design publications and competitions including AIGA, Eye, Graphis, ID, Novum, the Type Directors Club, and the Webbys. Her work is also included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and the Denver Art Museum.

Cheryl has taught and lectured on design, juried and chaired numerous design competitions, and has served on the national board of the AIGA. She holds a BA in studio art from Wesleyan University, and an MFA from Yale.

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