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STEVEN HELLER School of Visual Arts, New York
Steven Heller Presentation
Steven Heller is the art director of the New York Times Book Reviewand co-chair of the MFA Design program ("The Designer as Author") atthe School of Visual Arts in New York. He is the author, editor, orco-author of over ninety books on design, popular culture, andpolitical art, and frequently writes on these themes for Printmagazine, I.D. , Baseline, Metropolis, and EYE. Steven also writesdesigner obituaries for the New York Times and is editor of theAIGA's Voice: Journal of Graphic Design (online). Among his mostrecent books are Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde MagazineDesign of the Twentieth Century (Phaidon), Design Literacy SecondEdition (Allworth), Euro Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars(Chronicle), The Push Pin Graphic: A Quarter Century of Design andIllustration (Chronicle), and Inside the Business of Illustration(Allworth). His forthcoming books include The Education of a ComicsArtist (Allworth, Spring '05) and The Education of a Graphic DesignerSecond Edition (Allworth, Fall '05). He was the recipient in 1999 ofthe AIGA Medal.

Main Stage Speakers

JANET ABRAMS Design Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Janet Abrams is Director of the Design Institute at the University ofMinnesota. Janet spent two decades as an architecture and design critic and editor, and independent conference producer. She launched her own New York-based consultancy, Leading Questions, in 1999. Janet's critical writings on architecture, design and the visual arts have been published in U.S. And European newspapers and magazines. She was an architecture and photography critic for Britain's Independent newspaper from 1988-91, and served as Writer-at-Large for I.D. Magazine from 1993-1997. With DI Senior Editor Peter Hall, she has co-edited ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING, an anthology on mapping across disciplines — from urban cartography to data visualization. She was aFulbright Scholar at Princeton University and has taught in the Master'sProgram in Graphic Design at Yale University and in the Digital DesignGraduate program at Parsons School of Design in New York. She serves on the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's Education Committee, and as a Trustee of Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture, New York.

HILLMAN CURTIS Hillman Curtis, New York
Hillman Curtis is the Principal and Chief Creative Officer, inc., a design studio in New York City. His expert andinnovative design solutions have garnered him and his company numerous awards, including the Communication Arts Award of Excellence, the One Show Gold, Silver and Bronze, the South by Southwest Conference “Best Use of Design” and “Best of Show”, the New Media Invision Bronze, a Web Award, How magazine’s Top 10, and the Webby Award. Hillman was named as one of the top ten designers by the IPPA, included in the “ten most wanted” by IDN magazine, and as one of the “Worlds best Flash designers” by Create Online. He has appeared as the keynote and featured speaker at design conferences worldwide and his work has been featured in a variety of major design publications. Hillman’s first book, Flash Web Design (New Riders, USA) has sold over 100 thousand copies and has been translated into 14 languages. His latest book, MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer, is currently in its second printing.

MEREDITH DAVIS North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Meredith Davis Presentation
Meredith Davis is professor and director of graduate programs in theDepartment of Graphic Design/College of Design at NC State University. Her previous positions include director of the graduate program in Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and president of Communication Design Inc., a Richmond, Virginia graphic design office. Her work has received more than 50 international and national awards and has been exhibited here and abroad. Meredith is an AIGA fellow and has served as a member of the AIGA national board of directors, member of the board of directors of two AIGA chapters, founding president of the Graphic Design Education Association, president of the American Center for Design, and amember of the accreditation commission of the National Association ofSchools of Art and Design. She has served on the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service for ten years. Her book, "Design as a Catalyst for Learning," won the 1999 Choice Award from the Association for College and Research Libraries. She is currently authoring and editing five academic textbooks on graphic design for Thames and Hudson Publishers/London.

ELLEN LUPTON Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
Ellen Lupton is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Fine Arts Degree Program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She is also a curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, where she has organized numerous exhibitions, each accompanied by a major publication, including the National Design Triennial series (2000 and 2003), Skin: Surface, Substance + Design (2002), Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age (1999), Mixing Messages (1996), and Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office. Ellen is the author of more than half a dozen books, including Design Writing Research: Writing on Graphic Design and Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students (Princeton Architectural Press, 2004). She haslectured at museums and universities around the world, and is the recipient of numerous awards.

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