Sean Adams is the Executive Director of the Graphic Design Graduate Program at ArtCenter, founder of Burning Settlers Cabin studio, and on-screen author for lynda.com/Linked In. He is the only two term AIGA national president in AIGA’s 100 year history. In 2014, Adams was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest honor in the profession.
He is an AIGA Fellow, and Aspen Design Fellow. He has been recognized by every major competition and publication including; How, Print, Step, Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director’s Club, and the Art Director’s Club. Adams has been exhibited often, including a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Adams is an author of multiple magazine columns, and several best-selling books. He has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally, and one of the top ten influential designers in the United States.
Previously, Adams was a founding partner at AdamsMorioka, whose clients included The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Disney, Mohawk Fine Papers, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Richard Meier & Partners, Sundance, and the University of Southern California.
As the Graphic Design Department Chair, leading a faculty of over 40 professional designers and 300 students, Nik Hafermaas has created a new curriculum, fusing print and packaging, motion and interaction design into Transmedia Design. This innovative program is razing traditional barriers separating designer, artist, and curator. It entails working across both emerging and traditional media—everything from data visualization to spatial experiences—to create an emotionally resonant message.
As the Executive Director of ArtCenter’s Berlin Satellite Program, Nik Hafermaas prototypes new learning models in Europe’s most creative metropolis.
Nik Hafermaas is an international award-winning artist, designer, and educational leader. His Los Angeles-based artist platform Ueberall conceives and produces data-driven art installations converging digital media and spatial experiences. His artist team produced the data-driven sculptures eCLOUD for San Jose International Airport and Airfield for Atlanta International Airport and is currently creating landmark art pieces for the San Diego International Airport and for the new North Precinct Police Headquarters in Seattle.
As former principal and chief creative officer of Triad Berlin, Nik Hafermaas and his two partners formed one of Germany’s leading design firms. His team created pavilions for the World Expo2000 and for the Swiss Expo02, Expo2000, and Swiss Expo02.
Brad Bartlett is a designer and educator. He earned his Masters Degree in Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work at Cranbrook, exploring the relationship of media and culture, was presented at MIT and Fabrica of Benetton in Italy. He was selected as New Visual Artist by Print Magazine before establishing a small, multidisciplinary design studio in Los Angeles in 1999. He has been an educator at Art Center College of Design since 1999 and was awarded Great Teacher in 2003.
Brian Boyl (BA Physics, Reed College; MFA Animation, UCLA) has close to thirty years experience with digital media. Starting as a programmer for some of the earliest 3D animation systems, he quickly found that his passion was in visual communication. He has experience in game design, web design, animation, motion design, and currently consults in the realm of digital communication strategy. He is the co-author, along with his wife Krystina Castella, of a series of children’s books: Discovering Nature’s Alphabet.
His clients include Scion, Disney, Marvel, Microsoft, and IBM. He’s received several commendations for his work including an National Endowments of the Arts grant for conceiving and building a special animation effects system for motion design, his efforts secured a NCIIA grant for a group of Art Center students to work on a suite of appliances for the blind, and his projects have received a Step Best of the Web award, and a Graphis award for web design.
Brian is also an All American triathlete and connects his passion for sport and design through topics in wearable technology, the quantified self, and data visualization.
Chris Hacker is Vice President Marketing and Design at Herman Miller and serves as Creative Director, Consumer and Specialty. In this role, Chris provides creative leadership to the Herman Miller Collection and Consumer businesses and Geiger, he guides product, experience, communication design and the marketing efforts that support the strategic objectives of these businesses.
Prior to joining Herman Miller, Chris led the creative teams for brand identity, product & packaging design, retail and facility design and brand imagery at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies. The teams managed project work in all three divisions of J&J as well as corporate work for the central functions including communications, HR and facilities. In addition, Hacker led the environmental sustainability effort at the J&J Consumer Companies.
Hacker’s passion is bringing awareness to designers and other business people of their power in the business world to make sustainable design a key paradigm of design process and therefore make the products and materials produced lighter on the planet.
Chris was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Design for Aveda™ prior to joining Johnson & Johnson. In this capacity he had responsibility for overall strategic marketing leadership, new product development and promotion.
Under his leadership, Aveda was awarded the 2004 National Design Award for Corporate Achievement from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design Architecture and Art. He is a recognized expert in Corporate Design Leadership and is a frequent national speaker on design & design sustainability. He is a member and past- Chair of the Global Agenda Council-Design for the World Economic Forum.
Gerardo honed his distinctive insight, passion, and global experience over two decades while leading the Global Brand Experience team at Nokia and other brands. He is also an associate at Design Studio Nuovo, with founder Frank Nuovo, former chief of design for Nokia and founder/creator of Vertu. Design Studio Nuovo is an incubator for developing compelling ideas, design solutions and innovative technology systems for commercially viable products and services with global brands and new ventures.
Simon Johnston was educated at Bath Academy of Art in England and the Kunstgewerbeschule, Basel, Switzerland. In England he founded the design practice 8vo, as well as the influential typographic journal Octavo. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 1989, he has run his own design office, Simon Johnston Design, with a particular emphasis on typography, especially book and catalog work for museums and galleries.
Johnston has taught typography and design at Art Center for 20 years. He is currently faculty director of the print area of emphasis in the Graphic Design department. In addition to his teaching and design practice, he works on his own art and photography projects.
Gloria‘s career spans both design and fine art practices. As a design consultant to national and international firms, she has contributed to, and helped evolve, extensive branding, identity and packaging systems. Clients benefiting from her expertise include Aon, Avon and Goodwill Industries. As the owner of a letterpress and fine stationery company, she has developed more than 100 custom stationery and gift items sold online, through direct mail and in national retail chains. A dedicated design educator for more than two decades teaching typography and visual problem solving, she works to redefine the value of typography and analog technology in the digital landscape.Her fine art printworks and fine art press books are in private and public collections including AIGA, the Getty Research Institute, UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. In recognition of her interest in social, cultural and environmental issues, she received the AIGA Greening of Design award. She earned her BA in fine art from CUNY at Brooklyn College, New York, and her MFA from Art Center. Prof. Kondrup is the Excecutive Director of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography, and the Director of Archetype Press.
Ming Tai is a veteran designer and narrative storyteller with over 18 years of experience in the motion design industry. He has produced numerous award-winning advertising packages for television and other platforms. Ming is partner/creative director of the Emmy Award winning motion design agency Mfactor.
Before co-founding Mfactor, Ming was art director at Fox Sports, where he designed and directed numerous show packages, such as “NFL on Fox” and “MLB on Fox.” While at Fox Sports, Ming was awarded two National Emmy Awards from the U.S. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) for his roles as the designer and art director of the show packages “World Series on Fox” and the inaugural “NASCAR on Fox.”
Since 2002, Ming has also been a faculty member of the world renown design institution Art Center College in Pasadena. In addition to his role as a design & film faculty, Ming is also the program director of Motion Design for both the Graphic Design and Illustration Department. The program under Ming’s leadership since 2008 have won numerous student awards including Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, Promax/BDA, Adobe Achievement Awards to name a few.
For his contributions to the field of graphic design, in April 2008 Ming was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He was one of eight honorees and the sole representative of the College of Environmental Design. Ming is only the second graduate of the Department of Art to receive this honor in the university’s history.
Petrula is a designer, author and educator, based in Los Angeles and has been recognized as an essential voice raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities. She is creative director and owner of Vrontikis Design Office (@vrontikis and 35k.com) and has taught senior-level graphic design and professional practice courses at Art Center College of Design for over 20 years. She is an avid traveler and visual translator. It’s not unusual to find her 85 feet underwater, climbing a steep and rocky slope, or twisting her body like a pretzel in a yoga class.
B.F.A. California State University, Long Beach, Visual Communication Design
University of Denver, Graphic Design Studies
CLIENTS INCLUDE: Carnegie Observatories, The Giant Magellan Telescope, Monterey Bay Aquarium, University of Southern California, The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, University of California, Los Angeles
AWARDS INCLUDE: AIGA Fellows Award, Permanent Collection of The Library of Congress
CLASSES: Advanced Transmedia Studio 7, Communication Design 5: Transmedia, Creative Presentations & Critiques, Portfolio & Career Preparation