Deva is a graphic designer originally from Ireland who came to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts where she graduated with her BFA in 2011. She is currently Creative Director at The Wing, a network of co-working and community spaces for Women. From 2012 to 2016 she worked at Pentagram in New York, under the direction of Emily Oberman. In 2016 Deva founded For All Womankind, a design initiative for Fempowerment.
Marc is an artist and designer living and painting on the North Shore of Oahu. Previously, Marc was the Founder of Design Inc. and has co-founded a number of companies including North Technologies. Marc was the co-founder of fflick, which YouTube acquired in 2011. Following the acquisition, Marc was part of the team to redesign YouTube in 2011 and again in 2012 leading the site wide redesign.
Kelly Thorn and Spencer Charles are a husband and wife design team with complementary talents. Based in Brooklyn, they design custom logotypes, typefaces, lettering, and illustrations for a variety of clients. Spencer has taught Typography at the School of Visual Arts, served as Communication Judge for the Type Director’s Club 2017 Annual, and is a graduate of the Type@Cooper Extended program at the Cooper Union. Kelly graduated in 2012 from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, interned at Hallmark Cards in 2011, and then went on to work at Louise Fili Ltd from 2012–2015 in NYC. Kelly also gives hand-poked tattoos, which showcase her interest in illustrating plants, women, and bug-eyed critters.
Natasha Jen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she received her BFA with Honors in 2002. She joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in April 2012. Natasha’s practice has been notable for crossing media genres, drawing on references from a diverse range of cultural, historical, aesthetic, and technological sources. Her clients have included Nike, Harvard Art Museums, Guggenheim Museum/Foundation, OMA, REX, Wexner Center for the Arts, Kate Spade, Target, Puma, Kiki de Montparnasse, SoHo/Tribeca Grand Hotels, AIGA, MIT Architecture, Vitra, NYU Kids at Langone, the Slought Foundation, Tess Giberson, AIA New Practices Committee, Chanel, Nuit Blanche New York, and Prism.
Jessica Gaddis is a product designer at Netflix where her team builds software to help manage productions like Stranger Things and Daredevil. Jessica is passionate about making design education more affordable and accessible. She's been featured in Design Observer and Adobe's Women in UX blog. She also spoke at AIGA's Emerging Designers Symposium in 2017. Jessica spends most of her time exploring Oakland, cooking and going to the movies. She enjoys superhero movies, tear-jerking animation and action films.
Cap Watkins in a product designer living & working in Brooklyn, NY and currently the VP of Design at BuzzFeed, as well as a blogger, podcast guest, conference speaker and lover of startups and technology. He believes in thoughtful, holistic design solutions that get out of the way and empower people to accomplish more. His past work includes Etsy, Zoosk, Formspring and hush-hush stuff at Amazon.
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