AIGA/NY Chapter Board of Directors

The 2015-2016 AIGA/NY Board of Directors represents our chapter’s diverse interests. They work to provide the varied and relevant programming and initiatives we’ve become known for, and they build on the work, commitment, and energy of past boards.


Juliette Cezzar


Juliette Cezzar is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the BFA Communication Design program at Parsons / The New School, where she was the Director of the BFA Communication Design and BFA Design & Technology programs from 2011-2014. She established her small studio, e.a.d., in 2005. While books anchor the practice, her work has spanned a variety of media for clients such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, RES Magazine, The Museum of Modern Art, Vh1, The New York Times, Eleven Madison Park, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is the co-author of Designing the Editorial Experience (Rockport) and author-designer of Office Mayhem (Abrams), Paper Pilot, Paper Captain, and Paper Astronaut (Universe / Rizzoli). She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a professional degree (B. Arch) in Architecture from Virginia Tech.

Manuel Miranda

Vice president

Manuel Miranda is a designer and educator. His studio, MMP, works on graphics, interactions, and environments with A+I Architects, Architizer, Center for Urban Pedagogy, City of New York, Merchandise Mart, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Park Service, New York Foundation, Parsons School of Design, and SET Creative. He is a also a design critic at the Yale School of Art. Previously, Manuel was at 2×4, Inc., and Brand Integration Group at Ogilvy and Mather, and he earned his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art and B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

David Frisco


David Frisco is the principal of DFD: David Frisco Design, a collaborative design practice with an emphasis on clients with social purpose. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design departments at Pratt Institute. David is Co-Creative Director of Design Corps at Pratt Institute, a pro-bono design program for non-profits, and Co-Coordinator of Public Project, a GradComD Initiative bringing public engagement opportunities to students. David founded IntraCollaborative, a socially minded design collective comprised of Pratt MFA graduates. Clients include desigNYC, Center for Urban Pedagogy and AIA/NY Center for Architecture and Glynwood. David holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale School of Art and a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before heading out east, David was a Senior Designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Ksenya Samarskaya


Ksenya Samarskaya is the founding member of Samarskaya & Partners, drafting type to push against the limits of technology, radiate legibly on small screens, and trigger nuanced algorithms of emotion and history. Clients and collaborators include Adobe, Apple, Best Made Co., Design MW, FontBureau, Google, Frere-Jones, Hoefler, Ideo, Light + Ladder, McCann, JaegerSloan, Monotype, Snoop Dogg Marketing, Tiffany & Co., Trolbäck + Co.

Michael Bierut


Michael Bierut has been a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram since 1990. A co-founder of, Michael is a senior critic at the Yale School of Art, a winner of the AIGA Medal and the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame. His book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007. The first monograph on his work, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world is due in fall 2015.

Mike Abbink

Board member

Mike Abbink is the Executive Creative Director at IBM Studio—a team dedicated to brand innovations, experience and design. Abbink’s career began at MetaDesign in San Francisco where he worked with Nike on strategy and visual concepts for Niketown Honolulu and stores in Vienna, Melbourne and Toronto. He went on to co-found the agency Method, where he served as Creative Director and worked with clients such as Adobe, Autodesk, Gucci and MoMA. His extensive experience continued with his work as Senior Creative Director at the Museum of Modern Art, Design Director at Apple Computer, Creative Director at Wolff Olins and Creative Director at Saffron Consultants. Clients included Citibank, GE, Goldman Sachs, Knoll, Mozilla, Product(RED), PwC, and Visa. Abbink has received numerous prestigious international awards for graphic and typeface design including the most recent award from TDC for his typefaces Brando and GE Inspira Sans and Serif. He has won ISTD awards for his typefaces FF Kievit and FF Milo. He holds a BFA in graphic design and packaging from the Art Center College of Design. He has served as an adjunct professor at San Francisco Academy of Art, University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a guest critic at Yale’s graduate design program.

Roanne Adams

Board member

Roanne Adams opened her design studio, RoAndCo, in 2006 after being awarded “New Visual Artist (20 under 30)” by PRINT magazine. With a keen eye for style and skill for zeroing in on the most succinct way to visually capture a brand’s personality, Roanne is trusted and respected by clients and collaborators alike. In 2010, The New York Times’ T Magazine named her as one of six most “outstanding up-and-coming design professionals” and in 2011, she was among the winners of The Art Directors Club’s Young Guns 9 award. Roanne continues to garner renown for her intrepid ability to build successful brands in the fashion, beauty and lifestyle realms that are fresh, sincere and compelling.

Alicia Cheng

Board member

Alicia Cheng is a founding partner at MGMT. design, a Brooklyn-based design studio founded with Sarah Gephart. MGMT.’s projects have focussed on print, branding, exhibition design, and data visualization. Selected clients include The New York Times, Yale School of Architecture, Modern Farmer Magazine, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, the royal family of Thailand, and Vice President Al Gore. Prior to founding MGMT., Alicia worked as a senior designer for Method, New York and was the co-design director at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She served as a lecturer at Yale University and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Cooper Union. Alicia received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Yale University.

Agnieszka Gasparska

Board member

Agnieszka Gasparska is the founder and creative captain of New York City-based design firm Kiss Me I’m Polish. Since 2003, Agnieszka has led Kiss Me I’m Polish through a prodigious array of projects across a variety of media and disciplines, from digital media to print. With a focus on branding, editorial, and interactive design, some of the studio’s most recent clients have included The Atlantic, Design Trust for Public Space, The Museum of Modern Art, National Geographic, and W. W. Norton. This past fall, Kiss Me I’m Polish also launched the Itty Bitty Project, a handmade line of creativity-inducing tees for kids (and soon, adults too). A graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art, Agnieszka began her career as an interaction designer at Funny Garbage. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she has lived in New York City for the last 25 years.

Piera Gelardi

Board member

Piera Gelardi is Executive Creative Director and co-founder of the award-winning lifestyle website Refinery29, where she leads a growing team of creatives who bring the brand to life online and IRL through original content, branded campaigns, video, and events. She and her team have won a slew of awards including CLIO image, American Illustration, Webby’s, and Digiday Publishing. In 2014, Piera co-authored her first book, the New York Times best seller Refinery29: Style Stalking.  Prior to the launch of Refinery29, Piera was Photo Director at CITY magazine, which won an ASME for Best Photography as well as numerous SPD awards under her direction. Piera lives in Brooklyn. When she’s not burning the midnight oil at Refinery29, she’s breaking it down on the dance floor, gallery hopping, religiously sending snail mail, or indulging her love of adventures in far-flung places.

Michael Greenblatt

Board member

Michael Greenblatt is a graphic designer and an Art Director at 2×4. He also maintains a design partnership, Greenblatt-Wexler, that focuses on print and screen-based projects for a variety of cultural and commercial clients. His work has been exhibited at White Columns and MoMA and is in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at the Butler Library at Columbia University and the AIGA Graphic Design Archives. Michael holds a BA from Haverford College and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute.

David Heasty

Board member

David Heasty is a co-founder of the Brooklyn based design studio Triboro. With his partner Stefanie Weigler, the duo attracts a global client base ranging from innovative start-ups to respected international brands. Recent projects include a Nike logo for New York City, branding the fashion labels Everlane and BLK DNM, restaurant identities for The Standard, collaborations with artists like the Beastie Boys and Ai Weiwei, and publications for MoMA and GQ. David has received numerous industry awards including being named an ADC Young Gun. Born in Dallas, David studied Graphic Design at Penn State and began his career working with designer Alexander Gelman.

Natasha Jen

Board member

Natasha Jen is a designer, educator, and a partner at Pentagram. Her work is recognized for its innovative use of graphic, digital, and spatial interventions that challenge conventional notions of media and cultural contexts, encompassing brand identity systems, printed matters, exhibition design, digital interfaces, signage and way-finding systems, and architecture. She is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts BFA program. In 2014 she was acclaimed by Wired Magazine as one of nine Designers Who Matter.

Jonathan Lee

Board member

Jonathan Lee is design lead on the Material Design team at Google, a group focused on a unified design framework for Google’s products, services and platforms. In addition to designing software products his team also leads Google Design, an outreach that seeks to connect Google’s resources, designers and their stories with the creative community around the world. He lives in Brooklyn and San Francisco and enjoys sandwiches in both cities, equally.

Sarah Lidgus

Board member

Sarah Lidgus is a designer and writer whose work explores opportunities for empathy within large, complicated systems—and then designs more people-centered moments back in.  A former design lead at IDEO’s New York studio, Sarah’s work has managed to span industries from fashion to philanthropy. Favorite projects have tackled in-home sanitation in Ghana, flood preparation in New York, and new approaches to community design in Queens. Sarah recently founded her own collective, Small City, which is focused on making big city impact through small, strategic design. She lives in the East Village with her tiny dog, Dolly.

Joe Marianek

Board member

Joe Marianek is a multidisciplinary designer, educator and creative director. Prior to co-founding Small Stuff, a design studio, Marianek lead projects with Apple’s global design group in California and was an Associate Partner at Pentagram in New York. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and was named a “Young Gun” by the Art Directors Club. Marianek has served on the board of AIGA Rhode Island and has lectured and judged internationally. Since 2007, he has taught courses in typography and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts.

Leland Maschmeyer

Board member

Leland Maschmeyer is the executive creative director of COLLINS. His work spans identity systems, retail design, packaging systems, experiential design, advertising, mobile apps, and web experiences. He also publishes new thinking in the emerging field of mass collaboration and speaks across the globe on brands, design, and innovation. Leland’s book, Triumph of the Commons: 55 Theses on the Future, earned acclaim for having “a grip on the zeitgeist.” A faculty member of the School of Visual Arts MFA program, he teaches “Designing Interactions” and “Designer as Entrepreneur.” In 2011, Campaign magazine selected Leland as a Global 30 Under 30.

Renda Morton

Board member

Renda Morton is a product design director at The New York Times, where she’s been working on a redesign of Previously, Renda founded and ran a small, multi-disciplinary design studio called Rumors. At Rumors she worked closely with her creative partners Holly Gressley and Andy Pressman on design projects for print, screen and the built environment. Before moving to New York ten years ago, Renda live in The Hauge, Netherlands at worked on physical interactive media projects at a small design studio called Lust. Renda has a BFA in Interactive Media from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Emmett Shine

Board member

Emmett Shine is the founder and creative director of New York based digital creative agency; Gin Lane. The shop’s focus is on simplifying and humanizing consumer experiences with thoughtful partners. Current and past clients include Harry’s, Warby Parker, Nike, GE, Sweetgreen, Shake Shack, Stella McCartney, Everlane & J.Crew. Raised in Southampton, Long Island, Emmett also has a skateboarding and clothing brand – LOLA, with his childhood friends. He loves his family.

Tobias van Schneider

Board member

Tobias van Schneider is a award-winning german designer, raised in Austria and currently living in New York City. He is building new products as Art Director & Lead Product Designer with Spotify USA. While being self-taught, Tobias is focused on Branding and Interactive Design, keeping a multi-disciplinary approach to all of his projects. He had the privilege of working with companies such as Red Bull, BMW, Google, Wacom, Sony, Fantasy Interactive, Stinkdigital, Toyota, Ralph Lauren, Bwin while his work has been awarded by Adobe, Cannes Young Lions Austria, The Webbys, Awwwards & the FWA. His work has been featured and written about in highly acclaimed press such as .net Magazine, Computer Arts, FastCompany, Wired, The Washington Post, Inc Magazine, FirstRound Capital, BusinessInsider & many others.

Forest Young

Board member

Forest Young is a designer and educator. He is creative lead in Interbrand’s New York studio, focusing on the intersection of storytelling and technology for select clients including AT&T, YP, Google, Microsoft and the ACLU. Forest is also a critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art, a board member of the AIGA/NY, and is a member of the MoMA R&D Salon. His work has been exhibited at the MoMA and the Royal Ontario Museum and has won a Gold Design Lion at Cannes. Forest received his MFA from the Yale School of Art where he was awarded the Mark Whistler Prize.

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