AIGA/NY Chapter Board of Directors
The 2016-2017 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.
Jonathan Lee is a Creative Director 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 eats sandwiches in Brooklyn and San Francisco on the regular.
David Frisco is a current Design Fellow at Public Policy Lab. He is the founding partner of IntraCollaborative, a socially minded design collective comprised of Pratt MFA graduates. He is an Adjunct Professor with CCE in the Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design departments at Pratt Institute. At Pratt, David is Co-Creative Director of Design Corps, a pro-bono design program for organizations with socially and environmentally minded missions. 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.
Sara Rowghani is VP of Marketing at Oscar. She previously worked at Kickstarter, where she built the company’s cross functional marketing team from the ground up. Previous to her time at Kickstarter, Sara was the General Manager of Google’s UXA (now Google Design) team, guiding and supporting the group through company-wide design unification projects. Prior to UXA, she spent 6 years across marketing teams at Google including Creative Lab and Android, where she managed global marketing campaigns to grow the company’s highest priority products and build the Google brand. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Product Design at Stanford University. In her spare time, Sara enjoys cooking, building furniture and hanging out with her puppy, Luna.
Beverly Liang is a Director of Strategy at 2×4 who uses research to define the relevance of design across cultural and commercial contexts through branding, architecture, and content. Past and present clients include Prada, Google, Target, MoMA, and The Line. Beverly is also a board member of AIGA’s New York chapter and serves as a visiting critic at Yale School of Art, Columbia GSAPP, and Parsons. She received her BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Michael Bierut has been a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram since 1990. A co-founder of designobserver.com, 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.
Kim Bost is a product designer and art director living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s currently a Senior Product Designer at Dropbox simplifying the ways we create and collaborate. She believes in beautiful, user-first design backed up by a transparent, data-driven design process.
Kim’s past work includes Cover, Etsy, and The New York Times, and she’s been recognized by American Illustration, AIGA/NY, PRINT Magazine, Society of Illustrators, Society of News Design, and Society of Publication Designers. You can find her posting cool links on Twitter and her latest culinary adventures and graphic design finds on Instagram.
George Michael Brower is an artist from Brooklyn NY making interactive experiences for the web and virtual reality. George began his career at Google’s Creative Lab at 21 and spent the next 5 years making some of the web’s most celebrated interactive content, including The Wilderness Downtown and ChromeExperiments.com. In 2015, George left to form his own studio for interactive art, Always & Forever Computer Entertainment. George has given talks at Google IO, Eye-O Festival, Visualized, and Eyebeam among others. In 2012, George was been named one of PRINT Magazine’s New Visual Artists. His work has been exhibited at MoMA, TriBeCa Film Festival, Cannes Lions, SXSW, Sundance, featured in Wired and PRINT Magazine, and recognized with multiple awards from D&AD, The Webby’s and TheFWA.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Lizania Cruz is a New York-based designer, artist and entrepreneur working in fashion, advocacy, and the arts. She brings a decade of design experience to her current work as an Art Director for General Assembly. Her clients have ranged from established brands, like Anthropologie, to startups and nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society and The Center for Urban Pedagogy. She founded and accessory line, Bagavundas. Most recently she launched Flowers for Immigration, a photo project that tells the stories of immigrant bodega workers through their flower arrangements. The project was featured on Fusion News and KQED Arts.
Shana Dressler has built decade-long career leading and nurturing entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and social change leaders. As the Executive Director of Google’s 30 Weeks, Shana Dressler ran a distinguished incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design. Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge for The Webby Awards and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. Shana makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa. You can follow her @shanadressler.
Rosie Garschina is Associate Creative Director at branding and motion design studio Trollbäck + Company. With more than a decade of experience in crafting visual identities, her work explores the intersection of digital media, branding and motion. With a strong focus on cross-platform storytelling, she has managed global campaigns for brands including Spotify, Chase and The New York Times. Garschina’s work has been recognized by organizations such as Creativity Online, AdAge, Promax BDA, Brand New / Under Consideration and Variety. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Evan Campisi.
Alia Hassan is the Head of Creative & Delivery, NY at Blue State Digital (a WPP company). She moved from the creative side of the house (Global Director of Design) into general management. She leads the headquarters in partnership with the Managing Director and oversees several disciplines at the local level. Alia was a juror for the 2015 AIGA Cased Awards and the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in Communication Design and Policy & Management. She is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School.
Piera Gelardi is Executive Creative Director and founding partner of the award-winning lifestyle digital media company, Refinery29. 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 numerous awards and honors including CLIO Image, American Illustration, Webby’s, Digiday Publishing, and a spot on the Inc 500 list of most innovative companies. In 2014, Piera co-authored Refinery29’s first book, the New York Times best seller, Style Stalking. Piera was also a jury member for the 2015 CLIO Image Awards and holds a seat on the AIGA/NY Board of Director
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 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.
E Roon Kang is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at Parsons School of Design, and operates a design and research studio Math Practice with interest in studying, evaluating, and criticizing complex systems and its pursuit of efficiency. E Roon is a TED Fellow, was previously a research fellow at SENSEable City Laboratory of MIT, and received Young Guns award from Art Director’s Club. His work has selected as an inaugural project of LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab, received NSF Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, and shown in places including the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA), Seattle Public Library, and the Architectural League of New York. E Roon gave talks and lectures at MIT, TED Conferences and Cannes Int’l Festival of Creativity, and taught courses at Bauhaus-University Weimar, NYU ITP, and Rutgers University. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale.
Cliff Kuang is director of digital product at Fast Company, helping lead both strategy and design on the web. Prior to that, Cliff served as Fast Company’s design editor for many years and was the founding editor of its award-winning spin-off site, Co.Design. In his career as a journalist, he’s also been an editor at I.D., The Economist, and WIRED. He’s currently writing a book about design’s influence on our everyday lives, to be published in Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2017.
Joe Marianek is a designer, educator and partner at Small Stuff, a design studio that works with organizations of all sizes to do big things. Prior to co-founding Small Stuff with Dinah Fried, Joe was a design lead at Apple, and an Associate Partner at Pentagram. His work has been recognized by the AIGA, 50 Books / 50 Covers, D&AD, and received an ADC Young Gun award. Joe holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Joe is an adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design.
Renda Morton is a product design director at The New York Times, where she’s been working on a redesign of NYTimes.com. 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.
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.
Céline Semaan Vernon is a Lebanese-Canadian Designer, Activist, teacher and entrepreneur. Two common themes can be found across her diverse work: the power of remixing, collage and juxtaposition in creating new aesthetics and narratives; and the need to humanize and embed our current world with a deep sense of empathy. She founded Slow Factory out of her design consultancy, and it has grown to be world-renowned for high quality silks printed with satellite images from NASA. This physical juxtaposition of old-world luxury with new technology and space exploration delivers a message of meaning and activism, where each collection tells a greater story about human rights and environmental awareness, supporting the work of a partner NGO. Her work with Slow Factory is sold at the MoMA Design Store, Smithsonian CooperHewitt National Design Museum, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum among other stores. Her collections have supported the work of the World Wildlife Fund, Unicef and ANERA. Previously Céline has worked as a user experience designer for HUGE inc., General Assembly and Condé Nast among others, and is currently a Director’s Fellow of the MIT Media Lab. She was born in Beirut, grew up in Montreal, studied in Paris and Montreal and is now based in Brooklyn, New York where she runs her studio and company. Her background is in art, tech and information design, and her work is focussed on responsible Design, human rights and open data.
Aaris Sherin is a design educator, researcher and writer. She is a professor of graphic design at St. John’s University in Queens, New York and the Director of Fellowships at Design Incubation. Sherin is the author of a number of books including her most recent publications Sustainable Thinking: Ethical Approaches to Design and Design Management and Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modernism Reimagined. Her writing has been featured in publications such as PRINT magazine, STEP Inside Design, Form, Leonardo, and Design and Culture. In her research, Sherin addresses complex issues including sustainability, creative thinking, and innovative problem solving methodologies that can occur across media and disciplines. She holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sarah Van Anden is the Senior Program Manager at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, where she facilitates programs designed to foster the professional lives of art curators and address critical needs within the museum field. As a senior member of staff, Ms. Van Anden leads program development, strategic initiatives, communications, and fundraising. Her position builds on years of experience working closely with New York City’s nonprofit cultural community. Previously Program Officer with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, she oversaw a portfolio of more than 140 organizations and helped distribute over $30 million annually through the Cultural Development Fund, the City’s open, competitive funding process for arts nonprofits. Her additional experiences include positions with the Shelley and Donald Rubin family office, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Art in America, and Academic Programs at the Clark Art Institute. Ms. Van Anden holds an M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College and a duel B.A. in History and Art History from Temple University. In addition to serving on the board of AIGA’s New York chapter, she is President of the steering committee for the Professional Organization of Women in the Arts (POWarts).
Julia Zeltser is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt, a social impact design agency. With over 16 years of design experience in brand development, print, and online communications, Julia has been instrumental in establishing Hyperakt’s visual voice. Julia leads a multi-disciplinary team of designers in a wide range of assignments. She has advised clients such as ACLU, Ford Foundation, and UNICEF to extend their brand in print and online. Julia initiated and leads Lunch Talks at Hyperakt: a monthly event to ignite collaboration and idea-sharing among the design community. Julia is an active member of the design community and has given talks for AIGA New York and San Diego, Adobe MAX, AND Google SPAN. She has received accolades from organizations such as Awwwards, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Brand New, and How Magazine for her design work. She was born in Ukraine and graduated from Parsons The New School of Design in New York. She lives with her husband, Lenny, and her two kids, in Park Slope.