AIGA/NY Chapter Board of Directors

The 2014-2015 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 owner at MMP, whose recent work includes: exhibition design for the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School and the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects; campaigns for New York City, including Office of the Mayor and the Department of Health; publication design for Center for Urban Pedagogy, Red Hook Initiative, and the Urban Justice Center; interactive design for the Nike Foundation; and institutional identity for Van Alen Institute. He is also a critic at the Yale School of Art where he teaches first- and second-year core graphic design studios and previously was a visiting assistant professor in Pratt Institute’s MFA program in communication design. Prior to establishing his own practice, he was an art director and senior designer at 2×4, Inc., and a designer at Brand Integration Group at Ogilvy and Mather. He earned his M.F.A. in graphic design from the Yale School of art and B.A. from The Evergreen State College.

Josh Smith

Vice president

Josh Smith is a designer, writer and creative director. His work has been recognized with acclaim for over a decade and is part of the permanent collection in the national design archives. He writes and lectures on design and is featured widely in local and national press about his work and perspectives on design. Originally from Canada, he worked in environment design at Gottschalk & Ash, before moving to New York to work in branding and a wide array of web, environment and communication design. He was a creative director at the design studio, Hyperakt in Brooklyn, expanding the profile of work to include branding, environment and digital products for large, multinational organizations. In 2014 he began a role at the brand agency, Collins where he leads a wide variety of communication design and branding projects for cultural institutions and large corporations. Some of his clients have included: Google, The United Nations, the International Olympic Committee, Coca Cola, MTV, Target, Unicef, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NBC and Sesame Street.

Jesse Ragan


Jesse Ragan is an independent typeface designer in Brooklyn. Over the past decade, he has created custom types and lettering for brands, publications, and cultural institutions. He co-founded and teaches for Type@Cooper, a postgraduate certificate program at the Cooper Union. Previously he was a staff designer at Hoefler & Frere-Jones and taught at Pratt Institute. Jesse has collaborated on many retail typefaces, notably Gotham, Archer, Omnes, and Chronicle. Freelance clients include Pentagram, Landor, Reebok, The New York Times, Font Bureau, and House Industries. His work has been recognized by AIGA, Type Directors Club, Brand New Awards, and the Museum of Modern Art. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

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.

Paula Scher


Paula Scher began her graphic design career as a record cover art director at both Atlantic and CBS Records in the 1970s and in 1991 she joined Pentagram as a partner. She has developed identity and branding systems, promotional materials, environmental graphics, packaging and publication designs for a wide range of clients, drawing from what Tom Wolfe has called the “big closet” of art and design history, classic and pop iconography, literature, music and film to create images that speak to contemporary audiences with emotional impact and appeal.

Paula is a recipient of the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the TDC Medal and the AIGA Medal, she holds honorary doctorates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Moore College of Art and Design. She is the president of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, serves as Commissioner on the New York Public Design Commission, and was elected to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, as well as many other institutions. Her teaching career includes over two decades at the School of Visual Arts, along with positions at the Cooper Union, Yale University and the Tyler School of Art. She is the author of Make It Bigger (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002) and MAPS (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011).

Steff Geissbuhler


Steff Geissbuhler is a designer of integrated brand and corporate identity programs. Steff has designed print materials, posters, architectural graphics, sign systems and exhibits for a wide variety of clients. In 2005 Geissbuhlerʼs work has been honored with the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the profession. He has received awards from all major professional associations. Steff served as the U.S. president of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and has been a member of the board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He is a past president of AIGAʼs New York chapter.

Steff Geissbuhler received his diploma in graphic design from the School of Art and Design, Basel, Switzerland. He has taught at the Philadelphia College of Art, Cooper Union, Yale University and lectures throughout the country. Prior to forming his own design consultancy in September 2011, geissbühler:design, he was a founding partner at C&G Partners for 6 years and a partner at Chermayeff & Geismar Inc. for 30 years.

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.

Su Barber

Board member

Su Barber is Art Director at Opening Ceremony, the global fashion brand and retailer. She oversees the brand’s visual identity, which includes the website, packaging, publications, events, textiles—everything down to the store’s doormats.

After receiving her BFA from Cooper Union in 2000, Su worked for five years with Scott Stowell at OPEN, contributing to award winning projects including the 2005 Bravo network redesign. Su’s client list reflects her connection to contemporary art and fashion: Rizzoli, Aperture, Blind Spot, North Drive Press, The Unified Field Collective, The Wild Unknown, Dashwood Books, Deitch Projects, Printed Matter, Urban Outfitters, Electric Feathers, Nike.

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.

Hilary Greenbaum

Board member

Hilary Greenbaum is the Director of Graphic Design for the Whitney Museum of American Art. She manages the development of the museum’s identity across multiple platforms including advertising, exhibition graphics, signage, digital media, and various printed materials. Hilary holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and teaches as an adjunct professor for NYU’s School of Continuing Studies. Prior to her current position, she served as a staff designer and design columnist for The New York Times Magazine.

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.

Randy Hunt

Board member

Randy Hunt is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship. Hunt co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Previously, he founded Citizen Scholar Inc., a studio that worked with culture, education, social, and environmental clients including: Broadway Across America,, SVA, and numerous writers and photographers. He writes and lectures about design and has been a visiting designer and critic at many colleges and universities. His book, Product Design for the Web, will be published in November 2013. Hunt is a graduate of the MFA Designer as Author program. In 2008 he was included in Print’s New Visual Artists and STEP Inside Design’s Field Guide to Emerging Talent.

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.

Able Parris

Board member

Able Parris is an award-winning, internationally published artist and multidisciplinary Design Director at Big Spaceship. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his beautiful wife, artist and photographer Julia Parris. Able attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Rhode Island College before starting his own niche design studio in January 2005. Since then he has worked with clients such as Google, Nike, Sonos, Crayola, Chobani, AOL, Finish Line, Nationwide Insurance, Golds Gym, EAS, Sherwin-Williams and more.

Steve Rura

Board member

Steve Rura is currently a Creative Lead at Google Creative Lab, where he helps visually and conceptually direct product design, marketing, and advertising across the company. Before joining Google, he worked both independently and for various agencies as a graphic designer and art director, contributing to many clients such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Puma, Canon, and FedEx. He graduated with a BFA from Cooper Union, and now teaches at SVA.

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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