Judges

AARON DRAPLIN // DESIGNER
draplin.com// fieldnotesbrand.com // ddcbook.com
Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity and Illustration categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Dinosaur Jr, Timberline, Chunklet, Eaux Claires, Poler, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Jill Soloway, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Rhett Miller, Old 97s, Nixon Watches, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We’ve traveled the world telling our story, with 245 speaking fiascos under our belt and counting! We co-created Field Notes with our older brother Jim Coudal, and our memo books are sold in over 2,000 stores worldwide, with limited-edition special editions shipped quarterly to a booming subscriber list. Our first book titled “Pretty Much Everything” came out on May 17, 2016 on Abrams Books, which incredibly, is already in its third printing. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.

Our Proud List of Services: Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin’, Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen’l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and Occasional Usage of Big Words.

 

 

ASHLEIGH AXIOS // FORMER WHITE HOUSE CREATIVE DIRECTOR + DIGITAL STRATEGIST
ashleighaxios.com
Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change.

Axios is a board member for AIGA, the professional association of design. She is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington, D.C., where she formed and leads DotGovDesign, a strategic initiative connecting and empowering government designers, and the annual DotGovDesign Conference.

Axios served as the creative director and a digital strategist at the White House Office of Digital Strategy, where she led design for the White House and created meaningful opportunities for engagement and participation between the Obama administration and the public. Her achievements in this role include spearheading the product and design strategy for two State of the Union addresses; leading the responsive redesign of WhiteHouse.gov; the visual redesign of the White House petitions platform, We the People; and establishing a digital system for presenting the Obama administration record.

In 2015, Axios was named one of GDUSA‘s “People to Watch” and was honored by Essence Magazine as one of the “29 most powerful black women in the Obama administration.”

Axios and her work have most recently been featured in Print, Essence, HOW, and GDUSA magazines as well as various online publications, including: The Verge, AIGA, HOW Design, Print, and Digital Arts Online. She has served as a judge to a number of competitions and is a regular public speaker — having spoken at schools, conferences, and events across the globe.

Axios went to Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a BFA in graphic design (and met her wonderful husband).

 

 

DEBBIE MILLMAN // WRITER, EDUCATOR + BRAND CONSULTANT
debbiemillman.com
Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. In the 11 years since its inception, the show has garnered over a million download per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and—most recently—iTunes designated it one of the best podcasts of 2015.

Debbie’s written and visual essays have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Print Magazine, Design Observer and Fast Company. She is also the author of six books, including two collections of interviews that extend the vision of Design Matters: How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer and Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. In 2009 Debbie co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Now in its seventh year, the program has achieved international acclaim, with each class completing projects like the Brand Bible, branding for MoMA, repositioning for Kappa Middle School in Harlem, and rebranding for Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation.

Debbie is the Chief Marketing Officer at Sterling Brands, where she has worked with over 200 of the world’s largest brands, including the redesign of Burger King, and merchandising for Star Wars. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history and a past board member and treasurer of the New York Chapter.

She is a frequent speaker on design and branding, and has moderated and presented in the U.S. and around the world. She has been a juror for competitions including Cannes Lions, The Clio’s, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Fast Company, HOW Magazine, Print Magazine, ID Magazine, AIGA, The Dieline, and more. Currently, Debbie is the Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine, the oldest magazine about design in the United States.