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An unmistakable highlight of AIGA’s centennial year celebration is the awarding of the prestigious AIGA Medal to a special class of 24 design leaders. To be honored on April 25 at a gala in New York City, the recipients represent a broad range of design disciplines including publication design, typograpy, motion design, branding, interaction design, service design product design and design education. David Gibson of Two Twelve and Mark Randall of Worldstudio are chairs for the gala. Comments AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé: “The AIGA Centennial is a time to reflect upon our accomplishments as a profession and to honor this special group of design educators, practitioners and leaders.”

Photo Credits: Sean Adams (Photo: Blake Little); Charles S. Anderson (Photo: Laurie DeMartino); Dana Arnett (Photo: Mark Smalling/VSA Partners); Kenneth Carbone (Photo: Seth Smoot); David Carson (Photo courtesy of the designer); Kyle Cooper (Photo: Lisa Bolan); Michael Cronan (Photo: Terry Lorant); Richard Danne (Photo: Barbara Danne); Michael Donovan (Photo: Hannah Watson); Stephen Doyle (Photo: Christopher Wahl); Louise Fili (Photo: Henry Leutwyler); Nancye Green (Photo: Bill Bernstein); Bob Greenberg (Photo: Alen MacWeeney); Sylvia Harris (Photo: George Larkins); Cheryl Heller (Photo: Tanya Bhandhari); Alexander Isley (Photo: Aaron Kotowski); Chip Kidd (Photo: John Madere); Michael Mabry (Photo: Peter Soe, Jr.); Abbott Miller (Photo: Christian Witkin); Bill Moggridge (Photo courtesy IDEO); Noreen Morioka (Photo: Blake Little); Leslie Smolan (Photo: Seth Smoot); Gael Towey (Photo: Johnny Miller); Ann Willoughby (Photo: Tim Pott)

Jeremy Kaye

Jeremy Kaye

Partner, tomorrow Partners, Berkeley CA

Tomorrow Partners, a cross-disciplinary team of designers, makers, researchers, strategists and writers, adds Jeremy Kaye as their third partner. Kaye is said to be an expert at “connecting the dots between business and design.” He leads Tomorrow’s innovation endeavors, reimagining experiences, services and business models with a broad spectrum of clients. He also extends Tomorrow’s expertise into new territory, having spent over a decade client-side at Nike, Patagonia and J. Crew; and another decade heading up brand strategy, service design and branded environments at Ziba Design and his own consultancy, CoLab. Having grown up in South Africa, he says he shares a deep passion for purpose-driven organizations and design as a catalyst for positive change. His two partners, shown here, are founder and chief designer Gaby Brink (center), an internationally recognized designer and serial entrepreneur who served for seven years on the Board of Directors of AIGA; and Nathalie Destandau, who leads strategists, designers, writers and technologists from research to concepting and has an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School.

Ginny Golden

Ginny Golden

creative director, AKQA, PORTLAND OR

AKQA has appointed Ginny Golden as Creative Director in its Portland OR office. In her new role, Golden partners with Creative Director Whitney Jenkins to lead the agency's creative department and collaborate with the leadership team to contribute to continued growth. She joins the agency after a two-year stint at Wieden + Kennedy, but is no stranger to AKQA, having previously spent 14 years in the agency’s Washington DC office. During that time, she built a reputation for bringing innovation to integrated client solutions, earning her a spot on Advertising Age’s list of “Creatives You Should Know” and recognition from Cannes, the One Show, and others.

Hugh Allspaugh

Hugh Allspaugh


Hugh Allspaugh has joined VSA Partners as an Associate Partner. His responsibilities are to lead and grow VSA’s B2B’s marketing strategy discipline across the firm’s Chicago, New York and Detroit offices. Allspaugh is working with the firm’s numerous legacy clients as well as organizations that seek to grow through omnichannel, data-driven customer engagement. Prior to joining VSA, he was Executive Director of Marketing Strategy and Analytics at Ogilvy Chicago. “What makes VSA so exciting, is the opportunity to fuse the best of design thinking and brand development with data-driven, customer-centered marketing,” he says. “This is the holy grail that marketers are looking for today.”Allspaugh has worked at Grey Direct, O&M, Euro RSCG Worldwide and JWT, and has taught at DePaul University.

Arthur Eisenberg

Arthur Eisenberg


Arthur Eisenberg launched Eisenberg And Associates in 1974. The firm, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, is still going strong. Eisenberg graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and did advanced work at Pratt Institute (studying under, among others, Milton Glaser). Back in Texas, he worked for Stan Richards at The Richards Group, and then started his own Dallas-based firm, which has become a major force in branding and design. Recipient of the Golden Egg lifetime achievement award, Eisenberg’s blend of creativity and business savvy has been described as “one of the most successful business strategies in the creative market.” As for his inspiration: “I have a terrific wife, children and grandchildren that love me as much as I love them. And I still love my work as I did when I first started. Now, as I move into my 60s, I reflect on how the people I work with today impact my life and my work. They keep me young. They excite me. They influence me. They inspire me.”

Larissa Montecuollo

Larissa Montecuollo

Partner, TRILLION, summit NJ

New Jersey’s Enzo Creative and New York City’s Tribecca Design have joined together to form Trillion, and brought on Larissa Montecuollo as a Partner. She joins Partner/Creative Director Lou Leonardis, who headed Enzo Creative. Montecuollo has over ten years of expertise designing award-winning work for restaurants, finance and education at studios in New York City. Her background is in graphic design, information technology and user experience. Montecuollo holds a BFA from Rutgers and an MA from NYU. Leonardis has 20 years experience, having managed and completed design projects for companies such as Prudential, Time Warner, Colgate-Palmolive and the YMCA. He is a graduate of duCret School of the Arts as well as SVA.

Matt Edwards

Matt Edwards

Art Director, Johannes Leonardo, New York NY

The momentum at award-winning creative agency Johannes Leonardo continues with the appointment of Matt Edwards as art director. In this newly created position, Edwards will work across all agency clients, including Google and Coca-Cola. He joins Johannes Leonardo from Y&R Prague, where he served as creative director working on clients such as Harley Davidson and Zatec beer. Prior he served as art director at both MetropolitanRepublic and Matchboxlogy, agencies based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In his newly created position, Edwards will report to the agency’s new executive creative directors Tom Martin and Julian Schreiber, who joined the agency in December. Edwards has been, among other honors, a Cannes winner and an ADC Young Gun.

Claire Marrinan

Claire Marrinan


Claire Marrinan has joined Franke+Fiorella as a Designer. Marrinan brings branding, interactive and print design capabilities to the firm and serves clients including 3M, Edmentum, Louellen Essex and Associates, Lifetouch and The Mosaic Company. She is a BFA design graduate of the former College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, and previously earned an additional Bachelor's degree form St. Catherine University.

Mike Schacherer


Minneapolis MN-based strategic design firm, Little, has promoted Mike Schacherer to VP and Creative Director. “Schacherer’s leadership, vision, energy and spirit contribute greatly to Little’s ongoing success,” says Joe Cecere, President and COO for the company. With clients like Target, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, DC Comics, Lowes, Sealy, and American Public Media, Little provides an array of creative services and employee branding initiatives. Before joining Little, Schacherer was Creative Director at IMAGEHAUS and he holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. His work has been recognized by several industry groups and publications.

John Anicker

president and CEO, Hornall Anderson, Seattle WA

Jack Anderson, co-founder and CEO of three decade old Hornall Anderson is stepping into the role of Chairman. His first act: promoting John Anicker to President and CEO. The firm that Anderson started with John Hornall back in 1982 has grown to a global firm that is now part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom. He will focus now on longterm planning and strategy. Anicker leads the firm’s day-to-day operations. He joined the firm some 20 years ago, beginning as a designer and steadily progressing up the ranks.

Ronnie and Leili Younts


After 20 years directing the design of large-scale graphics for another design company – including Fenway Park, Dodgers Stadium and Baltimore’s Harbor East – environmental graphic designer Ronnie Younts opens his own firm. Younts Design is located in the historic Meadow Mill building in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. He has made a mark on the local architectural landscape, designing landmarks including the blinking Mr. Boh atop Brewer’s Hill and the neon sign at Port Discovery. His co-founder: wife, business partner and former sign company owner Leili Younts. She brings 17 years of experience to her role as business director.

After a decade in the field, Darcy Briks has developed corporate identity programs and national creative campaigns for high-profile lifestyle, business and consumer brands. Now, she heads Second Language Design, a Brooklyn-based branding, print and web design creative firm, with supporting services including copywriting, online marketing and communications, illustration and photography. Prior to opening the studio, Briks helped to form, and served as Creative Director for, the In-house Creative Division at Rubenstein Public Relations. Before that, she was Art Director at IN Marketing Services. Briks is recipient of an Inhouse Design Award, a Graphic Design Award and a Package Design Award from GDUSA.

Founder and Chairman of The Bridgeman Art Library, Harriet Bridgeman is now a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the arts. In 1972, she founded The Bridgeman Art Library, which provides both a central source of fine art images for reproduction, and generates additional income for museums and galleries, in 1972. In 2006, Bridgeman also founded The Artists’ Collecting Society, of which she is managing director, to collect royalties for artists under the European Union’s Resale Right Directive. She represents ACS on the board of the British Copyright Council and the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. No stranger to honors, Bridgeman received the European Women of Achievement Award in the Arts in 1997 and International Business Woman of the Year in 2005.

Tony Neary, founder of Traction, has transferred ownership of the business to partner Richard Groot. The switch from partner to owner is an easy one; Groot's been on the board with the Cincinnati OH-based design firm since 2011. Plus, he has 30 years of strategic branding experience, working with everything from package design to corporate communications. “I am so glad that I can entrust something that was built with a ton of hard work to such a good man,” says Neary.

Paul Kiesche Design, a high-end custom graphic design and illustration studio, is excited about the addition of Marty Crawn as its new Studio Manager. In this newly expanded role, Crawn is responsible for overseeing all client projects and internal operations, as well as fueling PKD’s continued growth through new business development initiatives and strategic partnership alliances. He is also playing a role in brand awareness creation, positioning and strategic marketing initiatives. Previously, Crawn operated his own successful marketing consultancy. He graduated from William Paterson University.

This past fall, Elements welcomed a new designer to their team. Kathryn Chase-Levin comes to Elements with experience in branding and package design, but she is new to Connecticut. And earlier in the year, Chelsea May rejoined the team. Her previous tenure at the firm was 2008 to 2011; she is now involved in Business Development & Client Services with the goal of growing Elements’ current client relationships and cultivating new opportunities.

thinkdm2 has a new addition to its design team. Brian Sica brings energy and a contemporary sense of design, and the hire reflects the Edgewater NJ firm’s commitment to continued growth. As a junior designer, Sica is responsible for supporting the senior design team with various marketing projects and campaign work – mostly digital, social and some traditional marketing. Sica started at thinkdm2 as an intern during his senior year at Montclair State University; he has since graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design.