Icograda Announces 2011-2013 Executive Board Candidates

05 October 2011
Montreal (Canada) - Icograda has announced the candidates for the 2011-2013 Executive Board, which will be elected at the General Assembly 24 taking place in Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) from 27-28 October 2011.

Montreal (Canada) - Icograda has announced the candidates for the 2011-2013 Executive Board, which will be elected at the General Assembly 24 taking place in Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) from 27-28 October 2011. Leimei Julia Chiu (Japan), currently serving as President Elect, will become President and Russell Kennedy (Australia), current President, will assume the position of Past President. Delegates to the General Assembly 24 may nominate additional candidates from the floor during the meeting.

President Elect Chiu's vision for the 2011-2013 term includes Icograda furthering its role as ambassador of design in service of humanity. "As a world body, Icograda is uniquely positioned to open dialogue and bridge the divide between leaders in communication design and those developing their presence in or use of the field. As such, the organisation can create a platform for individual members to play a larger role and have a positive impact on an international scale."

A major thrust of Icograda's 2006-2011 plan was expanding membership and enhancing the visibility of the organisation. In this term, a stated goal is to better serve under-represented segments: geographic regions without member or board representation; mature organisations with needs beyond growth and recognition; and young designers whose voices are seldom heard.



[Image: Leimei Julia Chiu]

Leimei Julia Chiu (Japan)

President 2011-2013

Leimei Julia Chiu is Executive Director of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion and a Professor in the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University. She was born in Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), raised and educated in the United States and later Japan.

Leimei was Director of the International Design Centre NAGOYA. She specialises in international policies on creative cities and has worked with governments and academic institutions across Europe, North America and the Pan Pacific Rim to implement design policies and strategic visions for the development of creative industries.

She has lectured at conferences and academic institutions in over 31 countries. Julia has served as Executive Board Member of the International Council Societies of Industrial Design. A recipient of Icograda President’s Award, she has served on numerous competition juries including Adobe Design Achievement Awards and the Good Design Award.



[Image: Russell Kennedy]

Russell Kennedy (Australia)

Past President 2011-2013

Russell is an adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He is an academic and practitioner of graphic design and filmmaking. Previously, he was a senior lecturer at Monash University. He was also the principal of Russell Kennedy Design and co-director of Onset Productions.

Russell is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and a member of both the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). He is a Regional Ambassador to the INDEX: 'Design to Improve life' International Award program and an advisor for the Seoul Design Olympiad.

Since joining the Icograda Board in 2003, he has been active in developing the Icograda Education Network (IEN) and worldwide educational exchange. Russell initiated INDIGO, Icograda's international indigenous design network.

President Elect

[Image: Xavier Bermudez]

Xavier Bañuelos Bermudez (Mexico)

MemberTrama Visual AC (Mexico)
Nominated byTrama Visual AC

Born in Mexico City, Xavier studied graphic design in Mexico and Italy. He has lectured and taught in Spain, Canada, Brazil and the United States. He is a founding member of Trama Visual AC and long-time organiser of Mexico's International Poster Biennial. He has been published in Line Graph, Print, Affiche and Idea, among others. He was a juror for biennials in Poland, Finland, Fort Collins (United States) and Bolivia. He has exhibited work in multiple international collections. He has developed projects for the French Institute of Latin America, Goethe Institute, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and a collection around the Cyrillic alphabet in Bulgaria.



[Image: Omar Vulpinari]

Omar Vulpinari (Italy)

MemberFabrica
Nominated byFabrica, DOS, HDD, ULUPUH

Omar Vulpinari was raised in Detriot, today he lives in Treviso, Italy.

Omar has been Vice President since 2007, currently Editorial Director of Iridescent: Icograda Journal of Design Research and Co-chair of the Design Education Manifesto 2011.

At Fabrica he is Director of Expanded Media and Head of Visual Communication. His work focuses on expanded media for social impact. He has been Creative Director for projects of UNWHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, The World Bank, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Witness, and Amnesty International.

In 2007 Taschen dedicated a section of Contemporary Graphic Design to his independent work.

He teaches Communication Design at the IUAV University of Venice.


Secretary General

[Image: Iva Babaja]

Iva Babaja (Croatia)

MemberHDD, ULUPUH (Croatia)
Nominated byFabrica, HDD, ULUPUH, DOS

Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Iva studied design at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. She has worked extensively as a photographer, art director and freelance designer for major advertising agencies, publishers and cultural institutions. She is currently Creative Director at Euro RSCG agency in Zagreb. Her award-winning work has appeared in exhibitions and publications both in Croatia and abroad.

She volunteers for worthy projects and is active in the international design community. As Icograda Vice President 2007-2011 she has worked on membership and best practices projects and recently filled the vacant role of Secretary General. She is founder and president of the Association for Promotion of Visual Culture and Communications (VIZUM).


Treasurer

[Image: David Berman]

David Berman (Canada)

MemberGDC, RGD (Canada)
Nominated byRGD, GDC, SUAD

David Berman was recently named a high-level advisor to the United Nations on Web design and accessibility to fulfil the Millennium Development goals.

His recent book, Do Good Design, urges all designers to use their skills and opportunity to help build a better world. It has been translated to Chinese, Korean and Indonesian.

He has over 30 years of experience in graphic design and strategic communications. He has helped of design firms organise themselves more effectively, yielding better results for principals, firms, clients, and community. David has been a partner in several design firms spanning three decades. David has spoken and presented workshops in over 30 countries.


Vice President


[Image: Xavier Bermudez]

Xavier Bañuelos Bermudez (Mexico)

MemberTrama Visual AC (Mexico)
Nominated byCentro Pablo, Prografica

Born in Mexico City, Xavier studied graphic design in Mexico and Italy. He has lectured and taught in Spain, Canada, Brazil and the United States. He is a founding member of Trama Visual AC and long-time organiser of Mexico's International Poster Biennial. He has been published in Line Graph, Print, Affiche and Idea, among others. He was a juror for biennials in Poland, Finland, Fort Collins (United States) and Bolivia. He has exhibited work in multiple international collections. He has developed projects for the French Institute of Latin America, Goethe Institute, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and a collection around the Cyrillic alphabet in Bulgaria.



[Image: Vesna Brekalo]

Vesna Brekalo (Slovenia)

MemberDOS (Slovenia)
Nominated byFabrica, GDC, DOS, HDD, ULUPUH

Vesna Brekalo, born in Maribor, Slovenia, graduated from graphic design and visual communications at the University of Ljubljana. She pursued a freelance career with renowned Slovene and international design studios and advertising agencies.

She is the first Slovene court expert and appraiser for visual communications, industrial design and marketing with over 12 years of experience in design-related copyright.

Vesna is an expert in formulating criteria for and implementing design-related competitions. She recently collaborated on the Icograda Speculative Practices Committee, serving as an advisor to further develop Best Practice guidelines.

Vesna has been an active member of the Designers' Society of Slovenia and has served as Icograda delegate and liaison for 16 years.



[Image: Gaby De Abreu]

Gaby de Abreu (South Africa)

Memberthink (South Africa)
Nominated bythink

Gaby de Abreu is founding member and Executive Creative Director of The Switch Design Group, established in 1999. Switch is the largest independent design group in South Africa, with offices in Cape Town and London. His portfolio includes branding and logo design for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, The Four Seasons Hotel Group, Coca Cola and the Springbok Rugby team, to name a few.

Since 1998, he has served as executive member of the Brand Design Council (formerly Think). He has been appointed to design jury panels including the Cannes Festival awards and has won numerous local and international awards over the last 17 years.



[Image: Yesim Demir]

Yeşim Demir (Turkey)

MemberGMK (Turkey)
Nominated byGMK, ULUPUH

Yeşim Demir runs her design studio in Istanbul, lectures at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts and is currently president of GMK.

Earlier she worked as art and creative director in Young&Rubicam and RPM/Radar CDP Europe.

Demir's works mainly on book design and corporate identities. She has won many awards and her works have been exhibited in Istanbul, Duisburg, New York, Buenos Aires and Brno. She has given lectures and workshops in Grafist Design Days and Yahşibeyworkhops. Her GMK presidency tasks included AGI Istanbul Congress 2009, IDA 2013 Istanbul Congress committee and Turkish Design Advisory Committee (Ministry of Industry).


[Image: Richard Doubleday]

Richard Doubleday (United States)

MemberGAG (United States)
Nominated byCAFA

Richard Doubleday has taught graphic design at Boston University since 1998. He has lectured and led courses and workshops in London, Japan, Mexico, and China, including the Nanjing Arts Institute. In June 2011, he chaired the Fine Arts curriculum committee at Lebanese American University in Beirut. He has exhibited in international competitions, including the International Poster Triennial in Toyama, Japan, and the Lahti International Poster Biennial. His work recently appeared in The Poster: 1,000 Posters from Toulouse-Lautrec to Sagmeister (2010). He contributed to Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design (2012) and Meggs' History of Graphic Design (2012) and was a juror at the Tokyo Type Directors Club Annual Awards.



[Image: RobertGlogowski]

Robert Glogowski (Germany)

MemberBDG (Germany)
Nominated byBDG

Robert Glogowski was born in Braunschweig, Germany, in 1967. He studied Communication design at the Braunschweig University of Arts, HBK.

In 1995 he founded geckodesign, specialising in corporate identity for mid-size companies.

He became a board member of the German Designers Association, BDG and was vice-president from 2004–2006. Since 1998, he has been the Icograda liaison.

He is heavily involved in creative industries, trying to raise interest among the greater public. Robert has organised several events, and founded initiatives like KreativRegion38.

Robert Glogowski has led career services in the department of design at HBK, the second largest university of its kind in Germany.



[Image: Ben Mau]

Ben Kimfai Mau (Hong Kong)

MemberHKDI (Hong Kong)
Nominated byHKDI

Ben studied Graphical Communication in the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic, and worked in an international design consultant. He then joined the Vocational Training Council as a Lecturer. With an aim to enrich himself and his teaching, Ben continued to study and got a BA(Fine Arts) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a Master in Lighting from the Queensland University of Technology. He is now the Head of Communication Design and Digital Media Department of the Hong Kong Design Institute. He has been participating actively in promoting design and education activities locally and internationally.


[Image: Sophia Ling Hung SHIH]

Ling-hung Sophia Shih (Taiwan – Chinese Taipei)

MemberNTNU (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei)
Nominated byKCA, TPDA, TADA, TGDA, GDC, GDA-Taiwan

Sophia Shih has studied in both Taiwan and abroad, receiving her MFA from Boston University, with additional studies at Yale University. Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Visual Design and the Department of Fine Arts and in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at National Taiwan Normal University.

Prof. Shih is frequently invited as program director or judge for national and international exhibitions and events. She has received numerous awards in Taiwan and internationally in Asia and Europe. Publications include "Poster Arts", "Duality and Simplicity in the Theory and Research of Poster Design", and "City Cite: A Semiotic Study of Triadic Relationships in Visual Communication."



[Image: Xiao Yong]

Xiao Yong (China)

MemberCAFA (China)
Nominated bySUAD

Xiao Yong is a professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and a visiting professor at University of Arts London. He serves on the board of CUMULUS and is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Design. He has taught and lectured in 300 universities in over 50 countries.

Xiao Yong studied in Germany, Denmark and received his MA in Helsinki. He has spoken at many international conferences and was designated among "Top 10 Chinese designers," 2007.

XiaoYong Design is an influential design firm in China. He designed the medals for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and his work is published internationally.

Retiring members of the Executive Board

[Image: Don Ryn Chang, Andréa Pellegrino, David Lancashire, Grégoire Sérikoff]

Icograda acknowledges the members who served on the 2009-2011 Executive Board and are now retiring or resigned during the term:

  • Past President Don Ryun Chang (Korea) who retires at the end of the term.
  • Board Member Andréa Pellegrino (United States) who retires at the end of the term.
  • Vice President David Lancashire (Australia) who resigned in February 2011 for personal and professional reasons.
  • Secretary General Grégoire Serikoff (France) who resigned in August 2011 for personal and professional reasons.

For additional information on the candidates, including their statement of intent, please download the Board Nominations 2011-2013 [PDF - 760KB].

For further information about the Icograda General Assembly 24, visit the event profile.

For more information:

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