Vice President of Industrial Design Brandimage Desgrippes/laga, Chicago
Mark Dziersk is vice president of industrial design for Brandimage Desgrippes/laga, currently one of the world’s largest design companies with well over 300 employees and offices in nine countries. Dziersk has built a reputation during his 25-year career for pushing the boundaries of design through innovation. He holds more than 100 patents and numerous design awards, with experience that includes several design juries and leadership of the Industrial Designers Society of America, including as president and executive editor for its Innovation magazine. He has spoken on behalf of innovation and design at conferences and served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University’s Master of Product Development program. Dziersk has also been featured extensively in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, Time and Fortune,
President of the Chicago branch of TEAMS Design
Studied and worked in the UK and Germany, joining TEAMS Design’s Esslingen office in 1993. After five years, he opened the firm’s Chicago office, its first satellite. TEAMS Design now has five branches with over 75 industrial designers and well over 1000 design awards, a remarkable achievement. Hatch has published articles in design and business magazines and, with Deana McDonagh, he created the IDSA books, Impact, the Synergy of Technology, Business and Design in 2005 and REALIZE – Design Means Business in 2006. The next book is currently being ‘hatched’. He founded and ran “Fight Club, an ‘extreme debate’ event which eventually spread to five other states and was filmed as a pilot for a TV show. Hatch has taught and spoken in the UK, Germany, China, South America and the US and served on the IDSA Board of Directors as Midwest District vice president. He is currently president of the Chicago branch of TEAMS Design.
Founding partner of Tres Design Group and Clinical Professor of the Interdisciplinary Product Development (IPD) and Industrial Design programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Received a Master’s in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and studied under Bauhaus artist/designer Werner Graeff. He has been awarded a Design Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities and a grant from the R. Buckminster Fuller Foundation. He authored By Design: Museum Environments for All and was a speaker at the First International Interdisciplinary Design Conference at the United Nations. A speaker and writer, he is clinical professor of the interdisciplinary product development (IPD) and industrial design programs at UIC, where he also serves on the leadership team for the new Innovation Center. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit national design advocacy group, Design For Democracy (D4D).
Founder and President of Smart Design, New York City
Founded Smart Design in New York City in 1978. A multidisciplinary design consultancy, it has grown into one of the world's premier design firms focused on consumer products, services and experiences. An expert in strategic consumer product design and planning, Stowell has steered the design directions for clients ranging from OXO International and Hewlett Packard to Johnson & Johnson and Gillette. The OXO Good Grips line that Smart Design created in 1989 demonstrated the value of universal design in everyday products and has received more than two dozen awards, including the IDSA/BusinessWeek Design of the Decade Gold Award as well as inclusion in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The OXO story is currently used as a design management case study in the MBA program at Harvard University. Stowell holds a Bachelor's in industrial design from Syracuse University.
Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Director of the City Design Center at University of Illinois at Chicago in the School of Art and Design
She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Tunstall is a leader in the emerging field of design anthropology, which seeks to understand how the processes and artifacts of design help define what it means to be human. Her projects have included voting experiences and emergency and evacuation design with the non-profit Design For Democracy. Dr. Tunstall’s current projects focus on public healthcare and IRS design management. She is author of a forthcoming book, In Design We Trust: Democratic Values, Design, and Civic Experience. Dr. Tunstall’s roster of clients has included the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, Sears, Whirlpool, Fujisawa, Unilever, Allstate Financial, and Nokia.
Founder and Principal of ZIBA Design, Portland, Oregon.
Was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1956, and moved to the United States in 1971. He graduated from San Jose State University's Department of Industrial Design in 1979 and founded ZIBA Design, Portland, Oregon, in 1984. He directs projects for clients that range from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 50 companies in consumer electronics, computers, medical instruments, precision laboratory equipment, furniture, interiors and office systems. Since 1990, ZIBA has been one of the highest-ranking award-winning strategic branding and design firms in the world, consistently listed as one of the top three design firms by Business Week. Business Week named Vossoughi Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992 and one of the five innovation gurus in the U.S. in 2005.