Meet our 2015 judges:
Karen Kurycki is a designer/illustrator in Jacksonville, FL. Design is her passion and she loves to combine illustration with design in her commercial work. Karen has been experimenting with watercolor since her days at Kent State University, embracing its unpredictability and the surprises that can come out of using it. She admits that in her view of the world she usually sees the humorous, the quirky, the slightly off “normal”, which she tries to communicate through her design and illustration. Karen has worked with a number of national and international clients including The Washington Post, Nike, McDonald’s, AT&T, Reebok, Choice Organic Teas, and Emirates Airline.
Karen has been actively involved with AIGA since 2004. She served as president of the Jacksonville AIGA chapter from 2011-2013, and is a strong proponent of volunteerism. During her role as Community Outreach Chair for AIGA Jacksonville, she was instrumental in starting Discover Design, a mentoring program for high school students that has been active for eight years. She has also served on the AIGA Chapter Advisory Council, the 2015 AIGA Medalist Committee and is currently involved in the National AIGA Get out the Vote Initiative. When she’s not tirelessly working in her studio, you can find her making t-shirts for and attending every Jaguars home game (for the past 8 years), singing karaoke, or eating pizza.
Doug Powell is a designer with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines. A 2014 Distinguished Alumni award recipient from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis and a 2014 AIGA Minnesota Fellow, Doug is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on design issues, having presented at a variety of national conferences and forums including the 2015 Offset design conference in Dublin, Ireland, Bright Ideas on Minnesota Public Radio, the 2011 Mayo Clinic Transform Conference, and the 2012 TEDx ArtCenter. Between 2011-2013 Doug served as the national president of AIGA, the professional association for design, the largest and oldest design organization in the world. He is currently a design principal at IBM Design in Austin, Texas where he directs the design education program.
Jesse Reed is an associate partner for Michael Bierut at the New York office of Pentagram Design. His clients include the Wildlife Conservation Society, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bobby Flay, Hillary Clinton, Penguin Random House, New York University, and the New York City Department of Transportation, among many others. Before joining Pentagram, Jesse was a designer for the Department of Advertising and Graphic Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Outside of his full time position, he is the co-founder of Standards Manual, LLC, and independent publishing company that has released three books dealing with the preservation of notable graphics standards manuals—the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual Reissue(two editions, 2014, 2015) originally designed by Unimark International in 1970, and their most recent title, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Graphics Standards Manual Reissue (2015), originally designed by Danne & Blackburn in 1975. Both titles were funded via the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, raising a combined total of over $1.7 million. Jesse is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning.