Designing Louder Than Words Competition
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Charles Adler, Founder, Lost Arts
Charles Adler is a social entrepreneur, Co-founder and former Head of Design at Kickstarter, and Founder of Lost Arts. Kickstarter, the ground-breaking crowdfunding platform, revolutionized how creative projects are funding globally. Lost Arts, a new experiment in the future of creative work, aims to drive innovation through open support of creativity.
As a leading entrepreneur and designer, his work ranges from systems design to interaction and community design, interface design to information architecture. In 2013 he was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 12 Most Disruptive Figures in Business. Charles co-founded Kickstarter in 2009 shaping it into the world’s largest platform funding independent creative endeavours. Since its inception, Kickstarter has raised over $2B from over 6.4M people for over 75,000 successful projects ranging from computer games to music albums, technology, fashion, educational projects and full-length feature films. Charles previously co-founded the online art publication Subsystence, and founded Source ID, where he operated as Principal Creative Director from 2003 to 2009.
Lauren Boegen, Executive Director of Operations & Collections, Design Museum of Chicago
Lauren Boegen is the Executive Director of Operations and Collections at the Design Museum of Chicago. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, a BA in History and American Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a certificate in Digital Curation from the University of Maryland. Her love of design grew out of theater and exhibition design classes and her time spent working on award-winning publication, brand, and web projects with Chicago-based Studio Blue.
Lauren has experience in collections and exhibition design and development at several institutions, including the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum; Underwater Archaeology Lab at the Naval Historical Center; Frederick Douglass National Historic Site; Cuneo Museum and Gardens; McLean County Museum of History; and the Adler Planetarium. She is an experienced digital and physical collections manager with a research focus in 20th century American history and material culture. Her most recent project with the Design Museum, Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture, was recently selected as one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Best in Chicago Museums 2018.”
Jamie Koval, Co-Founder, Cooler Screens
Jamie Koval is Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer of Cooler Screens. A technology company creating the world’s largest point of sale media platform by transforming retail cooler surfaces to deliver new marketing and merchandising for consumers, retailers and brands.
Prior to Cooler Screens, Jamie was President and Founding Partner of the internationally recognized agency VSA Partners. Jamie was instrumental in the growth, visibility and design leadership of the agency for 27 years. During his tenure, VSA served such leading brands as Allstate, AB InBev, Chicago Cubs, Coca-Cola, Google, Harley-Davidson, IBM, Nike, P&G and RH.
Jamie is a frequent lecture and the recipient of more than 200 design awards. His work is in the permanent collection at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and he is the recipient of the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design award from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Jamie currently serves on the Board of the Design Museum of Chicago as well as the Advisory Board of the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design. Jamie is a former Board member of AIGA National.
Jennifer Park, AIA, Jurassic Studio, AIA Chicago Board of Directors
Jennifer Park, AIA, is principal and owner of Jurassic Studio, a design firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer has contributed to the Obama Presidential Center as part of their museum design team. She has designed and managed projects that range from Timken Research Headquarters, Princeton’s School of Architecture, the offices of Cushman & Wakefield in Mexico City and the Artemide showroom in Chicago. She was a finalist for the City of Dreams Competition for a design on Governor’s Island in New York. Her projects Onward Coworking Reception Wall, Cornelia House and Denim Lounge were recognized by the Chicago AIA. In addition, Jennifer recently was acknowledged as one of Chicago’s 2015 Women of Influence in Michigan Avenue magazine and was a finalist for Curbed’s 2015 Young Guns Award recognizing rising talent in the fields of architecture and development. She also received the 2015 Burnham Prize and a 2017 Burnham Prize exhibitor for the Currencies of Architecture Competition hosted by the Chicago Architectural Club in affiliation with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Art History from Columbia University in New York City and her Master of Architecture from University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). She currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) teaching and directing the Second-Year undergraduate architecture program. Jennifer previously taught as an adjunct professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses in architecture, urban planning and interior design.
Emily Arden Wells, Five O’Clock Creative
is a partner with the Colorado based architecture firm, Move Matter / Architects. She holds a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture where she won the coveted H.I. Feldman Prize for a sustainable multi-family housing proposal in Houston, Texas. Wells’ thesis project was selected for the Archiprix 2011, an exhibition of the “World’s Greatest Graduation projects”. Wells was selected for Wallpaper* magazine’s 2010 Graduate Directory as part of the “next wave of creative talents who are shaking up the world around you”. She has worked for the New York City design group AvroKO, where she was the design lead on Gotham West Market. She also worked for Adjaye Associates New York, where she was part of the design team for the Smithsonian African American Museum in Washington D.C.
In 2009 she co-founded Gastronomista.com, a website dedicated to the Culture of Drink. In 2015, Gastronomista won the award for the Saveur Best Cocktail Blog category and has featured in many publications including Elle Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Saveur Magazine, The Heritage Radio Network, among others. Wells is the founding partner of Five O’clock Creative, an agency that specializes in new media for spirits companies.
Tanner Woodford, Founder, Design Museum of Chicago
Tanner Woodford is founder and executive director of the Design Museum of Chicago. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and makes Iterative Work. As a designer, educator, and entrepreneur, he has taught, lectured, and led workshops on design issues, social change, and design history in classrooms and at conferences. He is irrepressibly optimistic, believing design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition. He lives and works in Chicago.
Tanner teaches “Design Thinking for Social Change,” a course that explores historical and contemporary case studies in which design has served as a catalyst for change, with an emphasis on the environments for and context that surround design decisions. It highlights the way in which designers use tools and communication channels to influence environments, define interactions, and manipulate perception. Independent research, collaboration, and ideation processes culminate in projects that will change professional, cultural, or social spaces.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University, and a design patent for product design at Intel. Throughout his career, he has worked in many capacities, including product design, community organization, interaction design, and development.