2014 Convergence

Hank Richardson

Hank Richardson has long been a leader of The Portfolio Center. During his tenure there, his students have garnered more than 5,000 local and national awards, and his graduates are employed in the most highly respected firms and agencies in the world, including And Partners, The Attic, Cartoon Network, CNN, DesGrippes Gobe, Goodby Silverstein, Hornell Anderson, Hallmark, Landor, Leo Burnett, Martha Stewart, MTV, Pentagram, The Richards Group, Sapient and VSA and others. Hank is an avid teacher and inspiring leader in design education.

Hank Richardson, Portfolio Center

Seth Capshaw

Seth Capshaw is Lead Designer for Miira Artist Tools, a start-up that develops innovative tools for developing and experienced artists. He has been as the designer and co-inventor of Miira’s signature product The View Frame, the design of the UX and UI of the Miira iOS application, as well as the brand of the company and it’s products.

Seth Capshaw, Miira Artist Tools
Norman, OK

Gretchen Wilde

Gretchen Wilde is a co-chair of the Phoenix Chapter.

Gretchen Wilde started Airpark Signs & Graphics, a leader in architectural signage in the Southwest, in her mothers family room in 1983. The company has cultivated extensive expertise in all facets of the process, from design through fabrication and installation.

Gretchen Cherrill, Airpark Signs & Graphics
Phoenix, AZ

Will Ayers

Will Ayers is the Founder/Creative Director of FOUND., a contemporary multidisciplinary design studio based in Downtown Los Angeles with a studio practice to challenge and modernize conventional wayfinding, signage and graphics through the format of digital, GPS, haptic, autonomous and artificial intelligence technologies.

Will Ayers
GNU Group
Los Angeles

Mark Andreasson

Mark Andreasson is President of Design Communications Ltd. (DCL), a leading fabricator in the environmental graphic design profession and partner in numerous award-winning EGD projects. DCL has collaborated on signage systems for some of the most high-profile clients in the world, from Coca-Cola and Boy Scouts of America to the Newseum and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Mark Andreasson, Design Communications Ltd.
Design Communications, Ltd.

Martin Treu

Martin Treu is an architect, author, graphic designer and urbanist. For the past two decades he has been tracking the historic evolution of the American commercial corridor. Martin is author of Signs, Streets, and Storefronts. The book addresses more than 200 years of signs and place-marking along America’s commercial corridors. From small-town squares to Broadway, State Street, and Wilshire Boulevard, Martin Treu follows design developments into the present and explores issues of historic preservation.

Martin Treu, Treu Design
Treu Design

Heather Alhadeff

Heather Alhadeff, AICP, LEED Green Associate is President of Center Forward LLC. While the company is young, the knowledge is grounded by 15 years of Atlanta-specific planning experience. Private and public sector experience guides the firm, through the planning process with various agencies and communities, into realistic and outcome-based solutions.

Heather Alhadeff, Center Forward LLC

Kevin Green

Kevin Green joined Midtown Alliance in July 2011. Kevin has been a resident of the City of Atlanta for over 25 years and has been working for much of that time to advance livability and economic opportunity in the Atlanta region.

Kevin Green, Midtown Alliance

Wade Thompson

Wade Thompson is the founder, president and creative Director of Son&Sons, the design arm of Gagen McDonald. Son&Sons is a design agency organized around teams of creative leaders that deliver transformational results in the fields of innovation, brand identity and brand communications.

Wade Thompson, Son&Sons


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