Business of Design

Shel Perkins

Shel Perkins is a graphic designer, management consultant, and educator with more than 20 years of experience in managing the operations of leading design firms in the US and the UK. He provides management consulting services to a range of creative firms in both traditional and new media. He has written the Professional Practice column for STEP magazine, the Design Business newsletter for AIGA, and the Design Firm Management column for Graphics.com.

Shel Perkins
San Francisco

Lukas Fitze

A Swiss transplant to New York, Lukas Fitze started out in corporate advertising in Zurich, picked up the thread in New York, cutting his teeth with advertising giants such as Ogilvy & Mather, Foote, Cone & Belding, mastering the ropes of media planning, project management, and emerging digital technologies.

Lukas Fitze
iart ag
New York

Bob Harlow

Bob Harlow has recently opened Archetype’s Denver office and serves as an Account Executive for the custom fabrication firm.

Harlow joined SEGD in October of 1991 and attended his first national conference in New York City in August of 1992. In 1997, he joined SEGD’s Board of Directors and served as Industry Liaison for three years.

Bob Harlow, Account Executive, Archetype, Denver, Colorado
archetype
Denver

Ayannah Buford

"A well-designed experience should help you live your best life..."

Ayannah Buford is CEO and Creative Director of B.Brilliant, an experience design company for places and spaces in the commercial real estate industry.

Ayannah Buford, B.Brilliant
b.brilliant
Washington D.C.

Philip Murphy

In his 22 years as the President and CEO of GNU Group, Philip Murphy has had the chance to fully develop the four-person Leadership Team that represents the next generation. Managing a creative practice is its own on-going design assignment and Phil has relished the opportunity to evolve the firm.  However, his focus throughout his career has been adding to the efficacy of how people experience the built environment- particularly how they find their way.

Philip Murphy, GNU Group
GNU Group
San Francisco

Fletcher Hamel

Fletcher Hamel is the Director of Interiors at Atmosphere Studios, a growing design/build firm based in Salt Lake City.  After an extensive EGD career at both Dimensional Innovations and Infinite Scale, he is working to elevate the creative profile and design offerings of Atmosphere Studios. He brings a wealth of design and business experience, having been creatively involved in the production of a variety of large projects throughout the environmental design industry.

Fletcher Hamel, Atmosphere Studios
Atmosphere Studios
Salt Lake City

Eric Heiman

Eric Heiman is a Partner and Creative Director, Volume Inc., an award-winning creative agency located in San Fracisco that offers a range of services with a concentration in visual identity, exhibition design, and publication design.

Eric Heiman
Volume Inc
San Francisco

Bill Thiemann

Bill Thiemann is the Managing Director, Creative Services at Kolar Design

He is a branding and marketing communications expert with diverse CPG, service brands and agency experience. Bill Thiemann has a proven track record of building enduring, trust-based client relationships which result in consistent business growth.

Bill Thiemann, Managing Director, Creative Services at Kolar Design
Kolar Design
Cincinnati, OH

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