PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL
DESIGN FIRMS (APDF), GRAND RAPIDS MI
Kevin Budelmann, a partner at Peopledesign, is the new President of the Association of Professional Design Firms (APDF), a multidisciplinary network dedicated to sharing ideas about the business of design. Budelmann says he plans to position the group as a key player in defining the future of the design profession, one that creates opportunities for best practice information exchange to benefit its members. He also plans to advocate for industry associations APDF, AIGA, DMI, IDSA lxDA, GDC, RGD and SEGD to create a unified message on the future of design in a multidisciplinary world, arguing that such organizations share a common core philosophy and that a single voice can help elevate design as a whole. A co-author of Brand Identity Essentials published last year with Yang Kim and Curt Wozniak Budelmann has been a student of the inner workings of many businesses in many industries for the past 15 years, learning about how messages travel, how leaders communicate, how sales stories are crafted and told, and how to connect clients with their customers. He has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon, where he studied computer interface design "before it was cool," and pursued further study at The School of Design in Switzerland. Peopledesign, headed by Budelmann and partner Yang Kim, has 25 employees and is based in Grand Rapids MI.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, CARBON DESIGN GROUP, SEATTLE WA
Linda Wagner, a leading design researcher, joins Carbon Design Group as Director of Research. She brings more than a decade of consulting experience in design and research with Fortune 500 companies, including five years at Microsoft managing user research teams and projects. There she brought a user experience and business planning perspective to the incubation, design and development of consumer products that integrate hardware, software and services. Outside Microsoft, her work spans industries including healthcare, automotive, mobile communications, consumer electronics, as well as government and non-profit areas. "It's fantastic to have Linda on our team," said Dan Blase, Carbon Design Group President. "Adding her deep expertise is an important step in continuing to deliver user-focused solutions for our clients." Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design from the School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Strategic Design Planning degree from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. She also recently completed a Certificate in Sustainable Business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute in order to add a focus on sustainability as a strategic issue for businesses.
SENIOR DIGITAL ART DIRECTOR, ATTIK, SAN FRANCISCO CA
Attik hires David Ziganay as senior digital art director for the global creative agency's San Francisco office. Ziganay has a Graphic Design degree from San Francisco's Academy of Art University. As a former art director for both Limited Brands and Abercrombie & Fitch, he has broad experience translating store and lifestyle experiences into the digital realm. He also has brand experience with clients including Revlon, ConAgra, Intel and Discover Cards.
Dallas graphic designers Douglas May and Don Sibley have been recognized with individual 2011 Fellow Awards by AIGA Dallas Fort Worth, making them only the second and third recipients in the chapter's history. The first recipient was Jack Summerford in 2004. Said Jimmy Ball, president of the local AIGA chapter: "The AIGA Fellow Award is a way of identifying the best and brightest in our business and recognizing all they have contributed to our community."
Douglas May has been an AIGA member for more than 25 years, and has served on the Dallas Chapter's executive board and in volunteer and advisory roles. At his design firm, May & Co., he has worked with the likes of Neiman Marcus, The Washington Opera, Texas Instruments and Ryan & Company. May, who serves as President and Creative Director of his namesake firm, holds degrees in advertising from the Ad Center College of Design and in visual communications from the University of North Texas. He began his professional career in New York where he worked for publication design guru Roger Black, CBS Magazines, type genius Tom Carnase, and retail design expert Ken Walker before returning to his native Texas to work for advertising legend Stan Richards. May & Co. was founded in 1986 and has conducted business on five continents. In addition to his activities on behalf of AIGA DFW, May was a past president and board member of the Dallas Society of Visual Communications. In addition, he has taught and served on advisory boards for design programs, as well as judged many professional and student competitions.
Don Sibley also has been involved with the AIGA for many years, and his company Sibley/Peteet, founded with Rex Peteet, celebrated 29 years in business the same week. Sibley has earned accolades for his work with clients including Corona, Milton Bradley, The Imagine Bank, Haggar Apparel, Mary Kay Cosmetics, the American Heart Association and XTO Energy. He has now received both the AIGA Fellow Award and the prestigious DSVC Golden Egg. The Sibley/Peteet firm was founded in Dallas as a creative services studio specializing in identity and corporate communication programs. The studio's illustrative style and elegant, often clever, design solutions soon gained both regional and national acclaim. In addition to the firm's clients' success stories, they have received scores of regional and national awards, including the New York Art Directors Club, the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles, the One Show and the AR 100. The studio's work has been widely published and featured in industry magazines and annuals, and several works have been selected for the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. The heart of SPD has been the passion of the many talented designers and strategists who choose to call SPD home.
GROUP CREATIVE DIRECTOR, RAZORFISH NEW YORK NY
Razorfish, one of the world's largest digital agencies, has named Pierre Odendaal a Group Creative Director for its New York office. In his role, Odendaal is crafting marketing solutions for agency clients such as AXE, Mercedes-Benz and Starwood Hotels. Prior to joining Razorfish, Odendaal served as the Executive Creative Director at Jupiter Drawing Room in South Africa. During his tenure, he spearheaded work for clients including Coca Cola, Converse and MTN Mobile. Previously, he worked at Ogilvy & Mather One and Leo Burnett. "I could see Pierre's energy and creative spirit were contagious when I first met him years ago while working together in Paris," said Frederic Bonn, Executive Creative Director for Razorfish's east region. "I'm thrilled he has joined our team, and know his expertise will help us continue to meet our goal: delivering our clients engaging brand experiences through great creative ideas, smart technology, and relevant media and platforms." Odendaal graduated with a Bachelor's degree in graphic design from Pretoria Technikon in South Africa.