Richard Saul Wurman
2012 lifetime achievement award, national design awards
Richard Saul Wurman is the recipient of the 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the The National Design Awards
program. The Awards, first launched in 2000, are
given each year by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt,
National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American
design. The Lifetime Achievement Award is
given in recognition of a distinguished individual who has made
a profound and long-term contribution to the contemporary practice
of design. This describes Wurman perfectly: he has carved out a
legendary career by seeking ways to make the complex clear
and is the creator of term “information architecture.”
Wurman has written, designed, and published more than eighty-three
books on topics ranging from healthcare to atlases to the Olympics,
and he created and chaired the TED, TEDMED, and EG conferences
over many years. Also shown here are several of the other 2012
National Design Award winners, all of whom will be feted at an October 17 gala.
Biologist, innovation consultant and author Benyus cofounded Biomimicry Guild,
the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, bringing nature’s
sustainable designs to more than 250 clients. She was Time’s
International 2007 Hero of the Environment.
Rebeca Méndez is a professor in the Design Media
Arts department at UCLA. Since 1996, she has run a mulitdisciplinary
studio focused on design for art and architecture clients, including
Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and Bill Viola.
Scott Wilson is the principal designer of Chicago-based studio Minimal.
A former design leader at Nike, Thomson Consumer Electronics, IDEO, Fortune
Brands and Motorola, he has created some of the world’s most recognized
consumer design icons.
Evan Roth visualizes, records and subverts transient
moments in public spaces, popular culture and on the internet. He
takes inspiration from the free
software movement and hacker ethos. Roth is cofounder of the
Graffiti Research Lab and the open-source Free Art & Technology Lab.
ADDITIONAL NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS HONOREES:
Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam
Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam have worked together in architecture for more than 40 years. Founded in 1984, their Atlanta-based firm,
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, has won international acclaim.
Clive Wilkinson Architects
This distinguished architecture and design practice based in Los Angeles collaborates with clients to design and build creative communities. Clients include Google, Nokia, 20th Century Fox and Disney.
Stoss Landscape Urbanism
This Boston-based collaborative design and planning studio operates at the juncture of landscape architecture, urban design and planning. Founding principal is Chris Reed; Scott Bishop joined as associate principal in 2005.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ART DIRECTORS CLUB, NEW YORK NY
ADC President Benjamin Palmer announces that
Ignacio Oreamuno, President
and Founder of Ihaveanidea, has joined the Club as Executive Director.
Ihaveanidea is an online community of the international advertising industry,
with the ambitious goal of shaping the future of the business “through
an intellectual archive that provokes creative professionals to think or
act.” It has also spawned the globe-trotting Portfolio Night and the
Tomorrow Awards, which honors technologically innovative advertising. Says
Palmer, who in civilian life is CEO of the Barbarian Group: “We look
at this as an alliance of sorts – while Ignacio is our youngest
director ever, he's been incredibly busy in the last decade, The properties
he brings to the table will be crucial to the club in promoting our mission
to a global audience.” Comments Oreamuno: “The Art Directors Club
has been a critical meeting point and centerpiece of our industry for over
90 years. Everything I have built in my career has had one goal: to
dramatically change, for the better, the industry I love so much. Being at
the helm of ADC will give me the resources I need to make a major positive
impact on our industry.” Longtime ADC employee Olga Grisaitis has
been running the club since 2009 and is expected to remain as Director
of Operations, reporting to Oreamuno.
Debra Camarota and Jay Highland
Creative Directors, FITCH, COLUMBUS OH
FITCH adds to its core creative
leadership team with two appointments.
Debra Camarota joins the firm as Creative Director, Visual
Merchandising. She has more than two decades of experience
directing creative teams, forecasting retail trends
and developing retail and visual merchandising strategies
for some of the biggest brands in the country. Previously
Senior Vice President of Brand Creative at The Limited,
she also has held executive positions with GAP,
Estée Lauder, and
Aveda Corporation. The appointment, says the firm, reflects
“aggressive growth plans of its US-based apparel
business.” Jay Highland joins FITCH as Creative
Director. Jay’s career spans more than fifteen years of leading creative teams; in that time he has worked with a wide range of retail and restaurant brands, including
Mattel, T.J. Maxx, Martha Stewart, Lowe’s, Kohl’s, PETCO, Levi Strauss, C&A Brazil, Dunkin’ Donuts, American Greetings, and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts.
“Deb and Jay have the invigorating and infectious passion for design that FITCH is known for,” says Christian Davies, FITCH’s Executive Creative Director,
Americas. Camarota and Highland join Davies and Eric Daniel “as the
core of FITCH’s US creative leadership.” Daniel was recently promoted to Creative Director, North America, in recognition of his role across the firm’s
Creative Director, BuSTERINK, LOS ANGELES ca
Buster, a motion graphics design studio, and its
print design unit BusterINK, add Josh Mintz as Creative Director.
Mintz’ multi-disciplinary approach to branding comes from a
lifelong obsession with fine art, music and design. He got his early
start through traditional printmaking and screen-printing as a
student. Mintz then attended RISD, where he studied filmmaking, and
UC San Diego, where he was influential in creating the
“Computing in the Arts” major. He then moved to LA as
Creative Director of a music/lifestyle magazine. Years later, Mintz
designed a series of screen-printed political posters featured at
Shepard Fairey’s art gallery that caught the eye of Crew
Creative, which gave Mintz his break into entertainment marketing
as Senior Art Director. Beyond Crew, he has worked for bpg as well
as And Company. Mintz is also the singer/songwriter of the rock band
Friend Slash Lover.
Energy BBDO, Chicago IL adds Tim Pontarelli as SVP,
Group Creative Director. His focus: guiding the development of integrated
marketing for Energy BBDO’s portfolio of Frito-Lay business. Pontarelli spent the past 20 years at Leo Burnett; during his
tenure there, his clients included United Airlines, Kellogg’s, Miller Lite, Heinz and McDonald’s, among others.
Brandon Geary, former head of strategy and member of the Razorfish executive team, joins Blast Radius as SVP Strategy to lead their North America practice. Blast Radius’ clients include Starbucks, Nike, Bacardi and Levi’s, and Geary will work with teams in offices in New
York, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Toronto. Geary has over 15 years of experience in advertising, starting with roles at McCann. He moved to Razorfish in 2005 as VP-Account Planning, working on clients
including Nike, Best Buy and MillerCoors. Blast Radius is part of the Wunderman Network and WPP.