All work submitted in the AIGA KC design competition is juried by a panel of nationally recognized design leaders. Every year our jury panel is comprised of a veritable cadre of design rock stars whose combined experience covers a wide range of regions, industries and design expertise—including brand experience, design advocacy and imaginative, bold graphic solutions.

Kelly Stevens

Austin, TX

Kelly Stevens is a brand experience expert and art director, working primarily in the space of food and food retail. Kelly spent 11 years as art director for Whole Foods Market, developing everything from product packaging to eco-conscious interiors to food trucks. In her past lives, Kelly has worked in advertising, museums and started her own pajama company. She spends her spare time traveling in third-world countries, playing soccer and two stepping.

Riley Cran

Vacouver, BC

Riley Cran is a Graphic Designer in Vancouver, British Columbia. In his freelance design practice, Riley specializes in Branding, Illustration, Packaging Design and Lettering. Riley is the manager of Lost Type, a collaborative pay-what-you-want Type Foundry which has provided fonts to Nike, Starbucks, Disney and the President of the United States. Riley is also the host of Field Trip, an annual workshop for Lost Type's designers, where they visit a new city to gather inspiration.

Dana Tanamachi-Williams

Tanamachi Studio
Brooklyn, NY

Dana Tanamachi-Williams is a Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer who enjoys living a quiet life and working with her hands. After designing Broadway show posters at SpotCo and working under Louise Fili, Dana opened her own design & lettering boutique, Tanamachi Studio. She has been commissioned by clients such as Google, Yahoo!, Rugby Ralph Lauren, The Ace Hotel, Tommy Hilfiger, West Elm, and Bloomingdale’s. In 2011, she was named a Young Gun (YG9) by the Art Directors Club and a Young Creative to Watch by HOW Magazine. In 2012, Dana had the unique honor of creating custom cover art for O, HOW, and TIME Magazines, as well as an exclusive product line for Target in late 2013.

Katherine Walker

Chicago, IL

Katherine Walker has certainly come a long way from her modest Appalachian upbringing. Well, considering her apartment is sandwiched between a butcher shop and a tattoo parlour, that may not be 100% accurate. But she is a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder. Try doing that in Tennessee. Currently, Katherine is a Senior Designer at VSA Partners and has had her work recognized in AIGA 365, STA Archive, Dwell, UnderConsideration, Computer Arts and Communication Arts among others. She is a pragmatic idealist, as committed to her principles as she is to putting them into action. She sits on the board of AIGA Chicago as Community Outreach Chair and is currently the Director of AIGA's Mentor Program. Katherine co-founded the highly touted and often-inked Quite Strong—an all-female design collaborative focusing on community-oriented events and empowering creatives. She is an adjunct professor at DePaul University and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Nessim Higson

New Orleans, LA

IAAH / iamalwayshungry is the studio of Nessim Higson. The studio functions on the core belief that good design = good business. That design has a responsibility of not only contributing to the economic market but to the social fabric of society. The studio has been recognized nationally and internationally by the likes of Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, DGV, and was recently named a young gun by the Art Directors Club of NY.