AIGA Blue Ridge

Winners of the 2013 Competition!


Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 1992, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office (1993), Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture (1996), Letters from the Avant-Garde (1996), and Skin: Surface, Substance + Design (2002).

Her book Thinking with Type (2004) is used by students, designers, and educators worldwide. D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (2006), co-authored with her graduate students at MICA, explains design processes to a general audience. D.I.Y. Kids (October 2007), co-authored with Julia Lupton, is a design book for children illustrated with kidsí art. The Lupton twinsí latest book is Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (St Martinís Griffin, 2009).

Lupton is a 2007 recipient of the AIGA Gold Medal, one of the highest honors given to a graphic designer or design educator in the U.S.


Andrew Twigg

Andrew Twigg is an independent designer focused on design strategy, branding and web design. Andrew is also an adjunct faculty member with the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, where he has focused on web design curriculum and cross-media design systems. Prior to establishing Andrew Twigg Design Studio, LTD , Andrew lived in Chicago where he worked at startups and in agencies on established and emerging consumer and business-to-business brand and content strategy, web strategy, and SEO.

Andrew is the Presidents Council Chair of AIGA, the professional association for design, President Emeritus of AIGA Pittsburgh, and serves on the Board of Directors for DesignInquiry, a conference-alternative design research organization. He has written for AIGA Voice and UnderConsideration, and has had articles published internationally in DesignTaxi and AIGA Speaks, China. He can be
found on twitter at @andrewtwigg.



Aaron Shurts

Aaron is an Associate Creative Director at Deloitte Digital, a mobile and emerging technology agency. He is a passionate designer, leader and design educator who attributes his success in the field to his love of all things design and his strong focus on the conceptual creative.

Aaron holds a BFA and MFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and has been working in the field along with teaching for over 12 years.

Aaron has created a range of work for large brands like Target, Nike, T-Mobile, Showtime, and has worked as a designer and creative director for digital agencies, publication houses, and in-house creative teams. In addition to design he taught design at the college level for over 7 years and has work featured in the New York Times, CMYK magazine, Communication Arts Visual, Adobe, and is a 2006 recipient of a Silver Addy.

Aaron is also in his second year serving as President of the Seattle chapter of AIGA, The Professional Association for Design. His involvement goes back to his days in college as an undergraduate and he has been serving the organization as a board member for over 9 years.

Aaron has lived in Ohio, Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina, and now Washington. He is married and has a small cocker spaniel named Bella. When he is not designing or educating he enjoys skiing, hiking, yoga, camping, fishing, basketball, boating, and pretty much anything active.


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