THE international JURY
The International panel of jurors are representative of business, designers and design commentators. The judging will be conducted in September 2012. The jury seek to assess how successful the designer was in achieving the objectives set out in the design brief.
In addition the jury evaluate each entry for: Function, Innovation, Content / Context, and Production technique.
The 2012 IDI Awards International Jury at present are:
- David Airey
- Don Wilson
- Kees Spanjers
- Nic Benns & Miki Kato from Momoco
- Stephen Conlon (jury chairperson).
David Airey is a self-employed graphic designer from Northern Ireland. David writes three of the most popular graphic design blogs on the Internet: www.davidairey.com, www.logodesignlove.com, and www.identitydesigned.com. David's blogs have attracted hundreds of thousands of loyal fans who read and are inspired by his writing every day. Airey is also the author of the popular book Logo Design Love.
Don Wilson is a product designer specialising in travelgoods and accessories. He currently lives in Paris where he works for Louis Vuitton Malletier.
After studying Industrial Design in Melbourne, Australia, Don worked in Tokyo for the architecture and interior design studio, Studio 80. Moving to London in 2000 he worked as a product designer for branding consultancies PSD and Fitch, across a host of brands. With a colleague he joined Wood&Wood to create their design arm, specialising in product, wayfinding and 'city' branding. Don then worked with the global travelgoods brand Samsonite in 2006 as Senior Luggage Designer in UK, Italy and Belgium. After a stint back in Melbourne consulting and designing with the cult Australian bag brand Crumpler, he returned to Europe in 2011 to begin work at Louis Vuitton Malletier as Senior Luggage Designer. He is the recipient of design awards in the UK and Australia.
Kees Spanjers is a registered interior architect and architect and lives and works in Amsterdam and New York. He is the director of Zaanen Spanjers Architects in Amsterdam, specializing in cultural buildings and public interiors. He is the recipient of numerous awards in particular the Architectural Record Interiors Award, European Parking Award.
Kees was the President of the European Council of Interior Architects from 2004-2008. He also served as co-opted board member of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers IFI from 2004-2009. During many years Kees has contributed to the design community with service on several boards, such as the Dutch Historic Interiors Society SHNI, Dutch Interiors Platform and the Dutch Board of Arbitrage for Architects. He is a past President and honorable member of BNI, the National Organization of Interior Architects in the Netherlands, and a honorable member of the Society of British Interior Designers and the Consejo General De Los Colegios Oficiales De Decoradores Diseñadores De Interior in Spain. Kees has written many professional articles in numerous publications, and has been active on many international panels and jury’s.
He currently divides his time between his practices in Amsterdam and New York, and as the curator of the inamsterdam World Interiors Event 2013.
NIC BENNS & MIKI KATO FROM MOMOCO
Nic Benns is the co-founder of Momoco, a Soho-based design and live action studio. Having set up the company over a decade ago, he has been creating and directing film title sequences, TV titles and commercials ever since. In 1997, Benns moved to the US to attend the California Institute of the Arts on a Disney scholarship and, after working for a few notable studios, set up Momoco in Hollywood before returning to the UK to expand the company in 2000.
His numerous film credits as title designer include An Education, Nine, Alien vs Predator, Love Actually and 30 Days of Night. TV title design includes Luther, Zen, Monroe, Silk, Episodes and Strike Back.
Benns has also, with Miki Kato, produced and created motion graphics and endframes for over 150 TV ads. In 2010, his short film Copelia (starring John Standing, Vincent Regan and Ralph Brown) was screened in 11 international festivals and won awards in various categories. He was also nominated for a BAFTA for the title design of Misfits (with partner Miki Kato). Benns has also given lectures on the conceptual process of film titles around the world at film institutions such as Pasadena Art Center, Maastrict Lumiere and Bafta.
Miki Kato was born and grew up in Japan. She moved to America for a BFA degree in Arts & Design at the University of Indiana before attending the California Institute of the Arts for an MFA because of its reputation for producing innovative creators. Since co-founding Momoco in 2000, Miki has created title sequences for film & TV and developed a very graphic style that blends the minimalism of her Japanese heritage with Western influences.
Credits include Hard Candy, Beyond the Sea, One Day, Injustice and Misfits for which she was nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Title Design category.
Miki has also contributed articles and book reviews for Eye and various other design magazines and given lectures on her ideas and concepts behind the title sequences for BAFTA, Submarine Channel and other organisations. It is the conceptual stage of the process that has always fascinated both Miki and Nic, they regard this as the most open and exciting phase behind their work.
Stephen Conlon MBS. MIDI - JURY Chariperson
Stephen Conlon is a founder member and a former president of the Institute of Designers in Ireland. He holds a Masters in Business Studies (Hons) in International Marketing and Diplomas in: Exhibition Design / Effective Marketing Management / International Marketing and Market Research.
Stephen Conlon worked for 34 years with Enterprise Ireland, initially in the design and implementation of Ireland’s overseas promotional programme and eventually in International marketing advisory. Stephen has worked in almost every developed and some undeveloped markets across the globe. He established and headed up the Enterprise Ireland’s Design Unit to promote design development strategies to Irish businesses, working with companies to redesign and re-launch existing products and the development of entirely new ones. The Design Unit was also responsible for establishing Design Ireland, Stephen has spoken at a number of International design conferences on the promotion of design strategies, Singapore, Sydney, Brno and Prague and Nagoya.