ALSO is a three person design company located in two cities. Matt and Jenny work from Chicago and Julia from Brooklyn NY. They authored their first art book Exquisite Book which is a modified version of the exquisite corpse game played by 100 contemporary artists.

Jeroen Allart (1970) is a Dutch artist who attended Art Academy Rotterdam (Willem de Kooning Academy) and Rijksacademy (Amsterdam).

Born in 1965, in Sabadell, Barcelona the Spanish artist and photographer Lluis Artus is inspired by the colourful canvas of his native country.

Saul Austerlitz is the author of Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy, published this month by Chicago Review Press. His work has been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Slate, The Village Voice, and other publications.

John Baldessari was born in National City, California. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley.

Donna Baldry is a second year student at Vanderbilt Law School en route to New York City this summer.

Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator working internationally from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver. She is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and regularly speaks about her work and thoughts at conferences and events worldwide.

Barnaby Barford (b. 1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002. He works with both mass-market and antique found porcelain figurines, cutting up and exchanging elements or adding to them and repainting them, to create sculptures which are often sinister and sardonic but invariably humorous.

Ben Barry was born in Ada, Oklahoma, but raised in Texas near Austin. Barry, a graduate of the University of North Texas, worked for the design firm and screen-printing shop The Decoder Ring in Austin. He’s currently is in Silicon Valley working as a designer for Facebook, where his focus is on developing Facebook’s online presence, voice and brand.

Photography Jodi Bieber worked as a photographer leading up to and during South Africa’s first democratic elections. Over a ten-year period (1994 – 2004) her project focused on the country of her birth, South Africa – photographing youth living on the fringes of South African society. Her most recent book SOWETO was published in partnership with the Goethe Intitut and Jacana Media in May 2010.

Grace Bonney, a Brooklyn-based writer whose brainchild is the website, Design*Sponge , her daily, dedicated to home and product design. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge was declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials”  (NY Times, 2008) and features store and product reviews.

Darren Booth is an illustrator and typographer based in Canada. After receiving his formal art education from Sheridan College, he worked several years at a day job before leaving to pursue his freelance career full-time.

Matt Beaumont has written seven novels, starting in 2000 with e and most recently e2. The five intervening books have more expansive titles. He lives and works in London. He has been described by the Daily Express as “one of Britain’s best comedy writers,” by the Guardian as “unflaggingly funny,” and by Maria Beaumont as “a sorry and pathetic mess.”

Noa Bembibre is a Helsinki-based designer working in art direction and graphic design. Her work comprises identity, book design, packaging and custom publishing.

Justin Blyth is a multi-disciplinary Art Director, Designer and Animator working directly for clients within Amsterdam and worldwide. He travels whenever possible, and occasionally updates his blog Them Thangs.

Ingrid Burrington is an artist living in the mid-Atlantic region of America, working with people and words.

Kate Bingaman Burt was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1977. She has been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until her hand cramps since 2006. Her first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Art Brewer is renowned as one of the world’s premiere surf photographers. Over the span of his 40-year career, Art’s surfing images and beach portraits have graced diverse mainstream publications such as Rolling StoneSports IllustratedEsquire, and Playboy. His books include Masters of Surf Photography: Art Brewer (Surfers Journal, 2002) and the documentary and book The Story of Bunker Spreckels (Taschen, 2007). Art lives in Dana Point, California.

Jesse Brown is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Seattle, WA.

Will Bryant makes stuff as a freelance creative at Public School, an Austin based collective comprised of designers, illustrators, and photographers. Bryant has recently had the honor to work with Gowalla, Nike, Chronicle Books, K2, and would like to collaborate with you.

Daniel Cassaro is a designer, animator and print-maker living in Brooklyn, New York. He puts words on paper so that they might be accountable for themselves. He is available for freelance work or to talk about early Wings albums.

Maureen Cavanaugh is a painter from Omaha, Nebraska.  She lives and work in Brooklyn, NY and recently had a solo show at Sibley Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Over his 35 plus year career,  Joe Ciardiello has created illustrations for most major magazines and newspapers as well as for agencies, book publishers and record labels.

Derek Chan is currently a Chicago based artist originally from the Bay Area. His works-on-paper, and durational performances record the minutia of daily life while combining historical narratives to reflect on such themes as spirituality and community.

A Vietnam native, Diem Chau and her family came to America as refugees in 1986.  Chau is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts.  Her work has been featured in Harpers, Fiberarts, Readymade and American Craft Magazine.

Marcos Chin graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design, in Toronto, Canada.  He received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and has had his work published in numerous award annuals such as Communication Arts and American Illustration. Marcos currently lives in New York, where he teaches Illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

Tavis Coburn graduated from California’s prestigious Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration. His clients list includes Time, Rolling Stone, GQ, The NFL, Nike, Lexus Sony/BMG, Island/Def Jam, and Universal Music. Tavis’ work received top honors from The Society of Publication Designers, the Society of Illustrators, and American Illustration. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Joshua Cody received his bachelor’s degree in music composition from Northwestern University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He is a composer and filmmaker living in New York City.

Nine years ago, Tish Cohen began writing fiction, and the publication of her Zoe Lama children’s books (in development as a TV series), the YA novel, Little Black Lies, and adult novels Town House and Inside Out Girl followed, with Town House becoming a finalist for the prestigious Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Martha Colburn is an artist filmmaker based in New York. She travels extensively exhibiting and lecturing on her work. She has made music videos/ music-art films for bands such as Deerhoof, Serj Tankian, Felix Kubin and the documentary ‘The Devil and Daniel Johnson’.

Jorge Colombo‘s cover illustration for the June 1, 2009 issue of The New Yorker was the first one created on an iPhone for a major magazine. Video animations of his Finger Paintings have since appeared weekly in The New Yorker.

San Francisco illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California where she grew to love trees and animals. In 2010 she chronicled all of her collections in her Collection A Day 2010 Project, a book published in March 2011. You can read more about it here.

Tom Corbin‘s early fascination in art was inspired by his mother, an art teacher by trade. Tom’s work appears in over 20 museums, galleries and showrooms. Public installation sites include the United Nations, The Kauffman Foundation, Paramount Pictures and Florida State University.

Holly Coulis was born in Toronto, Canada. She attended to OCAD for my undergraduate art degree and the Museum School in Boston for her MFA. Now Holly lives, very happily, in Brooklyn. Her work is shown at Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles and LaMontagne Gallery in Boston.

Justin David Cox is a freelance creative at Public School – a collective comprised of designers, illustrators and photographers based in Austin, Texas. He’d like to thank Visa, Andrew Bird, Conde Nast, Blender, The Globe and Mail, C3 Presents and Transmission Entertainment for helping in his feeble attempt to pay off his student loans.

Zachary Cramberg is one clean, organized Saint Louisan.  This vintage tanker desk certainly proves the point.

Craig Damrauer is a writer and artist living and working in Brooklyn.His work has been shown at the MCA Denver and has appeared in the New York Times, GOOD Magazine, Mother Jones and Adbusters among others. A version of his project New Math was edited by Ed Ruscha and published by CT Editions in London.

Bill Daniel has been documenting American subcultures starting with the Texas skate/punk scene in the early 1980s. His film on the history of hobo graffiti, Who Is Bozo Texino? recently screened at the MoMA.  A confirmed tramp,  he blames Black Flag for his van-based nomadicism. Bill Daniel was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

Tess Darrow started Egg Press in Portland, Oregon to combine her passion for graphic design with her degree in textile design from the University of Washington, where she began letterpress printing. Tess heads the Egg Press creative team and works closely with Kara Yanagawa to design 100+ card styles per year.

Meghan Daum is the author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a personal chronicle of real estate addiction and obsessive fascination with houses, as well as the novel The Quality of Life Report and the essay collection My Misspent Youth. Since 2005 she has writtenweekly column for The Los Angeles Times, which appears on the op-ed page every Thursday.

Vanessa Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Santa Rosa, California. She is the creator of Spaniel Rageand most recently, Make Me a Woman. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesDissentVice, and The Jewish Daily Forward. She is a frequent contributor to Tablet magazine, and has a piece in this month’s Psychology Today.

David Deatherage resides in Saint Louis.  Check out his brilliant collection via Century Design Ltd.

Nelle Deer is the main artery of Frisch Masonry.  She loves Coca Cola (not Pepsi), USDA prime and gardening.

John De Gregorio is a drug industry lawyer living back in his hometown of Saint Louis after five-year stints (in each of Washington D.C., London and NYC), where his company is based and where he gets back often enough to make Kate jealous.

Jean-Phillipe Delhomme has been illustrating and painting for magazines and ad campaigns, publishing books of drawings (The Cultivated Life, Rizzoli), writing novels (in French) and is the author of  “The Unknown Hipster” blog.

Ben Deter is a graphic designer at Faust Associates in Riverside, Illinois. While at Faust he has collaborated on projects for McDonald’s, Deca Restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Pierre-Yves Rochon

D-Girl was a development girl in Hollywood and New York City for many years. While finding projects for actors, directors and producers to make into movies, she amassed a number of salacious tales of questionable morality that became an internet column entitled “D-Girl Diary.”

Growing up in La Jolla, Jeff Divine began taking pictures of fellow surfers in his hometown during the 1960s and got to know the original alternative sport before the mainstream media. Today, Divine is the Photo Editor at The Surfers Journal. This year, T. Adler books published  Surfing Photographs From The Seventies Taken By Jeff Divine.

Paul Donnelly is a lawyer living in Kansas City (where he was born and raised).

Thomas Doyle‘s work combines his formal training as a painter and printmaker with a fascination with scale models that began at the age of three. His sculptures, rendered in 1:87 to 1:43 scale, have been shown internationally. Born in Grand Haven, Michigan in 1976, Thomas Doyle now lives and works in New York.

Kim Dunham is a New Yorker.

Casey Dunn developed his craft at the acclaimed Brooks Institute of Photography and continues to produce work for a select group of local, national and international clients from his home in the heart of Texas.

Kyle Bobby Dunn is a composer and performer from Canada currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He has releases on sedimental and his latest 2 CD opus, a young persons guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn on Low Point or check him on My Space, here.

Illustrator and comic artist Mickey Duzyj is alive and well in Brooklyn NYC and continues to champion underdog sports teams, horse-racing and commitment to quality. One of his Mike Tyson drawings from the “Fall Classic” gallery exhibition was purchased by a trustee from the Whitney Museum of Art.

Derek Eads is a self-taught artist and freelance illustrator. He’s collaborated with Jessica Martins at Assorted Hearts. He currently resides in Indianapolis.

Margot Elena is a multifaceted designer who creates worlds of coordinating beauty, bath and body and home products. In her early twenties, Margot opened her first retail store, a highly successful gift boutique that focused on hand crafted soaps wrapped in custom packaging. Margot lives and works in Denver, Colorado.

Tina Roth Eisenberg is a Swiss born designer working and living in Brooklyn, New York.Tina is the author of the wildly popular design blog SwissMiss, organizes a monthly lecture/breakfast series called CreativeMornings, runs Studiomates, a collaborative workspace in DUMBO and is the force behind the simple, browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux.

Nic Fensom goes all out on his own magazine Sneeze (brand new website launching with fall issue), a skate/street culture poster-size publication with worldwide distribution.

In his most recent work, Nicholas Forker uses hero as metaphor to imagine a new narrative for the latter half of the 20th century.

Gloria Baker Feinstein grew up in Kentucky, where it seemed she was always taking pictures. Shortly after her return from a 2006 trip to east Africa, she established a non-profit organization to assist Ugandan children who have become orphans due to HIV/AIDS and civil war.

Louise Fili Ltd, founded in 1989, specializes in logo, package, restaurant, type, book and book jacket design. Fili was recently inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame.

Merideth Finn is a talented executive producer at New Line Cinema.  She’s also a cat lover.

Alyson Fox makes things from paper, fabric, books, ceramics, tape, wallpaper, office supplies, photographs, old tattered things, new polished things, furniture, and plaster. She has degrees in photography, sculpture, and installation art. She designs a small line of limited edition pieces for purchase under the name “a small collection.

Daryl Freimark is currently producing the short film SPECIAL THINGS TO DO and is raising financing for the feature film RECALLED.  Daryl has other projects in development from culinary school comedies to western thrillers.

Dan Funderburgh is a Brooklyn-based illustrator, artist, and wallpaper designer whose creations are rooted in the world of decorative arts. Iin 2001, Dan established a partnership with the now Brooklyn-based wallpaper studio Flavorpaper, where his designs are hand-screen printed. The wallpapers have been featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and at Pulse Miami, and are a part of the Cooper-Hewitt’s permanent collection.

Matthew Genitempo. In 1983, I was born, along with my brother, at Rosewood Hospital in Houston, Texas. My father bought my mother a 35mm camera. I adopted it a few years after. The bulk of my photographs are my way of making up for lost time. For now, I’m trying to discover an unfamiliar America in a closely associated setting.

Fanny Bostrom Gentle lives in New York with her husband Bill and their animals.Her first solo show was in New York at 31 Grand Gallery and then in 2008 her second solo exhibit at Jonas Kleerup Galleri in Stockholm. When she’s not painting, making illustrations or film, she works on her textile jewelry line Folki.

Remie Geoffroi has been a freelance illustrator since 2001. In the Spring of 2010, Remie co-founded a collective of Ottawa-based, independent creatives, known as The Greater Good. He currently shares a studio with this group.

Milton Glaser (b.1929) is among the most celebrated graphic designer in the United States. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continues to produce an astounding amount of work in many fields of design to this day (read more).

Lauren Gibbes was born in Columbia, SC and currently lives and works in Asheville, NC. Gibbes is currently represented by galeria bickar.

Bryan Nash Gill  was born and raised in the same rural, northwestern corner of Connecticut where he works as an artist today. Gill earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in 1984 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland four years later. Gill is the author of “Woodcut,“ (New York, 2012, Princeton Architectural Press).

Neil Goldberg has been exhibiting his work since 1992 at venues including The Museum of Modern Art; The New Museum of Contemporary Art; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the British Film Institute and countless others.  Neil graduated from Brown University in 1986 with a degree in history and computer science.

Timothy Goodman currently lives in San Francisco and works for Apple Inc. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts and began his career as a book jacket designer at Simon & Schuster.

Zan Goodman is a designer and illustrator who lives and works in New York City, the greatest city in the world. People like her stuff so much they’ve even gotten it tattooed on their bodies forever. She’s currently a designer at Chandelier Creative.

Tim Gough has been working in Philadelphia as a designer/art director for various agencies and design firms for the past 8 years.

Elijah Gowin uses photography to speak about ritual, landscape and memory.  His photographs are in the collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography, among others.  In 2008, he received a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship.  Gowin is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery, New York and Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City. For a printable cv click here.

Cindy Greene is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in experimental film. She was a founding member of the influential art music group FischerSpoonerand was co-founder and designer of the fashion label Libertine. She  founded her eponymous interior design firm in 2011 with a focus on residential and commercial projects.

Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including What He’s Poised To Do (which the Los Angeles Times called “astonishing”),Please Step Backand Superbad.  He lives in Brooklyn.

Olaf Hajek was born in Rendsburg, Germany. He received his degree in graphic design at Fachhochschule in Düsseldorf in 1993. His first monograph, Flowerhead presents an extensive collection of his commercial work and personal art that he created exclusively for the book. He lives and works in Berlin.

Cody Haltom is a designer residing in Austin, Texas, working in art direction, visual identity, illustration, print, and interactive design. He’s also a founding member of Public School. Cody’s created work for clients such as GOOD Magazine and Chronicle Books.

Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune Restaurant in New York’s East Village. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesGQ, Bon AppétitSaveur, andFood & Wine. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and the Food Network, among other television. She lives in Manhattan with her two sons.

Jessica Hische is a typographer and illustrator working in Brooklyn, New York. Jessica has been featured in most major design and illustration publications including Communication Arts, Print Magazine, How Magazine, The Graphis Design Annual, American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators.

Kyle Hilton is an illustrator. He contributes to publications like The New York Times, TIME, New York Magazine, and The Hollywood Reporter. His series of paper dolls based on his favorite TV and film characters, have been featured  Vulture and The Huffington Post.  He lives in Jackson, Mississippi with his wife.

Kristin Hersh is a solo artist, as well as lead singer and guitarist for Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE. Her newest album, Crooked, was released as a book. She’s the author of Rat Girl (Penguin, USA) and Paradoxical Undressing (Atlantic Books, UK). Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Joseph O. Holmes was born in 1954 and raised in a tiny factory town in rural Pennsylvania where his father taught him how to develop and print photos in the home darkroom. His photos have been exhibited in dozens of shows across the country and are featured in the international survey Photography Now: One Hundred Portfolios. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Samantha Hahn’s illustrations feature delicate pen work and brightly colored inks. The New York Times referred to her watercolor work as “winsome”

Tim Hailand was born in Buffalo in 1965.  He currently lives and works in New York City, traveling often.

Eric Hanson’s illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The New York Times,the Los Angeles Times, House & Garden, Gourmet, Time magazine, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg, Travel & Leisure, Outside, Wig Wag, Spy, The Believer, Rolling Stone and other publications. His fiction is published in McSweeney’s. Original Eric Hanson art is available through the artist.

Don Hamerman is a photographer based in Stamford, Connecticut, not far from New York City.  Don works both on location and in his natural-light filled studio in an old factory building. Having published two coffee-table photo books, Don has expertise in color management and pre-press and can help clients achieve the best printing results possible. Awards: yes.

Jane Hammond has had twelve solo exhibitions in New York, ten solo exhibitions in other American and European cities and twenty solo museum exhibitions throughout the United States. Her work has been written about in the New York Times,Artforum, Aperture, Art in America, The New Yorker, BOMB Magazine and elsewhere. Ms. Hammond lives in New York City where she is represented by Galerie Lelong. (*full resume here)

Jonathan Harris (b. Aug 27, 1979) makes projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online datingmodern mythologyanonymitynews, and language.

Leigh Harris is raw talent.  She taught in Japan, has a real g0-go fashion scene, vivid imagination and great laugh. She’s colorful and takes excellent photographs.

Rachel Hartmann is the Director of Major and Planned Gifts Campaign for the National Musuem of the US Army.

Matthea Harvey is the author an illustrated erasure, titled Of Lamb, with images by Amy Jean Porter, was just published by McSweeneys. Matthea is a contributing editor to jubilatMeatpaper and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Harrison Haynes is an artist and a musician who lives in Durham, North Carolina. He is the drummer for the NYC-based rock group, Les Savy Fav, and is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at Bard College. His work is included in The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, which opened at the Nasher Museum of Art in September.

Jethro Haynes was born in England but spent my formative years in Kuwait which is where my love of nature comes from, particularly the ocean. Jethro has been doing commercial illustration, model making and sculpture for the last eight or so years.

Matt Hawkins is a papertoy artist, illustrator, cartoonist and an incessant doodler living in Kansas City. He shares his work and offers free papertoys to download and build at his site Custom Paper Toys. His work has been shown in art galleries and exhibitions from LA to Amsterdam to Tokyo.

The Heads of State are Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers. They have been working together in one form or another since 2002. After graduating Tyler School of Art’s militant design program, Kernevich and Summers began making silkscreen posters for Philadelphia’s independent music scene. They now run a full-service design and illustration operation.

Steve Heller wears many hats (in addition to the New York Yankees): For 33 years he was an art director at theNew York Times, originally on the OpEd Page and for almost 30 of those years with the New York Times Book Review.

Robin Marantz Henig is a freelance journalist, book author, and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Amanda Hesser has designed a seventeenth-century-style herb garden at a French château, developed the Twitter app Plodt, and appeared in Julie & Julia, playing herself. She’s a longtime staffer at the New York Times. Her latest book is The Essential New York Times Cookbook. She is also the cofounder of Hesser lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tad Friend, and their two children.

Graham Hill; Founder,Vice President, Interactive Media, Planet Green. A serial Designpreneur, Graham has a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa and studied Product Design at Emily Carr in Vancouver.  In 03′, he founded both and a ceramic cup business (

Friederich Herman was born in a small town in East Java, Indonesia to a violist father and jewellery designer mother. He started drawing since he was two years old; his first canvas was his bedroom walls, much to his parents’ dismay. He graduates this year with a degree in Fashion and Retail Design, and plans to pursue a master in Fashion Stylist and Communication in Milan next year.

Joel Holland is a former point guard and current amateur pizza maker based in Brooklyn, New York. He is also an illustrator-hand letterer whose clients include: The New York TimesPenguin Books, Time magazinePentagram UK, Weiden + Kennedy, and numerous other publications and agencies around the world. In addition, he occasionally works as masked model for random bookjackets…

Peregrine Honig is an artist and curator based in Kansas City, MO. She is the youngest artist in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work is included in the Fogg, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Jesse Hora is an illustrator and art director living in Chicago, IL. He makes up one half of MAKE, a Chicago based design team specializing in art direction, print design, lettering and illustration.

Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. Before her scientific career, Horowitz worked as a lexicographer at Merrian-Webster and served on the staff of The New Yorker. She and her husband live in New York City with Finnegan, a dog of indeterminate parentage and determinate character.

David Hsia: Think freelance art director and general angeleno chillin’ in St. Louis. follow: @porksunglisten:

In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as an adviser and investor, and eventually became CEO. Tony’s first book, Delivering Happiness, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. He currently lives in Las Vegas and sort of has a cat.

Aaron Huey is a photojournalist who freelances regularly for The National Geographic magazines, Harper’s, The New Yorker, the Smithsonian magazine, the New York Times, GEO and dozens of others.

Shara Hughes was born in 1981 in Atlanta, Ga. She graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. She’s had solo shows through Mueum 52 in London, Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen as well as Berlin, and with the Metroquadro gallery in Turin, Italy. Shara will be featured in the Saatchi show PAINT in the upcoming year.  She currently works and resides in Atlanta GA.

Mark James Job RX: Director, Development & Production Columbia Pictures, New York City.

Todd Johnson– A Chicagoan at heart, now writing in his spare time in St. Louis. His most recent project is a memoir that includes recollections of addiction, recovery and his 25 year journey with HIV.

Marc Johns creates whimsical drawings filled with dry wit and humour. Whether it’s a man with branches growing out of his head that need pruning, or a pipe that’s trying to quit smoking, his characters are simply, sparsely drawn, yet speak volumes with just a few strokes of the pen.

Born in 1979 in the west Texas desert and raised in Tulsa, OK, Doug Johnston lives and works in New York City.  After graduating from Drury University with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Studio Art, Doug later earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has served as a guest critic and lecturer at several universities.

George Jenne was born in Richmond, VA and grew up in Chapel Hill, NC. He currently splits his time between New York City and Chapel Hill. He teaches in the Film/Animation/Video department at the Rhode Island School of Design. Some of his latest work will be seen in December at Frosch & Portman in New York, NY.

Gayle Kabaker is an illustrator and graphic designer. Her painting ‘June Brides’ was recently on the cover of the New Yorker. She is a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco and now teaches fashion illustration for the Academy of Art University’s online degree program.  She lives with her husband artist Peter Kitchell and son Max in Ashfield, Massachusetts.  Her daughter, musician Sonya Kitchell lives in Brooklyn.

Kerry Kane is a mother who lives in New Jersey with her husband JJ, daughter Rory and three NJ pups.

Tatsuro Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. After studying biology at International Christian University in Tokyo, he made the change to an art career, eventually receiving a postgraduate degree at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf (where he has worked for over fourteen years) have helped spawn a revolution in the art of American book packaging. His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Diana Kim is co-owner of Stand Up Comedy (Portland, OR), a shop for clothing, print matter, objects, and projects. Its interest lies in content as a form of inquiry, rather than as a specific aesthetic.

Michael Kimmel is the Creator/Director of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with music and lyrics by Jeff Buckley, having its world premiere at The Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer.

Martin Klimas was born in 1971 in Lake of Konstanz, Germany. He received his degree in Visual Communications from Fachhochschule Dusseldorf and has had many exhibitions in Germany and abroad. He is represented by Foley Gallery in New York.

Josh Klimek currently resides in Saint Louis, MO and packs a mean softball swing.

Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He’s best known for his Newspaper Blackout Poems–poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. His first book, Newspaper Blackout, was published by Harper Perennial in 2010.

Terence Koh was born in Beijing, China, raised in Ontario and lives and works in New York.

Vladimir Koncar works have been displayed at seventeen different group exhibitions and nine independent exhibitions world wide.  He was granted several awards including Rector’s Award, WSA award, TTA nomine. Vladimir is currently living and working in Zagreb, Croatia.

Hiro Kurata is a painter who was born in Japan in 1980. He grew up in both Japan and the U.S. Hiro has resided in New York since 1999, when he entered Parsons School of Design to earn a BFA. He is currently working and learning at sculptor Forrest Myers’s studio.

Robin Landa holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University of New Jersey. Robin is the author of twelve published books about graphic design, branding, advertising, art, and creativity. Modern Dog Design Co. designed the recently published, Take A Line For A Walk: A Creativity Journal (Wadsworth).

Passionate, prolific, and complicated, composer David Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention. In the words of The New Yorker, “With his winning of the Pulitzer Prize for the little match girl passion(one of the most original and moving scores of recent years), Lang, once a postminimalist enfant terrible, has solidified his standing as an American master.

Wes Lang (1972) was born in Chantham, New Jersey. He’s had various solo shows at ZieherSmith, New York.  His work is in the permanent collection of MoMA. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. (full bio here).

Karine Laval Born in Paris in 1971, she currently lives and works in New York. Educated at the University of La Sorbonne and the University of ASSAS in Paris, where she majored in communications and journalism, she completed her education with photography and design courses at Cooper Union, SVA and the New School of New York.

Jennifer 8. Lee Journalist. Dumpling-maker. Non-linear thinker. Wrote a bookCoined “man date.” Survived Colbert.

Katie Lee (nope, not Billy Joel’s ex-wife) is the Pizza baroness of Saint Louis.  Her shop, Katie’s Pizza has a hip, super welcoming West Village-like vibe situated in the heart of Saint Louis.

Kwangho Lee was born in 1981 in South Korea, grew-up on a farm but finally finished Hongik University in 2007. Now he awaits the harvest.”  Having his work represented at the highest level by Johnston Trading in New York, Seomi Gallery in Seoul and venues as the DesignMiami/Basel artfair or the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art gave proof of his  skills and talent.

Betsy Leonhardt is a Midwesterner living in New York.

David Leventi is a fine-art photographer based in New York. He received his BFA in Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and recently exhibited at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans and at the Toronto International Art Fair in 2010.

Aled Lewis is a designer, illustrator and author based in London, England. He recently illustrated So You Created A Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide To Time Travel  available 3 April 2012 his first published solo project Toy Confidential: The Secret Life of Snarky Toys, to be released this summer.

Shaun Lind hails from New Mexico, went to school in Waco and now calls Austin home. Along with being a partner at PUBLIC SCHOOL, he also runs a blog called Seriously Sorry.

Benjamin Lowy is a conflict photographer. He lives in New York City with his wife, photographer Marvi Lacar, their son Mateo, and two dogs.

Photographer Marcos Lopez was born in 1958 in Santa Fe. He lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Che Lovelace is a Trinidad born visual artist working in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Abby Clawson Low is a design director specializing in identity and publication design. Her studio projects range from logos, web sites and books, to self-published projects and collaborations.

Ellen Lupton is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist.

Andrea Mackris: Writer/journalist/person and New Yorker writing on the move in the FiDi.

Jennifer Mahanay is the graphic designer at Wright auction house in Chicago IL. She is really excited about the trip she’s planning this summer, backpacking through Yosemite and Utah’s Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Jules Marquis is the collaborative work of Colin Snapp and Daniel Turner.

Sara Marcus is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn. Her book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution was published by Harper Perennial in October 2010. Marcus has appeared in publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Salon, Bookforum,, Time Out New York, The Advocate, EOAGH, Encyclopedia, Tantalum, The Art of Touring, and Heeb, where she was the politics editor for five years.

James Marshall commonly known as the artist Dalek-made his mark in the art world with his iconic Space Monkey character, which looks like a catatonic, twisted mouse. In 2001, he worked as assistant/apprentice to the world-renowned artist Takashi Murakami. Marshall’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across North America, Europe and Japan.

Paul Mascari’s rank is Lieutenant and his title is Assistant Director of Public Safety at Marquette University, Milwaukee.

Nikki McClure lives in Olympia. She is a self-taught artist making papercuts since 1996. McClure makes a calendar of her papercuts every year that are sent far and wide. She has also written and illustrated several children’s books and journals including her latest book “Mama, Is It Summer Yet?” and the New York Times Best-seller “All In A Day”, by Cynthia Rylant.

In addition to the Fauna collection of soft goods and balsa prints that he created for Areaware, Ross Menuez has designed everything from a small airplane in the 1980′s while still in school in New York City to kitchen, office, and home furnishings, to commercial interiors for shops and restaurants throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Samuel Castaño Mesa was born in Cartagena Colombia, in front of the sea. At 4 years old, he and his family moved to Medellin, another city in the middle of the mountains. At 22, he’s finishing school and working as a freelance illustrator. He hopes to work in illustration for long time more.

Aaron Meshon is an illustrator and designer. His work can be seen all over the world. When he’s not soaking in hot springs in rural Japan he lives and works in New York City. Someday Aaron hopes that he and Kikimoto can operate a fleet of restored sweet potato trucks to share their love across the globe.

Rop van Mierlo is a graphic designer / illustrator living and working in the Netherlands. He recently self-published his own book Wild Animals.

The collaboration between Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay started after many years of sharing life, thoughts, ideas and everything in-between. Together they work under the name Raw-Edges. Their designs can be found within the permanent collection of the MoMA New-York and The Design Museum London.

Celine Meyrat was born in 1977 in Biel, Switzerland. After taking the introductory course at the Biel School of Design (2002/2003), she went on to study at the HSLU Art & Design in Lucerne where she graduated in 2007 in illustration. She lives currently in Biel and work in Bern.

Matt W. Moore is the founder of MWM Graphics, a Design and Illustration studio based in Portland, Maine. Matt works across disciplines, from colorful digital illustrations in his signature “Vectorfunk” style, to freeform watercolor paintings, and massive aerosol murals. Matt is also Co-Founder & Designer for Glyph Cue Clothing.

James and Karla Murray are professional photographers and authors who specialize in urban and low-light photography using film and digital formats.  Their bestselling and critically acclaimed book STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York along with Broken Windows: Graffiti NYCBurning New York and Miami Graffiti. James and Karla live in New York City and Miami with their dog Tabasco.

mrYen (aka Jonathan Chapman) creates papercut stationery and artwork. Using his trusty scalpel, all his designs are hand cut in Leeds (UK) and take influence from patterns, nature and typography. Visit the mrYen shop.

Mark Mulroney was born amidst the ecstasy of the Carter administration. He grew up with three brothers and a lizard. His parents encouraged him to set up his desk like an accountant so that he could focus on his homework.

Christopher Neal is an illustrator and designer, born in Texas and raised in Florida and Colorado. He currently works and lives in Brooklyn and teaches Illustration at Pratt Institute.

Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, graphic designer, and author. After his studies in Germany he moved to New York City in 1997. His work has appeared on the covers The New Yorker, Time, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration, and has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club and The Lead Awards. Since July 2008, Niemann has been writing and illustrating the whimsical Abstract City, a New York Times blog renamed Abstract Sunday in 2011. Niemann is the author of many books, most recently “Abstract City“. In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall Of Fame.

Maud Newton was born in Dallas, to a southern father and Texan mother. Newton has written about books, writers, and culture for the New York Times Book ReviewBookforumGrantaThe American Prospect, the Los Angeles Times Book ReviewThe Boston GlobeThe Washington Post Book World, and Newsday. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Write Now, a nonprofit organization that pairs professional mentors with at-risk teen girls.

Michael Nobbs is a full-time artist, blogger and tea drinker (not necessarily in that order). He is the author of the popular blog Sustainably Creative and writes tweetsand podcasts about drawing and trying to keep things simple.

Craig Norton is a self-taught artist from St. Louis.  He works with a 29-cent Bic pen and stippling technique to create direct photorealist faces, which he clothes in wallpaper collage.

Danica Novgorodoff is a painter, comic book artist, writer, graphic designer and horse wrangler who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her comic A Late Freeze won the Isotope Award and was nominated for an Eisner Award, and her graphic novels  Slow Storm(2008) and Refresh, Refresh. (2009) were published by First Second Books.

Johnny Naugahyde was born in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He is represented by The Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City and Pierogi in Brooklyn.

Peter Nguyen went to school for Fine Arts in San Francisco. He then moved to New York and studied at Parsons. He now primarily  designs leather jackets and dabbles in furniture design, non leather apparel and products.  Peter also runs The Essential Man.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ted McGrath lives and works in Brooklyn. He and Kim Bost work together as JMBOTRN.

Peter Mendelsund is an art director and designer in New York City. He has designed book jacket for Nobel Prize winners, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet members, Knights of the Realm, Pulitzer Prize winners, Booker Prize winners, and D-list celebrity diet authors. Recently a best-selling author and discoverer of quantum gravity referred to his work thusly: “Ick.”

Estudio Minga is a laboratory of ideas based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They specialize in: Creativity, Art Direction, Design & Branding, Advertising, Identity Development, Logo Design, Stationery Packages, Signage, Packaging, Editorial Design, Web Design & Development, Motion Graphics, Illustration, PNT, Viral.

Stosh Mintek is a writer, filmmaker, and is the Director of Development & Special Projects at the Ghetto Film School.

Russ Mitchell is a CBS News Correspondent and Anchor.

Megan Moran now works at a floral studio as an office manager and lives in San Francisco.

Vahram Muratyan, cofounder with Elodie Chaillous of ViiiZ art direction + graphic design studio in Paris. ViiiZ has published several visual concept-books in France. Portfolio here. He also created Paris Versus New York.

Deana Myers lives in Saint Louis, Missouri.

John Myers lives in Willamette Valley, Oregon. He’s an illustrator, usually pertaining to plant taxonomy.

Toyin Odutola was born in Ife, Nigeria and was largely raised in Alabama. She received her MFA at the California College of the Arts in Painting and Drawing. Odutola’s first solo exhibition, “(MAPS),” debuted in 2011 at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-born and -based artist focusing on narrative embroidery (story telling through embroidered text and drawings). Iviva learned to sew in kindergarten, and adopted embroidery as her primary artistic medium in 2005. She has a BA in French Literature and Psychology from Binghamton University, and an AAS in Textile/Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Craig Olson is the proprietor of Canoe and hangs his boots in a great house in Portland, Oregon.  He’s got a biting, wry sense of humour.  Remodelista propped Canoe out in Steal This Look and it gets hit and hit again and again.

Robyn O’Neil [Omaha, Nebraska, 1977] lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her work was included in the prestigious 2004 Whitney Biennial.

Susan Orlean is currently writing on American culture. Her subjects have included the designer Bill Blass, the Harlem high-school basketball star Felipe Lopez, the friends and neighbors of Tonya Harding, and taxidermy.

Frank Ozmun is a Freelance Creative Director, Graphic Designer and Conceptual/Trend Consultant living in Brooklyn Heights with his wife. You can view his work here. Look for his upcoming clothing line Archers Fortune.

Julien Pacaud is a French illustrator, currently living in Le Mans, France. Before becoming an illustrator, he was, by turns: an astrophysician, an international snooker player, a hypnotist and an esperanto teacher. He hopes to someday have enough free time to devote himself to his real passion : time travel.

Lilly Piri is an Australian artist living in Heidelberg, Germany. She’s been illustrating since 2006 and has worked for Saatchi and Saatchi,Harpers Bazaar, Frankie and Poketo.

Poketo was founded by Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung in 2003 and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Jason Polan is a freelance artist living in New York City.  He is a member of the 53rd Street Biological Society and Taco Bell Drawing Club. Polan is currently attempting to draw every person in New York. Polan’s illustrations and projects have appeared in Metropolis Magazine, the New Yorker and ARTnews, and his books have generated wide acclaim. Mr. Polan is from Michigan.

Duncan Quinn (DQ) is amoung a handful of people responsible for the resurgence of men’s tailoring in the USA. DQ boutiques are in New York, Miami and LA. Duncan Quinn offers bespoke services and a ready-to-wear collection for men using fabrics from the finest mills in the world.

Michael Poindexter is a designer living in New York. At the present, he’s busy bringing several products to market for various clients under his new company name POINDEXTER.

Brain Pickings is the brain child of Maria Popovaa cultural curator and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UKThe Atlantic and Design Observer,among others. She gets occasional help from a handful of talented contributors.

Amy Jean Porter grew up in Oklahoma and Arizona and currently lives outside of New Haven, Connecticut. Porter has drawn more than one thousand species of animals for her ongoing project All Species, All The TimeHer first book, Of Lamb, a collaboration with poet Matthea Harvey was published by McSweeney’s in 2011.

Peter Pranschke is an artist living in Saint Louis.  His Flickr collection is imperative viewing material.

Ruth Reichl is a writer and editor who was the Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine for ten years until its closing in 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of the The New York Times, (1993-1999), and both the restaurant critic and food editor of the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993).

Rocio Romero is a Chilean-American who is actively involved in residential home design and construction in the United States and Chile. Ms. Romero has a prefabricated home line called the LV home series.

Ilene Rosen is a theatre guru extraordinaire with long stints at the Drama Department, Public Theater and currently as Director of Business Development Spotco, an entertainment advertising agency in New York. She’s already worked on Rent and Avenue Q.

Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. His second book, Listen to This, appeared in the fall of 2010. A native of Washington, DC, Ross now lives in Manhattan. He’s married to the actor and filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki.

Joey Roth designs products to articulate the beauty of everyday rituals. He combines simple functionality with honest, unfinished materials that become more personal as they take on a patina of use. He’s especially interested in designing tools for ephemeral experiences like tea and music.

Graphic designer, illustrator, lecturer, educator and author Paul Sahre established his New York studio in 1997. While consciously maintaining a small office, Sahre has nevertheless built a large presence in American graphic design.

Jay B Sauceda: is a 5th generation Texan born to two working class parents from South Texas. After a short stint doing political work he got in to commercial photography. His client list includes BMWTexas Monthly, Chronicle Books,and The Sunday Times of London.

Mark Sanders trained as a Mechanical Engineer at Imperial College and Rolls-Royce. Mark’s award-winning products sell in 10’s of millions, globally. He is a visiting lecturer at various schools and colleges in UK and abroad, including the RCA and Imperial College in London.

Noah Scalin is a Richmond, Virginia based artist & designer. He is the creator of the Webby Award winning art project Skull-A-Day which was the basis of his first book, SKULLS. Noah’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally including the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. He runs the Another Limited Rebellion. His new book, 365 Days; A Creative Journal was published in December 2010.

Simon Schubert (1976) is an artist based in Cologne, Germany, his birthplace. From 1997 to 2004, he trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the sculpture class of Irmin Kamp. Some of his paper foldings entered the West Collection, Oaks, PA, while the Saatchi Collection, London, owns sculptural works in mixed media.

April Seager recently moved from St. Louis to Chicago, where she is an instructor at the Goethe-Institut and freelance writer.

Harriet Seed  is an illustrator who lives and works in Brighton, England. When not drawing she can be found by the seaside, rummaging through flea markets and charity shops, and drinking lots of coffee.

Chloë Seymore is an art advisor and independent curator based in Durham North Carolina.

Julie Scheu is a renaissance woman of sorts with an impressive resume to boot. Currently, Julie’s studying at the University of Art & Design Helsinki (Taideteolinnen korkeakoulu: T.A.I.K.).  She’s managed to keep her Egg Collective alive.  She also likes oysters, champagne and Cheetos but not in that order.

Joan Schenkar has been called “America’s most original female contemporary playwright.” TRULY WILDE, her biography of Oscar’s interesting niece Dolly Wilde, was hailed as “a revelation, the great story of a life and of the creation of modern culture.” THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH has already been acclaimed as the “definitive” Highsmith biography. She lives and writes in Paris and Greenwich Village.

Anne Schuermann, self-taught bakerextraordinaire behind-the-scenes at Restaurant Pi, where Obama is known to throw down Chicago deep dish.

Patricia Shackelford is the brainchild behind the fantastic blog Mrs Blandings and whose recent pieces include a lovely Elle Decor profile on Kansas City.

Promila Shastri is a graphic designer by training, who decided to forego the marketing/advertising world three years ago to indulge in her own creative pursuits. Her blog, STILL LIFE, is a digital extension of a lifelong habit–collecting ephemera on art and design.

Will Schofield was born in 1977 in Philadelphia, where he still lives and works. He’s procrastinating on a number of book projects related to his blog A Journey Round My Skull.

Bradford Shellhammer is a New York Times featured decorator, Parsons trained fashion designer, and old school blogger. He’s Cofounder and Creative Director of fabulis. He created the gay blog Queerty (where he won a Bloggie) and has launched retail businesses for Blu Dot and Design Within Reach.

Simone Shubuck received her BFA from the San Francisco Art institute in 1993. She is a self-taught florist and working artist. Her work is in the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection at The Museum of Modern Art and The New York Public library. She works and lives in Chelsea, NYC with her husband and son.

Emily Sigall is a native of Maryland who studied Art History and African American Studies at Bates College.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Erika Iris Simmons is a self-taught artist who works with non-traditional media. Erika graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, 2006, with a degree in Russian.  Erica’s work can be viewed via her Flickr account. She currently lives in Georgia.

Mike Sinclair is an architectural and fine art photographer based in Kansas City Missouri.  His work has appeared in The New Your Times, Time Magazine, Metropolis and Dwell.

Coralie Bickford Smith is an award-winning book cover designer and has created several acclaimed series designs for Penguin Books.

Mickey Smith is an artist and photographer.

PD Smith is a writer. Doomsday Men,  a cultural history of science, superweapons and other strangeloves, is published by Penguin in the UK, St Martin’s Press in the US. He writes a biweekly piece for the Guardian in the weekend book-review section and is a guest contributor to the influential website 3quarksdaily, as well as reviewing for other national publications such as The TimesIndependent and Times Literary Supplement.

Eric Soderquist has managed to wander this planet looking for waves for the past twenty years. He has been featured in photographs published in Surfer, Surfing, Transworld Surf, Water, Surfing LifeJapan, Surfer’s Path, and an assortment of foreign publications. The California Surf Project is his first book. He lives in Shell Beach, California.

Bobby Solomon runs the The Fox Is Black, an art and design blog that seeks to discover and share the most interesting and inspiring parts of contemporary life and culture. The site reaches millions of viewers a year and includes a growing number of writers from around the world. In 2011, The Fox Is Black was named Best Highbrow Arts Blog in Los Angeles by L.A. Weekly. The site was briefly featured in the 2012 keynote for the launch of the new iPad. The Fox Is Black sister site, Los Angeles, I’m Yours, acts as a localized version of the site.

Ian Stevenson’s influences of the everyday strangeness of people and the world around him shines through in his work. Drawing on walls, floors, rubbish and anything else he can find, his works bright cheery colours draw you into a sometimes dark world…

Matthew Strauss is the founder and director at White Flag Projects, a not-for-profit alternative art gallery in St. Louis established in 2006 to facilitate meaningful exhibitions by progressive international, national, and local artists.

Charlotte Strick is the art editor of The Paris Review and an award-winning designer known for creating the jackets for books by Roberto Bolaño, Lydia Davis, and Jonathan Franzen, among many others. She is also art director of Faber & Faber, Inc. and of the paperback line at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

David Sparshott is an illustrator working in London. He studied at the Bristol School of Art graduating in 2006. David has exhibited at The Conningsby Gallery in London, Here Gallery Bristol, and at UndPlusin Berlin. David works as part of the TOY collective participating in group exhibitions, installations, and art events.

Elizabeth Spiers is a media launch consultant, entrepreneur, and writer. She is the author of an upcoming novel, And They All Die in the End, to be published by Riverhead. She also teaches a new media seminar in SVA’s pioneering Design Criticism MFA program and an undergrad class on entrepreneurship at Duke University.

Jarrod Taylor grew up in the state of Washington. Shortly after school and a brief stint at Columbia University Press, he wound up at Harper Collins, and he’s been there for approximately four years now.

Maggie Taylor is a digital artist who lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Jacob Thomas picked up a pencil when he was 3 years old and never let go. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and received his bachelors degree in graphic design. Hungry for work Jacob decided to move to New York and within a year landed his first published piece which was the cover of Communication Arts.

Annie Thornton was born in San Francisco and is currently living in Los Angeles. She received her BA in Fine Arts Photography at Hampshire College in Massachusetts earning her a nomination for Student Fine Art Series in the 2008 New York Photo Awards.

Isaac Tobin is a senior designer at the University of Chicago Press. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD (2002). Isaac worked as a Book Designer at Beacon Press and then freelanced for a year in Buenos Aires before settling in Chicago in 2005.

Ann Toebbe grew up in Cincinnati and attended 12 years of Catholic school. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1992, finished art school in 1997 and moved to NYC, wearing combat boots and carrying a stack of Fugazi and Sebadoh CDs. Ann started Yale’s MFA painting program in 2002.  She currently lives in Chicago.

Rodrigo Torres was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, he graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogota in 1998, and studied for a Master’s in Design at the Domus Academy of Milan in 1999.

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He is the writer and artist of the comic book series Optic Nerve, as well as the books Sleepwalk and Other StoriesSummer Blonde,and Shortcomings. His comics and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times and McSweeney’s, among others, and he is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

Gia-Bao Tran (AKA: GB) no longer smokes or has hair, but is still living the good life as a cartoonist/illustrator in Brooklyn. His parents constantly remind him that if this “art thingy” doesn’t work out, as the only family member born in the U.S. he can legally be President instead.

Cody Trepte (born 1983) is a Los Angeles based artist who works primarily in drawing, printmaking and photography.

Payton Cosell Turner was born in New York City (1986). She graduated from MICA with BFA in painting. Her company, Flat Vernacular has since been featured in the New York Times, Elle Decor and W Magazine. Payton lives and works in Brooklyn. 

Sara J. Vanderbeek is an Austin-based painter born in St. Louis, MO. She graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2003. She is currently working on a series of portraits of artists in their studios.

Christina Vantzou is an artist based in Brussels, Belgium.  She makes drawings, prints, music, videos,  animations, and installations.

James Victore runs an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination. James’ work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in the permanent collections of the museums around the globe. His work was recently published in a monograph titled, Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss? Victore teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He lives, loves and works in Brooklyn.

Massimo Vitali was born in Italy in 1944. In 1964, he graduated from The London School of Printing with a degree in photography.  He began his beach series in 1995. Massimo Vitali’s work can be found in the collections of the Guggenheim in New York, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, and the Elton John Collection.

Tara Wagner currently resides in San Francisco. PR guru, pop culture enthusiast, tech translator, downward dogger, fan of all things frozen.

Dan Wagstaff works in sales and marketing for Canadian book distributor Raincoast Books, and blogs about books and design at The Casual Optimist. Born in the south of England, he lives and works in Toronto.

Rob Walker writes the Consumed column for the New York Times Magazine, and is the author of Buying In. He is co-founder of Significant ObjectsThe Hypothetical Development Organization, and the Unconsumption Project.

Davin Watne is an artist based in Kansas City with an established record of professional achievement.  He has been awarded several grants and public art commissions.  David is currently a resident at the Review Studios Program in Kansas City and an adjunct professor in 2D design and multi-media at UMKC.

Marnie Weber studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving her B.A in 1981. She works and lives in Los Angeles, a city whose culture continues to impact on her work. Most recently Weber formed the band The Spirit Girls, characters that feature in her latest films.

Peter Wegner grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Yale University. After many years in Brooklyn, New York he now lives in Berkeley, California. Permanent collections featuring Wegner’s work include: The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Getty Center, Los Angeles; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Yale University Art Gallery, among others.

Sarah Weinman reports on the business of publishing for DailyFinance, writes the Los Angeles Times’ monthly crime fiction column, contributes to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Maclean’s, and The Guardian, and blogs at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, hailed by USA TODAY as “a respected resource for commentary on crime and mystery fiction.”

Ellen Weinstein was born and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute and New York’s High School of Art and Design. She is a regular contributor to Time Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and many other periodicals.

Eben Weiss writes the BikeSnobNYC blog, is a columnist for “Bicycling” magazine, and is the author of the book “Bike Snob” from Chronicle Books.  He’s at work on his second book and he lives in Brooklyn.

Daniel Corey Weiss is a fashion guru living in an uptown world.  He lingers over wine and food, enjoys pool parties and waits to complete his fashion merchandising degree.

Juli Weiner is the author of a Twitter feed of the same name. She blogs for Vanity Fair and Juli O’Clock. She lives in the East Village with her hatbox.

Julia Wertz was born in 1982 and raised in the San Francisco bay area. She is the author of the Fart Party 1 &2 (Atomic Books) and Drinking at the Movies (Three Rivers Press). She lives in Greenpoint in Brooklyn, NY where she shares an art studio with 4 other cartoonists.

Megan Whitmarsh was born in 1972. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (University of New Orleans) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting (Kansas City Art Institute). She is known primarily for her idiosyncratic and detailed hand embroidery; a medium she has been working in since the mid 90’s.

Jessica Wingate’s tree includes include massive design stints at DWR, travel to places far and below, excellent wine country drinking ability, adventuresome culinary roots, terrariums, love of cats, Swedish meatballs, nice handbags…

Chad Wys (1983) is a multi-media visual artist and writer. Color, form, unity, identity, and semiotics are constant investigations.

John Henderson (born 1971), better known by his pen name John Wray is a novelist and regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine. In 2007 Wray was chosen by Granta magazine as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists.” His third novel, Lowboy was published in 2009. Wray was also frontman of the Brooklyn band Marmalade, which released the album Beautiful Soup in 2003.

J. Christopher Yarrow is an Ethanol Broker for Atlas Commodity Markets.  He’s top-notch, Don’t Mess with Texas style.  Broker by day, father by night, J. Christopher enjoys truffle fries, golf and is known to participate in a mean triathlon. He’s lived in New York City, Kansas City and most recently, Houston, Texas.

Jenny Donnelly Yarrow is a busy (read: excellent) mother of two girls, living in Houston (DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS) and one of the smartest Donnelly’s (especially at mathematics).

Damon Young is a philosopher and author.  He’s the author of Distraction (Acumen, 2010), recently published in the UK and US, and the editor of Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness (Open Court, 2010). His next book, The Mystery of the Garden, will be out in 2010.

Oksana Yushko is a freelance photographer who started working as a professional journalist in 2006. She is based in Moscow.

Olimpia Zagnoli was born in 1984 in a small town in northern Italy.  Her clients include the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Guardian, Adidas Originals, The Rolling Stone, Il Corriere della Sera and many others. Her favorite color is grey and she loves Picasso. When she gets old she wants to be a rockstar.

Rachel Zakoura is an Account Director at a Marketing Agency.  She travels the world, loves the tomato soup at Bread and is a massive fan of the Kansas Jayhawks.

Robin Zakoura works at Bumble and bumble in New York’s Meatpacking District. Other city feats: ran the New York City Marathon and married at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.