2018 Juries

Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, courtesy DWR


Every year Spark is honored to present a fresh group of very talented judges. Each new bench of jurors is gathered with the help of our Jury Chairs, Advisors and Community members. The Jurors come from across the spectrum of design disciplines, media, educators and experts.  (Click on a Juror’s name for background information.) Each Jury has teams of experts who specialize in specific disciplines and act as reference points for the larger multi-disciplinary unit.

The Jurors become Spark advisors as the judging sessions roll on, concluding each day with a robust and useful discussion of the Spark jury process and Spark in general. We’ve also been blessed with several “Jury Mentors” who take especial interest in exploring and establishing best practices for the jury process or and/or a particular category. They include Kit Hinrichs, Principal at Studio Hinrichs, Clark Kellogg, UC Berkeley/Haas, Tania Aldous, VP Design at Corelle, Amy Williams, recent head of Fashion Design at CCA (and founding advisor of Spark WEAR) and a great friend of Spark and 2018 Mentor,  Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO

SPRING JURY (Now concluded)

Concept Design and
Product Design Team

Mentor: Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO
John Guenther, Former Global Design Director, Hewlett-Packard
Klaus Tritschler, Consultant, E-Mobility and VTOL Aircraft
Harnish Jani, Strategic Design Director, BCG Digital Ventures
Mike Derocher, Director, 3D Print Experience Design, Hewlett-Packard
Tom White, Impact Director, LACI
Scot Herbst, Design Director, Herbst Produkt
Sasha Tseng, Principal, sashapure
Britt Ashcraft, Design Director, Ashcraft Design


Product Design Team
Mentor: Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO
Sandrine Lebas, Creative Lead @ESPACE STUDIO + Chair Industrial Design, California College of the Arts
Robert Springer, Head of Design, Spot On Square
Greg Janky, Partner, Anvil Studios
Kyle Swen, VP Partner, Astro Studios
Sung Bai, Head of Industrial Design, Nest
Kenneth Young, Lead Industrial Designer, Box Clever
Tom Illick, Director of Business Development, 219 Design
Morris Koo, Principal Industrial Designer, Hewlett-Packard Advanced Design & Strategy
Jeff Smith, Co-Founder, LUNAR

Health & Medical Design Team
Steve Christopher, Principal, ID & Human Factors, Johnson & Johnson
Steve Umbach, President, Umbach Consulting Group
Philip Thompson, Senior Director of Product Design, Intuitive Surgical

Spaces Design Team
David Meckel, Director of Research & Planning, California College of the Arts
Mark Tagawa, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will
Jeff Henry, Principal, Gensler
Shawn Mclean-Bergel, Founder, Mclean-Bergel

Engineering Innovation & Design Team
Mark Sarkisian, Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Larry Miller, Founding Partner, 219 Design

Civic Innovation & Design Team
Dr. Alexandra Jayeun Lee, Creative Director, Civic Design Lab, City of Oakland

Experience & Service Design
Tim Allen, Microsoft Partner
Chris Robinette, VP Advanced Design, Dell Experience Design Group

Transport Design
Ali Javidan, Head of Prototyping at a really cool stealth vehicle startup

Graphic Design & Print Design Team
Leslie Becker, Professor of Graphic Design, California College of the Arts
Erik Schmitt, Partner, Studio 1500SF

Jurors To Be Determined:
Digital Design
Package Design
WEAR Design

Concept Design (Including MAKR & PROTO Design)