Spark Juries

Every year Spark is honored to present a fresh group of very talented judges. Each 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.  Each Jury has teams of experts who specialize in specific disciplines and act as reference guides for the larger multi-disciplinary unit.


2016 Team In Action

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, Tania Aldous, VP Design at Corelle and a great friend of Spark and Jury Mentor,  Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO

Here’s the Bench so far. Stay tuned for more!

2019 Spark Spring Semester Student Jury (June in San Francisco)

Mary, Jochen, Willy, PK, Fariba, Lisa, Irina, Nichole, Mathias, Sally & Earl

Irina Kozlovskaya, Director, Industrial Design, Fitbit
Earl Gee, Partner, Gee + Chung Design
Lisa Sullivan, Principal, L.Sullivan Design & Communications
Mathias Hintermann, Industrial Designer, Snap Inc.
Mary Katica, Program Director, IDEO.org
Willy Carteau, Senior Industrial Designer, Google
Fariba Marnani, Industrial Designer, Eichleay, Inc
Nichole Rouillac, Founding Partner, level design sf
Jochen Backs, Principal, Studio Backs
Sally Darby, Senior Strategist, Frog design

2019 Spark Juries (November in San Francisco)
Including: Product, Graphics, Experience, Health & Medical, Universal, Digital, Transport & Mobility and Cleantech Design (Sustainable Infrastructure)
Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO
Claude Zellweger, Director of Design, Google
Sam Lucente, Principal, Lucente Design & Design Advisor, LIM Innovations
Antonio Borja, Director, Industrial Design, Academy of Art University
Kate Freebairn, Director of UX, Google Nest
Hugo Eccles, Creative Director, Special Projects Office
Ryan Jongwoo Choi, Industrial Designer, McLaren Applied Technology
Glenn Geisendorfer, Chief Creative Partner, (POST)MODERN Sustainability Co.
Eric Chan, President, Ecco Design
Colin Owen, Design Director, Elroy Air
Jochen Backs, Principal, Studio Backs
Emida Natalaray, Acting Director, School of Technology for the Arts, Republic Polytechnic
Julien Rouillac, Principal Industrial Designer, Innovation Design Lab., 3D SYSTEMS
Peter Bristol, Head of Industrial Design, Facebook VR/AR/Portal
Norio Fujikawa, Executive Creative Director, ASTRO Studios
Claudio Ribeiro, Chief Experience Designer, VSN Mobil

2019 Spark Juries (December in Hong Kong)
Including: Student Design, Fall Semester and Spaces  (Architecture & Interior Design)
Fabienne Munch, President, University of Chicago
John K.C. Liu, Chairperson, National Taiwan University Building & Planning Research Foundation
Cheol Woo Park, Experience Design Consultant
Matio Conti, Senior ID Manager, Motorola Mobility
Ryan Jongwoo Choi, Industrial Designer, McLaren Applied Technology

(Other Jurors TBA or confirmed)

Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, courtesy DWR