2016 Juries

Spark Juries

Each year Spark is honored to present a new, fresh group of very talented judges. Each bench of jurors are gathered with the help of our Jury Chairs, Advisers and Community members. The Jurors come from across the spectrum of design disciplines, media, educators and experts.

June 28 in San Francisco
Spring Concept & Product Design

Jury Chair, Mike Nuttall, IDEO Founder
Philip Thompson, VP Design, Newell Rubbermaid
Manuel Saez, Principal, Brooklyness
Derek Chen, Founder & Principal, Council, Inc.
Bret Recor, Principal, Box Clever
Benjamin Chia, Chief Designer, elemental8
Karson Shadley, Creative Director, Astro Studios
Son Sun, Industrial Designer, Samsung Design America
Ric Gomes, Professor, Design Center for Global Needs, San Francisco State University
Richard Yelle, Industrial Design Chair, University of Bridgeport SASD (Shintaru Akatsu School of Design).

November 15 in San Francisco  

Communication: Jennifer Morla, Principal, Morla Design
Communication: Heidi Reinfeld, VP Creative, Sequence
Package: Mike Hester, Principal, Pavement SF
Package: Thomas Ilick, New job!
Transport: Bill Barranco, Director, Autovision RCD Inc
Transport: Brian Ng, Director of Product, Zipcar
Transport: Hugo Eccles, Owner, Untitled Motorcycles
Fall Product: Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO
Fall Product: Jose Manuel dos Santos, Head of Design/Americas, Philips Lighting
Fall Product: Howard Nuk, VP Design, Samsung Design America
Fall Product: Shiz Kobara, Prof., MFA Industrial Design, Academy of Art and Design
Fall Product: Thao Dang, Industrial Designer, Google X
Fall Product: Elger Oberwelz, Design Director, IDEO
Fall Product: Josh Morenstein, Founding Partner, Branch

November 16 in San Francisco      

Cause: Ric Gomes, Professor, Design Center for Global Needs, SF State University
WEAR: Amy Williams, Consultant: Fashion & Wearables, Assoc. Prof. Fashion Design: CCA
WEAR: Joanna Hildebrand, Principal, Joanna Hildebrand Design
WEAR: Dena Molnar, Founder, WOVNS
WEAR: Tracey Mammolito, Soft Goods & Wearables Consultant
WEAR: Chris Gadway, CEO/CCO, Black Ember
Health: Josh Handy, VP Global Product Experience, Method Home
Health: Thomas Ilick, New Job!
Spaces: Wilhelm Oehl , Partner & Principal, Eight Inc.
Spaces: Kraig Kessel, AIA, NCARB, Co-Founder, Kraido
Spaces: Sally Dominguez, Principal, Rainwater Hog
Experience: Ivy Ross, VP, Head of Design/User Experience, Hardware Products, Google
Experience: Aaron Poe, VP Digital Experience, Ammunition Group
Experience: Will Carey, Director, Design Gaming, Logitech

November 29 in Hong Kong
Fall Concept, MAKR & PROTO Design

Left to right…
Chau Nguyen, Senior Design Director | LUNAR / Singapore
Celina Yan, Director, Global Consumer Design, Whirlpool China
Tim Dearborn, Director, Experience Design Group, Dell Computer
Sawoozer Wang, Principal, +AKITIPE STUDIOS
Angie Kim, Angie Kim, Principal, AYK Design
Peter Kuchnicki, Director, Spark Awards
Gary- Sheng Hung Lee, Designer, IDEO Shanghai & Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Fundan University
Claudya Piazera, President, Women Designers World Convention
Hari Nair, Chief Design Officer, Whirlpool China
Edmund Ng, Partner, KONCEPT Lighting
Chi-Wing Lee, Principal, Milk Design