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Meet the Jury

Neal Ashby

Ashby Design

Neal Ashby is the principal of Ashby Design based in Alexandria, Virginia, whose clients include Virgin Entertainment Group, Capitol Records, ESL Records, EMI Music Group, XM Satellite Radio and MTV Networks. For ten years, Ashby was vice president and cre-ative director for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His work has been published by Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, I.D. and Print magazines, and has won awards from the New York Art Directors Club, the AIGA, the Type Directors Club, the American Center for Design and the Designers and Art Directors Association of the United Kingdom (D&AD). He was nominated for a Grammy® in 2005 for Best Recording Package. His work has been displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Ashby is an associate professor at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.

Jonathan Howells

creative director and co-founder
Dinnick & Howells

Jonathan Howells is creative director and co-founder of Dinnick & Howells, a design company with offices in Toronto, Canada, and London, England. In its twelve years, D&H has worked with a wide range of clients including Levi Strauss & Co, JM Smucker, Art Gallery of Ontario, Hugo Boss, Alliance Atlantis, Chronicle Books, Faber and Faber, Random House, among many others. In 2006, Howells relocated to London, England, to open a second office and discover new opportunities and experiences in the British and European design market, though he directs projects in North America as well. Howells’s work has been featured in and received awards from design journals internationally, including Communication Arts. He has taught design classes at the Sheridan College, Humber College, and the Ontario College of Art & Design where he graduated in 1991.

Sally Morrow

associate creative director and principal
Sandstrom Design

Sally Morrow is an associate creative director and principal at Sandstrom Design in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, her career began at Coleman Souter Design in San Francisco, on projects such as the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet and Swatch. After a move to Portland to begin a small design entity within Cole & Weber Advertising, she worked on Dr. Martens, Cycle Oregon and everything in between. At Sandstrom Design, she continues to create award-winning and effective brand communication for clients large and small. They include ESPN, Converse, Nike, Brand Jordan, adidas, Reebok, Portland Center Stage, Kink fm and Sokol Blosser Winery. Awards include AIGA, Communication Arts, Graphis, I.D., London Inter-national, New York Art Directors Club, The One Show, Portland Rosey Awards, Type Directors Club and a red ribbon for coming in second in a Barrel Riding contest at summer camp. Sadly, she lost by mere seconds.

Brandon Murphy

creative director
Squires & Company

Brandon Murphy is creative director at Dallas-based Squires & Company. Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Murphy later relocated to the Dallas area, where he attended the University of North Texas, earning a BFA in communication design. Since graduating in 1993, he has worked for corporate design agencies and individuals including Eisenberg & Associates and Joseph Rattan Design and joined Squires & Company, a design and advertising firm, in 1997, where he was promoted to creative director in 2001. Murphy has been recognized nationally and internationally in award shows and periodicals including: The AR100, Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA, Graphis Annual Reports, Graphis Logo, Graphis Pro-motional Design, Graphis Design, Graphis Poster Annuals, How and Print’s Regional Design Annual. Murphy is also a working adjunct professor, teaching and advising for the University of North Texas.

Minh Nguyen

senior designer

Minh Nguyen was born in Saigon, grew up in Colorado and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Now, Nguyen is a senior designer with Methodologie, a brand design firm based in Seattle, Washington. Methodologie has clients within the fields of technology, finance, the arts and institutional foundations. Nguyen joined Methodologie in 2000 and since that time he has been recognized for work with clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Itron and The Gates Foundation. Annual reports he has designed have been recognized in the Mead and Mohawk competitions, as well as The Black Book AR 100, Communication Arts and the Type Directors Club.

Margot Perman

founder, creative director and co-principal
Real Design Associates

Margot Perman is the founder, creative director and co-principal of Real Design Associates in New York. Established in 1990, the studio creates brand identity, publication and advertising pro-grams, exhibitions, signage and packaging for clients such as the Guggenheim Museums in the U.S. and Europe, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Samsung Museum of Art, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Sony Music and the United Nations. Along with her partner, Jürgen Riehle, Margot has worked with a broad range of inter-national clients on projects in the United States, Germany, South Korea, Spain, Italy and France. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, she has been a guest lecturer and critic at Parsons, New York University and a speaker at numerous design and museum conferences including Neocon, ICOM and the Louvre’s “Musée Musée” series.

Gil Shuler

Gil Shuler Graphic Design

Gil Shuler Graphic Design, located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is a full-service design studio specializing in brand identity including name development, logo design and application, posters, catalogs, capability brochures, annual reports, product packaging and basically anything that can be printed. Established in 1985, the studio is staffed with three designers and an account manager. Shuler graduated from Western Carolina University with a BFA in graphic design. The work of the studio has been recognized with a Silver Medal Award from the Advertising Federation of Charleston, over 300 awards and 4 best of show from the Charleston ADDY Awards and National Addy Awards. Shuler’s work has also been included in Communication Arts Design Annual and Print’s Regional Design Annual.

Stephen Turner

Turner & Associates

Stephen Turner began his career in architecture. Then, after graduating from Tyler School of Art with design/painting dual majors, he joined Primo Angeli to focus on packaging, identity and signage programs. He moved into branding, print and corporate communications before forming Turner & Associates in 1997. Today, his firm operates in San Francisco and Philadelphia on marketing initiatives with the Web at the center, using all of his experience to drive people to online and retail environments. He designed and built-out his San Francisco office and his spare time is taken as a guest critic at various colleges, while sitting on the advisory boards of the Academy of Art University and Shivas Irons Society. Turner & Associates has won all the big awards and has major clients who want results—every day.