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Meet the Jury

Melanie Doherty

Creative Director/Founder
Melanie Doherty Design

Melanie Doherty is the creative director and founder of Melanie Doherty Design in San Francisco. The studio's work focuses on brand development, social change and education and has been recognized in various publications including Communication Arts, Graphis and Print. Doherty teaches a course on Transition to Professional Practice and sits on the thesis committee at California College of the Arts, and she is currently working on a five-year photography/book project on reconstructing memory in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.

Joan Ferrell

Design Director
ALM Media

Joan Ferrell is design director of ALM Media in New York. She has been designing and art directing magazines for 25 years at publications as diverse as Travel & Leisure, Working Mother and The American Lawyer and its many sibling publications at ALM Media. Ferrell received a BA in fine art and English from St. Olaf College and an MA in teaching, with a concentration in photography, from Stanford University. Her work has been recognized by national creative organizations and magazines including The Society of Publication Designers, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Folio and Print.

Mark Murphy

Murphy Design

Mark Murphy, based in San Diego, California, is a film director, author, publisher and designer who actively archives world-class artists. Over the past twenty years, Murphy has educated, exhibited and published artists who celebrate the visual narrative arts. In 1991, Murphy Design and Murphy Fine Art Publishing were founded to act as consistent resources for inspired artists, original books, corporate collaborations and all around breeding ground for raw talent.

C.F. Payne


C.F. Payne has worked for 30 years as a freelance illustrator, first in Dallas, Texas and then in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a 1976 graduate of Miami University and the Illustrators Workshop. Payne is currently the Chair of the Illustration Department at Columbus College of Art and Design, where he has taught illustration for the past thirteen years. He also teaches illustration with Mark and John English at the Illustration Academy and the graduate program at the University of Harford under the direction of Murray Tinkelman.

Rob Wilson

Art Director

Rob Wilson is Playboy magazine's art director. He joined the company in 1998 as a designer for Playboy Special Editions and Prior to his role as art director, he served as deputy art director, and was instrumental in developing redesigns for the front and back of the magazine in addition to the feature sections. He received his BFA from the University of Kansas in 1998, and his work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Graphis, Print and Spectrum.