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Meet the Jury

Aviva Michaelov

art director
New York Times

Aviva Michaelov grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel, and graduated from Parsons The New School for Design. She is currently art director of the Sunday Review section of the New York Times. While at Parsons, Michaelov worked at multidisciplinary studio as a print and web designer. After graduating she freelanced for R/GA, and in 2004 she began working at the New York Times as a designer, and later as an art director. Previous work at the Times included art direction of the Week in Review section, several issues of the Year in Pictures section, the Times magazine and the redesign of the Book Review section with Nicholas Blechman.

Craig Mikes

principal/creative director
Proof Advertising

During his 20 years in the business, Craig Mikes has worked at 15 agencies in 7 states, from quirky boutiques to the largest agencies in the world. An art director by trade, he’s also a writer, illustrator, photographer, font creator and commercial director. Mikes has received over 250 individual awards and accolades, including honors from Archive, Cannes, Clios, Communication Arts, the 4A’s O’Tooles, Graphis and The One Club. He also has a TV spot on permanent display at MoMA. After eight years running his own creative boutique, Mikes joined Proof Advertising at its inception in September 2010 as a principal and creative director.

Jill Shimabukuro

director of design
University of Chicago Press

Jill Shimabukuro is an award-winning book designer and director of design at the University of Chicago Press, where, for the past thirteen years, it has been her privilege to build a team of internationally celebrated book designers. Shimabukuro has lectured on book design at universities, conferences and workshops. Her work has been recognized by AIGA 50/50, Association of American University Presses, Communication Arts, Print’s Regional Annual, the Society of Typographic Arts and the Type Directors Club, among others. Most recently, New City named her one of the 50 most influential design professionals in Chicago.

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith Illustration

Jeffrey Smith is an American illustrator born in Montebello, California. He studied photography and commercial art at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and illustration at Art Center College of Design. In 1980, Smith moved to New York. Over the next thirteen years, Smith earned a master’s degree from the School of Visual Arts, taught there for eight years and became a nationally known freelance illustrator. Today Smith is a professor at Art Center, where he has taught since 1994. His most recent book assignment was Shadow Knights: The Secret War Against Hitler (Simon & Schuster, 2010).

Janine Vangool

publisher, editor and designer

Janine Vangool is the Calgary, Alberta-based publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE, a quarterly magazine for the creative and curious. She has also developed and published many books (ten and counting) under the UPPERCASE name. Vangool worked as a free­lance graphic designer for a dozen years in the arts, culture and publishing sectors and has also taught typography and publication design at the college level.