A10 Jurors’ Panel

For our 25th anniversary as a chapter, and as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of AIGA as an organization, we’re excited to announce our A10 Jurors’ Panel, moderated by local design rockstar Tad Carpenter. In honor of turning 25, our amazing jurors will each give a short presentation and then be asked 25 community-sourced questions as a panel. To round out the night, you’ll be able to mix and mingle with the jurors. When all is said and done, the night will clock in at 100 minutes of inspiring design conversation.

Friday, April 25
Doors 5:30 pm
Program 6:00-8:00 pm

Member $10
Student Member $5
Nonmember $20

Get your group on!
Groups of 8 or more get 25% off. Register with code 25off8.



Vox Theatre
1405 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66103
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Questions? Contact competitions@aigakc.org


Katherine Walker, Google Brand Studio
Mountain View, CA

Katherine Walker has certainly come a long way from her modest Appalachian upbringing. Katherine is embarking as a Senior Designer at Google Brand Studio in California, and recently called Chicago home, where she was a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder and a Senior Designer at VSA Partners. Katherine’s work has been recognized in AIGA 365, STA Archive, Dwell, UnderConsideration, Computer Arts and Communication Arts among others. A pragmatic idealist, Katherine is as committed to her principles as she is to putting them into action. She co-founded the highly touted and often-inked Quite Strong — an all-female design collaborative focusing on community-oriented events and empowering creatives, and served on the AIGA Chicago board.

Nessim Higson, IAAH
New Orleans, LA

IAAH / iamalwayshungry is the studio of Nessim Higson. The studio functions on the core belief that good design = good business. That design has a responsibility of not only contributing to the economic market but to the social fabric of society. The studio has been recognized nationally and internationally by the likes of Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, DGV, and was recently named a young gun by the Art Directors Club of NY.

Kelly Stevens, 7 Creative
Austin, TX

Kelly Stevens is a brand experience expert and art director, working primarily in the space of food and food retail. Kelly spent 11 years as art director for Whole Foods Market, developing everything from product packaging to eco-conscious interiors to food trucks. In her past lives, Kelly has worked in advertising, museums and started her own pajama company. She spends her spare time traveling in third-world countries, playing soccer and two-stepping.

Riley Cran
Vancouver, BC

Riley Cran is a Graphic Designer in Vancouver, British Columbia. In his freelance design practice, Riley specializes in Branding, Illustration, Packaging Design and Lettering. Riley is the manager of Lost Type, a collaborative pay-what-you-want Type Foundry which has provided fonts to Nike, Starbucks, Disney and the President of the United States. Riley is also the host of Field Trip, an annual workshop for Lost Type’s designers, where they visit a new city to gather inspiration.

Dana Tanamachi-Williams, Tanamachi Studio
Brooklyn, NY

Dana Tanamachi-Williams is a Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer who enjoys living a quiet life and working with her hands. After designing Broadway show posters at SpotCo and working under Louise Fili, Dana opened her own design & lettering boutique, Tanamachi Studio. She has been commissioned by clients such as Google, Yahoo!, Rugby Ralph Lauren, The Ace Hotel, Tommy Hilfiger, West Elm, and Bloomingdale’s. In 2011, she was named a Young Gun (YG9) by the Art Directors Club and a Young Creative to Watch by HOW Magazine. In 2012, Dana had the unique honor of creating custom cover art for O, HOW, and TIME Magazines, as well as an exclusive product line for Target in late 2013.

Moderator | Tad Carpenter

Tad Carpenter’s overall approach to branding, strategy, and design has gained wonderful clients ranging from Target, Macy’s, Land of Nod, Rayban, Nick Jr, MTV and Adobe. Tad’s work has appeared in numerous publications and he has written/illustrated a number of children’s books in the market today. Since 2009, Tad also teaches Graphic Design at the University of Kansas.

When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001