Advisory Board

Ellen Lupton

Ellen is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the MFA program in graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She also is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, where she has organized numerous exhibitions.

Former Advisor: the late Bill Moggridge

Design Information Allance lost a great friend this year with the death of Bill Moggridge. We were proud to have him on our Advisory Board and will miss his support and guidance.


Judy Dyki

Judy is the Library Director at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.  She has held many positions within the Art Libraries Society of North America and currently serves as Listserv Moderator for ARLIS-L.  Since 2004, she has been the Editor of ART DOCUMENTATION, the peer-reviewed journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America which, under a new partnership, will be co-published by the University of Chicago Press and distributed through the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program beginning in 2012.  Judy has written numerous articles, essays, chapters, and reviews.  She previously held positions at University of Detroit and Wayne State University.

Katherine McCoy, FIDSA & Michael McCoy, IDSA

Katherine, FIDSA & Michael McCoy, IDSA As Directors of Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art for 24 years, Distinguished Visiting Professors at London's Royal College of Art, Senior Lecturers at IIT's Institute of Design in Chicago, Directors of Professional Programs at RMCAD in Denver and principals in High Ground Design Workshops the McCoys have had a significant influence on design theory and education in America. They have received over 200 awards for their work in graphic, product, furniture, signage, exhibit and interior design. Their work and writings have been widely published and exhibited and they lecture on design theory at conferences around the world. In 2005 they received the Smithsonian Institution’s first ever Design Minds National Design.

Mary Catharine Johnsen

Special Collections and Design Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries

Phillip Burton

Philip teaches Graphic Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and has previously taught at the University of Houston, Rice University and Yale University. From 1975-1996, he served as Program Coordinator and one of the core faculty of the Yale Summer Program in Graphic Design in Brissago, Switzerland. He has an active private Graphic Design practice, and works as a consultant for the Chicago-based financial investment research company, Morningstar, Inc. He is a fellow of AIGA Chicago.

R. Roger Remington

Roger is Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been actively involved in graphic design history, has chaired several national conferences, written four books, and contributed numerous articles and reviews Remington developed The Graphic Design Archive at RIT, which involves preserving, protecting and interpreting the original resource materials of more than 30 American graphic design pioneers such as Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Cipe Pineles, William Golden and Alvin Lustig among others.

Ric Grefe

Richard Grefé is the executive director of AIGA, the professional association for design. AIGA is the oldest and largest professional association of designers in the United States; currently it advances the interests of over 20,000 designers working in a variety of communication media and dimensions, ranging from type and book designers to new media, experience and service designers. AIGA, under Ric, has become the leading advocate for the value of designing, as a way of thinking and as a means of creating strategic value for business.

Ron Kemnitzer

Ron is Chair and Professor of Industrial Design at Virginia Tech, and Past President and current Board Chairman of the Industrial Designers Society of America. He holds over 15 USA and International patents for his work, which has also been recognized in many design competitions. He received the Gold ‘Good Design Award’ from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2001 and 1997. He also received a Gold Award in the 1993 ‘Plant Engineering’ magazine ‘Product of the Year’ competition and a Bronze Award in the 1992 Industrial Design Excellence Awards sponsored by ‘Business Week’ magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America. In 1988 he designed the best selling ‘Bola’ chair for Fixtures Furniture Company for which he was awarded an IBD Gold Award. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, and was elected to the IDSA Academy of Fellows in August 2003.

Susan S. Szenasy

Susan is Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, the magazine of architecture, culture and design. Since1986 she has lead the magazine through 24 years of landmark design journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition. Believing that design and architecture are humanist activities, Susan is committed to education. As a longtime professor of Design Ethics at New York's Parsons School of Design she worked to instill the values of responsible sustainability on the next generation. Susan has authored several books, is the recipient of numerous awards, and sits on a number of design-related boards. Susan holds an MA in Modern European History from Rutgers University, and honorary doctorates from both Kendall College, the Art Center College of Design, and Pacific Northwest College of Arts.