Erik Roscam Abbing
Holds a master in Industrial Design Engineering and Design Management and is the founder of design management consultancy Zilver Innovation. He also teaches Strategic Design at the TU Delft. Erik is the author of Brand Driven Innovation, published at AVA and he also blogs on this topic.
Area of expertise at DMI: Brand Driven Innovation, Service Design
Sven Adolph is an Industrial Designer and design educator. He holds an MFA from the renowned Cranbrook Academy of Art (USA) as well as a Diploma from Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Sven has broad experience in design, having honed his skills at international design consultancies in Boston, San Francisco, Milan and Zurich, as well as with Philips Design. He is the founder and principal of consultancy Momentum Design in Zurich and serves as a teacher at Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (Basel) as well as for Lucerne School of Art and Design. Sven is a designer with a deep love for his profession, a keen eye for form and tenacity for detail and precision. He enjoys meeting people, developing a vision, bringing projects to fruition and guiding and mentoring young people to achieve outstanding work.
Area of expertise at DMI: Product- and Interface Design, Problem Solving, Design Thinking
Kathryn Best is a published author, creative entrepreneur, experienced educator and frequent speaker at conferences and design festivals internationally. She offers insight and foresight into the power of creativity and design to affect positive change in business and society. Her commissions come from academic, commercial and government organizations, often in connection to creative and cultural events. She worked in architecture, interiors, and brand consultancy (Wolff Olins, HOK, Orange, Starbucks) before building an academic career as a programme director in design management (University for the Creative Arts) and research professor in brand, design and reputation management (CBRD, Inholland University of Applied Sciences). She has written several books (translated into 10 languages) including 'The Fundamentals of Design Management' (AVA 2010) and 'Design Management: Managing Design Strategy, Process and Implementation' (AVA 2006).
Find out more on her website.
Area of expertise at DMI: Design Management
Professor for Design Management and Dean of the Design School at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany. His professional background is rooted in the areas of strategy consultancy, design management research and understanding the broader impact of design in business & society. His recent contributions comprise "This Is Service Design Thinking" (Stickdorn/Schneider, 2010) and "Brand Driven Innovation" (Roscam Abbing, 2010). Learn more about Ralf on twitter.
Area of expertise at DMI: Design Strategy, Design Driven Innovation, Service Design
James Dudley is focused on bringing people, ideas and brands closer together. This is achieved by creating 3D environments that communicate the right messages in the right way to the audiences that matter most. As a student of architecture at the Bartlett, UCL and Städelschule in Frankfurt with Professor Sir Peter Cook (of Archigram), he became fascinated by ideas-led design and the possibilities of instant architecture. Embracing these themes led directly to the world of large scale corporate 3D design. James is interested in how the customer journey can be changed by the effect and possibilities of digital touch points when engaging with communication in 3D. This is a fascinating and ongoing field of R&D that is continually evolving. As a creative entrepreneur, he builds beneficial relationships between clients, agencies, suppliers and teams within the Messerli group of companies, setting the foundation for the creation and delivery of brand space. Furthermore, he is currently enjoying developing his mentoring and teaching competency.
Area of expertise at DMI: Communication in 3D, Creative direction, Brand development
Andreas Erbe is an entrepreneur with a business background mainly in Telecommunications and Consulting. As a Service Designer, he has trained, coached and worked with well over 1'000 managers in the field of Design Thinking across the world. He pursued his passion of creating spaces for customer-driven innovation and founded his own company Launchlabs Switzerland. Andreas owns an MBA from the University of St.Gallen HSG, he is a certified Scrum Master and HBDI coach. Recently, Andreas also received a Master’s Degree in Workspace Design from the I.E. Business School in Madrid and the Royal College of Arts in London.
Area of expertise at DMI: Design Thinking, Service Design, Workspace Design, Innovation and Change
Klaus Fromherz is a graphic designer and co-founder of the Lucerne based design studio Peng Peng. He graduated from Hochschule für Gestaltung und Buchkunst Leipzig (HGB) in 2004 and started his career at Integral Ruedi Baur (IRB). He went on to launch Peng Peng together with Martin Geel in 2008. Since 2009 he has been continuously teaching in various architecture and design faculties at Hochschule Luzern as well as lecturing at home and abroad. Ever since graduation he has focused on the design of all forms of printed matter – posters, books, records etc. as well as experimenting with techniques in printing, production and distribution.
Area of expertise at DMI: Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Print Design
Martin Geel studied Illustration and Graphic Design in Lucerne and Brussels. In 2008, he and Klaus Fromherz founded Peng Peng, a studio for visual communication. They focus on editorial design, posters, websites, corporate identities and exhibition design. Works of Peng Peng got awarded and exhibited around the world.
Area of expertise at DMI: Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Print Design
Alex Herrmann is Head of Strategy at MetaDesign in Zurich. He studied media and communication science with minors in business and social anthropology at the University of Fribourg. Since completing his studies, Alex has been working as brand consultant and strategic planner in various consultancies and agenices in Germany, France and Switzerland. For over a decade he advised companies from large to small and helped improving their brands as well as their communication activities. From brand positioning to brand experience, from customer insight to brand-driven innovation and from internal branding to employer branding, Alex is no stranger to today’s and tomorrow’s brand challenges. He shares his learnings as guest lecturer at the Hochschule Luzern and the University of Bern.
Area of expertise at DMI: Brand Strategy
Benno Maggi started his career as an Art Director and shifted from there to the film industry where for 10 years he worked as director and filmproducer for productions in Switzerland and abroad. In 1995 he founded Partner & Partner. At the end of the 1990s, he completed an additional education in strategic marketing and financial management at Stanford Business School. Since 2002, he's the CEO of his agency and Senior Consultant for customers in the financial, service and healthcare industry.
Area of expertise at DMI: Strategic Branding, Campaining, Marketing Consulting
Anne Racheter has been a Design Director at Futureworks Zürich since October 2015. She graduated from École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) and began her career at Immortal Design in Singapore before joining McCann-Erikson in Zurich. She went on to supervise Art Basel for Müller + Hess, build and manage the Corporate Design department at NOSE, and serve as a strategic designer and Design Manager at Hotz Brand Consultants.
In addition to her role as Design Director at Futureworks, Anne teaches Brand Identity at the Bern University of the Arts and Communication Design at Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Area of expertise at DMI: Communication Design
Director Development of Management For Creative Industries School at IED, Istituto Europeo di Design Barcelona. He is author of "Creative Personal Branding", a book about creative Leadership through highly effective coaching-, design- and business-thinking, essential in today’s creative economy.
Area of expertise at DMI: Personal Branding
Oliver Stein is a passionated Design Thinker with a very strong business background in Marketing, Internet,
CRM and Project Management. His passion is to explore new possibilities and develop new solutions as well as to work with people in teams. In executing strategic business projects successful with Design Thinking, Oliver and his team made Swisscom a pioneer in Human Centered Design. They developed the "Innovation Culture Model" to support organizations in becoming designful companies.
Area of expertise at DMI: Human Centered Design