Guest Speakers

Tony Dispigna

Tony Di Spigna & Ellen Shapiro
April 22, 5PM PDT

Tony Di Spigna
Born in south Italy, and raised in south Brooklyn, Di Spigna was a student at City Tech (formerly New York City Community College) from 1962 to 1964, in the Commercial Art Program. After graduating and continuing his education at Pratt Institute, Di Spigna ascended to partner in the legendary Lubalin Associates studio where he worked on all aspects of visual communication and graphic design. If you know of Herb Lubalin’s work, then you know Tony Di Spigna’s work. Di Spigna’s letterform and typographic style has been widely awarded, exhibited, and have achieved international acclaim.

Ellen Shapiro
Design educator and writer. Author of three books and hundreds of online and print magazine articles on the design business, firms, and personalities. As photo-journalist, cover design culture and trends around the world, such as São Paulo graffiti, Olympic design program in Beijing, Mumbai taxi art, Icograda Design Congress in Havana, redesign of Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, Israeli and Palestinian peace posters. Produce monthly column for the online design journal. Copywriter or editor for almost every client project my firm produces.

Peter Greco – April 29, 5PM PDT

Peter Greco is one of America’s most experienced practitioners in the art of traditionally
inspired, hand crafted lettering and typography. His continuous exploration and passion has enabled him to reach beyond design into the realm of fine art.

Immediately after high school Peter Greco found employment at a top Manhattan
architectural firm doing; detail drafting, model making, interior super-graphics and
exterior signage systems. Turning to graphic design while specializing in typography
he graduated from New York’s School of Visual Arts in 1977. He then worked for
International Typeface Corporation’s Photo-Lettering, designing alphabets, composing
and editing type.

Greg Lindy – May 6, 5PM PDT

A Los Angeles native, Greg Lindy has been part of the city’s design culture for over twenty years. In that time he was the design director and founding partner of Intersection Studio, an award-winning brand design firm where he was a key creative on projects for The Getty, Sundance Institute, and The Autry Museum among others.

Bob Ewing – May 13, 5PM PDT

Bob Ewing is an Independent Brand Designer based in Indianapolis, IN.

Douglas Davis – May 20, 5PM PDT

Brooklyn-based Douglas Davis enjoys being one of the variety of voices needed in front of and behind the concept. His approach to creativity combines right-brained creative problem solving with left-brained strategic thinking. Douglas is an Emmy Award-winning strategist who serves on the advisory boards of the Poster House Museum CMYK council, The Type Director’s Club, The University of Oregon’s Masters in Advertising and Brand Responsibility, and City College’s Masters in Branding and Integrated Communications. He has found an international audience interested in his approach to blurring the lines between advertising, design, and business education.