Majid Abbasi (IR)Design director and senior design consultant active in the international community, currently based in Toronto. He leads design projects for start-ups, non-profit and educational organizations worldwide. Informed by more than two decades of experience as the co-founder of Did Graphics Inc., Majid provides consultation on project scoping, design management, design process presentation, strategic goal setting, and conceptualization. He has been editor-in-chief of Neshan, the leading Iranian graphic design magazine since 2010. Majid has been member of Iranian Graphic Designers Society (IGDS) since 1998 and Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) since 2009. Recently, he set-up Studio Abbasi Inc., his design studio in Toronto & Tehran.
Marco Balesteros (PT)(b.1978) Graphic Designer, editor and founder of studio Letra. He is a Master in Design and Typography from Werkplaats Typografie, ArtEZ Institute of Arts, Arnhem, in the Netherlands in 2009. He also creates editorial and educational projects around the notions of Publication and Education through Arts. He partnered up with Michael Satter and Sandra Doeller to start Random Press, an editorial project that coexists between Lisbon and Frankfurt, and aims to serve as a platform for irregular experiences on publishing, production and content distribution. He is founding member of the Observatório das Transformações (XXXX) da Cidade Lisboa and is part of “Jogos Sem Fronteiras” collective with Ana Bigotte Vieira and Sandra Lang.
Maria Milano (IT)Architect graduated from Facoltà di Archittetura dell’Universitá degli Studi di Palermo (Itália), and master in Project for Urban Environment from Faculdade de Arquitectura and Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto. She is also a doctorate of Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto. She currently teaches and coordinates the Master in Interior Design at ESAD. She curated, among others, the recent exposition “Siza Design” (2015).
Marta Veludo (PT)(b. 1986, Lisboa) Graphic Designer, graduated from ESAD of Caldas da Rainha, she is a Master in Graphic Design from Elisava, Barcelona. She worked at the multidisciplinary studio No-Domain in Barcelona and Ana Mirats (branding and retail). She then moved to Amsterdam, where she worked at Studio Matte. After a year, she started to work as a freelancer. Her studio is at NDSM, an old boat factory converted to a creative space, north Amsterdam. Her work is inspired by pop culture, folk art, pound shops and tumblr. Her work revolves around the creation of identities and experiments using three dimensional solutions and the use of print/digital. In parallel, Marta is also part of project BPBD - Best Portuguese Book Designs.
Michael Anastassiades (CY)(b. Chipre) Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. Anastassiades’ work is featured in permanent collections at the MoMA in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the MAK in Vienna. He has designed products with various leading manufacturers including FLOS, Lobmeyr and Svenskt Tenn. He lives and works in London.
Miguel Vieira Baptista (PT)(b.1968, Lisboa) Studied at IADE, in Lisbon, and graduated in Product Design from Glasgow School of Art (1993). Since 2000, he develops projects for Asplund, Authentics, Kvadrat, Materia or Vista Alegre Atlantis. He created interior and exhibit design projects for Experimentadesign, Fundação EDP, ModaLisboa or Renova. He curated several design exhibitions, like “Dieter Rams Haus”, CCB Lisboa (2001). He is a lecturer at ESAD.CR (PT) and was guest professor at ECAL (CH). His work is present at the MUDE Collection - Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisbon. In 2013, he was awarded the Audi Mentor Prize by A&W in Cologne.
Mirko Ilić (BA/US)New York based designer and illustrator. He is the author of several books on graphic design and teaches a MFA class in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Mirko was an art director of Times magazine international edition and The New York Times op-ed pages. His company Mirko Ilić Corp. designs for a wide range of clients, from pro bono organizations to the high luxury hospitality clients. He also organizes and curates shows and lectures around the world.
Mu Pan (US)His work is about telling stories. Since his childhood, storytelling has had a strong influence on him. While trying to compensate his parents absence, Mu Pan began developing his photographic memory and keen observation from listening to stories that they recorded. He dedicated himself to the study of chinese, japanese and United States history. His work re-creates historic scenes as well as daily situations. In these scenes, he tries to present his point of view as if he was present. The combination of all of the above allows him to project his views accurately on a surface.