Speakers & Instructors
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Intensive Speakers & Instructors


Mike Abbink

Creative Director & Type Designer

Mike Abbink is currently the Executive Creative Director of the Brand Experience and Design Team within IBM Studios. Previously, he was Creative Director for the Museum of Modern Art, Wolff Olins, Saffron Consultants, and Method (also co-founder), Design Director at Apple Computer, and graphic designer at Meta Design. Mike has a passion for typeface design. His typefaces include FF Kievet, FF Milo, GE Inspira, Brando, and IBM Plex, a large free font multi-script typeface. Mike earned a BFA in Fine Arts, and a BFA in Graphic Design and Packaging from ArtCenter College of Design.


Brad Bartlett

Designer, Educator & Author

Brad Bartlett is a designer, educator, and author. The work of his Los Angeles-based design studio has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, Communications Arts, Dezeen, AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, Graphis, I.D., How, and Print, among numerous others. Brad has been faculty at ArtCenter College of Design since 1999, and was awarded Great Teacher in 2003 and 2014. He is the Director of Transmedia in the Graphic Design Department where he has developed Transmedia pedagogy and overseen curricular implementation. Brad is also on-screen author at LinkedIn Learning, where he recently published a course on Transmedia Typography.


Dave Crossland

Type Designer & Program Manager

Dave Crossland is the current Program Manager at Google Fonts. He earned a BA in graphic and interaction design from Ravensbourne University, London, and an MA in Type Design from the University of Reading, where he created the Cantarell typeface family as his graduation thesis project—a contemporary humanist sans serif developed for on-screen reading; in particular, reading web pages on cheap Android devices. Dave lives and works in NYC.


Ty Drake

Designer & Educator

Ty Drake has successfully collaborated on graphic design, branding and visual communications-related projects with many high-profile clients in the fields of architecture, music, film, sports, health and beauty, and luxury hospitality. With over 16 years of experience as a design educator at the graduate and undergraduate levels, he has also impacted the creative lives of scores of young artists and design students. Among his professional achievements, he has served as design consultant to a number of Los Angeles-based architecture firms, as well as the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD).


Aaron Draplin

Graphic Designer

Aaron Draplin received a high-falutin’ design degree at the prestigious and painfully expensive Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The Draplin Design Co. has been on its own four hairy feet since fall of 2004. He’s proud to report that he’s managed to “keep everything out of the red.” He rolls up his sleeves for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Dinosaur Jr, Timberline, Chunklet, Eaux Claires Music Festival, Poler, Incase, Sub Pop Records, Fender, Marc Maron, Cobra Dogs, Jill Soloway, Sasquatch Music Festival, Rhett Miller, Old 97s, Jason Isbell, Nixon Watches, Bernie Sanders, Patagonia, Target, Chris Stapleton, NASA/JPL, John Hodgman, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. He currently lives and works out of a backyard shop in an undisclosed location on the mean streets of Portland, Oregon.


Vanessa Eckstein

Design Director & Product Developer

Founder of Blok Design, Vanessa is known for her passion for taking on initiatives that blend cultural awareness, humanity and a love of art to advance society and business alike. Her experiences living and working in Buenos Aires, LA, New York, Mexico City and Toronto, have given Blok a unique international perspective that has been recognized and awarded around the world. Her considerable experience includes top global brands such as Nike, Pepsi, Nestle, and the Museum of Modern Art Miami, among many others. Vanessa’s work has been exhibited in countries from Japan to Germany, most recently at the Bienal Iberamericanna de Diseño, Spain. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum as well as the Library of Congress, Washington. Vanessa holds an MFA from ArtCenter College of Design.


Louise Fili

Type Designer, Creative Director & Author

Louise Fili is a creative director, graphic designer, type designer, and author. Fili was art director of Pantheon Books for eleven years, where she designed close to 2,000 book jackets. She founded Louise Fili Ltd in 1989. She is author of Elegantissima, Grafica della Strada, Graphique de la Rue, Gràfica de les Rambles, The Cognoscenti's Guide to Florence, and Italianissimo and co-author (with Steven Heller) of Italian Art Deco, British Modern, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, French Modern, Deco España, Deco Type, German Modern, Design Connoisseur, Typology, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, Scripts, Shadow Type, Stencil Type, and Slab Serif Type. A member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, she has also received medals for Lifetime Achievement from the AIGA and the Type Directors Club, and three James Beard award nominations.


Simon Johnston

Designer, Educator & Author

Professor Simon Johnston is Director of Typography in the Graphic Design Department at ArtCenter, supervising the typography curriculum. He is also Creative Director of HMCT. Born in England, he studied with Hofmann and Weingart at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel. In London in the 1980s he was instigator and co-editor of the typography journal Octavo. His current design practice focuses on publications for galleries and museums. Clients include the Whitney Museum, Gagosian Gallery, Getty Museum, Yale University Press, and Marian Goodman Gallery, for whom he is currently completing the sixth volume of the John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné. He divides his time between education, book design, writing, and his own art/photography practice, including the recently formed Verb Editions publishing. His photography project Meridian was published by Steidl in 2020.


Gloria Kondrup

Designer, Educator & Letterpress Printer

As a design consultant, Gloria Kondrup, has helped evolve extensive branding and packaging systems. As a professor at ArtCenter College of Design, Gloria has been a design educator for over two decades, and as the Director of Archetype Press, ArtCenter’s vibrant letterpress studio, she redefined the value of typography and analog technology in the digital landscape. Gloria currently serves as the Executive Director of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT) that furthers the advancement and study of typography through its educational programs, student scholarships and awards, educator grants, and fellowships. Gloria lectures nationally and internationally on design topics that include culture, politics, education, and ethics. She has a BA in fine art and an MFA in design, and currently serves on the board of Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI).


Rudy Manning

Designer, Creative Director & Educator

For 20 years, Rudy has stayed true to the belief that graphic design, in its truest form, has the unique ability to bridge cultural and disciplinary boundaries. As co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Pastilla Inc, he has built a digital agency on strategic creativity which encompasses digital, print, film and animation, advertising, and marketing. Based in Pasadena since 2004, Pastilla has partnered with Disney, SAP, ESPN, Golden Globes, City of Los Angeles, Microsoft, Melinda Gates Foundation, and more to produce award-winning work. Rudy has been published internationally in design journals and has received numerous awards, including the Print International Design Award, HOW Awards, Graphis, Telly Awards, IXDA Showcase Awards, Creativity International and American Center for Design 100 Show Award. Rudy began his design education at Cal Poly Pomona and received his BFA with Honors at ArtCenter College of Design in Graphic Design, where he currently teaches branding and design.


Jotham Ndugga-Kabuye

Director of Social Media

Jotham Ndugga-Kabuye is a creative brand storyteller with a love for social, music, fashion, and sport. He has experience managing and developing some of the most successful brands in the digital space including Impossible Foods, Oracle, and PepsiCo. He is currently Director, Head of Global Social Media at Twitch, and loves building community with others. Jotham earned a BA in Communications and Economics from UC San Diego, and an MBA in Marketing from San Diego State University.


Roy Tatum

Designer & Educator

Roy Tatum is a Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary designer. He’s worked on everything from wearables to websites and apps, to printed matter and visual identities. He’s worked with and for companies like Apple, Nike, The California Science Center, Wove, and Target. He is a Co-founder and Creative Director at Numbers, a design studio specializing in type design, identity design, and illustration projects both self-initiated and for a variety of clients, from small startups to established brands. He also teaches Generative Design and Generative Typography classes within the Graphic Design program at ArtCenter College of Design. His classes explore how code can be used within the context of graphic design through hands-on demos and discussion of the technical and cultural history of programming as it relates to design and art.