Viola von Zadow

Viola von Zadow is a communications designer and photographer from Berlin. She is a co-founder and lead designer of, co-editor of Design Made in Germany and a jury member for several awards. is a hub for tailor-made, high-standard conceptual design solutions. On top of a strong core team, its long-standing partner network allows to respond to complex client needs in digital and print. Since 2014, Viola is a co-editor for the online magazine of Design Made in Germany, since 2018, a judge for Epica Awards and, since 2020, a jury member of European Design Awards.

Viola studied Kommunikationsdesign at the HTW Berlin with honors and gained project experience at the design studio Ritator in Stockholm, at Polyform in Berlin and with London-based John Thompson & Partners in Dublin and Shanghai.



Zoltan Gocza

Zoltan is a product design leader with over 20 years of experience creating digital products used by tens of millions worldwide.

Zoltan currently leads a design team at Credit Suisse. In the past, he headed design at companies like Numbrs, Ustream and Isobar, and co-founded a startup that became a market leader.

His publications, like UX Myths or Contrast Rebellion, have reached millions of designers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Zoltan is a frequent speaker at design conferences and courses.



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Petra Černe Oven

Dr. Petra Černe Oven is a designer, theoretician and author with a special interest in typography, information design and theory and history of visual communication design. She completed her PhD at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading (UK). 

Černe Oven initiated or co-organised over 40 conferences, workshops and exhibitions and has published extensively in academic and professional media. Since 2010, she has been co-editing Zbirka 42, a series of books on design theory with dr. Barbara Predan. 

Černe Oven has served as a member of numerous juries nationally and internationally (TDC NY, European Design Awards), acts as a country delegate at the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI) and lectures internationally. Černe Oven is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (University of Ljubljana) where she serves as a head of Chair of Theoretical Studies.



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Marko Golub

Born in Split, Croatia in 1978, Marko is an art and design critic, editor and curator. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and started working as an art critic in the early 2000s. Until 2010, he was active in the editorial board of Croatian radio programmes, tv shows, and magazines as a critic and journalist on culture, architecture, and design.

As of 2011, he is the director of the Croatian Designers Association Gallery (HDD galerija) in Zagreb and also the editor-in-chief of the website. He has curated many design and contemporary art exhibitions and has authored a number of books on visual art and design.

He is the editor of the last four editions of the biennial catalogue publication Croatian Design Review (from 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018), a member of the organisational team of the D-Day International Design Festival in the period 2011-2015 and the editor of all accompanying publications for that festival. From 2014 to 2016, Golub was a member of the Council for Innovative Culture and Art Practices at the Croatian Ministry of Culture. Besides the Croatian Designers Association where he is employed for the last 8 years, he is also active in other professional organisations, such as the Studies Section of the Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts and the Croatian Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). In 2013 he was awarded the CS AICA Annual Prize for Art Criticism. From 2016 till 2018, he was the President of the Croatian Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). After his mandate ended in December 2018 he remains a member of the Section’s Executive Board.



Iris Lješnjanin

Juggling between at least three languages on a daily basis, Iris is known for her love for linguistics, arts, Web design and typography, as well as her goldmine of animated GIFs appropriate for every occasion.

As senior editor at the one and only Smashing Magazine, she spends most of her time tenderly sifting through articles in search of golden thoughts and ideas that will bring readers to think, wonder, enjoy and learn something new.



Nassos Kappa

Nassos Kappa is a multifaceted design director and UX consultant with 20 years of experience specialising in the fields of digital product and brand design.

He is the founder of Bitniks Design Ensemble, a studio through which he collaborates with bright minds around the globe to design brands, products and services for positive impact, aiming for meaningful and sustainable solutions through simple and beautiful design.

He is contributing to the design community as a writer, speaker and guest lecturer. He’s also organising and curating different activities around design, while being an editor for the greek +DESIGN magazine.