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.

Mitya Kharshak

Mitya Kharshak was born in Leningrad in 1977. A designer, a photographer, an art critic and a researcher of graphic archaeology. Graduated from the department of Communications design of St.Petersburg State Academy of Design and Applied Art, then in the same Institution completed 3-years post-graduate studies at the Department of Theory and history of arts and architecture. In 1996 and 1998—1999 he studied and taught at the Higher School of Art (Hochschule der Kunste) in Berlin. In 2003 and in 2006 he took part in international interdisciplinary design and architectural projects on topics “Shrinking cities” and “EU-urbanism” in Bauhaus (Dessau, Germany). He is a participant of lots of professional exhibitions and competitions. An author of the book “From psychology of domestic type to graphic archaeology” (2006) and dozens of articles on design, visual art and advertising. Since 2001 till 2006 was a teacher and lecturer on the department of Graphic in North-West State Print University. Since January 2009 he started teaching “The history of design of the XX century” in St.Petersburg State Academy of Design and Applied art.

His works are in the collections of the Russian National Library, the State Museum of Vladimir Nabokov, State Museum of Political History and the State Museum “Tsarskoye Selo Collection”. A member of the Guild of Artists of Russia. The main awards: Golden prize and the prize “Modulor” in the nomination “Graphical design in biennale exhibition “Modulor 2003”, the  winner of the exhibition “Sign 2003”, the prize of the Guild of Journalists of Russia (2003), the First Prize in the exhibition-competition “The Golden Flea 2005”, the prizewinner “The Golden Flea 2006”, the second and the third prizes at the International Competition of Trade Style “Identity. Best of the best”. In 2010 four graphic works of Mitya Kharshak were included into the TOP-100 of Russian design, rated by an international expert jury. In 2012 — two works in this rating. The programme “Vizhu! The stars of graphic design”, which was founded and curated by Mitya Kharshak in 2009—2010 was recounted as an “Event of the year in Russian graphic design”. In 2011 and 2012 awarded by the Goveners’ prize in the section of visual art and design. 

Since 2007 he is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the “Projector” design magazine. In 2011 he created a series of weekly TV live talks “Projector TV-magazine” — professional program on design, architecture and visual arts. In 2013—2014 he has been editor-in-chief of ART1, a visual daily internet-portal.

Lives and works in St.Petersburg, where he serves as the head of the Higher School of Economics Design School. 

Ana Gea

Ana Gea is the editor and co-director of Gràffica, a magazine that in less than a decade has become a fundamental medium in the dissemination of visual culture. Ana combines her working life with teaching in the Masters course at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Founder of the magazine Gràffica —the most widely read media specialised in visual culture in Spanish in the world—, the design consultancy PalauGea and the Universo de Emociones project, which publishes publications on emotions
and human behaviour.

She has directed different projects for brands such as: Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain, Fedrigoni, Manter, Red Bull, LZF Lamps, Grupo Punset, Fundación Cotec, Ruiz Gallardón Abogados…

She is a lecturer at different universities in Spain where she teaches strategy and design management: (UPV) Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, CEU Cardenal Herrera University, (IED) Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid, Barreira, LABA Valencia…

She has been a speaker at different events and design festivals such as: Blanc Festival, Selected Bilbao, Tenerife Design Festival, Santander Music Festival, Paradís (Valencia World Design Capital)and  jury member for the Laus Awards, Gràffica Awards, Canary Islands Design Awards, Motiva Awards, etc…

Viola von Zadow

Viola von Zadow is a communications designer and photographer from Berlin. She is a co-founder and lead designer of m12.studio, co-editor of Design Made in Germany and a jury member for several awards.

m12.studio 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.

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 Dizajn.hr 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.

Jonathan Pierini

Jonathan Pierini is director at ISIA—High Institute for Applied Arts in Urbino and co-editor of Progetto Grafico magazine.
He has previously been researcher and aggregate professor at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano (2011-2017).
He is a graphic and type designer. He holds a BA in graphic design and visual communication from the ISIA Urbino and a MA in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Arts of The Hague, The Netherlands.

Daniel Nelson

Daniel Nelson is a passionate creative professional with over 20 years experience from the creative industry.
He currently works as a Digital Director at Mustasch, an agency located in his hometown, Karlskrona.
He’s also the founder of From up North, a digital brand which focuses on inspiring and promoting his fellow creatives all over the world.

Arseny Vesnin

Digital culture editor and founder of Designcollector Network Arseny Vesnin, has been exploring and curating the best of visual media arts and design since 2003. DCN quickly became a leading online media that keeps an eye on the rapidly changing world of new media art, design and other creative disciplines.

Starting from 2013, DCN organises an annual initiative Digital Decade, aimed to reveal upcoming artists working in the field of digital art. Digital Decade has taken place previously in creative hubs of London, Barcelona and Saint Petersburg.

Arseny started to judge projects at the European Design Awards in 2013 and since then we respect his ability to evaluate submissions from different digital fields in a fair and unbiased manner.

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.

Freek Kroesbergen

Freek Kroesbergen (1972) is communications and public relations manager of the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO), and editor-in-chief of Dude, Dutch Designers Magazine, which is published by BNO.

He studied marketing, communication and concept development (strategy and copy writing), and started his career in 1996 in the advertising industry, working for international agency Euro RSCG where he was information manager and brand strategy planner. In 2003, he worked in the same capacity for brand consultancy US, Brand Value Development. Earlier, in 2001, he began working in the music industry. He is responsible for public relations and marketing for the medium-sized pop venue, P60. He became involved, and still is, in tour bookings and festival programming. In 2004, he made a final switch to another creative industry: design. Starting off as public relations manager for BNO, he is now strategically responsible for public relations, sponsoring and communications, including social media, all websites, newsmails and the magazine Dude.