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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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.



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 chief editor of Dd Magazine and Dd Yearbook, which are published by BNO.

Freek studied marketing, communications and concept development (strategy and copy writing). He started his career in 1996 in the advertising industry, working for agency network Euro RSCG (now Havas Creative) 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 at pop venue P60 where he was responsible for public relations and marketing. Even today he is still active in tour bookings and festival programming at pop venue Duycker. In 2004, Freek made a final switch to another creative industry: design. Starting off as the public relations manager for BNO, he is now strategically responsible for all publicity and communications, including website, social media, newsmails, and the publications Dd Magazine and Dd Yearbook, of which he is editor-in-chief.


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