The Image Space Object Workshop is more like a university than a design conference

That is why we have a large returning roster of speaker/mentors who are the country's top experts in people-centered design research and familiar with the tools and methods that are presented in the workshop. This is how we can insure that all participants receive effective tools and methods that they can take back to their office and use in their daily practice.

  • Tucker Viemeister has created memorable and compelling brand experiences and products for Coke, Joe Boxer, OXO Good Grips, McDonald's and many others. He is currently vice president, creative, at Rockwell Group.

    A graduate from Pratt Institute, he was president of Springtime–USA, a partnership with the young Dutch industrial design company. He helped to found Razorfish's physical design capability, frogdesign's New York office and Smart Design, where he helped design the widely acclaimed OXO "GoodGrips" universal kitchen tools. He serves on the board of directors of the Architectural League of New York, is chair of the Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund and president of the International Design Network Foundation. He produced and designed a book written by Gail Greet Hannah, Elements of Design: Rowena Reed Kostellow and the Structure of Visual Relationships. BusinessWeek has called him "guru"; "scruffy brand-meister" by the Architect's Newspaper (February 2006); and he was dubbed "Industrial Design's Elder Wonderkind" in I.D. magazine's "I.D. 40." He teaches at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, holds 32 U.S. Utility Patents and was named after a car.

  • Hugh Graham is the principal of Hugh Graham Creative and is an interaction designer and creative strategist who uses narrative techniques to craft user-centered design solutions. His focus on the intersection of story and design comes from extensive experience in film, video, music and theater, including projects for MGM/Universal, Paramount, Viacom and the Walker Art Center, combined with a dozen years working in interaction design, including projects for Universal Studios, US West, Qwest, Janus, Aspen Ski Company, the Limited Express, American Friends Service Committee, Maytag, Virgin, the Colorado Rockies, Budget Rent A Car and Heifer International.

    Graham is a former director of user experience for Sapient Corporation and director of content strategy at iXL. He is an award-winning performance and media artist and has been recognized by the Denver Mayor's Office of Art Culture and Film and the Colorado Council for the Arts. He has served as director of strategy for the AIGA Colorado chapter. Graham is also an active digital storyteller and is pursuing this interest through Mile High Stories, a collection of stories about the City of Denver, its inhabitants, landmarks and history.

  • The McCoys are internationally recognized for their unique, multidisciplinary design education methods that give designers the tools and methods to collaborate in creating compelling design experiences. As directors of design at Cranbrook Academy of Art for 24 years, distinguished visiting professors at London's Royal College of Art, faculty at IIT Institute of Design in Chicago, directors of professional programs at RMCAD in Denver and principals in High Ground Design Workshops, Katherine and Michael have developed effective methods for designers to work together to create visions for the future.

    They have received over 200 awards for their work in graphic, product, furniture, signage, exhibit and interior design, including the IDSA Gold Award, I.D. magazine's Best of Category, Interior Design magazine's Best Office Design, the IBD Award and the European Ergo Design Award. Michael's work (with his partner Dale Fahnstrom) includes Knoll's best selling Bulldog Chair, Details Accessories for Steelcase, and electronics for Philips and NEC. Katherine's graphic design work includes Radical Graphics/Graphic Radicals (Chronicle Books), Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse (Rizzoli) and many posters and publications for Cranbrook Academy of Art. Their work and writings have been widely published and exhibited, and they lecture on design theory at conferences around the world.

    Their pioneering methods in design education have earned them the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the IDSA Education Award, the American Center for Design Education Award, the AIGA Medal (for Katherine), honorary doctorates from Kansas City Art Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution's first ever "Design Minds" National Design Award. 

  • The McCoys are internationally recognized for their unique, multidisciplinary design education methods that give designers the tools and methods to collaborate in creating compelling design experiences. As directors of design at Cranbrook Academy of Art for 24 years, distinguished visiting professors at London's Royal College of Art, faculty at IIT Institute of Design in Chicago, directors of professional programs at RMCAD in Denver and principals in High Ground Design Workshops, Katherine and Michael have developed effective methods for designers to work together to create visions for the future.

    They have received over 200 awards for their work in graphic, product, furniture, signage, exhibit and interior design, including the IDSA Gold Award, I.D. magazine's Best of Category, Interior Design magazine's Best Office Design, the IBD Award and the European Ergo Design Award. Michael's work (with his partner Dale Fahnstrom) includes Knoll's best selling Bulldog Chair, Details Accessories for Steelcase, and electronics for Philips and NEC. Katherine's graphic design work includes Radical Graphics/Graphic Radicals (Chronicle Books), Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse (Rizzoli) and many posters and publications for Cranbrook Academy of Art. Their work and writings have been widely published and exhibited, and they lecture on design theory at conferences around the world.

    Their pioneering methods in design education have earned them the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the IDSA Education Award, the American Center for Design Education Award, the AIGA Medal (for Katherine), honorary doctorates from Kansas City Art Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution's first ever "Design Minds" National Design Award. 

  • Fred Murrell is the chair of design at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a pioneer in advanced design management practices in the United States. Murrell is well known as a design director at Sapient, Texas Instruments, Corning and Tenet Healthcare, where he created information design environments and user-centered design programs, managed internal design teams that worked closely with design consultants like Doblin Group, IDEO and Meta Design and produced integrated communications programs, user interactions and product experiences.

    Murrell has served on the AIGA national board of directors, American Center for Design national board, Design Management Institute advisory board and the AIGA National Experience Design steering committee, and he was the first president for the New York AIGA Chapter (Rochester, NY). He has received awards from AIGA, ACD, Graphis, New York Art Directors Show, Print, Communications Arts, United Way and Creativity. He has lectured at the IIID (International Institute for Information Design) in Schwarzenburg, Austria; UIAH (University of Art & Design), Helsinki; AIGA National Conference, Seattle; AIGA Business Conference, New York; Design Management Institute, Corporate Identity Conference, Montreal; Rochester Institute of Technology and SUNY Fredonia, New York.

  • Rick E. Robinson is an interdisciplinary social scientist who holds a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago. He was formerly a principal in Luth Research and global director for NOP World's observational and ethnographic practice. For nearly 15 years, Robinson has been a leader in developing and applying observational research as a basis for new product, service and strategy solutions. He was a co-founder of E-Lab, a research and design consultancy, which pioneered ethnographic and observational research approaches for understanding the interactions between people and products. In 1999, E-Lab was acquired by Sapient, where he became senior vice president and chief experience officer. Among his clients have been leading companies in many different business sectors, including BP/Amoco, BMW, Ford, General Mills, General Motors, Hallmark, Intel, McDonald's, Nabisco, Samsung, Schick, Sony, Tropicana, Unilever, Warner–Lambert and Wells Fargo. His contributions to the development of business applications for ethnography have been written up in academic and marketing publications, profiled in Business Week, Fast Company, Business 2.0, The Financial Times and many others, as well as on CNN's Business Unusual.

    Robinson publishes and lectures widely on ethnographic practice and design research methodology, the value of understanding everyday life and the role of social theory in design. He is the co-author of The Art of Seeing with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He is on the editorial board of Design Issues and the advisory boards of the Design Management Institute and the California College of the Arts.