BIRGIT LOHMANN, Designboom
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Birgit Lohmann studied Industrial Design in Florence before moving to Milan, where she has lived and worked, since 1987. For 20 years she practiced as a designer and product development manager for a number of italian architects and master designers, including Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari and Renzo Piano. She has also worked as a design historian for justice departments and international auction houses. As a researcher and lecturer, she has conducted seminars on Industrial Design at a number of prestigious international universities. in 1999 she co-founded designboom, where she is currently editor-in-chief, head of educational programming and curator for international exhibitions.
GRACE BONNEY, Design*Sponge
Grace Bonney founded Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to home and product design, in August of 2004. She has a unique angle on the industry and has worked as a contributing editor at Domino Magazine and CRAFT magazine, and as a freelancer with top publications like House and Garden, New York Home, Food and Wine, In Style, New York Magazine, Time Out and many more. She also wrote a weekly design column for the Philadelphia Inquirer and has worked as a Style Editor for HGTV’s Ideas Magazine. Grace has been a featured guest on Good Morning America and the Martha Stewart Radio Show and has been invited to speak with wide variety of organizations ranging from design schools to professional trade organizations.
NATALIE ZEE DRIEU, CRAFT
Natalie Zee Drieu leads editorial coverage for CRAFT, one of the largest websites covering the modern craft movement. In 2008, Folio named her one of the Top 40 Magazine Industry Influencers and Innovators. She has brought her crafting know-how to TV shows such as The View from the Bay, Bay Area Backroads, and CBS News’ The Early Show, and has spoken at conventions like SXSWi and CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) about the new crafts movement and the convergence of crafts and technology. She’s a designer and best-selling author of books on web design and broadband technology, and she’s the founder of Coquette (coquette.blogs.com), a blog on fashion and technology that’s rated one of the top 50 fashion blogs in the world. When she’s not at the computer, you can usually find her knitting or crocheting with her daughter, Chloe, and her Pomeranian, Lulu, nearby.
GLEN JACKSON TAYLOR, Core77
Glen is a caffeine fueled, photo taking, streaming music, sushi loving Australian obsessed with collecting airline safety cards and has only destroyed one laptop in 7 years of riding to work every day. With formal training in both Industrial Design and Interactive Media at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, he was the online art director at lomography.com for almost 5 years before joining the team at Core77.
SUSAN S. SZENASY, Metropolis Magazine
Susan S. Szenasy is Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture and design. Since 1986 she has lead the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition. She is internationally recognized as an authority on sustainability and design. Susan sits on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, FIT Interior Design, the Center for Architecture Advisory Board, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
MIKE CHINO, Inhabitat
Mike is the Managing Editor for Inhabitat. He is a writer, researcher, and musician based in San Francisco. He left sunny UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in French and Modern literature and delved into publishing through a stint at ReadyMade Magazine. Inspired by the impact that forward thinking can have on the present, he has cultivated a voracious appetite for developments in sustainable architecture, design, and technology. Mike likes to bike, blog, and build things, and in his spare time he also cooks, produces music, and rocks out.
ZOE MELO, TOUCH GALLERY
Zoë is a co-founder of TOUCH, a young brand that develops, markets and promotes social and sustainable design projects. She also consults designers and brands on a variety of projects worldwide. Over her career, Zoë has collaborated with some of the most talented and renowned designers, photographers and art directors in fashion, art and product design. Her work has received worldwide attention and media coverage. In 2008 Dwell magazine recognized Zoë as a Nice Modernist for her work in social and sustainable design. She has organized and curated important design events and exhibits, most recently Inter-Connected, a showcase of Portuguese and Brazilian design during New York Design Week.
SARAH RICH, Inhabitat
Sarah is a writer, editor and event curator. Recently she launched 48HR Magazine and earlier this year she
co-founded The Foodprint Project. Previously she was a senior editor at Dwell, co-author of the Worldchanging book, editor at Inhabitat and co-founder of Civil Eats.
JILL FEHRENBACHER, Inhabitat
Jill Fehrenbacher is the founder of Inhabitat.com, as well as a freelance designer and green design consultant. She created Inhabitat in the Spring of 2005 as a way to catalog her ongoing search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Columbia University, where she studied architecture, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has aligned nicely with her goals to escape the suburbs and live life car-free.