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Mary Kate McDevitt is a letterer and illustrator living and working in Portland, OR. Mary Kate graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2007 with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked as a designer at a studio in Lancaster, PA for 2 years. In 2010, Mary Kate moved out to Portland, OR to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator and artist. MORE…

Mary Kate currently works out of her studio, Magnetic North in NE Portland but is prepared for another cross-country move, this time headed to Brooklyn, NY. Mary Kate is still available for North Western collaborations, as she will most definitely need an excuse to visit Portland.

When Mary Kate is not in the studio, she enjoys drinking coffee, thrifting, riding bikes, watching News Radio with her boyfriend Fred DiMeglio and redecorating her house. You can follow Mary Kate on twitter for random musings, news and updates and photos of Peppy Mew Mew.


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January 30th at 2pm.

Tom Muller is a Belgian-born, London-based graphic designer who is no stranger to multitasking or collaborative projects. After receiving his MA in Graphic and Advertising Design from Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, he’s held positions at Vir2L Studios Europe and Mam Tor™ Publishing, regularly conspires on web- and print-based projects with artist Ashley Wood and currently serves as Creative Director at Kleber Design Ltd. Behance sat down with Tom to hear his thoughts on organization, his creative process and positive client interactions.


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Hailing from Ithaca, NY Tyler Finck began his creative explorations as a film student before turning to design. Now, he wields a dashing portfolio of interesting projects that range from music albums to font faces. Although we encounter some technical difficulty (lag) during our talk, he charms the audience with his unassuming demeanor.

Finck’s Bio:
Maker of many things, including 1 human.

I grew up in the south of Maine, where I explored the ocean in the summer and the mountains in the winter. I studied in upstate New York where I made drawings, movies and photographs for grades but never went outside. I welcomed a son into this world where we both make stories, songs, pictures and delicious meals. Since 2005 I’ve made a living by creating unique visual and aural experiences for clients, companies, family, friends, and sometimes just me. I love what I do, and I try to do a lot.


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Hyperakt is an independent NYC design firm with a passion for creating work that effects change in the world around us: meaningful design for the common good.

By having a bigger purpose, it just might be that Hyperakt’s building a 21st century design studio:the crucible of big, world-changing ideas.
- Harvard Business Review

Hyperakt works with clients who fight for justice,celebrate culture and diversity, spread knowledge and engage in social entrepreneurship.

Deroy Peraza
Principal + Creative Director

@deroyperaza on twitter
Deroy Peraza was born in Havana, Cuba. He has a BFA from Parsons the New School of Design and is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt.

Deroy loves working at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship and design, and relentlessly searches for meaningful challenges. He loves juggling vastly different projects, such as data visualizations, brand identities, website interfaces and inventing products such as and role at Hyperakt is to provide creative and visionary leadership and mentorship for the Hyperaktivisits, as well as being a hands on designer.

Deroy taught at Parsons for four years and regularly speaks about design. He has lived in five countries and loves to travel. A die-hard FC Barcelona fan, Deroy currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jenna and son Luco.


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Founder/Photographer @LostInConcert, Senior Designer @McGuffinCG, Programming Chair @AIGAChicago, Tastemaker @Do312

Lost In Concert is a web publication focused on the live music experience. We strive to capture once in a lifetime concert moments in photos and print in an effort to keep the concert experience alive forever.


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About Jason

Jason Pamental has worked on the web since 1994. With a background in design and an intimate understanding of technology and its application on the web, he has led creative and technical teams for NFL and America’s Cup teams, Fortune 25 and technology corporations and many other clients, serving in both creative and technical roles. A passionate advocate of web standards and accessibility, Jason embraces new developments in web typography and responsive design as the next logical evolution in usability, search and maintenance of complex web systems.

In addition to his consulting practice, Jason speaks about Responsive Design, Web Typography and Web Strategy at conferences and pretty much anywhere people will listen. When that’s not happening he’s usually hanging out with his family or following @aProperCollie around Turner Reservoir in the morning, posting photos on Instagram.

…and for entertainment purposes – my Instagram page

…this is my ‘anti-computer therapy


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Randy is currently Creative Director at Etsy. Prior to Etsy, he co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Originally from Orlando, FL, he relocated to New York City to earn an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts.

Randy was included in PRINT’s New Visual Artists 2009 and STEP Inside Design’s Field Guide To Emerging Talent 2008. His work has also been honored by the Type Directors Club, HOW, Communication Arts, the ONE show, and the American Advertising Association.

He lectures on design entrepreneurs and design responsibility. He has been a guest critic at Parsons The New School for Design, The Cooper Union, and Mississippi State University. His writing and interviews have appeared in PRINT magazine, Massive Change, VOICE AIGA Journal of Design, Speak Up, Lemon magazine, and other publications.

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Erik Marinovich is a letterer and designer based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder of Friends of Type and has worked for clients such as New York Times, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Metropolis magazine, GAP, Diageo, Nike; while also freelancing for various studios such as: Landor, Brand Union, Greatworks, Anomaly in New York. He was recently named LetterCult’s Person of the Year 2011 and in 2012 co-founded Titlecase, a lettering and design studio with fellow letterer Jessica Hische.

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His work does all the talking… until now.
David is a designer, art director, illustrator, + artist. His work does all the talking… until now. We chat for a quick hour about the plethora of work he’s done on Threadless, for agencies and for himself. David’d Make Something Cool Everyday project has helped fuel the recognition he gets that now leads to illustration jobs for magazines like Wired. His strongest message of the night was about how you “Have to fail a lot before you can succeed.”


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Just prior to her year anniversary in San Francisco, Samantha Warren reflects on her transition from DC and her time at Twitter. When talking about how other generations don’t really connect on Twitter, she drops a hint about an upcoming product by saying, “…we’re working on connecting with Twitter on a different level.”

My Name is Samantha Warren

I LOVE FUSING SMART CONCEPTS WITH CREATIVE, STANDARDS-BASED, accessible web design. I know that listening, understanding business and user experience goals, and adhering to standards are keys to well-executed design online.

On the internet I most often frequent Twitter, Dribbble, and Instagram but can regularly be found on LinkedIn, Lanyrd, and Slideshare. Let’s be friends :-)

I’m a people person. Whether connecting with clients at Phase 2 Technology — where I’m the Design Director — or moderating a panel on typography at SXSWi or catching up with other web professionals at Refresh DC, I love to participate in web community activities.

During my career so far, I’ve had the chance to work with established clients (e.g. Choice Hotels International, National Geographic, and Dupont) and individuals alike (e.g. journalists, surgeons, and environmentalist). It’s rad.


I leave the studio (occasionally) to engage in the community, give back, and find inspiration. I teach foundation-level graphic design and web design courses at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University in Georgetown. I’m also a board member for the Art Directors Club of Metro Washington DC (ADCMW), where I’ve been leading the charge to introduce more web-related events to its yearly programming.

I actually enjoy speaking and writing. I have organized and moderated a panel at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin and given a solo presentation, I have presented at numerous national events, and I’ve spoken internationally at dConstruct and Interlink. You can also find me in issue 188 of Practical Web Design Magazine (.Net Magazine for those in the UK) talking about how to perform a web site critique and in issue 191 walking through a website redesign [download lo-res PDF]. Blogging has introduced me to so many people online who crave design as much as I do.


I find time to escape to the beach, plant patio herb gardens, and spend time with my partner in crime husband, Jim, who is a fantastic designer. We have a cross-eyed cat named Grace who thinks she is a human and talks more than most people do. I’m a huge fan of Janis Joplin, Andrew Byrd and Devotchka, and I love hanging out with my family and friends — most of whom have given up on trying to understand what the hell I do for a living.