Alanna MacGowan and Benjamin K. Shown are both recent graduates of The University of Washington’s MFA Design program, where the idea and motivation to create The Hello Poster Show was born. Their respective thesis projects took inspiration from their work with The Hello Poster Show, which continues to influence their roles as socially conscious graphic designers and motivate projects like Positive Post (positivepost.org), a simple but inspired system aimed to revive this lost art of personal correspondence.
Deanne Cheuk is a New York-based art director, illustrator and artist. She has been commissioned by such companies as American Express, Levi’s, Nike, Converse, Swatch, Target, MTV, Nickelodeon, The Gap, Urban Outfitters, The Guardian, T Magazine and The New York Times Magazine for her illustrative and stylistic approach. Cheuk’s artwork is inspired by nature, utopia, space and being, often distorting realistic representation into fantasy. Her first book is called ‘Mushroom Girls Virus’. Deanne’s work has been exhibited worldwide.
Paul Garbett is the co-founder and Creative Director of Naughtyfish, an independent Sydney-based graphic design studio. Their activities cover the gamut of contemporary branding and communication design, and occasionally veer into products, textiles and art.
Paul was born in South Africa and moved to Australia in 1998. His interest in graphic design began when he discovered his grandfather’s stamp collection as a child, and was further kindled through an interest in BMX graphics and later in album covers. He began studying graphic design in high school, at the Johannesburg National School of the Arts, and completed his tertiary education at the University of Johannesburg graduating at the top of his class.
Paul believes that the design process should be fun, and was delighted when his work was recently described as ‘playful and thoughtful’, a description which he feel sums up his approach to design.
Paul’s work has been exhibited, awarded and published nationally and internationally.
Jack Mussett is Creative Director & Principal of Melbourne based creative studio Motherbird. The studio has worked with a variety of clients including; MTV, Qantas, Warner Music, Chunky Move, Billy Blue School of Design and Grill’d. Motherbird specialise in brand identity, print design, image making, packaging, digital design and environmental signage. In 2010 they were awarded the Australia-wide ‘Spirit of Youth Award’ (SOYA), which resulted in a mentorship with past Young Guns winner Deanne Cheuk. Motherbird are active members of the design community, contributing regularly to national and international design publications, most recently being commissioned to design the covers of Computer Arts Magazine Issue #199 & Desktop Magazine Issue #285. For the past two years they’ve been on the council for the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA).
Brendan McKnight is the digital editor of Dumbo Feather.
Brendan has just launched into a new digital editor role at Dumbo Feather, strategising and implementing its digital offering – taking the Dumbo message and brand to a global audience. As the former editor of desktop magazine, Brendan was responsible for the vision behind and managing of the magazine’s successful relaunch in March 2011, which was heralded by the industry for its fresh look and new editorial approach – effectively turning the magazine around and driving the increase of subscriptions and newsstand sales.
Brendan has worked as a trends researcher in London, freelanced for The Cool Hunter, and written for a bunch of publications/brands including Dazed, Vanity Fair, Marketing magazine, The Design Files and (inside) Interior Design Review. He has been interviewed on Broadsheet, The Thousands, Design Montage and ABC Radio and has spoken at a variety of events and conferences including Look Hear, Cut.Slice.Fold, Junior and AGDA Question Time.
With a keen passion for fascinating design and extraordinary people, Brendan is interested in both digital and analogue publishing (and the crossovers between the two) and can often be found buried under stacks of magazines, snow globes and cereal boxes.