Hal Apple

Change Management for Marketing and Creative Teams

Hal was trained as a graphic designer to solve problems. Later, he learned that clients do not like to be told they have problems. While working alongside product designers, Hal learned that good design solutions arose when he took time to listen and understand the individual people who engage with the things we design. Once he understood that, Hal opened a design office that created tactile, interactive products for children and their parents who visited the Getty Museum. From there, he moved on to Skechers, a startup (at the time) who hired his team to design nearly everything that had a Skechers logo on it. Over time, Hal has been fortunate to lead design teams for other startups and rapidly growing companies. Most recently, Hal is helping companies to reinvent how they hire agencies, staff their internal departments, or engage with outsourcing partnerships.  

Rick Byrne

Creative Lead at Oracle

Rick's work with companies like the BBC, CBS Interactive, Unity, and Oracle have taken him all over the world, setting up shop in San Francisco, London, and Dublin. As a creative lead, Rick's process starts with looking deeply into the nature of the problem. He feels that the granular understanding of each unique problem will soon start to create its own unique solution. He believes this is a source for creating something innovative in a world already flooded with images. Outside of working hours, Rick's passion is creative logos for nonprofits and unfunded startups. He chooses to work with logos in particular, as they boil down the enormity of a project, concept, or institution into its most minimal form. And, as a board member of San Francisco's AIGA chapter, Rick has produced over 65 events focusing on the nature of creative careers, which he details on his blog.  

Marianne Dear

Creative Lead at Wellcome

Marianne is Creative Lead at Wellcome, an independent charitable foundation based in London, United Kingdom. She is a graphic designer with over 18 years' experience in health, medical research, culture, publishing, finance, automotive and hospitality. At Wellcome, scientists and researchers are supported in taking on the biggest threats to human health and Marianne’s passion is bringing those extraordinary ideas closer to everyday people. Through the collision of science, art, and history, Wellcome's work draws connections between the health of our bodies and the health of the communities people live in. Marianne has an interest in inclusive design particularly in the development of museum spaces and exhibitions and advocates for accessibility and function over form. A believer in respecting the craft behind design, she continues to incorporate mark-making into her personal work to stay in touch with the physical in an increasingly digital world.  

Jason Pamental

Designer, Strategist, Tinkerer, Typographer

Jason spends much of his time working with clients to establish their typographic systems and digital strategy, helping design and development teams works smarter and faster, and running workshops about all of the above. He is a seasoned design and user experience strategy leader with over 20 years’ experience on the web, in both creative and technical roles. Clients range from type industry giants, Ivy League and high tech, to the NFL and America’s Cup. He also researches and writes on typography for the web: he’s author of Responsive Typography from O’Reilly, articles for .Net Magazine, PRINT Magazine, HOW, Monotype, and a frequent podcast guest. He has also authored online courses for Aquent Gymnasium and Frontend Masters. He’s an experienced speaker and workshop leader, having presented at over 50 national and international conferences.