Hail to the jury!

Grace Bonney

Design*Sponge is a daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge features store and product reviews, sale and contest announcements, new designer profiles, trend forecasting and store/studio tours. In addition, Design*Sponge features a unique section dedicated to covering student design, national and international design shows. The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts a core group of devoted readers. Design*Sponge currently has over 30,000 daily readers. Click here for PRESS on design*sponge.

Design*Sponge editor Grace Bonney has a unique angle on the industry, working 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, Better Homes and Gardens, CITY Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Archinect, The New York Post, Everyday with Rachael Ray and others. In addition, she wrote a weekly design column for the Philadelphia Inquirer for two years and has worked as Style Editor of HGTV’s Ideas Magazine.

In addition, Grace has been a featured guest on Good Morning America and has been invited to speak with wide variety of organizations ranging from design schools to professional trade organizations. Recent engagements: “Design and the Media” (RISD, 2007), “Getting Your Work Online” (SCAD, 2007), “Design and the Internet” (AIGA, 2007), Design and Marketing Online (FIT, 2008), and Design Panel Discussion (SURTEX, 2008).

Grace also runs a national series of meetups for women running design-based businesses called the D*S Biz Lady Series. Grace hosts and speaks at these events designed to connect local designers and provide free advice on the subjects of PR/marketing, legal concerns, business/financial decisions and wholesaling. Meetings have been held in Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles with 6 additional cities coming in 2008.

Kate Bingaman-Burt

Kate Bingaman-Burt makes her painfully mundane purchases, well, irresistible or at least gives us something to make us feel less self-conscious about how frequently we spend to fill the void.

She is Obsessive Consumption.

Obsessive Consumption started in 2002 when Kate decided to photograph all of her 
purchases and in turn created a brand out of the process to package and promote. She is currently hand drawing all of her credit card statements until they are paid off. She also draws something she purchases each day along with making piles of work (zines! pillows! photographs! dresses! buttons! more drawings!) that all fit into this brand she’s built.

She is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University. She also is the founding partner of the Public Design Center.

Kate’s work has been featured in The New York Times and in multiple magazines– Print, Adorn, Dwell and How among them. Her work has been published in books like Handmade Nation, Hand Job! A Catalog of Type, The Artist’s Guide to Making Money, The Crafter Culture Handbook, and Becoming a Digital Designer. She also created limited edition work for 20×200 and Poketo.

Her website, Obsessive Consumption, has been a Yahoo! Pick of the Day and has been featured on numerous weblogs including Craft and Makezine, Boing Boing, The Consumerist, Core77, Coudal Partners, Design Observer, Things Magazine and We Make Money Not Art.


Torrey Stifel

A 2005 graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in painting, Torrey is the studio coordinator for Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah GA.

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