Max Bruinsma is an independent design critic, editor, curator and editorial designer. He is currently editor-in-chief of Items, the Dutch review of design, and supervising editor of Iridescent, Icograda's international journal of design research. His critical writings have featured regularly in major Dutch art and design journals and in international design publications like Eye, Idea, ID, Blueprint, The AIGA Journal, Étappes and Form. He curated 'Catalysts!' for the ExperimentaDesign biennale in Lisbon 2005, the same year he received the Pierre Bayle Award for design criticism.

Gareth Williams is Senior Tutor in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London and is the author of several books on contemporary design practice. He was, until 2009, a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with special interest in twentieth-century and contemporary furniture, product design and architecture. His ongoing research is about the relationship between emerging design practice and curatorial practice.

Donna Loveday is Head of Curatorial at the Design Museum in London with responsibility for the Touring Exhibitions Programme, Collection and Interpretation. She is also Course Director for the MA Curating Contemporary Design, in partnership with Kingston University. Alongside her work for the Design Museum, she is currently studying for a PhD and working on independent projects.

Rory Dodd is co-founder of Designersblock, the pioneering design event running parallel to many of the world's key international fairs, with focus on young undiscovered talent. Since 1998 he has produced over 50 major festivals of design, architecture and illustration involving over 1600 creative companies from 33 nations. He has worked in Tokyo, Seoul, London, Frankfurt, Milan, Stockholm and Istanbul.

Daniel Golling is a journalist focusing on architecture and design and the editor-in-chief of Forum magazine, previous to which he was architecture and design editor for Plaza magazine. He has regularly contributed to Swedish titles, including Arkitekten, Dagens Nyheter and Sydsvenskan.

Rick Poynor writes the Observer column for Print and the Critique column for Eye, which he founded in 1990. He has contributed to Blueprint, Icon, Creative Review, Frieze, Metropolis, Adbusters, The Guardian, Financial Times and many other publications. His books include Obey the Giant (2001), No More Rules (2003), Communicate (2004) and Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice (2008).

Steven Heller is the author, co-author or editor of over 100 books on design and noted contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline, I.D. and has contributed articles, critical essays and columns to many more titles. Currently, as editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design, he is invested in building a critical vocabulary for his field. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design Department, co-founder of the MFA Design Criticism Department and co-chair (with Lita Talarico) of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts.

Michael Rock is a graphic designer and partner in 2x4, a multidisciplinary design studio in New York. From 1985–1991 he was associate professor (adjunct) at the Rhode Island School of Design and since 1992 he is professor of design at the Yale School of Art. Currently he is director of the Graphic Architecture Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

Andy Rutledge is principal and chief design strategist at Unit Interactive and writes about design and professionalism on his personal site, Design View.

Anna Gerber is co-director of London-based book publisher Visual Editions. She is also a design writer and teaches at London College of Communication on the BA Graphic Design and MA Design Writing Criticism courses.

Teal Triggs is Professor of Graphic Design and Course Director of MA Design Writing Criticism, Faculty of Design, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. As a graphic design historian, critic and educator she has lectured widely, while her writings have appeared in numerous edited books and international design publications.

Kate Andrews is a writer, designer, communications consultant and digital strategist with a BA First Class Honors in Graphic Design. Specialising in design's social value and impact, she has contributed to design platforms including Eye Magazine,, and and has regular columns on and She has also worked on a number of creative collaborations, including the 2009 Affluenza Exhibition and Greengaged.