Meet the 2021 judges

Our 2021 Ideas that Matter judges know good design—it’s what helped get them to where they are today. Now, this independent panel of accomplished design industry leaders is up for the difficult task of choosing this year’s winners based on potential effectiveness, plan for implementation and, of course, creativity. Read on to meet the panel and learn more about their achievements.

Andrew Gibbs
Founder, EIC, and CEO, The Dieline | CCO, PRINTmag.com

Andrew believes in the power of design to change the world. He founded Dieline in 2007 and continues to share his knowledge about and passion for great design through his work as the Editor in Chief and CEO. Andrew is also a partner and Co-Chief Creative Officer of PRINTmag.com, where he relaunched the 80-year-old publication as a vibrant online creative hub. Read full bio

Andrew Gibbs
Founder, EIC, and CEO, The Dieline | CCO, PRINTmag.com

Andrew believes in the power of design to change the world. He founded Dieline in 2007 and continues to share his knowledge about and passion for great design through his work as the Editor in Chief and CEO. Andrew is also a partner and Co-Chief Creative Officer of PRINTmag.com, where he relaunched the 80-year-old publication as a vibrant online creative hub. Read full bio

Gage Mitchell
Principal and Creative Director, Modern Species

Gage sees everything as a design challenge—whether it’s designing new business strategies, designing to solve community problems, or designing your life to be more fulfilling. Gage is the Principal and Creative Director of Modern Species, a sustainable brand design studio helping mission-driven brands launch, evolve, and grow to scale their positive impact. Read full bio

Gage Mitchell
Principal and Creative Director, Modern Species

Gage sees everything as a design challenge—whether it’s designing new business strategies, designing to solve community problems, or designing your life to be more fulfilling. Gage is the Principal and Creative Director of Modern Species, a sustainable brand design studio helping mission-driven brands launch, evolve, and grow to scale their positive impact. Read full bio

Bryony Gomez-Palacio
Co-Founder, UnderConsideration

Bryony thinks of herself like the stock market—up and down on the daily, but overall trending in the right direction. Born and raised in Mexico City, Bryony Gomez-Palacio is a graphic designer and writer now living in Bloomington, Indiana. She is co-founder of UnderConsideration—a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise all rolled into one. Read full bio

Bryony Gomez-Palacio
Co-Founder, UnderConsideration

Bryony thinks of herself like the stock market—up and down on the daily, but overall trending in the right direction. Born and raised in Mexico City, Bryony Gomez-Palacio is a graphic designer and writer now living in Bloomington, Indiana. She is co-founder of UnderConsideration—a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise all rolled into one. Read full bio

Dian Holton
Senior Deputy Art Director, AARP

Dian’s passions include education, philanthropy, fashion, and pop culture. She is a senior deputy art director at AARP, where she oversees creative for websites The Girlfriend, Sisters From AARP, and The Ethel. Dian routinely contributes designs to AARP The Magazine, specifically cover stories. Her background includes book design, branding, retail installation, styling, and footwear design. Read full bio

Dian Holton
Senior Deputy Art Director, AARP

Dian’s passions include education, philanthropy, fashion, and pop culture. She is a senior deputy art director at AARP, where she oversees creative for websites The Girlfriend, Sisters From AARP, and The Ethel. Dian routinely contributes designs to AARP The Magazine, specifically cover stories. Her background includes book design, branding, retail installation, styling, and footwear design. Read full bio

Libby Cole
Principal, The Work Department

Libby values people’s expertise in their own lives; therefore, co-creation is the heart of every project she takes on. Libby is a graphic designer and principal of The Work Department, a design studio in Detroit. The studio partners with value-aligned organizations across sectors—those who prioritize access, equity, and shared respect. Read full bio

Libby Cole
Principal, The Work Department

Libby values people’s expertise in their own lives; therefore, co-creation is the heart of every project she takes on. Libby is a graphic designer and principal of The Work Department, a design studio in Detroit. The studio partners with value-aligned organizations across sectors—those who prioritize access, equity, and shared respect. Read full bio