DJ Stout is a sixth generation Texan, born in the small West Texas town of Alpine. He studied graphic design at Texas Tech University, where he was honored as a distinguished alumni. DJ began his graphic design career in 1981 working for Robert A. Wilson Associates in Dallas. In 1987 he moved to Austin, where he was the award-winning art director of the nationally respected and critically acclaimed Texas Monthly magazine. In January 2000 DJ joined Pentagram as a partner in the Austin office.
During his tenure at Texas Monthly the publication was nominated for ten National Magazine Awards and was awarded the prestigious prize three times. In a special 1998 issue, American Photo magazine selected DJ as one of the “100 most important people in photography” primarily because of the impressive body of original photographic works that he commissioned and art directed during his thirteen years at Texas Monthly.
At Pentagram DJ’s wide-ranging expertise encompasses the design and redesign of a variety of publications including magazines, books and catalogs. He and his team also specialize in identity design, branding, packaging, exhibitions and website design. DJ’s work has been widely published and has won countless design awards. In 2004 I.D. (International Design) magazine profiled DJ as one of its “Fifty American Designers” He is frequently asked to speak at design conferences and events and to judge competitions all over the world.
DJ’s design work is represented in several permanent collections including Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA), the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern and Mexican Photography Collection in the Witliff Collections at Texas State University, the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at the University of Texas, and the Library of Congress.
Noreen is a co-founder of AdamsMorioka, leading the team in client interface, and business development. Her creative input has led to the success of multiple communications programs. Noreen believes that personal involvement with a client helps her crack the brand’s spirit. This allows her to interpret her clients’ sometimes vaguely articulated goals into actionable plans.
In 2006, Noreen was named as a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Noreen is a past president of Los Angeles Chapter of AIGA, chair of the AIGA National President’s Council, Fellow of the International Design Conference at Aspen, and a board member of the James Beard Foundation. In 2000, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibited AdamsMorioka in a solo retrospective.
Noreen has been named to the ID40, citing her as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally. She is a frequent competition judge and lecturer.
Founder & Creative Director, NJ(L.A.)™
NJ is a German, award-winning graphic designer (Red Dot, D&AD, Art Directors Club, International Design Awards, Type Directors Club New York & Tokyo, etc.). She began at the feet of the masters; working together with Stefan Sagmeister at Sagmeister Inc. and also Ian Anderson at the Designers Republic™/UK. Her work has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and books around the world. She was winner of Print’s New Visual Artists 2009, as well as an ADC Young Gun 8. She is the youngest ADC board member. NJ was the creative director of karlssonwilker inc. in NYC for the past four years and is now opening up her studio NJ(L.A.)™ in Venice Beach. With Noreen Morioka she is co-founder of NJ/NM(L.A.)™.
She has an ever-present consideration of design’s social relevance in today’s world and is devoted to understanding and influencing its role in the future.
Clients have included Vitra, MINI/BMW, Adobe, Carmina Campus (Ilaria Venturini Fendi), Coca-Cola, 55DSL/Diesel, Wolf-Gordon, Harvard University, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, among many others.
During the day shift, Stefan Mumaw is a creative director at Callahan Creek. In addition to his creative duties contained therein, he also moonlights as the purveyor of all that rocks. In his 17 years in the biz, he has applied his design skills to work for a variety of clients including Pioneer, Sony, Coca-Cola and Hurley. But wait, there’s more—he’s also an accomplished digital creative who is comfortable plying his trade in ones and zeroes. In this capacity he has concepted, written, designed and coded everything from complex enterprise websites to niche microsites and mobile apps.
But that’s not all. He has written six books, the most recent being Creative Boot Camp, a 30-day online and offline creative training program. He is the author of Chasing the Monster Idea, Caffeine for the Creative Team and Caffeine for the Creative Mind along with earlier titles Redesigning Websites and Simple Websites. He has spoken at numerous creative industry gatherings and has been known to embarrass himself and those around him if he finds the opportunity. And, rest assured, he can always find the opportunity.
Bobby C. Martin Jr.
Tasha French, editor of The Contributor
Jen + Ken Visocky O’Grady
Dave Warner, OkayDave.com
Ian Dapot from IDEO
Rich Roat, House Industries
Armin Vit, UnderConsideration
Seymour Chwast, Pushpin Studios
Donovan Berry, Be A Design Group