INsight provides creatives of all types with a unique networking atmosphere and creative community platform. The event agenda is constantly evolving to fit our attendees' goals, both professional and personal.
In his nearly 10 years inhabiting Chicago (the greatest city in the world), Chad Kouri has become vastly inspired by the city and it's creative communities and art ecology. He believes that inspiration can be found anywhere, relentless optimism is the only rule. He's best known as a co-founder of the Chicago-based art and design incubator, The Post Family, his past role as Art Director of Proximity Magazine and recognition as one of Chicago's up-and-coming image makers in NewCity's 2010 Breakout Artists of the year issue.
Born and raised in Chicago, Steve Shanabruch admits that he took the city for granted for the first 22 years of his life. After returning from a four year west coast hiatus, Steve came to appreciate all that the city and its numerous neighborhoods had to offer. In November, this self-taught designer embarked on a journey to create a logo for each of these distinct areas. Inspired by the history, architecture, residents, stories and landmarks of the city, the Chicago Neighborhoods Project was born and has taken over his life...and he isn't complaining one bit.
Raised in Minnesota and made in Chicago, Margot Harrington is graphic designer, blogger and sometimes teacher. She founded her design studio Pitch Design Union in the fall of 2008 and has been captivated by all forms of making and doing ever since. Margot’s collaborations run a gamut of media from letterpress to CSS. Her friends include ampersands, the whole of Chicago, old musty books, new recipes, bike rides and all things vintage.
Eric is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois. He has worked as a professional designer for such companies as Razorfish and Texas Instruments. His research as a professor explores how design can be sustainable and consequently how to teach it. Eric has a BFA in Industrial/Graphic design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Design from the University of Texas.
Yvette is working on earning an MFA in Visual Communications Design at Purdue University to allow her to pursue her ultimate goal of teaching design at the college level - helping to integrate sustainable systems thinking into the foundation of visual communications design education. For the last 7 years, Yvette has worked as the Art Director for Sage Systems in Boston, MA. She has a BFA in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and MA in Graphic Design from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University.
A passionate designer, enthusiastic wife, lifelong learner and mom to two (2) four-legged munchkins, Teresa believes in karma, loves to eat and exercise. She has been working as a Graphic/Web Designer for over 7 years. In the past year, Teresa has honed her 'coding' skills at Digital Target Marketing, where she spends her days as Front End Developer / Designer. Inspired by those around her and by speaking in college classrooms, she co-founded Four11 Mentors in 2011.
Robert Sirko holds a BA degree in Fine Art from Indiana University, and an MFA in Visual Communications from the California Institute of the Arts. Sirko joined the faculty of Valparaiso University in 1989. At present, he chairs the department of Art and teaches courses in graphic and digital design. Sirko began his career as a graphic designer and has worked for notable design firms both locally as well as in Chicago and Los Angeles. As owner of R Sirko Design, he has consulted with various institutions and businesses on a local and regional level.