Wrap up a week of design with music, food, and Shutterstock’s Pixels of Fury, a design tournament where designers duke it out in front of an audience. Cheer on the contestants as they race the clock, mingle with other design fans, and celebrate another successful Design Week. Costumes are encouraged!
MarkieAnn is excited to participate in Pixels of Fury because she’s inspired by observing what her peers and competition are doing. She studies design at UVU, and is currently working at Wicked Audio. She has realized that she wouldn’t be happy doing anything else — the work of Jessica Hische has taught her that pursuing what you’re passionate about lets you be successful and work at what you love.
Aaron is a designer, printmaker, and aspiring chef. Born in Idaho, but raised in more places then you can count on your fingers and toes, he’s a full-time student at Weber State, who spends his spare time pulling a squeegee across a screen. Aaron is a firm believer in dreaming big and working real hard.
Some people call it Nasty Nati, but Alex Gennett calls it his hometown — while not studying Design at the University of Cincinnati, he’s an intern at Infinite Scale. He’s inspired by the world around us and imagines using design to shape the world around him. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, and is excited about taking his talents to the Pixels of Fury competition.
Brad is an art director and designer who believes design should be beautiful, simple, and emotive. He works at Axis41 and is inspired by positivity and optimism. He started drawing Spider-Man comic books when he was young and graduated to spray painting graffiti on the sides of bridges in high school. Once Brad realized that he needed to a respectable job to progress in life, he turned to creating art on the computer, which just so happened to be graphic design.
Inspired by everything, Elyse is studying design at UVU. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, and says that the best piece of advice she ever got was, “Elyse! Stop being lazy! If you just put in the time and effort, you’ll fulfill your potential and become a great designer.” She must have followed it, because she just received an internship at Adobe.
Geoff traded 10,000 lakes for one Great Salt Lake. Originally from Minneapolis, he recently moved to Utah to work at Black Diamond Equipment. He’s inspired by nature, travel, and other artists and designers. Geoff says that design is not glamorous and it’s not easy — if it’s done well, it’s the result of blood, sweat and tears.
Mike Harris is a dirty, rotten, hat-wearing, stereo-blasting, coffee-drinking designer. Having graduated from the University of Utah, it’s no surprise he likes the color red. However, when it comes to food, he prefers the color orange. When he’s not watching movies, he works full-time at modern8.
Raisa was born and raised in Pittsburgh, before moving to Utah in 2003. She’s a senior at the University of Utah, currently getting her Graphic Design and Honors degree. Carrying around her sketchbook every day inspires her to look at the world differently — anything from wood grain pattern in the table to a stroller can be fascinating to study and get down on paper. Whenever she’s in need of a good idea, she can just flip through her daily observations and find something to use for a great design.
Executive Vice President
Downtown Alliance Executive Director
Jason Mathis is a lifelong resident of Salt Lake City and a longtime leader in marketing and communication efforts for local nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as the executive director of Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance and as executive vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Jason oversees all aspects of Downtown Alliance programs, helping the nonprofit organization build a dynamic and diverse downtown that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment.
Kevin Perry is a designer and business professional with over 13 years of agency experience. He is the resource manager at Struck, a creative agency that believes in making things greater than.His work has continually been awarded by major design competitions, including the AIGA 100 Show, and Print.
Kevin is a past board member and president of the AIGA Salt Lake chapter and a past president’s council chair on the national board of AIGA. He has been involved with many local and national AIGA programs and initiatives including the founding of the ReVinylize project, and chairing the National Leadership Retreat for the past two years. Kevin has also worked with many community groups and professional organizations and is the co-founder of the inaugural Salt Lake Design Week in 2011.
Since 1999, Carol Sogard has served as Associate Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. She also is principal of Visual Think Design. Her primary design practice relates to sustainable design. Her work has been exhibited in galleries nationwide; as well as honored and published by the AIGA, How Books, Print Magazine, Rockport Publishing and the Utah Arts Council.