Meet the Judges from 2016

Our 2016 Judges, they are all talented designers, authors, speakers, photographers and teachers. We were pleased and thankful to have them be part of the 2016 OCDA’s.

  • Justin Ahrens

    Justin Ahrens

Justin Ahrens


Justin Ahrens, Creative Director, Rule29 Creative, Geneva, IL: For more than 16 years, Justin Ahrens has led Rule29, an award winning strategic creative firm, in the studio’s commitment to “making creative matter®.” Through a collaborative approach to both strategy and design, Rule29 has fostered a culture that encourages the pursuit of wonder through story and involvement in many social causes. Justin has also been a consistent voice for the design community speaking nationally on design for good, serving as an AIGA National Board Member, as well as balancing life and career: he’s the author of Life Kerning: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life.

  • kim bear

    kim bear

Kim Bear


Kim Baer, principal of Los Angeles-based design studio KBDA is a strong believer in the power of design as a strategic tool.  Her firm has created research-driven work for for-profit clients as diverse as Hyatt, and Nike, as well as nonprofits such as The Getty, the Hammer Museum, LACMA, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, KCRW, Inner-City Arts, and the LA Phil.

Consistently honored by every major design organization in the country, KBDA has produced work that has been featured in the Library of Congress and regularly published in design anthologies. Premiere design magazines have regularly showcased the firm’s work and methodology. 

Kim Baer frequently judges design competitions and speaks at conferences across the country. She served on the national board of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and received the Fellows Award from the Los Angeles chapter of AIGA in honor of lifetime achievement.

Kim is the author of Information Design Workbook from Rockport Publishers, an in-depth look at best practices in information design from around the world. 

  • Von glitschka

    Von glitschka

Von Glitschka


Von is principal of Glitschka Studios a small boutique design firm located in the Pacific Northwest. His diverse range of illustrative design has been used by some of the most respected brands in the world. He creatively collaborates with ad agencies, design firms, in-house corporate art departments, and small businesses to produce compelling visual narratives.

Von has also spoken at : SXSW, AIGA, AdFed, HOW Design Live, Adobe MAX, TEDx, Creative South and ICON

  • Jim Krause

    Jim Krause

Jim Krause


Jim Krause has worked as a designer, a photographer, an illustrator, and a writer (all four in a single day, surprisingly often) for over 30 years. He’s done jobs for a wide range of clients, large and small, including Microsoft, Kodak, Cingular Wireless, Seattle Public Schools, Levi Strauss, Washington Apples, and more. Jim has authored seventeen books about design, digital photography, and creativity. Many are bestsellers and most are available around the world and in multiple languages. He also appears in popular online video courses offered through Lynda.com and Peachpit. When he’s not working, Jim can usually be found clearing his head by riding a bicycle, racing a motorcycle, hiking, drinking great espresso, reading, taking pictures, or doing art projects.

  • Stefan Mumaw

    Stefan Mumaw

Stefan Mumaw


Stefan Mumaw is the Director of Creative Strategy at Hint, a Kansas City creative content & experience design shop. Previously, he peddled his wares as Creative Director for Callahan Creek, The Brainyard and REIGN. He has authored six books, the most recent being Creative Boot Camp: Generate Ideas in Greater Quantity & Quality In 30 Days. Previously, he authored Chasing the Monster Idea, co-authored Caffeine for the Creative Team and Caffeine for the Creative Mind with Wendy Lee Oldfield, and penned Redesigning Websites and Simple Websites.

Stefan has been a regular speaker at creative industry gatherings over the years, writes frequently for a variety of creative industry rags like HOW and PRINT Magazine, is a Lynda.com author, won numerous industry awards, and been known to embarrass himself and those around him if given the opportunity.


  • Davis Barber

    Davis Barber

Davis Barber

Davis Barber connects information with users through multimedia video, custom publishing, photography and event support. His career path winds through newspaper and magazine photography, corporate annual reports, video and multimedia presentations for fundraising, education and business enterprise. He has been a photography and digital foundations instructor at Cal State Fullerton since 2000.

  • thomas werner

    thomas werner

Thomas Werner

Author of the upcoming textbook The Fashion Image for Bloomsbury Press, London (2017), Thomas is an Assistant Professor and past Photography Program Director at Parsons School for Design in New York. He is an Editor at Large for IRKmagazine, Paris, and the former owner of Thomas Werner Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea Art District. Thomas currently lectures internationally on topics of photography, fashion, education, and contemporary professional practices, and recently lead a team developing a media and literacy web site and resource center in five languages, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and English for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations/UNESCO. He is a recurrent instructor at the United Nations Education First Summer School, and is presenting workshops on effective message development and communication on an international basis.

Over the last 9 years his research work has been Russia and Ukraine centric, spending an average or 70 days a year in the region partnering with 32 cultural, educational, and governmental organizations to develop projects in 34 cities. The focus has been the introduction of the principles of civil society, the advancement of media literacy and contemporary education methodologies, and the development of creative cultures within the country.Russian partners have included; The State Hermitage Museum, the National Center of Contemporary Art, Perm Regional Government, The Moscow Biennale for Young Art, National Centre of Photography for the Russian Federation, The Central State Archive of Film, Photographic and Phonographic Documents. He has curated exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including seven exhibitions with the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. His private collection of historical Russian photographs and artifacts, have been exhibited internationally.