John is an award-winning creative director and legendary detail-guy. He is responsible for creating and managing ongoing brand expressions for clients, particularly when it comes to communicating complex ideas. For more than 25 years, his expertise in typography and information design has influenced branding programs, identity work, websites and annual report assignments for clients ranging from Stanley Black & Decker, Kellogg’s and Warburg Pincus, to New York University, TB Alliance and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. John holds a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (where he is also an instructor in Graphic Design & Typography) and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University (where he assisted with the design and publication of Edward Tufte’s critically-acclaimed Visual Explanations). Currently, John is a member of the AIGA and he serves on Appleton Coated’s National Design Council where he helps guide the company on trends in the paper and the printed communications marketplace. He is a native of Canton, Massachusetts.
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Michelle leads the development of communication and creative strategies for clients — working across media to ensure all solutions meet business criteria and engage audiences. She knows good design starts with a good idea, and focuses on building the idea, concept or story that best communicates the client’s messages. Her advocacy of a content-oriented, narrative approach is rooted in careful research, thorough analysis and an unwavering desire for audiences to “get it.” Ultimately, Michelle’s insights turn into tangible, creative solutions ranging from identities to corporate communications, annual reports to websites. For more than 20 years, clients like 3M, Stanley Black & Decker, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Delphi Automotive and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have been the beneficiaries of her thinking. Michelle holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design. Currently, Michelle is a member of the AIGA and the National Investor Relations Institute. She was raised in Los Angeles, California.
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Widely recognized by clients and peers for his imaginative approach, Darren’s unflappable nature inspires confidence and trust and what we like to think of as “controlled risk-taking.” As creative director, he sets the tone and tenor of our work, always pushing to uncover the essence of a client’s communication problem… then solving it in unexpected ways. Ultimately, Darren ensures that IOP solutions meet three fundamental criteria: that they’re unique; that they’re memorable; and, most important, that they’re appropriately linked to business goals and strategies. His award-winning work (spanning 25 years) can be found in many forms (annual reports, branding programs, packaging, identity, etc.) and includes an eclectic portfolio of businesses from pharma (Pfizer) to chemicals (Octel) to financial services (Lehman Brothers) to beauty (Clinique) and retail (Neiman Marcus). His work has been recognized by every leading design organization and is included in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Darren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design. He is a native of Kaneohe, Hawaii.