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ALLAN CHOCHINOV is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts. He is the editor-in-chief of, the widely read design website, design job and portfolio site, and design firm database. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents, and has received awards from Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, and The One Club. He is the Chair and co-founder of the School of Visual Arts' MFA in Products of Design Program and writes and lectures widely on the impact of design on contemporary culture.






EMILY ELSEN founded the Gowanus pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds

in  Spring of 2010 with her sister Melissa.  The sisters were awarded Artisans of the Year 2011 by Time Out magazine for their inventive recipes.  Emily received a BFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn and is also a co-founder of the Gowanus Studio Space.  She continues to make art and pie, sometimes at the same time.









JOSEE LEPAGE is founder of Bondtoo, a creative agency + studio residency, and works as a creative consultant and curator.  Conceiving and managing projects that push the boundaries of design's confluence with art, fahsion, and popular culture, her expertise extends to art direction, etiquette and branding, event production, and visual merchanding.  She co-produced a series of innovative, playful, and participatory retail events.  These inclde Mementos, a line of New York ephemera for the Ace Hotel's No. 8a store, and the pop-up store events The Candy Shoppe:  Papabubble x Cappellini, The Wrong Store, and As Long as it Lasts . . . at Art Basel Miami.





KEITH OZAR is the marketing and event coordinator at MakerBot Industries.  He empowers hobbyists, tinkerers, and roboticists who enjoy printing in plastic.  He is on a mission to democratize manufacturing with 3-D printing.  Keith is known for his appearances on the popular video blog series Robot Hospital.  He also has Pac Man fever, dances with his hands above his head, and enjoys performing at the Peoples Improv Theater.



ANNEY FRESH works in theater, television, and film as a creator and performer of puppets and costumes. At the Jim Henson Company, she won 3 Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on Sesame Street. Anney made all of Miss Piggy’s shoes for the new Muppet Movie and sometimes puppeteered Mel Gibson’s furry little friend in The Beaver. Back in the day, Anney hung out with those bad kids at the Madagascar Institute and was a cast member of the reality TV show Artstar. Anney has been singing with the Loser’s Lounge for 10 years and is a saucy telephone called Pumpkin in Night of the Living at the Peoples Improv Theater. She is often spotted around town as head referee at the Idiotarod shopping cart race and around the world with her Space Kittys inflatable costume project. Anney enjoys baking cakes for special people and one-pot dinners that last all week.



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