Anders Morgenthaler is known for his comic strip, Wulffmorgenthaler, and his numerous books and films. He graduated as an interaction designer from Design School Kolding and as an animation director from the National Film School of Denmark, and in his professional career he has enjoyed a high level of activity, which, combined with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, has resulted in numerous publications, projects and initiatives.
Together with its partner Mikael Wulff, Anders Morgenthaler has created the satire brand Wulffmorgenthaler, which, among other things, produces comic strips. The strips can be read in the Danish newspaper Politiken, and in more than 200 newspapers in the US.
As a film-maker, Anders Morgenthaler has directed music videos, feature films and animated films. He is an eminent and honest storyteller who manages to work across media, platforms and audiences. Anders Morgenthaler has an edge and is not afraid of being controversial or breaking taboos, something he consciously does in his both playful and serious universe.
From early on in her career, Christien Meindertsma has made an international name for herself with her inquisitive and explorative approach to the world and the products that surround us. In 2009, she received an INDEX award for the project "Pig 05949", in which she systematically examined what each part of a pig is used for and in what products we, as consumers, encounter the pig.
Christien Meindertsma trained as a textile designer at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. She works in a cross field between materials, production, design and art, with a strong focus on sustainability and how we create and use products. She uses design, aesthetics and materials to clarify the complexity behind a product, which consumers are often unaware of or do not wish to become involved with.
Christien Meindertsma's work has been exhibited at MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and the V&A in London, among others, and has won a number of awards.
Einar Truelsen has enjoyed a long career as head designer at ECCO. He has been employed at the Danish shoe company since 1971, where, by virtue of his strong focus on design, combined with commercial business sense, he has managed to make design an integral part of ECCO's DNA.
Einar Truelsen is a graduate of Design School Kolding. He is the man behind ECCO's first design and sales breakthrough: the JOKE shoe line that hit the Danish market in 1978. JOKE was followed by various innovative shoe designs (including SHARK and TRACK), several of which are in production today. Einar Truelsen's design is such a natural and integral part of the business that it is hard to say ECCO without also saying Einar Truelsen. Throughout his long career at ECCO, Einar Truelsen has continously managed to innovate and develop ECCO's design profile, without its heritage, recognisability and history being lost.
Einar Truelsen also developed the ECCO logo, which has proved to be a strong international graphic brand. ECCO was, for instance, one of the first shoe manufacturers in the world to print the company logo in the rubber sole of the shoe.
Henrik Vibskov is one of the most visible and recognised profiles in Danish fashion. He is a qualified fashion designer from Central Saint Martins in London, where his graduation collection kicked down the door to the international design scene, where he has really made a name for himself. Henrik Vibskov is, for example, the only Scandinavian fashion designer to officially participate at men's fashion week in Paris. His clothes are sold all over the world and he has his own stores in Copenhagen and New York.
Henrik Vibskov also has an influence on the fashion designers of the future. He teaches at Central Saint Martins in London, Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid and Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium.
Henrik Vibskov is also an artist. He has exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, The Kennedy Center in Washington and most recently at Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand in Copenhagen.
Henrik Vibskov's design profile is clear, grounded and cross-pollinated with broad-based activity within art, music and culture, which continually helps to inform and raise his level as a fashion designer.
Jesper Kongshaug has worked internationally with lighting design, lighting technology and set design, architecture and urban development since 1990. He is one of Denmark's leading and most versatile lighting designers and is widely recognised for his work.
Jesper Kongshaug is the man behind a number of major and well-known stage lighting and architectural lighting projects, including Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung" at the Danish National Opera and the Royal Danish Theatre as well as the lighting at Den Blå Planet, National Aquarium Denmark. It was for his stage lighting for the show "Operation ORFEO", which he created in collaboration with the theatre Hotel Pro Forma, that Jesper Kongshaug really gained recognition and made a name for himself internationally. The lighting caused quite a stir and was seen as a sensational innovation.
The general public is familiar with Jesper Kongshaug's unique understanding and interpretation of light from Kastrup Airport, for which he designed overhead lighting in connection with the expansion of the airport.
Jesper Kongshaug has received several awards for his work, including the Danish Lighting Award and the Nordic Lighting Award as well as a Reumert for Hotel Proforma's show "War sum up".
Mads Quistgaard has made a name for himself as one of Denmark's most prominent graphic designers. Mads Quistgaard has a wide-ranging profile as a designer, with a special focus on typography, visual identity, corporate identity and branding. He has succeeded in making his mark at several large private and public companies such as Bang & Olufsen, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Hotel d'Angleterre and Banedanmark.
Mads Quistgaard is a qualified architect and holds a master's degree in design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, KADK. Throughout his professional career, he has moved in the cross field between art, education and commercial business. He is actively involved in the teaching and research environment at several educational institutions.
Mads Quistgaard is recognised nationally and internationally, and has received numerous awards for his work.
Rebekka Bay has left a clear imprint on the international fashion world. As Creative Director, she was responsible for the development and launch of the highly successful brand COS, an independent brand under the H&M Group. COS made Rebekka Bay an international, sought after name. In 2011, she was headhunted by Bruuns Bazaar, where, as Creative Director, she visibly renewed the brand's collections and style. Shortly after, she moved to GAP in New York, where she is currently Creative Director and Executive Vice President, Head of Global Design.
Rebekka Bay trained as a fashion designer at Design School Kolding. She has always been interested in the process and communication in fashion. This has also been reflected in her career, where she has not only focused on developing collections, but on the overall experience of brands. Fashion should be seen and created in a context. Rebekka Bay understands this, and with her clear, uncompromising design and big brand and business nous, she has managed to carve out a name for herself on the international design scene.
Simona Maschi has been at the helm of CIID, which she also co-founded, since 2006. CIID is an internationally recognised centre for training, research and consultancy in the field of interaction design, with clients such as Intel, Toyota, Philips, Novo Nordisk and A.P. Møller-Maersk. As a training centre, CIID offers a one-year training course in interaction design at master's level in collaboration with Design School Kolding. The programme is internationally recognised and attracts some of the biggest talents in the field of interaction design from around the world.
Simona Maschi holds an MA in architecture and a PhD in industrial design, both from Politecnico in Milan. She specialises in design methods and interaction design, and through her work at CIID, she has achieved major international recognition and is frequently invited to speak and lecture at courses and conferences all over the world. Simona Maschi was also an associate professor at the former design school Ivrea in Italy.
During his 23 years with LEGO, Mads Nipper was one of the driving forces in the turnaround that ensured the brand’s survival of its worst crisis ever. Using his strategic abilities, he has been the main driver behind LEGO’s success in claiming even more market shares in a declining market, and LEGO is now the market leader in the toy industry.
LEGO is engaged in the development of children’s creativity through playing and learning and Nipper is responsible for making LEGO more than just a toy. He has been in charge of developing strategically important product lines such as LEGO City, Bionicle, LEGO Friends, and Ninjago. Through his outstanding management and his determination to further children’s creativity, he has created a unified focus for all LEGO employees.
With his strong focus on doing what’s right, Nipper always strives to make a positive difference. Mads Nipper has recently taken up a new challenge as CEO and Group President of Grundfos. Grundfos is a global leader in advanced pump solutions and a trendsetter in water technology. The company contributes to global sustainability by pioneering technologies that improve quality of life for people and care for the planet.
Mette Mikkelsen holds a degree in textile design from Design School Kolding and specializes in weaving. In addition, she holds an MA in Design from KADK. Mette Mikkelsen has been involved in research and development activities at Design School Kolding and has published numerous research papers, books and reports about her work.
Throughout her professional career, Mette Mikkelsen has been able to combine her substantial knowledge about design, materials and spaces from her experience as a practicing designer with a focus on design as a method tool for business and development projects. Mette Mikkelsen’s unique knowledge and expertise makes her a popular speaker and consultant.
At the centre of Mette Mikkelsen’s career is the ability to transfer knowledge from design and design practice to method focused strategical design development, education and innovation. Today, Mette Mikkelsen uses her knowledge as an independent consultant with a number of private and public collaboration partners.
Tilde Bekker obtained her MSc and later her PhD at Delft University of Technology. Her PhD centered on supporting communication with design teams.
For most of her career, Tilde Bekker has focused on two overlooked user groups within design research: children and the elderly. Particularly, she has concentrated on how to design for children in connection with learning and play. Her focus has also been on user-involvement and how to use technology to support healthy, active and social lives for children and the elderly.
Tilde Bekker has initiated the conference series IDC – Interactive Design and Children, which gathers international researchers within the field of designing for children.
Today Tilde Bekker is an associate professor at the Technical University in Eindhoven where she is part of the Systemic Change group under the faculty for Industrial Design. The group works with innovative research, which includes designing for playful interactions and playful learning.