Our judges volunteer their time for Show and travel to Nebraska from far and wide just to review and recognize the excellent work created in our great state!

Judging takes place in two stages: online and in-person. First, entrants submit digital images of their work to be reviewed remotely by our judges, who carefully select the best from the pool to move on to the second round. Entrants whose work reaches the second round will be contacted to provide physical, mounted pieces for our judges to assess in person, and which will be on display the night of the event!

Product Design

Robyn Kanner

Robyn Kanner is a designer who specializes in storytelling and scalable systems. She is a co-founder and designer for MyTransHealth, Senior Product Designer at Etsy, and former Art Director at Amazon. Her work has been recognized by The White House under the Obama administration, Cooper Union, SVA, & MTV. She likes loud guitars.

Photo Credit: Victoria Wright for The Great Discontent

UX Design

Timothy Hykes

Timothy J. Hykes received an Associate of Applied Science with an emphasis in Graphic Communications from Saint Louis Community College. He continued his education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art. Hykes volunteers his time with AIGA St. Louis where he is the President. Tim is also a member of AIGA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. In 2016 he co-founded the Design + Diversity conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This conference focuses on the diversity issues in the design community. This year Hykes expanded the Design + Diversity brand into a podcast that talks about the tough issues surrounding diversity in the design industry. Tim most recent accomplishments include having his work featured on FastCompany.com from the AIGA and Google 2016 Design Census. Hykes is most noticed for his 28 Days of Black Designers Project which captured the design industry in February 2017 and was promoted and featured by Behance, Invision, AIGA, and Adobe.

Graphic Design

Jessica Arana

Jessica Arana has experience with brand strategy, identity design systems, and brand research and development. She has been on the creative team at MTV, collaborated on magazine launches and re-designs with Time Inc. and Hearst Magazines, and led creative work for Disney and Yahoo as an independent designer.

Jessica’s background in cultural studies, art, social justice, education, and activism sets her apart as a designer with passion and a purpose. This September she teamed up with AIGA to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A new online exhibition, Across Borders: A Look at the Work of Latinx Designers, opens the door to further document and honor the impact that Latinx individuals have had on design history and culture.