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Finding Creation and Inspiration: Designer/Illustrator Panel and Networking

May 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join CWIP for a night of networking with designers and illustrators in the publishing industry! Our May event will be focused on book and magazine design and illustration, and will give our members a chance to network with designers and illustrators in a casual, relaxed setting.

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Meet our moderator and panelists!


Mary Cecilia Nolan

Mary Nolan, moderator and Quality Assurance Lead/Senior Content Developer at NIIT/Cognitive Arts.Mary Cecilia Nolan is Quality Assurance Lead/Senior Content Developer at NIIT/Cognitive Arts. She is an editor, writer, designer, and project manager with more than fifteen years of experience in editing content and designing concepts for both print and digital publications. Her goal is to bring each client’s vision to life.



Brad Wolf

Brad was born in a small central Indiana town with blue collar blood running through his veins. This is where he found a beauty in simplicity and a desire create, anything from building custom cars and bikes with his late father to developing a brand.

He has worked along side some of the top brands in various industries, such as Nike, Malibu Boats, MTV, KLOVE Radio, Street League Skateboarding and various publications. Brad’s wide talent range of photography, design, 3D compositing and motion design have all played a part in the developing of his style.

As the Creative Director of HERE Magazine, based in Northwest Indiana, he is afforded the opportunity to develop and design a publication that features other creatives in the region with an aesthetic that is anything but small town.

Isaac Tobin

Isaac Tobin, principal designer at the University of Chicago Press.Isaac Tobin is Principal Designer at the University of Chicago Press where he’s been designing books for the past 14 years. His work has been recognized by organizations including AIGA, AAUP, ADC and TDC, and he has been profiled in various publications including Print Magazine, Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. He occasionally teaches at SAIC and freelances for both academic and trade publishers. Isaac grew up in Honolulu, earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, and now lives in Kenwood with his wife and dog.

Matt Avery

Matt Avery, independent designer.Matt Avery is an independent designer working in all media and with particular expertise in book design and typography. From May of 2003 through the end of 2017 he was principal designer at the University of Chicago Press. He’s had work selected by or featured in the Type Director’s Club, the Chicago Design Museum50 books/50 coversCommunication Arts Typography AnnualPrintSTABook Cover Designs, AAUP, Chicago Book Clinic, Faceoutbooksdesign:related, and Gateways.

Melissa Washburn

Melissa Washburn, artist, designer, and illustrator.Melissa Washburn is a Northwest Indiana artist, designer, and illustrator with a deep love of the natural world. Her fascination with things that run, fly, and grow has led to editorial commissions for publications such as Edible IndyCharlotte Home and Garden, and Spirituality and Health Magazine. She continues to exhibit her work throughout Northwest Indiana as well as illustrating and designing for stationery, textiles, and product and package design. Her background includes a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University, coursework at the School of the Art Institute, and experience as Art Director at advertising firm Group 7even. She serves on the board of the newly formed Valparaiso Creative Council and is one of the founders of Community Supported Art Valparaiso, a unique project that supports local art and artists.


May 16
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Chicago Women in Publishing


U.S. Bank Building, 40th floor
190 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60603 United States
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