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Masters of Design 2008

Marcel Wanders

Founder of Moooi and his own design studio, Wonders Holdings, Dutch design star Wanders began his conquest of America with the launch of the Mondrian in Miami last December, and continues with a 2009 holiday line for Target.

Valerie Casey

Founder and executive director of the global sustainability movement, Designers Accord, Casey has signed more than 100,000 designers to her version of the Kyoto Treaty for design.

Li Edelkoort

The Dutch-born Edelkoort is the oracle behind Trend Union, the go-to source for trend forecasting for the fashion, beauty, retail, automotive, consumer-electronics, and interior-design industries.

John Maeda

As the new president of the Rhode Island School of Design, John Maeda, the former associate research director of MIT's Media Lab, brings digital artistry—and an obsession with business—to an ultra-analog world.

Steven Holl

Holl and his New York-based firm had projects worth $1.4 billion on the boards last year, among them: a marina in Beirut; museums in Norway and Denmark; a "horizontal skyscraper" in Shenzhen, China, that will be as long as the Empire State Building is tall; and a 2.4-million-square-foot mini-city in Beijing.

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Masters of Design 2007

Yves Behar

The San Francisco design firm fuseproject, which Behar founded only nine years ago, has won more International Design Excellence Awards in the past five years than any other design shop save Ideo, the industry bigfoot—remarkable given fuseproject's staff of 28.

Paola Antonelli

From her perch as curator of architecture and design at MOMA, Antonelli has the power to make or break designs and designers alike.

Philippe Starck

The design whirlwind behind everything from Richard Branson's space suits to a new global condo empire, Starck is as impassioned about oysters and organic cotton as he is about designing yachts for Russian oligarchs.

Bob Greenberg

Greenberg, As R/GA's CEO and global chief creative officer, Greenberg runs Madison Avenue's most creative interactive advertising agency, bridging the technical, the imaginative, and the utilitarian to revolutionize the way advertising penetrates our brains.

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Masters of Design 2006

Jochen Zeitz

As CEO of Puma AG, Zeitz inverted industry priorities, deemphasizing sport in favor of more fashion-driven thinking: color, line, and style. The result: Puma is now the fourth-largest athletic apparel company in the world.

Steve McCallion

McCallion, creative director, Ziba Design, is the founding director of the company's consumer insights and trends group, an eclectic mix of psychographic cartographers who masterfully connect brand and consumer.

Paula Scher

The Pentagram partner is the secret force behind some of the country's best-known graphic designs: logos for Citi, Tiffany, and the Metropolitan Opera; the Public Theater's text-heavy posters; and Jon Stewart's snarky faux textbook, America (The Book).

Clive Wilkinson

Architect Wilkinson is the man behind the workplaces we all wish were ours: the Googleplex in Mountain View, TBWA/Chiat/Day's headquarters in Playa Vista, and Mother's London offices, in which a 250-foot-long shared table holds pride of place.

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Masters of Design 2005

Claudia Kotchka

As P&G's vice president for design innovation and strategy, Kotchka is A.G. Lafley's point person for making sure that design is part of every step of the product-development process, from the research to the store shelves.

Brian Collins

In 1997, Collins founded Ogilvy & Mather's Brand Integration Group, an in-house strategic branding and design consultancy, to bridge the divide between advertising and design. The result? Everything from street art to Web sites, and a Hershey store straight out of Willy Wonka's brain.

Joshua Prince-Ramus

A Rem Koolhaas protégé, Prince-Ramus is making architectural history of his own. The New York Times called his design for the Seattle Public Library, a "blazing chandelier to swing your dreams upon.

Chuck Jones

At Whirlpool, design chief Jones believes that the best way to win credibility from skeptics—and to improve the design itself—is to marshal reams of quantifiable data.

Bruce Mau

For Mau, design is a way to help solve the planet's biggest problems. That's why he started a global conversation about how to create change in the world.

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Masters of Design 2004

J Mays

As VP of Global Design for Ford, Mays's mandate is to imagine what the future will look like for a stable of both American and European iconic brands, among them the T-bird and the Mustang.

William McDonough

The man who invented the concept of "cradle-to-cradle," McDonough seeks nothing less than to entirely eliminate the concept of waste—rethinking everything from garbage dumps to recycling centers.

Robyn Waters

Before founding her own firm, RW Trend LLC, in 2002, Waters served as Target's vice president of trend, design, and product development, ensuring that Target's product mix was as current and fresh as the wares in retailing's tonier precincts.

Adrian van Hooydonk

As head of BMW's DesignworksUSA, Van Hooydonk helped BMW create a new template for innovation. By combining product design with car design, he has built a talent factory for BMW.

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