ABI DAKER is a British illustrator who lives and works in Cyprus with her husband and son. She studied Art at the University of Reading and has since worked on children's books and as an archaeological illustrator; she also specialises in illustrated maps and architectural subjects. Her LONGEST DOT TO DOT books express her passion for exploring the graphic and linear qualities of the world in an imaginative and engaging new way. She also paints and draws the mediterranean landscapes of her home in Paphos.
Zoé de Las Cases
Zoé de Las Cases is artistic director of a creative agency in Paris.
Jenny Dean has been working with natural dyes for four decades. She lectures on natural dyeing and has written widely on the subject. Her books include Colours from Nature and A Heritage of Colour.
F. G. Delamotte
Freeman Gage Delamotte (1814-1862) was a master draughtsman and engraver, with a desire to make the essential and beautiful accessible. From his studios on London's Strand he published a series of books of designs and letterforms for artists and designers: these went on to become best-sellers, reprinting repeatedly through the Victorian age and dramatically influencing the aesthetics and applied arts of the entire era.
The Design Museum
The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.
A former interior decorator, Donna Dewberry finally became interested in decorative painting when she opened her own craft shop. Author of several craft bestsellers, she is the inventor of the one-stroke painting technique.
Plaid Enterprises is the largest manufacturer of creative art products in the world, operating in over 50 countries.
Designer, manufacturer, hard-headed business man, visionary thinker, engager and charismatic speaker, O.B.E., sardonic, amusingly off message - the enfant terrible of the design industry, Tom Dixon is a self-educated maverick whose only qualification is a one-day course in plastic bumper repair. These welding skills were soon put to work as Dixon explored the decorative and structural potential of recycled materials and industrial scrap. As Dixon's international reputation grew, he was approached by Italian furniture design company, Cappellini who worked to put some of his designs into major production. The "S" chair made Tom Dixon's name and now has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Tom was Creative Director of Habitat, and largely credited for turning round their reputation. He designed Habitat's flagship store on Regent Street and still consults for them as non-exec Creative Director. Dixon has now taken ownership of the Finnish furniture brand Artek founded by Alvar Alto. Artek has played a very important role in design history and Finnish national life.
Albert Dormer is not only an international bridge champion player but is also one of the world's leading bridge writers with a string of remarkable books to his credit. He lives near Inverness in Scotland.
Adam Doughty is an illustrator who produces drawings in his freehand style. His clients include the V&A Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Google and Harrods. www.adamdoughty.com.
Elonka Dunin is an award-winning cryptographer and game developer, who broke the PhreakNIC Code and is the internationally recognized expert on the ciphers of the CIA's Kryptos sculpture. She is a founding member of the International Game Developers Association's Online Games Group.