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By JENNY S. REBHOLZ
Introducing the 2020
class of design:retail's
40 Under 40
Nominated by their industry peers and selected
by our editors, this year's impressive group of
rising leaders is defining and reimagining the
future of retail design. Get to know them here...
MY HAPPY PLACE:
ON MY YOGA MAT.
With more than 15 years of experience in retail and
hospitality environments, Auh embodies what it
means to be a well-rounded designer and versatile
leader. She actively seeks new design solutions,
maintains a pulse on industry trends and nurtures
rising design talent. She is a trusted advisor to colleagues and clients who creates innovative design
solutions that provide unique and memorable experiences. She has worked on global and local projects,
both large and small, with clients such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Cadillac, Nakheel and CMX.
Her list of notable and award-winning projects includes Saks Fifth Avenue, New York;
Cadillac House in Shanghai; and The View at the Palm in Jumeirah, Dubai. Auh brings
a fresh perspective to each project with a focus on a user experience that provides a
sequential emotional journey.
Biggest fear: Running out of ice cream.
Proudest moment: When my daughters said, "I want to be just like you one day."
The best advice I ever received: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift.
Be present in the moment.
Associate Design Director
Akbari has been a rising star since early in
her career at WZMH Architects. Now one of
eight female associates in a firm of more than 150 employees, she leads a dedicated team
of more than 20 designers, technicians and contract administrators for the firm's largest
national retail rollout program. Her leadership and managerial proficiency have supported
the development of efficiencies critical in the delivery of 100-plus retail branches a year in
every Canadian province and territory, helping grow the firm's retail sector to a healthy line
of business in 2019. She has played a key role in the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) National
Retail and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) National Retail rollouts, as well as
supporting the design and technical team for the TR2 Equinix Data Centre. Akbari spearheads some of the firm's research and development projects, including a project called
PV2E focused on harvesting green energy from building interiors. She recently presented
the integration of solar panels in furniture systems at the 2020 Toronto Interior Design
Show. Merging her expertise in both retail and green technologies, she is challenging the
future of retail with her ideas on the "Bank of the Future."
Pet peeve: Reply-all emails.
Dream job: Secret agent.
CEO & Founder
Bacon is described as the Swiss Army Knife
of design. He has the ability to design largescale graphics, craft the details of a logo, write
inspiring copy, challenge and reinvent a
brand's strategy and contribute to the holistic
vision of a space. Considered a master of his
trade, he weaves amazing stories into the
physical environment. A leader and a mentor
who always stays in tune with the latest design
applications and trends, Bacon is respected
by both clients and co-workers. A few of his
notable clients include Duquesne University
Athletics, Wawa, Sonic, Buffalo Wild Wings
and Häagen-Dazs. He is particularly proud of
his work on the launch of the Duquesne
University Athletics rebrand, which received multiple design awards. Known for his
incredible thoughtfulness, Bacon expertly crafts compelling, relevant and iconic brand
identity systems that offer a new perspective to a brand while keeping it true to its core.
My first job was: Golf caddie.
Latest obsession: Nashville hot chicken.
I'm inspired by: The pursuit of truth.
Black has challenged the status quo of legacy digital signage
and transformed how the retail industry infuses digital into the
offline retail experience. A Silicon Valley native, respected entrepreneur and retail industry innovator, he has been an integral
part of the startup community of Dallas since launching his retail
technology company-Glass-Media. He has provided digital storefront activations; unique in-store pop-up experiences; impactful
digital wallscapes; digital directories and wayfinding for clients
such as Fossil Group Inc., Estée Lauder Cos., Levi Strauss & Co.,
BIGGEST FEAR: CROSSING TRAIN TRACKS.
DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, HALL Group and AT&T Inc.
In December 2019, Black was awarded the Innovation and
Technology RevAward by RevTech Ventures-a leading venture
accelerator focused on retail technology. A firm believer in giving
back to the community, he is a mentor at both RevTech Ventures
and WeWork Labs, and mentors a number of startup founders
in his free time. He is actively involved with the Dallas Entrepreneurial Center, as well as other Dallas-Fort Worth entrepreneurial
organizations, and frequently guest lectures at colleges and
universities. Black was recently named to the Apparel Advisory
Board at Auburn University.
COVID-19 guilty pleasure: Pajamas all day.
Latest obsession: My little nephews.
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From the Editor
On Trend: Retail in the Pink
Spec Sheet: The Great Outdoors
Interactive Spaces: Razer
Plugged In: adidas
Perspectives: Everything I Learned from Being a Designer at Amazon
SPECIAL REPORT: POST-PANDEMIC RETAIL
CANNABIS RETAIL ROUNDUP
40 UNDER 40
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design:retail - May/June 2020 - Interactive Spaces: Razer
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design:retail - May/June 2020 - Pop-Ups: Backcountry
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design:retail - May/June 2020 - Perspectives: Everything I Learned from Being a Designer at Amazon
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