Dan and Mervi.
Daniel Warner is co-principal at Pakaste Warner Design and an assistant professor at KSU, where his creative research involves client-based projects and self-initiated design research in service to commerce, culture, and the social good. Current areas of focus include collaborative image-novels, editorial illustrations and short animations, and experimental typography, where his projects are often inspired by themes and ideas surrounding the evolution of biotechnology.
His individual and collaborative projects at Pakaste Warner have earned recognition through a number of design awards, exhibition in shows and biennials in the U.S. and abroad, and publication in industry venues such as Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, Creative Quarterly, Brand New, Slanted, GD USA, and numerous books. His motion work and posters reside in several permanent collections, and have been exhibited in film festivals, museums, galleries, and design biennials in France, Poland, Bolivia, Russia, the U.S., China, and other countries. Among his professional accolades are the Communication Arts Award of Excellence and Graphis Gold.
Mervi Pakaste is an associate professor of design at KSU, where she can often be found up to her elbows in ink and oil, cranking away at letterpress machinery. An established letterpress designer and book-maker, her designs have won accolades and recognition through numerous exhibitions and awards in the U.S. and abroad.