Eric is a sci-fi loving, tree-hugging nerd originally from Michigan. He was awarded a BFA in Graphic and Industrial Design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Design from the University of Texas. In between those two degrees, Eric worked in UI/UX, branding, and print design for eight years. Benson is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois where he researches design utopias and dystopias. His thesis at the University of Texas became the sustainable design resource (and non-profit) www.re-nourish.org. His research into sustainable design and materials led him to co-found Fresh Press Agri-Fiber Paper Lab in 2012 to explore the viability of sustainable local plant fibers in paper and packaging. Benson has published and lectured internationally on the importance of sustainable design. His work has also garnered numerous design awards (AIGA, GDUSA, UCDA, and International Design Awards) and has been seen in notable venues like The Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and RISD.<hr>
Michelle Fehler is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Design School at ASU teaching Visual Communication Design and Biomimicry and holds an MSD in Design, an MS in Biomimicry and is a certified Biomimicry professional. Her research focuses on defining a life-centered design thinking methodology by infusing biomimicry and systems thinking into the human-centered design process for which she is exploring various tools and processes that make the biomimetic approach more accessible to designers from various disciplines.