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Working with some of the best directors in Hollywood, Robert [BFA 79/Film/Animation/Video] has earned a behind-the-scenes reputation as the go-to man for nuanced cinematography. In 2012 he earned his third Academy Award — for Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by RISD alumnus Brian Selznick. Robert’s extraordinary abilities and painterly eye continue to keep him in high demand, regularly working with Quentin Tarantino (most recently on Django Unchained and The Hateful 8), Oliver Stone (with whom he won Oscars for The Aviator and JFK) and Scorsese (Shutter Island, George Harrison: Living in the Material World).

Now freelancing in New York, Victo [BFA 10 / Illustration] grew up in Hong Kong and still splits her time between the two cities. Her energetic editorial illustrations have caught the attention of art directors at The New Yorker, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Utne Reader, McDonald’s and Adidas Hong Kong, among many other clients. Though Victo speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English and Japanese, her British kindergarten teachers couldn’t quite handle her real name — Ngai Chuen Ching — so they called her Victoria. That, in turn, baffled her Chinese classmates, who went with Victo instead — a name that in many ways sums up the cross-cultural allure of her multi-awardwinning work.

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At RISD David [BFA 95/Film/Animation/Video] was a student leader, serving as vice president of the governing body and organizing events like Pong, a RISD-Brown art/tech fest. Since then he has pursued his passion for the intersection of art and science by earning a PhD in Interactive Arts & Engineering and tenaciously focusing on “bringing robots to life.” David’s sculpturally remarkable and scientifically advanced bots — including his mass-marketed RoboKinds — are designed as assistive tools for autism therapy, teaching and cognitive and neuroscience research. In a recent TEDx Talk, David presents a robotic Einstein head covered in his trademarked Frubber, a rubber that mimics the movements of flesh. “The goal is to achieve not just sentience, but empathy,” he explains.

In the first five years after graduation, Jessica [BFA 08/Graphic Design] worked at major studios such as Pentagram and Print magazine, while juggling freelance work from AIGA, I.D. magazine, RISD, Technology Review and The New York Times, among others. She has won design awards from the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club, the Society of Publication Designers, Print, Graphis and more. Computer Arts magazine dubbed her a Top Rising Star in Design and the Art Directors Club named her a Young Gun in its annual round-up of top talent. To top it off, in 2012 design luminary Stefan Sagmeister invited Jessica to become a partner in his NY-based firm, which is now known as Sagmeister & Walsh.

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