Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. He says he can't spell, can't type and only learned to swim after he turned fifty. He's never won an Oscar, never watched the Simpsons and secretly loves opera. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency in New York City. Their client list includes: W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Canon, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Corbis Images, Architectural Record Magazine and the Musee du Louvre. Their work has been recognized for design excellence and published internationally. He is currently a featured design blogger for Fast Co. magazine. However, he says he would give it all up to play guitar for Nora Jones.