A native southerner and graduate of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, Ed Roberts is a writer, speaker and award-winning creative director who is a leading expert on constructing high-performing in-house teams comprised of strategic and creative superheroes. He is currently planning the HOW Design Live In-house Management Conference. And he has created hundreds of infographics for a major science and technology magazine with several of his designs featured in two international volumes of Diagram Graphics: The Best in Graphs, Charts, Maps and Technical Illustration. Ed enjoys exploring design, creativity and business strategy and writes extensively about these topics as they relate to in-house management for HOW magazine, HOW’s In-house Designer Blog and The Creative Group Blog. He has interviewed several of the industry’s forward-thinking leaders—ranging from Pentagram Partner Michael Bierut, Typographer Gail Anderson, Garden and Gun magazine Art Director Marshall Mckinney, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv Partner Sagi Haviv as well as the in-house team at Bloomberg Businessweek including Creative Director Richard Turley. Ed recently judged the 2015 HOW magazine In-house Design Awards and the United Kingdom’s 2014 In-house Fresh Awards. He serves on the board of InSource as director of marketing and is co-president of the Triangle Advertising Federation. He recently accepted the Mosaic Award from the American Advertising Federation for best multiethnic student program for an internship program developed for diverse high school students. Follow him on Twitter at @InHouseObs and contact him for writing assignments and speaking engagements. Photo location: Folk artist Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park in Lucama, N.C.