Pierre has been in communications and marketing for 30 years. He held management positions in large corporations before founding his own communications-marketing firms. Since 2003 he has been President and Partner (Strategy) at orangetango, one of Quebec’s most important design agencies. Orangetango has garnered over 300 awards at the national and international levels. Today, the agency has 30 employees and serves some 60 clients, a majority of which are in the arts and culture sector.
David has 30 years of experience in design and communications. In 2009, David was appointed an advisor to the UN on how accessible web design thinking can help fulfill the Millennium Development Goals. In his book, Do Good Design he outlines a more sustainable approach to the practice and consumption of design, and offers a hopeful and powerful message for all designers. Design matters. Like never before.
Chris is Global Creativity & Innovation Director at Disney at The Walt Disney Company. He has designed and illustrated toys, logos, print, pins, clothing, packaging, candy and more. His work can be found at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Hong Kong Disneyland and World of Disney Stores. He inspires, lead teams, innovates and problem solves. Creativity, design, innovation, quality, story telling, play and compassion are at the heart of all he does.
Emily has consulted with design firms and in-house corporate creative departments for over 20 years. She provides best-practice insights and advice on staff, client and process-management strategies, conducting client surveys and writing winning proposals, creative briefs, RFPs and contracts. She helps creative teams improve operational effectiveness and helps companies build efficient teams and processes. Emily has taught classes and conducted seminars for many leading design schools and organizations.
Ricardo is CCO with th13teen in Los Angeles. Most recently, he was SVP, Global Creative Chief, at 20th Century Fox Film. Prior to joining 20th, he held executive leadership positions including as Worldwide Chief Creative at Mattel and at notable advertising icons such as McCANN ERICKSON, Saatchi & Saatchi and Chiat/Day. He prominently established in the design+branding industries as a pioneering creative is driven by his manifesto of delivering against a brand’s promise through innovative thought leadership and compelling communication. He is a frequent contributor on design methodologies and the irrefutable value of RROI on strategic creative and designed communications in the branding delivery process.
Darhil became Creative Director of The Atlantic in 2012. In his role, he oversees art direction across print, online mobile and tablet platforms. He is responsible for the overall art, design, look and layout of all Atlantic-branded content. Previously he was Creative Director of Ebony, where he oversaw the first cover-to-cover redesign in the title's then 66-year history. Before joining Ebony, Crooks served as the art director of Esquire from 2005 to 2010.
Nicholas spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics that reflect the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, and currently a member of the product design team at Facebook. He has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company.
Saki is a maverick visionary who left a successful design career in New York to return to his native Zimbabwe and open that country's first school of graphic design and new media. Saki is the author of Afrikan Alphabets, a comprehensive review of African writing systems. He has lectured internationally about the globalization of design and the African aesthetic. In going home, his ambition is to jump-start an African renaissance.
Morag is the multi-award-winning creator of Studio Myerscough, which she started in 1993. Since then, she has produced an eclectic – and sometimes eccentric – body of work that is frequently unclassifiable but which always offers a high level of communication and engagement. She combines formal graphic design methodologies (typography, image making) with highly individualistic craft skills. But it is her work in the integration of graphics within architectural settings that is her strongest claim to recognition.
Bruce blogs, tweets and writes on innovation, design thinking and creativity. The former assistant managing editor for Business Week is a Professor of Innovation and Design at Parsons New School of Design. In his new book, Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire, Bruce explores what he calls a “new type of literacy,” in which creativity is the key to success in nearly any field.
Shawn is a Creative Director with the Portland digital agency Instrument and acts as a visiting educator, teaching design courses at PNCA and PSU in PDX. Over the past 12 years, he has led creative and strategic teams working in physical and digital playgrounds across lifestyle, entertainment and technology, and with an overarching philosophy: to make beautifully simple work that cuts through the noise and helps businesses tell their stories.
Jenn is Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Cleveland State U. Ken is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State U. They are co-authors of Design Currency, The Information Design Handbook and A Designer’s Research Manual (which is suggested reading for the RGD exam). Through their work, the couple strives to make academic concepts approachable while celebrating the power and potential of design. They present at conferences, including those by AIGA and HOW, and promote design to groups, like NASA and CIFAR.