2017 VAN
May 30 & 31
Infinite perspectives.
In its 18th year, DesignThinkers, Canada’s premier conference for visual communicators, will travel beyond Toronto for the first time!

This annual design conference provides insights into design thinking, design process and strategy, helping delegates strengthen their ability to deliver outstanding visual communications and cutting-edge design innovation. Check out #rgdDT for thoughts and photos from our 2016 event!
Founder & Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, Sydney
Before starting Frost* Design in London in 1994, Vince was the youngest Associate Director at Pentagram. In 2004, he relocated to Sydney and, as Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, has lead a wide range of projects for clients such as Deutsche Bank, Qantas, Frasers Property and the Sydney Opera House. Vince is an Executive Committee member of D&AD, a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale, Switzerland) and an Honorary Fellow of ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers, London). His second book, Design Your Life®, was published by Penguin in 2014.
VP, Experience Design at Autodesk
Innovator, artist, protagonist and positive provocateur, Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centred design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential have kept her at the forefront of design and business for over 25 years. Under Maria’s leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. In 2013, Facebook acquired the talent behind Hot Studio. In 2015, Maria joined Autodesk as VP, Experience Design. Maria is author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, among other books, and serves as an adjunct professor and trustee at California College of the Arts.
Timothy Goodman
Designer, Illustrator & Art Director
Timothy is a designer, illustrator, and author running his own studio in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Adobe, Ford, J.Crew, MoMA, Samsung, Target and The New Yorker. Timothy co-created the blog and book 40 Days of Dating with Jessica Walsh, which has received over 15 million unique visitors and whose film rights were optioned to Warner Bros. Their second social experiment, 12 Kinds of Kindness, was featured in The New York Times and on NPR. Timothy’s writing series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” has exhibited at the concept store Colette in Paris, France and his second book, Sharpie Art Workshop, came out last year.
Min Lew
Partner, Creative Director & Managing Director at Base
Min works from the standpoint that truly iconic brands are born from a personality-first strategy. That by focusing on the human aspects of a brand, deeper, more personal connections can be made between people and companies. In her role as a designer, brand strategist and manager, she has helped to build personality-driven brands for an eclectic range of clients that include MoMA, JFK Terminal 4, Meatpacking District, Neuehouse, Kiki de Montparnasse, Coca-Cola, Gagosian Gallery, Puma, Milk, Museum of Sex, L'Oreal, Le Pain Quotidien, Pantone, Wellesley College, Kanye West, and more. Min is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts and a guest critic at Parsons School of Design.
Emily Lessard
Chief Creative Officer of Bellweather
Emily is the Chief Creative Officer of Bellweather, a NYC and San Diego-based creative agency. Previously, she was the Creative Director at NYC & Company, the advertising and marketing agency for New York City. Here Emily led the company-wide rebrand—from look and feel, to voice and imagery—in web, advertising, and print. Other key projects she headed up include the relaunch of NYCgo.com; a city-wide icon set—made collaboratively with New York City agencies; and creation of the enormously popular “See Your City” brand. Her work has been published in AdWeek, Creative Review, Fast Company, It’s Nice That, The New York Times, Print Magazine and more.
Craig Mod
Writer & Photographer
Craig is a writer and photographer who splits his time between the mountains of Japan and New York City. His is the co-author of the books Koya Bound: Eight days on the Kumano Kodo, and Art Space Tokyo: An Intimate Guide to the Tokyo Artworld. His essay collection, Bokura no Jidai no Hon (The Books of our Generation), was published in Japanese (2014) and Korean (2015). He is a MacDowell and VCCA writing fellow, and Techfellow award recipient. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, Aeon Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, New Scientist, Contents Magazine, Codex Journal of Typography and other publications. Every six years he reviews a camera.
Dana Tanamachi
Creative Director at Tanamachi Studio & Tanamachi Goods
Dana is a lettering artist and designer who enjoys working with her hands. In 2009, an impromptu chalk installation landed Dana her first commission for Google and set the popular chalk-lettering trend—and her career—in motion. After working under design icon Louise Fili, she opened Tanamachi Studio, a boutique studio specializing in custom typography and illustration for editorial, lifestyle, food and fashion brands. She has been commissioned globally by clients such as Nike, USPS, Penguin Books, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and West Elm. Dana’s first of three exclusive product collections with Target hit stores in 2013 and her book DIY Type (Potter Style) was released in 2014. In 2015 she relocated to Seattle and debuted Tanamachi Goods, a line of beautifully hand-drawn print and gift products reflecting her personal aesthetic and featuring mediums beyond chalk.
Cap Watkins
VP of Design at Buzzfeed
Cap is a product designer, blogger, conference speaker and podcast guest living in Brooklyn, NY. As the first-ever VP of Design at BuzzFeed, he’s been tasked with making the company as smart about design as it is about social media. Previously, Cap was lead designer at both Zoosk and Formspring; UX designer at Amazon; and senior product design manager at Etsy, where he grew their design team and united the company’s very different products under a cohesive vision. Cap believes in thoughtful, holistic design solutions that get out of the way and empower people to accomplish more.
Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive
Ellen is Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive. She has had the joy of creating and problem-solving in the digital medium for over 12 years, collaborating with some brilliant thought leaders across brands like LEGO, Adidas, OWN and Disney. As a RED ECD, she is responsible for providing the creative vision on select accounts, as well as managing the creative discipline across the Experience Design, Brands & Campaigns and Digital Advertising departments. This is a role Ellen finds incredibly rewarding as it gives her the opportunity to help mentor RED Interactive Agency's creatives individually and also inspire the company’s work and unique culture.
Scott Dadich
Scott became Editor in Chief of WIRED in 2012. His appointment marked his return to WIRED, where he was creative director from 2006 until 2010 and led the brand to an unprecedented three consecutive National Magazine Awards for design. He also oversaw the development of WIRED’s groundbreaking iPad app, which became a model for the industry. In 2010, Condé Nast named him VP of Editorial Platforms and Design, a role he filled until being named Editor in Chief. Under his leadership, WIRED has collaborated with some of the world’s sharpest minds. Scott worked closely with President Obama on WIRED’s November 2016 issue—the first time a sitting president has guest-edited a major publication.
Chip Kidd
Chip is an award-winning graphic designer and writer. His groundbreaking book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf have elevated the form for close to three decades. He’s worked with hundreds of writers, including John Updike, Katharine Hepburn, Cormac McCarthy, James Ellroy, Karen Russell, Michael Crichton, David Sedaris, Sharon Olds, Neil Gaiman and Haruki Murakami. His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller. His most recent book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, is the first book to teach graphic design to children and has over 60,000 copies in print. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, and his TED Talks have been viewed over 3 million times.
Alex Schleifer
Alex is the VP of Design at Airbnb, where he leads the user experience, design research, content and design operations teams. As a teenager he co-founded Sideshow, which produced award-winning digital work for a variety of global clients. In 2011 they were acquired by Say Media, where he became Head of Design, helping them to redefine digital publishing. During this time, he also co-founded UX Magazine, which quickly became an authority on user experience design. Alex is passionate about creating beautiful, engaging digital products that change the way we tell stories and make connections.
Date & Location
May 30 - 31, 2017
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
To register, visit: https://www.eply.com/DTVancouver2017
Members (includes RGD & GDC Members)
Designated Member: RGD, Prov RGD & CGD - 1 Day - $265 (after Mar 31 - $295)
Designated Member: RGD, Prov RGD & CGD - 2 Days - $365 (after Mar 31 - $395)
Affiliate Member of RGD / GDC Member - 1 Day - $335 (after Mar 31 - $ 365)
Affiliate Member of RGD / GDC Member - 2 Days - $465 (after Mar 31 - $495)
Student RGD / GDC Student Member - 1 Day - $120 (after Mar 31 $150)
Student RGD / GDC Student Member - 2 Days - $195 (after Mar 31 $225)

Non-Member - 1 Day - $445 (after Mar 31 - $475)
Non-Member - 2 Days - $620 (after Mar 31 - $650)
Group Member Registration* - 1 Day - $385 (after Mar 31 - $425)
Group Member Registration* - 2 Days - $535 (after Mar 31 - $575)
* A Group Member Registration is a Non-Member attending DesignThinkers as part of a group of 3 or more individuals from the same company/organization.
Accommodation & Transportation
The Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
645 Howe St, Vancouver, BC
Guestrooms: $209 + tax (single or double occupancy)
Email: reservations@van.metropolitan.com or
Call: 1-800-667-2300
Specify Group Affiliation: DesignThinkers

Air Canada is offering instant online registration and a 10% discount on eligible fares for travel to and from DesignThinkers Vancouver. Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available. To book a flight, visit aircanada.com and enter promo code QJWAE9X1 in the search panel.

VIA Rail: DesignThinkers delegates can save 10% traveling to the conference with VIA Rail Canada. This discount applies for bookings between May 22nd, 2017 to June 3rd, 2017 from all destinations, and all fare categories, with the exception of the Escape fare and the Prestige Fare on the Canadian (Toronto to Vancouver train). Book by phone at 1-888-VIA-RAIL using the corporate rate code 13427 or click here to get full details and have the discount automatically applied to your purchase.
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