02 November 2009
05 November 2009
Toronto, Ontario
DesignThinkers is the annual conference of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD), a Professional Member of Icograda. Attracting over 1,000 participants and a full line-up of fascinating speakers, DesignThinkers is Canada's largest, most important graphic design event. It's an occasion to listen, learn and interact with peers from across the country.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, DesignThinkers is a journey into the creative process and a celebration of strategic design thinking.


All are welcome at the conference. Special rates are available for members of participating organisations and for students. For more information, or to register, visit:


The confirmed list of speakers for DesignThinkers 2009 includes:
  • Dana Arnett, Principal of VSA Partners (Chicago)
  • Warren Berger, Warren Berger is an award-winning journalist and author (New York)
  • Ben Blumenfeld, Communication Design Manager at Facebook
  • Conor Brady, Senior VP & Chief Creative Officer, Organic (San Francisco)
  • John Bredenfoerder, CMG, Design Director for Landor Associates (San Francisco)
  • Robert Brunner, CEO at Ammunition Group + co-author of Do you matter? How great design will make people love your company
  • Matthew Carter, Master type designer
  • Emily Ruth Cohen, Consultant to Creative Professionals (New Jersey)
  • Stephen Doyle, creative director at Doyle Partners
  • Vanessa Eckstein R.G.D., Creative Director at BLOK (Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Monique Gamache, Partner/Design Director at WAX (Calgary)
  • Jean-Pierre Lacroix R.G.D., President of Shikatani Lacroix (Toronto)
  • Marty Neumeier, author of The Brand Gap, Zag and The Designful Company
  • Terry O'Reilly, radio broadcaster and host of CBC Radio's The Age of Persuasion
  • Simon (Sanky) Sankarayya, founder of AllofUs (London, UK)
  • Daniel Schutzsmith, Publisher of Graphic Define
  • Pam Scott, Founder of The Curious Company (San Francisco)
  • Nathan Shedroff, Chair of the Design Strategy MBA at the California College of the Arts
  • V Sunil, Executive Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy Delhi (India)
  • Gael Towey, Chief Creative Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and acting Editor in Chief of Martha Stewart Living
  • Luke Williamson, joint Creative Director at WCRS (London, UK)

Optional programming

Optional programming includes a screening of ART & COPY, an information session on self-marketing, a 'Zag' workshop, the 2009 Design at Work Exhibit, DesignThinkers Lunches, a DesignThinkers 10th Birthday Party and a Closing Dinner.


DesignThinkers is the annual conference of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD). Representing over 3,000 design professionals and students, RGD is unique in Canada with its ability to grant the designation Registered Graphic Designer (R.G.D.), signaling a high level of competence and ethics.


Adobe Systems, Applied Arts Magazine, AQUENT, Cascades, Hambly and Woolley Inc., Masterfile, Somerset Graphics, SupremeX and The City of Toronto.

For more information, please contact:

RGD Ontario
96 Spadina Ave, Suite 503
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2J6 Canada
T: 1 888 274 3668 (toll-free in North America)
T: +1 416 367 8819
F: +1 416 367 9150
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