DesignThinkers Toronto 2018

24 October 2018
25 October 2018

ico-D is pleased to endorse DesignThinkers Toronto 2018 organised by Member Association of Registered Graphic Designers. The conference takes place on 24 - 25 October 2018.

DesignThinkers is an annual conference. The mission is to gather diverse perspectives to explore the processes of design and creativity. The audience is primarily creative directors, art directors, communication designers and student designers. This year's theme for DesignThinkers is Speak the Truth. The conference is composed of two keynotes per day and then four concurrent streams of talks: Inspiration, Trends, Strategy and Interactions
Speak the Truth presenters will cover one or more of the following, through examples from their work, as well as helping our attendees to apply insights into their own work:
  • explore the processes of design and design thinking, such as in order to develop positive relationships with clients, develop more meaningful work, etc.
  • reflect on the role of communication design in business and society and the value it offers
  • examine how the design and communications industries are changing based on trends, such as in technology, demographics or business
A complete list with bios of speakers can be found on the DesignThinkers conference website but include: 
Michael Bierut, Partner at Pentagram 
Ayse Birsel, Author of Design the Life You Love
Robert Brunner, Founder & Partner at Ammunition
Anthony Burrill, Artist, Designer & Print-maker
Martha Cotton, Group Design Director (Research) at Fjord
Jessica Hische, Lettering Artist & Type Designer
Kat Downs Mulder, Director of Product at The Washington Post
Heidi Hackemer, VP of Engagement at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Dawn Hancock, Founder & Managing Director at Firebelly
Josh Higgins, Executive Creative Director, AR/VR, at Facebook
Grace Hwang, VP of Design & Experience at Carrot Inc
Michael Lejeune, Creative Director of Metro Los Angeles
Bruno Maag, Chairman of Dalton Maag
Jason Severs, Chief Design Officer at Droga5
Bonnie Siegler, Founder & Creative Director at Eight and a Half
Forest Young, Global Principal / Head of Design at Wolff Olins
33seven, Adobe, Applied Arts, Akendi, Creative Niche, .design, Domtar, Flash MediaFace, Mitchell Sandham, Moveable, Rebel, Rolland, The Pixel Shop WeirFoulds, Zulu Alpha Kilo, ADCC, AZURE, Commercial Type, Compassionate Eye, David Jonathan Ross​, Design Exchange, Editors Association of Canada, GDC, FITC, ICA, IDSA, IDC


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