Spring: Icograda Design Week in Vilnius 2011 speakers announced

14 February 2011
Vilnius (Lithuania) - The Lithuanian Graphic Design Association (LGDA) and Icograda have unveiled the preliminary list of speakers for Spring: Icograda Design Week in Vilnius 2011, taking place from 9-13 May. Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!
Vilnius (Lithuania) - The Lithuanian Graphic Design Association (LGDA) and Icograda have unveiled the preliminary list of speakers for Spring: Icograda Design Week in Vilnius 2011, taking place from 9-13 May.

The theme - Spring - represents the beginning of the cycle where ideas are planted and, through a meticulous strategic design process, they come to life and we reap their fruits. An international group of thought leaders will set the stage for discussion and dialogue.

Spring 2011 is a great opportunity for designers, business leaders and government stakeholders to meet, discuss and explore design as a basis for development. Our venue, Vilnius Academy of Art, has a limit of 200 seats so early registration is encouraged!

Introducing our speakers

A fantastic lineup of speakers will set the stage for discussion and dialogue.

Design Thinking

[Image: Paul Hughes]

Paul Hughes (The Netherlands)
Paul Hughes is based in Amsterdam where he is a strategic director and partner of Lava, the creative strategic design agency recently awarded European Design Agency of the Year 2010. Since 2005, Paul has consulted with Design Machine in New York, a strategic brand building company run by Alexander Gelman, who has been called one of the "world's most famous modern and contemporary artists in all media."


Design Advocacy

[Image: Robert L. Peters]

Robert L. Peters (Canada)
Robert is a graphic designer and the founding principal of the award-winning design consultancy CIRCLE based in Winnipeg, Canada. He is a former Icograda president (2001-2003), author of the book Worldwide Identity (published by Rockport), a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), an ambassador of the International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) and moderator of INDIGO's blog 'Talking Stick'.


Design Culture

[Image: PetPunk]

PetPunk (Lithuania)
Andrius Kirelva and Gediminas Šiaulys are the creative, Lithuanian duo behind PetPunk. Formed in 2005, they mainly work in illustration, motion graphics and animation. Their creative goal is to produce subtle, yet authentic, visually and aesthetically challenging pieces of work. Both Artists' creative perception has been affected by their unique experience of living in both Soviet and Western Culture.



[Image: Tomi Haaparanta]

Tomi Haaparanta (Finland)
Tomi Haaparanta has been making typefaces for the past twenty years. He currently teaches type design in the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki and works as a graphic designer at Taivas Design. Additionally, for the past six years, Tomi has dedicated much of his time to his Suomi Type Foundry.


Design History

[Image: Jūrate Bučmytė & Albertas Krajinskas]

Jūrate Bučmytė & Albertas Krajinskas (Vilnius)
Jūrate designs furniture, modern jewellery and mini textile articles. She is also quite accomplished as a graphic designer. In 1986 she returned to watercolour drawing, painting, and ethnic culture studies.

Albertas has been a member of the Lithuanian Artists' Association since 1986. In 1981 he started to work as a designer of agricultural machinery. More recently, Albertas has been reconstructing models of old fishing boats from the Curonian Lagoon.


[Image: Karolina Jakaitė]

Karolina Jakaitė (Lithuania)
Karolina Jakaitė is an art and design historian and doctoral student at Vilnius Academy of Art. She is currently writing a dissertation on Lithuanian graphic design in the Soviet period. Her professional interests include problems of national identity, design in Soviet Lithuania and the operation and management of design institutions.


Design Education

[Image: Omar Vulpinari]

Omar Vulpinari (Italy)
Omar Vulpinari is the creative director of Expanded Media at Fabrica, the Benetton Group communication research centre in Treviso, Italy. His focus is on practice research in communication design for social impact. Omar is currently a Vice President of Icograda and leads Iridescent: Icograda Journal of Design Research and Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011.


Spring 2011 registration now open

Registration rates are affordable and space is limited, so register today to reserve your spot at Spring 2011. Admission includes attendance to the opening reception, all conference sessions over two days and related special events.

Register now via: vilnius.icograda.org

For more information, please contact:

T: +370 698 80125
T: +370698 35235

Fareed Ramezani

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