Monday, September 28, 2015

DesignThinkers 2015 (Early Bird)

DesignThinkers 2015
November 12 & 13
The Sony Centre, Toronto, Canada

With over 2,000 attendees and 25+ speakers,

DesignThinkers is Canada’s largest conference for visual communicators. It is a must-attend for any informed, forward-thinking creative, communications or marketing professional or team.

The inspiring event, now in its 16th year, breeds change agents who become drivers of innovation. DesignThinkers 2015 will delve into industry trends with visionaries from a range of communications-related disciplines including design, user experience, advertising, branding, consumer engagement, film, social media and entrepreneurship.

Sessions teach delegates how to create effective communications by exploring cutting-edge innovation, the latest technology, demographic and ethnographic trends, strategic management techniques, cognitive theory and much more.

Speakers include:

  •     Coralie Bickford-Smith, book jacket designer for Little Women & Sherlock Holmes
  •     Cap Watkins, BuzzFeed's first-ever VP of Design
  •     Annie Atkins, lead graphic designer of Oscar-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel
  •     Robin Hunicke, co-founder, Funomena gaming studio
  •     Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  •     Austin Kleon, best-selling author of Steal Like An Artist
  •     Hjalti Karlsson, co-founder, karlssonwilker inc.
  •     Chris Dixon, Design Director, Vanity Fair
  •     Karim Rashid, world-renowned interior and industrial designer
  •     Art Chantry, poster designer & creator of the grunge style
  •     Nathalie Nahai, Web Psychologist
  •     Frank Chimero, author & founder, Another

Early Bird rates end October 9! Discounts are available for groups, individuals working for non-profits and members of many RGD-affiliated organizations. Click here for information on travel discounts. Get full details and register at

Monday, September 7, 2015

Future By Design: The Future of Type

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
6:00pm - 8:30pm ET
Sault College – Room M1220

The rise of social media, written communication via the web and digital publishing have coincided with the trend towards handwritten fonts, flat design and vintage lettering. How will technological advances continue to shape typography and type design? What are iconic fonts and glyphicons and what other type innovations are on the horizon? How will market forces impact the economic viability of a career in type design?


  • Jessica Hische, Lettering Artist
  • Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • Nick Sherman, Co-founder of Fonts In Use 
  • Laura Worthington, Typeface Designer

About Future By Design 

Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate via webcam in the Q&A. Click here to view recaps of our past Future By Design events.

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