The 2019 edition of DesignThinkers Vancouver is kicking off next week, and some of the design industry best and brightest will be in attendance to talk shop. To help you get the most out of the event, here are six sessions you won’t want to miss:
Creative is not a noun — May 28 at 9:10 AM
Austin Kleon, a renowned artist, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author, shares his principles for creative work in a connected world. You’ll learn to “embrace influence instead of run away from it,” to “use analog tools for better ideas,” and much more.
In Regards To Beauty — May 28 at 11:50 AM
Design has always balanced function and aesthetic, but has the former taken over lately? Leland Maschmeyer, the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of band and design consultancy Collins, takes a closer look and argues that beauty “will save the world.”
How Much Does Design Matter? — May 29 at 4:00 PM
Designers often struggle to communicate the value of the design process. How do you measure its impact? Cheryl Heller, the President of design lab CommonWise, looks at how to quantify design’s contributions, ways to explain its value, and more.
POWER SHIFT — Design (Leadership) in a VUCA World — May 29 at 2:50 PM
What is the role of design (and designers) in an era of technological, geopolitical, and cultural shifts? Moira Cullen, who Graphic Design USA once said was among the “most influential designers in the past 50 years,” looks at the field’s transformative power to engage people and influence results.
Tasting Type — May 29 at 9:50 AM
Over the years, graphic designer Sarah Hyndman has run a number of experiments on typography, including profiling the personalities of typeface and altering the taste of a jellybean with a font. In this session, she’ll demonstrate how typefaces narrate our experiences and document our cultural tastes.
How to run a healthy design team — May 29 at 2:10 PM
Eric Snowden manages a multidisciplinary team of designers responsible for Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Document Cloud applications and services. In this session, Snowden shares his tips and tricks for hiring, conflict resolution, productivity, and more.