More Design Thinkin'

The design thinkin’ never stops at RGD Ontario’s 12th annual DesignThinkers Conference. Here a critical mass of visual communicators come together once again to discuss how design builds relationships between organizations, products and people.

“From branding to sustainability, interactive to editorial design, film titling to innovation, our visionary thinkers are drawn from the many disciplines that reflect the diversity of graphic design communications,” say the RGDers.  And what an amazing roster of speakers there are:

Deborah Adler, Firm Owner, Deborah Adler Design
Jason Bruges, Jason Bruges Studio
David C. Baker, Author and Founder,
Brian Collins & Leland Maschmeyer, Chief Creative Officer and Creative Director, COLLINS
Jessica Hische, Letterer and Illustrator, Daily Drop Cap
Chip Kidd, Designer and Author, Knopf Publishing
Steve Edge, Owner, Steve Edge Design
Tom Geismar, Principal, founding partner, Chermayeff & Gelsmar
Sagi Haviv, Principal, partner and designer, Chermayeff & Gelsmar
Ivan Chermayeff, Principal, founding partner, Chermayeff & Gelsmar
Rob Giampietro, Principal, Project Projects
Stanley Hainsworth, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Tether
Allan Haley, Director of Words and letters, Monotype Imaging
Rei Inamoto, Chief Creative Officer, AKQA
George Lois, Author “The Art of Advertising”
David MacKay, Country Manager, Omniture Solutions, Adobe Systems
Bobby Martin and Jennifer Kinon, Founding Partners, Original Champions of Design (OCD)
Patrick Mitchell, Founder and Creative Director, Pluto Media
Craig Mod, Writer, designer, publisher and developer, Flipboard
Richard Morrison, Title designer
Christoph Niemann, Illustrator, “I Lego New York”
Eddie Opara, Partner, Pentagram
William Poundstone, Author, “The Myth of Fair Value”
Christian Schwartz, Partner, Commercial Type
Aaris Sherin, Founder, Fit to Thrive
Todd Simmons, Executive Creative Director, Wolff Olins
Robert Wong, Executive Creative Director, Google Creative Labs

DesignThinkers also offers a Studio Open House on Nov. 1, an Opening Party on Nov. 2, and a Closing Dinner on Nov. 3.

For more information on the conference and/or extra events, and to register go here.

Weds Nov 2 – Thurs Nov 3
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St W

(A note about the images above: This year’s theme is connectivity. To celebrate how the design community connects, RGD and Parcel Design have invited a number of Canadian studios to participate in an “Exquisite Corpse.” This exercise typically sees collaborating contributors blindly adding to a composition in sequence. No one sees what another has drawn, except for what’s necessary to connect one portion to the next.  In the lead-up to DesignThinkers 2011, this large-scale, collaborative work will grow, piece by piece, on all communication materials. It will become our own kind of exquisite body: one collective, interconnected work that links the design community together.)