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Finding A New Creative Home During A Pandemic — Adapting Your Creativity for the Future
View Profile The 2019 AIGA Design Census identifies the skill most critical to design’s future is adaptability to new technology and social ...
Career+Talent
View Profile The 2019 AIGA Design Census identifies the skill most critical to design’s future is adaptability to new technology and social change. Learn how fluid intelligence, a generalist mindset, and an unconventional career path equipped me to adapt my creative work for emerging technologies and societal change. Learn how I built my unique skillset by facing failure and embracing my passions — how my DIY ethos has fueled my career and ultimately enabled me to live a life driven by creativity. See a case study on every step in my career — how every stop, detour, setback, and professional scar served as the engine of my creative growth. This journey accorded me with a unique background in art, experimental film making, visual design, branding, and creative direction that allows me to partner with clients to lead the vanguard of new experiences.  
The High Cost of Perfectionism: Impostor Syndrome in the Workplace
View Profile The psychological, social, and emotional stigmas of failure or even minor setbacks can be crippling. These stigmas create crushing ...
Career+Talent
View Profile The psychological, social, and emotional stigmas of failure or even minor setbacks can be crippling. These stigmas create crushing fear, which in turn threatens positive change, innovation, & progress.  Millions of people – business owners, new managers, designers, performers, executives – secretly worry they’re not as smart or talented as other people “think” they are. These nagging feelings of incompetence drain both employee & organizational resources.  It’s called the impostor syndrome.  And if left unchecked, it can derail you, your team, and your organization.  Fortunately, there is a way to outsmart it and move past perfect. In this thoughtful and refreshing session, we’ll expose the confidence myth, learn how to spot impostor syndrome, and learn how to shift our mindsets from fear to courage.
Rewire Your Team: Nurturing a Neurodiverse Workplace
View Profile I am a product designer and a late-diagnosed Autistic woman. I have found over the years that many people like me are overlooked ...
Career+Talent
View Profile I am a product designer and a late-diagnosed Autistic woman. I have found over the years that many people like me are overlooked for jobs because of personal quirks or social stigmas. Join me as I walk you through my personal journey and share with you the thoughts and learnings I’ve had along the way. Growing a neurodiverse design team has its hurdles, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Hiring doesn’t have to be biased, we want to give equal opportunity to all.                      
SHOWTIME: HOW to Pitch Your Ideas and Present Finished Work to Anyone, Anywhere
View Profile It can be hard to talk about our own work. But often, what we choose to present to existing clients and prospects is based on ...
Career+Talent
View Profile It can be hard to talk about our own work. But often, what we choose to present to existing clients and prospects is based on out-dated ideas of what will persuade them. In this interactive session, you’ll learn how to quickly structure and effectively deliver persuasive pitches and work presentations that make your client the star and let your work shine.
Can We Save Graphic Design From UI/UX Design?
View Profile In the past few years, UI/UX design seems to be the main buzzword in the design community thanks to Silicon Valley. More and more ...
Career+Talent
View Profile In the past few years, UI/UX design seems to be the main buzzword in the design community thanks to Silicon Valley. More and more designers want to switch career focus from traditional graphic design to UI/UX design. Bootcamps training students that produce cookie-cutter portfolios sprung up from all over the country and around the world. Designers started to abandon their more “craft-focused” career paths as they feel pressured to enter into a field that is supposed to have more job opportunities and higher pay.  As a design educator and entrepreneur, I couldn’t help but wonder if the mad dash into UI/UX design is slowly ruining the craft of our industry and pushing young creatives into a direction that they don’t necessarily feel passionate about. As a college adjunct professor, I have heard students admitting that while they love doing brand design and advertising design more, they feel the need to pursue UI/UX design as job prospects in the more “traditional” design fields are dwindling and entry-level salary disappointing.  What can we do as a design community to save graphic design from the more tech-oriented UI/UX design? I will discuss several ways we can start making graphic design a field that is both lucrative and creatively rewarding.   FIrst, we must reform the traditional creative agency model to improve profit margins. Only with fundamental change in operation and management can we start paying young creatives more and make jobs other than UI/UX design more attractive.  Second, the future of design is freelance and remote, especially after the pandemic. Educators need to start training students to be much more business-minded in addition to helping them develop and hone their crafts. When creatives know how to make money with their skills, they will not be forced to follow a “popular path”. Rather, they will be confident to create their own paths and make profitable living from pursuing their passion.  Finally, young creatives who indeed want to focus on UI/UX should be well trained in fundamental design principles before they begin specializing in designing for tech. UI/UX bootcamps will need to start guiding students to create portfolios that balance the need to be creative, functional and unique. 
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Beyond Commodity: How to Master Your Message & Stand Out in a Sea of Sameness
View Profile It’s one thing to be passionate about what you do; it’s another to be compelling. And in a post-pandemic world, being slick or cool doesn’t cut it anymore—being ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile It’s one thing to be passionate about what you do; it’s another to be compelling. And in a post-pandemic world, being slick or cool doesn’t cut it anymore—being direct, clear, and emotionally resonant does. Join brand advisor and HOW favorite Terri Trespicio for an entertaining session on reframing your work and your brand in ways that don’t shout, brag, or babble, but contribute to a larger conversation. Key takeaways: • Why telling people what you do is not necessarily how you get them to care • The biggest mistakes brands make when trying to engage an audience • Why you don’t have to be all that different to stand out • How the right brand messaging gets prospects to qualify themselves
Enter Wild - Exchange anxiety for amazement and worry for wonder
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Design+Creativity
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Designing For Attention
View Profile How do we maximize the value of the time a user will spend with us? We know our designs need to be impactful to our users. Not only that, users have to understand ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile How do we maximize the value of the time a user will spend with us? We know our designs need to be impactful to our users. Not only that, users have to understand immediately what we want them to do, why, and how. User research, along with principles of psychology can help us ensure we are designing experiences to capture our users’ attention. However, we have an obligation to be mindful of the potential for promoting addictive behaviors or overuse of our product. Victor’s talk will highlight the role psychology plays in every day decision making, and how product teams can incorporate specific principles of psychology to facilitate the adoption and use of their product. Victor will discuss the importance of knowing why we want our users’ attention, the potential negative consequences of designing to hold users’ attention, and psychology-backed design elements we can consider for our products. Come for the psychology, stay for the bad jokes. Key Takeaways: Critical questions to ask before you design for users’ attention Psychological principles of designing for users’ attention Design strategies and elements to include in designing for users’ attention
Why Trends in Logo Design Matter
View Profile Trends in logo design are often noted and discussed, but how can they be measured and why are they ultimately important? Starting with a discussion of one of the biggest ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile Trends in logo design are often noted and discussed, but how can they be measured and why are they ultimately important? Starting with a discussion of one of the biggest logo trends ever, the swooshes of the dot-com boom, sociologist James I. Bowie will examine the significance of trends as they relate to the logo’s meaning and to the practice of branding in general. Using quantitative analysis of national trademark data, Bowie will show how he identifies and tracks logo design trends, and how designers can tap into government websites to perform their own research. Key Takeaways: How government data can be used to track trends in logo design How trends in logo design reflect changes in society How effective design and branding programs can make use of knowledge of trends in logo design
Stress Addiction: From Morning Coffee to the Cardiac
View Profile “I work best under pressure.” “No worries—I’ll get it to you ASAP.” “It’s fine, I can handle it.” Sound familiar? It did for me, as well, until I woke up ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile “I work best under pressure.” “No worries—I’ll get it to you ASAP.” “It’s fine, I can handle it.” Sound familiar? It did for me, as well, until I woke up one morning with the intent for a normal day. Instead, I found myself in the cardiac wing of my local hospital for a short stay that included a lot of “we’re not sure why this is happening.” Stress is a silent (potential) killer that most of us voluntarily ignore, but thankfully there are ways to mitigate and get control of it. No matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise, overwork does not lead to success. We owe ourselves to do better. My story is a very real warning. Key Takeaways: Stress is a silent (potential) killer that most of us voluntarily ignore There are ways to mitigate and get control of your stress—I’ll share some strategies Overwork does not lead to success, no matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise
Beards, BBQ and Insecurity - A Guide to Creative Self Discovery
View Profile We all have a unique creative process that was born out of who we are as a person, which is why everyone’s process is unique. But making peace with who you are can be a ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile We all have a unique creative process that was born out of who we are as a person, which is why everyone’s process is unique. But making peace with who you are can be a lot harder than you think and it can have a huge influence over your career and creativity. Chris Thomas, founder and chief creative officer of Yonder, will share actionable insights taken from his childhood of bad bowl haircuts, time playing in a band touring and all the bad choices he made in his design career. Key Takeaways: Learn new ways of building off of your past so it is the foundation of your creative process and key to the future of your career. Understand where your real skills live and how to use them more often. How to be Better and not Bitter
Fire It Back Up: Breaking Out of the Creative Rut
View Profile If you create for a living, you either have been, are, or will find yourself, at one time or another, in a a creative rut. They are the inevitable downs to your inspiring ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile If you create for a living, you either have been, are, or will find yourself, at one time or another, in a a creative rut. They are the inevitable downs to your inspiring ups, the times when your creative energy, ideation, and flow seem to taper off. The good news is… it’s completely normal. The act of creation expends energy, and Creative Boot Camp author Stefan Mumaw will show you how to get it back. He’ll break down the causes of creative ruts, normalizing them into a natural, systematic part of the creative process. After this session, you’ll understand exactly the type of creative rut you might be in, and exactly what to do to get out of it. And along the way, Stefan will bring a little of his trademark humor and fun to the proceedings. If you’ve ever experienced a creative rut, come find out how to shake it off and get the fire back.
Creativity in a Time of Crisis
View Profile There's no time like a crisis to roll up your sleeves and create. When the world is on fire and old paradigms fail, the need for artists and creators to step up and offer ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile There's no time like a crisis to roll up your sleeves and create. When the world is on fire and old paradigms fail, the need for artists and creators to step up and offer hope, invent new solutions, and inspire the future, is greater than ever. In this talk, multidisciplinary artist Ivan Cash shares his creative process and learnings from three unique passion projects that were completed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects respectively earned a Vimeo Staff Pick, and were featured in The Atlantic, Now This, Colossal, booooooom, Dance Magazine and involved collaborating with hundreds of people from around the world, including acclaimed choreographer Jacob Jonas. Audience Takeaways Constraints Breed Creativity: You'll be amazed with the new ideas that emerge when you let go of "normal" and embrace new constraints. Articulate a Singular Vision: Make a treatment / deck at the beginning of a new creative project, as specific as possible, so you can share your vision with potential collaborators. Reacting to Ever-Changing Circumstances: Know when to stick to your vision, when to break rules, and when to roll with the punches.
From Righteous to Retched: 2020 Logo Trends
View Profile This ain’t your normal trend forecast. Join brand-identity and design-badassery expert Bill Gardner, founder and president of LogoLounge.com, as he relays the current ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile This ain’t your normal trend forecast. Join brand-identity and design-badassery expert Bill Gardner, founder and president of LogoLounge.com, as he relays the current state of identity design – beauty, warts and all. Learn why “Trends = Good” and “Trendy = Bad,” and how the current trajectory of identity design could influence the work you do for your clients. This energized session gives HOW attendees exclusive first access to the 2020 LogoLounge Logo Trend Report. Through LogoLounge.com, hundreds of thousands of logos have been submitted, making it the largest logo database in the world. Expect the unexpected. It’s a session you won’t want to miss!
Sole II Soul
View Profile It’s bigger than any brand. It’s more than a lifestyle and they are damn sure more than just shoes. Sneakers are a culture, a community, hell, some may even say it is ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile It’s bigger than any brand. It’s more than a lifestyle and they are damn sure more than just shoes. Sneakers are a culture, a community, hell, some may even say it is a religion. Come along on this fantastic voyage of how starting from the bottom can take you to the top. As we scratch the surface of how misfits, outsiders and troublemakers became the true Madmen & women and turned a subculture into one of the most unifying things in this world. 3 Take-Aways:  Inspiration comes from within you just as much as it comes from around you.The more they hate the more you lean into it.Stop convincing. Just create.
How to Build a Career of Balance, Collaboration, and Good
View Profile This session is all about 20+ years of the greatest lessons of how to live a life that fuels your work, and work in a way that fuels your life. Justin gives you ...
Design+Creativity
View Profile This session is all about 20+ years of the greatest lessons of how to live a life that fuels your work, and work in a way that fuels your life. Justin gives you suggestions on just how to approach your career by designing uniquely a more balanced life and career. In the creative industry, collaboration, self-awareness, positivity and purpose are part of how we approach our day to day. Key Takeaways: Suggestions on how to find the love in your current job or take the next step in your career Learn about what balance can look like for you Explore how collaboration, serving, and culture can change the trajectory of your life and career
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Time Out: Taking a Break to Make
View Profile Keeping yourself inspired in a doozy of a year. Taking a forced break, flipping a negative into a positive and making work that pushes you!
Dieline
View Profile Keeping yourself inspired in a doozy of a year. Taking a forced break, flipping a negative into a positive and making work that pushes you!
Designing and Organizing to Break The Trend
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Dieline
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Burger King & Design: Your Way, Way Better
View Profile Rapha talks about his obsession over brand originality, how design can help bringing these unique brand stories to life and some of his latest design projects for Burger ...
Dieline
View Profile Rapha talks about his obsession over brand originality, how design can help bringing these unique brand stories to life and some of his latest design projects for Burger King and Popeyes at Restaurant Brands International.
A Series of Revelations
View Profile In this session, Badal will take you through her journey from working at an agency to becoming an independent designer, as she recounts pivotal moments that have defined ...
Dieline
View Profile In this session, Badal will take you through her journey from working at an agency to becoming an independent designer, as she recounts pivotal moments that have defined her career. Join her as she breaks down how studio experience gave her the skills she needed to take the leap into freelance and how she used passion projects to develop craft, expand a portfolio, and create passive income. In addition to this, Badal will share how she used social media to promote her work, generate new business, and reach new clients.
Please Remember to Design Responsibly
View Profile Not everything you create, the client you take on, or the agency you work at will or has to be perfectly aligned with your values. However, in this session, Jolene Delisle ...
Dieline
View Profile Not everything you create, the client you take on, or the agency you work at will or has to be perfectly aligned with your values. However, in this session, Jolene Delisle will explore ways you can make meaningful choices in your professional design career–whether it’s within a larger organization, your own practice, or as a freelancer. She will also dive into how to navigate challenging moments and circumstances when maybe you don’t feel all that empowered to do so. Audience takeaways: How to assess your own career values How you can create impact through design for the right brands Navigating your career values within a larger organization How to map out a type of career that is fulfilling and ultimately in your control How to use the power of design for change when situations feel unchangeable
New World, New Rules: Three Pledges to Change the Agency Game
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Dieline
View Profile View Profile View Profile In this short and sweet session, Bulletproof founder Gush Mundae talks through the agency philosophy on the greater good and how through three simple pledges, brought to him by his team during lockdown, is the start of an ongoing journey to change how agencies “give back”. Joined by the two members of the Bulletproof family who’s initiative it was – Amy Tsang and Selina Hull - the three chat through their three simple but actionable pledges for the future and how we can all get involved.
Solving For Disposability While Maintaining Its Virtues
View Profile TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky discusses the theory of waste and how through business we eliminate the idea of it. Also, how one can find other areas of value, whether in ...
Dieline
View Profile TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky discusses the theory of waste and how through business we eliminate the idea of it. Also, how one can find other areas of value, whether in packaging or products, beyond just the material value and hopefully be inspired that our future can be a world where the concept of waste doesn’t exist and yet our products can be more exciting, more convenient and better than ever.
NOW IS WOW
View Profile Making work in response to time and what’s going on. Now is the time to wow
Dieline
View Profile Making work in response to time and what’s going on. Now is the time to wow
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Power to the People
View Profile Whatever combination of platforms, processes, pixels or power points we use to deliver an experience, it all comes down to the one element that will shift the needle: ...
Experience+Design
View Profile Whatever combination of platforms, processes, pixels or power points we use to deliver an experience, it all comes down to the one element that will shift the needle: emotion. Figuring out how to anticipate, predict and delight the unpredictable, quirky factor that is human nature has never been so difficult or so completely challenging. And who doesn’t love a challenge?  Learn why provocations are a powerful way to communicate, how stories make the world go around and why technology must be in service to those who use it.
Research Without Reason is Chaos
View Profile Well-structured research efforts are a conduit for design value. Avoid misalignment, dead-ends, and building things no one wants by asking the right questions up front. ...
Experience+Design
View Profile Well-structured research efforts are a conduit for design value. Avoid misalignment, dead-ends, and building things no one wants by asking the right questions up front. Take the conversation from the boardroom to the room where the product lives. Help the business understand the context, the people who use it, and dare we ask, should it even exist in the first place. Uncover motivations, decipher patterns, and apply research to create measurable results. Bring order to chaos by: Applying systems-level thinking to research efforts Delivering on research that doesn’t get caught up in minutiae Translating research efforts from the field to the boardroom
Experience Design - Unwrapping How to Make Impact
View Profile Ever wonder about the value of user research? What do you do with it once you have it? And how does it really happen in a way that others can benefit from? After years of ...
Experience+Design
View Profile Ever wonder about the value of user research? What do you do with it once you have it? And how does it really happen in a way that others can benefit from? After years of user research as a practice, one diverse supplier asked the right question, which led to over 1K hours of supply chain research. That research led to insights that are now helping diverse suppliers and enterprise supply chains connect better, stronger, with more economic justice and community impact at a time when that's exactly what's needed. In this session, we'll share the process and methodology, as well as the impact that's tangible to every one of us. Funny part is, it's something every business can benefit from.
Creative Democracy: How Design Disrupted The Evolution of Human Kind
View Profile Where Design has brought us from, Where design has landed us, where needs to take us.
Experience+Design
View Profile Where Design has brought us from, Where design has landed us, where needs to take us.
Shaping the Way We Work with Design Systems
View Profile The design landscape is rapidly changing, because the world is rapidly changing. Technology companies are evolving and our toolsets are evolving right alongside them. One ...
Experience+Design
View Profile The design landscape is rapidly changing, because the world is rapidly changing. Technology companies are evolving and our toolsets are evolving right alongside them. One of the biggest changes to the design landscape in recent years has been the rise of design systems. A design system can encompass many parts—like a styleguide, component library, or sketch files—but at their core, they are systems for scaling your design practice.  Design systems are helping companies of all sizes design with more efficiency and a higher quality bar. They are a departure from the way we've worked in the past, but design systems can be extremely powerful once we embrace them. Let's explore this evolution from demystifying what design systems really are, embracing systems thinking, building the foundations of your UI, and even imagining where design systems might bring us next!  Attendees will go home armed with tips they can use to improve design systems of any stage (or even start one!). I'll share practical lessons I've learned working on some of the world's biggest systems at Adobe and Atlassian, tips for practicing systems thinking, and plenty of further resources.
Designing for a Connected World
View Profile  The march of the digital frontline seems to have relentlessly vaporised so much of what is around us and sent it to the cloud. With our heads now so often stuck in ...
Experience+Design
View Profile The march of the digital frontline seems to have relentlessly vaporised so much of what is around us and sent it to the cloud. With our heads now so often stuck in those clouds we seem to be losing touch of what is physically around us; including each other. What if we could add a digital soul to everyday objects and design, prototype and manufacture physical products almost as quickly as digital experiences? My work is a journey towards attempting to let some of this happen. Audience takeaways: an old fashioned view of the future, adding a little extra to the ordinary and lessons from journeys through the forest.
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How to Create a Virtual Photograph with Adobe 3D Tools
View Profile No studio, no camera, not even an actual product? Step into the world of Adobe 3D tools to learn about the process of making picture-perfect images, all virtual and ...
HOW-TO
View Profile No studio, no camera, not even an actual product? Step into the world of Adobe 3D tools to learn about the process of making picture-perfect images, all virtual and accessible like never before. Join Vladimir Petkovic, 3D and Immersive creative director at Adobe, to discover the world of computer-generated imagery. You’ll learn how to not only mirror photorealistic scenes, but also break the boundaries of the real world, enhance your creativity, and elevate your product shots for marketing and e-commerce. As Vlad gives you a close look at tools from Adobe’s 3D offering —— you’ll learn: • Ways to combine 3D technology with traditional workflows, including photography, graphic design, and even UX/UI to produce a new piece of content. Technical Level: General Audience
Refresh Your Process In 5 Simple Steps With Adobe Capture
View Profile Don’t allow the limitations of the “new normal” limit your creative process. There are untapped treasures all around you waiting to be discovered. Adobe Capture ...
HOW-TO
View Profile Don’t allow the limitations of the “new normal” limit your creative process. There are untapped treasures all around you waiting to be discovered. Adobe Capture allows you to grab inspiration wherever you are and store them as elements. The elements could then be used across all Adobe applications. Refresh in 15 minutes or less.  Join Rob and learn how to: •Create and collect inspirational elements for your projects with Adobe Capture and Creative Cloud Libraries •Share your libraries created using Capture with family, friends, and collaborators •Incorporate library elements into your designs, photography, film, 3D renderings, and/or illustrations
An Introduction to Virtual Photography
View Profile Virtual photography is fast emerging as a viable solution for visual asset creation. Intuitive and accessible 3D tools can now be used in combination with traditional ...
HOW-TO
View Profile Virtual photography is fast emerging as a viable solution for visual asset creation. Intuitive and accessible 3D tools can now be used in combination with traditional graphic design skills to produce imagery indistinguishable from physical photographs. Join Adobe’s Sebastian Shaw, Director of Strategic Development for 3D for a visual journey through the basics and value propositions of Virtual Photography. In this session, you’ll learn: • The basic ingredients of Virtual Photography • Adobe’s vision for 3D for Non 3D experts • How Adobe 3D represents a new way to create content at scale Technical Level: General Audience
The Magic of Ambigrams
View Profile Ambigrams are pure typographic magic! Well, they really are not - but they come across as magical at first glance. However, underneath that Houdini-esque exterior, ...
HOW-TO
View Profile Ambigrams are pure typographic magic! Well, they really are not - but they come across as magical at first glance. However, underneath that Houdini-esque exterior, there's a fundamental knowledge of typography and a nearly endless amount of sketching. Nikita will break down the process of creating an ambigram - from figuring out the 'ambigram potential' of any given word to experimenting with different letter combinations. The end result will be a word that you view from a different perspective - and it will still read as an actual word! Is it magic, is it typography, or a blend of both? Decide for yourself, and don’t forget to bring a pencil, some paper, an eraser, and plenty of coffee!
Top 5 Methods to Master Adobe Illustrator
View Profile Many creatives get overwhelmed by Adobe Illustrator. It has '86' tools and will probably have a few more by next year. This session covers 5 essential method you need to ...
HOW-TO
View Profile Many creatives get overwhelmed by Adobe Illustrator. It has '86' tools and will probably have a few more by next year. This session covers 5 essential method you need to know to master your workflow using Illustrator. New tools and features are great, but when you have deadlines and need to get the work done fast, knowing how to utilize these 5 methods will make your creative process a lot easier and more sustainable. Takeaways - Shape Building Methods - Stroke Building Methods - Helpful Time-Saving Plugins
How to Texture and Add Materials Using Adobe Substance
View Profile Find out how to create the next generation of digital content with 3D. As a designer working in today’s pipelines, you need to learn how you can include 3D objects in ...
HOW-TO
View Profile Find out how to create the next generation of digital content with 3D. As a designer working in today’s pipelines, you need to learn how you can include 3D objects in your projects and apply textures and materials to reproduce realistic surfaces for 3D assets. In this hands-on lab for designers new to Substance Painter, join Wes McDermott, head of the Substance demo artist team at Adobe, as he shows you how to create textures for 3D assets using Substance Painter. In this 15-minute lab you’ll learn how to: • Create a project in Substance Painter, work with texture sets and materials and apply effects to create a final piece of richly detailed content. Technical Level: Beginner
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The Introverts Guide to Career Progression
View Profile Some of the most impactful leaders in our industry self identify as introverts, as do so many leading designers in our community. So how have those individuals become so ...
Leadership
View Profile Some of the most impactful leaders in our industry self identify as introverts, as do so many leading designers in our community. So how have those individuals become so successful in a world that seems to celebrate and focus on our extroverted counterparts? Many introverts express having a tough time making their voices heard during meetings, getting passed over for special projects and promotions by leadership, and feeling as though they have hit a career wall when applying for people manager positions. Work relationships and opportunities are often cemented during happy hours and other activities that make introverts feel drained. And even when they force themselves to attend those events, they may come across as uncomfortable, having the opposite of the desired impact.  Other people may appear to be introverts even though they love crowds, but they can’t attend events or take on projects that require team overtime due to situations they don’t feel comfortable discussing in the workplace. These tips can help those individuals navigate their careers as well. So many variables play into building a successful career, and many introverts struggle to find their path when working in an environment where they’re surrounded by or managed by extroverts. Being an introvert is actually a super power that can unlock unlimited opportunities once you’ve found your voice and the medium that best enables you to share your wisdom with your coworkers and leadership team. So in a loud, crowded world how do we make our voices heard? And managers, how do you manage introverted employees and set them up for success? There are some methods and small changes in management style that are easy to implement that can make an enormous difference in your employees’ future career opportunities and professional growth. So where do you start? Key Takeaways: Actionable ways that introverts can manage up to unlock career opportunities Tips for networking and navigating industry events without burning out Ways to effectively work with, manage, and mentor introverted designers to help them use their introversion as a career propelling super power
Through the Never: Rock ‘n Roll Insights on Creativity and Leadership
View Profile View Profile This session is a conversation between Stephen Gates, InVision’s Chief Design ...
Leadership
View Profile View Profile This session is a conversation between Stephen Gates, InVision’s Chief Design Evangelist, and Marc Reiter Metallica’s Chief Creative Guy is a rare behind the scenes look at the creative process of bands like Metallica, Pearl Jam and others to give you unique insights you can use in your work and help your creative process.
The Closing Culture Gap Between Creative and Corporate Culture
View Profile With social media providing new levels of transparency and changing expectations of creative and tech talent, companies need to start competing not just on their customer ...
Leadership
View Profile With social media providing new levels of transparency and changing expectations of creative and tech talent, companies need to start competing not just on their customer experience, but on their employee experience as well. The next generation of talent with in-demand skills (you!) are seeking purpose-driven organizations, meaningful jobs, inclusive cultures, vibrant office environments, authentic and vulnerable leadership, psychological safety and belonging, and flexible work arrangements.  Whether leading or following in the culture race, each year more organizations are adding and growing design departments. Design is now pushing the boundaries of corporate recruiting priorities and policies. Today’s design talent creates new challenges for HR, operations and executives alike.  On the flip side, while the new talent landscape is demanding that employers evolve to attract diverse talent with new skills and capabilities, corporations are also demanding more of this new workforce. If designers want to sit side-by-side with strategy and line leadership, they need to learn core business skills as well as have excellent craft skills.  In this session, you’ll walk away with practical ways that, as a designer you can: Push talent acquisition to think differently about design talent and recruiting policies. How to apply your craft skills to the organization… as you approach your organization as a design challenge. Uncover what you’re looking for in your next move or current team… whether in agency or corporate. 
Design for Diversity™: Diversity as a Design Process
View Profile View Profile In session, participants are introduced to the key phases of Design for Diversity™ ...
Leadership
View Profile View Profile In session, participants are introduced to the key phases of Design for Diversity™ (D4D) through storytelling, case studies and a look at how frameworks are used in major industries. Attendees are invited to consider how they can use D4D critical thinking tools within their own strategic and design processes to illuminate cultural defaults, and unlock opportunities for producing effective content, products, programs and services.
There is no new normal - only the future you create
View Profile The world is changing at pace; If you’re relying on the arrival of the ’new normal’, welcome to the world of William Gibson’s ’Jackpot’. If you’re waiting ...
Leadership
View Profile The world is changing at pace;  If you’re relying on the arrival of the ’new normal’, welcome to the world of William Gibson’s ’Jackpot’. If you’re waiting for Godot, you’ll be left on the stage. There are businesses that thrive. And those that will die. Which do you want to be in? This keynote gets you into the mindset to make the right choice and lead the charge.  To feel comfort with the discomfort.  To navigate through huge disruption by realising that now is the time to create the future you want to see.  Tune in, Stay Boom! 3 takeaway messages: - Why now, your only option is to create the future you want to see - The Operating System that helps you deliver that - Practical actions that you can put into practice immediately
Solicited Advice
View Profile View Profile Answering all the questions you never asked. Solicited Advice is the story of how we ...
Leadership
View Profile View Profile Answering all the questions you never asked. Solicited Advice is the story of how we took a text based website, built on a whim, to an internationally recognized brand, a successful online business, and a soon-to-be best-selling book. In the rocky and winding course of those events, we’ve overcome terrifying obstacles, survived embarrassing mistakes, and made the most of every failure. Our lectures allow others to benefit from all that hard work. 
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How to Set the Table
View Profile Create a seat at the proverbial table in ways that are equitable and inclusive and on making sure that the tables you are sitting ...
Main Stage
View Profile Create a seat at the proverbial table in ways that are equitable and inclusive and on making sure that the tables you are sitting at are worth being a part of.
Dieline Conference - A critical look into my own praxis
View Profile After working over 25 years in branding, it’s time to have a critical look into the pattern of solving problems we have developed and how that effects our output.
Dieline
View Profile After working over 25 years in branding, it’s time to have a critical look into the pattern of solving problems we have developed and how that effects our output.
Spark - Diversifying the Creative Talent Pool
View Profile Learnings After Five Years of: Imagining, Creating and Expanding our Internship Program
Main Stage
View Profile Learnings After Five Years of: Imagining, Creating and Expanding our Internship Program
In Conversation with Debbie Millman
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Main Stage
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On Freedom and Risk
View Profile Much of my life has revolved around the ideas of freedom and risk. How far are we willing to go to get to where we want to be? ...
Main Stage
View Profile Much of my life has revolved around the ideas of freedom and risk.  How far are we willing to go to get to where we want to be?  What are we willing to sacrifice?  Is the goal worth the risk?    These are things I think about on a regular basis, ideas that inform my work every day.  For my family, emigrating from Cuba to America was worth the risk.  In my work, expressing my point of view has always been worth the risk. Too often, we are quiet, we don’t speak up, and we do what’s expected of us— because we are afraid of the risks involved.   However, every time we don’t share our point of view, a piece of us dies.   I will be speaking about my family’s journey, how those events influenced my work today, and the power that art has to speak for a people when they are at a crossroads of history.
DEFINITION The Art and Design of Hip-Hop
View Profile What does it mean to design for a culture that has made its mark on everything from fashion, to cars, to sneakers, to fine art? Cey ...
Main Stage
View Profile What does it mean to design for a culture that has made its mark on everything from fashion, to cars, to sneakers, to fine art? Cey shares learnings from a career journey that started in the downtown New York City Graffiti Movement and led to the role of Creative Director of Def Jam Recordings, where he has created visual identities, album covers, logos and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5 and Jay-Z. Join Cey as he explores the evolution of Hip-Hop as a visual phenomenon and shares his approach for interpreting pop culture, as well as collaborating with major corporate brands with his work. I would be excited if the audience left learning a bit about my experiences growing in the 70’s & 80’s with my friends...Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Fab Five Freddie, Lee Quinones. It’s important to celebrate all the amazing and talented artists still living today, who are making the best work of their careers…Futura, Dapper Dan, Janette Beckman.  I feel everyone should visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture...It’s not Black history, it’s American history.
Dis and Un's: How to Overcome the Barriers to Creativity and Change
View Profile Everyone wants to change the world but why do so few people actually do it? Every company wants to transform into something greater ...
Main Stage
View Profile Everyone wants to change the world but why do so few people actually do it? Every company wants to transform into something greater but why do three-quarters of those efforts fail? In a continuation of his 2019 main stage keynote, Stephen Gates will answer some of these questions and more as he shares what he has learned from the world’s best design leaders that will allow you to empower and drive human-centered innovation in your team and company.
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The Art of the Pick-Up
View Profile With an ever-evolving retail landscape challenging established strategies and further accelerated by Covid-19, brand experiences that drive loyalty and engagement have ...
Marketing+Branding
View Profile With an ever-evolving retail landscape challenging established strategies and further accelerated by Covid-19, brand experiences that drive loyalty and engagement have continued to be separated from the actual act of purchase and fulfillment through delivery. Food - specifically prepared meals in QSR / Fast Casual Dining, but extending into targeted grocery and convenience purchases - have experienced a decade’s worthy consumer uptake growth in digital ordering, but total value of these focused micro-orders tend to make the cost of ‘last-mile’ delivery prohibitive. Exultant’s presentation on 'The Art of the Pick Up' condenses technological innovations, changing consumer expectations, demand for transparency and customization, and the value of predictive analytics into a concise survey of rapidly evolving solutions drawing upon billions in investment to redefine the future distribution of cost and responsibility for product delivery while retaining customer loyalty - solutions which will be carefully scrutinized by digitally-enabled retailers across every product category.
Making Space to Imagine: Cultivating a Better World Through Arts Advocacy
View Profile If you had your dream space, a big raw space to work and live in, what would you do? What would you create with it? In Seattle, a city known for its entrepreneurship, ...
Marketing+Branding
View Profile If you had your dream space, a big raw space to work and live in, what would you do? What would you create with it? In Seattle, a city known for its entrepreneurship, invention, and independent spirit, Janet Galore and her husband Demi Raven had this opportunity. Janet is a creative director with over 20 years of experience envisioning the future, designing with emerging technology, and as an interdisciplinary artist and curator. Through the adventure of building The Grocery Studios where they host art, music, film, and performance, Janet will reflect on what they've learned, how they are adapting post-pandemic, and the importance of community-based art spaces in a time when art and the freedom to imagine is deeply needed. Takeaways: Spaces for expansive thinking, imagining, and organizing are vital to inventing the future we want. The things you care about are helpful constraints. Use them to find your focus. Staying small--and connected--can be powerful.
Free Your Wings
View Profile The stakes are high in most Fortune 500 companies. Competition is high-pace, high-stress and ever-changing. Adriana Caliri will share lessons learned throughout her career ...
Marketing+Branding
View Profile The stakes are high in most Fortune 500 companies. Competition is high-pace, high-stress and ever-changing. Adriana Caliri will share lessons learned throughout her career at Nike, Inc working with elite performance athletes. Unleash your leadership potential and embrace a growth-mindset. The company you work for is the perfect stage to free your wings and fly towards unlimited possibilities.  
Make it Awesome: Rebooting the eos Brand in One Year
View Profile eos revolutionized the staid world of lip balms in 2009, winning fans from beauty editors to pop culture icons. Fast forward to 2018, when the brand needed a makeover, and ...
Marketing+Branding
View Profile eos revolutionized the staid world of lip balms in 2009, winning fans from beauty editors to pop culture icons. Fast forward to 2018, when the brand needed a makeover, and hired Soyoung Kang as CMO to revamp everything. Hear how she and her team unlocked quick wins through product innovations like limited edition social media drops, and marketing innovations like an influencer co-creation campaign. Get inside the branding and packaging redesign that raised visibility and drove double-digit growth in-store. See how they scored on Instagram and TikTok for awesome engagement. Key takeaways: Planning a major brand relaunch: how to prioritize actions to show fast results while making sure long-term growth needs are met Making things awesome is the new surprise & delight: how speed to market and experimentation are awesomeness in action Design for growth: how new branding and packaging sets the stage for growth
Hire Different, Interview with Laurel Rossi, Founding Executive Director
View Profile View Profile Creative Spirit was founded in Australia by David Nobay, currently Creative ...
Marketing+Branding
View Profile View Profile Creative Spirit was founded in Australia by David Nobay, currently Creative Chairman/Founder at Marcel Advertising in Sydney. He employed one individual with Down Syndrome who went on to become a successful, engaging employee and the role model for many other employees. In 2016, Laurel Rossi, Gina Grillo, and David Nobay partnered to start Creative Spirit US, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. A successful pilot program was launched in southern California and New York in 2017. Today, there are more than 50 companies in the process of establishing positions with Creative Spirit. Creative Spirit is the only global organization that matches individuals of all abilities with jobs at the best companies in the world. Those with intellectual, developmental and learning disabilities are unemployed at an astounding 85%. Laurel began Creative Spirit to change that--to change the lives of highly-qualified individuals by providing fair-wage employment. Almost 10 million individuals in the US alone face a life of poverty, dependence and social isolation. We can solve this problem at scale. Creative Spirit provides expert career matching, career coaches, mentors and strategies for hiring managers and candidates that facilitate long-term success. A productive future is made possible for so many young adults through Creative Spirit.
GUIDING EMOTION: Learnings from Hollywood
View Profile From Nike, Adidas, PAC-12 Network, Chevrolet and Umpqua Bank, Jim has captured stories and brought brands to life through film. Creating impact in a world that has ...
Marketing+Branding
View Profile From Nike, Adidas, PAC-12 Network, Chevrolet and Umpqua Bank, Jim has captured stories and brought brands to life through film. Creating impact in a world that has increasingly significant and disorienting noise has proven to be challenging at best, yet Jim's actionable learnings from the film industry have grounded his team, clients and projects for sustainable success. In the end, the emotion a campaign conveys is what remains as memorable. In this talk we will gleam gems from film and AR/VR production that are applicable to digital branding and marketing content regardless of its distribution channel.
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HOW Connection
View Profile Without being around one another physically, it’s obviously challenging to bring people together, a good reminder that creative energy is platform independent and ...
Lucidpress, Networking
View Profile Without being around one another physically, it’s obviously challenging to bring people together, a good reminder that creative energy is platform independent and connection is just effort. We are going to use the Zoom medium for what it has… the Chat feature. Stefan will engage everyone in some fun, rapid-fire creativity and finish it with a reminder that we are all just 2 clicks away from one another. About Lucidpress Lucidpress is a brand templating platform that empowers anyone to create and distribute on-brand marketing content. Our comprehensive template gallery features hundreds of professionally-designed options for you and your team members to choose from, while the brand asset hub and advanced template locking help you build a stronger brand presence through consistency and customization. And once it's time to share or print materials, our multi-channel distribution options make it easy to seamlessly share finished projects with your audience. So no matter the project or platform, your brand stays consistent and visible wherever it goes.
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Transformation and the Craft of Design
View Profile View Profile Jessica Helfand (Co-founder of Design Observer) and Gene Lee (SVP of CX and Design at ...
Tolls+Resources
View Profile View Profile Jessica Helfand (Co-founder of Design Observer) and Gene Lee (SVP of CX and Design at Mailchimp) dive into the effects of rapid transformation on the craft of design now and in the future. They’ll explore Gene’s career working for brands such as Playstation, Scholastic, and Nickelodeon, before landing at Mailchimp as the SVP of CX and Design, and lessons learned along the way in storytelling and connecting with audiences.
Template intervention: The 9 most common template mistakes and how to fix them
View Profile Getting employees to use brand templates can feel a lot like herding cats, especially now when so many of us are working with limited resources and remote teams. How do ...
Tolls+Resources
View Profile Getting employees to use brand templates can feel a lot like herding cats, especially now when so many of us are working with limited resources and remote teams. How do you solve the all too familiar request to create a flyer or ad when the requestor has a template and could easily create their own asset?  Join Garrett Jestice, Head of Marketing at Lucidpress, as he shows you how to streamline your creative team’s workload by getting team members to use existing, professionally-designed templates. Learn how you can save time, while delivering a consistent brand message with templates. You’ll leave this session understanding: • The business value of creating customizable templates, instead of fielding one-off requests  • How to overcome the nine most common hurdles organizations face when creating brand templates • Actionable tips for getting your employees excited about creating new content by using existing templates
Inspire Remote Creativity: How Collaborative Work Management Brings Design Teams Together While Apart
View Profile Creative marketers are especially reliant on cross-functional collaboration, visibility, and speed. Today’s agile work environment has increased demand for creative ...
Tolls+Resources
View Profile Creative marketers are especially reliant on cross-functional collaboration, visibility, and speed. Today’s agile work environment has increased demand for creative content. While at the same time, remote employees face barriers to productivity and efficiency. Creative teams are scrambling to find solutions that keep them productive and fast, and they need to adapt and iterate to deliver work continuously. David Mekerishvili, Creative Director at Wrike, will share his tips for staying creative, why implementing an agile methodology boosts productivity, and how he led a company-wide initiative to launch a rebrand with a completely remote team. In this session, you’ll learn: Actionable steps to inspire creativity and empower remote teams How the Wrike team launched a brand refresh while all employees were remote Why creative teams should adopt an agile methodology Best practices to streamline your creative process and improve collaboration with cross-functional teams Tips for maintaining remote team productivity
The DNA of Remote Creative Teams: How to Bring Together People, Process, and Tech
View Profile Learn how Workfront continued to deliver their most innovative and creative work ever even after pivoting to fully remote in less than 12 hours. Join Melissa Talcott, ...
Tolls+Resources
View Profile Learn how Workfront continued to deliver their most innovative and creative work ever even after pivoting to fully remote in less than 12 hours. Join Melissa Talcott, Studio Manager at Workfront, as she details how servant leadership, testing a variety of agile methodologies, and using integrations have helped the Workfront creative team stay in alignment, feel inspired, and continue to deliver exceptional creative work through the midst of unprecedented disruption. Melissa will share best practices for: • Servant Leadership. By focusing on your people, you can ensure your team remains motivated and continues to deliver their best creative work. • Agile Fundamentals. No creative team is the same and finding the right work methodology takes time and experiments to find what works best to keep your team aligned. • Enabling technology. See how using integrations with existing tools keeps your team in the tools they love while also getting the project updates you need.