Laura Pol is a creative based out of L.A. She specializes on branding, design strategy and problem solving with a design approach. Currently, she works for Apple as the Lead of the Design Department at TBWA\Media Arts Lab. She also recently funded and leads OLIO, a small creative house offering effective design solutions.
Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht creates designs ahead of her time; combining the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. She wants her garments to facilitate and augment the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings. Her Spider Dress is a perfect example of this aesthetic, where sensors and moveable arms on the dress help to create a more defined boundary of personal space while employing a fierce style.
Kareem Collie is the Director of Design and Creativity at the Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (aka The Hive) and Clinical Professor of Visual Communication at Harvey Mudd, within The Claremont Consortium of Colleges. His work explores the intersections of Design, Creativity and the Humanities. Kareem is a recent fellow of Stanford University’s d.school. He has an MA from NYU and a BFA from Pratt Institute.
Patrick Shearn is an LA-based artist specializing in larger-than-life, immersive public art installations. The artist’s signature kinetic sculptures, called Skynets, earned him international renown after the debut of “Liquid Shard” enamored the city of Los Angeles in 2016. The installation transformed an underused public square in the heart of downtown into a bustling destination overnight. Shearn has since brought Skynet installations to various locations in the U.S. and abroad where viewers are invariably compelled to slow down and take time to follow the undulating movement of the artworks, which appear to hang in thin air. Shearn’s expertise in animatronics, robotics and visual effects–gleaned from a 30-year tenure in the film industry as a creature maker and visual effects supervisor–has lent traction to a prolific career as creative director for his studio Poetic Kinetics. Under Shearn’s guiding vision, Poetic Kinetics has designed, fabricated, and implemented a wide range of projects that encourage audience participation–from interactive projection mapping and pyrotechnics to enormous mobile sculptures. Notably, Poetic Kinetics’ projects both engage the immediate public through interactivity and reach viral notoriety on social media.
Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful, graphic illustrations and hand lettering. Over the past decade, she has worked for clients around the world including MoMA, REI, Harvard University, Chronicle Books, and Simon & Schuster Publishing, among many others. She is the author of seven books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015 and she is featured in the 2017 book, 200 Women Who Will Change the Way you See the World. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Andrea Small is a designer, strategist, and educator. Currently, she's working with Doh Eain and SPRING on a project in Myanmar designing a girl-led co-creation process for placemaking that brings adolescent girls into the urban design process. She's also working on a book with Stanford about ambiguity.
In her last corporate role, she was Director of Product and Portfolio Strategy on Herman Miller's "Living Office Point of View" Team. Her job was to understand the future of work and connect it to the products they make, ultimately leading her to pursue a different path... in social justice. Before Herman Miller, she was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford’s d. school, where she was one of the first professionals (and non-Stanford grads) hired to the role. Prior to her fellowship at the d.school, Andrea was Strategy Lead at Yves Béhar’s design firm fuseproject in San Francisco for 5 years, where she led strategic efforts for Nivea, Starbucks, Herman Miller, iRobot, British Gas, GE, the Nike Foundation, Samsung, and more.
Andrea has a BA in Architecture (Miami University) and Master of Design in Human-Centered Product Design (IIT’s Institute of Design). She holds multiple design awards and patents, she pays rent in SF, and in her spare time, she’s hiking.
Nathan Goldman initially joined artistic forces with future DKNG partner Dan Kuhlken in high school where they designed album artwork and collateral for the rock band in which they both performed. Nathan graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Film & Television and went on to work in the art department at Warner Bros. Television. Prior to joining DKNG as a full-time Creative Director, Nathan served as Director of Design at the USC Design Studio, during which time, Nathan and Dan began collaborating on rock posters for the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. DKNG has found a niche in linking a personal and unique aesthetic to the world’s most talented and iconic musical artists, brands, and businesses including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, The National, SXSW, Wired Magazine, Bank of America, Lucasfilm, Disney, Paramount Pictures, and HBO.
Doug Powell is an award-winning designer and thought leader with more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines. A lecturer and commentator on design issues, Doug is the past national president of AIGA, the professional association for design in the US. He is a Distinguished Designer at IBM, directing the program to scale design and design thinking across the global tech company.
Dan Kuhlken learned to illustrate as a child observing wildlife at the San Diego Zoo. He met future business partner Nathan Goldman in high school where the team’s first collaboration included playing in a band for which the pair designed album artwork and promotional materials. Dan holds a graphic design degree from Cal State Long Beach. He began his freelance design career collaborating with Nathan Goldman on posters for the legendary Troubadour. Dan was a designer for Disney’s Consumer Products Division and various fashion labels before joining DKNG Studios full-time in 2009 where he currently serves as Creative Director and Senior Illustrator.
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich is fat! (I would not say exactly fat, a bit overweight, due to the research part of the design process of branding restaurants and perhaps his slow metabolism). This is the bad part, the good part is he is currently principal at his own design firm in San Francisco, specializing in publications, restaurant design and branding. He has an MFA by Pratt Institute and he recently graduated from Type@Cooper. He is also the author of several books featuring his own work. His most recent book To All Men of Letters and People of Substance, was selected as one of the AIGA’s 50 best books of 2008. He has received numerous awards from the Art Directors Club, AIGA, D&AD, Communication Arts, Eye, Graphis, How,Print, Type Directors Club and two Webby Awards. He served on the board of the Type Directors Club for 6 years, most recently as a Vice President, was a judge for the typography annual of Communication Arts in 2014 and was a guest speaker at Brand New Conference in September ‘15.
San Diego, CA
Join us March 8-9, 2019 as we hear from 10 prolific designers on the unexpected journeys they traversed simply by saying, "Yes!"
Hear stories of surprise successes, the learning that comes with our failures, and all of the unknowns that lie in between. We hope to inspire you to make 2019 your own Year of Yes – the Year of You. Because, if we can make a practice of opening ourselves to everything the universe has to offer, perhaps we will all be amazed by what we are able to create.
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