Book List: DesignThinkers 2015

Check out the following books by authors speaking at DesignThinkers 2015 in Toronto, Nov 12-13


By Justin Ahrens

Design Educators Conference Speaker

For more than 15 years, Justin Ahrens has led Rule29, in the studio’s commitment to “making creative matter®.” Justin’s design for good perspective has placed a strong focus on using Rule29’s capabilities to maximize the efforts of those desiring to help make the world a better place.


By Emilie Baltz

Emilie Baltz works as an experiential artist, innovator and educator and is best known for her work at the intersection of food and sensory storytelling. She is a founding member of NEW INC, a museum-led incubator at the New Museum, founding faculty of the School of Visual Arts Products of Design program, as well as founder of the Food Design Studio at Pratt Institute.



By Christina Beard

Christina Beard recently joined the Twitter team as Product Designer. A passionate educator, she also mentors young designers and helps to develop curriculum that she teaches at Cooper U.



By Coralie Bickford-Smith

British graphic designer Coralie Bickford-Smith works at Penguin Books UK, where she has created several highly-acclaimed series designs. Her book covers have been recognized by organizations such as AIGA and D&AD, and featured in numerous international magazines and newspapers.



By Art Chantry

Art Chantry created a style dubbed ‘grunge’ that took hold of the popular underground music scene in the early 1990’s. His work has been collected and exhibited by the Louvre, The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



By Hjalti Karlsson

Hjalti Karlsson is from Reykjavík, Iceland but has been working in New York for the past 20+ years. Hjalti and Jan Wilker founded karlssonwilker inc., specializing in identity and branding, environmental and experiential design, digital animation, graphics and print.



By Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon is a writer, artist, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. His work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, TIME, The Atlantic, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. 



By Manuel Lima

Nominated by Creativity magazine as "one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009", Manuel Lima is the Design Lead of, the founder of , and a teacher of data visualization at Parsons.



By Nathalie Nahai

Nathalie Nahai is a new kind of futurist – one who delivers real, rather than theoretical information about why and how we use the web in the way we do, every hour of every day. With a background in psychology, web design and digital strategy, Nathalie calls herself a Web Psychologist and coined the term ‘web psychology’ in 2011.



By Jean François Porchez

Founder of Typofonderie and Type Director of ZeCraft, Jean François Porchez’s expertise covers the design of typefaces, logotypes and typography. He has designed custom fonts for Beyoncé , Louis Vuitton, Sephora and more.



By Christopher Simmons

Principal & Creative Director of MINE™, Christopher designs and directs projects for clients ranging from Facebook and Microsoft to the Edible Schoolyard Project and Obama for America. In 2014 GDUSA named him one of the ’50 most influential designers working today’.




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