DesignThinkers Vancouver 2017
DesignThinkers, Canada’s premier conference for visual communicators, is a must attend for any informed, forward-thinking creative, communications or marketing professional or team. The inspiring event, now in its 18th year, breeds change agents who become drivers of innovation. DesignThinkers 2017 reveals the perspectives of visionaries from a range of communications-related disciplines including design, user experience, advertising, branding, consumer engagement, film, social media and entrepreneurship. Sessions teach delegates how to create effective communications by exploring cutting-edge innovation, the latest technology, demographic and ethnographic trends, strategic management techniques, cognitive theory and much more.


When: May 30 - 31, 2017

Where: Vancouver Playhouse Theatre


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  • Members (includes RGD & GDC Members)

    Designated Member: RGD, Prov RGD & CGD - 1 Day - $265 (after Mar 31 - $295)
    Designated Member: RGD, Prov RGD & CGD - 2 Days - $365 (after Mar 31 - $395)
    Affiliate Member of RGD / GDC Member - 1 Day - $335 (after Mar 31 - $ 365)
    Affiliate Member of RGD / GDC Member - 2 Days - $465 (after Mar 31 - $495)
    Student RGD / GDC Student Member - 1 Day - $120 (after Mar 31 $150)
    Student RGD / GDC Student Member - 2 Days - $195 (after Mar 31 $225)



    Non-Member - 1 Day - $445 (after Mar 31 - $475)
    Non-Member - 2 Days - $620 (after Mar 31 - $650)
    Group Member Registration* - 1 Day - $385 (after Mar 31 - $425)
    Group Member Registration* - 2 Days - $535 (after Mar 31 - $575)
    * A Group Member Registration is a Non-Member attending DesignThinkers as part of a group of 3 or more individuals from the same company/organization.

  • Air Canada

    Air Canada is offering instant online registration and a 10% discount on eligible fares for travel to and from DesignThinkers Vancouver. Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.


    To book a flight, visit and enter promo code QJWAE9X1 in the search panel.


    VIA Rail

    DesignThinkers delegates can save 10% traveling to the conference with VIA Rail Canada.


    This discount applies for bookings between May 22nd, 2017 to June 3rd, 2017 from all destinations, and all fare categories, with the exception of the Escape fare and the Prestige Fare on the Canadian (Toronto to Vancouver train).


    Book by phone at 1-888-VIA-RAIL using the corporate rate code 13427 or click here or ici to get full details and have the discount automatically applied to your purchase.

  • The Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
    645 Howe St, Vancouver, BC


    Guestrooms: $209 + tax (single or double occupancy)


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  • Casey Caplowe

    Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of GOOD

    Casey is co-founder and chief creative officer of GOOD. Since GOOD began in 2006, Casey has helped to build and shape the look, feel, and voice of the brand and all of its creations. GOOD’s products, under Casey’s direction, have been widely recognized and acclaimed, including several National Magazine Award Nominations and various Webby’s. Prior to GOOD, Casey worked on two concurrent startup apparel ventures, Sport Science and Outdoor People. He is a graduate of Brown University.

  • Scott Dadich

    Editor in Chief at WIRED
    Scott became Editor in Chief of WIRED in 2012. His appointment marked his return to WIRED, where he was creative director from 2006 until 2010 and led the brand to an unprecedented three consecutive National Magazine Awards for design. He also oversaw the development of WIRED’s groundbreaking iPad app, which became a model for the industry. In 2010, Condé Nast named him VP of Editorial Platforms and Design, a role he filled until being named Editor in Chief. Under his leadership, WIRED has collaborated with some of the world’s sharpest minds. Scott worked closely with President Obama on WIRED’s November 2016 issue—the first time a sitting president has guest-edited a major publication. 
  • Vince Frost

    Founder and Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, Sydney.


    Vince Frost is the founder and Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, Sydney. Before starting Frost* Design in London in 1994, Vince was the youngest Associate Director at Pentagram. In 2004, he relocated to Sydney and, as Executive Creative Director of Frost*collective, has lead a wide range of projects for clients such as Deutsche Bank, Qantas, Frasers Property and the Sydney Opera House. Vince is an Executive Committee member of D&AD, a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale, Switzerland) and an Honorary Fellow of ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers, London). He has received numerous creative awards from D&AD, Art Directors Club (New York and Tokyo), The Society of Publication Designers New York and AGDA Australia. Vince’s second book, Design Your Life®, was published by Penguin in 2014 and is available for purchase at

  • Maria Giudice

    VP, Experience Design at Autodesk

    Innovator, artist, protagonist and positive provocateur, Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential have kept her at the forefront of design  and business for over 25 years. Under Maria’s leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. Hot Studio was nominated for a National Design Award in 2013. In March 2013, Facebook acquired the talent behind Hot Studio. In 2015, she joined Autodesk as VP, Experience Design. Her third book, Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, is published by New Riders. Maria is an AIGA Design Fellow. She has spoken at conferences all over the world and currently serves as an adjunct professor and trustee at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
  • Timothy Goodman

    Designer, Illustrator & Art director
    Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, and author running his own studio in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Adobe, Ford, J.Crew, MoMA, Samsung, Target, The New Yorker and The New York Times. He has received awards from most major design and illustration publications. Timothy co-created the blog and book 40 Days of Dating with Jessica Walsh, that has received over 15 million unique visitors and whose film rights were optioned to Warner Bros. Their second social experiment, 12 Kinds of Kindness, was featured in The New York Times and NPR. His writing series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” has exhibited at the concept store Colette in Paris, France. His second book, Sharpie Art Workshop, came out last year.
  • Chip Kidd

    Award-Winning Graphic Designer and Writer

    Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and writer in New York. His groundbreaking book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf have elevated the form for close to three decades. He’s worked with hundreds of writers, including John Updike, Katharine Hepburn, Cormac McCarthy, Henry Louis Gates Jr., James Ellroy, Karen Russell, Michael Crichton, David Sedaris, Sharon Olds, Orhan Pamuk, Paul Simon, Neil Gaiman, and Haruki Murakami. His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller. His most recent book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, is the first book to teach graphic design to children and has over 60,000 copies in print.


    As an editor and art director for Pantheon Graphic novels, he’s worked with and published some of the very best cartoonists in the world, including Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, David Mazzucchelli, Charles Burns, Michael Cho, and Alex Ross. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, and his TED Talk has been viewed over 1.3 million times.

  • Emily Lessard

    Chief Creative Officer of Bellweather
    Emily Lessard is the Chief Creative Officer of Bellweather, a NYC and San Diego-based creative agency. Previously, Emily was the Creative Director at NYC & Company, the advertising and marketing agency for New York City. Here she led the company-wide rebrand—from look and feel, to voice and imagery—in web, advertising, and print. Other key projects included the relaunch of; a city-wide icon set—made collaboratively with New York City agencies; and creation of the enormously popular “See Your City” brand. Her work has been published in AdWeek, Creative Review, Fast Company, It’s Nice That, The New York Times, Print Magazine, and others. 



    • Min Lew

      Partner, Creative Director and Managing Director at Base

      Along with her team at Base, Min works from the standpoint that truly iconic brands are born from a personality-first strategy. That by focusing on the human aspects of a brand, deeper, more personal connections can be made between people and companies. In her role as a designer, brand strategist and manager, she has helped to build personality-driven brands for an eclectic range of clients that include MoMA, JFK Terminal 4, Meatpacking District, Neuehouse, Kiki de Montparnasse, Coca-Cola, Gagosian Gallery, Puma, Milk, Museum of Sex, L'Oreal, Le Pain Quotidien, Pantone, Wellesley College, Kanye West, and more.


      A graduate of Yale University's MFA program, Min is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts and a guest critic at Parsons School of Design. Next to passionately building brands and Base, she is a regular speaker at industry conferences and previously served as a board member of AIGA/NY. Her work has been featured in and has contributed her thoughts on design and branding to publications that include The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Creativity, Creative Review, Surface, Fast Company, and others.

    • Craig Mod

      Writer and Photographer
      Craig is a writer and photographer who splits his time between the mountains of Japan and New York City. His is the co-author of the books Koya Bound: Eight days on the Kumano Kodo, and Art Space Tokyo: An Intimate Guide to the Tokyo Artworld. His essay collection, Bokura no Jidai no Hon (The Books of our Generation), was published in Japanese (2014) and Korean (2015). He is a MacDowell and VCCA writing fellow, and Techfellow award recipient. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, California Sunday Magazine, Aeon Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, New Scientist, Contents Magazine, Codex Journal of Typography and other publications. Every six years he reviews a camera. 
    • Alex Schleifer

      VP of Design at Airbnb

      Alex is the VP of Design at Airbnb, where he leads the user experience, design research, content and design operations teams. As a teenager he co-founded Sideshow, which produced award-winning digital work for a variety of global clients. In 2011 they were acquired by Say Media, where he became Head of Design, helping them to redefine digital publishing. During this time, he also co-founded UX Magazine, which quickly became an authority on user experience design. Alex is passionate about creating beautiful, engaging digital products that change the way we tell stories and make connections.
    • Dana Tanamachi is a lettering artist and designer who enjoys living a quiet life and working with her hands. In 2009, an impromptu chalk installation for a Brooklyn housewarming party landed Dana her first commission for Google and set the popular chalk-lettering trend—and her career—in motion. After working under design icon Louise Fili, she opened Tanamachi Studio, a boutique design studio specializing in custom typography and illustration for editorial, lifestyle, food, and fashion brands. She has been commissioned globally by clients such as Nike, USPS, Penguin Books, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and West Elm. Dana’s first of three exclusive product collections with Target hit stores nationwide in 2013 and her book DIY Type (Potter Style) was released in 2014.


      In 2015 she relocated from Brooklyn to Seattle and debuted Tanamachi Goods, a line of beautifully hand-drawn print and gift products reflecting her personal aesthetic and featuring mediums beyond chalk.

    • Cap Watkins

      VP of Design at Buzzfeed

      Talk: Everything I Know

      Having been a Creative Writing major, Product Designer, Design Manager and now VP of Design, VP of IT and Product Manager, Cap wasn't exactly sure what he should talk about. So he will talk about everything! Namely, the most important lessons he’s learned so far in his zig-zaggy career. From great communication and collaboration strategies, to how to grow your career, Cap's gif-filled talk will offer valuable advice for everyone, regardless of your experience level or area of specialty.


      Cap Watkins is a product designer, blogger, conference speaker and podcast guest living in Brooklyn, NY. As the first-ever VP of Design at BuzzFeed, he’s been tasked with making the company as smart about design as it is about social media. Previously, Cap was lead designer at both Zoosk and Formspring; UX designer at Amazon; and senior product design manager at Etsy, where he grew their design team and united the company’s very different products under a cohesive vision. Cap believes in thoughtful, holistic design solutions that get out of the way and empower people to accomplish more.



    • Ellen Wong and Mark Beechy

      Executive Creative Directors at RED Interactive.

      Ellen Wong is Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive. She has had the joy of creating and problem-solving in the digital medium for over 12 years, collaborating with some brilliant thought leaders across brands like LEGO, Adidas, OWN and Disney. As a RED ECD, she is responsible for providing the creative vision on select accounts, as well as managing the creative discipline across our Experience Design, Brands & Campaigns and Digital Advertising departments. This is a role Ellen finds incredibly rewarding as it gives her the opportunity to help mentor RED Interactive Agency's creatives individually and also inspire the work and unique culture at RED.


      As Executive Creative Director at RED Interactive Agency, Mark focuses primarily on the creative strategy while collaborating with multiple disciplines in order to assist our clients in understanding why, when and how they should approach digital. Mark's 12+ years of experience has allowed him to work with incredible brands like ESPN, Ford, Microsoft, Ferrari and Virgin Galactic. Along with long­time friend and collaborator Ellen Wong, he also helps oversee the larger creative team at RED. Mark likes anything with two wheels. Good whiskey. And old country music.