DesignThinkers 2020 VAN


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 21st year, breeds change agents who become drivers of innovation. 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.


DesignThinkers Vancouver 2020

Date: Rescheduled to November 19+20

Location: Vancouver PlayHouse


Confirmed Speakers

  • Gail Anderson

    Chair at the School of Visual Arts.
    Designer, writer, and educator Gail Anderson is the chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts and the creative director at Visual Arts Press at SVA.
  • Farah Assir

    Vice President of Design & Strategy at Meetup.
    Farah is a Lebanese American designer living in Brooklyn. Her mission is to help people make things clear, simple, and impactful through Design. She worked on creating new digital products at the New York Times (NYT Now and NYT Cooking), and has been leading the Design team at Meetup for the past 4 years.
  • Ashleigh Axios

    Chief Experience Officer, &Partners, Creative Director, Obama White House
    Ashleigh is an international speaker, strategic creative and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive change. She is a past president of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative connecting and empowering government designers. Ashleigh is serving in her fourth year on the national board of AIGA and is President Elect with a presidency starting July 2020.
  • Brian Collins

    Chief Creative Officer, COLLINS
    Over his career, Brian and his team at COLLINS have won every major creative award. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Businessweek, Fortune, NBC News, ABC News and Fast Company, which named Brian an American Master of Design.
  • Kate Dawkins

    Founder & Creative Director at Kate Dawkins Studio
    Kate is a double BAFTA winning designer and director, specializing in design-led digital content for shows, events and live performance. With over 20 years of industry experience and with many other accolades to her name, Kate has worked for some of the largest global brands such as Nike, Jaguar Land Rover, MTV European Music Awards and Elton John.
  • Chris Do

    CEO & Chief Strategist, Blind / Founder of The Futur
    Sponsored by MET Fine Printers
    Chris is an Emmy award-winning designer and CEO of Blind - a Santa Monica-based brand strategy design consultancy. He also founded The Futur - an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creatives.
  • Christopher is an internationally recognized designer with over 15 years experience working at some of Australia’s leading brand and design agencies. His work has won numerous local and international awards, been used as the basis for educational material in Europe and the United States.
  • Phoebe Glasfurd

    Co-founder & Creative Director at Glasfurd & Walker
    An internationally-respected designer, Phoebe started her award-winning career in Sydney, Australia, focusing on print and broadcast design and branding for clients across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the US.
  • Jessica Hische

    Lettering Artist & Author
    Jessica has clients that include Wes Anderson, The United States Postal Service, The New York Times and Penguin Books. She’s been named a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30), one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design two years in a row, an ADC Young Gun, and a “Person to Watch” by GD USA.
  • Blake Howard

    Co-founder and Creative Director at Matchstic
    Since co-founding Matchstic in 2003, Blake has done work for organizations including Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Mailchimp and the City of Atlanta.
  • Matt May

    Head of Inclusive Design, Adobe
    His work includes integrating more equitable design practices across every aspect of the Adobe user experience, training and mentoring the Adobe Design team, and advocating principles of accessibility and inclusive design to the public at large.
  • David Nuff

    Principal at Nuff
    David has a hard time colouring inside the lines. His work blurs the lines between commerce and culture, art and design. For clients, he works on brand identities, digital products, murals and publications. Independently and as part of a collective, he designs interactive installations like 2017’s Shard, a giant, icy light crystal that responds to sound and motion.
  • In 2008, Irene founded the User Experience and Strategy department at Fantasy Interactive in NYC, which she left to start up her own design studio. On a typical project she is responsible for translating business requirements into intuitive interactive solutions as well as developing and designing detailed wireframes that incorporate all technical, editorial and usability specifications of the project while constantly advocating for the end-user.
  • Leia Rogers

    Creative Director & Managing Partner at Rethink
    Leia is an award-winning Creative Director at Rethink, an independent creative advertising and design agency with clients including A&W, IKEA, Shaw, Westjet and Molson to name a few. Rethink was awarded Agency of the Year, Design Agency of the Year, and Silver Digital agency of the Year in Canada in 2019.
  • Aidan Rowe

    Associate Professor, Design Studies & Coordinator of Art & Design Fundamentals at the University of Alberta. 
    His research, curatorial and practice interests are in design, health and education. Recent practice-based work explores future design scenarios with a focus on employing participatory design approaches—working with people—as a means to improve society and health care practices, processes and services