SPEAKERS

Bruce Mau

Bruce MauBruce Mau's studio, Bruce Mau Design (BMD), has gained international recognition for its expertise and innovation in identity articulation, research and conceptual programming, print design and production, environmental signage and wayfinding systems, and exhibition and product design. Recently his studio output has extended to dance performances, video installations, and ventures into the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape design - and most recently education with the founding of The Institute without Boundaries.Bruce studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, but left before graduating to join the Fifty Fingers design group in 1980. He later worked at Pentagram in the UK and went on to become part of the founding triumvirate of Public Good Design and Communications. Soon after, the opportunity to design Zone 1|2 presented itself and he left to found BMD. Bruce has remained the design director of Zone Books and from 1991 to 1993, he also served as Creative Director of I.D. magazine.

Website: www.brucemaudesign.com

Vitor Lourenco

Vitor LourencoVitor is a 22 year old Product Designer. At such a young age, Lourenco's designs have reached millions of people through his work at Twitter, the free social messaging utility that is changing the way people communicate. Previous to that, Lourenco designed interfaces for Yahoo! (the most visited website in the world) and TV Globo (the largest media company in Latin America). Featured as the "Precocious Design Star" on ReadWriteWeb and "The Design Mind Behind Twitter" on FastCompany, Lourenco started creating user experiences at the age of 12 and has never stopped since then.

Website: www.vlourenco.com

Elliot Jay Stocks

Elliot Jay StocksElliot Jay Stocks is an independent designer and illustrator, known for his mould-breaking style. His work is frequently featured in online and offline publications, showcased on various inspiration websites, and used as an example of how accessible web design can still look beautiful. His extensive portfolio includes work for clients such as The Virgin Group, WordPress.com, The Beatles, Blue Flavor, Twiistup, EMI Records, and Carsonified. Elliot is a regular face at design conferences around the globe, taking to the stage as both speaker and workshop host. He is also the author of the best-selling book Sexy Web Design (SitePoint, 2009) and on a semi-regular basis he writes about design trends, issues, and techniques for industry-leading publications such as .Net (known as Practical Web Design outside the UK), Computer Arts, and Computer Arts Projects.

Website: www.elliotjaystocks.com

Campana Brothers

Campana BrothersTaking their cue from everyday scenarios and using unexpected combinations of found materials – such as rubber hose, tissue paper, string or furry toys –Fernando and Humberto Campana transform modest materials into objects that celebrate the discarded and mundane and are instilled with the spirit of contemporary Brazil that they describe as “zest for life”.

Central to their practice is the importance of materials. The challenge, as the Campanas see it, is to transform something poor into something decadent and opulent. The material tradition of Brazil is based on craftsmanship and economy of means. By experimenting with high and low tech materials and using artisanal techniques, the Campanas are able to harness the energies of their inherited tradition while defining a new aesthetic based on experimentation and advanced technologies. They have also created a fresh and surprising way of looking at things. “Our designs were born in the street, from the urban kitsch of the popular quarters and contact with nature,” they say. “Whenever we can, we go back to our farm. Nature revitalises our ideas.”

Website: www.campanas.com.br

Patrick Jouin

Patrick JouinPatrick Jouin was born in Nantes, France, in 1967. He got his diploma “ENSCI-les Ateliers”, Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle, in 1992 in Paris. Designer for the “Compagnie des Wagons-lits” and for “tim thom”, THOMSON multimedia, with the Art Direction of Philippe Starck, he collaborated with Philippe Starck’s studio in Paris from 1995 to 1999. Designer for Thomson, Ligne Roset, Renault, Cassina, Murano, Kartell, he was awarded with the “Designer of the year” prize in 2003 for “Maison & Objet”. He collaborated with Alain Ducasse designing many restaurants such as the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Be boulangerie-epicerie, in Paris, and Mix New York restaurant.

Website: www.patrickjouin.com

Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac MizrahiDesign-wise, Isaac Mizrahi is best known for bridging the gap between high and low -- creating gorgeous couture confections for the likes of Eartha Kitt and others, as well as a hugely popular, ground breakingly affordable line for Target.

His design mission comes wrapped in endless charisma. He's a talk-show host, he's performed his own one-man show Off-Broadway, he was the subject of the hilarious documentary Unzipped, and he does regular cabaret nights at Joe's Pub in New York City. His new book is called How to Have Style.

Website: www.isaacmizrahiny.com

Paula Scher

Paula ScherThe tag "rock star" is recklessly applied to everyone from bloggers to biochemists, but in Paula Scher's case it couldn't be more appropriate. As a rock star designer, she's cooked up everything from Boston album covers to Elvis Costello posters, pausing somewhere in between to trash the ubiquitous visual authoritarianism of Helvetica. She's also created some of design's most iconic images, like the Citibank logo. She is a partner in the renowned design firm Pentagram, and in 2001 received the distinguished AIGA medal.

As a fine artist, Scher has also become increasingly well known for her microscopically detailed map paintings, densely latticed with hand-lettered text, that evoke not only place but the varied political, historical and cultural meanings (and preconceptions) brought to the world by the viewer.

Website: www.paulascher.com

David Carson

David CarsonDavid Carson's boundary-breaking typography in the 1990s, in Ray Gun magazine and other pop-cult books, ushered in a new vision of type and page design -- quite simply, breaking the traditional mold of type on a page and demanding fresh eyes from the reader. Squishing, smashing, slanting and enchanting the words on a layout, Carson made the point, over and over, that letters on a page are art. You can see the repercussions of his work to this day, on a million Flash intro pages (and probably just as many skateboards and T-shirts).

His first book, with Lewis Blackwell and a foreword by David Byrne, is The End of Print, and he's written or collaborated on several others, including the magisterial Book of Probes, an exploration of the thinking of Marshall McLuhan. His latest book is Trek, a collection of his recent work.

Website: www.davidcarsondesign.com

Tim Brown

Tim BrownTim Brown is the CEO of innovation and design firm IDEO, taking an approach to design that digs deeper than the surface. Having taken over from founder David E. Kelley, Tim Brown carries forward the firm's mission of fusing design, business and social studies to come up with deeply researched, deeply understood designs and ideas -- they call it "design thinking."

IDEO is the kind of firm that companies turn to when they want a top-down rethink of a business or product -- from fast food conglomerates to high-tech startups, hospitals to universities.

IDEO has designed and prototyped everything from a life-saving portable defibrillator to the defining details at the groundbreaking Prada shop in Manhattan to corporate processes. And check out the Global Chain Reaction for a sample of how seriously this firm takes play.

Brown's new book on design thinking will be published this fall.

Website: www.ideo.com

Ron Arad

Ron AradRon Arad (born 1951 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is an industrial designer, artist and architect. Ron Arad attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem between 1971-73 and the Architectural Association in London from 1974-79. He was Head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art from 1997 to 2009.

In 2005, Arad designed chandeliers for the Swarovski crystal company which if one has the number, can display text messages that are sent to it by incorporating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) operated by SMS text messages. He also has had tables that climb walls instead of being centered in the room. [1] Arad's works are often worked into distinctive biomorphic shapes and are created from his medium of choice, steel.[2] In 2008-09, Arad paired with KENZO to create his first perfume bottle. The bottle was on display in his exhibit No Discipline.

Website: www.ronarad.com

Phillippe Starck

Phillippe StarckPhilippe Starck is a legend of modern design. He's known for his luxurious hotels and boites around the world -- notably the Peninsula Hotel restaurant in Hong Kong, the Teatron in Mexico, the Hotel Delano in Miami, the Mondrian in Los Angeles, the Asia de Cuba restaurant in New York -- designing the total environment from layout to furniture to linens.

But he has made perhaps his most permanent mark on design through his bold reworkings of everyday objects. In reimagining and rethinking the quotidian, he has produced some of the iconic shapes of the 20th century, including his leggy chrome juice squeezer, the reimagined Emeco aluminum chairs, and the witty Louis Ghost polycarbonate fauteuil.

When Starck turns his bold vision toward a chair, a shoe, a toothbrush, it's clear he thinks deeper than the glossy surface.

Website: www.phillippe-starck.com

Workshop Presenters

Bruce Mau
Vitor Lourenco
Elliot Jay Stocks
Campana Brothers
Patrick Jouin


Conference Speakers

Isaac Mizrahi
Paula Scher
David Carson
Tim Brown
Ron Arad
Phillippe Starck