Dot Lung


How to Survive a Pandemic, War and the Instagram Algorithm, 8:30-9:30am

How to rebuild your social media from scratch. Learn social media survival skills to overcome pandemics, war and algorithmic changes. Dot will share her social media strategy that generated multiple 6-figures during the Covid-19 lockdown! Learn more about Dot


Friday, October 22

Anisa Tavangar


Telling Visual Stories Through a Lens of Justice, 10:30-11:30am

Through art and the insights of those who create it, beauty can thoughtfully weave together hidden narratives. When appreciated in its fullness, beauty can stir appreciation, invite curiosity, and inspire conversation. Join Anisa Tavangar of For Freedoms in an exploration of the following questions: What story are we telling? How can art (and the voices of artists) become a catalyst for justice and beauty? How can we be more visionary and less reactionary? Learn more about Anisa

Maya Bird-Murphy


Making Design Accessible, One Student at a Time, 9:30-10:30am

Join architect and changemaker Maya Bird-Murphy as she discusses her journey through the field of architecture and explores the lack of racial diversity and equity that inevitably led to the creation of Chicago Mobile Makers. Learn how to lean into change, offer hope and dream up new solutions that will inspire future generations. Learn more about Maya

Angela Luna


Democratizing Sustainable Fashion, 1:30-2:30pm

What is the role of the designer in the modern age of reuse, resale, and recycling? With sustainable fashion and responsible consumption landing far beyond so many people's budgets, there's often no choice but to shop from environmentally and ethically harmful brands. Angela Luna, Founder and Creative Director of ADIFF, invites us to consider alternative methods of fashion consumption that won't destroy the planet or our wallets. Learn more about Angela

Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:30pm

Daniel Toole


Nature and Materials, 2:30-3:30pm

Can architecture create a deeper connection to nature? Using examples from his studio's quickly growing portfolio of urban projects and private residences, architect Daniel Toole will guide you through his design process that focuses on the interplay of light, site, and materials to create unique places for living and contemplation.  Learn more about Daniel

Robb Mills


Documentary Sound Design: Where Subtlety Meets Significance, 3:30-4:30pm

Robb Mills dives into his role as Sound Designer on the Oscar-nominated documentary Hunger Ward, an unflinching spotlight on the weaponization of food in Yemen's tragically overlooked and ongoing civil war. Learn about his intensely collaborative process with the filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald to subtly recreate and augment the sound in many scenes, returning them to their original emotional depth without fictionalizing or overreaching the intended narrative. Learn more about Robb

Skye Morét


Engaging Design for an Unstable World, 4:30-5:30pm

Can design shift our planet's socio-ecological interactions of the future in a positive and sustainable direction? Through data-driven design, design systems thinking, and collaborative decision-making, we have the potential to shift---and ideally advance---dynamic stewardship of our world. Using examples from her kaleidoscopic career path, designer, scientist and adventurer Skye Morét will explore how design can inform, shape and encourage the critical rethinking of our blue planet experience at the intersection of climate, environment, and social justice. Learn more about Skye

Closing Cocktail Party

5:30 - 7:30pm

In-Person, Open Space Studios

Rob Lewis


Know Yourself, 11:30-12:00pm

Join Kamp Grizzly’s Rob Lewis as he walks you down his unconventional path as an artist. With an unending passion for connection and expression, he invites you trust your feelings, open your mind and value your experiences--both positive and negative--while you carve out your own space as a creative human being. Learn more about Rob

The country is opening up, but the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are still uncertain so Bend Design 2021 is a one-day hybrid event. A LIVE event for a limited audience that is also available via livestream to a virtual audience. Find Friday's events below and purchase a la carte tickets here. Questions? Visit the FAQ.