Gail Anderson: Lemonade from Lemons: Finding Inspiration During Crazy Times
I started a spanking new job as Chair of the largest undergraduate design and advertising program in the country just one semester before the pandemic struck. After a summer of endless Zoom meetings and much hand-wringing, I’m ready to start the new academic year. How do you find inspiration to keep yourself going during such a painful time in the country, and in the world? How do you make lemonade from lemons? Please join me for a look at fun and shiny objects that keep my spirits up, and hear some [hopefully] inspiring words to help keep us all afloat creatively.
Laurie Haycock Makela: speechless: different by design (a case study)
Described by Forbes as “a new exhibition that bucks the status quo…broadening the idea of visual communication,” the multisensory exhibition “Speechless: Different by Design” wowed visitors to the Dallas Art Museum. In her talk, Laurie Haycock Makela will discuss the exhibition itself, together with the book she designed for this extraordinary project, which focused on the senses, not language.
Justin Ahrens, Seeing Differently
We are all built to see the world differently. It’s one of our unique, innovative traits. We all say we want to be a part of changing the world, but how do we actually accomplish this? Can we actually make a difference? This presentation will give you thoughts, prompts, and examples of how you can use your gifts to See Different.
Shabazz Larkin: Find Your Art
Can art be a spiritual practice? By the way, what is art? What is good art? What is a spiritual practice? Will it help us find our purpose? Why do we keep obsessing over our purpose? Who are we? Are we supernatural beings? Is art supernatural? Does quantum physics have any answers? Is God a man-made design? Does that mean God is real, or not real? Am I flawed or are they flawed? It certainly matters - but why? This and other unanswerable questions about purpose, shame and vulnerability with Shabazz Larkin, founder of Larkin Art & Company in Nashville Tennessee.
Bluebook Performance in the Sonic Loom
Music, light, and textiles meet in an installation called the Sonic Loom. Join three-piece band Bluebook performing a set of “smouldering chamber pop” (The Denver Post) inside their large-scale textile and light installation. Through the loom, Bluebook will present a liminal, transformative space and offer their audience a unique audiovisual experience.
Design Matters with podcast host Debbie Millman and artist Laurie Haycock Makela
Join us for the Design Matters interview as podcast host Debbie Millman returns to Bend Design. This year Debbie interviews AIGA medalist Laurie Haycock Makela, a leading voice in transdisciplinary graphic design practice and education for more than three decades. Recently, Makela designed the book “Speechless: Different by Design” and was one of six artists collaborating on the celebrated multisensory exhibition at the Dallas Art Museum.
James Victore: The Things That Made you Weird As A Kid, Make You Great Today
How do you hold on to your innate creativity from childhood to today. AND get paid for it?
Manifestations of White Supremacy in Design, Bend Design Panel
Hear from a diverse panel of Black creatives on their experiences working in Oregon’s white-dominated design industry. With: Danielle McCoy (Designer at Wieden + Kennedy) and Justin Morris (Creative Director at Kamp Grizzly). Moderated by Jason Graham / MOsley WOtta
Jen Wick + Precious Bugarin, You Belong Here: Imposter syndrome and creating a culture of belonging
Imposter syndrome is the feeling that you’re not good enough, undeserving of your success, or that people will discover that you’re a big fraud. Perhaps you feel you have to fake it until you make it. Maybe you feel unworthy of the position you’re in or afraid to move forward into a new one. In this workshop, Precious and Jen will lead you through conversations and creative exercises to explore imposter syndrome and its effects on your creative life. With new insight, you can deeply believe in your value and better advocate for yourself (and others!) at work and in life. We want you to unplug from the dominant culture narrative that you need to be perfect or be like anyone else in order to grow, learn, thrive and belong.
Corey Martin and Greg Hoffman: Drawing from Landscape
A conversation with Corey Martin, Principal at Hacker Architects and Greg Hoffman, Global Brand & Design Leader Join Greg Hoffman as he moderates a creative conversation with Corey Martin about his award-winning approach to architecture within the Pacific Northwest. They will explore his firm’s mission of creating spaces that make us feel more connected to the landscape and each other, and their impact on architecture in Central Oregon, as seen through iconic structures such as Lakeside at Black Butte Ranch, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon, and the upcoming Grove at Northwest Crossing; all of which represent a unique relationship between the natural and built environment. Greg and Corey will also discuss their creative collaboration on the High Desert House, right here in Bend, where Greg and his family were the clients.
Greg Hoffman: Equality by Design
Cultural Impact Through Creative Leadership This is the moment for the creative community to take the stage in driving equity and equality through our work and within our design industry. Greg draws from his past experiences leading design, advertising, and marketing for the Nike brand to illustrate which characteristics of creative leadership need to be elevated to power meaningful and lasting positive cultural impact.
Samuel Stubblefield: Awe
In complicated times, we often lose a sense of groundedness. Almost ironically, groundedness is exactly what is needed as we sift through oceans of information every day -information that tells us who we are as individuals and as a species. Awe-inspiring experiences clear the clutter and recalibrate our relationship to the universe, giving us a better perspective, making way for clarity of mind, and bringing about a more confident sense of purpose.
Martin Venesky: Crossing Disciplines and Back Again
In 2014 Venezky exhibited his photographic work for the first time. Although photography had played a role in his design work for years, this was the first time it was presented for its own sake, without any client or external project brief. From that point on he has been slowly steering his work in that direction, with unexpected results. Venezky will discuss this transformation and how the two disciplines of design and photography strengthen, challenge and enhance each other in his recent work.
Jessica Bellamy: Creative Impact: Equity in Information and Experience Design
Learn about Jessica’s experiences as a creative operating at the intersection of community organizing, information design, research, and experience design. In this session, she will walk participants through impact design case studies and offer a foundation in data equity. Jessica will also share her six principles of Conscious and Responsible design, and the tools necessary to be successful in the social change sector.
Joel Pilger: Our Crisis of Unhelpfulness
Design is supposed to make things easier. Why are designers making things harder? Design promises solutions to a world of questions in search of answers. But what if the designers are invisible? Meet Our Crisis of Unhelpfulness, where clients with real challenges struggle every day to find, understand, and collaborate with creators who are all sadly floating in a sea of sameness. In this talk, RevThink consultant Joel Pilger will reveal the root causes of the crisis, as well as the discovery that has helped hundreds of creative firms around the world overcome it.
Liz Jackson: Engaging in Disability as a Creative Practice
Designers are increasingly referring to disability in terms of accessibility. But accessibility is only one part of disability; it’s the need. And it is being taught at the exclusion of disability history, disability culture, and disability theory. Liz discusses the impact of engaging in disability, not as a problem to be solved, but rather as a discipline and a creative practice. This presentation teaches designers how to design WITH, rather than for disability.
Deann Van Buren: Peace By Design
Peace by Design looks at the work of Designing Justices Designing Spaces (DJDS), along with research that explores how design in the public realm can support healing from interpersonal and transgenerational harms.
Peter Burr: Pattern Language
This is an interview that followed the exhibition of 'Pattern Language' by Peter Burr. 'Pattern Language’ is a term coined by architect Christopher Alexander to quantify the aliveness of certain human ambitions through an index of structural patterns. Some advocates of this design approach claim that ordinary people can use it to successfully solve very large, complex design problems. In this piece, Alexander’s design theories are applied towards the construction of a generative video game labyrinth resulting in a rhythmic animation made of rippling, skipping, and strobing arrays of light. The whole environment is infused with a procedural vitality brought forth through cellular automata and crowd simulation algorithms.
Tré Seals: Being Vocal
Tré was only two years out of college with a passion for branding, and all of a sudden, he got bored. “I was tired of the process of searching for inspiration only to realize that everything looks the same,” he says. “I started wondering if I had chosen the wrong career path. Once I discovered that the design industry is over 80% white and the majority male, everything made sense. When an industry is dominated by a singular experience, a singular perspective, this creates a lack of diversity in people, experiences, ideas, voices, and most importantly, creations. So in short, I started, and continue to expand upon, Vocal Type Co. for the (less than) 20% who feel that they don’t have a voice, and continue to be underrepresented, in the design industry.” His talk will cover the founding of Vocal Type Co., the importance of diversity in design, and a look at his process.
Debbie Millman: Why We Brand, Why We Buy
Why We Brand, Why We Buy is an entertaining sociological, scientific and anthropological overview of why humans buy and brand things.
John Bielenberg: When Wrong is Right
The way we solve problems is broken—we’re trapped by techniques and assumptions of the past. Today's big challenges like climate change, population growth, species extinction, and new technologies emerge at an ever-accelerating rate. We struggle to find the imaginative answers we crave and when we do, biology and culture conspire to obstruct our progress. Find out how thinking wrong can conquer the status quo and help you do work that truly matters.
Michael Ellsworth & Gabriel Stromberg: Social Studies
Exploring the power of design and how it has the ability to facilitate identity, action and connection.
Allison Arieff: Solving all the Wrong Problems
Every day, innovative companies promise to make the world a better place. Are they succeeding? We are overloaded daily with new discoveries, patents and inventions all promising a better life, but that better life has not been forthcoming for most. When everything is characterized as “world-changing,” is anything? If the most fundamental definition of design is to solve problems, why are so many people devoting so much energy to solving problems that don’t really exist? How can we get more people to look beyond their own lived experience?
Mohan Nair: The Deadly Sins of Business Transformation
How does an organization innovate when markets are transforming? Innovation is usually considered the instrument to transform organizations and markets when actually identifying transformed markets ahead and then using innovation as an instrument is more appropriate. Yet many leaders see digital, blockchain, artificial intelligence as keys to change. Mohan brings a fresh perspective to transformation. His keynote will connect personal and business transformation in a unique and memorable way. He believes that companies lose their personality before they lose their way. Based on 10 years of research and a book, Mohan will explore the power of uncovering market shifts long before they happen and how to act on them.
April Greiman: Color Is
My work interest has always been a study in, and observation of, light and space. Often technically two-dimensional, certain projects demand space around them in a specific way, attest to a longstanding relationship with architecture – the impact on the senses at different scales, creating tactile and experiential opportunity, exploring color as an object in and of itself. While scale change encourages a cycle of (re)creating, color and light play the more significant part of creating, perceiving, and appreciating ‘environment.’ Color is space, space is color, color is light. Color can heal, raise one from the dead.
Chris Do: Art of Communication
Learn how to say what you think, minus the stress, awkwardness, and friction around difficult subjects like budget, scope creep, art direction, hiring/firing, and other pain points around client/staff interactions.
Kim & Jeff Kovel: Family Album
Family Album: A Conversation with Creative Siblings Kim Kovel and Jeff Kovel, moderated by April Baer.
Angela Luna: Clothing for Crisis
Many factors that contribute to the safety of refugees and migrants worldwide; some allowing them to cross borders undeterred or be assisted in a moment of life or death. Clothing has typically NOT been considered one of these safety facilitators or a crisis aids. Apparel with intentional and innovative design CAN, however, offer aid in emergency situations, as well as combat prejudice and ignorance, promote solidarity, and spread awareness. Angela Luna will highlight these crisis-aiding values and how we all can contribute to this cause.
Chris Riley: The Ethics of Content
As the worlds of journalism and advertising collide and combine, how do we avoid a world defined by one big infomercial? How can we create trust for our clients and our industry when boundaries are so blurred?
Ryan Summers: An Artist's Guide to the Scientific Method
Feature Films. Animated Series. Video Games. Visual Effects. TV Shows. Over the last fifteen years, Ryan Summers has worked on nearly every creative canvas the arts can provide. There is one constant that has helped fuel his inspiration, unlock hard-to-solve problems, and bridge communication gaps between clients, agencies, and fellow artists. And it comes from a place most artists fear to tread: the realm of the Scientific Method. After years of studying science as a chemical engineer, Ryan stumbled into a computer animation lab, animated his first bouncing ball, and rocketed off into a life filled with exploring the arts. Lightbending, pixel peeping, and pencil pushing became his everyday norm, but the iterative and cyclical process of Observe, Test, & Develop perfected in the scientific world has always been a ready and useful tool.
Rebeca Méndez: Design as a Social Force for Change
Rebeca Méndez’s talk will focus on her research, practice and teaching which stem from the belief that art and design can serve as a force for social change. Méndez will present recent projects and introduce her new initiative— CounterForce Lab, a research and fieldwork studio based at Design Media Arts and the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, dedicated to using art and design to develop creative collaborations, new fields of study, and methods to research, create, and execute projects around the social and ecological impacts of anthropocene climate change. The CounterForce Lab is committed to the practice of design and media art in public space, critical approaches to landscape, and artistic projects based on field investigation methods—artistic fieldwork practice.
Kawandeep Virdee: Expression, Voice, and Joy
You see me, and I see you, we both exist and we’re laughing together. Kavendeep Virdee works to encourage these moments amongst family, friends, or strangers in public/live spaces and digital spaces. When people see one another in a piece, they both exist to the other. When they can interact with each other, a whimsical experience can turn profound. Virdee encourages the absurd, the ridiculous, the surreal, and the magical. His presentation highlights how to use interactivity to give voice and expression, and future opportunities for people to create meaningful, compelling experiences.
Tanner Woodford: Here's to Adventure: Designing a New Museum
Founded under the leadership of Tanner in 2012, the first pop-up Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM) exhibition was held in a 6,000 square-foot vacant office space in Humboldt Park. In 2013, the museum installed a second pop-up exhibition (Work at Play) in a 17,000 square-foot retail loft space downtown and funded a capital campaign on Kickstarter. In its first five years, the organization has grown to 3 full-time staff, with dozens of interns, and hundreds of volunteers. It has organized 11 major design exhibitions that are free and open to the public while planning over 100 events and collaborative workshops. Its mission of strengthening design culture and building community is fulfilled through a variety of programs for designers and the public.
John Cary: Dignifying Design
Almost nothing influences the quality of our lives more than the design of our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our public spaces. Environmental psychologists have long described this influence as “place identity” — the foremost building blocks of our sense of self are the spaces in which we live, work, and play. The design also has a unique ability to dignify or reflect back to people the value of their lives. Despite all this, design is often taken for granted; most people don’t realize that they deserve better, or that better is even possible. Drawing on examples from around the world, author John Cary’s keynote showcases buildings that dignify illustrated by stories of their actual inhabitants and users.
Bryan Lee: Design Justice
Design Justice advocates for the dismantling of privilege and power structures that use architecture and planning to create systems of injustice throughout the built environment. This presentation speaks to the organizing, advocacy, and design work tied to racial, social, and cultural equity.
Lynda Decker: Women, Design and Leadership
The gender pay gap in the United States is 20% on average, with women earning 80% of what men earn. Sixty percent of design graduates are women, but only 11% of creative directors are female. Based on the current rate of leadership progression, it will be almost 70 years before there is parity of women and men in equal positions of design leadership. Lynda Decker is co-chair of AIGA’s initiative, Women Lead. This year the initiative made a commitment to doubling the number of women leaders in the next two years. Lynda will speak about AIGA’s efforts and how we can create lasting change.
Ann Friedman: Follow Your Bliss. Then What?
"Most of us have been told to “do what you love” at some point. But it’s really not that simple. There are downsides to monetizing your creative work—and upsides to keeping your art for yourself. How do you design a (work) life that balances doing what you enjoy with the realities of needing to make money?
April Soetarman: A Working Theory of Delight: Sound and Space in Design
"Sound is an amazingly powerful design material, but it is often treated as an afterthought. My work aims tap into sound as an emotional influence in everyday life and design. I’ll be sharing insights about sound through the lens of cognition, culture, and story, and examples of projects with sound as a critical design material.
Ashley Shaffer: Design & Government How Do Governments Be More Citizen-Centered?
Around the world, our governments are looking for better ways to help citizens become more healthy, more informed, and more resilient. At IDEO, we approach these challenges with a human-centered lens – reframing citizens as customers. How can we design a voting system that’s intuitive and equitable for everyone? How can a website serve the needs of every resident? How can a public school cafeteria build new eating rituals? Stories of citizen-centered design at work.
Brad Cloepfil: Case Work: Studies in Form, Space, and Construction
Brad Cloepfil, Founding Principal of Allied Works Architecture, will discuss the firm’s design process, creative work and notable projects (such as The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary) presented through the lens of their exhibition entitled Case Work: Studies in Form, Space, and Construction.Case Work offers an inside view into Allied Works Architecture’s unique approach to design, a process driven by a rich material and physical investigation. For Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works, each project begins with the creation of hand drawings and concept models. These highly evocative artifacts—forged of diverse matter such as reclaimed timbers, porcelain, resin, glass, lead and steel—distill the essence of each project, and explore the dialogue among material, technique and intention that lies at the heart of architectural practice.