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20th March

What We Can Learn from Accelerators

Accelerators have changed how early startups grow and learn at the beginning of their life cycles. Come hear some of the learnings, both good and bad, that come out of growing a company with a group of other like minded entrepreneurs.

Keynote Speaker

What We Can Learn from Telling a Great Story

Everything about user experience is making things into a good story, from figuring out the product offering to pitching ideas to making visual decisions. UX people tend to think in abstract structures (frameworks, objects, methods), but your success or failure in getting something good done depends more on putting the ideas into a narrative that grabs people and engages their needs and desires. We’ll look at what that might mean for some famous products as case-studies, and some tools to help you tell your stories.

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11th October

Monday, October 29 9:00am – 10:00am Registration and Mingle 10:00am – 11:00pm Joan Raspo The Shout Heard Round The World James Bull Creativity for a Moving World 11:20am – 12:20pm Bernard Uy I Laughed, I Cried, I Remembered: How Humor, Emotion and Wit make for Memorable Branding. Bobby C. Martin Jr. When I’m Happy, The Client’s Happy 12:20pm – 1:30pm Lunch Onsite 1:30pm – 2:30pm Keynote Conversation with Maria Giudice 2:50pm – 3:50pm Kate McCagg What John Hughes films can teach us about the creative director/developer relationship Michelle Dougherty Move Me 4:10pm – 5:10pm Michael Lemme What Happens When Everything Is Connected To Everything Joe Stitzlein Change your career, then change it again 5:15pm – ? Cocktails and Dinner sponsored by RE:DESIGN Conference and


Tuesday, October 30 9:30am – 10:30am Yang Kim Fuzzy Magic Dora Drimalas Confessions of a control freak: How I learned to stop worrying and love the question. 10:50am – 11:50am Lindsay Daniels We Are Storytellers Tyler Moore and Peter Marakatos The Evolution of UX and Branding 11:50am – 1:00pm Lunch Break 1:00pm – 2:00pm Hamish … Read More »


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6th September

Sunday, September 23 9:00am – 10:00am Registration and Mingle 10:00am – 11:15am Wally Krantz In The Eye Of The Beholder: Inspiration from the Ubiquitous Shannon Downey An Unlikely Muse: How a little absurdity can go a long way 11:30am – 12:45pm Colleen Hill Beyond The Studio: The Importance of Community John Bielenberg When Wrong Is Right 12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch Onsite 1:45pm – 3:00pm Brian Singer Engage Through Inspiration Martin Venezky It’s All About The Next Step 3:15pm – 4:30pm David Usui and Ben Wu Taking Time: The value of slowing down in professional and personal work Jennifer Chong My Antidote to Inspiration Overload 4:45pm – 6:00pm Lawrence Azerrad The Wilco Loft Exploration Jason Katz Story 6:30pm – ? Dinner sponsored by RE:DESIGN Conference and


Monday, September 24 9:00am – 10:15am John Stevenson If it isn’t fun, why are you still doing it? Dawn Hancock The Journey From Junk Mail To Inspiration 10:30am – 11:45am Renata Graw Thinking About Thinking Joe Stewart Starting From Scratch: Finding Inspiration in a Brand New Medium 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break 1:00pm – 2:15pm Mike … Read More »


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20th August

Creativity for a Moving World

Given the ever changing, ever expanding context of the world and our industry – How does creativity help businesses to create, grow and transform themselves to be able to thrive in a moving world?

– As Creatives what is our most effective role and how do we create brands fit for a Moving World? – How can creativity help connect people to brands and brands to people? – What are clients really looking for? – Should we be multidisciplinary in our approach or dedicated to a single craft? – Where should the focus of our creativity be – story telling, rigorous design systems, embedding internally, taking to market? – Are the traditional agency models dead? – How do we keep a creative thread through all communications? – What skills does a Creative need to thrive in the Moving World?

The Return of Beauty

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30th July

RE:DESIGN/Inspire presents a conversation with VSA Partners’ Dana Arnett

Lawrence Azerrad The Wilco Loft Design Exploration

Note – This session is limited to 30 attendees. We will post when this session is full.

The Wilco Loft design exploration will be a RE:DESIGN conference session at the loft recording studio of American music legends Wilco. The session conversation will examine the topic of place as inspiration. The themes of Chicago, home, and what that place is are frequently explored in Wilco’s music. As a result, Chicago is a prominent ingredient and source of inspiration in much of the graphic design for Wilco.

Generously opening their working home to our visit, Wilco provides session attendees a look into the very place where some of their music has been conceived, developed, produced and recorded. The loft houses a vast collection of instruments, and … Read More »


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29th April

Chris Noessel and Stefan Klocek

Part 1: The Interface ParenthesisIn this talk we’ll discuss the state of the art of a particular handful of technologies and trends that are happening in the industry. These technologies are farther along than most folks think, and are just waiting to get distributed and put together. When they do, it’ll spell a sea-change for how humanity interfaces technology.

Part 2: The Next NextIf the mini-singularity described in The Interface Parenthesis happens, what will technology need? What will the practice of interaction design look like? How will designers work with others? What kinds of work product will we deliver? What can we do now to get ahead of that curve? Join this conversation to discuss what the future might look like for interaction and user experience design.

Dan Albritton Your Phone is Your Controller

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29th April

Monday 10:00am – 10:30am Registration and Mingle 10:30am – 11:25am Tim Richards Grandmas who love Dragonforce: The intertwined digital tribes of pop-culture democratization 11:40am – 12:35pm Jonathan Korman UX Design In The Organization: Integrating Design into an Organization Marisa Gallagher UX & Brand Strategy: Final Frontier or Foolish Folly 12:50pm – 2:00pm Lunch Session Chris Noessel and Stefan Klocek Part 1: The Interface Parenthesis 2:15pm – 3:10pm Ben Clemens Designing to Lose Control Sarah Murgel Changing the World: A Designer’s Role in Organizational (and World) Politics Chris Noessel and Stefan Klocek Follow-Up Discussion to the Interface Parenthesis 3:30pm – 4:25pm Scott Nazarian The city and the City Nate Clinton Obfuscation by Design Charlene Zvolanek A Digital Life: Remembering, Reminiscing and Reflecting 5:00pm – 6:00pm Cocktails 6:00pm – ? Dinner City Club of San Francisco 155 Sansome Street, 10th floor


Tuesday 9:30am – 10:25am Simona Brusa Pasqué The Designer Co-Founder Mark Coleran Artifacts and Assumptions Ben Fullerton Big Data 10:35am – 11:30am Nadya Direkova Game Mechanics Albert Poon Welcome to the Post-PC Era Yu Shan Chuang Lean vs. Team 11:40am – 12:35pm Chris Noessel and Stefan Klocek Part 2: The Next Next 12:35pm … Read More »