Join us as we gather together online to hear a variety of inspiring pep talks featuring a ‘who’s-who’ of brilliant folks from across the world!
Whether you’re a fresh-faced grad, or a little longer in the tooth, these words of wisdom will reassure and equip to equal measure to help us in these strange times.
Our lineup of community builders, business owners, creative educators and design mavericks will leave you feeling encouraged and ready to make your mark. Expect accessible talks, an interactive Q&A and of course, the usual welcoming live chat 🙂
We’re so excited about this event & hope you can be part of it!
Meg Lewis is a Freelance designer, comedian, and performer specializing in creating positive emotional connections between happy companies and their audience through design, podcasts, educational videos, classes, and more! Her clients include Slack, Dropbox, VICE, Bloomingdale’s, VOX, Target, Condé Nast, BuzzFeed, & more!
Zipeng Zhu is a Chinese-born designer, art director, illustrator and animator in New York City who wants to make everyday a razzle-dazzle musical. His clients include Apple, Adidas, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix, New York Times, Harry’s, Viacom, The New Yorker, Fox, Away, Animal Planet, CNN, MTV, Refinery29, Chobani, and Samsung.
Owner of Rhealistic Design Group & Professor of Graphic Design
David Jon Walker is a Graphic Designer and Associate Professor of Art in Graphic Design at Austin Peay State University. He is also principal of Rhealistic Design, a design consultancy that is active locally and nationally. As a sought-after creative, David works with national political candidates, PACs, large non-profits, governmental entities, and varying businesses lending his talents to their marketing efforts to increase awareness and further campaigns. Living his best days, he examines social cues and the historical past to shape the aesthetic of his visual voice for personal lettering projects with fun and intention. His award-winning works have been recognized by Graphic Design USA, Campaigns and Elections, the International Association of Business Communicators, AIGA, Typism and the College Media Association.
Partner at Pentagram
As a fledgling writer at Howell Henry Chaldecott Lury, a Co-Founder and Creative Director of St Luke’s, Karmarama and Do The Green Thing and a Partner at Pentagram, Naresh Ramchandani was once a next gen creative, has worked with many next gen creatives and has thoughts about why they’re so vital to the industry right now.
Founder Textbook Studio
Manchester based Vicky Carr is a an Associate Lecturer at the University of Salford, and co-founder of Textbook Studio. Soon after graduating she founded Textbook, a design studio specialising in print projects, alongside fellow designers John Newton and Chris Shearston. Working out of Manchester’s highly collaborative shared workspace The Engine House, Textbook have built a reputation for work that employs handmade and low-fi techniques, with clients ranging from a local brewery to a socially focused research group.
Partner & Creative Director at DIA Studio
Mitch Paone is a Partner & Creative Director at DIA, a New York and Geneva based creative studio specialising in kinetic identity systems, graphic design and typography. Beyond his work with DIA, Mitch is a performing jazz pianist, composer, type designer, lecturer & educator.
Based in Switzerland, Mitch runs the BA Visual Communication & MA Media Design courses at HEAD – Genève🇨🇭
Strategy Lead at That Thing & Co-Founder at Not Only — But Also, London
With a background in Graphic Design, Maddi now works as Strategy Lead for That Thing. After a “mid-degree-crisis” realising being a designer wasn’t right for her, she reworked her portfolio, powered into the world of networking and spent hours combing through branding jargon before going on to cut her strategic teeth working at DesignStudio and later, Made Thought.
On the side she runs creative platform Not Only — But Also with her partner Guy Munday where they are working to open the conversation on the industry to shine a light on the other roles that exist past Graphic Designer and generate new opportunities for young creatives looking for their first move. She’ll be sharing some of her journey to figuring out where she fit and some advice on how to get started in finding a position that’s right for you.
Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology
Mitch Goldstein is a designer, artist, and educator based in Rochester, NY.
He’s an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the School of Design. Over the past 15 years, he has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and other institutions. He’s currently working on an MFA in Furniture Design.
Gather is an online event from the BDF team. Best described as a combination of documentary and live Q&A, we livestream a pre-recorded video featuring talks and interviews showcasing incredible work by wonderful designers and follow up via a live link to all our speakers around the world.
This all happens through our Vito hub, an online events platform designed to give you access to the talks and engage with other guests, speakers and the team when watching live, with videos viewable on demand post show.