DAY 1 KEYNOTES / FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER
Experiment, fail, learn, repeat. 6 keynotes share their thoughts.
KEYNOTE / KELLI ANDERSON
Kelli Anderson is an interaction designer interested in exposing invisible forces at play in the world to make unexpected things happen. This Fall, she will publish This Book is a Planetarium—a collection of functional popup contraptions—which includes a tiny paper planetarium, and explains how humble structures can perform extraordinary feats. Kelli is known for her design, animation, and illustration work for NPR, The New Yorker, Wired, MoMA and The New York Times—as well as her redesign of brands such as Russ & Daughters, Munchery and momofuku. Popular projects have included a paper record player wedding invitation, a book that becomes a pinhole camera when opened (This Book is a Camera) and Tinybop’s acclaimed Human Body app.
KEYNOTE / NICHOLAS MISANI
Formerly the senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd., Nick specializes in historically-inspired lettering and is fascinated by the convergence of traditional and contemporary forms. Born in Milan into a family of jewelry designers, he started his formal training studying architecture and industrial design. He was named an ADC Young Gun, and his design work has been featured in Print Magazine, Fast Company, The Dieline, The Type Director’s Club, Quipsologies/ UnderConsideration, Novum, and AIGA.
His client work includes: Penguin Random House, Target, Hillary Clinton (at LFL), Abrams, BBDO, Salani Editore, Landor, the Pratt Institute, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama (both through Penguin Random House). Nicholas is also teaching a workshop on Day 2.
KEYNOTE / ADAM J. KURTZ
Adam J. Kurtz is a designer, artist and the author of “1 Page at a Time” and “Pick Me Up”, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to his “very personal” work, he’s collaborated with brands and cultural institutions like Urban Outfitters, the Brooklyn Public Library, Fishs Eddy and Strand Bookstore.
He also writes a Design*Sponge column, hosts a weird little Skillshare course, and speaks “candidly” to students and professionals about channeling emotion into original creative work. In 2016, he was named PRINT magazine 15 Under 30 new visual artists. Adam is originally from Toronto, but calls Brooklyn home.
KEYNOTE / MANUJA WALDIA
Manuja is a designer and artist who combines symbolism and storytelling through two unique styles of art. Her whimsical, painterly and playful work takes us on a magical journey of ethereal rituals, festivals and gatherings covering themes of feminism and friendships. In contrast to this is Manuja’s vector based illustrations—detailed and geometric, like her illustrations for the Penguin Classics Shakespeare series. Although aesthetically contrasting, there still remains a parallel between her two styles through narrative, composition and the symbolic nature of her work. She has been featured in Forbes, The Atlantic, PRINT, Fast Company, Creative Review, Wired, Illustration Age and more. She was also awarded a gold medal in the 2016 Society of Illustrators.
Manuja is from India, but will be transplanted to Portland this year. She lives with her cat Kitty Baby.
KEYNOTE / CRAIG WINSLOW
Craig is an experiential designer and Adobe Creative Resident who loves blending the physical and digital. Through the medium of projection mapping, Craig has spent the past several years building his own studio and creating interactive work for clients. His Kickstarter project, Projecting West, inspired his latest idea of recreating ghost signs across the world creating “Light Capsules” with historical references. The goal of the project is to draw attention to the lettering artists of the past and create various ways for people to interact with these pieces of visual history, in person and online.
Craig’s work has been featured in FastCo Design, Gizmodo, The Great Discontent, and more.