Reading: Canada’s Largest Conference for Visual Communicators Returns

Canada’s Largest Conference for Visual Communicators Returns

For the 18th year, leading design visionaries share their perspectives on the future of design and creative communications.

Over the past decade, graphic design has been transformed, possibly more than any other discipline or profession – from the ongoing, rapid advances in technology and how we communicate with one another to the widespread acceptance of design as a force for business and social change.

At DesignThinkers, over 2,000 industry professionals gather to explore how communication design is connecting people with ideas, brands, experiences and each other in new and innovative ways.


DesignThinkers Conference


Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, 2017
See the schedule here
(Design Educators Conference on November 6, 2017)


Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
1 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2


Nicholas Blechman, Creative Director at The New Yorker

Chris Do, Founder & CEO of Blind

Maria Doreuli & Ekaterina Kochkina, Russian font designers at Contrast Foundry

Stephen Gates, Global Head of Design at Citi & hosts The Crazy One podcast

Mike Germano, Chief Digital Officer of VICE Media

Ralph Gilles, Head of Design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Timothy Goodman, co-creator of the blog 40 Days of Dating

Jeff Greenspan, Artist whose work focuses on activism and social justice

Michael Johnson, Creative Director & Principal at UK branding firm Johnson Banks

Pum Lefebure, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army

Reena Merchant, Sr. User Experience Manager at Sony PlayStation

Emily Oberman, Partner at Pentagram

Dewey Reid,  VP & Executive Creative Director at CNN

Astrid Stavro,  Creative Director at Atlas

Mimi Valdes, overseeing creative for Pharrell Williams’ iamOTHER

Robert Vargas, Creative Director at Bloomberg Businessweek

Susan Weinschenk, Author of 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People