Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
This past week was Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design, an installment of Icograda’s world-wide Design Week series. This was a multidisciplinary design conference – there were speakers that had backgrounds in business, education, marketing, advertising, industrial design, journalism, city planning, consulting, strategy, and much more.
I’ve written a number of posts on defining the value of design and the conference:

What I really liked about this event was how well-rounded it was. This was not a technical skills-oriented conference where you’re taking tutorials or talking about new technology. This was a meeting of the minds about the philosophy behind design itself – why do we design, and what place does it hold in society? There were many inspiring talks and perspectives, far too much to recap here. I recommend checking out some of the links I’ve provided with the photos below, and of course the Speaker Interviews from the Design Currency website.
One of the highlights for me was the Dinner with a Side of Design series at the Irish Heather in Gastown. Myself, Matt Warburton (Emdoubleyu), Helen Walters (BusinessWeek), and Phil Kneer (IBM) debated and designed the city of the future. We called it Village 2.0, and I assure you, it is nothing like Sheffield.
This event was bookended with the GDC National AGM at the beginning and the Graphex Awards towards the end. I did not make it to Graphex, but the GDC AGM is worthy of its own post and so I’ll leave it at that. On to the photos!
Below are my photos – I’ll provide information where I can.


Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
Dave Mason, MC of Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design.

Dave Mason FGDC, SamataMason, Master of Ceremonies

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Matthew Politano MGDC, Oculus Design, GDC National Blog contributor, participant.

Robert L. Peters, speaker at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Robert L. Peters FGDC, Circle Design, Icograda past president, and speaker.

Cameron Sinclair, speaker at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Peter Busby, speaker at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Bruce Haden, speaker at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Oscar Pena, speaker at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Rod Roodenburg, event co-chair of Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Rod Roodenburg MGDC, Ion Design, GDC past president, speaker, and event Co-Chair.

Oliver Oike participating at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Oliver Oike MGDC, Manlab, GDC Manitoba President, event participant.

Christina Peressini participating at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Ronna Chisholm participating at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Ronna Chisholm, Dossier Creative, Event Organizing Committee.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Event participant.

David Coates participating at Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

David Coates FGDC, Ion Design, GDC Past President, event participant.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Ana Masut, Mission Design, event participant.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Todd Smith, motion designer and GDC/BC A/V Co-Chair. If you saw the Design Currency video, Todd was a major force behind it.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Dave Mason FGDC, SamataMason, Master of Ceremonies

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Mark Busse MGDC, Industrial Brand, GDC BC Past President, Event Co-Chair.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Adrian Shum, Circle Design, GDC Manitoba Vice President, participant.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Brian Collins, and standing back is Lenand Maschmeyer, speakers.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Laura Scotten, photographer.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Dinner with a Side of Design.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Dinner with a Side of Design.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Dinner with a Side of Design.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Dinner with a Side of Design.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Dinner with a Side of Design.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Back in the morning the next day – that is Heather Fraser (Rotman School) talking, and Ronald Kapaz (Oz Design) either just having talked or about to talk.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Ali Gardiner, and Ben Hulse, VANOC, speakers. What piqued my interest here, besides the massive process,
was how the Olympic podium was modeled to have Vancouver Island’s shape. Nice touch!

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Ali Gardiner, and Ben Hulse, VANOC, speakers.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Ali Gardiner looks on as John M. Gleason, A Better View, speaker, speaks.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Debbie Millman, AIGA President, speaker, takes a question from the audience while Ali Gardiner looks on.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Valerie Elliott MGDC, iD2 Communications, GDC Sustainability Chair, speaker.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

David Berman RGD FGDC, David Berman Communications, GDC Ethics Chair, Icograda Treasurer, speaker.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Russell Kennedy, Icograda President.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Mark Busse MGDC, Industrial Brand, GDC BC Past President, Event Co-Chair with
Matthew Warburton FGDC, Emdoubleyu Design, GDC Past President, Event Co-Chair.

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design

Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design
Update: Thank you to Mark Busse and Cam Cavers for IDing some of the missing participants and speakers above.

6 thoughts on “Design Currency: Defining the Value of Design”

  1. Hey Davin, I can identify a couple of the “event participants” in your photos… the guy right above Mark Sackett is Nick Frühling, our Program Assistant at Kwantlen GDMA (and a hell of a human cannonball too – see humancannonball.ca), and the guy above him (and below Ana Masut) is Todd Smith of toddsmith.tv — I met him just before I met you at the Alibi event, I think.

  2. Great photos Davin! It was great to be able to connect/re-connect with so many passionate, talented, and like-minded people over the course of the week. Thanks for the good times/memories… ’till next time, take care! Cheers!

  3. Davin,
    Brilliant! Wonderful taste of DesignWeek. Thanks from me too for your unique perspective on all things creatively relational! Honour to be in the real company of so many gifted folks (speakers and listeners included). Coffee soon?

  4. You always have such a terrific eye in situations like these Davin. You’ve created a great archive of our time together at Design Week—one I won’t soon forget.
    Until our next adventure!
    M

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