Creative Technologists: At the Intersection of Technology and Design

Tuesday, October 30

5:15 – 6:00 p.m., Network & Tours
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Question & Answer Session, Tours

Where: Join us at Cushing, 
213 W. Institute Place, Chicago IL

See panelists and more on the topic below. Space is limited!
It's About Client Goals and The Creative Process

In a growing world of creative technologists, design hasn’t changed as a profession. It’s still an elegant way to shape client goals. While technology should be respected as another means to an end, use it for the right client challenges or creative ideas. Be aware of what’s possible, without letting it dictate the conversation.

How do you blend trending technologies with traditional methodologies? 

Join Us for a Panel Discussion

From augmented and virtual reality to 3D printing, as technology evolves, it’s poised to impact the design process. The Future of Everything has several predictions, related to AR as a part of the future of design. How Design Magazine covers VR and AR and creative possibilities. It’s exciting to consider these trends and how they shape the graphic design conversation.

How do they impact design, today and in the future?

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How do traditional methodologies and trending tech complement one another?
Join us to for a discussion on the impact of technology on graphic design. Meet the panel below and we hope to see you there!


Panelist: Amanda Davidson, Experiential Graphic Design, Media Objectives

When not knitting creatures to hide in photos, Amanda blends backgrounds of interior and graphic design with art and craft to explore the world of experiential branding. Recent Media-Objectives project work include the VMWare offices and the MOEN and House of Rohl Fortune showrooms at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. She is the Graphic Design Co-Chair for the Refortify youth program in Chicago.

Moderator: Mark J. Carter

Mark helps business owners and marketers create mentoring programs, interview content and events that create marketing results. He currently serves as Board President of Chicago Improv Productions and co-chair of marketing for the National Speakers Association, Illinois.

Panelist: Alan Hughes, Founder, NextNow Agency

Alan began his career with the Mills Corp. in 1993 and is an established speaker on digital branded environments. Alan has created content and experiences for some of the world’s most well-known activations, including multiple Times Square collaborations, The NBA Flagship Store, the Super Bowl, the Final Four, The Dubai Mall, The Chicago Olympics Bid, Chicago Ideas Week, and Tedx.

Panelist: Cody Tilson, Creative Director, Digital Kitchen

Chicago artist and designer Cody Tilson has drawn on 15 years of diverse creative expertise to create memorable visuals & immersive experiences. Cody furthers his multi-disciplinary work at Digital Kitchen, creative directing collaborations with notable clients including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, HBO, and Netflix, among others.

Panelist: Jay Byrnes, Creative Director, Pivot Design

Jay is an artist and designer with over 15 years of industry experience—ranging from food to fashion to education. His work includes brand campaigns and illustrations, website and user experience development, as well as murals and private art. Jay’s designs have been featured in books and publications internationally.

Some Topics We'll Cover

How do you merge creative with technology?
How does technology such as VR & AR impact the graphic design profession?
Which design mediums will continue to be a part of the future?
Strategy to execution, how is technology shaping disciplines within design?
Why traditional methods and materials are still vital to achieve balance between physical & digital mediums.

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