The can't-miss design event of the year in Philadelphia.

A one-day, multidisciplinary design event featuring leading creatives who shape culture around the world.

Nick Asbury (England)
Described by Creative Review as 'the designer's writer'. Yellow Pencils from D&AD Awards.

Annie Atkins (Ireland)
Graphic design for Oscar-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel and Oscar-nominated The Boxtrolls.

Spencer Charles
Former senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd.; Art Directors Club, Young Guns 12.

Craig Dykers, Snøhetta
Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture; Aga Kahn Award for Architecture.

John Ryan, Local Projects
Director of Interaction Design at one of Fast Company magazine's most innovative companies.

Kelly Thorn
Former senior designer at Louise Fili Ltd. and graduate of Philadelphia's Tyler School of Art.

Alisa Wolfson, Leo Burnett, Chicago
Recipient of first White Pencil from D&AD Awards and Best in Show at One Show Design.

Oskar Zieta (Poland)
Named by Fast Company magazine in 2010 as one of the top ten international furniture designers.

Harrison Auditorium - Penn Museum - University of Pennsylvania

Featured speakers* will take the stage in the Harrison Auditorium on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania to share compelling and thought-provoking case studies from a wide range of design disciplines.

Several of the featured speakers are visiting from Europe, helping to make the day's presentations a truly unique opportunity. Nick Asbury (England) has been described by Creative Review magazine as 'The designer's writer,' Annie Atkins (Ireland) has designed graphics for two Oscar-nominated films, the animated feature The Boxtrolls and Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel (Academy Award for Best Production Design), and Oskar Zieta's (Poland) efforts in industrial design are permanently exhibited in Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others.

The featured speakers from the U.S. include lettering superstars Spencer Charles and Kelly Thorn, internationally-awarded architect Craig Dykers from Snøhetta, interaction and media designer John Ryan from Local Projects, and multi-talented Alisa Wolfson, Head of Design at Leo Burnett, Chicago.

A lineup to rival any of the world's best design conferences.

The Society of Design Conference is a signature event of the 11th annual DesignPhiladelphia festival that takes place October 8-16, 2015.

Promotional support provided by AIGA Philadelphia.

*Speakers listed have been confirmed as of the publishing of their involvement. However, the participating speakers and/or schedule are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed.
Nick Asbury
Annie Atkins
Spencer Charles
Craig Dykers
John Ryan
Kelly Thorn
Alisa Wolfson
Oskar Zieta

Thursday, October 15, 2015

08:30 AM - Registration
09:30 AM - Opening Remarks
09:45 AM - Presentations
12:00 PM - Lunch (on your own)
01:45 PM - Presentations
04:45 PM - Closing Remarks

Harrison Auditorium
Penn Museum
University of Pennsylvania
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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$250 - General Admission
$150 - w/Discount Code
$125 - Student/Faculty*
$75 - w/Discount Code

40% discount on early registration for limited time using the following code when registering:

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*Show ID at registration table

Society of Design