Happy Birthday DesignThinkers

    Canadian design conference celebrates 10th anniversary

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - This year marks the 10th anniversary of
DesignThinkers, Canada's largest annual design and communications conference.
Presented by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD),
DesignThinkers 09 will be held November 3 - 5 at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, where creative professionals will gather to celebrate strategic design
    "More timely and relevant to a broader audience than ever before, design
is now the great differentiator and key to engaging customers," says Lionel
Gadoury R.G.D., president of RGD. "Design thinking, brand experience and
conversations on creative innovation are occurring at leading companies."
    The speaker lineup includes Ben Blumenfeld, communication design manager
at Facebook; Conor Brady, senior vice-president and chief creative officer of
digital marketing agency, Organic; John Bredenfoerder CMG, design director at
Landor Associates; Robert Brunner, author of Do you Matter? How great design
will make people love your company; Matthew Carter, principal of Carter & Cone
Type Inc.; Marty Neumeier, best-selling author of The Brand Gap and Zag; V
Sunil, creative director at Wieden + Kennedy Delhi and Gael Towey, chief
creative officer and editor-in-chief at Martha Stewart Living.
    Designed by Toronto-based firm Hambly & Woolley Inc., DesignThinkers 09
marketing was inspired by the lurid visual vernacular of B movie posters. B
movies are low-budget films that represent achievements that can arise when
visionary people are given restraint, something all professionals can relate
to, particularly in this economic climate.
    DesignThinkers attracts over 1,000 participants across Canada and the
U.S. including creative directors, designers, marketing and brand managers,
advertising executives, educators and students. Attendees come to be inspired,
to be informed, to hone their communications and business strategies and to
connect with colleagues.
    DesignThinkers partners include Cascades Inc, Hambly & Woolley Inc.,
Resource Integrated, Somerset Graphics Co. Ltd. and SupremeX. Sponsors include
Adobe Systems Incorporated, Applied Arts, Aquent, City of Toronto, Colour
Innovations, Crescent, Design Edge, The Edge Screen Studio Inc., Flash
Reproductions and Random House.


    The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD Ontario)
is the self-regulatory, professional body for graphic designers in the
province. It sets standards of professional practice in graphic design and
accredits graphic design practitioners, managers and educators who qualify
with the exclusive designations Registered Graphic Designer and R.G.D.

For further information:

For further information: http://www.designthinkers.com or contact
Christina Mastruzzo at christina@rgdontario.com, 1-888-274-3668

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