The Role of Gamification in Design

Designers Responsibility Slide

In November 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the Adobe Max and Design Thinkers Conferences in Toronto. I would highly recommend attending these annual Design Conferences.

Design Thinkers Conference

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This year speakers for the Design Thinkers Conference, which is put on by RGD Ontario Group included:  Sean Adams & Noreen Morioka, Glenn John Arnowitz, Susan Bradley, David Butler, Nadine Chahine, Tom Eslinger, Justin Ferrell, Francesco Franchi, Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Chris Hacker, Stephen Hart, Julia Hoffmann, Randy J. Hunt, Neil Kellerhouse, Mike Kruzeniski, Jake & Pum Lefebure, Harry Pearce, Andy Pratt, Stefan Sagmeister, Gabor Schreier, Christopher Simmons, Steve Slaunwhite, Kris Sowersby, Lisa Strausfeld, Sophie Thomas, Oscar Tillman & Nicole Muniz, Jason Tselentis.

Topics included: Sustainable Design, Design Approaches, New Technologies, Engaging with New Cultures, Storytelling, Information / Data Design, Intuitive Design Approaches, Dealing with Clients, Best Practices, and many more.

Visit Design Thinkers to register for this year’s conference.

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Seeding Ideas in Berlin – Part 2

I just recently attended the conference, Typo Berlin, to recharge my creative batteries. It’s always amazing what you can absorb and learn in a few days at a conference, it’s as if the act of sitting and really listening allows the information to infiltrate and sink in.

Typo Berlin's Incredible on-site bookstore

The theme of the conference is “shift”, and most of the speakers are weaving this notion through their presentations. From shifting in media, to print segueing tablet, to shifting disciplines, each story is interesting and can be thought about when it comes to my own or our own situations. The conference organizers will shortly have podcasts available of the main hall speakers, they are available to view at http://www.typoberlin.de/video. I won’t go into detail about what each of them spoke about, but rather I will give you my top inspirations.

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Seeding Ideas in Berlin – Part 1

Hello from Berlin!

I’m here for the TYPO BERLIN 11, Europe’s biggest graphic design conference, happening over the next 3 days, May 18-21. I arrived a little early to spend some time here and get over the invariable jet lag. People from all over Europe, and even a few brave North Americans, came here. This year’s attendance is about 1000 people. That’s a lot of designers. A lot of black.

Welcome to Berlin, all creative people!

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