Design Mixer

What: In Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point, he speaks about how little things can make a big difference. With all of the information and visual noise that surrounds us today, what are the little things that designers can do to contribute to our society to bring order to the chaos?

Come out and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and door prizes from one of our sponsors. Hear some great speakers discuss their perspectives on the importance of design in our community with 5 ideas and 5 images. Meet and reconnect with colleagues and friends in the Ottawa design community to discuss why the design community is important to you and why it is valuable to the design industry.


Keep the discussion lively by joining the live twitter feed at the mixer. Use #OttawaDesign to be a part of the conversation.

When: Wednesday, February 23  •  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Hard Rock Café (upstairs) in the Byward Market – 73 York St, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Theme: Why is design important in our community?

Speakers:
1) Robert B. Smith R.G.D.
President/Creative Director, GreenMelon

As founder and creative director of Greenmelon, Robert has received more than 100 awards of distinction from professional organizations and publications from around the world. A passionate designer, Robert is also a founding member and former Vice President of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (R.G.D.). In 2008, Robert was a recipient of the prestigious 40 Under 40 award for business excellence and community involvement.

2) Mike McGuire
Owner, Wingspan Design
At Wingspan Design, Mike provides critical design, branding, engineering, and product development services. Mike holds a Bachelors of Industrial Design (B.I.D.) with High-Distinction from Carleton University’s Industrial Design program. He is also a sessional lecturer at Carleton University.

3) Nick Aitken
Founder and Creative Director, The Studio at Grayrock
Nick Aitken is the Founder and Creative Director of The Studio at Grayrock. He has been working within the web industry for over a decade specializing in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research.

4) Amanda Holtstrom
Senior Product Designer, User Experience Design, OpenText
Amanda is an agent of change, laughter and inspiration. At OpenText she works tightly with the Product Management and Development organizations to deliver simple, intuitive experiences to the customers of her Enterprise software. Amanda is proud of her 7 years with OpenText, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Queen’s University.

Free Registration: Link for free Registration

Sponsors:
Creative Niche
Corel

Brought to you by IABC Ottawa and Pivot Design Group.

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