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D.Talks: Design Through the Downturn

D.Talks is an ongoing series of panel discussions presenting practical information about current trends and hot topics in the world of design and business. Our goal is to foster robust dialog and critical thinking, so crowd participation is an integral part of each event.

Re-invent yourself, your industry, and your career to make it in the new economy.

Josh Levine
Josh Levine is a Design Strategist and former board member of the San Francisco Chapter of AIGA. For over ten years Josh has helped global brands engage consumers and empower employees through design, strategy, and marketing programs.
His new firm, The Matter Collaborative, brings those same benefits to small creative businesses, helping entrepreneurs get the work they want by creating more value through positioning, messaging, and touchpoint design.

Hilary Cochran
Hilary Cochran has been working in the Creative Arts Industry for over 20 years. Starting her career in the creative department at world renowned advertising agency Chiat/Day, she spent her time hiring graphic designers, illustrators and photographers for print and interacitve media.

Hilary is currently in her sixth year as a talent manager at FILTER, a creative staffing firm in San Francisco. She has worked with IDEO, Microsfot, Facebook, Meta Design, Gap Inc., Eleven, and Pentagram to name a few.

Brandon Schauer
Brandon Schauer is an experience design director for Adaptive Path. He speaks, writes, trains, and practices experience design as a differentiator for business strategy. Brandon’s passion for finding and understanding the unmet needs of customers has led him to diverse environments, from the homes of cancer patients to tunnels beneath Walt Disney World. This insight with customers — plus a solid grounding in business analysis and a mastery of design methods — allows Brandon to help organizations define and design more meaningful experiences for their customers.

Past clients include American Cancer Society, Bank of New York, Charles Schwab, Chase Manhattan Bank, First Union Bank, Flickr, JetBlue, LeapFrog, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, morningstar, NYCE, and Vanguard Financial.

Audrey Kallander
Audrey Kallander is a design entrepreneur who designs strategic presentations, environments, & information graphics in order to help people explore creative ideas, tell their story, demonstrate what they do, understand & influence behavior.

She has helped IDEO design strategic presentations and environments for global brands like Pepsi, and Marriott; Turner & Associates launch the first quantum computer; Stone Yamashita Partners facilitate user experience workshops for Nike, and Johnson & Johnson; and CEMAR publish scientific reports and promote restoring salmon to the Bay Area.

Her off-hours (yes, there’s a few) are happily spent at home in the East Bay with her husband and son.

Light refreshments will also be served before the seminar. RSVP today and check out the topics to be presented throughout 2009.

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If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please contact AIGA SF at or 415-626-6008. For reasonable assistance accommodations to be provided, please RSVP for the event and notify us at least 2 weeks in advance. If we do not receive timely notification of your reasonable request, we may not be able to make the necessary arrangements by the time of the event.
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On 6 Jan 2009 @ 10:37am, 10:37am Amos Klausner wrote:

I’m in-house for a U.S. firm of 30,000. Would be happy to sit on a panel for the 5/21 event.


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Thursday, 8 Jan 2009
6:30pm - 8:30pm

AIGA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California 94104 Map
(415) 626-6008


  • AIGA Members: $10.00
  • Non-Members: $15.00

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