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D.Talks: Hearts and Minds: Social Change Through Design

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.

Is it possible to change the world with design? How should designers, educators and business leaders work together to create real and measurable impact in the world? How do designers educate corporations and their community about socially responsible design? How do designers integrate social responsibility in their day-to-day work?

Join AIGA SF as we discuss how we can work together to make our design community more socially responsible. Topics will include:

  • Creating an impact in society
  • Finding a cause to back
  • Integrating social responsibility into day-to-day work
  • Doing pro bono work

Networking: 6:30 PM
Discussion: 7:00 PM


Patrice MartinPatrice Martin
co-lead + creative director,
Before founding, Patrice was a design director at IDEO. Her work has focused on addressing large-scale social change in the private, public, and social sectors, and her expertise is in connecting people’s needs with compelling design solutions, whatever the sector. Since coming to IDEO in 2004, Patrice has led projects and project teams in healthcare, financial services, hospitality, and education, with clients including Nike, Mayo Clinic, The American Red Cross, Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Marriott International. Before joining IDEO, Patrice was a senior designer with SonicRim, a design strategy consultancy. Patrice holds a BFA in industrial design from the University of Michigan.
Published work: October 2009, “The ‘I’ in Community,” PATTERNS

Michael Osborne
Michael Osborne
Founder, Michael Osborne Design
Michael Osborne is President and Creative Director of the San Francisco firm, Michael Osborne Design. Established in 1981, the firm’s work in brand identity and package design has garnered awards from all major competitions, and has been recognized by many industry publications including a feature article in Communication Arts, 2011. Michael’s work is included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco MOMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. Michael designed the 2002 and 2004 Love stamps, the 2006 Wedding stamp set, the 2006 Madonna & Child stamp, and the 2007 Patriotic Banner stamp for the USPS. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and design schools. Michael received his undergraduate degree at Art Center College of Design, and his MFA at the Academy of Art University, where he has taught Package Design since 1991. In the summer of 2006 Michael was the recipient of the prestigious AIGA Fellow Award.

Arvi Raquel-SantosArvi Raquel-Santos
Design Director, Weymouth Design
Arvi is an avid snowboarder and wishes to one day be a snowboard bum living in a small cottage in Zermatt, Switzerland. But for the time being, Arvi can be found in San Francisco working as a Design Director with Weymouth Design. He has worked with a number of companies from small startups to large and established companies on projects ranging from corporate identity, annual reports, websites, environmental design to corporate branding. Arvi co-chairs Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program, the industry’s only grant program aimed at helping designers to contribute their talent to charitable causes. He is also a board member of AIGA San Francisco as the chapter’s Social Impact Co-Chair. One of its lead initiatives is the cause/affect design show which seeks to celebrate the work of designers and organizations who set out to positively impact our society. Arvi’s work has been recognized by a number of design shows and publications including: Graphis, AR100, Communication Arts, PRINT, HOW, the BoNE show (Best of New England), Graphic Design USA, The Big Book of Logos, 1,000 Greetings, Best of Brochure Design, Fingerprint 2 and most recently Just Design. Arvi has judged for various design shows and has spoken at various venues on the subject of the power of Design for Social Good.

Moderator and Host:
Josh LevineJosh Levine Director of Strategy
Great Monday
For over a decade brand strategist Josh Levine has helped local and global organizations engage customers and empower employees. Today his agency Great Monday designs employer brand programs for business leaders passionate about building cultures to deliver more powerful customer experiences.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors from Tufts University and a degree in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University. He regularly speaks, writes, and leads workshops about the intersection of brand and business.

Visual Notetaker:
Libby Klitsch Apple, Tuvulu Design

Libby began her design career over 30 years ago working for large corporations on both coasts, leading teams, branding start-ups, illustrating books, logos, greeting cards, designing websites and winning awards. In 2008 she founded Tuvalu Design with focus, by design, on sustainability. Earlier this year, Libby joined Apple’s Marcom dept. while continuing to work with Tuvalu Design clients.

Libby has been an active member of AIGA SF as a volunteer for Compostmodern ’11 and D-talks Visual Notetaker.
She has a BFA from Ohio University.

Identity by Shawn Rosenberger, Thermostat

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 17 May 2012 @ 1:01pm, 1:01pm Julie Vatuone wrote:

I am on the waiting list. Please contact me and let me know what my chances are of attendance tonight. I am willing and eager to make the 2 hour drive. Thank you!

Julie Vatuone

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Thursday, 17 May 2012
6:30pm - 8:30pm

AIGA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California 94104 Map


  • AIGA Members: $10.00
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  • Student Members: $7.00
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