WebVisions Chicago will be held from September 21-23, 2016 at the Siskel Film Center.Register Today
Registration opens at 8:00am in the lobby of the Siskel Film Center.
Yoni Bloch is an Israeli musician and the founder and CEO of Interlude, a technology company that designs, develops, markets and enables the creation of interactive videos. Through Interlude's patented technology, Bloch has ushered in a new norm for online storytelling that allows users to actively engage with online video in a multi-layered experience, and to create new experiences on their own. In Israel, Yoni is a successful rock musician and performer with three top-selling records. He has produced and recorded tracks for Israel's biggest artists, composed music for TV, film and theater, and was a judge in the Israeli version of “American Idol.”
Aaron is the founder of the Draplin Design Co., a company that proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity and Illustration categories. Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, Draplin makes stuff for Field Notes, Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Esquire, Nike, Old 97s, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Eaux Claires, Poler, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Rhett Miller, Dawes, Nixon Watches, Patagonia, Target, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that.
Jason is the co-founder and President of 37signals, the Chicago-based web-application company. He has co-authored all of 37signals' books, including the upcoming, "Rework," as well as the 'minimalist manifesto,' "Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application" He also helps to maintain the company's popular blog, Signal vs. Noise, and is regularly invited to speak around the world on entrepreneurship, design, management, and software.
Antonio is an Associate Partner at gravitytank where he leads the firm's interaction design discipline and social innovation practice. Prior to working in innovation, Antonio was strategic director of Firebelly Design, a socially responsible design studio in Chicago. He holds a BFA in Advertising Design from the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD) and attended the Harvard Business School AIGA Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders Executive Education Program in 2007. Antonio teaches Visual Storytelling at Northwestern University's Segal Design Institute and teaches Customer Discovery as part of University of Chicago's Polsky Center Entrepreneurship Essentials.
Timothy is a designer, illustrator & art director based in New York City. His clients include Airbnb, Google, Ford, J.Crew, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Previously, Timothy worked in-house at Apple Inc. where he helped integrate Apple’s visual language, domestically and internationally. Prior to that, he was a senior designer with the experiential design firm Collins, where he worked for clients such as CNN and Microsoft. He has received awards from most major design & illustration publications, including the Art Directors Club Young Guns award, GDUSA’s “People To Watch” and Print magazine’s “New Visual Artist.”
The son of a plumber and a psychologist, Dan feels the interaction design he does is a little bit of both. He feels that design isn’t only about problem solving, but about creating a better, more humane, future.
Nathan was the founder and chair of the ground-breaking Design MBA programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA. This program prepares the next-generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful by uniting the perspectives of systems thinking, design thinking, sustainability, and generative leadership into a holistic strategic framework.
Jessica is a designer & art director working in New York City. She is a partner at the New York based design studio Sagmeister & Walsh. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts & speaks internationally about design and creativity. Her work has won awards from most design competitions including Type Director’s Club, Red Dot, Art Director’s Club, SPD, D&AD, Print, and Graphis. Her work has also been featured in numerous books & magazines & exhibitions.
Built in 1914 as Weeghman Park before being renamed Wrigley Field for former Cubs team owner and chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr. One of America’s classic ballparks, Wrigley is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. If only the Cubs could take a page from the Red Sox’s recent success.
Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop area of Chicago that was built to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium. The centerpiece of Millennium Park is Pritzker Pavilion, a bandshell designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. And don’t neglect the lovely Anish Kapoor Cloud Gate sculpture, which resembles a giant, highly polished, silver jellybean.
Not only is it a mere hop, skip and jump from the Siskel Film Center, it also features a hella awesome collection of modern art, plus exhibits of African, Asian, Byzantine…oh, just enjoy several hours exploring, ’cause it’s worth it. Insider tip: buy your tickets online to avoid the up to 20 minute wait in the museum ticket line.
According to their website, “The Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improv and has been delighting audiences for over 50 years.” Skip past the press release and just go. It’s a great place to discover new comic talent or enjoy some laughs courtesy of one of the Godfathers or Godmothers of comedy. Check out their schedule and book tickets in advance, as popular shows are known to sell out.