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.”
Nate is the Director of Strategy at Cooper. In his role, he blends the decisiveness and collaborative skills of a Product Manager with the acumen of an Economist to build bridges with people and organizations. Equal parts teacher and student, Nate leads initiatives in content creation, business development, and creative leadership.
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.”
Amélie is a product designer at a small startup who combines her love for user experience and design anthropology to make great products. She made her first foray into design and development making Sailor Moon and DBZ websites. Don't be afraid to say hello (especially if you have food).
For 20 years, Dan Saffer has been designing everything from apps to wearables and everything in between. Currently he’s VP of Product at Mayfield Robotics, where he’s preparing to launch an adorable home robot. Dan is the author of four acclaimed books on design, including his latest, Microinteractions, which Scott Berkun called “the best design book in years.”
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.
Kendra is a Managing Director at Cooper. Her goal is to nurture and empower designers, to educate businesses on the value of design, and to provide the tools to integrate design at the core of business innovation, process, and decision-making As an educator, speaker, and designer, she has brought product strategy, service design, and business guidance to companies ranging from Fortune 500s to startups in a range of categories, from healthcare systems and medical devices to retail environments, consumer electronics, financial services, enterprise management, and more.
Christian is the guy designers are ambivalent about. He’s not a font guy. He’s the business guy—the one who works the odd hours creating and maintaining relationships with some of the largest companies in the world. Over the past decade, he has led business development efforts for numerous agencies on three continents. Now Christian manages Edenspiekermann Los Angeles, the newest office of the global design agency. Founded by graphic design legend Erik Spiekermann, the agency focuses on creating brand identities and digital products for forward-thinking companies.
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.